2020 Democratic presidential debate: Part 3

2020 Democratic presidential debate: Part 3

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Updated: 10:53 PM EST Feb 7, 2020

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. BACK LIVE IN MANCHESTER, THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE. HERE NOW, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. >>> WELCOME BACK TO OUR DEBATE. TIME NOW FOR A FINAL QUESTION. EACH OF YOU WILL ANSWER IT IN TURN. WE’LL START WITH MR. YANG. ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND IT’S BEEN NEARLY 20 YEARS SINCE CHILD POVERTY WAS DIRECTLY ADDRESSED IN THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. THE YEAR WAS 1999. THE — WHO MAY BE WATCHING RIGHT NOW, THE LATE COKIE ROBERTS. COKIE LOVED THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY. SHE ASKED THE CANDIDATES IN THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE, HOW DO WE OVERCOME THE SCANDAL OF 1 MILLION AMERICAN PRESCHOOLERS LIVING IN POVERTY? TODAY NEARLY 1 IN 5 ARE STILL LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE HAD TEN STRAIGHT YEAR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU ABOUT WHERE AMERICA IS TODAY AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITH IT? >> WE ARE IN THE MOST EXTREME WINNER TAKE ALL ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT EXTREMITY IS JUST GOING REACH UNPRECEDENTED HIGHS AS TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING STRONGER, MORE CAPABLE ALL THE TIME. MOST OF US ARE NOT. MOST ADULTS FEEL HAPPY WITH WE STAY THE SAME ANY GIVEN DAY. IF WE WANT TO ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY WE NEED TO PUT MONEY IN THE HANDS OF FAMILIES, PARTICULARLY SINGLE PARENTS. 40% OF CHILDREN ARE BORN TO SINGLE MOMS. 90% OF SINGLE PARENTS ARE MOMS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE FALLEN INTO THIS TRAP WHERE WE’VE ALLOWED THE MARKET TO TELL US WHAT WE ARE ALL WORTH. WHAT IS THE MARKET VALUE MY WIVIVE LYNN OR STAY

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