You know, of the top four candidates
for the Democratic nomination for president,
our first guest is the only one young enough
to have listened to Offset and Cardi B on purpose.
She is from right here in California
and she means business.
Please welcome senator Kamala Harris.
Welcome home. You're home in California.
- Oh, I'm so happy to be home. - You've been in Iowa, right?
I was just there yesterday.
How long were you there?
That was about a 24 hour trip, but then the week before
I was there for several days.
Isn't it odd that you have to concentrate
so much effort in a state that-- had you been to Iowa before?
- Not before I was a candidate. - Yeah.
But now-- I've been there a lot now.
- You've been there a lot now? - Yeah.
Well, you did very well in the debate
and now the polls are surging.
You had a big bump in the national poll.
And in California, your number one, which is good,
because it's is your state.
And I think in New Hampshire-- you're number
two in New Hampshire, which is good, right?
I'm not paying attention to the polls.
Do you not pay attention to the polls?
The only poll that matters for me is on election day.
Does anybody come to you and say, here's how it's going?
Yeah. JIMMY KIMMEL: They do.
They've told me. My team has told me.
And, certainly, it's positive reinforcement, but honestly--
Is the reason you don't pay attention to the polls
what happened last election?
I don't-- I have a complicated relationship with polls,
which is this, when I started--
when I first ran for DA, when I first ran for attorney general,
people said to me, nobody like you has done this,
they're not ready for you.
And the first polls that came out
suggested to everyone that we couldn't win.
And so from then on, I've just kind of felt like,
you know what, I'm going to pay attention
to the voters and the people and then
I'll leave it to the consultants to pay attention to the polls.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Ultimately, the polls don't really matter.
Although, they matter when it comes to fundraising
and that sort of thing.
Yeah, I mean it is an indication of where you are.
But it's not the only one.
You got a big boost at the debate when, I think,
you broke two of Joe Biden's ribs at that debate.
Are you aware of that?
Do you feel-- do you have any regret of going
in so-- so hard on him?
You know, I felt strongly that we
needed to have a full discussion about that era in our country.
And it was a discussion that had been
occurring for probably about two weeks before the debate.
And I felt the need to be sure that we are reflecting
true history as it relates to integration of the schools,
and the need to force integration because there were
so many states that were adamant against allowing
the children of all races to be educated together.
And I'll tell you, Jimmy, I have had so many people come up
to me and almost whisper like it's
a secret among us, black and white,
I was blessed since that debate.
It's something that-- it has not been
the subject of much discussion in the last, you know,
But it is something that impacted millions of people
in our country.
And I think it's an important-- it's an important reminder
that we have to always remember our history
and the last chapter if we're going
to accurately and correctly write the next chapter.
Is there a danger, do you feel--
because this is-- I feel like this
is unlike any other election.
Is there a danger that the Democrats will cannibalize
and really hurt each other going in to, you know, the big prize?
I hope not.
And I think that most of us are of like mind,
that this should be, on that debate stage, a debate
about issues, but not personal attacks.
It should be about, you know, pointing out
the differences, obviously, between us,
so that Democrats can make a decision.
But it should not be about cannibalizing anybody.
If you get to the point where you are debating Trump,
will you engage in personal attacks?
I Hope the answer is yes.
No, but I will prosecute the case against four
more years of Donald Trump.
And there's a rap sheet to be prosecuted.
You know, he barely mentioned you at his rally tonight,
which I think means he's most scared of you.
I really do.
Because he's been focusing on-- why do you think he's focusing
on these congresswomen so much?
I think that he has defiled the office of the President
of the United States.
You called him a coward, which isn't necessarily fair.
I mean, this man almost went to Vietnam,
were it not for his bone spurs.
No, here's the thing.
Here's the thing.
The President of the United States has so much power,
and in particular, in that microphone that she holds.
He's a woman?
And-- well, that she who should be president holds.
JIMMY KIMMEL: I see.
And what we have seen is that this individual,
this president, he, I guess, believes that his power is
to beat people down, instead of what
real power and strength is about,
which is lifting people up.
That does seem to be the case.
And that's why I also call him a coward.
You know-- you know my background, I was a prosecutor.
I took on predators, be they transnational criminal
organizations that preyed on women or children
or the big banks that preyed on homeowners,
pharmaceutical companies, for profit colleges.
And I'm going to tell you something about predators.
The thing about them is, by their very nature
and character and instinct, they prey on the vulnerable.
They prey on those they believed to be weak.
They prey on those who are in need of help,
and often desperate in need of help.
And this is the kind of characteristic
that we see in this president.
And then he embraces--
he embraces the dictators.
He embraces Kim Jong-un.
He embraces Vladimir Putin.
He embraces MBS.
And let's be clear about those three fellows, right?
Which is that, on the issue of Russia's interference
in the election of the President of the United States,
this president prefers to take the word
of the Russian president over the word
of the American intelligence community.
On the subject of an American student who
was tortured and later died, this president
prefers to take the word of the North Korean
dictator over the word of the American intelligence
On the subject of a journalist who was assassinated,
a journalist who has American credentials,
he prefers to take the word of a Saudi prince
over the word of the American intelligence community.
Who is this guy?
I think-- I really--
I mean, you've crystallized it very well.
I think he was the host of "The Celebrity Apprentice."
- Exactly. - Yeah.
And, you know, he obviously achieved success there.
He has obviously achieved very little success here.
So he should go back to that.
Senator Kamala Harris of California
is here back home in California. - Yes.
What are you going to do? You're here a short time.
I've got a number of meetings and events.
And I'm having my in-laws and the kids over for dinner
tomorrow night, so I'm cooking. And--
And you still have to be senator
while you're doing this stuff.
Yes, of course.
Today there was a vote.
And it was almost a unanimous vote.
This was for the September 11th Victim's Fund.
All they wanted to do--
Jon Stewart spoke beautifully about this.
And the idea was they would extend those benefits
for victims of September 11.
And one Senator, Rand Paul, voted to block it.
When Congress can't pass something like that,
it makes you wonder if we can ever come together on anything.
I mean, I-- listen, the way that I approach--
first of all, it's tragic that that did not pass.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah.
Because, as we know, and have known for now over a decade,
there are so many heroes associated with 9/11 who
deserve to receive all the benefit of our respect
and all the benefit of the dignity we can give them.
You know, on the broader issue about whether we can find
any common ground in the United States Congress,
I do believe we can, because I believe
that the American people know that the vast majority of us
have so much more in common than what separates us.
And the way that I think about my priorities
is through the lens of what I call the 3 o'clock
in the morning thought, right?
Which is when people wake up in the middle
of the night with that thought that's been weighing on them.
When they're thinking that thought,
it is never through the lens of the party with which
they're registered to vote.
When they're thinking that thought,
it is never through the lens of some simplistic demographics
some pollster put them in.
And for the vast majority of us, when
we're thinking that thought-- and you know this,
I know this well--
it has to do with our personal health, the health
of our children or our parents.
Can I get a job, keep a job, pay the bills
by the end of the month, retire with dignity?
For our students, can I pay off those student loans?
For so many families in America, can I
help my family member get off their opioid addiction
or their drug addiction?
The vast majority of us have so much more in common
than what separates us.
And if we approach priorities through that lens,
I do believe we can see progress.
But the first thing that we've got to do
is agree, also, that we are going
to reject those people who are trying to sow
hate and division among us.
And this is the contrast right now,
which is where I believe the American people
truly are and then what you're hearing from supposed leaders.
And that's why, you know, Jimmy, in talking about what's been
happening over the last 48 hours,
listen, people may not agree with all my policies,
people may not vote for me.
But I'm going to tell you this.
We have got to get a place-- to a place
where we as Americans agree.
We have got to unify as a country
around our commonalities, around our collective priorities.
We have got to unify.
We have got to.
You support Medicare for All?
Do you-- and you--
would people be able to still go and get supplemental insurance
if they wanted to? - Yes, they would.
Yes, absolutely. - Is this something that you--
Medicare for All would cost the middle class, or lower
middle class, the lower class more with something
that would increase taxes?
No, it would not.
And it would actually bring health care to the place
where your access to health care is
not a function of how much money you have in your back pocket.
And, you know, right now, we are looking at the fact
that we have Medicare for All, and you know where that is?
In the emergency rooms of America.
And it is too expensive and it also
means that people are getting access to health care when
they're in crisis instead of before then, when we can
actually alleviate their pain and extend
the quality of their life in a much smarter
and more effective way.
You know, and then people--
there's this whole argument that people think,
well, maybe is this going to mean that I need
to-- that I have to worry about not
being able to see my doctor?
91% of the doctors in America are in Medicare.
And those that are not are mostly
pediatricians and the 9%.
And you know why they're not in Medicare?
Because Medicare doesn't cover children.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Mm-hmm.
But when we have Medicare for all,
that will not be any longer the case,
which means that the vast majority of doctors
will be in that system.
And you can keep your doctor under that system.
And it will be that when you walk into that hospital, when
you walk into the doctor's office,
you don't have to fill out all those forms
and give your credit card.
You just give your--
your Medicare card and you walk in
and then you walk out when you're done.
You've been working on a prescription drug plan.
What's-- in a nutshell, what is that plan?
It's about bringing the cost of prescription drugs down.
The pharmaceutical companies have been jacking up prices
hand over fist for years.
And so what I'm prepared to do is, one,
to require that the pharmaceutical companies
pay a fair price for drugs.
And what that means is looking at what other countries are
charging for the same drugs and then bringing the price
down so it will be--
it'll match the average of what other countries are paying.
Because why is it that the United States government is
the only one that is allowing its people to pay more
for the same drugs that people can get
in Canada for half the price?
Many of which we are making.
I know, this is my point.
And why isn't the American government standing up?
Well, because you have so many people in Washington
DC who are in the back pocket of the pharmaceutical . companies.
Who's the worst one?
I've got a list.
But also what I'm prepared to do is this.
If we can't get consensus in the Congress about that
and also getting rid of the tax loophole
for pharmaceutical companies to advertise
on television, right, because they get tax
breaks for advertising on TV.
All those advertisements you see.
We'll get rid of those.
But how will we learn about mesothelioma if we don't--
every four minutes.
But let me tell you, if we can't get Congress to act on that,
then what I'm prepared to do, as president,
is take executive action to, one,
allow people to buy their drugs from Canada,
to also put in place an attorney general of the United States
who will prosecute pharmaceutical companies
for predatory practices, and to take
the licenses, basically, that--
the patents that drug companies who have been funded
and their research has been government funded,
take their patents, if they fail to bring prices
down to meet the average of what other countries are charging.
Thank you for being here.
Give my best to everyone in Iowa.
I will, I will.
Senator Kamala Harris, everyone.
She's running for president.
Hi, I'm Jimmy Kimmel.
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