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democratic national convention in philadelphia. you're looking at live pictures from the convention floor. but the big news of the day, the new democratic ticket. hillary clinton will be introducing virginia senator tim kaine as her running mate. tweeting, i'm thrilled to announce my running mate tim kaine, a man who has devoted his life to fighting for others. these are live pictures coming in from florida international university in miami where the two are set to appear just minutes from now. we have a team of reporters and analysts all standing by. let's go to the scene first. i want to bring in brianna keilar. she's on the scene for us. jeff zeleny is there as wl. set the scene for us. i take it we're only a few minutes away from both of them appearing? >> reporter: that's exactly right. they're running a little late. that's usual. but this is the first joint appearance between secretary
clinton and her running mate senator tim kaine. we're here in a very large auditorium at florida international university. we've heard the entire slate of preliminary speaker rs and we're waiting for them to be introduced and take the stage. something that could happen any moment. but it's interesting, we expect hillary clinton to emphasize something we've heard trump supporters emphasizing, and that is tim kaine's progressive credentia credentials. it speaks to perhaps where the clinton campaign is worried that tim kaine may be vulnerable and how some of her liberal voters may take issue with his post positions when it comes to the environment, like being in favor of off-shore drilling or his support for some restrictions on abortion, for instance. but it also speak to where the campaign, the clinton campaigns thinks that tim kaine can help her with more moderate voters.
that's why you hear the trump supporters emphasizing he's a progressive, trying to dissuade the more moderate voters from supporting tim kaine. we're awaiting both of them still. we know that hillary clinton is going to speak first and then tim kaine. we're going to hear from him for the first time as the presumptive vice presidential nominee. >> and jeff zeleny is on the scene for us as well. as we await the start of this event. a huge crowd has gathered there. tell us a little more about tim kaine's background and how he has managed to garner so much respect in the senate. >> reporter: i think one of the reasons he's garnered so much respect is he's come up the traditional way in politics. this is an anti-establishment year. but tim kaine is an insider if there ever was one, from still hall to in relationship monday
to be the mayor's office, to the lieutenant governor, to the governor's office, to the senate. you may wonder how he did all of that at the age of 58. you can only run for one term as governor in virginia. he's moved up quickly here. but i think one of the things that i'm struck just by talking to some of the voters here, they don't know a lot about tim kaine. so he does have the chance to define himself. but i've noticed the tweets this morning coming from donald trump. he's trying to sort of stir up bernie sanders' supporters saying that tim kaine is not one of them. be interesting to see what bernie sanders himself says here about tim kaine and what other liberals do. but the president weighing in calling tim kaine is good man, a g progressive man. tim kaine's importance to this ticket is going to be of course electoral in virginia, those 13 electoral votes so critical. we're about to hear him speak spanish.
you may wonder why and how a man who was born in minnesota to the son of a welder, he grew up in kansas city and then found himself in virginia, how he speaks such fluid spanish. it's because of a pivotal time in his life. in honduras, he was a member of a jesuit missionary there. and i've heard him give many interviews in span arab and he's intending to go after donald trump entirely in spanish. going forward, as they head into the convention next week, how they join together and convince progress is ives he's one of ths a central goal. >> they are running a little late, obviously as our viewers probably appreciate by now. what about the crowd? are they getting excited? antsy? what's the mood over there?
several thousand people have gathered. >> reporter: i think we can say the crowd was excited when they were coming in and some of that has deflated now. i'm sure it will pick up again. but this is normal for a clinton rally. clinton time is often incredibly late. tim kaine is getting a look at what clinton time looks like. a lot of people behind me have been standing outside for hours before they came into the arena. now they've been in here for nearly three hours here. so frankly some of them are wondering what the holdup is and they're ready to get on with the show here. but these are the hard core demeanors a democrats and they're excited. >> we are now told that both hillary clinton and tim kaine are there, they're about to walk out. even though people are obviously anxious that they finally show up, there will be a lot of excitement in that arena at
florida international university in miami. hillary clinton will speak first and then tim kaine will speak, the crowd will be very excited i'm sure by the time both of them are finished. no doubt both will be interrupted many times with applaud. a very, very democratic pro-hillary clinton crowd has gathered there. gloria borger is with us as we await the arrival we're told momentarily. the music will pump up and they will come out and have their mission ahead of them. >> this is a man whose resume is almost as big as hers. she's worked with him. somebody who endorsed president obama when he ran in 2008, rejected hillary clinton. yet she thinks so highly of him. she's so impressed with his experience in foreign relations committee, armed services committee, the budget committee. and it tells you that she is
about governing. and that's what this pick is about. yes, he can help in the state of virginia. but don't you think this is about governing? >> we talked so much in the ruppup to dump donald trump's pick, he was talking about the need for a partisan attack dog. tim kaine could not be more of the anti-partisan attack dog. this is a throwback from covering anymore the senate. he's the guy who went out and set out to make friends and get to know republicans because in the old days when things actually got done in congress, that's how it worked. it worked because you formed personal human relationships across the aisle which makes you find common ground on policy issues. that is tim kaine. >> here they come. they're being introduced. let's listen into this little introduction. >> hillary clinton and tim kaine!
♪ ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ ain't no valley low enough ♪ ain't no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you baby ♪ ♪ remember the day i set you free ♪ ♪ i told you could always count on me darling ♪ ♪ from that day on, i made a vow, i'll be there when you want me some way, somehow ♪ ♪ baby, there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ ain't no valley low enough ♪ ain't no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you babe ♪ ♪ oh, no darling ♪ no wind, no rain, all winter cold can stop me baby ♪ ♪ no, no, baby ♪ if you're ever in trouble i'll be there on the double, just
send more me ♪ ♪ oh baby ♪ my love is alive way down in any heart ♪ ♪ although we are miles apart ♪ if you ever need a helping hand, i'll be there on the double just as fast as i can ♪ don't you know there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ ain't no valley low enough ♪ ain't no river wide enough ♪ to keep me from getting to you baby ♪ don't you know that there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ >> so you see they're getting a little bit of that warmth they're feeling from the crowd right there. this is the democratic presumptive nominee. she'll be the nominee after the convention. and the vice presidential presumptive nominee. their first joint appearance at florida international university in miami.
they're bask in the moment of glory. i should say gloria. moment of glory, gloria as they await -- as we await their words. >> they both held hands and held them up in a victory sort of above their heads handshake. that's what we've been waiting for with pence and trump. >> she's about to begin. hillary clinton will speak first. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> thank you!
when i look out at all of you, you know what i see? i see america's future. instead of the fear and the anger and the resentment, the lack of any solutions to help working families get ahead or keep our country safe, i sense the confidence, the optimism that you know what? we are stronger together and we're going to make that future better. donald trump may think america is in decline but he's wrong. america's best days are still ahead of us, my friends. and when we says, as he did say,
i alone can fix it, he's not only wrong, he's dangerously wrong. we americans, we solve problems together. and if donald doesn't understand that, he doesn't understand america. i know that no one does anything all alone. and part of our challenge is to make sure we do work together. i'm looking forward to working with your elected officials. i want to thank senator bill nelson who was with me yesterday in orlando and tampa.
i want to thank congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz. and i'm looking forward to working with her and with congresswoman fredicka wilson and congressman elsie hastings. and i want the thank all of the elected officials from all levels of government who are here and supporting our campaign and our vision for the country. now, next week, next week in philadelphia we will offer a very different vision for our country. one that is about building bridges, not walls. embracing the diversity that
makes our country great. lifting each other up, standing together because we know there's nothing we can't accomplish once we make up our minds. and that's why i am so thrilled to announce that my running mate is a man who doesn't just share those values, he lives them. i have to say, i have to say that senator tim kaine is everything donald trump and mike
pence are not. he is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one. and he is a progressive who likes to get things done. that's just my kind of guy, tim. we both grew up in the midwest, we were raised by fathers who ran small businesses and who taught us about the dignity of work and the discipline of a job well done. and in both of our families faith wasn't just something you talked about at church on sundays, it was a call to serve others in every way that we can.
and as you get to know senator kaine, you will see that tim's lifelong commitment to social justice is a shining example of his faith in action. you know, during law school, when his fellow classmates were taking internships at prestigious law firms, he took time off to work with missionaries in honduras. and after he graduated from harvard law school, he could have done anything. but instead he chose to become a civil rights lawyer.
one of his first cases was a pro-bono case representing a woman who was denied an apartment because she was african american. so while tim was taking on housing discrimination and homelessness, donald trump was denying apartments to people who were african american. he is still fighting those battles today. serving as a nonpartisan still council member and then the mayor of richmond, virginia, he worked hard to bridge racial divides, he built the first new schools in that generation, he he helped turn that struggling city
around. and as governor of virginia, he led the commonwealth through the worst financial crisis in a nation. he brought democrats and republicans together to protect the programs that working families count on. and while mike pence slashed education funding in indiana and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, tim kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-k through kej and beyond. and by the time tim left
office, 40% more of virginia's kids were enrolled in early education programs. and then as a united states senator, tim has used his positions on the foreign relations and armed services committees to stand up for our veterans and our values and our men and women in uniform, and our security. now, there's no doubt in my mind, because i'm here with him, that tim is so qualified to be vice president. and as i have said many times, the most important qualification when you are trying to make this really big choice is can this
person step in to be president. at every stage of tim's career, the people who know him best have voted to give him a promotion. and that's because, that's because he fights for the people he represents and he delivers real results. i can't wait for all of you to get to know him the way that i have, the proud father of three grownup kids who have their own lives and are making their own contributions, including serving our country. a loving husband of a brilliant wife who is a great fighter for
progressive causes in her own right. the leader who cares more about making a difference than making headlines. and make no mistake, behind that smile tim also has a backbone of steel. just ask the nra. over and over again he has had the courage to stand up to the gun lobby in their own back yard. after the horrible virginia tech shooting he signed an executive order to keep guns out of the hands of those who were deemed severely mentally ill.
and he has fought for common sense gun reform across the country, as we saw just a few weeks ago, when he joined the 15-hour senate filibuster asking that we get those reforms done. so, when i say he's a progressive who likes to get things done, i mean it. he's not afrads to take on special interest, whether he's calling for tough regulations on fighting back against attacks on planned parenthood and defending women's right to make our own health decisions. tim has led on some of the most important issues facing our country from voting rights to
lgbt equality. to criminal justice reform to comprehensive immigration reform. now, after last week i probably don't need to say this but i will. this is one of the most consequential elections in our lifetimes. when someone says i alone can fix it, that should set off alarm bells in not just democrats' minds but republicans, independents, people of all ages and backgrounds.
that is not a democracy. i said yesterday in tampa, we fought a revolution because we didn't want one man taking all of the decisions for us. and besides, it is just nonsense, no one does anything alone. we don't have a one person military. we don't have a one person teaching corps. we don't have one doctor and one nurse who fixing everything, do we? we work together. that is what has traditionally set us apart from places that have turned to single leaders,
dictators, authoritarians who have promised people, i can fix it alone. you know what that says about us? that somehow we're helpless, we can't do the work that needs to be done in america ourselves, that we can't reach out to one another, that we can't make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. i reject that. i reject that. and next week starting on monday in philadelphia, you're going to see a very different kind of vision. [ chanting "usa" ].
>> soi wanted to come here to introduce you to. person i couldn't think of anyone petter on the by my side on the campaign trail, in the white house. together we're going to take on the challenges that are hurting american. we're going to give the middle class a raise. we're going to give tax relief to working families. to held. the rising costs of raising kids. we're going to make sure every child in america has the chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. so please, join us, join us, take out your phone right now, text join to 47246 or go to
hillary clinton.com because we're hiring organizers in florida right now. so be involved in every way that you can because together we're going to win this election and move our country forward. please join me in welcoming the next vice president, my friend, senator tim kaine! >> hey, guys. thank you. hello, miami. hello fiu. [ speaking spanish ] i'm feeling
a lot of things today. most of all gratitude. i'm grateful to you, hillary, for the trust that you've placed in me and we're going to be [ speaking spanish ]. i'm grateful to the country which has given me so much. i'm grateful to all of you floridians, my virginians, all americans who have poured their hearts into this wonderful, wonderful campaign. and today, like every day, i'm especially grateful to my wife anne, i love you honey, i love you honey and to my three
beautiful kids, nat, woody and anella. i am the luckiest dad and the luckiest husband in the world. this is quite a week for me. and believe it or not, for as powerful as it is to become hillary clinton's running mate, that's not the only thing on my mind this week. anne and i have three kids, our oldest son nat is here today with his fiancee. he is a proud marine. and in just, in just a few days, he's deploying to europe to uphold america's commitment to our nato allies. for me, for me this drives home the stakes in this election.
nearly two million men and women put their lives on the land in this country, as active duty, reservists guard members, they deserve a commander in chief with the experience and the temperament to lead. what does donald trump say about these great americans, these two millions? he repeatedly calls the american military, quote, a disaster. and just this week donald trump said that as president he'd consider turning america's back on our decades' old commitments to our allies. and all of you remember a few months ago when he said about a senate colleague of then senator clinton's and mine, john mccain,
that he wasn't a hero because he had been captured and served as a prisoner of war in vietnam. and he wants to be commander in chief? while our service members are out there on the front lines, trump saying he'd leave our allies at the mercy of an increasingly aggressive russia. folks, that's an open invitation to vladimir putin to roll on in. even a lot of republicans say that that's terribly dangerous. all right. i'm hiring for the speech writing team. we've seen again and again that when donald trump says he has your back, you better watch out. from atlantic city to his so-called university, he leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes.
we can't afford to let him do the same thing to our country. and folks, we don't have to because hillary clinton is the direct opposite of donald trump. [ chanting "hillary" ]. hillary clinton, she doesn't insult people. she listens to them. what a novel concept, right? she doesn't trash our allies, she respects them. and she'll always have our backs. that is something i am rock solid sure of. and i know that because hillary knows that we're stronger together. we're stronger when we work
together. when we grow together. when we pull together. when we live in the same neighborhood and worship together and go to school together, when we're together we're stronger. so, i could not be any more honored to stand by hillary's side in this very important campaign. oi've spent most of my life in public service because i believe in doing everything i can to make a positive difference in people's lives. i can see a lot of you out there who feel exactly the same way, exactly the same way. i'm one of only 20 people in history to serve as a mayor, a governor and a united states
senator. so i have been able to see how government works and how sometimes it doesn't. from just about every perspecti perspective. and i've always believed that however you serve, what matters is whether you actually deliver results for people. and that's been my goal, that's been my goal in every position i've ever held. now i know for a lot of you this might be the first time you're hearing me speak. and let me be honest, for many of you, this is if first time you've ever even heard my name. but that's okay. because i'm excited for us to get to know one another. so today, today i thought i might tell you a little bit about me and where i come from. vice president was never a job i thought about growing up in
kansas. like a lot of people in kansas city, my parents weren't that into politics. church, the kansas city royals, that's the kind of thing we spent time talking about. they had too much else going on. my dad ran a union organized are working shop in the stockyards of kansas city and my mom, in addition to all of the challenges with my two brothers and me, she was my dad's best saleswoman. that ironworking business was tough. it's the kind of job where you can't cut corners. if you're not careful, you can make one mistake and ruin an awful lot of work in an instant. i learned that working in my cad's shop. my two brothers and i chipped in. i remember once the last day of summer vacation, i was so looking forward to sleeping in and then i felt that hand on my should at about 6:00, i really
got to have your help to get an order out today. but that's what families do. we would go there early in the summer to try to get the work done before the day got hot. that's what families do. that's what families do. my parents al and kathie and they're alive and healthy, happy today, 81 years old, alive, happy and healthy, they taught me early lessons that guided my life, importance of hard work, faith and kindness of following your dreams. my mom once told me -- she wasn't much of a lecturer. he once told me, tim yb wu have to decide whether you want to be right or you want to do right. if you want to be right, go ahead and be a pessimist. but if you want to do right, be an optimist.
and folks i've been an optimist ever sensince. i went to a jesuit boy's schools. some jesuits in the house. i like that. the motto of the boy's school was men for others. my faith really grew into something for vital. it became the north star, the organizing principle for what i wanted to do. even as a young man because of these great teachers i had and because of my parents' example, i knew that i wanted to do something to devote myself to social justice. that's why after racing through the university of missouri in three years and starting at harvard law school, i can sided to take a year off from school to volunteer with jesuit
missionaries in honduras. [ speaking spanish ]. when i got to honduras, it turned out that any recently acquired knowledge of constitutional law was pretty useless. but the experience of work in my dad's ironworking shop was actually kind of helpful. so i taught teenagers the basics of carpentry and welding and they helped me learn spanish. and i tell you, my time in honduras changed my life in so many ways. [ speaking spanish ].
and here's something that really stuck with me. i got a first hand look at a system, this was 1980 and '81, a dictatorship where a few folks at the top had all of the power and everybody else got left behind. and it convinced me that we've got to advance opportunity and equality for everybody, no matter where they come from, how much money they have, what they look like, what accent they are or who they love. in 1970 a republican governor of virginia, lynn wood holton, believed exactly the same thing. he integrated virginia's public schools after the state had fought for 16 years after brown v. board to keep them segregated. now, in 1970, in virginia, that
took political courage. and then he and his wife went even further. they enrolled their own kids, including their daughter anne in sbe kbrated schools and it sent a strong signal to the people of have virginia that their governor wasn't going to back down or make rules for others that he wouldn't follow for himself. so many years later that young girl anne went to princeton, went to harvard law school guided by her experience as a youngster in the first generation of integrated virginia school and one day she met a nerdy guy who had been teaching kids in honduras. anne and i got married 32 years old in the highland park neighborhood of richmond,
virginia. that is -- that's the parish that we still belong today. hey, i hope you're watching. we'll be there at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. marrying anne was and remains the best decision of my life. and -- am i right? am i right? and it turns out, she actually learned negotiation a lot better than i did in law school which is how a kansas city kid ended up in virginia. anne and i settled down, we started a family and we sent our kids, we sent our kids to those same public schools that her father had opened up to everybody. including, including one school that i helped build when i was mayor that our school board
named the lynn wood holton elementary school. how cool was it to see our three kids head out the door with their backpacks on to walk to a neighborhood school named after their civil rights hero grandfather. now lynn's example helped inspired me to work as a civil rights lawyer representing people who had been turned away from housing either because of the color of their skin or because they were an american with a disability. and this was my civil rights work for 17 years. i brought dozens of lawsuits when i was in private practice battling banks, landlords, real estate firms, insurance companies and even local governments that had treated people unfairly. in 1998 i won an historic verdict against a national insurance company because they
had been red lining minority neighborhoods, treating them unfairly in t. it was a biggest jury ever in a civil rights case in american history. i like to fight for right. i like to fight for right. and i found myself going to city council meetings in richmond to raise the issues that i was dealing with every day on behalf of my clients. but i was frustrated. at the division and infighting. so in 1994 i did something that seemed even crazier than what i'm doing now. i decided to run for local office. i was so scared the day i announced but i wanted to help my city and community. i knocked on every door in the district. i won my first race beating an
incumbent by 94 votes. the first of many nail biters and squeakers i've had since then. as i've often said, if i'm good at anything in public life, it's good because i started at the local level listening to people, learning about their lives and trying to find consensus to solve problems. in the years that followed i became mayor of richmond. i wu elected lieutenant governor of virginia and in 2006 i became the 70th governor of the commonwealth of virginia. when we moved into the governor's mansion after the inauguration, my wife became the only person who had ever lived there first as a child and then as an adult. we had to make tough decisions when i was in office because it was the deepest recession since the 1930s.
but that didn't stop us from expanding early childhood education, from building more classrooms and facilities on our college campuses so more could go to school because we knew that education was the key to everything we wanted to achieve as a state. and that's the key to everything we want to achieve as a nation. we invested in open space preservation, in cleaning up the chesapeake bay because our kids and grandkids deserve to enjoy the beautiful commonwealth that we love, just like you love the beauty of your sunshine state. and we achieve national recognition for our work in tough times. when i was governor of virginia, best state for a child to have a successful life, best state for business, one of the lowest unemployment rates, one of the highest bond ratings, one of the highest family incomes. we did that during tough times.
and so -- and so today i am proud to carry that work forward as a virginia senator serving on the armed services, foreign relations and budget committee. they actually just added me to the aging committee. i don't know why they would have done that. i'm proud to support my wife's public service. she's been a legal aid lawyer, juvenile court judge, now she's secretary of education for the commonwealth of virginia. and anne and i are both so proud of our great commonwealth and of our great nation. and isn't it great already? i mean, isn't it great already? what a great country. you know, as i look back over
these experiences, what i've learned is god created a rich and beautiful tapestry in this country. a rainbow of culture diversity that embraces all people, regardless of their race or economic status, regardless of their religion or jend are, regardless of their sexual orientation or where they're from. we've got this beautiful country that should be a country of welcome, that should be a country of inclusion. and i know that that is a fundamental value that hillary clinton shares. you know -- [ speaking spanish ]. i'm a catholic and hillary is a methodist. but her creed is the same as mine. do all the good you can. pretty simple.
do all of the good you can. be of service to one another. that's has notion that americans of every faith tradition and every moral tradition believe in and it's a message that hillary clinton has taken to heart for her entire life, for her entire life. fighting for children and families. like when she was first lads y after she tried and the congress blocked her in the big advance that we needed on health care reform, she said, you know what? i'm not stopping. if we can't get it all, can we pass a program to provide and that's what she did. that's who she fought for. fighting for -- fighting for equal rights for african-americans for latinos and people with disabilities and
lgbt americans. in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, fighting ten ashsly to make sure that 9/11 first responders in new york and other localities would get health benefits. you know, there are an awful lot of people, an awful lot of people who put their trust and faith in hillary and she's always -- she's always delivered for them. from working with the children's defense fund, first lady of arkansas, first lady of the united states, to senator, to secretary of state, she has always delivered. [ applause ] and you know what, here's
something you can tell about a great leader, not only delivers in the easy times or simple times, she's delivers in the tough times and even delivers when she's on the receiving end of one attack after another. she never backs down. th she never backs down. [ applause ] hillary, whatever the drama, whatever the attack or situation stays focused on what matters helping people. that's what keeps her going. here's how hillary and i are going to continue that work, with a strong progressive agenda. [ applause ] we are going to make the american economy work for everybody, not just those at the top, not just those at the top.
and we'll do that -- we'll do that by making the largest investment in good paying jobs since world war ii. we will make college debt free for everybody. [ applause ] we'll rewrite the rules so companies share profits with workers rather than ship jobs overseas. and we'll make sure -- that wall street corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. [ cheers and applause ] while we're on the subject of taxes, where are donald trump's tax returns?
raise your hand if you think those returns would show he's paid his fair share of taxes. i don't see a lot of -- i don't see a lot of hands. we're going to fight for paid family leave, equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage to a living wage. to keep families together, to keep families together and to bring them out of the shadows in our administration in the first 100 days, we'll put forward a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship. [ applause ] [ speaking spanish ]
>> i will encourage you if haven't done this, go to a naturalization service where people become u.s. citizens -- how many of you -- raise your hand if you have been a naturalized citizen. yeah, thanks for choosing us. thanks for choosing us. if you haven't been to one of those services, it's going to be one of the most powerful things you'll ever see. often after the oath is taken there's an open mic and people get to walk up and say here's why i decided i wanted to become a citizen of the united states and it will just bring tears to your eyes and smile to your face when you hear what these people think about the greatness of the united states of america. [ applause ]
>> when you go to one of these naturalization services and you see the people's desire to join this great country, you will basically have this pretty amazing thought. [ speaking spanish ] anybody who loves america this much deserves to be here. deserves to be here. now, there's one last part of hillary's plan that means a lot to me personally that kind of emotional for me and i'll bet it's emotional for. how to stem the epidemic of gun violence that kills americans every year. as governor during one of the most horrible shootings in
america's history, this issue is very close to my heart, very close to my heart. i know that many of you here feel exactly the same way after that tragic shooting in orlando in june. we can do better folks. we can do better. it was in april of 2007, about halfway through my time as governor just arrived on a trades mission to bring jobs back to virginia. had checked into the hotel room and fallen asleep and head of my security detail said we're going to turn on tv, there's a horrible shooting in virginia tech. as jet lagged as i was, take me back, getting the first plane home and i walked on that campus
jet lagged in the wrong time zone, but i knew as a leader, even though i didn't have any magic words to say to take away the horror and tragedy, i had to bring comfort in some way to the families of those killed and students and professors who had been injured and also to the first responders who had been there to help them. this -- april 16, 2007, that was the worst day of my life. it was the worst day of so many people's lives. for the parents and loved ones of those kids and professors, that pain never goes away. precious 17-year-olds, a 70 plus-year-old lithuanian born
hol cast survivor who was a teacher, who could survive the holocaust and soviet takeover of his country but who fell victim to gun violence because he blocked the door and told his students to climb out the window as his body was being riddled with bullets, survived the holocaust and soviet takeover of your country and fall victim in blacksburg, virginia to the horrible gun violence, when the vast majority of americans and even nra members agree we have to adopt safety measures, hillary and i will not rest -- will not rest. we will not rest. [ applause ]
we will not rest. we won't rest until we get universal background checks and close loopholes that put guns in the hands of criminals, terrorists and dangerous people who should not have them. it's so easy. the american public wants it. gun owners want it and nra owners want it. in my state, they can't -- every wide race that i've ever run, never lost an election. never lost an election. [ applause ] i don't mind powerful groups campaigning against me. that's just like an extra cup of coffee to me, folks, gets me more excited. i'm 8-0 and i promise you i'm not about to let that change,
especially when donald trump stands in the way of progress on every single one of these issues that hillary laid out as the campaign and many, many more. now i'm going to wrap this up with three easy questions. we're a university, i can give ut a test, right? these are three questions to ask yourselves. one, do you want -- you're fired president or you're hired president? of course you want a you're hired president. donald trump is the you're fired guy. that's what he's known for. when this whole campaign is done, the one thing they will remember about donald trump is you're fired! bankrupting companies, shipping jobs overseas, stiffing contractors, being against federal minimum wage, being against equal pay for e