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Transcript: Tom Perez on "Face the Nation," October 18, 2020

Transcript: Tom Perez on “Face the Nation,” October 18, 2020

The next is a transcript of an interview with DNC Chair Tom Perez that aired Sunday, October 18, 2020, on “Face the Nation.”


MARGARET BRENNAN: We wish to return now to the presidential marketing campaign and test in with each side. First, we go to the chairman of the Democratic Get together, Tom Perez. Good morning to you.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TOM PEREZ: Good morning. Pleasure to be with you.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively, our CBS Battleground Tracker reveals this morning that your candidate, Joe Biden, has the sting in each Arizona by three factors, 5 level lead in Wisconsin. Lots of that, although, finally goes to be depending on turnout. Do you assume the Democratic Get together has executed sufficient within the midst of this pandemic to drive up both simple balloting or capability to go to the polls?

PEREZ: Effectively, I at all times warning individuals by no means get on the poll-er-coaster. We take nothing with no consideration and the keenness, MARGARET, has been everywhere in the nation. You noticed the early vote totals in Wisconsin. Over 1 / 4 of the individuals have already voted in Wisconsin. They voted absentee. You look down in Florida, 2.four million individuals voted down there. And what’s actually fascinating is the Democrats are overwhelmingly turning of their ballots. And 350,00 of the Democrats which have turned of their ballots have not voted within the final two elections. So it is not simply people who find themselves voting for comfort, it is individuals who have not turned out. And that reveals the keenness for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We’ve got much more work to do, however we’re increasing the battlegrounds. We’re competing in locations like Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Georgia and elsewhere. And- and that is as a result of we’ve got a candidate who I believe is simply uniquely certified to convey individuals collectively. He does have a plan to take care of our crisis–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

PEREZ: –our coronavirus disaster, our financial disaster. He’s a uniter. He is not a divider. And that’s the reason Joe Biden is making the progress he is making.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively–

PEREZ: However we’ve got extra work to do and folk bought to get on the market and vote.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively, and the Biden- the Biden marketing campaign has emphasised that, you realize, that- that lead is a lead, however it nonetheless might be neck and neck. And apparently, once you take a look at our Arizona ballot, nearly all of seemingly voters in Arizona, 56%, give Democrats extra blame than they do to Republicans or the president for not getting an financial aid package deal to them proper now. I imply, People are in an financial emergency and these negotiations stay roughly stalled on Capitol Hill. Do you assume that technique of holding out for a much bigger, higher deal goes to backfire for Democrats?

PEREZ: Effectively, it is the Democrats who handed a invoice 5 – 6 months in the past and the Republicans did nothing. They’re transferring heaven and earth to fill a Supreme Court docket seat to allow them to undo the Reasonably priced Care Act and undo protection for individuals with preexisting–

MARGARET BRENNAN: However that is blame being–

PEREZ: –conditions. However they did subsequent to nothing.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –passed round to you now. That is backlash. These are what persons are saying they see–

PEREZ: Effectively, I do not–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –blame being put right here with the Democrats of their view.

PEREZ: Effectively, I- I- within the final week, I’ve traveled each to Arizona, to Nevada and to Florida. And what I’ve heard from voters all through these travels, I used to be with of us in Orlando on Thursday, individuals working at Disney World. One individual is about to- she’s going to lose her well being care protection on Thanksgiving Day. That is when she loses her well being care. However the Republicans do not wish to pay for COBRA protection for individuals who’ve misplaced their protection, who’ve misplaced their well being care, they’ve misplaced their jobs. That is unconscionable. And folks perceive this can be a well being care election. In the midst of a disaster we’ve got a president who desires to undo protection for individuals with preexisting circumstances. He desires to show the clock again on well being care. And it is the Democrats which were combating for it. And that is been an enormous sticking point–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Effectively fighting– 

PEREZ: –in these–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –but- but–

PEREZ: –negotiations.

MARGARET BRENNAN: However speaking and doing are two various things. And never doing is what Democrats are getting blamed at for right here. However I wish to ask you about once you’re speaking about get out the vote efforts, yesterday there was a court docket that- that dominated in Republicans favor with regards to a rule in Michigan about mail-in- mail-in ballots needing to be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. It is a state that might actually be decisive. How a lot of a setback is that?

PEREZ: Effectively, we have been organizing early in Michigan. We have been organizing early elsewhere. And in Wisconsin, for example, again in April, the Republicans tried to weaponize the pandemic as a result of they wished to win a state Supreme Court docket case. And we received that case. We received it decisively as a result of we outhustled them. We outorganized them. We turned out absentee voters in droves. The identical factor that is occurring in Michigan. Voters have choices in Michigan because of a poll initiative in 2018. They usually’re utilizing these choices. And also you take a look at the early vote totals and once more, Democratic power. And so we’ll proceed to combat in courts–

MARGARET BRENNAN: So, you do not see that is as damaging?

PEREZ: Effectively, I might slightly I- I consider democracy works higher when everybody can solid their poll and each poll is counted. We’re in an unprecedented pandemic right here, and courts in different states have allowed votes that had been postmarked by Election Day to be counted so long as they’re acquired inside a brief time frame after Election Day. This court docket did it in a different way. I disagree categorically with that ruling. However we’re transferring forward in Michigan. We’re transferring forward in all places. And once more, the pandemic in Michigan–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

PEREZ: — the pandemic in all places. It is a disaster. Folks perceive this president has no plan. His closing argument in Michigan is “lock her up.”

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

PEREZ: He is fanning the flames of division. He does not have a plan for the coronavirus. He does not have a plan for the economic system. He is divisive. Joe Biden is bringing us together–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Alright.

PEREZ: Folks in Michigan keep in mind that it was Joe Biden and Barack Obama who saved the auto industry–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Alright.

PEREZ: — when Republicans had been letting it die. 

MARGARET BRENNAN: Alright, Tom Perez, thanks very a lot.

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