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happening now, day one for the democrats, their turn in the spotlight, their goals for the week and their big name lineup tonight. also tonight, feeling burned. bernie sanders telling supporters to get behind hillary clinton. supporters saying, sorry, no thanks. some bernie backers marching and rallying nearby, these are live pictures. we will bring you new developments as they unfold. plus, cracking the hacking. was russia behind the e-mail leak and turmoil inside the democratic party? we will look at the new evidence. i'm wolf blitzer, i'm in philadelphia and you're in "the situation room."
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>> the democratic convention is under way, officially gavelled, not by the party chairwoman, forced out yesterday, practically booed off the stage by her own delegation this morning. party hoping acrimony will yield through unity throughout the week and taking steps as we speak right now. also tonight, rolling out heavy hitters. new jersey senator cory booker, first lady michelle obama, senator elizabeth warren and runner-up bernie sanders. more on booing supporters gave them in a moment. first to our chief political correspondent dana bash joining us from the convention floor behind me with new efforts to try to contain the acrimony. dana, as you know, democratic party is just issued a formal apology, public apology, to senator sanders. what more can you tell us? >> this happened not long after this convention formally
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gavelled open and it is a statement from donna brazile, who is now the interim chair of the party and other officers saying on behalf of everyone at the dnc, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to senator sanders, his supporters and the entire democratic party for the inexcusable remarks made over e-mail. these comments do not reflect the values of the dnc or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. and going on to say that they are committed to not being disrespectful. clearly trying to get handle on what is still a very, very deep discontent and discord. obviously going beyond this e-mail scandal. it comes from a year plus of very, very intense debate and hard fought primary and caucus season between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. and bernie sanders, he still has
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delegates who are on this floor who are incredibly passionate. we are here in the nevada delegation, wolf, came up the steps because when marcia fudge, one of the officers, congresswoman, started to do some business, at the podium, you heard these people here screaming bernie, bernie, bernie and booing them and as you can see holding up stop tpp signs which is of course the trade pact which most bernie sanders supporters think is absolutely horrible. and now we did see hillary clinton and have seen hillary clinton say she is distancing herself from that. it just kind of illustrates to you that the very deep divide still here among bernie sanders supporters and hillary clinton supporters. even as bernie sanders himself tries to calm people down and when the convention comes under way. >> before this apology now of the dnc really underscored deep
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divisions here and persuading the people who voted for him to vote for hillary clinton. got a dress rehearsal earlier today. speaking to supporters. he walked them through what he sees as accomplishment during the campaign and goals for the future. he got standing ovations until, until he mentioned the winning ticket. >> -- hillary clinton and tim kaine. [ audience booing ] brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters, this is the world
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we live in. >> more on that truly remarkable moment today and efforts under way to try to avoid a repeat tonight or worse. and jeff zeleny is with me. they are working together now. clinton campaign and bernie sanders to try and avoid the booing. >> that was a big precursor to what they are fearing is taking place here. bernie sanders sent a text message directly to his own supporters. let's look at this message the delegates are receiving. i ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor. it is of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations. signed, bernie. but unclear that that message was read or certainly unclear if it was effective at all because we heard so many boos and jeers for a variety of things. as dana said, tpp. also the mention of tim kaine
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just illicited many boos. but the former mayor of denver just moments ago behind us on the floor said they both deserve our cheers. they both deserve our cheers. that's what they are trying to do here to unify people. but i think there's a big worry here among the clinton side that this will happen all night. >> what should we expect when bernie sanders speaks? will it be a pro hillary clinton speech or an anti-donald trump speech? >> if it is any indication, the speeches he has given before the point, it is an anti-donald trump speech. he hasn't ever really given a full throated forceful speech supporting her and why. but it'll be interesting to see if that changes. because the one this afternoon that you and i were watching earlier today was certainly this anti-donald trump. but sanders campaign is working with the clinton people to try and calm this crowd. he started this revolution. we will see if it continues this week here in philadelphia. >> we will soon find out.
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jeff, thank you. global intrigue unfolding right now. hacked e-mail, embarrassing for the democratic national committee making their way on to wikileaks. raising all kinds of serious questions including one as troubling as it is unprecedented namely. is russia somehow trying to manipulate the outcome of this u.s. election? that's the question. joining us now with new late-breaking developments are justice correspondent evan perez. evan, you're getting new information that feds warned the dc about a possible hack. what's the latest information you're learning? >> that's right. federal investigators tried to warn the dnc about an intrusion in their computer network months before the party moved to try to fix the problem. this raises new problems about whether the dnc could have done more to limit damage done by hackers what are suspected of working for the russian intelligence agencies. there were consultants from private security form crowd
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strike in april and by the time the suspected russian hackers were kicked out of the dc network in june, hackers had been in the system for about a year. i talked to someone who was briefed on the dnc's response and they tell me the warning from the fbi and other agency wasn't very specific and the extent of the problem wasn't clear. not even clear they talked to the right person, wolf. we do know that dnc officials hired outside help after additional indications there system was compromised. >> and that is pretty shocking to hear that, evan. that these hackers could have been in the -- the dnc e-mail system for a year for a whole year? is that right? >> that's right, wolf. they had the run of the system for about year. that is looking at everything and they could tell from the different parts of the network and so far, from the evidence that we have seen, that the investigators have seen, they believe that this points to at
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least one group of hackers that is familiar to u.s. counter intelligence. this is the same group hacking into the systems at the state department and white house and at other federal agencies. now the dnc breach occurred around the same time as breaches of those government systems and analysts from nsa found signatures in those breaches that led them to other intrusions, including dnc, wolf. >> what are you hearing about the timing? the embarrassing e-mails, at the eve of this convention? >> this is what gives everyone suspicion that russian intelligence is behind this. behind this attack. they also believe, by the way, they are behind a wave of other sieb a cyber attacks against political organizations and think tanks here in washington, wolf. the question for investigators is, is this an indication that russian intelligence was trying
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to sway the u.s. election? that's at the top of the line of the investigation. >> suspicion of the clinton campaign that russia is trying to influence it in favor of donald trump. thank you very much. up next, anderson and the panel, talking about all of this, about bernie sanders supporters. and whether they will follow him when he endorses the winning ticket. big speeches tonight and a whole lot more. later, the post convention bump. what new polling says about challenges facing hillary clinton this week. as day one democratic national convention coverage continues.
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welcome back. looking there at protesters, largely pro sanders. standing outside the convention hall. about 1:15 into national convention, with controversy and possibly cold war style intrigue. sanders supporters on stage. let's listen in. >> democracy for our party for generations to come. and it may be hard and believe me, it may be messy, but ladies and gentlemen, this is what democracy looks like. >> joining me now, big name panel, cnn chief political
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correspondent inside politics john king. malika henderson. michael smerconish. gloria borger. michael nutter. bill press. and christine quinn. and trump supporters andre bauer, former lieutenant governor of south carolina. this is certainly not the way that the dnc planned this convention to start off. john king, we have seen not only the controversy of the e-mailes. we saw debbie wasserman schultz refusing to not appear here, and then agreeing not to appear after being booed this morning. demonstration in the streets. sanders getting booed when he talked about supporting hillary clinton. >> reliving the campaign debate over super delegates as they have this platform discussion here. in which the sanders campaign
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won on key points. donna brazile, i was talking to her yesterday, she said we watched a messy republican convention where she tried to be democrats. now we will really show them democrats. about 43% of the people in this room are bernie sanders supporters. they were coming in a little agitated anyway. at the end of the primary, younger ones especially, always suspected the system was rigged. then this e-mail story breaks. and not logs on the fire. just like gasoline trucks. >> so what happens tonight when bernie sanders speaks? there is a real effort on the floor. jeff dezeleny, describing the whips trying to unify and getting people to basically not boo hillary clinton. >> i don't see how they keep it from happening, honestly. these are people and maybe bill press can talk about it, who
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worked very hard and long. they are still not on the hillary clinton train. and bernie sanders' speech tonight will set the tone for the rest of the convention. >> and also, for those that don't know, the culminating speech tonight. >> right. >> i was wondering whether i would say i don't care about your damn e-mails. >> in this particular case, he actually does. >> bernie sanders basically spent a year portraying hillary clinton as a captive of wall street, captive of the 1%. delegitimize some of her victories in the south. i think it is hard to sort of undid tho that. sanders supporters identity wrapped up in being bernie sanders supporters and anti-hillary. >> we heard from bernie sanders, he got a lot of applause when he talked about defeating donald trump. it is when he turned to the idea of voting for hillary clinton. >> and tim kaine. >> and tim kaine.
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>> drama is not necessarily a bad thing. it fuels great interest in what is about to unfold. we were just in cleveland. day one we add floor vote. we had the melania situation when she spoke monday night. ted cruz situation. according to cnn, donald trump came out of it just fine. came out of it with a bump. issue with this is it may have metastasiz metastasized. there could be residual issue here if there are more e-mails and if there russian link. >> and donna brazile, i interviewed her last night, and she believes there are more e-mails to come and likely more embarrassing material to come. >> a lot of those close to clinton said let's good to julian castro. others say let's go to jennifer grand holm. and donna's name came up because people trust her. with the jackson campaigns in the '80s, that's when i met her. she is viewed as someone fair,
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integrity, and they may not get as big of a house cleaning but some of it and they trust donna inside. i want it read this one quick tweet. >> and wolf will talk with her in the next segment. >> and jason interviewed an iowa delegate who said quote bernie basically fed us a bunch of mountain dew and now wants us to go to bed. that's not going to happen. >> i think john's point is the point. >> folks do trust donna. what does she do within a day? issuing an apology on behalf of the dnc for what happened. i don't know what e-mails say or what is to come but clearly condemning behavior, actions, language, all of that, needs to be very, very clear, will nt be tolerated. unacceptable. how do we bring it all together? at some point in time we have, as democrats, and i'm a super delegate, good business from my
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perspective of defeating donald trump. we will have loud noise, protest, how do we bring it all together? >> bill press? bernie sanders supporter? >> i love this. i'm going to get a sign and go down to the california delegation and i'll be chanting. first of all, a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. this is like a sanders rally. i think the bernie sanders people for the moment have taken over the convention. >> will you boo when bernie sanders mentions hillary clinton? >> no, i'm not that extreme. but the sanders people, they came in here with a lot of energy. coming into this and it has been pent up and they are letting it out and i think that is great. from the sanders people they won a lot in the platform. they won a lot on rules committee. then they got a bump they weren't happy with, tim kaine, and then a bump with these e-mails. they are more energized. and they still want their pound
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of flesh. even if their leader, bernie sanders, says cool it, guys. cool your jets. let's not protest. they aren't going it take that. >> andre, we have been hearing from donald trump about this. >> these bernie folks did not come here to check their brains at the door. they have been text messaged, talked to. bernie sent out a text. they have been touched in many different ways to not do exactly what they are doing. if they want get the message to the people that are touched inside this building, what does it do to bernie folks that aren't touched at all? that are outside the building? that aren't delegates? that aren't getting this communication through the camp? >> look, again a big communication tonight. when bernie sanders speaks to the delegation and when he speaks strongly and clearly about unity. but i have to say, and it goes back to the quote from donna brazile about, now you will really see what happens when democrats have a convention, would anyone want any of this disagreement on the floor tonight?
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no. but i don't think i think it is a bad thing. bernie people have a lot of pent up energy for not having won and they will express it tonight. we're going to hear senator warren, michelle obama, bernie sanders, and then we will move on. because one thing, you know, obviously some of the sanders people clearly are upset. but what none of the sanders people want is to do anything at the end of the day that is going to help elect donald trump. and that is the message we will hear from sanders. >> we will see, i mean, you say everyone will move on, we will see if that actual happens in days to come. just ahead, wolf blitzer will sit down and speak with donna brazile, new chairwoman of the dnc. we will continue the conversation about tonight's speaker lineup and more. back in a moment. stop... clicking around and start saving at hilton.com
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confrenceman cummings is speaking right now. let's listen in. >> the true test is whether he helps those less fortunate. you two to school, and so you can bless. and that is standard by which he measured me growing up and standard by which i still measure myself. and it is the standard we democrats used to.
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so i promise in their seven children, but my parents did not do it alone. no one does it alone. it was our democratic party that pushed open the doors of opportunity for me and for millions of children all across this great country. it was our party that fought for head start and good schools. and made college affordable and champion affirmative action and school desegregation. that passed social security and medicare, that defended our nation abroad, fought for our veterans back home, that protected the rights and pensions of our workers. and that made the dream of homeownership possible for millions on american families,
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and yes, still is our democratic party and chaired in civil rights and voting rights and voting rights. and to fully understand that when you take away a person's right to vote, you take away their ability to shape and determine their own destiny. and it was and it is our democratic party that fights for women's rights, guy rights,
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lbgqt rights. our party does not just believe, but understands, that black lives matter. [ cheers and applause ] but we also, we also recognize that our communities and law enforcement work best when they work together. our part oy knows the diversitys not our problem but is our promise. and that's why ladies and gentlemen, that's why, ours,
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ours, is a party of unity and not division. i'm proud that our party's platform will help not the wealthy, not the 1%, but help the working class, disadvantaged and disabled. it will help the less fortunate. our platform has passed my father's test and it has done so, not by seeking common ground but aspiring to higher ground. it envisions a nation where we do not merely increase the minimum wage, but we enact a living wage. it envisions a nation in which we eliminate the death penalty
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because we as democrats, we value every life, black, white, asian, every life. it envisions a nation where we do not have to choose between protecting the environment and creating jobs but where we can defend our planet against global warming, while at the same time, enacting policies that foster job creation, incentivized new start-ups and bring jobs back home. it envisiones a nation where every child can get a first-rate education, leave school equipped to compete in a global economy. it envisions an america in which we protect a woman's right to choose.
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where everyone can get the health care they need when they need it. regardless of their zip code or circumstance. because health care in our country is not a privilege, it is now thanks to president barack obama our right as americans. and so madam chair, when i say my prayers at night, and i look up to the heavens, i see the stars and sometimes i see my father. i know tonight he is smiling on all of us. and he, like me, is proud. proud of our platform committee. our truly progressive platform. and our great nominee, hillary clinton.
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and our party's bright future. and as my father, and if my father, that brilliant man with a fourth grade education, but a mindful of wis dm and common sense was standing here with us tonight, i know he would be proud of all of you. and he would say these words, that this election is bigger than hillary clinton, bigger than bernie sanders, bigger than all of us. it is about generations yet unborn. and he would say, and he would say, these simple words, you are blessed so you can bless others. go out there and vote and don't stop lifting up the her can
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people. may god bless. may god bless america. >> speech by congressman elijah cummings. this crowd clearly very excited by what he said. donna brazile is with us right now. she is now the interim chair of the democratic national committee. donna, this must have been a big surprise to you, what has happened. >> that's right, wolf. when i left cleveland and went home to get a change of clothes to come up here, i thought this week i will spend time with you, anderson, don and other great anchors. as you can imagine, i am the vice chair of the party. when i received the call yesterday to accept the role of interim chair at end of the week, i will do it and when debbie steps down on friday. >> did something extraordinary, moments ago, on behalf of the democratic national committee, you issued a formal public
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apology to senator bernie sanders. why? >> i thought it was very importan important. i did it personally. i met with his staff and entire delegation on saturday at the rules committee. i issued it publicly on television. but i thought i wanted to do it on behalf of the party. new that the party is coming together in so many ways, i know you see a lot of passion, but this is a democratic party convention. we don't solace our voices. this is an opportunity for people who did not get a minority report on the tpp, trans pacific partnership. they want to express the views. but i want to go back to the apology. the apology is not just to bernie sanders. it is to donors. to anyone and everyone that clearly we offended. and the e-mails that were revealed that were hacked. and we want to also get to the bottom of the hacking. what happened? fbi is also investigating. >> we know the fbi issued a statement saying they are
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investigating. but we also know, evan perez, correspondent, that e-mail may have been hacked by whom ever, maybe russians, for a year. and that dnc was very slow to respond to warnings that your system was hacked. is that true? >> i talked to the general counsellor of the dnc and he assures me every step of the way, when we were notified of issues, we changed procedures but the hacks are so so fistcated that they changed procedures. it went on for more than year but at no time did we ignore warnings from the fbi or other federal officials. >>. >> how do you know it is not still being done? >> well, let me tell you, i'm not the geek in the family, but i'm the organizer. we have cyber experts working with us to make sure we have a very safe system. >> it is a pretty -- the substance of the e-mails, as you
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well know, this is why you apologized, outrageous comments. not just by low level dnc officials but among the highest. >> i have known this staff a long time. they are my friends. i worked with them. when i was a dnc staffer, i'm incredibly shocked and embarrassed. as you know, we are a party of tolerance. some things i read was just personally offensive and so i wanted to get out front, the party wanted to get out front, my fellow offices. i i'm glad we took this step. >> pretty stunning this morning when bernie sanders was speaking to his own supporters and all of a sudden, when he said support hillary clinton, tim kaine, he got a really angry amount of boos and heckling. he had to pause for a while. you're deeply concerned this is going to continue tonight. >> i worked for jesse jackson in 1984. that was my first convention. let me tell you something. there were many of us when
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reverend jackson told us it was time to end our campaign to support walter mondale and geraldine ferraro, we booed too. but reverend jackson says the movement continues, the campaign has to end. my delegates here today will continue the movement to fight injustice, to fight inequality, to work hard, to ensure that we have a real serious climate change program. they have every right. we will bring a lot of them along. some of them may not come along. but we will bring a vast majority of these dell gits along with us. >> dana bash reported a little while ago that there's been an active dialogue now between bernie sanders and the dnc to try to make sure it doesn't get criesy out here to -- crazy out here tonight. >> on sunday, i met with not just clinton's supporters but sanders' supporters. we talked about how we protect
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this sanctity of the floor. they are doing an incredible job. but these are democrats. we're not going to sit and be silent. they are going to be vocal. but tonight they will hear from bernie, hear from elizabeth, hear from cory and hear from the first lady of the united states. at the end of the night, you will see more joyful noises than what i called, you know, sort of like the activists here today. >> you see the demonstrations going on outside. >> yes. >> in philadelphia, pretty angry. bernie sanders supporters. you see the mood in here, you saw what happened earlier today when bernie sanders spoke to his supporters, was that the reason you decided to take this extraordinary step and formally apologize? >> no, that apology, i started on saturday. no one asked me to apologize. i did it because i'm a leader and an official of this party. there's no question that we have to do a better job of communicating, not just to bernie sanders supporters but to donors and others who are
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offended. again i apologize on behalf of the officers and entire party. >> you were the first vice chair of the dnc now you're interim chair. >> second time. now maybe third time is a charm and maybe i will get the job. >> when is the second? >> i passed the gavel on to debbie wasserman schultz. >> donna brazile, now interim chair of dnc. >> two badges. by cnn, i love you. hello, dnc, i love you too. >> thank you. good luck. up next, anderson is back with the panel it talk about all we just heard and a lot more of the breaking news continues right after this.
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democratic party platform prepter paul booth. let's listen in. >> the republican platform of make american great, the republican platform of pull the rug out from underneath us. legalize discrimination. cutting holes in the social safety net. austerity for you and me while the corporate elight and
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billionaires get special privileges and more deregulating and more at the expense of working american families. that would not make america great. and neither would the gridlock we've been living with. americans need a better option. that's exactly what this bold agenda represents. words alone are not enough. this platform needs a band da-a needs support from america. >> congresswoman marcia fudge is up next. platform pledge coming up shortly. day one of the democratic convention. we have seen plenty. there is plenty to talk about. donna brazile confirming that in fact what jeff dell knzeleny is reporting, that whoever the
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hacker was and getting in to the dnc system was there for more than a year and donna said there may be more e-mails to come that will be embarrassing for the dnc. >> if they are leaked in so way it inflew uence the election, w don't flow that. but they are pointing fingers at the dnc. with you if someone will do this, whether for mischief or to manipulate the election, we could get it the night before a debate, you get some exchange about hillary clinton on some policy issue. who knows. now days we send a link. someone should send the link to debbie wasserman schultz. you stand up, take responsibility, promise clarity and transparency and stand up for what was wrong. they were trying yesterday to get her to apologize, debbie wasserman schultz and they said let's did it in the name of the
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party ceo or someone else on the donna is in charge and has to clean it up. i've been friends with her for a long time. people say you talk about a friend, but that's the way you handle a crisis. >> it's easier for her to clean it up because it wasn't her mess, honestly. she's doing exactly the right thing. whether the written apology or bernie sanders' plea or whips on the floor are going to have any kind of impact this evening. >> even during elijah cummings' speech there, while a lot of people were listening, there were a lot of people holding up signs for tpp, chanting against tpp while elijah cummings was speaking, which i know a lot of cummings' supporters feel was very disrespectful. ben jealous, former head of the naacp is speaking right now, sanders supporter. let's listen. >> i'm proud to be one of the
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1,900 delegates here tonight from the bernie sanders campaign. [ applause ] bernie will be here tonight, and as he said to us today, today is our day to begin to unify so we can defeat donald trump. and i'm looking forward to joining him along with all of us to take back the senate, elect state change makers, defeat trump, and make hillary clinton president of these united states! [ applause ] and i am proud to support this platform, the most progressive platform in the history of our party.
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it empowers us all to pull together and win big victories at the ballot box and beyond. you see i hail from the great state of maryland. we are staying where democrats have shown when we all come together as one, we win more, bigger, and better victories faster. four years ago when it seemed like reactionary republicans were stealing everybody's rights everywhere all at once, we in maryland adopted the motto of the three musketeers and said all for one-and-one for all. in the year that followed we abolished the death penalty, passed marriage equality,
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decriminalized low-level possession of marijuana, passed the dream act, expanded voting rights, and passed sensible gun safety reform. and it is in that same spirit we present this platform tonight and say to the college students and graduates who are drowning in debt, join us at the ballot box this fall and together we will make college affordable. to communities devastated by both mass incarceration and murder, join us at the ballot box and together we will shift our nation's priorities away from the failed war on drugs and towards rehabilitation and the reincorporation of men and women returning from prison into our economy.
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and public safety strategies, not law and order foolishness, but public safety strategies that actually make us safer. to the hard-working parents who bear that special pain that comes when you realize your family just can't survive on $7.25, we say join us at the ballot box, and we will win the fight for $15 and raise the minimum wage from coast to coast to $15 per hour. [ applause ] and to residents of rural communities and urban areas ravaged by the poisoning of their wells and the water sup y supply, we say join us at the ballot box and we will ensure your voice is heard, your water is made clean, and our nation shifts away from gas and coal and towards wind and solar.
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[ applause ] and to people of good conscience everywhere who are tired -- tired of seeing our neighbors abused, scapegoated, and killed because of racism, transphobia, homophobia, and xenophobia, we say join us at the ballot box and together we will move america forward to become the most perfect example of the unity and dignity of the human family that the world has ever seen. >> ben jealous, former president of the naacp. a sanders supporter. we'll be covering all the big moments as they happen. a platform vote moments away, day one of the democratic national convention in "the situation room" tonight. we'll be right back. stop...
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good evening again from philadelphia, day one of the democratic national convention now under way, already high drama. the platform just passing by voice vote. meantime unhappy bernie sanders supporters rallying outside, the party scrambling to maintain unity. the woman who was supposed to preside over this gone, new challenges, allegations of russian meddling in the campaign. star-studded speakers including bernie sanders, elizabeth warren and michelle obama. shortly pennsylvania congressman bob grainy on stage with an
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empty chair representing american p.o.w.s and m.i.a.s in a moment of silence. to dana bash. what's the mood on the floor right now? >> reporter: it is incredibly boisterous, so much energy that i'm sure you can see and hear it is palpable. the idea -- you know what, actually, as i'm talking to you, i hear they're introducing congressman robert brady, the man you were just talking about who is going to speak, and then ask for a moment of silence for prisoners of war and missing in action. let's listen. >> welcome to my district. and welcome to philadelphia. today we make history again. this is the birthplace of our great democracy, the home of independence hall and the liberty bell. but independence and liberty have never been given. we have to fight for it and defend the principles each
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generation. that has always been the work of the brave men and women of the armed services. to all who served, have loved ones serving, thank you. to all who have defended our freedom but never came home, prisoners of war and those missing in action, we remember you! you are not forgotten! as americans living in freedom, each of us has a responsibility to always remember the sacrifices of those who did not come home and those whose safe return we are still waiting for we hold them in our hearts every single day across this great land and throughout the greater fiphiladelphia and venues from city hall to sports arenas, an empty chair honors our missing heroes. i was proud to pass along one such chair in the yunited state capitol forever.
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and at this democratic convention we also saved them a seat, an empty chair that will serve as a reminder of those members and p.o.w.s and what they did for our country. a reminder that we all have a responsibility to remember. please turn to the pennsylvania delegation where we keep this meaningful memorial, the p.o.w./m.i.a. national chair of honor right here in the pennsylvania delegation. [ applause ] now i ask all of you to stand and observe a moment of silence for a p.o.w./m.i.a. americans. please stand. thank you. and thank you for honoring the courage and commitment to our great community. let's give them one more rousing
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round of applause. please, thank you, to our veterans. let's go, new york, i can't hear you. virginia. how about pennsylvania. how about pennsylvania. let's break it up for our v veterans. thank you for all you do and to keep donald trump out of the white house someone who disrespects our p.o.w.s like john mccain and thank you all for all you do to elect our next president, hillary rodham clinton. thank you! god bless you and god bless america. thank you. >> congressman robert brady of pennsylvania who just called for a moment of silence to honor america's p.o.w.s and m.i.a.s. pamela brown has sanders' campaign manager jeff weaver with her right now. pamela, go ahead and talk to him and update us on what the sanders campaign is hoping to achieve tonight. >> reporter: well, i have to tell you i watched jeff weaver,
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who is standing with me, walk through the floor and there were a lot of bernie sanders supporters who were sort of surrounding him because there's a lot of spirited supporters here tonight, as you heard them yell, chant "bernie" and some chanting "hillary." what did you make of that, these bernie sanders supporters? >> it's the democratic party convention. it's a raucous party. we're going to defeat trump in the fall. we're going to elect progressive democrats up and down the ballot. >> reporter: jeff, we have reporting the bernie sanders camp has been working with the hillary clinton camp to make sure that there aren't any large protests on the floor. can you walk us through? >> everyone wants to maintain decorum. it's a great place to express point of view but we want to make sure it's orderly. >> reporter: how concerned are you? how concerned are you that there will be disruption?
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>> i don't think there will be. people are enthusiastic the first day and laes a lot of raw nerves over the e-mails that came out. now that debbie wasserman schultz has stepped down that will start to heal and i think by the end of this convention we'll be united and on the way to november. >> reporter: there has been an apology from the dnc. is that enough for you. >> donna brazile is now head of the dnc. i'm sure she'll enact other reforms. i'm confident she will. i spoke to her a minute ago. we'll watch in the next weeks and see as the democratic party is reformed. >> reporter: we know bernie sanders will be speaking tonight. there's a lot of anticipation for that. can you give us a glimpse of what we can expect from him? >> a unifying message for the party, that we need to support secretary clinton, elect defensemmocrats up and down the ballot, and we need to continue to fight for the progressive agenda he spoke about in the campaign which has been largely incorporated into the democratic platform. >> reporter: and how much do you think he'll send a message to
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supporters, stay calm, we need to back him. i've spoken to people here today who say they're not sure about backing hillary clinton. >> nerves are up particularly because of the e-mails in the last few days. i think you'll see over time that will smooth out. >> reporter: we heard boos when he mentioned supporting hillary clinton. are you concerned at all that come thursday when she speaks that bernie sanders' supporters will do the same when she's here? >> i would think not. >> a bunch of other people made it to the meeting. it's hard to say who was booing and who was not. >> reporter: what was your reaction to that? >> i hope people would not do it. i think it's disrespectful. >> reporter: anything else you'd like to add? >> no, that's it. >> reporter: back to you, wolf. >> dana bash, there have been pretty dramatic developments over the last few minutes. update our viewers. >> reporter: that's right. one of the concerns among the hillary clinton campaign and democratic party officials was
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about the platform and the set of rules. the rules package that governs this convention and beyond. we saw what happened at the republican convention where there was a lot of turmoil in and around that, but what has happened here in the last, i don't know, 10 to 30 minutes, is that they have been able to pass the platform and the rules package by voice vote. and that is significant in that there were -- i talked to some senior democrats on the floor pretty worried that was going to be able to actually happen because there has been so much consternation, vocal consternation among bernie sanders supporters. one very fascinating strategy i think that helped them was they had bernie sanders' delegates introduce both of those. they got a voice, they got to speak, and that certainly helped assuage some of the frustration at least at those moments when they had to pass them here. one thing i will add as i toss back to you, wolf, what i have heard from several bernie
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sanders supporters they want to hear from him is why should they vote for hillary clinton not just against donald trump? so we'll see if more of those questions are answered as night goes on. >> all right, dana, thanks very much. congressman from arizona is now speaking. he was one of the first representatives to endorsed bernie sanders. >> i came of age with a party that believed the public good, not the size of a donor's check, was the true measure of an idea. and, my friends, a new generation is coming of age today. millions of young people, all ethnicities, all background, all income levels, are looking for us to stay true to the party's great ideals. they look to us hoping we will put their needs above those of
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the already rich and the already powerful. their idealism, optimism, their belief in america. they are no different than the idealism that built this nation or the idealism that one progressive fights for the generation ago. their idealism is just as powerful and, yes, just as fragile. in this election and everything we do we must remember that and be worthy of it. i wouldn't be here today supporting our nominee if the democrats of 50 years ago hadn't had their courage. i wouldn't be here if our party was built on the likes of donald trump who is trying to make our country meaner, hateful, more divided, and more fearful. i'm proud to be -- very proud to
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be part of a movement that's going to beat donald trump. that's going to help elect hillary clinton and that's going to turn that idealism into a government philosophy we can all be proud of. so now it's time. let's go win this. let's win it for our people, and let's win it for our nation. thank you. [ applause ] >> arizona congressman, bernie sanders' backer, raul grijalva speak iing very, very strongly favor of all of the bernie sanders going ahead and endorsing and supporting hillary clinton, very important remarks indeed. anderson? >> wolf, thanks very much. a lot to talk about with our panel. it is interesting to have the number of bernie sanders supporters we have seen obviously this was something that was worked out between the sanders campaign and the clinton campaign as a way to try to
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really mollify the folks on the floor who are still very vocal and very much in support of sanders. >> it particularly when it comes to the platt the form because there were disagreements on the platform particularly on the trade deal, the it tpp, which the clinton folks didn't want to go all the way on because they didn't want to embarrass a president who supports the tpp. so having these people out here tonight is important because it says to sanders' supporters, we're with this platform and it's a way to kind of ease into bernie sanders' speech tonight which, as jeff weaver was saying, he hopes will be unifying to this party. >> it's interesting. the bernie sanders press secretary has been sending out some tweets, really specifically to sanders' supporters saying, look -- one says, look, people are well within their rights to have passions and opinions. that's how we create the change. we need the passion. let me be clear, no one stole this election. team sanders did amazing work but we lost.
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part of reality for some. then goes on to say the contents of leaked e-mail shows individuals were definitely biased but seven folks didn't steal the election. >> one of the most important words in the business of politics is respect. and sanders' supporters, senator sanders, all deserve respect. they want to be heard. there has to be a healing. eight years ago we were in a different kind of situation. i was a hillary clinton supporter at the time. the tone and tenor was very different. but it took a while for the clinton supporters to become that enthusiastic about then senator barack obama. so this is a process. this is day one. the senator is doing everything he can. you just read tweets from his press he secretary. everybody is trying. >> you're a trump supporter. donald trump is still saying he can pick up sanders' supporters. do you really believe that's possible? >> i believe the bigger portion will go to hillary. gary johnson will get some of these votes and donald trump will get some of these votes, a
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bigger share than one might think. clearly more will go to hillary than anyone else. donald trump will be able to pick up some of these votes. it will be a sizable number. >> there is no way bernie sanders' voters will be voting for donald trump. it's a fantasy. everything donald trump stands for is an anathema, everything against sanders' people believe in and are fighting for. and you might bring up the issue of trade, but let's be clear here. donald trump is saying one thing about trade while he's sending thousands and thousands of american jobs overseas to china. the sanders people are never going to be for trump. >> talk about the washington el elite and breaking up the system. they see a guy who managed to do things outside the party, and they're looking for the antiestablishment. >> bill? >> positive progressive politics. >> disrespectful to think they're one-issue voters.
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>> donald trump keeps asserting he'll have the sanders supporters. there's as much evidence of that as that mexico will pay for the wall. >> i want to come back to something the mayor said. for all those who said bernie would be a disaster, bernie will be another ralph nader, we all have to be impressed, number one, with how bernie sanders achieved this year, number one and, number two, how he has really been respectful and has recognized reality. you can be a progressive and still be a realist and i was surprised how little he criticized debbie wasserman schultz. >> we have to take a quick break. more of the e-mail hacking scann scandal. was russia behind it? new evidence when we come back as well as all the key moments on the floor and key players here from both sides of this contentious mom nanominating pr. americans are buying more and more of everything online. and so many businesses rely on the united states postal service
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a convention, deep, deep contention effort of reconciliation, all of it tonight in the city of brotherly love, the democratic party platform just adopted moments ago. now the international intrigue surrounding all of this. the hacked dnc e-mails, the leak and the allegation that russia is behind it. the allegation that a foreign government and a competing superpower is tampering with american presidential politics. the latest evidence, jim, new information that the feds warned the dnc about a possible hack of their server maybe a year earlier. what's the latest? >> that's right, wolf. we're learning federal investigators warned the dnc
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months before that there was a possible intrusion. to be clear it was not a specific warning, wasn't clear how extensive it was but it wasn't months later until april that the dc hired a cyber security firm to investigate the leak and it wasn't until june, just last month, they were able to see the extent of it and, in effect, kick that russian intruder out of dnc e-mail servers there so had they been able to act further, wolf, they could have contained the damage. >> what specifically points to russia as being responsible for the hack? >> i've spoken to people briefed on the investigation and it's a couple of things. one, it is digital information, something as simple as the fact the code was written during the work hours in the moscow time zone. some of it more complicated. digital fingerprints inside the code match previous attacks that have been trace d to hackers
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based in russia including attacks on white house e-mail servers, state department e-mail servers, but it's something broader. this fits a russian m.o. of infiltrating u.s. institutions like the dnc, the white house, the state department, to gain information, one, for just intelligence value but, two, for the possible use of exposing embarrassing information to embarrass those institutions. that fits, and i've spoken with a number of officials, that fits with past attacks that originated from srussia. >> jim sciutto, thanks very much, joining us here in philadelphia at the convention, the chief strategist for the lyclinton campaign, joel, thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> the dnc issued a formal public apology to bernie sanders' campaign, supporters, was that necessary? >> i think it was the right thing to do. whether it was necessary or not, i think they felt they took some actions and e-mails showed they probably shouldn't have done certain things. and i think it's okay to apologize when you do something
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wrong and move on. and i think you've heard that on the floor tonight with people like ben jealous urging everybody, bernie supporters, which he was one, and hillary supporters to unite and get forward so that we can defeat donald trump. >> if the russians or anyone else hacked the dnc for a year and collected thousands of these e-mails, how worried are you more e-mails will be released in the coming days, weeks and months that could cause serious damage to your campaign? >> i'm not an expert in cyber security. i only know what i read in the news. i think the experts and jim spoke about that and what evidence they have. do a full examination of what went on here and we'll have a better assessment when the experts get to the bottom of it. >> we've also learned bernie sanders sent out a text message to his supporters asking everyone not to disrupt this convention tonight even though a lot of the bernie sanders supporters as we saw this morning are deeply disappointed
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their guy didn't get the democratic nomination. what do you anticipate unfolding? >> bernie setting the tone he wants to set. i think senator sanders ran a tough race. he knows how hard fought it was. and he knows his people are a little disappointed. he also knows, i think, we've come together here because the stakes are high for the american people. they know economically that the system is working for those at the top not as well for everyone else. work for everyone, not those at the top. and bernie wants to be leading in this fight. and that's why he's speaking tonight with people like elizabeth warren and cory booker to make that case and unify this party so we can do what we have to do in november. >> are you worried about the perception of the democratic party right now? >> oh, i don't know. we democrats are feisty. you know the old will rogers quote about democrats. they go back years. i think we start off feisty but i think as you've heard in the opening hours here tremendous enthusiasm for agreeing on what's the most progressive platform ever passed, things
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like raising the minimum wage, et cetera, and i think that's what this group is going to do for the rest of this convention is really be urging on all the people who are coming together from both the bernie campaign, bernie sanders campaign and hillary clinton campaign to do the work we have to do to make a difference in people's lives come november and elect hillary clinton president. >> as day one of this convention was commencing, donald trump was tweeting, telling bernie sanders' supporters, and i'll quote from that tweet, bernie has totally given up his fight for the people, and we welcome all voters who want a better future for our workers. are you worried some of those bernie sanders supporters not happy with hillary clinton will go to donald trump? >> i think any bernie supporter has followed this race closely and have he especially, wolf, k those kind of comments from trump lack complete credibility. this is a man who has trampled small business, refused to pay
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working people. if he thinks anybody is going to put a nickel's worth of faith in standing up for working people after they he were for bernie sanders, he has no idea what's gone on in this campaign. >> they do have similar position on trade. >> they certainly don't have similar positions on wall street where donald trump wants to tear up all the rules, let the financial world start writing their own regulations again and bernie sanders and hillary clinton are united and wanting to put tougher rules on those institutions so that we don't let wall street wreck main street again. >> you study polls closely. our poll shows 68% of americans don't find hillary clinton honest or trustworthy. that's the highest number for her and that's a bad number since we started polling on this question. how do you win an election with 68% of americans don't find her honest or trustworthy? >> i think you're looking at a poll after four days of people being attacked and i've looked
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at some things in the poll. i won't quibble with them although i think the poll is off on some metrics. i think it's a conservative sample. but most importantly what we're going to do tonight through thursday night is have a series of speakers who will tell people why they have trusted hillary clinton through her life, real people who have benefited from the things that she's done to help them whether talking about veterans, disabled people, schoolchildren who know they trust her because they counted on her and i think after four days of that we'll look at polls afterwards and i think we're in a very good position here when it comes to anyone, donald trump who is dangerous and divisive or hillary clinton who knows we have to work together to make a country and economy that works for everyone. hillary clinton is going to be their choice. >> joel beneson, thank you. it will be lively tonight. >> it is. >> when we come back more from the floor including fi philadelphia's mayor. a break first as our live convention coverage continues. (vo) a lifetime of your dog's
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irrespective who you are, where you come from, the language you speak, or the hue of your skin. and we fight for fair and equal pay for all women because we know that our economy works better when we all work together. friends -- >> two and a half hours into it, so much has already happened here in philadelphia. back with the panel. the big speaker tonight michelle obama, elizabeth warren, senator sanders as well. there have been a large number of politicians of congress people, senators speaking. the lists for many of these nights are really packed with political people. trying to get nonpolitical people in. one woman who had a negative experience at a trump university will be speaking.
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>> you have a president and a first lady. the husband happens to be a former president. there's a lot of politicians there. the democrats have no choice to a degree but, number one, they want to put those people out there not because of their title but they want bill clinton to make the economic case and a character case, a compassion case for his wife. they want both obamas who many people in the hall and at this table would agree could be the single most of two people. the single most important asset to hillary clinton in the first post-obama election who better than to, "a," this is personal about donald trump because of the birther issue. get them not to think i was invested in you, mr. president. i would say the first couple of hours here in the afternoon session, we've already had more diversity in the first two hours of the democratic convention and we saw almost all week at the republican convention and,
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again, two very different parties. strategies are very different. used to be you talk about conventions moving to the middle for both parties. both parties see this as a base election. turn out your hard core base supporters and hope you do the better job. >> there's an arc to these conventions. i'm a "seinfeld" fan. this reminds me of festivus one and two. i'm particularly interested to see bernie sanders' speech tonight. i think he's the one who has to thread the needle and let these folks -- >> you mean larry david. >> another "sieinfeld" referenc. he has the order of letting them know we now need to be unified. my hunch is the way he brings everybody together is, yes, of cour course, to talk about secretary clinton but to focus on donald trump. >> i think to say she won the election fair and square and that's something the clinton campaign wants to hear from sanders, you know, that's something that former sanders
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campaign workers also want to hear from him, too, that she won fair and square and that her victory is legitimate. >> i also think by bringing out so-called real people as we were talking about who have been affected by hillary clinton is very important. i was listen iing to joel benenn with wolf talk about trusting hillary clinton. they understand they have such a huge trust deficit. what they want to do tonight is bring out people who have interacted with her and who trust her and let them tell the american public why they do because they know that most of the american public does not. and coming out of this convention they have to at least start fixing it. >> a wide variety of democrats want to be here to speak to make that testimony. what we saw last week was folks who don't trust donald trump or who don't want to support donald trump stay at home. you don't have that here. we have no lack of speakers.
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real people, elected officials all want to come and speak at the democratic convention. >> and i think it's important to note that a lot of the elected officials who are speaking are local elected officials from towns and cities, from state legislatures. that sends a message about hillary clinton really wanting to build the party at every level and those really are, if you think about it, real people. they're your neighbors, the police chief, and that sends a different message than having congress people and senators. >> i will point out that with all the talk about all this bernie sanders disrupting everything that the platform has been adopted. it is now the official platform of the democratic party. >> i have to interrupt right now. on the stage right now is mayor kennedy. >> on behalf of the people of this city, welcome it to philadelphia. philadelphia is a city that makes history and we're ready to do it again when this convention nominates the first woman president of the united states.
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[ applause ] today -- today, however, i want to share a philadelphia story you probably don't know. in 1844 an early version of the know nothing political party held a rally here to protest the threat that irish catholic immigrants posed to the american way of life. they claimed these immigrants, people like my family, were more li likely to commit crimes than native born citizens. does that sound familiar? this rhetoric led to riots, st. michael and st. augustine churches were burned to the ground. some 20 people died. i'm telling you this story for one reason. it's happening again. the know-nothings have returned and last week in cleveland they vowed to take their country back this november. they've got it all wrong. it was never their country in
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the first place. [ applause ] whether our families came to this country in 1776 or 1976 or 2016, this country belongs to all of us. [ applause ] now many of us thought we defeated the know nothings when we elected our first black president, barack obama. mra[ applause ] but the fact is that meaningful change never happens all at once. you have to fight for it. a few weeks ago after two previous attempts, philadelphia became the first major city to pass the soda tax that will fund prek, community schools, library innovations all throughout the city. recently i was speaking to an immigrant restaurant owner who told me that he supported the
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tax even though he sells soda because it was going to help the neighborhood children. he said we didn't come here just to get rich. we came here to make a better life for ourselves and everyone else. [ applause ] i can't tell you how angry i am that he and our immigrant brothers and sisters had to hear the ugly things said in cleveland. we can't let that anger overwhelm us. that's what know nothings do. instead we have to come together. they have to choose between groceries or health care or no longer hungry or sick. when we come together children whose destiny was determined by a zip code get the start in pre-k they deserve. the know-nothings who overran philadelphia will finally be defeat defeated with the election of hillary clinton as president of the united states in 2016.
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let's get to work. thank you, philadelphia. >> philadelphia mayor jim kenney. back with the panel for a couple of minutes now. it is the notion that sha shark the allegation that is russia could be behind this leak is going to be interesting to see. that's some of the fbi investigatinging. it's not something that has been officially declared at this point. if it does turn out to be rus a russia, does it have blow back? does donald trump's campaign have to handle it differently than now? >> they couldn't get james bond or jason bourne. it's incredibly serious business if you have a foreign state actor hacking into computer systems whether it's democratic institutions or government institutions.
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the trump campaign said this is absurd that they have anything to do with this. manafort, we can connect any dots and you can -- i think we should just be calm about that's outrageous. >> why wouldn't he curtail having these type of e-mails? they were warned ahead of time. hey, you're being watched. >> what company hasn't been hacked? >> you would be more cautious not to have tease type of e-mails. >> that doesn't negate the fact it happened. >> what scares me, anderson, i don't know what you do about it. the chinese government was hacking the pentagon and other government agencies. we didn't do anything except raise hell, it's not something
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to go to war over but if true, a very serious turn of events. >> if the theory is to gain this out, don't rain on my parade yet. if the theory is to gain this out vladimir putin sees a friend in donald trump because trump would exercise a policy with regard to the baltics states, what could help trump more than a hack from her private e-mail server? remember, jim comey's statements said they didn't find any direct evidence of hostile actors but they wouldn't have been able to find that evidence. >> if you were trump wouldn't you denounce it? >> trump today predict ed we would see hillary clinton before the election. >> what could help hillary more than evidence donald trump was colluding with vladimir putin? >> the idea there's collusion, there's no evidence of that. we'll talk more about this as the evening goes on. back to the convention in a moment.
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the democratic national convention moving along pretty
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much on schedule right now. they passed the platform, the new rules. dana bash is on the floor right now. dana, they may be moving along on schedule but there are still deep concerns about what might happen in the coming hour or two. >> reporter: that's true. the fact of the matter is that the bernie sanders supporters are here and they are proud and they are enthusiastic and they are reluctant to take the step back that bernie sanders himself has talked about. you see here there are delegations that are on the floor that are more inclined to be hillary clinton's supporters, states that went for hillary clinton and so forth. i think what has been really interesting is if you look up in the stands, there are states here on this side and then further down that we have been spending time with, delegates who had been early on in the afternoon very, very aggressively saying that they wanted bernie sanders, booing hillary clinton, delegates and
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supporters when they came to the stage, and making clear they are not going to go out easily. one even told me that she wants to hear from bernie sanders exactly why they should support hillary clinton, not so much what he said earlier today, that donald trump can't be president but specifically why the people who worked -- this is almost verbatim what a couple of delegates said to me, hundreds of hours and their heart and soul into supporting bernie sanders and his progressive causes, why sanders thinks it is important for them to get behind hillary clinton. they're a little bit frustrated that they've only heard why not donald trump as opposed to the reverse. >> it started at 4:00 pm eastern. during these first three hours, how would you compare what's going on here in philadelphia to what we saw in cleveland last week? >> in many ways, it's like being
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on a different planet, when it comes to the delegates and what they're expecting and the kind of intensity that they have. but in other ways, there's some similarities in that there was unpredicted, unwelcomed intensity and passion and discord on the floor here in philly, just like there was in cleveland. >> i want to go to jeff zelany, who has more on what to expect from bernie sanders when he delivers his speech tonight. what are you learning? >> he will make a full-throated endorsement, i'm told, for hillary clinton, exactly what dana was just saying some of the delegates are looking for. i hear he is going to try to deliver that. i'm told by a senior adviser to bernie sanders he's going to try to give a much different speech than we saw earlier today, simply a takedown of donald trump. i am told it will be more of why you should vote for hillary clinton. it is aimed directly at the delegates inside this hall and
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bernie sanders' supporters across the country who are watching. the question is, will it work? you talk to these delegates and some of them say i believe in bernie sanders but won't necessarily follow him. i talked to a delegate a short time ago who said she's furious at debbie wasserman-schultz but after this week will give hillary clinton a look because she said that's her only option. we'll find out if she's the exception or the rule. a lot is riding on bernie sanders tonight as he addresses this delegation. >> the hillary clinton campaign really need those bernie sanders' supporters to get on board if she is going to win the race. ceo of this convention is getting ready to speak, walking up to the microphone. >> my sister and brother
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democrats, welcome to philadelphia. our extraordinary team has worked tirelessly to make this week worthy of the history happening here at this, the 2016 democratic national convention. we gather in philadelphia, the birthplace of american democracy, to celebrate the most enduring of american values. that of we, the people. when we, as democrats say we, the people, it has, perhaps a different meaning than it does for our friends on the other side of the aisle. when democrats say we, the people, we mean all the people. all the people regardless of race, color, creed or ethnicity. all the people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender
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identity. all the people. those with plenty and those with little. the boats at the bottom and the boats coasting on the top. all the people, the least, the last, the lost, the locked in and the left behind. because we know that our diversity is not our problem. it is our promise. and we understand that you don't have to be just like me to be just like me. we believe that we have a mission, a mandate and a responsibility to work, fight and act on behalf of those who cannot work, fight and act for themselves. we have a mission to ensure that our public leaders reflect the values of all the people that they serve. we have a mandate to leave no one behind because none of us succeeds unless all of us
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succeed. and we have a moral obligation grounded in our common values to live not as islands unto ourselves, but in a beloved community with each other. and this idea requires that we recognize the intrinsic worth of every person and, starting right now, to make an investment in their futures. when our founding fathers and mothers created this document and wrote "we the people" not even five miles from where we stand today, they set our country off on an ongoing journey to a more perfect union. and this week, we will take one huge step toward breaking the hardest, highest glass ceiling and nominating -- by nominating our candidate, hillary rodham
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clinton. who not only believes that we, the people, means all the people, but that regardless of what you look like or where you come from, what you believe or who you love, we are always stronger together. thank you. god bless you. and god bless the united states of america. >> the reverend leah daughtry, ceo of this democratic national convention. in the meantime, erin burnett will pick up our special coverag coverage. >> thank you, wolf. the opening night of the democratic national convention is under way. hillary clinton using this stage to draw some sharp distinction between her message and the message that donald trump sent
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in cleveland last week. good evening to all. i'm erin burnett, live in philadelphia tonight. welcome to a special edition of "out front." we're standing by for the night's top speakers. the party is counting on bernie sanders. his speech comes as the dnc publicly apologized to him this afternoon f afternoon. also tonight senator elizabeth warren, a crucial speech. her job to help sanders fire up the liberal ring, progressive ring to get them on board, a role she has relished in the campaign. she's going to be taking on tonight, launching attacks on donald trump. the first lady, michelle obama, one of the most important voices on behalf of hillary clinton. popular first lady expected to drive home the day's theme. that is the message, the focus
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of this first of four nights at the dnc. we await for john podesta to take the stage. let me bring in my panel. thanks to all. and it is starting now to get really revved up. a lot of people here, some paying attention, some not. a lot of unruliness today. people are getting ready for, obviously, john podesta and big speeches coming later tonight. >> they took care of business on the platform committee, rules committee. that's where we heard the sanders factions versus the clinton faction. where the clinton campaign is really trying to get some marks on unity, of course, with bernie sanders being the final speaker of the night. but also on the take down with trump. that will be elizabeth warren's number one mission. >> right. >> and the positive case for hillary clinton and the beginning of.
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>> what we saw today was pretty stunning. bernie sanders came out and said elect hillary clinton, they booed him. started chanting they want bernie sanders. he has made it clear he does not want that to happen. >> it goes back to 2008 when hillary clinton first announced her support for barack obama and her supporters bood her and called her a traitor. one thing we're not lacking in this room today, one thing that will not be lacking when bernie sanders speaks, when michelle obama speaks, that enthusiasm many say democrats is lacking. this room is filled to the top. we don't have any empty chairs in the entire building, contrast to what we saw last week. demi lovato is performing.
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it's a different vibe. as the night progresses, although bernie sanders is important and elizabeth warren is important, the biggest feature of the night belongs to michelle obama. a lot of people you can boo. one person you ain't gonna boo is michelle obama. >> what's the most important speech tonight? >> the first lady is probably the most important in terms of motivating the voters and a person who can make a very strong case for hillary clinton, to motivate the obama coalition, women voters, african-american voters. in terms of getting the loud, very small minority of folks who have been boo'ing here, causing trouble here, bernie sanders has a big role to play. he seems prepared to do that. >> john podesta. a big kick-off this hour, campaign chairman, 67 years old, has known hillary clinton for more than 20 years, worked with bill clinton in the white house. chief of staff for crucial years. obviously, this will be -- here he is, coming on

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