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Interview: Enrique Acevedo of Univision Interviews Joe Biden at The White House - April 9, 2024

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[Enrique Acevedo of Univision interviewed Joe Biden at The White House on April 3, 2024, which aired on April 9, 2024. Univision published a full transcript of the interview, available at: https://f2.link/univision-20240409. A video was released, which was edited and resequenced slightly. The following is the full transcript as published by Univision, with minor style and punctuation corrections. The accompanying video has been edited to precisely follow the sequence of the transcript. Parts that were edited from the video are reflected and noted in the video. Interview and video courtesy and copyright Univision.] 1

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:00:00-00:00:05 (6 sec)
I know you have the -- the Cesar Chavez bust, which I wanted to ask you about. 1

Enrique Acevedo

Somewhat Positive
00:00:00-00:00:11 (11 sec)
[Edited from published video] Thank you, Mr. President, for hosting us at the White House 2

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:00:05-00:00:29 (23 sec)
There it is. You know, when I was a when I was a -- when I was a young senator, I was actually running for office, and I was 29 years old, and Delaware's largest industry is agriculture. And he was organizing farm workers in my state. And I supported him, which was very controversial at the time in the southern part of my state. 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:11-00:00:11 ( sec)
[Edited from published video] Delighted you're here. 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:29-00:00:40 (11 sec)
And so, I always admired him because he was all about fairness and decency. I mean, he really was about -- just we talked about values, basic values -- 3

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:00:11-00:00:11 ( sec)
[Edited from published video] We really appreciate it. 4

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:00:40-00:00:40 (1 sec)
Family values. 4

Enrique Acevedo

Neutral
00:00:11-00:00:27 (16 sec)
In your State of the Union address, you said freedom and democracy are under assault at home, drawing parallels to crucial points in history like the Civil War and FDR's wartime leadership. What, in your view, constitutes the primary threat to freedom and democracy at home? 5

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:40-00:00:49 (9 sec)
Family values, you know, faith, family, things that matter. Turns out that the woman running my campaign is his granddaughter. 5

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:27-00:00:52 (25 sec)
Donald Trump. Seriously. Donald Trump talk uses phrases like "we're going to eviscerate the Constitution." He's going to be a dictator on day one. The idea that he would sit in the office, and I'll show you before you leave, off the Oval Office and watched for hours the attack on the Capitol and the destruction and the mayhem and the people who were killed. 6

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:00:49-00:00:52 (2 sec)
Julie Chavez. 6

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:52-00:01:15 (23 sec)
The police officers who died and called them political heroes, called them patriots. And saying that if he gets elected, he's going to free them all because they're being held illegally. I mean, it's just and think of the things he says. Look at the way he when he talks about minority populations or Hispanics, you know, we're talking about them being, anyway. 7

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:52-00:00:52 (1 sec)
Julie Chavez. 7

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:01:15-00:01:33 (18 sec)
It just, I can't think of any other time in my lifetime, in history that's occurred that you've had someone who's had this kind of attitude. He says he's going to I'm going to be a dictator on day one. No one doesn't believe him. [Laughs] 8

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:00:52-00:00:54 (1 sec)
I spoke to her in Phoenix. 8

Enrique Acevedo

Somewhat Negative
00:01:33-00:01:57 (24 sec)
This is the first rematch election in almost 70 years, but it is the first time in history that one of the candidates is facing federal charges for their alleged efforts to overturn the result of the 2020 election and disrupt the certification of the electoral vote on January 6. How is that shaping the way you are running your campaign? 9

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:00:54-00:00:59 (6 sec)
Yeah, I mean, isn't that amazing? I didn't -- I didn't even know that. Want to come over here and stand by it? 9

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:01:57-00:02:19 (22 sec)
Well, look, we all know who Donald Trump is. I mean, Donald Trump from even before the election was calling it there were going to be, he talked about they're going to be cheating and all this. He and all the times they took these cases to the Supreme Court of the United States, Republican Court, a very conservative court, and said, no, no, there isn't any. 10

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:00:59-00:01:01 (2 sec)
Sure, I appreciate that 10

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:02:19-00:02:52 (32 sec)
I mean, but he is. He. You know, how -- you can't love your country only when you win. And his attitude about what he should be able to be doing and what the power of presidency is. He wants to suspend parts of the Constitution. Who in God's name would say that? Who said that before? So he has a very, very, I think, jaded view of the Constitution. 11

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:01-00:01:26 (25 sec)
And, uh, but it was, uh, it was amazing that uh, and, uh, I was very -- it was -- it cost me some votes in those days, probably. But I was really proud. I was really proud. I didn't know him personally, so I don't -- I don't want to exaggerate my relationship with him, but he had a profound impact on basic justice and fairness. 11

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:02:52-00:03:01 (10 sec)
He made it clear that he doesn't plan on abiding by parts of it if he thinks it's not appropriate. And it's just -- at least he's saying it out loud. 12

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:26-00:01:30 (4 sec)
They were putting people in what used to be old slave quarters. I mean, it was stuff that we're -- 12

Enrique Acevedo

Very Negative
00:03:01-00:03:08 (6 sec)
And let me switch gears because gun violence remains the number one cause of death for children in America. 13

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:01:30-00:01:31 (1 sec)
Right. 13

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:03:08-00:03:09 (2 sec)
Absolutely. 14

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:31-00:01:34 (3 sec)
And, uh, but he changed it. So -- 14

Enrique Acevedo

Leans Positive
00:03:09-00:03:25 (16 sec)
Latinos have made it a top priority across the country, especially in places like El Paso and Uvalde in Texas. Your administration called on Congress to pass common-sense gun laws, but that's unlikely to happen in the next few months. If you're re-elected, would you consider taking further executive action on this issue? 15

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:01:34-00:01:47 (13 sec)
And you talk a lot about family values. We spoke about that in Phoenix. You talk a lot about that in your book. Have you had a chance to talk to your family about a second term, and -- 15

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:03:25-00:03:48 (23 sec)
Absolutely. Look, I, along with Dianne Feinstein, passed the first limitation on assault weapons and the number of bullets that could be in a rifle. The idea anybody needs 100 rounds on a rifle -- in an AR-15. I was out in Uvalde. I met with every one of those families. I spent four hours with them. I looked at the pain in their faces. 16

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:47-00:02:02 (14 sec)
You know, they, uh, they all feel, basically like -- the first time, and I was on the train and I get a phone call. He said, I want to do a background check on you. I said, I don't want to be vice president 16

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:03:48-00:04:25 (37 sec)
I saw what they felt. I could feel it. And the idea that. And you know, his phrase from him on another context where there was a mass shooting, I think it was in El Paso, he said. They said what to do, he said, just get over it, you got to get over it. The idea we don't have background checks for anybody purchasing a weapon, the idea that we're going to be in a position where he says that he famously told the NRA that don't worry, no one's going to touch your guns if I -- From the very beginning, I used to teach the Second Amendment in law school, from the very beginning, there were limitations. 17

Enrique Acevedo

Neutral
00:02:02-00:02:02 (1 sec)
You didn't want to do it. 17

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:04:25-00:04:32 (7 sec)
You couldn't own a cannon. You couldn't -- you could own a rifle or a gun. 18

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:02:02-00:02:12 (10 sec)
No. He said, he said -- I said, I can help you more as being your Senate person. Barack said, well, there's only you, damn it. And I said -- 18

Enrique Acevedo

Very Negative
00:04:32-00:04:34 (2 sec)
Weapons of war. 19

Enrique Acevedo

Somewhat Negative
00:02:12-00:02:13 (1 sec)
Hard to say no to him. 19

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:04:34-00:04:57 (23 sec)
They weren't weapons of war. And so, I look, we passed the first major gun legislation in over 30 years when we passed the law that we recently passed, that outlaws weapons that are made that you can't trace, and so on and so forth. And -- but it's not enough. I think we have to do more. And I am absolutely committed. 20

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:02:13-00:02:21 (8 sec)
And I said -- I know. I did. I said, no, I said, I don't want. He said well, do me a favor, go home and talk about over your parents -- with your family. You know, the family. 20

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:04:57-00:05:07 (10 sec)
And I've asked the Congress, and if I get to Congress and get reelected, we're going to do it again. We're going to make sure we eliminate these weapons. 21

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:21-00:02:25 (5 sec)
So this is the night we became president and vice president. 21

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:05:07-00:05:27 (20 sec)
Student debt weighs heavily on millions of graduates. It's been reported that after a series of legal challenges your administration is working on a new student loan forgiveness program that's using a different legal authority, a different legal strategy to be implemented. Can you share some of the details of that plan and what you've achieved? 22

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:02:25-00:02:27 (1 sec)
Chicago. 22

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:27-00:05:54 (27 sec)
Sure, I can. Look, there are two plans that already existed. I didn't have to, but they were -- they were ignored. When the Supreme Court ruled, I couldn't forgive student debt across the board, they said that. So, we looked and saw what was out there. There was a program that exists that if you in fact are engaged in public service, your debt can be forgiven after an X number of years. 23

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:02:27-00:02:49 (22 sec)
This is Chicago. But, so my mother called me when I -- in June the year he became the nominee for president and said, what's he like? And I said, he's a hell of a guy, smart as hell. He has great integrity, etcetera. So the last person that I asked what I thought I should do was my mother. She was sitting on the railing on the porch. 23

Joe Biden

Positive
00:05:54-00:06:12 (18 sec)
If you've continued to work or continue to pay your monthly payments. Well, that's allowed me to literally forgive the debt of millions of people, several million people because these are firefighters, school teachers, etc. people who are engaged in public service. Already written in the law and it's working. 24

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:02:49-00:03:03 (14 sec)
I said, honey, what do you think? She said, Joey, let me get this straight: the first African-American has a chance to be president. You told him no? I said, oh, son of a -- I mean, that changed at all. But that was my mom. And look at the look on his face. 24

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:06:12-00:06:31 (19 sec)
There's also another plan called the SAVE plan. People with limited incomes, if they in fact -- and it exists in the books and I'm using it now and have been using it, and it'll have a profound impact on the Latino community, because what is happens, if you're not, you only have to pay relative to what you're earning. 25

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:03:03-00:03:12 (10 sec)
My mother wasn't even supposed to go out. They were -- they were introducing, now the next president and vice president. My mother goes to him: come on, honey, it's going to be okay. Look at this. Look at his face. 25

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:06:31-00:06:53 (23 sec)
So, for example, if you're earning only $20,000 a year, you don't have to pay anything back until you earn more money. If you're earning $150,000 a year, you pay back proportionally what your debt is. So, it's having a profound impact on giving people a chance. And look, the idea -- I get criticized for trying to emphasize investment in education. 26

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:03:12-00:03:15 (2 sec)
That's amazing. That's an amazing picture. 26

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:06:53-00:07:13 (20 sec)
How in God's name can we lead the world without having the best education in the world? And as I said to you, maybe before we started, I don't remember how I said it when we started is that you got roughly 25 students from K through 12 on every single class. 25 out of 100 students come from Spanish-speaking homes. 27

Joe Biden

Positive
00:03:15-00:03:16 (2 sec)
It is. It's my favorite. 27

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:07:13-00:07:19 (5 sec)
How in God's name can we ignore that? It's our future. It's our future. 28

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:03:16-00:03:31 (15 sec)
Do you think a lot about legacy? Because we're talking about over 50 years of public service, and regardless of the outcome, this might be your last political campaign. You -- you've done a few. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about what your legacy would look like? 28

Enrique Acevedo

Somewhat Positive
00:07:19-00:07:21 (3 sec)
Especially in school districts like California and Texas. 29

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:31-00:04:03 (32 sec)
Well, I hope -- I hope the legacy is that, uh, I kept my word, that I said, that the reason I was running was to help change the life of ordinary people. To reduce the prospect of war, because of Vietnam and, uh, and -- when I ran, I said that I was once asked, well, why I when I was all of 29 years old, something must be a secret. 29

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:07:21-00:07:52 (31 sec)
Across the board, even my state of Delaware. And you also have a situation where if you think about it, you have an enormous amount of involvement and investment in. All the studies have shown that if you come from a home where there are no books in the home, or parents are having difficulty, where there may be a dislocation in the family unless those students are going to start off kindergarten having heard a million fewer words spoken. 30

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:04:03-00:04:16 (13 sec)
And I said, yeah, the secret you gotta ask yourself is what are you willing to lose over? 30

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:52-00:08:05 (12 sec)
Not, not different, a million. They're not engaged. But if in fact they start preschool aged three and four, they increase by 50% their prospects, nothing else, no matter what home they come from. 31

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:08:05-00:08:06 (2 sec)
So access, early access to -- 32

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:06-00:08:37 (31 sec)
Early access. And that's why I also put in $14 billion dollars in Spanish-speaking institutions of higher education. And the reason for that is -- I did that same with the African American community, so HBCUs. In two separate funds. But here's the deal. Think about this. Every student who graduates from high school, goes to community college or college, whether they're Latino or Asian American, whatever, they have the same capacity as white students. 33

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:08:37-00:08:56 (18 sec)
But guess what? The universities don't have these large funds. And guess what? All the jobs in the future. What are they? They're high-tech jobs. They'll have laboratories to be trained in. So it's overwhelmingly in the interest not only of the community but the country to grow the capacity for these students to be able to learn. 34

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:08:56-00:09:09 (13 sec)
So that's why I've invested in early education, and we have to do more than we're doing now. And it grows the economy. It generates it, doesn't it? Not only it costs money, but it generates significant growth. 35

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:09:09-00:09:15 (6 sec)
Another issue that impacts not just Latino families, but families across the country is housing affordability. 36

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:09:15-00:09:15 (1 sec)
That's right. 37

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:09:15-00:09:38 (22 sec)
In Nevada, during your recent trip to Nevada and Phoenix, we spoke with Victor and Maria Cureño. They bought their first home at 51, thanks to a loan from the federal government that allowed them to put the down payment for their first house. So how would the new Biden-Harris administration make homeownership more attainable for families across the country, across the board? 38

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:38-00:10:17 (39 sec)
Well, first of all, if you're buying your first home and or you're moving up from a small home to a larger home, we provide for the ability for you to essentially get a $10,000 dollar payment to buy the first home and or to move to another home because of interest rates and the like. What that does is, again, that grows the economy, it allows people -- and we've provided for millions of new homes, rental assistance, or provided -- we've sent people checks for a lot of money to subsidize their rent, because it's, again, overwhelming the interest of the country that we do that. 39

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:10:17-00:10:42 (25 sec)
So, we have a major housing program through the Department of Health, of Housing and Urban Development. We have a major program that through the legislation that no Republican voted for, I might add, that provides for rent subsidies. Think of all the people who were able to stay in their homes during the pandemic and after the pandemic because we subsidized their rent. 40

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:42-00:10:55 (12 sec)
Why isn't -- why does that not make sense? And encourage builders to build these homes, build these apartments? 41

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:10:55-00:10:56 (1 sec)
[Edited from published video] And, so, it's I have the number here, but any way... it's a significant impact. 42

Enrique Acevedo

Very Negative
00:10:56-00:11:31 (35 sec)
In talking about immigration now, you've been criticized by Republicans for not doing enough to secure the border after months that your administration spent negotiating a border security bill that dramatically increased funding for border protections, but you've also been criticized by some Democratic advocates that said they feel disappointed because they perceive this as a departure from Democratic values ​​on immigration. My question is, how do you propose to fix what is arguably the most polarizing issue in American politics today? 43

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:11:31-00:11:51 (21 sec)
Well, first of all, the first piece of legislation I introduced as president was related to the border. The first one. I wanted to make sure everything from Dreamers had a path to citizenship, all the way to providing enough border security people to orderly manage the border, to allow legal immigration, and prevent illegal immigration. 44

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:11:51-00:12:13 (21 sec)
We're in a situation where, for example, we don't have enough officers to even interview people to discern whether they have a legitimate fear or concern to qualify to come in. We don't have enough people at the border with our Border Patrol people. We don't have enough machinery that we can detect fentanyl and illegal drugs coming in. 45

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:12:13-00:12:46 (33 sec)
It's all there. And so what happened? We worked this with a very conservative Republican from Oklahoma, a Senator, came along and he ran on one side and Democrats on the other side, and they worked for four months, and they came up with a proposal. It didn't have everything I wanted. I told them I was going to go back and get Dreamers etc., but the thing it did do, it provided for a significant more personnel to make an orderly transfer and allow legal immigration to increase, not decrease and diminish illegal immigration. 46

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:46-00:13:11 (24 sec)
And when -- this is literally the truth, what happened was when Trump found out that I liked it and I supported it, and I'd get, quote, credit for it, he got on the phone, not a joke, checked with the Republicans and called them and said, don't be for it, it will benefit Biden. When the hell would you vote on a major piece of legislation based on whether you benefit someone that's in politics? 47

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:13:11-00:13:16 (6 sec)
It's either good or it's bad. It was a good piece of legislation, and I'm not giving up on it. 48

Enrique Acevedo

Neutral
00:13:16-00:13:25 (9 sec)
Have you made a final decision on taking executive order in terms of what you want to do at the border, that includes the power to shut down the border, as it was suggested? 49

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:13:25-00:13:50 (24 sec)
Well, I suggested that. We're examining whether or not I have that power. I would have that power under the legislation. When the border has over five, 5,000 people a day trying to cross the border because you can't manage it, slow it up. There's no, there's no guarantee that I have that power all by myself without legislation. 50

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:13:50-00:13:58 (9 sec)
And some have suggested I should just go ahead and try it. And if I get shut down by the court, I get shut down by the court. But we're trying to work that, work through that right now. 51

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:13:58-00:14:22 (24 sec)
President López Obrador has come up with a plan to fight the root causes of migration in the Western Hemisphere. It calls for the US to invest $20 billion, as well as ease sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, among other things. Your opponent said he wouldn't give Mexico ten cents. How would you work with President López Obrador to reduce migration and also with his successors? 52

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:14:22-00:14:40 (18 sec)
Before Obrador even came up with that plan I initiated that plan years ago. Look, it's not like people are sitting around a table, a hand-hewn table somewhere in Guatemala, and saying, I've got a great idea. Let's sell everything we have, give it to a criminal gang. They're going to take us across the border. 53

Joe Biden

Negative
00:14:40-00:15:02 (21 sec)
They're going to drop us on the other side with language you don't speak, where they don't want me. Won't that be fun? People don't -- they leave because they have no alternatives. And so what we're doing is -- we did and it was working for a while until they cut it off, is provide for the ability to have jobs created in the countries where people are leaving. 54

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:15:02-00:15:12 (11 sec)
People don't want to leave where they're from. People want to be able to make sure that they have an opportunity to just make a living, and they'd rather make a living where they are. 55

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:15:12-00:15:13 (1 sec)
Absolutely. 56

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:15:13-00:15:20 (7 sec)
And so I think, I think his idea is consistent with what I've been pushing. And I think we should be doing something like that. 57

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:15:20-00:15:22 (2 sec)
Do you have a good relationship with President López Obrador? 58

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:15:22-00:15:30 (8 sec)
I do, I do. I find him simple. He's never kidded me. He knows what he wants. He keeps his word from him. That's about as much as I can ask. 59

Enrique Acevedo

Very Negative
00:15:30-00:15:54 (24 sec)
Now that we're talking about world leaders. In the past few days, we've seen increasing protests in Israel calling for the removal of Prime Minister Netanyahu and international condemnation after the death of World Central Kitchen aid workers during an Israeli airstrike. Do you think at this point, Prime Minister Netanyahu is more concerned about his political survival than he is in the national interest of his people? 60

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:15:54-00:16:31 (37 sec)
Well, I will tell you, I think what he's doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach to him. I think it's outrageous that those four, three vehicles were hit by drones and taken out on a highway where it wasn't like it was along the shore, it wasn't like there was a convoy moving there, etc -- so I what I'm calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a ceasefire, allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into the country. 61

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:16:31-00:16:53 (22 sec)
I've spoken with everyone from the Saudis to the Jordanians to the Egyptians. They're prepared to move in. They're prepared to move this food in. And I think there's no excuse to not provide for the medical and the food needs of those people. It should be done now. 62

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:16:53-00:17:02 (10 sec)
Are you any closer to a deal with Republicans about a new round of military aid to Kyiv and to Ukraine? 63

Joe Biden

Negative
00:17:02-00:17:25 (23 sec)
With the vast majority of public is agreed with me. As you know, if we had a vote tomorrow, if the new speaker of the House of Representatives had the guts to call for a vote and on Ukraine, it would pass overwhelmingly and the majority of Republicans in both House and Senate would vote for it. So this is a very dangerous thing that's going on now. 64

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:17:25-00:17:51 (27 sec)
We're in a circumstance where we have a -- we've done something that I was very proud of. I've engaged with NATO for my entire career. We were able to expand NATO, and we have two thousand of miles of border because you have two Nordic nations having joined NATO. You have a whole range of NATO countries along the Russian border. 65

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:17:51-00:18:15 (24 sec)
And the Russians have lost and or have wounded over 300,000 personnel trying to take someone else's property and land. And it's just cruel and unusual punishment. And so if we don't step up and provide the help we need, I was able to find another $310 million dollars available that hadn't been used yet. 66

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:18:15-00:18:45 (30 sec)
But I've run out of runway to provide for more aid without the aid of the Congress. And so I'm hoping that the speaker of the House begins to use, has the courage to do what he, I'm confident, he knows what has to be done. But I think he's worried about losing the speakership because of a strange Republican House -- look, this is not your father's Republican Party, as that old saying goes, this is a different breed of cat. 67

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:18:45-00:19:01 (16 sec)
This is -- Trump runs that party. He maintains a sort of a death grip on it. Everybody's afraid to take him on whether they agree with him or not, and it's incredibly dangerous. The last thing we need is to see NATO start to break apart. It would be a disaster for the United States, a disaster for Europe, a disaster for the world. 68

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:19:01-00:19:18 (17 sec)
[Edited from published video] Mr. President, I think we're about to go over time. But I have one more question about something we talked about in Phoenix, which is health care costs for Latinos. You mentioned -- 69

Enrique Acevedo

Slightly Positive
00:19:18-00:19:32 (14 sec)
-- how it's become a burden for millions of Americans, given the disproportionate impact healthcare expenses have on Latinos and their higher propensity for diseases like diabetes. What specifically is your administration doing to try to help ease that burden? 70

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:19:32-00:19:54 (23 sec)
That's a place where we've made great progress. For years, I've been trying to take on big pharma that makes billions of dollars a year overcharging for prescriptions. For example: we're in a situation where if you go an Air Force One with me and told them to pick any country in Europe that you want me to fly to, I'd take you and you take your prescription from the United States from a drugstore. 71

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:19:54-00:20:23 (28 sec)
You can walk down the street here. I can get you that same exact prescription filled for 40 to 60% less. And so what we were finally able to do, and I've been fighting for this for a long time, is say, here's the deal. Medicare pays for all those drugs that seniors need for whatever the reason. But, for example, there's a higher propensity among Hispanics for diabetes and other -- other things. 72

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:20:23-00:20:49 (26 sec)
Well, guess what? Instead of paying $400 a month for insulin, we're paying, you only have to pay $35 a month now. Donate, donate. And what's done will also take effect in January of next year is that no matter what your total bills are for prescription drugs, you'll never have to pay more than -- for a senior, more than $2,000 a year because some of these cancer drugs are ten, 15,000 bucks a year. 73

Enrique Acevedo

Very Negative
00:20:49-00:20:50 (1 sec)
And they bankrupt the family. 74

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:20:50-00:21:12 (22 sec)
They bankrupt the -- but here's the deal. What no one. What my very right-wing friends don't understand is by doing with these things, we save the government billions of dollars. Just the passage of the first piece of this legislation over the next ten years. By changing the amount of money you have, they can charge for insulin. 75

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:21:12-00:21:40 (28 sec)
It's going to save the government $160 billion dollars. Hear me? Cut the deficit by $160 billion dollars, because that means instead of paying 400 bucks, the government is paying the drug company 35 bucks. But it's going to go beyond that. And I think not only will we not affect seniors, I'm determined to see it in the second term that it affects every American. 76

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:21:40-00:21:52 (13 sec)
No American, no American should be paying the prices they're paying. Everyone should be paying what the price is that other countries do set the price of the drug by negotiation. If they don't want to, if they don't want to be able to provide their drugs, they don't have to do it, they don't have to do it. 77

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:21:52-00:21:56 (4 sec)
But if they want to provide the government to pay for them, then guess what? They got to have a reasonable price. 78

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:21:56-00:22:00 (4 sec)
[Edited from published video] Thank you so much for your time, sir. You've been very generous with us, I appreciate it. 79

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:22:00-00:22:03 (2 sec)
[Edited from published video] Well thank you. I didn't even talk about the American, the ACA, which was the old legislation. 80

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:22:03-00:22:04 (1 sec)
[Edited from published video] I think you had an event. This week about it. 81

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:22:04-00:22:04 ( sec)
[Edited from published video] That's right. 82

Enrique Acevedo

Unknown
00:22:04-00:22:15 (11 sec)
[Edited from published video] It's -- what is its 10th anniversary? 83

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:22:15-00:22:17 (2 sec)
[Edited from published video] That's right. Well, yeah, it is. 84

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:22:17-00:22:19 (3 sec)
But guess what? The Republicans have tried to eliminate it 50 times. 85

Enrique Acevedo

Positive
00:22:19-00:22:21 (2 sec)
The Affordable Care Act, 50 times. 86

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:22:21-00:22:48 (27 sec)
The Affordable Care Act. No, they really, and Trump is totally opposed to it. Totally opposed to it. Guess what? You'd have millions of people not able to have insurance because they have a pre-existing condition. Not insurance company. This covers them. And by the way, it generates economic growth, not just -- I mean, I -- anyway, I just can't fathom the things that Donald Trump says and believes about. 87

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:22:48-00:23:01 (14 sec)
But he'll stand in Mar-a-Lago and say to his friends, I know you're all wealthy. I know 20 of you guys are worth a hell of a lot of money. We're going to make sure we get you a tax cut, a tax cut and they're all cheering. Well, guess what, man? It's about time they start paying their fair share. 88

Enrique Acevedo

Somewhat Positive
00:23:01-00:23:02 (1 sec)
[Edited from published video] Thank you again, Mr. President. 89

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:23:02-00:23:02 ( sec)
[Edited from published video] Thank you. 90

Enrique Acevedo

Very Positive
00:23:02-00:23:10 (8 sec)
[Edited from published video] Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you so much. We covered a lot of land. I appreciate that. 91