YCQM Nov. 18, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. >> Announcer: FROM WCAX, THIS IS
"YOU CAN QUOTE ME."
>> Darren: GOOD MORNING,
EVERYONE.
I'M DARREN PERRON.
RIGHT NOW ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME,"
MISS VERMONT AND MISS TEEN
VERMONT USA JOIN ME TO TALK
ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND
BULLYING.
ALSO, IS BERNIE BACKY IT?
WE ASK HIM ABOUT A RUN FOR
PRESIDENT AND THE RECENT MID
DETERMINE ELECTIONS.
PLUS AN UPDATE ON THE F35, BURN
PITS IN WAR ZONES AND THE RECENT
DEPLOYMENT AT THE VERMONT
NATIONAL GUARD.
THAT'S WHERE WE BEGIN THIS
MORNING.
ABOUT 60 VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD
MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO THE
NORTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST ASIA
THIS SUMMER.
THE MIX TO PROVIDE AIR AMBULANCE
SERVICE AND EVACUATIONS.
THE SOLDIERS GOT ADVANCED
MEDICAL TRAINING AND THE GUARD
SAYS THEY'RE EXPERTS AT SAVING
PEOPLE ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
THEY'RE FLYING THE GUARD'S SIX
BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS.
MOST OF THE SOLDIERS DEPLOYING
WORK CIVILIAN JOBS IN HOSPITALS,
OTHER MEDICAL FACILITIES OR AT
EMTs.
THEY LEFT THOSE JOBS, THEIR
FAMILIES AND FRIENDS FOR GOOD A
YEAR, AND FOR AN UPDATE ON HOW
THAT MISSION IS GOING, I'M
JOINED NOW BY MAJOR GENERAL
STEVEN CRAY, VERMONT'S ADJUTANT
GENERAL.
GOOD MORNING, GENERAL.
>> Cray: GOOD MORNING, DARREN.
>> Darren: HAS THIS MISSION
BEGUN?
>> Cray: IT HAS.
OUR SOLDIERS ARE FULLY ENGAGED
IN THE ANYTHING IN THE MIDEAST.
-- IN THE MISSION IN THE
MIDEAST.
THEY'RE VERY BUSY AND THEY'RE
ACTUALLY ABLE TO MAINTAIN
CONTACT WITH THEY'RE FAMILIES AS
WELL, WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN
THE CASE IN THE PAST
DEPLOYMENTS, SO THEY'RE ABLE TO
STAY UPDATED, SO THAT KEEPS
FAMILIES ASSURED THAT THINGS ARE
GOING OKAY.
BUT YEAH, THEY'RE VERY BUSY.
>> Darren: HAVE THEY SEEN ANY
HOSTILE FIRE OR ANY KIND OF
HARM'S WAY?
>> Cray: WELL, THEY'RE, YOU
KNOW, CLOSE TO THE FRONT LINES,
OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE THAT'S THEIR
MISSION.
THEY'RE A MED EVAC MISSION AND
THEY'RE THERE TO SAVE LIVES.
THEY HAVE BEEN SAVING LIVES AND
THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO THEIR
JOBS.
AS YOU MENTIONED, THEY'RE ALL
HIGHLY SKILLED, HIGHLY TRAINED,
AND WE'RE FULLY READY TO DO THAT
MISSION.
IN FACT, WE'RE ABLE TO TALK TO A
FEW OF THEM ABOUT A MONTH AGO.
WE HAD OUR MILITARY BALL AND WE
WERE ABLE TO VIDEOCONFERENCE IN
AND TALK TO THE COMMANDER AND HE
SAID EVERYBODY IS DOING GOOD AND
THEY MISS VERMONT, BUT THEY'RE
DOING WELL AND THEY'RE DOING
THEIR JOBS WELL.
>> Darren: SO WE KNOW WHAT THEIR
MISSION IS, WHICH IS BASICALLY
EVACUATING ANYBODY WHO'S INJURED
ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
CAN YOU TELL US WHERE AND WHAT
SPECIFICALLY AS FAR AS LOCATIONS
GO ARE THEY?
>> Cray: NO, I CAN'T TALK ABOUT
EXACTLY WHERE THEY'RE AT, BUT
THEY ARE DEPLOYED IN SEVERAL
LOCATIONS IN THE MIDEAST, CLOSE
TO COMBAT WHERE THEY CAN DO
THEIR JOBS, WHICH IS EXACTLY
WHAT YOU SAID, TO BE ON CALL, TO
TRANSPORT INJURED SERVICE
PERSONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF
CARE, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY
PROVIDE IS CRITICAL TO
LIFE-SAVING, AND THEY'RE DOING
JUST A FANTASTIC JOB AS WE
EXPECTED THEM TO DO.
>> Darren: SO WE KNOW THAT THESE
EVACUATIONS, AGAIN, ARE ON THE
BATTLEFIELD.
I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THEY HAVE
ARMED ESCORTS WHEN THEY GO IN.
CAN YAW WALK US THROUGH WHAT
HAPPENS WHEN THEY GET THE CALL
THEY'RE NEEDED?
>> Cray: YEAH, THESE
HELICOPTERS, LIKE YOU SAID,
THEY'RE ON 24/7 ALERT, IF YOU
WILL.
THEY GET A CALL THAT THEY NEED
TO TRANSPORT SOMEONE, AN INJURED
PERSON, SO THEY GET THAT
HELICOPTER AIRBORNE, YOU KNOW,
IN JUST A FEW MINUTES AND GET TO
THAT SITE AS FAST AS THEY CAN.
THEY HAVE TRAINED PERSONNEL ON
BOARD TO TAKE CARE OF THAT
IMMEDIATE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS,
PROVIDE, YOU KNOW -- GET THEM
STABILIZED AND THEN TRANSPORT
THEM, AGAIN, TO THAT FIRST LEVEL
OF CARE, WHETHER IT WOULD BE A
FIELD HOSPITAL OR SOME TYPE OF A
TREATMENT WHERE THERE'S, YOU
KNOW, MEDICAL DOCTORS AND READY
TO GO.
SO THEY'RE THE ONES, AS YOU
SAID, THAT ARE IN HARM'S WAY, IF
YOU WILL, TO GET TO THAT INJURED
PERSON AND GET THEM OUT AS FAST
AS THEY CAN.
>> Darren: AND GOING BACK TO WHY
WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT WHERE
SPECIFICALLY THEY ARE, CAN YOU
ENLIGHTEN US ON THAT?
>> Cray: WELL, OBVIOUSLY IT'S
FOR THEIR SAFETY AND THE FACT
THAT, YOU KNOW, SECURITY AROUND
WHERE OUR FOLKS ARE LOCATED AND
OPERATING IN THE PARTICULAR
MISSION IS FOR THEIR SECURITY AS
WELL AS FOR -- NOT ONLY FOR
THEM, BUT FOR ALL OF THE
SOLDIERS AND EVERYBODY THAT'S
DEPLOYED AROUND THEM.
IT'S FOR THEIR SECURITY.
>> Darren: SO MAYBE WE CAN TALK
ABOUT HOW THIS DEPLOYMENT
DIFFERS FROM, SAY, IRAQ, WHICH
THEY ALSO WERE IN, OR BOSNIA OR
EVEN SOME OF THE HURRICANE
RELIEF THAT THEY PARTICIPATED
IN.
>> Cray: YEAH, YOU'RE RIGHT.
I MEAN, THEY WERE DOWN IN THE
VIRGIN ISLANDS HELPING OUT FOR
HURRICANE RELIEF.
THEY'VE DONE SOME OTHER DOMESTIC
OPERATIONS, BUT WHEN THEY GO
INTO A COMBAT ZONE LIKE THAT
THEY ARE IN, THERE'S A WHOLE SET
OF SECURITY CHALLENGES AS I
ALLUDED TO AND THE FACT THAT
THEY COULD BE NEAR COMBAT, JUST
MAKES IT EVEN THAT MUCH MORE
IMPORTANT THAT WE PROVIDE, YOU
KNOW, A SECURE LOCATION AND NOT
DISCLOSE, YOU KNOW, WHERE
THEY'RE OPERATING.
>> Darren: THEY'RE GONE FOR
ABOUT A YEAR.
ANYTHING IN PLACE TO HELP THE
FAMILIES?
>> Cray: YEAH, SO WE DO -- FIRST
OF ALL, THE VERMONT ARMY
NATIONAL GUARD AVIATION UNIT AS
TIGHT-KNIT GROUP ANYWAY, AND SO
WE HAVE FOLKS THAT ARE
DESIGNATED THAT HAVE STAYED
BEHIND HERE IN VERMONT THAT ARE
SORT OF THE POINTS OF CONTACT
FOR THE FAMILIES, YOU KNOW, IF
THEY NEED ANYTHING IMMEDIATELY,
THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE
TALKING TO THE UNIT AS WELL AS
WE HAVE A ROBUST -- AND YOU'VE
TALKED TO THEM BEFORE -- FAMILY
READINESS GROUP THAT WE DEAL
WITH.
OUR OUTREACH PROGRAM, THAT'S
CONNECTED ACROSS THE STATE TO
PROVIDE SERVICES, YOU KNOW, IF
AND WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS
IT.
REALLY -- AND I SAW THEM A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AT A YELLOW
RIBBON EVENT UP IN STOWE AND I
TALKED TO ALL THE FAMILIES.
THEY'RE ALL DOING FINE AND THEY
KNOW THAT THEY JUST NEED TO JUST
ASK AND THERE'S PLENTY OF HELP
OUT THERE FOR THEM.
>> Darren: SOMETIMES ON THESE
DEPLOYMENTS, OUR SOLDIERS GET A
CHANCE TO COME HOME.
IS THAT AN OPTION IN THIS
DEPLOYMENT?
>> Cray: NO, IT'S NOT.
YOU'RE RIGHT, BECAUSE IN THE
PAST THERE BE BREAKS IN BETWEEN
AND THIS DEPLOYMENT, THERE ARE
NO BREAKS, SO THEY LEFT IN
MAY/JUNE TIMEFRAME AND THEY'RE
GOING TO BE HOME IN THE MAY/JUNE
TIMEFRAME.
>> Darren: THIS IS NOT THE
LARGESCALE DEPLOYMENT THAT WE'VE
BEEN TALKING TO YOU ABOUT FOR
QUITE A WHILE NOW.
THAT'S EXPECTED IN THE NEXT
YEAR, THAT IS STILL ACCURATE?
>> Cray: IT'S NOT GOING TO
HAPPEN IN THE NEXT YEAR.
WE DON'T HAVE ANY FIRM PLANS FOR
NEXT YEAR.
IN THE NEXT YEAR, THERE'S GOING
TO BE A LARGE-SCALE EXERCISE
THAT THE BRIGADE IS GOING TO
PERFORM AND THAT'S DOWN IN
LOUISIANA NEXT MAY.
THAT'S ABOUT A MONTH-LONG
EXERCISE, THE MOST REALISTIC
COMBAT EXERCISE THAT OUR
SOLDIERS CAN PARTAKE IN.
IT'S ABOUT 5,000 SOLDIERS, NOT
JUST FROM VERMONT, BUT FROM
SEVERAL STATES.
>> Darren: SO IS THEN A
LARGE-SCALE DEPLOYMENT OFF THE
TABLE NOW?
>> Cray: I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S OFF
THE TABLE, BUT WE HAVEN'T BEEN
NOTIFIED OF ANY PARTICULAR
MISSION, BECAUSE AFTER THIS
LARGE-SCALE EXERCISE, THAT'S
WHEN THE BRIGADE REACHES ITS
PEAK LEVEL OF READINESS SO THAT
THE U.S. ARMY, THE NATION CAN
CALL UPON THOSE PARTICULAR UNITS
IF THERE'S A NEED FOR THAT, YOU
KNOW, ANY SECURITY CHALLENGES
AROUND THE WORLD, THEY COULD
CALL ON THE 86th AND SAY, OKAY,
WE NEED YOU TO DO THIS
DEPLOYMENT.
SO RIGHT NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE FOR
A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THIS
LARGE EXERCISE NEXT MAY, THEY'LL
SORT OF BE ON STANDBY A LITTLE
BIT, IF YOU WILL, AND THEN
THEY'LL LOOK FURTHER DOWN THE
ROAD FOR, YOU KNOW, POSSIBLE
MOBILIZATIONS.
BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING FIRM
RIGHT NOW.
>> Darren: OKAY.
THE PRESIDENT HAS ORDERED
THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO THE U.S.
BORDER WITH MEXICO.
ANY CHANCE THAT VERMONT WOULD BE
CALLED FOR THAT?
>> Cray: WE DON'T HAVE ANY
SOLDIERS ON THE BORDER RIGHT NOW
AND I DON'T KNOW -- I'M NOT
AWARE OF ANY PLANS TO SEND ANY
IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
>> Darren: OKAY.
A BIG LOSS, AS YOU KNOW, FOR THE
VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD THIS PAST
WEEK.
VERMONT'S FORMER ASSISTANT
ADJUTANT GENERAL, YOU'RE NUMBER
TWO, HAS DIED.
I PROFILED BRIGADIER GENERAL
MICHAEL HESTON IN SEPTEMBER,
BATTLING A RARE FORM OF
PANCREATIC CANCER.
GENERAL HESTON BLAMED HIS
ILLNESS ON OPEN AIR BURN PITS IN
AFGHANISTAN.
HE DEPLOYED THERE THREE TIMES
AND WORKED JUST 300 YARDS AWAY
FROM ONE, BREATHING IN SMOKE
FROM THOSE FIRES EVERY DAY.
HE TRIED AGGRESSIVE TREATMENTS,
BUT THEY DIDN'T WORK.
THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD
ANNOUNCED HIS DEATH TODAY.
HESTON DEDICATED 32 YEARS TO THE
VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD AND WAS A
VERMONT STATE TROOPER FOR 26
YEARS.
IN A CHANNEL 3 NEWS
INVESTIGATION, WE LEARNED THAT
THOUSANDS OF MILITARY MEMBERS,
INCLUDING SOME VERMONTERS, ALSO
SAY THE BURN PITS MADE THEM SICK
AND OTHERS HAVE DIED, TOO.
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
AFFAIRS SET UP A REGISTRY TO
DOCUMENT VETERANS' POSSIBLE
EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS, BUT SAYS
MORE STUDIES ARE NEEDED TO SEE
IF THERE ARE LONG-TERM HEALTH
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THEM.
THERE IS A PUSH IN CONGRESS TO
GET EXPOSURE TO BURN PITS TO
QUUL CERTIFY AS A DISABILITY --
TO QUALIFY AS A DISABILITY.
YOU WERE CLOSE WITH GENERAL
HESTON.
DO YOU THINK THAT THE BURN PITS
MADE HIM SICK?
>> Cray: FIRST OF ALL, YOU'RE
RIGHT, I LOST A GOOD FRIEND OF
MINE A COLLEAGUE, A TRUE LEADER
IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, AND
PERSONALLY, I AND THE VERMONT
NATIONAL GUARD WILL MISS HIM
SORELY.
I KNOW THAT MIKE DID A GREAT
INTERVIEW WITH YOU ABOUT THIS
SUBJECT AND THERE'S A LOT OF
INFORMATION OUT THERE AND
THERE'S A LOT MORE BEING
GENERATED, AND I THINK THIS IS
JUST PART OF THE DISCUSSION THAT
NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO HAPPEN.
YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT THE BURN
PIT REGISTRY IS OUT THERE AND
WE'RE ENCOURAGING EVERYONE THAT
THINKS THAT THEY'VE BEEN EXPOSED
TO THAT TO REGISTER TO THAT THEY
CAN GET THE BEST INFORMATION
THEY CAN ABOUT THE SUBJECT.
>> Darren: AS I MENTIONED, OUR
INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT
SEVERAL VERMONT GUARD SOLDIERS
AND THEIR FAMILIES BELIEVE THE
BURN PITS ARE THE NEW AGENT
ORANGE.
ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR SOLDIERS,
MIKE CRAMM, DIED TOO.
I EMBEDDED WITH HIM IN
AFGHANISTAN AND WE SAW AND
SMELLED THE BURN PITS AND
SEVERAL OTHER SOLDIERS SAY THEY
MADE THEM SICK.
ARE YOU WORRY ABOUT THE MEN AND
WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH IN REGARD
TO THESE BURN PITS?
>> Cray: THE HEALTH OF OUR
SERVICE MEMBERS IS ONE OF OUR
TOP PRIORITIES AND EVERY YEAR WE
GO THROUGH A HEALTH ASSESSMENT
AND WE ASK THOSE VERY SAME
QUESTIONS AND MAKE SURE THAT
THEY ARE -- THAT THEY, IF THEY
HAVEN'T REGISTERED ON THE BURN
PIT REGISTRY, THAT THEY DO AND
THEY'RE PROVIDED THE VERY BEST
INFORMATION.
THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO
BE ANSWERED.
THEY NEED TO BE STUDIED AND WE
NEED TO, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO
FIGURE THIS OUT.
>> Darren: FOR SURE.
I PRESSED THE DEPARTMENT OF
DEFENSE ABOUT THIS, WHETHER BURN
PITS ARE STILL USED IN WAR
ZONES.
AN OFFICIAL TELLS ME ONE IS
CURRENTLY IN USE IN SYRIA, THEY
ARE USED IN TEMPORARY
SITUATIONS, TOO, AND WHEN
THERE'S NO OTHER OPTION.
A SPOKESPERSON SAYS OPEN AIR
BURN PITS ARE A SHORT-TERM
SOLUTION DURING CONTINGENCY
OPERATIONS WHERE NO OTHER
ALTERNATIVE IS FEASIBLE.
FOR THE LONGER TERM,
INCINERATORS, ENGINEERED
LANDFILLS OR OTHER ACCEPTED
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
ARE TO BE USED WHENEVER
FEASIBLE.
I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, IF THE
U.S. CAN HAVE THE MOST
SOPHISTICATED WEAPON SYSTEMS AND
TECHNOLOGY, WHY CAN'T WE FIGURE
THIS OUT?
>> Cray: I THINK THAT'S A GREAT
QUESTION AND IT NEEDS TO BE
ANSWERED AND I THINK WE NEED TO
FIGURE THIS OUT TOGETHER BECAUSE
IT'S AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
ISSUE, OBVIOUSLY, TO THE
SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE
SERVING OVERSEAS, AND WE OWE IT
TO THEM AND TO FUTURE SERVICE
MEMBERS THAT WILL DEPLOY TO
FIGURE IT OUT.
>> Darren: ALL RIGHT.
GENERAL, LET'S MOVE ON TO THE
F35.
ARE THEY STILL SCHEDULED TO
ARRIVE HERE IN VERMONT NEXT
SEPTEMBER?
>> Cray: THEY ARE.
WE'RE WELL UNDER A YEAR NOW, SO
SEPTEMBER OF 2019, THE FIRST TWO
WILL ARRIVE, AND CONSTRUCTION IS
WELL UNDER WAY.
JUST HAD AN UPDATE WITH THE
MEDIA AND CIVIC LEADERS ABOUT A
MONTH AGO, PROVIDED THEM, YOU
KNOW, SITE VISIT TO LOOK AT ALL
THE CONSTRUCTION.
ALMOST EVERY BUILDING OVER THERE
IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
>> Darren: A $100 MILLION
EXPANSION, REALLY.
>> Cray: MOST OF IT IS UPGRADES
AND NOT ACTUALLY EXPANDING, BUT
UPGRADES TO THE TAXIWAYS, THE
RAMP AND THEN THE BUILDINGS TO
FACILITATE THE F35, BUT THE 158
FIGHTER WING IS SOLELY FOCUSED
ON THAT FIRST AIRCRAFT ARRIVAL
AND THEY'LL BE READY.
>> Darren: ALL RIGHT.
LET'S TALK ABOUT RECRUITMENT.
I KNOW THAT THERE'S BEEN A BIG
PUSH BY THE GUARD.
HOW ARE NUMBERS?
ARE THEY IMPROVING AS FAR AS
GETTING MORE FOLKS SIGNED UP?
>> Cray: SO WE HAVEN'T SEEN A
DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT YET.
WE'RE STILL STRUGGLING TO
RECRUIT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO
HAVE A PROPENSITY TO SERVE AND
WANT TO STAY HERE IN VERMONT.
THE LEGISLATURE PASSED, AS WE'VE
TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, A TUITION
BENEFIT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FREE
TUITION TO OUR STATE SCHOOLS AND
A SCHOLARSHIP TO PRIVATE
SCHOOLS.
THAT'S HELPING, THAT'S
GENERATING A LOT OF INTEREST IN
OUR HIGH SCHOOLS.
WE'RE TRYING TO SPREAD THE
MESSAGE THAT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
THAT WANT TO SERVE THEIR STATE
AND THEIR COUNTRY, WHO WANT TO
GET AN EDUCATION BENEFIT, CAN
JOIN THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD.
THAT WILL LEAD TO, YOU KNOW,
THAT HIGHER EDUCATION.
IT WILL LEAD TO WHAT WE THINK IS
A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING A
GOOD-PAYING JOB HERE IN VERMONT
AND STAY IN VERMONT BECAUSE
THAT'S OBVIOUSLY WHAT WE ALL
WANT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO
DO.
>> Darren: GENERAL CRAY, THANK
YOU AND OUR BEST TO THE MEN AND
WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING RIGHT NOW.
>> Cray: THANK YOU, DARREN.
>> Darren: STILL AHEAD, WE TALK
TO SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS ABOUT
THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS AND
WHETHER HE HAD AN IMPACT.
PLUS, DOES HE WANT TO BE
PRESIDENT?
WE ASK.
NEXT, LOOK FOR MISS VERMONT USA
AND MISS VERMONT TEEN USA TO
JOIN US.
DON'T GO AWAY.
>> Darren: TWO YOUNG VERMONTERS
RECENTLY WOWED THE JUDGES AND
TOOK HOME THE CROWNS.
I'M JOINED NOW BY MS. VERMONT
USA BETHANY GARRO AND MS. TEEN
VERMONT USA, JENNA STAHL.
LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR PLATFORMS
IN JUST A MOMENT, BUT I WANT TO
GET TO THE VIDEO.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING
THROUGH YOUR MINDS WHEN
SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR MIND
RIGHT THERE?
>> I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.
I JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE IT, AND
ALL THE HARD WORK I PUT IN AND
MY FAMILY WAS RIGHT THERE TO SEE
IT.
I WAS READY TO PASS OUT, TOO, SO
I LITERALLY HAD TO HOLD ON TO
THE GIRL.
I SAID HOLD ON TO ME, PLEASE.
IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT.
>> Darren: AND YOU WORKED HARD
FOR THIS.
THIS WASN'T YOUR FIRST GO AT IT,
RIGHT?
>> NO, IT WAS MY THIRD.
>> Darren: ALL RIGHT, SO JENNA,
TELL US WHAT THE MOMENT WAS LIKE
FOR YOU?
LET'S ROLL THE TAPE.
>> I WAS IN COMPLETE SHOCK.
I HAD WORKING SINCE LAST YEAR'S
COMPETITION AND I PUT IN A LOT
OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO
COMPETING THIS YEAR AND GAVE IT
MY ALL AND IT SHOWED ALL MY HARD
WORK REALLY DID PAY OFF.
>> Darren: WERE YOUR FAMILIES
THERE?
>> YES.
>> YES.
>> Darren: THEY MUST HAVE BEEN
PRETTY AMPED TOO?
>> YADA LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND, WHERE DID
YOU GROW UP?
>> I GREW UP IN RUTLAND AT THE
BOTTOM OF KILLINGTON, SO I GREW
UP SKIING AND MY MOM ANSWER A
DANCE STUDIO, ORIGINALLY MY
GRANDMOTHERS AND I GREW UP
THERE.
>> Darren: HOW ABOUT YOURSELF?
>> I GREW UP IN BRIDGPORT ON
LAKE CHAMPLAIN AND I LIVE ON A
DAIRY FARM.
>> Darren: LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR
PLATFORMS.
INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THEY ALL
NOTICES SORT OF PIGGYBACK.
YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL
HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
TELL US ABOUT THAT.
>> I FIRST STARTED WITH GETTING
INVOLVED, I WAS AT MY MOTHER'S
STUDIO WITH DANCE AND I SAW THE
NEED IN CHILDREN AND I SAW THAT
THEY WENT TO DANCE AND THAT WAS
THE PLACE THEY COULD BE
THEMSELVES.
YOU COULD TELL IF SOMETHING
WASN'T RIGHT, SO I WAS THAT
MENTOR THAT WAS THERE TO HOLD
OUT MY HAND AND SAY, HEY, WHAT'S
GOING ON, AND THAT PIGGYBACKED
INTO YOUR PLATFORM OF WHAT'S
REALLY GOING ON IN SCHOOLS, AND
IT MAKES A HUGE IMPACT ON A
CHILD LATY EITHER IN LIFE AS
WELL -- LATER IN LIFE AS WELL AS
YOU SEE ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND
SUICIDE RATES ARE RAISING AND
NOT AT A GOOD RATE.
>> Darren: AND BULLYING IS
REALLY YOUR PLATFORM AND THIS IS
A LITTLE BIT PERSONAL FOR YOU.
TELL US ABOUT THAT.
>> GROWING UP IN ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL, THERE WAS AN I HATE
JENNA CLUB AND THAT'S WHEN IT
REALLY HIT ME HARD WITH
BULLYING, SO I USED FOUR STEPS
WHICH WERE FAITH, FAMILY, ARTS
AND VOLUNTEER, SO I CAME UP WITH
MY PLATFORM AND I WANT TO TEACH
OTHER CHILDREN THAT THEY CAN USE
FAV TO HELP THEM OVERCOME
BULLYING AND REALLY JUST TALKING
TO THEIR FAMILY AND USING THIS.
>> Darren: YOU HAVE ABOUT A YEAR
OR SO TO PREPARE FOR THE
NATIONALS.
RIGHT?
DO YOU HAVE A DATE YET?
>> NO, USUALLY'S IN MAY.
>> Darren: NOT EVEN A YEAR.
>> IT'S ABOUT SIX MONTHS, BUT
ONCE THEY HAVE THE DATE SET THAT
WE'RE GOING, I THINK IT WILL
SINK IN A LITTLE BIT FOR
PREPARATIONS.
>> Darren: SPEAKING OF, WHAT DO
YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT?
>> I WENT TO COACHING, SO I WAS
TRAVELING TO MANY DIFFERENT
PLACES TO WORK WITH COACHES AND
I WAS LEARNING MORE ABOUT MYSELF
FOR THE INTERVIEW ASPECT OF
COMPETITION AND JUST PRACTICING
WALKING IN MY HEELS AND DRESSES
ALL THE TIME.
>> Darren: AND YOURSELF?
>> I DID THE SAME.
I WENT TO A LOT OF TRAININGS IN
PERSONS.
A LOT OF THEM WERE -- I JUST
RECENTLY WENT DOWN TO
WASHINGTON, D.C.
THEY ARE OUR RESPONSE SORES,
THEY'RE GOING TO HELP US PREPARE
FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT WITH
INTERVIEWS, OUR BRAND, WHICH IS
OUR PLATFORM, AND HOW TO DEVELOP
THAT AND REACH OUT MORE.
I'M EXCITED TO DO THAT IN
VERMONT.
WALKING AND WARDROBE AND
EVERYTHING FUN WITH THAT.
>> Darren: I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT
BOTH OF YOU ARE GOING TO
REPRESENT VERMONT WELL.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU
FOR JOINING ME THIS MORNING.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
>> Darren: COMING UP NEXT, WOO
EITHER GOING TO TALK TO BERNIE
SANDERS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT
HE'S GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT,
BUT FIRST, LET'S CHECK IN WITH
SCOTT FLEISHMAN.
HE'S IN THE NEWSROOM.
WHAT'S HAPPENING, SCOTT?
>> Scott: WELL, COMING UP, THE
UVM CYCLING TEAM RECENTLY HAD A
MAJOR MEET IN MONTANA, BUT A
TRUCK FIRE CAUSED ALL THE
EQUIPMENT TO GO UP IN FLAMES.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE COMPANY
THAT HELPED THE TEAM SHIFT GEARS
IN ORDER TO COMPETE.
ALSO, IT'S WEEK THREE OF OUR
MONTH LONG DEFENSE SEARS.
WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT TO DO WHEN
SOMEONE TRIES TO CHOKE YOU.
AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT DISABLED
DOGS HAVING JUST AS MUCH FUN AS
ABLE-BODIED PETS AND THAT
MESSAGE IS BEING SPREAD THROUGH
A NATIONWIDE CALENDAR.
AND WEATHER WISE, IT'S A CALM
DAY, BUT WE'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER
CLIPPER SYSTEM ON MONDAY.
WE'LL HEAR ABOUT THAT AND THE
WORK WEEK FORECAST.
>> Darren: THANK YOU, SCOTT.
BERNIE SANDERS ON A POSSIBLE
PRESIDENTIAL RUN.
THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.
YOU'RE WATCHING CHANNEL 3'S "YOU
CAN QUOTE ME."
WE'RE BACK IN A MOMENT.
>> Darren: SENATOR BERNIE
SANDERS SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND
ENERGY STUMPING FOR PROGRESSIVE
CANDIDATES AROUND THE COUNTRY
BEFORE LAST WEEK'S MIDTERM
ELECTION, BUT HOW DID SANDERS
ENDORSED CANDIDACIES ACTUALLY
FARE ON ELECTION DAY.
POLITICAL REPORTER NEAL GOSWAMI
CHECKED THE NUMBERS.
>> Neal: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS
SAYS THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN
AMERICA IS GROWING STRONGER.
>> Sanders: THERE'S NO QUESTION
ABOUT THAT.
>> Neal: I CRISSCROSSED THE
COUNTRY, CAMPAIGNING FOR
PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES AND THEIR
CAUSES.
SANDERS WON EASILY IN VERMONT.
DEMOCRATS REGAINED CONTROL OF
THE HOUSE, BUT MANY OF THE
CANDIDATES SANDERS SUPPORTED
WEREN'T SUCCESSFUL.
SANDERS SAYS THAT DOESN'T
MATTER.
>> Sanders: THE ESTABLISHMENT
WILL TELL US, AND ALWAYS TELLS
US, THAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE
CENTRIST, WE SHOULD BE
CONSERVATIVE.
THE TRUTH IS, YOU CHECK THIS
OUT.
THE FRESHMAN CLASS OF THE UNITED
STATES CONGRESS SWEARS N THEY'RE
GOING TO BE THE MOST PROGRESSIVE
CLASS IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.
>> Neal: ACCORDING TO
BALLOTPEDIA, OF THE 14 PEOPLE
SANDERS ENDORSED FOR THE U.S.
HOUSE, NINE WERE DEFEATED EITHER
IN THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL
ELECTION.
SIX OF EIGHT GUBERNATORIAL
CANDIDATES HE BACKED LOST.
THE TWO U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES
HE BACKED WON.
POLITICAL HISTORIANS AT NORWICH
UNIVERSITY SAYS SANDERS IS RIGHT
ABOUT THE HOUSE BECOMING MORE
PROGRESSIVE.
>> YOU CAN MAKE A STRONG
ARGUMENT THAT THE PROGRESSIVE
IDEAS ARE GAINING SUCH GROUND,
THAT THEY'RE MOVING PEOPLE LEFT,
SO THE PEOPLE GETTING THROUGH
AND WINNING HAD TO MOVE LEFT IN
CERTAIN PLACES.
>> Neal: BUT THEY SAY THE HOUSE
IS LIKELY TO FOLLOW A MORE
MODERATE PATH.
>> MODERATES WILL SAY THE SWING
OF THE HOUSE IS MORE DUE TO
THEIR EFFORTS THAN THE
PROGRESSIVES, THAT THE
PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES WON IN
SAFELY BLUE STATES WHERE
MODERATES WERE FLIPPING SEATS IN
COLORADO AND VIRGINIA AND TEXAS.
>> Neal: SANDERS SAYS DEMOCRATIC
CONTROL OF THE HOUSE MEANS
PROGRESSIVE PRIORITIES CAN
ADVANCE.
>> Sanders: THERE'S A LOT THAT'S
POSSIBLE.
I THINK THAT TRUMP AND THE
REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BE ON
THE DEFENSIVE.
I THINK THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE
AN EFFORT TO RAISE THE MINIMUM
WAGE TO 15 BUCKS AN HOUR, WHICH
WILL HELP TENS OF MILLIONS OF
WORKERS IN VERMONT AND ALL OVER
THIS COUNTRY.
>> Neal: SANDERS HOPES TO SEE
HIS MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN MOVE
FORWARD.
EXPERTS SAY IT'S UNLIKELY TO
PASS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
>> I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY
CHANCE, BARRING SOME MASSIVE
UPHEAVAL, THAT ANYTHING GETS
THROUGH.
>> Neal: THE LIKELY NEW SPEAKER,
NANCY PELOSI, IS ONLY PROMISING
TO PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE
ACT.
REPORTING IN MONTPELIER, NEAL
GOSWAMI, CHANNEL 3 NEWS.
>> Darren: NEAL ALSO ASKED THE
SENATOR ABOUT A RUN FOR THE
WHITE HOUSE AND HERE'S WHAT HE
SAID.
>> Neal: DO YOU WANT TO BE
PRESIDENT?
>> Sanders: WELL, BEING
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
IS AN ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY.
I THINK EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS
THAT.
I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I DO WANT
VERY MUCH.
I THINK THE CURRENT PRESIDENT --
AND I SAY THIS NOT -- I JUST
HAVE TO SAY IT -- IS A
PATHOLOGICAL LIAR.
I THINK HE HAS STRONG
AUTHORITARIAN PENDENCIES AND
HE -- TENDENCIES AND HE DOES NOT
RESPECT DEMOCRACY.
YOU'RE ASKING ME WHAT IS MOST
IMPORTANT FOR ME, AND IT IS THAT
DONALD TRUMP NOT GET RE-ELECTED.
>> Neal: THERE'S A DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN FEELING A CALLING AND
ANSWERING A CALL THAT PEOPLE OUT
THERE AND THERE'S WANTING TO BE
PRESIDENT.
DO YOU FEEL ONE OR THE OTHER?
>> Sanders: I DID RUN FOR
PRESIDENT AND I THINK THERE'S A
HISTORICAL RECORD FOR THAT, SO
THAT MAY TELL YOU SOMETHING.
THANK YOU.
>> Darren: SO SANDERS SAYS HE
DOESN'T HAVE A TIMELINE FOR
MAKING A DECISION.
HE SAYS HE WILL BE TALKING TO
PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY TO SEE
IF THEY THINK HE'D BE A STRONG
CANDIDATE.
STAY TUNED, EVERYBODY.
THAT WILL DO IT FOR "YOU CAN
QUOTE ME."
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