Kamala Harris in 5th Democratic Primary Debate

On Civil Rights: Dems take black women for granted

Candidates have taken for granted constituencies that have been the backbone of the Democratic Party. When black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth, when the sons of black women will die because of gun violence, when black women make 61 cents on the dollar as compared to all women, the question has to be, where you been? And what are you going to do? And do you understand who the people are?

This is a fight for our rule of law, our democracy, and our system of justice. To fight, I believe need someone who can unify the country and who has the experience of having done that. I've done that work. I believe we need someone who has the ability to speak to all people regardless of their race, their gender, their party affiliation, where they live geographically or the language their grandmother speaks. My entire career has been spent having one client and one client only: the people.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta Nov 20, 2019

On Crime: When people break rules, they pay penalty; so should Trump

We have a criminal living in the White House. Ambassador Sondland told us that "everyone was in the loop." That means it is a criminal enterprise engaged in by the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, and the chief of staff.

This not only points to the corrupt nature of this administration, but it also means that there are clearly two different set of rules for two different groups of people in America: the powerful people who with their arrogance think they can get away with this and then everybody else.

Because here's the thing. For those working people who are working two or three jobs, if they don't pay that credit card by the end of the month, they get a penalty. For the people who don't pay their rent, they get evicted. For the people who shoplift, they go to jail. We need the same set of rules for everybody. And part of the reason I'm running for president is to say that we have to bring justice back to America for all people, and not just for some.

Source: November Democratic primary debate, on impeaching Trump Nov 20, 2019

On Families & Children: Six months paid family leave; burden still falls on women

Q: Your paid family leave proposal -- why six months?

HARRIS: Many women are having to make a very difficult choice whether they're going to leave a profession for which they have a passion to care for their family, or whether they are going to give up a paycheck that is part of what that family relies on. So six months paid family leave is meant to and is designed to adjust to the reality of women's lives today.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta Nov 20, 2019

On Foreign Policy: Trump got punked by North Korea

Q: North Korea is threatening to cancel any future summits if President Trump does not make concessions on nuclear weapons. Would you make concessions to Kim Jong-un?

HARRIS: With all due deference to the fact that this is presidential debate, Donald Trump got punked. He has conducted foreign policy out of a very fragile ego that fails to understand that one of the most important responsibilities of the commander-in-chief is to concern herself with the security of our nation and homeland. And to do it in a way that understands that part of the strength of who we are as a nation is not only that we have a vibrant military, but that we are respected because we keep to our word, we are consistent, we speak truth, and we are loyal.

Q: But would you make concessions to North Korea to keep talks going?

HARRIS: Not at this point. There are no concessions to be made. Trump has traded a photo-op for nothing. Trump has compromised our ability to have a check on North Korea's nuclear program.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta Nov 20, 2019

On Jobs: Women are still only paid 80 cents compared to $1 for men

To win this election [we should be] focused on the future, on the challenges that are presented today, and not trying to bring back yesterday to solve tomorrow.

People are having children in their 30s, often in their 40s, which means that these families and parents are often raising young children AND taking care of their parents, which requires a lot of work. And what we are seeing in America today is the burden principally falls on women to do that work.

The reality also is that women are not paid equal for equal work in America. We passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, but fast forward to the year of our lord 2019, and women are paid 80 cents on the dollar, black women 61 cents, Native American women 58 cents, Latinas 53 cents.

So my policy is about -- there's a whole collection of the work that I am doing that is focused on women and working women in America and the inequities and, therefore, the injustice that women in America are facing that needs to be resolved and addressed.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta Nov 20, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic Primary Debate: November 20th in Atlanta, hosted by MSNBC.
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