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of course, i would be remiss if i did not praise hillary for her excellent judgment in selecting my friend and fellow virginian tim kaine to be the next vice president of the united states. >> and you can support that effort right now by going to hillaryclinton.com. now, folks, i've known hillary and her husband bill for more than half of my life. i love this woman. i still remember her playing mermaid in the pool with our youngest daughter sally for hours on family vacations. i was proud she was the first person to call and congratulate our oldest son jack when he began his career as an officer in the united states marine corps, and i'll never forget
when she and then president clinton did not hesitate to travel through a blizzard to attend my father's funeral. that is something you will never forget. that is friendship. hillary is tough. she is determined. she is an amazing mother, grandmother and wife, and i know that she loves this country more than anything else. compare that to what we just heard from donald trump and the republicans. they spent four days tearing down our country. they blamed immigrants. they blamed refugees. they blamed affordable health care and offered no solutions other than giving the nuclear codes to a man who praises vladimir putin and saddam hussein. if donald trump really cared about american greatness, he wouldn't attack democrats.
he would follow our lead. in virginia we're putting our values into action to create jobs and bring our unemployment rate down from 5.3% when i took office to 3.7% today, the steepest decline a governor has seen at this point in 32 years in virginia. we have made record investments in public education, expanded access so we have a healthy, nutritious plan for all of our children and let me tell you this, folks, i am so proud of virginia. we were the first state in the united states of america to be certified to have ended veteran homelessness in our state. we have fought republican efforts to discriminate against lgbt virginian, and we have stood up for a woman's right to choose, and we are overcoming obstacles to deny hundreds of
thousands of former felons their right to vote because history tells us that enemies of progress can slow the march toward justice and equality, but they cannot stop us. we have come so far since 2008, but there is more work to be done, that's why i support hillary clinton, because they'll want a president and an economy that works for everyone. a president that tackles global warming head-on and stands up for common-sense solutions that keep guns away from dangerous people, a president who has vision, purpose and the experience to lead our nation not cheesy slogans and silly hats, a president who will build our country up and not tear it down to scare up votes. my friend, i have known hillary
for decades. i have seen her in action. i know that she will be the kind of leader that she will be, and she will lead this nation. tonight we made history, but the fight has just begun. it is time for all of us to get to work and to make my friend hillary clinton the next president of the united states of america. thank you! >> and that was governor terry mcauliffe of virginia, speak, of course, this was the historic moment, hillary clinton to be named as the head and nominee of the major political party of the united states. let me ask you, patty solis, you were a campaign manager for hillary clinton. how did that moment feel? >> erin, for me, personally, it was extremely emotional. i started working for hillary in september of 1991, before she was thrust into the public eye when she was the first lady of arkansas and really when she was a working mom. so the journey from there to
here has been remarkable, and let's face it, it's been pretty tough, too. she has had some very trying times in the public eye. so trying that a lot of other people would have quit long ago. so to see her here tonight and get the nomination is just incredible and even on a more personal level for me. she hired me when i was very, very young, and she trained me, she taught me, she mentored me and created a work environment where i could succeed at my job and also raise a family, and it wasn't just me. there have been hundreds of women through that journey that got her here today, and i think that's her legacy, here as the first woman nominee for a party for president, she has so many women that she has mentored throughout that career. >> bakari, it was a moment in history for women, and also watching you react to that. a very emotional moment for a lot of people in this room. >> i think kailey and i are probably the two younger people
that you see on tv on a nightly basis on cnn. i'm 31 years old, and it was 2008 when i got a chance to see this same moment when we nominated the first african-american president of the united states and now to be here to witness the first female president of the united states -- or female nominee of a major party, you just can't put it into words what we've been able to do here today. i'm very proud to be a part of that moment. i'm very proud to have an 11-year-old step daughter that i can tell about this moment. this environment was just amazing, but whether or not you're a democrat or republican, whether or not you're black or white, i think you can take a step back for a moment and just appreciate the journey because we have come a very long way. we have come in this country a very long way. we still understand there is progress that has yet to be made, but tonight is a moment when we can sit back for a moment and just be proud. it's tough for people on a
certain side of the aisle to be proud of hillary clinton and i am so proud of hillary clinton and so thankful to call her a friend and people like patty and so proud to say hillary rodham clinton is the nominee for president of the united states. >> when bakari is referencing that people on both sides of the aisle who can feel that, there are many who can't. there are many who feel that this is a moment for the country that this can happen. >> just think of the history. it's been almost a century in this country since women have been granted a right to vote. almost a century. >> right. >> now, finally, you have a woman nominee of a major party. hillary clinton tonight stepped into history, and we were here to watch it, and whether you like hillary clinton or you don't like hillary clinton it is a moment in history and you know, hillary clinton talked about punching through that glass ceiling in 2008. she was not able to do it. there were cracks, as she said.
tonight she did punch through it, and i think that just taking a step back about where we've come in this past century and this country, it's taken us a lot longer than some other countries, but it is quite remarkable. >> david, it's also something to think about during this primary process. i remember speaking to young women, bernie sanders supporters, why does this matter? there will be a woman president in our lifetime. this doesn't matter. do you think some of them will be moved now and feel differently because they truly didn't at one point? >> i actually took it as a reflection of progress -- >> that they felt that way. >> that women felt that way. it didn't seem extraordinary that a woman could be the nominee for president which i think is progress in and of itself, but let me say this, i am not among the youngest on this platform tonight, and i've been through this process a lot, and i still find it so moving, and i was in a hotel room in denver in 2008 when hillary clinton walked out on to the
floor after a long, difficult battle, and moved the convention to embrace barack obama as the nominee, and i remember how emotional it was for me to see that happen. so -- and to see bernie sanders do it here. >> yes. >> we should just take a step back and say, you know, we've got problems and we've got challenges in this country, but democracy is a beautiful thing and to see two opponents come together and respect that process and join together in common cause is an inspiring thing. >> fierce moments and it was very emotional. anyone watching would have to admit that they felt something watching bernie sanders tearing up when his brother spoke and at that moment and the graciousness he exhibited and you see someone who sees it and there's pain, too, right? >> right. this is incredibly hard and you put everything into a presidential campaign and to
come up so short, i know it was hard. i know it was hard for the clinton supporters and the clinton campaign, and the way he did it and to be here and to soak in the support and recognition for everything he achieved. he may not have won the election and he set up an infrastructure for the progressive movement going forward, and the way he did this was the epitome of class and grace, and as democrats we should praise him for that. >> the tone felt different. there was so much cheering today for bernie sanders, but it didn't feel it was against hillary clinton or boog. it really felt like it was -- it was very joyful on behalf of him, but also moving to support her. the feeling was different. >> i think we saw over these last two days in this convention that the clinton team made a strategic decision and one they were forced into by the reality of the numbers, but let the decision that sanders co-own the convention with them and let
them breathe through and work through the difficult process of losing that dana's talking about, and they did it every step of the way including the way this roll call vote went down, and i think that was extraordinarily helpful for the sanders folks even if they're not all there, i think it was helpful for bernie himself to start getting to where he needed to go as well as the bulk of his supporters. it was a wide, strategic decision even if it was one that was needed just from the reality. >> it was helpful to hillary clinton. >> oh, absolutely. >> it unified this convention. >> can i just make one point here? 24 hours ago everyone was talking about disunity, chaos and that was the story of the day. now the story is unity, and it's just a reminder to all of us that this is a dynamic process and we need to analyze it in the moment, but it's a long process with lots of chapters and we should be a little humble in trying to evaluate any given
epic. >> as a donald trump supporter, and as a millennial and a woman. >> i congratulate her being a nominee, it's a part of history and no one will be able to take that from her, but for donald trump supporters we realize that we can talk about history and the stakes are grave right now, certainly when there is an isis terrorist attack every 84 hours and there are issues that come above history and national security would be one of them and the economy would be another. i'm happy for her and i applaud her on this remarkable achievement, but as a young woman i'll be voting on other issues. >> ahead out front, the mothers of trayvon martin, and eric garner and michael brown, they will all be featured in this convention in the next hour speaking and this could be the country's first gentleman, bill clinton making the case for his wife to be president.
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is the keynote tonight many are expecting an especially powerful appeal on behalf of his wife tonight. that will be the big focus of this evening, right? i mean, he has a crucial hour, not going to be speaking that long, but a good portion of it will be bill clinton. >> exactly. >> yeah, and i think a lot of people will tune in to see bill clinton. he was a star last go around for obama in 2012 and explained in his words why the democratic party was a better choice for americans back then. i think this go round he has a road similar to ann romney in 2012 and michelle obama in 2008. i don't encourage him to read either of the two speeches too closely because of the plagiarism problem, but that is his role, i think, tonight to really soften hillary clinton. the clinton campaign likes to say that she's the most famous woman in the world that nobody know, so tonight i expect we'll get some stories about hillary clinton, about what she's like as a mom. what she's like as a grandmother, and what she's been
like as a wife and also bill clinton often talks about hillary clinton being the best changemaker he knows and the biggest change maker he knows and i would imagine he gets into that. >> gloria? >> spouses are supposed to humanize their mate who is running for president, but i keep saying bill clinton is a guy and i don't know how -- how he may be the only guy i know that can do that because he feels your pain, and he -- but i guarantee you that while it's going to be a personal speech because of course it will, there will be a lot of policy woven into this because bill clinton is such a wonk and cares so much about policy and it has governed his life, so i think we'll hear a combination for both, but there is no model for this. i mean, he's a former president and his wife is running for president and it's kind of hard to figure out what his speech is going to be because it's got to be packed with so much. >> that, of course, is a
microcosm of the larger question because we've never had two presidents who were married to each other. so there are all kinds of questions associated with that, but i think he would make a terrible mistake if he -- if this sounds in any way like a political speech. >> right. >> it would be a terrible mistake. the fact is he knows hillary better than anybody. he's been with her every step of the way through personal and her public life, and remember, the theme of this night is the battle she's fought or something similar to that. so if he can give us a sense of her motivation, of what it is that's in her gut, what drives her, that would be very helpful to hillary clinton. >> all right. as we take a break, getting ready for that, bill clinton, his wife's most powerful surrogate taking center stage. one of the first women in hol word to endorse hillary clinton, actor, director elizabeth banks
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hillary rodham clinton is now at this moment officially her party's nominee for president, a moment in history that all of us in this hall were able to see. bill clinton will be speaking, the 42nd president is the featured speaker here tonight, expected to highlight his wife's history for the poor and middle class and coming up in just a couple of minutes you will hear live jimmy carter, the 39th president speaking on the 49th anniversary of his own nomination. it's a significant thing you have seen the depth of the party coming out in support of hillary clinton, something obviously very different than what we saw last week in cleveland where you had mitt romney, jeb bush, and george bush not there. >> she had the establishment and the office holders the entire time. it was the new energy and youthful part of the party that bernie sanders brought in. it was a moment in history, and i do think this is a new moment for hillary clinton and this is someone who we have seen on the public stage for 25 years, erin. we think we know everything about her already and we do know a lot, but we are now seeing her
for the first time do things that we haven't seen her do in that quarter century, such as pick a vice presidential candidate as a running mate and come out and accept this nomination and set forth in a new way, even after a quarter century in the public stage, hillary clinton in a new light. >> and bakari, jimmy carter will be a significant address. his grandson is about to introduce him so let's listen to that right now. >> he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured, okay? i hate to tell you. ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, jason carter from georgia. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> greetings from the battleground state of georgia.
when my grandfather accepted the democratic nomination for president he stood before this group and said it is time for america to move and to speak not with boasting and belligerence, but with a quiet strength and to depend not on the arsenal, but on the ideas and to govern home not by confusion and crisis, but with grace and imagination and common sense. those words feel even more relevant today than they did 40 years ago, and i promise that he is itching to get on the campaign trail and elect hillary clinton. this last year has been a remarkable one in our family. almost exactly a year ago my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. he approached this diagnosis with the exact faith, dignity and strength that we've come to expect. he never stopped working for
health and peace around the world, and he never stopped teaching sunday school at home on the plains. today, thanks to the miracles of modern science and the power of prayer, i am happy to report that the cancer is gone. and not only that, but earlier this month he and my grandmother celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. my grandparents -- my grandparents demonstrate that there is a strength in love, humility and service that no amount of anger or pride or salesmanship can match. that principled strength is what drives them in the work that they do every day and that same principled strength will elect hillary clinton as our next president.
>> good evening, democrats. 40 years ago, in our nation's bicentennial year i stood before you to accept your nomination as president. rose and i wish we could be there with you tonight to prepare for what would be an extremely important election, one that will define for a generation who we are as a nation and as a people. we, americans, have a force before us and i feel proud that two democratic candidates who competed throughout a long primary season like bernie sanders and secretary of state hillary clinton comforted themselves with dignity and talked about issues that matter and presented a vision for our nation. i thank senator sanders for bringing so many young people into the electoral process. to all of the young americans i say stay engaged, stay involved and be sure to vote this november. at a moment when it's become more important than ever to lift people up, to offer hope and a road map for a brighter future,
instead we see a republican presidential candidate who seems to violate some of the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded. we can and must do better. unfortunately, the democratic nominee will soon be choosing the stark contrast and also competence and experience to what the republicans have chosen. i've known hillary clinton for decades, when she was a young attorney. i pointed her out to the legal services corporation where she became the first woman chair. there, hillary fought in our courts, those with the least were treated the same as those with the most and since then, as you know, hillary has always demonstrated a willingness to take on the most difficult challenges and to get things done. her life has been dedicated to bettering human right across the globe especially for women and
children. these are perilous times who need a strong heart, a deep understanding of issue, challenges and opportunities and a steady hand. hillary clinton has my support. i know she will also have yours. a united democratic party will prevail in november. thank you all and god bless the united states of america. please welcome senator chuck schumer from new york. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> hello, new york. i love you! now, there is a statue in the harbor of the city i represent, a mighty woman with a torch.
to me, that torch represents the american dream, and if you ask the average american what that dream means to them they put it simply and not in fancy language, they say if i work hard i'll be doing better ten years from now than i'm doing today, and my kids will be doing still better than me. each generation must keep that torch burning brightly. it's the source of our optimism. president obama did. he fought every day to defend fundament fundamental american hope, but we have more work to do. middle-class incomes have not grown enough, too many familying struggle to make ends meet and if that continues the torch will flicker. its power to inspire hope will dim. some are using this unease to pit americans against each
other. not us. we democrats fight for an america that works for everyone, that's focused on leveling the playing field for all of us and when hillary clinton wins the white house and democrats win back the senate majority, that is just what we will do. my friends, hillary understands what middle-class families need better than anyone. i know because i know hillary. i worked by her side for eight years. as senators together we were representing the great state of new york, and now, folks, i'm from brooklyn. it's in our blood to sniff out bull. now there's a lot of that in politics, but not in hillary. when she tells you something,
take it to the bank. i saw it. her remarkable ability to listen, internalize the concerns, fears, hopes and dreams of everyday americans and then work hard and get things done for them. hillary listened to the bechtel plant in schenectady when his plant was leaving town. hillary got tough and she read the corporate honchos the riot act until they agreed to keep their plant open saving his job and many others and hillary listened to the first responders and union workers who rushed to the pile after that terrible day, 9/11. they were searching for signs of life in the smoldering rubble, breathing in toxic fumes with every breath. she championed their cause, fought to get them the health care they deserved and they got
it! that, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of leadership this country needs, and the stakes could not be higher. most elections are about two different visions for america. this election is about two different visions of america, and donald trump can only see an angry america, fearful, small, closed to the world and suspicious of our friends and our neighbors. hillary sees a different america. an america that strives to live up to the promise written here in philadelphia that every man, every woman has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and america where we don't build walls. we break down barriers. we shatter ceilings and that's
because of our differences make us stronger, stronger together. so hillary clinton has the right vision of and for america, but my colleagues and my senate colleagues will agree with me, we cannot do -- she cannot do it alone. she's going to need a majority in the united states senate! a senate majority that puts a new supreme court justice on the bench, who will protect women's rights, voting rights and undo that awful decision, citizens united. a senate majority that will raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, that will pass comprehensive immigration reform, make substantial investments in infrastructure and give every student a shot at affording a college education
and that changes our trade policy so it doesn't represent corporate america, but represents the average american. with hillary clinton as president, a strong senate majority by her side, we will keep that american dream alive for a new generation, and ladies and gentlemen, that torch in the harbor of the city in which i live, it won't flicker. it won't fade. it will burn brightly in the heart of every american. thank you. god bless you, and god bless america! >> chuck schumer, the senator from new york speaking glowingly of hillary clinton, who of course, was his colleague for eight years. he was one of the first senators to endorse her in 2008 and has been a supporter of hers all of the way along. we're getting ready for a very
big moment, elizabeth banks, actress, director, producer is going to be taking the stage with a performance and also introducing a couple of the key themes that we'll be hearing a lot more of throughout the evening and one of them hillary clinton's work with children and families and another they're dubbing social justice and you'll be hearing -- and let's listen. ♪ ♪ ♪ we'll keep on fighting until the end ♪ ♪ we are the champions ♪ we are the champions ♪ no time for losers because we are the champions ♪ ♪ >> you know, i don't usually say this about donald trump, but
that was over the top. i confirmed it just now. the trump campaign is so hard up for money i just bought that fog machine for ebay for $30. i don't feel good about it. i don't. it's night two. who's pumped up? who's excited to pound a dozen cheese steaks with me after this? let's try that again. who is ready to elect hillary clinton the next president of the united states? >> whew! me, too. i'm elizabeth banks. some of you know me from "the hunger games" in which i play effie trinket, a cruel, out of touch reality tv star who wears insane wigs while delivering
long-winded speeches. when i tuned in last week i was, like, hey, that's my act. part of me really likes being up here joking around, but the other part of me knows that this election is too important for jokes because when i think about what this election means for america i think about my family. my father, a vietnam vet worked the second and third shifts on the factory floor in my hometown of pitsfield, massachusetts. my mother worked at the library and the local bank and they worked hard. they struggled because like millions of american parents they wanted to give their kid, four of us, a good life with boundless opportunities. and it is because of what democrats built, good public school, affordable health care,
help in the hardest times that they were able to do that. are, and their dreams and mine took me here to philadelphia. really. through scholarships and financial aid i worked my way through the university of pennsylvania. i got a world-class education, and i met my wonderful husband and partner max. i will never forget that day in 1992 when we went on a big, romantic date, a rally for bill clinton. and it was there that i learned something really important about show business. the headliner should always watch out for someone stealing the show. hillary clinton rocked my world. a smart, committed, successful woman and not for her own benefit, but a fighter for women and children, cop and first
responders, health care and girls around the world. that's hillary clinton, and that is what tonight is all about. the fights of her life. did you than when hillary clinton graduated law school she didn't just sell out and go work for some fancy law firm. she went to work advocating for children and families. it was one of her first fights, and since then she has never let up. >> one of the areas that i've been particularly interested in is the area of children. >> all of us have a responsibility to ourselves,
to our children, to each other. >> we intend to be sure that everybody in this room and every child in this state is somebody. >> no matter where they're born, no matter to whom they are born.
>> our children's future is shaped. >> both by the values of their parents and the policies of their nation. >> it's time to protect the next generation, fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope. >> open up the doors so that every child has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. >> i've spent my life fighting for children, families and our country, and i'm not stopping now. ♪ ♪ >> in
her early 20s, hillary clinton spent time at the yale new haven hospital researching child abuse. she saw children who had been beaten, burned and neglected. the experience turned her into a
lifelong champion for kids in need. as a child advocate social worker, i, too, am a champion for children and i am lucky to work with a team of champion, social workers, case managers, attorneys, and other individuals us who lifelong work is to ensure that all children have a chance at greatness. child advocacy has made significant strides in the right direction, but our work is far from finished. every child deserves an advocate who truly cares for them and they have one in hillary clinton. hillary knows that when you fight for our kids, you're fighting for our futures. that's why i am with her. >> that was thaddeus desmond, a 28-year-old social worker speaking on behalf of hillary clinton and coming up, these emotional moments continue. the mothers are of trayvon martin, eric garner, michael brown and others are all going
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we are back "out front" at the democratic convention. bill clinton getting ready to take the podium tonight. his wife's historic nomination for president is now official. and dana bash is here on the floor with me as we are getting ready for the big keynote speech of this historic evening, bill clinton. dana, what are you learning about that crucial speech tonight? >> well, it's going to be, obviously, something that we have never seen in history. it's going to be one of many things that are a first in history today and that is a former president introducing or talking about, rather, his wife who was just nominated as the first woman at a major party ticket, pretty remarkable, but i have to say just being down here
on the floor watching what effectively was sort of the last gasp of the bernie or bust movement, it was remarkable to watch during that roll call that we took live throughout the entire -- all of the 57 states and territories. there were bernie delegates who were trying to get close to the microphones to try to get their voices heard, but the hillary clinton campaign and the superdelegates and delegates who announced the states' roll calls were determined to not let that happen, and so the people at home didn't see that there was a little bit of discord, but i also think that there was a lot less that we had anticipated based on the people that we were talking to, the bernie or bust delegates, they were hoping to get a lot more sort of the optics of people being upset with hillary clinton, and it didn't happen as much as we thought, erin. >> thank you. david, we are getting ready now for donna brazile.
this will be a very important speech. very well known to us and to all of our viewers and at the crucial role at the head of the dnc after the debbie whaasserma schulz departure. >> donna brazile coming in and her role is to stitch it all back together and to make sure that the party feels as one. >> bakari? >> let me point out something else, the chairman and ceo of this convention is leah daughtry, the incoming chairman of the democrat being party is donna brazile and stephanie rawlings-blake. we had marsha fudge, and what you saw were five african-american women who are now dictating the pace of the democratic party and today i had an opportunity to have lunch with donna brazile and moore and many, many others and it was an amazing feeling that that is the group that hillary clinton needs to come out and come out big. that's a group that she had to ride to the nomination and it's
the group that's dictating the pace of the republican party and i was very proud to be a part of that moment. >> this is a woman who knows politics incredibly well. she has worked on every single democratic campaign since 1976. she is known, she knows and is incredibly well respected. >> i first worked for donna in the gore campaign in 2000. she is a beloved figure in this party and a great strategist and the exact person we needed to get over the disarray to get over debbie wasserman schulz and we are very fortunate to have her waiting in the wings to take over this moment. >> and here she is so let's listen in to donna brazile. >> donna brazile. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
>> growing up, growing up i was always told that a lady should never reveal her age, so i will simply say this. i'm no spring chicken. i've seen some things in my time, and as a child i lived through and survived the segregated south. i sat at the back of the bus when america wasn't as great as it could be. as a grown woman i saw the first black president reach out and touch the face of a child like i once was, lifting his eyes toward a better future, but i
have never, ever in all of my years seen a leader so committed to delivering that better future to america's children as hillary clinton. >> let me tell you, arkansas, when i first met hillary clin n clinton, when hillary graduated from law school, she could have gone to work for a corporation or a big law firm. instead, she went to work for the children dispense fund. she didn't sit in the office. she traded pumps for tennis shoes. hillary went undercover going door to door, school to school investigating discrimination and the treatment of children with disabilities. during that same time, donald trump was facing a federal discrimination lawsuit for refusing to rent to minority families.
hillary clinton -- hillary clinton risked her own safety to seek out the truth and comfort the afflicted and to make a home for justice where there was none. it was at the children defense fund that i met hillary clinton. i was 22, feisty and ready to fight. i remember thinking immediately here is a woman who doesn't mess around, and you know, us southern girls, we don't mess around! hillary didn't want to talk about anything other than how to make children's lives better. that's the hillary i know. that's when she is. when nobody was watching she fought hard for the voiceless among us. over her career, that has never changed. she has never changed from expanding early childhood education as the first laid of arkansas to helping win healthcare for 8 million
children as first lady of the united states for standing up for women here at home and girls around the world as secretary of state. hillary has never forgotten what she learned at that very first job. and rooting her to this earth. the belief that every child, black or white, native born or immigrant or undocumented they deserve to have the opportunity to live up to their god-given potential. my friends, as a child, when i sat in the back of the bus i was told time and time again that god's potential did not exist in people like me. i spent my life fighting to change that and from the first day i met hillary clinton i have known that she is someone who cares just as much and will fight just as hard for children everywhere. poor kids, you have a champion.
kids who live in poverty, you've got a champion! kids who need help, you've got a champion! as long as she's in charge we're never going back and that's why i am with her! >> and let me say this, as your incoming chair of the democratic national committee -- i promise you, my friends, i commit to all americans that we will have a party that you can be proud of. we will elect democrats up and down the ballot and we will celebrate together the inauguration of president hillary clinton in january 2017. god bless you and god bless america! >> bakari, an impassioned speech and the crowd here is roaring for donna brazile. >> donna brazile deserves all of this. i'm loving it.
she's sauntering across the stage and she was the epitome just as we saw last night with michelle obama with the intellect and that elegance and you can hear the crowd behind us because the democratic party if we need anything right now, we need donna brazile. >> and these are some of the biggest cheers of the night that we've heard by far for donna brazile. everyone in the hall is getting ready and waiting to hear from bill clinton, that of course, the headliner tonight. anderson cooper and wolf blitzer will pick up our coverage after we take a brief break.
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tonight, history is made again in the city where american democracy was born. hillary clinton officially becoming the first woman nominee of the president of the united states. good evening. i'm anderson cooper and welcome to "a.c. 360." the democrats sealing the nomination and with tremendous show of party unity. we saw bernie sanders personally ask the -- after rol