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Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Says Climate Change Should Be America's 'No. 1 Priority'06:55
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes questions from reporters, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes questions from reporters, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared his bid for the presidency earlier this month by hammering on what he considers the most crucial issue facing the nation and the world: climate change.

"If climate change isn't priority No. 1, it's not gonna get done," Inslee said. "So I am saying this: I am pledging today that if I am given this high honor, I will make fighting climate change the No. 1 priority in the United States of America."

Inslee joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes in-between campaign stops in New Hampshire to talk about how he thinks his one issue platform could capture the imaginations of everyday Americans.

This segment aired on March 19, 2019.

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