Tom Steyer Reaches Donor Debate Threshold | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>WELCOME BACK TO “MORNING>>>WELCOME BACK TO “MORNING JOE.” JOE.” 8:27 HERE ON THE EAST COAST. 8:27 HERE ON THE EAST COAST. JOINING OUR CONVERSATION NOW, JOINING OUR CONVERSATION NOW, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, TOM STEYER. CANDIDATE, TOM STEYER. TOM, GOOD MORNING. TOM, GOOD MORNING. APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON WITH APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON WITH US, ESPECIALLY EARLY OUT THERE US, ESPECIALLY EARLY OUT THERE ON THE WEST COAST. ON THE WEST COAST. I UNDERSTAND YOU AND YOUR I UNDERSTAND YOU AND YOUR CAMPAIGN HAVE SOME NEWS TO CAMPAIGN HAVE SOME NEWS TO SHARE. SHARE.>>YES, WE DO.>>YES, WE DO. ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ON ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ON THE DEBATE STAGE IS TO HAVE THE DEBATE STAGE IS TO HAVE 130,000 INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS, 130,000 INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS, AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING US AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING US IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT AND IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT AND THE ANSWER IS WE’VE MADE IT. THE ANSWER IS WE’VE MADE IT. IN FACT WE HAVE 130,000 IN FACT WE HAVE 130,000 INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS. INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS.>>SO YOU’VE MET THE DONOR>>SO YOU’VE MET THE DONOR THRESHOLD. THRESHOLD. YOU STILL HAVE A POLL THRESHOLD YOU STILL HAVE A POLL THRESHOLD TO MAKE. TO MAKE. MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE YOU WILL GET MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE YOU WILL GET THERE AND BE ON THE STAGE FOR THERE AND BE ON THE STAGE FOR THOSE DEBATES. THOSE DEBATES. SO WHAT WILL BE YOUR MESSAGE? SO WHAT WILL BE YOUR MESSAGE? THIS WILL BE AN INTRODUCTION FOR THIS WILL BE AN INTRODUCTION FOR A LOT OF THE COUNTRY. A LOT OF THE COUNTRY. YOU’VE BEEN ON THE AIR A LOT IN YOU’VE BEEN ON THE AIR A LOT IN PLACES LIKE IOWA BUT MUCH OF THE PLACES LIKE IOWA BUT MUCH OF THE COUNTRY DOESN’T KNOW YOU AND COUNTRY DOESN’T KNOW YOU AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR. WHAT YOU STAND FOR. WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE DURING THE WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE DURING THE DEBATE? DEBATE?>>I HAVE A SIMPLE MESSAGE, AND>>I HAVE A SIMPLE MESSAGE, AND IT’S THIS. IT’S THIS. WE HAVE A BROKEN GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE A BROKEN GOVERNMENT. THERE’S BEEN A HOSTILE TAKEOVER THERE’S BEEN A HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND I’M HERE OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND I’M HERE TO RETURN TO GOVERNMENT OF, BY TO RETURN TO GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. AND FOR THE PEOPLE. I’VE BEEN AN OUTSIDER FOR TEN I’VE BEEN AN OUTSIDER FOR TEN YEARS, ORGANIZING COALITIONS OF YEARS, ORGANIZING COALITIONS OF ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS T ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS T TAKE ON UNCHECKED CORPORATE TAKE ON UNCHECKED CORPORATE POWER. POWER. FOR TEN YEARS WE’VE BEEN BEATING FOR TEN YEARS WE’VE BEEN BEATING THOSE CORPORATIONS AND WINNING. THOSE CORPORATIONS AND WINNING. AND THAT IS MY MESSAGE. AND THAT IS MY MESSAGE. THAT IS JOB ONE, TO TAKE BACK THAT IS JOB ONE, TO TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE CORPORATE — THE CORPORATIONS CORPORATE — THE CORPORATIONS WHO BOUGHT IT. WHO BOUGHT IT.>>AND IT’S A SIMILAR MESSAGE,>>AND IT’S A SIMILAR MESSAGE, AS YOU KNOW, TOM, TO SOMEONE AS YOU KNOW, TOM, TO SOMEONE LIKE SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN OR LIKE SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN OR SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WHO HAVE SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WHO HAVE BEEN RAILING AGAINST BEEN RAILING AGAINST CORPORATIONS AND CORPORATE MONEY CORPORATIONS AND CORPORATE MONEY IN POLITICS. IN POLITICS. HOW WILL YOU BE DIFFERENT FROM HOW WILL YOU BE DIFFERENT FROM THEM? THEM?>>WELL, I THINK THAT THE BIG>>WELL, I THINK THAT THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS THIS, THAT I’M AN DIFFERENCE IS THIS, THAT I’M AN OUTSIDER. OUTSIDER. THAT I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FROM THAT I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FROM THE OUTSIDE SUCCESSFULLY FOR TEN THE OUTSIDE SUCCESSFULLY FOR TEN YEARS. YEARS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING FOR THIS WHO ARE RUNNING FOR THIS NOMINATION, THEY’RE NOMINATION, THEY’RE OVERWHELMINGLY INSIDERS. OVERWHELMINGLY INSIDERS. THE TOP FOUR PEOPLE ARE ALL THE TOP FOUR PEOPLE ARE ALL SENATORS OR FORMER SENATORS WHO SENATORS OR FORMER SENATORS WHO HAVE MORE THAN 70 YEARS COMBINED HAVE MORE THAN 70 YEARS COMBINED IN THE CONGRESS AND THE SENATE IN THE CONGRESS AND THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. OF THE UNITED STATES. SO I THINK THERE’S A BIG SO I THINK THERE’S A BIG QUESTION FOR ALL DEMOCRATIC QUESTION FOR ALL DEMOCRATIC VOTERS. VOTERS. IF JOB ONE IS TO TAKE BACK THE IF JOB ONE IS TO TAKE BACK THE GOVERNMENT FROM CORPORATIONS, DO GOVERNMENT FROM CORPORATIONS, DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO COME YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO COME FROM SOMEONE WHO’S A GRASSROOTS FROM SOMEONE WHO’S A GRASSROOTS ACTIVIST AND WHO’S BEEN DOING IT ACTIVIST AND WHO’S BEEN DOING IT FROM THE OUTSIDE SUCCESSFULLY, FROM THE OUTSIDE SUCCESSFULLY, OR DO YOU THINK AN INSIDER, OR DO YOU THINK AN INSIDER, SOMEBODY WHO’S BEEN WORKING SOMEBODY WHO’S BEEN WORKING INSIDE THE BELTWAY FOR YEARS IS INSIDE THE BELTWAY FOR YEARS IS THE PERSON WHO’S ACTUALLY GOING THE PERSON WHO’S ACTUALLY GOING TO CHANGE D.C. TO CHANGE D.C.>>YOU CAN HEAR, AS WE SIT HERE>>YOU CAN HEAR, AS WE SIT HERE SPEAKING, THE CRITICISM COMING SPEAKING, THE CRITICISM COMING FROM SENATOR WARREN OR SENATOR FROM SENATOR WARREN OR SENATOR SANDERS THAT SAYS IT’S A LITTLE SANDERS THAT SAYS IT’S A LITTLE RICH FOR A BILLIONAIRE, A GUY RICH FOR A BILLIONAIRE, A GUY WHO WORKED AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND WHO WORKED AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND STARTED AN INVESTMENT FIRM THAT STARTED AN INVESTMENT FIRM THAT MADE HIM A BILLIONAIRE TALKING MADE HIM A BILLIONAIRE TALKING ABOUT THE INTEREST OF CORPORATE ABOUT THE INTEREST OF CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA. POWER IN AMERICA. HOW WILL YOU RESPOND TO THAT? HOW WILL YOU RESPOND TO THAT?>>WELL, I WOULD SAY FOR TEN>>WELL, I WOULD SAY FOR TEN YEARS WE’VE BEEN TAKING ON THEIR YEARS WE’VE BEEN TAKING ON THEIR RIGHT TO BUY THE GOVERNMENT. RIGHT TO BUY THE GOVERNMENT. IT’S NOT THAT I DON’T BELIEVE IN IT’S NOT THAT I DON’T BELIEVE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, JOE. THE PRIVATE SECTOR, JOE. I’M SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THAT I’M SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THAT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS POWERED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS POWERED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BUT WHAT I KNOW IS THIS. BUT WHAT I KNOW IS THIS. I DON’T WANT THEM WRITING THE I DON’T WANT THEM WRITING THE RULES FOR HOW THEY BEHAVE AT THE RULES FOR HOW THEY BEHAVE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE’VE TAKEN ON OIL COMPANIES AND WE’VE TAKEN ON OIL COMPANIES AND DRUG COMPANIES AND TOBACCO AND DRUG COMPANIES AND TOBACCO COMPANIES AND BEAT THEM IN THE COMPANIES AND BEAT THEM IN THE POLLS. POLLS. AND IF YOU LOOK TO SEE WHO IN AND IF YOU LOOK TO SEE WHO IN THE UNITED STATES HAS DONE THE UNITED STATES HAS DONE GRASSROOTS WORK, ORGANIZING GRASSROOTS WORK, ORGANIZING PEOPLE TO GO DOOR-TO-DOOR, PEOPLE TO GO DOOR-TO-DOOR, REGISTERING MILLIONS OF REGISTERING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, CHANGING THE TURNOUT AMERICANS, CHANGING THE TURNOUT FOR PEOPLE UNDER 30 BY MORE THAN FOR PEOPLE UNDER 30 BY MORE THAN 100%, ACTUALLY IT’S ME. 100%, ACTUALLY IT’S ME. EVERYTHING THAT THEY’RE TALKING EVERYTHING THAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT DOING IS WHAT I’VE ABOUT DOING IS WHAT I’VE ACTUALLY BEEN DOING AROUND THE ACTUALLY BEEN DOING AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. COUNTRY FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS.>>MR. STEYER, WILLIE WAS JUST>>MR. STEYER, WILLIE WAS JUST SUGGESTING THERE ARE A COUPLE OF SUGGESTING THERE ARE A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS RACE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS RACE ALREADY. ALREADY. THERE ARE 20 OTHER DEMOCRATS THERE ARE 20 OTHER DEMOCRATS RUNNING, THAT MOST OF THEM ARE RUNNING, THAT MOST OF THEM ARE POLLING AT 1% OR 2%. POLLING AT 1% OR 2%. DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU HAVE A DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING INTO THAT TOP CHANCE OF GETTING INTO THAT TOP TIER OF THE TOP FOUR OR FIVE TIER OF THE TOP FOUR OR FIVE THAT IT WOULD TAKE YOU TO GET THAT IT WOULD TAKE YOU TO GET BEYOND THE SEPTEMBER DEBATES? BEYOND THE SEPTEMBER DEBATES?>>I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY>>I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION ABOUT IT. QUESTION ABOUT IT. THERE IS A POLL THAT CAME OUT THERE IS A POLL THAT CAME OUT LAST NIGHT OF THE EARLY PRIMARY LAST NIGHT OF THE EARLY PRIMARY STATES THAT HAS ME TIED FOR STATES THAT HAS ME TIED FOR FOURTH. FOURTH. YOU KNOW, I’VE ONLY BEEN IN YOU KNOW, I’VE ONLY BEEN IN THIS — I GOT IN VERY LATE, AS THIS — I GOT IN VERY LATE, AS YOU GUYS KNOW. YOU GUYS KNOW. I’VE ONLY BEEN IN IT FOR FIVE I’VE ONLY BEEN IN IT FOR FIVE WEEKS. WEEKS. BUT I THINK THERE IS A HUGE BUT I THINK THERE IS A HUGE AUDIENCE FOR THE MESSAGE THAT AUDIENCE FOR THE MESSAGE THAT I’M GIVING, THAT AMERICANS I’M GIVING, THAT AMERICANS REALLY ARE RESPONDING TO THIS REALLY ARE RESPONDING TO THIS BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THESE CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT THESE CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT. AND THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BE AND THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BE IF YOU GO AROUND AND TALK TO IF YOU GO AROUND AND TALK TO PEOPLE, WHICH I’VE DONE FOR PEOPLE, WHICH I’VE DONE FOR YEARS AS PART OF THESE CAMPAIGNS YEARS AS PART OF THESE CAMPAIGNS WE’VE BEEN RUNNING, THEY ALL SAY WE’VE BEEN RUNNING, THEY ALL SAY THE CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT IT. THE CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT IT. WHO’S GOING TO STAND UP TO THEM WHO’S GOING TO STAND UP TO THEM AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING. AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING.>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SPENT A>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON RECENTLY, I LOT OF MONEY ON RECENTLY, I THINK A QUARTER BILLION DOLLARS THINK A QUARTER BILLION DOLLARS ON POLITICS, ONE OF THE THINGS ON POLITICS, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SPENT ADVERTISING ON YOU SPENT ADVERTISING ON RECENTLY IS IMPEACHMENT. RECENTLY IS IMPEACHMENT. YOU’RE IN FAVOR OF LAUNCHING YOU’RE IN FAVOR OF LAUNCHING IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT. AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMETHING AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY DEVICE IF IN THE THAT IS VERY DEVICE IF IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SOMETHING THAT NANCY PELOSI REALLY DOESN’T WANT NANCY PELOSI REALLY DOESN’T WANT AND SHE ARGUES IT COULD RISK THE AND SHE ARGUES IT COULD RISK THE DEMOCRATS’ MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. OF REPRESENTATIVES. DO YOU THINK IT’S HELPFUL WHEN DO YOU THINK IT’S HELPFUL WHEN THEY’RE HAVING THEIR DEBATES FOR THEY’RE HAVING THEIR DEBATES FOR YOU TO BE LAUNCHING ADS ON YOU TO BE LAUNCHING ADS ON TELEVISION ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, TELEVISION ABOUT IMPEACHMENT, WHICH DEMOCRATS WOULD ARGUE AT WHICH DEMOCRATS WOULD ARGUE AT THE LEADERSHIP LEVEL IS WHAT’S THE LEADERSHIP LEVEL IS WHAT’S GOING TO LOSE THEM THE HOUSE OF GOING TO LOSE THEM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES? REPRESENTATIVES?>>WELL, LET ME JUST SAY THIS.>>WELL, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. IT’S NOT DIVISIVE WITHIN THE IT’S NOT DIVISIVE WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PARTY ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. IMPEACHMENT. IT’S I THINK SOMETHING LIKE 80% IT’S I THINK SOMETHING LIKE 80% OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS AGREE WITH OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS AGREE WITH ME. ME. I STARTED AN IMPEACHMENT I STARTED AN IMPEACHMENT PETITION ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO PETITION ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO BECAUSE I SAID IT IS CLEAR WE BECAUSE I SAID IT IS CLEAR WE HAVE THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT HAVE THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THAT HE IS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, THAT HE IS A THREAT TO THE AMERICAN A THREAT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S SAFETY AND HEALTH AND PEOPLE’S SAFETY AND HEALTH AND THE CONSTITUTION AND I TRIED TO THE CONSTITUTION AND I TRIED TO GET OTHER AMERICANS TO SIGN ON GET OTHER AMERICANS TO SIGN ON WITH ME. WITH ME. OVER 8 MILLION OF THEM HAVE DONE OVER 8 MILLION OF THEM HAVE DONE IT. IT. I HEARD THOSE EXACT SAME I HEARD THOSE EXACT SAME ARGUMENTS IN 2018, THAT, OH, MY ARGUMENTS IN 2018, THAT, OH, MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS THIS IS GOING GOODNESS GRACIOUS THIS IS GOING TO BE DIVISIVE AND NOT GOING TO TO BE DIVISIVE AND NOT GOING TO WORK. WORK. AND WE SAID, NO, THIS IS AND WE SAID, NO, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP TURN SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP TURN OUT DEMOCRATS. OUT DEMOCRATS. IN FACT WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS OUR IN FACT WHAT YOU CAN SEE IS OUR LIST TURNED OUT AT AN 80% RATE LIST TURNED OUT AT AN 80% RATE AND WE DID THE BIGGEST YOUTH AND WE DID THE BIGGEST YOUTH VOTER MOBILIZATION IN AMERICAN VOTER MOBILIZATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY. HISTORY. AN ORGANIZATION I STARTED, NEXT AN ORGANIZATION I STARTED, NEXT GEN AMERICAN, TURNED OUT MORE GEN AMERICAN, TURNED OUT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE THAN ANY YOUNG PEOPLE THAN ANY ORGANIZATION IN AMERICAN ORGANIZATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY. HISTORY. SO I ACTUALLY DON’T BUY ANY PART SO I ACTUALLY DON’T BUY ANY PART OF THAT ARGUMENT THAT TELLING OF THAT ARGUMENT THAT TELLING THE TRUTH AND STANDING UP TO A THE TRUTH AND STANDING UP TO A CORRUPT AND WRONG-HEADED CORRUPT AND WRONG-HEADED PRESIDENT IS SOMEHOW BAD PRESIDENT IS SOMEHOW BAD POLITICS. POLITICS.>>TOM, WALTER ISAACSON HAS A>>TOM, WALTER ISAACSON HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. QUESTION FOR YOU.>>HEY, TOM, I WANT TO TALK A>>HEY, TOM, I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS BACKGROUND. BACKGROUND. I WAS READING A GREAT BOOK ABOUT I WAS READING A GREAT BOOK ABOUT TO COME OUT CALLED “TRANSACTION TO COME OUT CALLED “TRANSACTION MAN” AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE MAN” AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE ROLE OF CORPORATIONS AS THEY ROLE OF CORPORATIONS AS THEY WERE IN THE ’50s, ’60s AND ’70s WERE IN THE ’50s, ’60s AND ’70s AND IN SOME WAYS HOW AND IN SOME WAYS HOW CORPORATIONS BECAME A BACKBONE CORPORATIONS BECAME A BACKBONE OF COMMUNITIES. OF COMMUNITIES. THEY HAD QUITE A FEW THEY HAD QUITE A FEW STAKEHOLDERS. STAKEHOLDERS. BUT THEN HE SAYS WHAT HAPPENED BUT THEN HE SAYS WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT HEDGE FUND MANAGERS, WAS THAT HEDGE FUND MANAGERS, PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF WHO ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF WHO ARE MORE INTERESTED IN FINANCIAL MORE INTERESTED IN FINANCIAL ENGINEERING HELPED TAKE THE ENGINEERING HELPED TAKE THE AMERICAN CORPORATION AND DESTROY AMERICAN CORPORATION AND DESTROY THE WAY THAT THEY RELATED TO THE WAY THAT THEY RELATED TO COMMUNITIES. COMMUNITIES. I KNOW THIS IS A COMPLEX ISSUE, I KNOW THIS IS A COMPLEX ISSUE, BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TAKING BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TAKING ON CORPORATIONS, DON’T YOU FEEL ON CORPORATIONS, DON’T YOU FEEL THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY YOU’RE IN, THE HEDGE INDUSTRY YOU’RE IN, THE HEDGE FUND INDUSTRY, HAVE HELPED MOVE FUND INDUSTRY, HAVE HELPED MOVE CORPORATIONS TO BE LESS GOOD FOR CORPORATIONS TO BE LESS GOOD FOR SOCIETY? SOCIETY?>>ACTUALLY, WALTER, WHEN YOU GO>>ACTUALLY, WALTER, WHEN YOU GO BACK THROUGH HISTORY AND LOOK AT BACK THROUGH HISTORY AND LOOK AT WHAT CHANGED, I THINK THE WHAT CHANGED, I THINK THE TRANSFORMATION YOU’RE DESCRIBING TRANSFORMATION YOU’RE DESCRIBING DID HAPPEN. DID HAPPEN. AND IT HAPPENED IN THE COURTS OF AND IT HAPPENED IN THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES. IT USED TO BE THAT PEOPLE IT USED TO BE THAT PEOPLE RUNNING CORPORATION HAD RUNNING CORPORATION HAD DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES. DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES. THEY HAD THE COMMUNITIES THEY’RE THEY HAD THE COMMUNITIES THEY’RE IN, THEY HAD THEIR EMPLOYEES AND IN, THEY HAD THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEY HAD THEIR STOCKHOLDERS. THEY HAD THEIR STOCKHOLDERS. AND IF YOU LOOK IN THE EARLY AND IF YOU LOOK IN THE EARLY 1980s, THERE WERE A SERIES OF 1980s, THERE WERE A SERIES OF LEGAL DECISIONS IN THE COURTS OF LEGAL DECISIONS IN THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT SAID, NO, THE UNITED STATES THAT SAID, NO, YOU CAN ONLY THINK ABOUT YOUR YOU CAN ONLY THINK ABOUT YOUR STOCKHOLDERS. STOCKHOLDERS. AND I BELIEVE THAT THOSE AND I BELIEVE THAT THOSE DECISIONS WERE ACTUALLY DECISIONS WERE ACTUALLY SUBSTANTIAL MISTAKES AND THEY SUBSTANTIAL MISTAKES AND THEY TOOK CORPORATIONS FROM, AS I TOOK CORPORATIONS FROM, AS I SAID, AT SOME LEVEL BEING SAID, AT SOME LEVEL BEING STEWARDS OF IMPORTANT STEWARDS OF IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONS IN AMERICA TO BEING INSTITUTIONS IN AMERICA TO BEING PEOPLE WHO REALLY ONLY WERE PEOPLE WHO REALLY ONLY WERE WORKING ON THE BOTTOM LINE. WORKING ON THE BOTTOM LINE. AND I THINK THE RESULT, THEIR AND I THINK THE RESULT, THEIR ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE BIGGEST BOTTOM THEY HAVE THE BIGGEST BOTTOM LINE, IT WAS REALLY THOSE LEGAL LINE, IT WAS REALLY THOSE LEGAL DECISIONS THAT BASICALLY PUT DECISIONS THAT BASICALLY PUT CORPORATE CEOs IN THE POSITION CORPORATE CEOs IN THE POSITION OF ONLY ANSWERING TO OF ONLY ANSWERING TO SHAREHOLDERS, WHICH I THINK WAS SHAREHOLDERS, WHICH I THINK WAS A DRAMATIC MISTAKE. A DRAMATIC MISTAKE.>>SO, TOM, THIS IS MIKE>>SO, TOM, THIS IS MIKE BARNICLE. BARNICLE. I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO YOU NOT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO YOU NOT ONLY THIS MORNING BUT IN THE ONLY THIS MORNING BUT IN THE PAST. PAST. THERE ARE MYRIAD ISSUES OUT THERE ARE MYRIAD ISSUES OUT THERE THAT ARE OF IMPORT TO THERE THAT ARE OF IMPORT TO PEOPLE. PEOPLE. THE SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY, A THE SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY, A PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK ECONOMY, PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK ECONOMY, HOW THEY LIVE FROM WEEK TO WEEK, HOW THEY LIVE FROM WEEK TO WEEK, THINGS LIKE THAT, RACE IN THIS THINGS LIKE THAT, RACE IN THIS COUNTRY, IMMIGRATION IN THIS COUNTRY, IMMIGRATION IN THIS COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING THAT’S COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING THAT’S DONE TO DISTURB THE COUNTRY, AND DONE TO DISTURB THE COUNTRY, AND THE CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR, THE THE CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR, THE MORAL BEHAVIOR OF THE TRUMP MORAL BEHAVIOR OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. SO — BUT IN SPITE OF ALL OF SO — BUT IN SPITE OF ALL OF THAT, ARE YOU TELLING US THIS THAT, ARE YOU TELLING US THIS MORNING THAT YOUR PRINCIPAL GOAL MORNING THAT YOUR PRINCIPAL GOAL IS TO GO AFTER CORPORATE IS TO GO AFTER CORPORATE AMERICA? AMERICA?>>WHAT I’M TELLING YOU MY>>WHAT I’M TELLING YOU MY PRINCIPAL GOAL IS, IS TO TAKE PRINCIPAL GOAL IS, IS TO TAKE BACK THE DEMOCRACY SO IT WILL BE BACK THE DEMOCRACY SO IT WILL BE OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE KINDS OF ISSUES LIKE HEALTH KINDS OF ISSUES LIKE HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, LIVING WAGE, CARE, EDUCATION, LIVING WAGE, CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, WE HAVE CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE GOVERNMENT A SITUATION WHERE THE GOVERNMENT IS SERVING THE BOTTOM LINE OF IS SERVING THE BOTTOM LINE OF CORPORATIONS INSTEAD OF TRYING CORPORATIONS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR AMERICANS. AMERICANS. SO IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH EVERY SO IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH EVERY ONE OF THOSE ISSUES IN A WAY ONE OF THOSE ISSUES IN A WAY THAT SERVES THE VAST BULK OF THAT SERVES THE VAST BULK OF WORKING AMERICANS AND AMERICAN WORKING AMERICANS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES, WE NEED TO TAKE OUT FAMILIES, WE NEED TO TAKE OUT THE CORPORATE INFLUENCE. THE CORPORATE INFLUENCE. AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN PROPOSING TO DO. PROPOSING TO DO. IF YOU LISTEN TO WHAT I’VE IF YOU LISTEN TO WHAT I’VE PROPOSED AS SPECIFIC CHANGES, PROPOSED AS SPECIFIC CHANGES, ONE WOULD BE TERM LIMITS IN ONE WOULD BE TERM LIMITS IN CONGRESS. CONGRESS. I’VE PROPOSED A NATIONAL I’VE PROPOSED A NATIONAL REFERENDUM, ABILITY TO GO REFERENDUM, ABILITY TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE WAY THAT WE DO IN 26 IN THE WAY THAT WE DO IN 26 STATES. STATES. IF CONGRESS WON’T DO THE JOB, GO IF CONGRESS WON’T DO THE JOB, GO TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS WHAT I’VE DONE FOR THE LAST TEN WHAT I’VE DONE FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. YEARS.>>ALL RIGHT, TOM STEYER.>>ALL RIGHT, TOM STEYER. THE NEWS AGAIN THIS MORNING, TOM THE NEWS AGAIN THIS MORNING, TOM STEYER HAS HIT THE 130,000 STEYER HAS HIT THE 130,000 INDIVIDUAL DONOR THRESHOLD TO INDIVIDUAL DONOR THRESHOLD TO MAKE THE DEBATE STAGE AT NEXT MAKE THE DEBATE STAGE AT NEXT MONTH’S DEBATE. MONTH’S DEBATE. HE NOW NEEDS TO HIT ONE MORE HE NOW NEEDS TO HIT ONE MORE POLLING THRESHOLDS AND HE’LL BE POLLING THRESHOLDS AND HE’LL BE THERE. THERE. TOM, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, WE TOM, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, WE APPRECIATE IT. APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>COMING UP NEXT ON “MORNING>>COMING UP NEXT ON “MORNING JOE.” JOE.”>>I WAS HONORED TO BE THE FIRST>>I WAS HONORED TO BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO WELCOME HER TO THE PRESIDENT TO WELCOME HER TO THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. I’M PROUD TO VISIT THIS I’M PROUD TO VISIT THIS SPECTACULAR COUNTRY AND I’M VERY SPECTACULAR COUNTRY AND I’M VERY PLEASED THAT ONE OF MY FIRST PLEASED THAT ONE OF MY FIRST STOPS IS TO VISIT WITH AN ICON STOPS IS TO VISIT WITH AN ICON OF DEMOCRACY WHO’S INSPIRED SO OF DEMOCRACY WHO’S INSPIRED SO MANY PEOPLE NOT JUST IN THIS MANY PEOPLE NOT JUST IN THIS COUNTRY BUT ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. WORLD.>>THAT’S LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS>>THAT’S LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO. AGO. PRESIDENT OBAMA PRAISING THE– O




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  1. It's the billionaire businessman presidential candidate era. Charles Koch had gold mint coins he gave out to people, literally trying to buy votes.

  2. Thankyou, Mr. Steyer, for working to get Trump, the Psychopath, out of our lives. Educate yourselves on psychopaths. Google the PCL-R by Dr. Robert Hare.

  3. WHY HAVE THESE NOT BEEN ADDED TO THE MORNING JOE PLAYLIST??? WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING THE PLAYLIST IF NEW STORIES ARENโ€™T UPLOADED, SOMETIMES FOR DAYS. WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE DOR LOOKING AFTER YOUTUBE AND ONLINE CONTENT IS DOING. REALLY CRAP JOB

  4. Weโ€™re already dealing with an outsider. Iโ€™m hoping we donโ€™t have to go through that nonsense again.

  5. He basically donated to himself. No way enough people cared to donate money to a billionaire. He won't make the polling threshold. If they let him onstage and not Tulsi, we riot!

  6. He's actually Absolutely right.

    For essentially every problem plaguing Americans, there's a direct correlation to what legislation our elected leaders are voting or not.

    We're paying the most for the worst health care because Congress serves their DONORS in the pharmaceutical and Insurance Industries.

    We have the highest percentage of gun violence because our elected leaders serve their DONORS in the Gun Manufacturing Industry and the NRA.

    We are unable to break our addiction to pollutants and fossil fuels because our elected leaders serve their DONORS in the chemical, oil and gas Industries.

    We sell billions of dollars in American weapons and weapons systems to questionable governments around the world because our elected leaders serve their DONORS in the vast Military Industrial complex.

    Private prisons, charter schools, you name it.

    Virtually EVERY issue we face in this country can be traced back to the people we elect NOT serving their VOTERS, like it was originally intended.

    They are loyal FIRST and foremost to their source of sweet SWEET Cash.

    And, these Millionaires, Billionaires, PAC's/SuperPAC's Corporations and Lobbyists literally budget their, "campaign contributions," in every year, right along with their overhead; lights and payroll etc.

    And, you better BELIEVE they expect a return on that investment. So, their puppets in Congress keep the regulations and laws working for THEM before US.

    Until we start electing people who can verifiably pledge to NEVER accept money from anywhere but their VOTERS, nothing is likely to change.

  7. "I heard those exact same arguments ". By the way, that phrase implies a minimum of three. So, besides my nitpicking, here's a fact, not an opinion about Trump. Trump was found guilty of lying in a court of law in 2018. Veterans charity income of 5.6 million. Skimmed by half by the Trumps to spend on the 2016 election and Mar A Lago..Illegal. Trump also found guilty of lying about other charity monies raised, saying it came from him. Fined. Foundation ordered to be dissolved. All public record. I'm a veteran and this doesn't pass muster.

  8. Thank you Tom – I believe you are right – see below for my thoughts on why nancy uses these excuses not to impeach.

  9. Keep an eye out for the increase in negatives on msnbc's posts. It's shifted in the last few days. The usual naysayers on CNN's channel have come over to the new power player. Yesterday it was all over Chris, ( Hardball) for acting drunk, when there was no sign of that at all. It was….weird. So, show your support for msnbc if you do. Now, about Tom Styer's tie…think he makes his own out of his socks?

  10. Keep doing work from the outside. Trump said the same thing and then did the most for the 1%. Iโ€™m not putting another billionaire in the White House.

  11. Steyer needs to take his kid off his ads. He may be a nice young fellow, but he come off as privileged arrogance. Get some real people or at least talented actors to do the ads.

  12. Game-changer. Everyone else will have to define themselves more concisely. He stays on-message in that he relates all answers back to his premise of The People first. No tangents. We'll have to see the offensive and defensive, but I think he will help clarify the field and individual platforms.

  13. Yang is the real candidate of the people.

    His claim-to-fame was rallying a successful impeachment campaign so now he wants to run for president?

    Donate your millions of dollars to something worthwhile, not on your stupid facebook ads.

  14. Kudos to a rich American citizen wanting to make America great again. His ideas, not being rich, is what counts.Let's give him a fair hearing. So far, he sounds good to me.

  15. You can't say you've successfully been doing something when that something is more powerful than they ever have been in the last 10 years…..

  16. Mr. Steyer, your money would be better spent getting the vote out! Too big a field already. Plus what experience do you have running a Government. Trump is running it like a business and destroying it in the process.

  17. Outliers will win! We are the true Americans who want our nation back from Corrupt Corporations! Media are their willing slaves and the world knows it! Corporate America will collapse! Youโ€™re so rude to him! How dare you yawn and huff and puff in your mics when he speaks you pigs. WE can hear that!!! Shame on you, youโ€™re all indentured, Inc.! https://youtu.be/xvzZ56ZbWy8

  18. I want a person that has worked in and understands government, and knows the people. One benefit if the person is a lawyer they know the laws of the land.
    Beto needs to go work for us in Texas. This guy needs to support voter access to polls. He should support other candidates. He won't win so why?

  19. BE CAREFUL #TomSteyer: THOSE VERY SAME CORPORATIONS ARE PAYING FOR ADS ON #MSNBC, AND THE SALARIES OF THESE SUPPOSEDLY IMPARTIAL COMMENTATORS on #MSNBC.
    #EradicateInequality
    #TakeOutCorporateInfluence
    #TakeBackDemocracy
    #TomSteyerForPresident2020

  20. Congrats to Tom Steyer for meeting the Donor Threshold – add to your platform – 1) Ban Any and all assault weapons (even offer a $250 per weapon buyback), 2) Institute universal background checks and a national/state registration (like passports or drivers licenses) requirement for gun ownership, and 3) add a requirement that any new weapon must have fingerprint ID, and to the extent possible new ammunition has ID as well. Counter any NRA argument to this type of proposal, with the fact that the gun manufacturers will make plenty of money retooling the manufacture of fingerprint or Face ID weapons, and give the gun owning public 2-3 years to have all of their weapons retooled (or melted down) to have the identification software/hardware added to every weapon in America.

  21. The funny thing is that Steyer actually think's that someone cares about what he says. "I'm more important that you because I'm rich?" Nope, you are not Tom.

  22. I've checked Steyer's background and history and there's no doubt he's absolutely in line with the democratic process and has stood by democratic principles whenever possible. Yes, he's very rich, but his record for standing up for democracy and "giving back" to America is fantastic. I also like that he doesn't appear to be radical, "just" democratic, and that's what we need right now. I'm not saying for sure that he'll get my vote, but he appears to me the kind of candidate who can win, which obviously is something we need more than ever. He's good! And do check out for yourself his background of philanthropy. It's impressive.

  23. The guy from the Impeach Trump YouTube Commercials? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  24. Trump told us that other billionaires wouldn't like him as president….you'd think Steyer would love Trump. According to MSNBC Steyer got millions in tax breaks because of Trump

  25. This clown makes me laugh. A bored screwball with money to burn.
    If he really wanted to help America there are plenty of ways to do it besides wasting money on an ego trip.
    These idiots are a waste of oxygen.

  26. "I'm going to save the country..and make America great again.." Said Trump 2016. Fast forward 2019..Trump acts like he rules the country.

  27. Its ME! I funded the resistance. So vote for ME. I ralled those useful idiots so that I can take credit. So Vote for ME.

  28. If you want to run for president, there needs to be ONE day that you decide to run. Announce it on the day or you are too late to run.

  29. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

  30. Yay!! Tom Steyer is finally making his move! I've been following this guy for years, and he's 'not exactly your corporate billionaire'. He's been spending buttloads of his own money, going after big corporate interests.

    Why? It seems that he started small, made an obscene amount of money….. and woke up one morning many years ago, and realized that the 'life and career of a big shot billionaire' really was crappy to the 'average/lower income' Americans, in how Big Business treates them, so he decided to do something about it.

    Y'all should Google him. I've never supported 'Big Money', but THIS guy, I really, really like!

  31. Man who funded district attorney races 3000 miles from his home is complaining about money in politics. You're the problem dickhead.

  32. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Congratulations, Tom Steyer!! ๐Ÿ‘‰that you've reached "the donor-debate threshold (130,000 donor requirement to make the 2020 DNC September Debate Stage!" ๐Ÿ‘‰ for possible 2020 U.S. President of The USA! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ —- As i'm cheering for ALL of the U.S. Candidates (who are NOT Russian assets).

  33. I do not have anything against this guy, Tom, but we already tried an outsider billionaire as a candidate and we see where that has gotten us. Electing Trump was like choosing to have a bus driver fly the plane rather then a trained and experienced pilot. I will vote for someone who has some political experience and some diplomacy skills. The MIC has got to go!

  34. Elizabeth Warner took office in 2016 and her reason for running is the same reason of his. And she's done a great job. It's disingenuous of him to lump her with the rest.

  35. Trillions will role into Democrats campaigns donations for 2020. Where is all this money coming from? I have alot of homeless people in my town that needs housing.

  36. If he's around on Super Tuesday, he has my vote. If any of the Democrats are around on election day (dead or alive) they have my vote.

  37. Well there was nothing legal about how the guy in WH got in. The main thing is to get that guy out. Democrats do not have have a "take-over" big corp platform-that's the guy still in there

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