Gov. Jerry Brown on DNC, Biden, Trump, Climate Change & More (Full, Unedited Interview)
From YouTube Channel: August 22, 2020 at 02:29PM
ONN – Jerry Brown served as California’s Governor 4 times, and also served as California’s Secretary of State, Attorney General, Mayor of Oakland, and ran for President 3 times.
During this DNC week, we kicked off this week’s conversation by talking about the virtual nature of this year’s event.
“It worked, in fact, you could hear the speeches a little better, and hear the content, the expression, without all the atmospherics, the applauding, the hijinks, and all the rest,” Brown said, admitting that going virtual did remove some of the excitement.
The conversation turned to the Democratic nominee himself, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Brown and Biden entered elected office within two months of each other, Biden as a member of Delaware’s New Castle County Council in November 1970, and Brown as California’s Secretary of State in January 1971.
Both men have also run for President three times apiece,.
“You see what you get, you get what you see,” Brown said of Biden. “He’s had a lot of experience, he’s not flamboyant, he’s not a show-horse.
One other trait the two men share is their more advanced age: Biden is 77, Brown is 82.
Given the fact that Biden, should he win, would be the oldest first-term President in US history, the question of age has cropped up occasionally throughout the campaign.
So, is Biden too old to be President?
“No,” Brown laughed. “I don’t think I’m too old to be President. I’m 82… I feel I’m at the peak of my understand and experience.”
“Remember, energy is good… being young, and not knowing everything, you’re bolder, you’ll take risks, you’ll innovate,” Brown cautioned. “But as you get older, you understand things, you’ve made your mistakes, so you’re wiser… Biden looks pretty good, he’s got at least four years in him, maybe more.”
From electoral politics, the conversation turned to matters of the state.
First, on the environment, and the tumultuous week that the Golden State has experienced, from record heat in Death Valley and rolling blackouts, to some 500+ wildfires that have ravaged the state, with no major signs of containment or slowing down.
“Climate is getting warmer, it’s changing… we’re going to have more of this, this is just a little taste of what’s coming,�� Brown warned. “Wherever you are in the world, we have to pull together, and climate change, like this virus, ought to be something that brings us together, because we’re all facing the same thing.”
Brown said that people have a “call to arms,” that the increased temperatures and fires will only get worse over the next five years, so the answer must be to get to zero-carbon emissions in society by 2045.
“We need radical change in the way things are going on.”
Also continuing to hammer California? Coronavirus.
To date, California has experienced more than 659,000 confirmed cases, the most of any state.
Brown, who serves as an advisor on Governor Newsom’s economic recovery task force, echoed the sentiment of his predecessor, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in an August 9 appearance on The Issue is claimed that the state may have reopened too quickly
“Obviously we opened too soon, because the virus expanded,” Brown said. “But I have to say, as a Governor, this thing is complicated. People are yelling and screaming, ‘we’ve gotta work,’ ‘we’ve got to get to school,’ ‘we’ve got to get to our jobs,’… we’ve got millions of people who, without the money, can’t make it, can’t feed their families, so the Governor had a tough decision to make, things looked better, and, as it turned out, he had to turn back.”
While California could have reacted differently, Brown said the ultimate problem was the response at the federal level, blaming President Trump for not having mobilized manufacturing to ramp up testing capacity.
“[The President needs] to have mobilized manufacturing so that we could have had millions of tests a day,” Brown said.
“We should have closed down completely for four months and had the federal government pay the difference, then we could have gotten over it.”
The conversation wrapped up with a discussion of the future after this presidential election.
“No matter who’s President, we have a big challenge, because we’ve been spending all this money, we have a lot of unemployment, we have a lot of businesses that went out of business and aren’t coming back.”
If President Trump wins re-election, Brown said he believes that there will be enormous polarization and discontent. If Biden prevails, Brown admits that miracles won’t be performed, but that there will be calm and bipartisanship brought about by Biden’s skill and empathy.
“The Issue Is:” with Elex Michaelson is California’s only statewide political show. Watch full episodes at TheIssueIsShow.com
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