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america has gotten to know the joe biden that i know and love. he's honest and strong, principled and compassionate. he was authentic long before it became a buzz word in politics. he understands that working people are the backbone of this nation, and he has tremendous empathy for those in need. he knows, as i do, that education is the great equalizer, and that community colleges are america's best-kept secret, and he believes, as i do, that we have a special obligation to our military and their families.
he has a deep commitment to justice and he has spent his whole career standing up to the abuse of power. he knows at its best, politics is always a matter of the heart, and he remains today even after all he's been through, the most optimistic person i know. >> he loves his family, he loves this country. he's your vice president and my husband, joe biden. ♪ ♪ >> you know, my dad used to have an expression. he said a lucky person gets up in the morning and puts both feet on the floor and knows it still matters.
>> for over 40 years, joe biden has had the courage to speak out and lead on the toughest issues facing america. >> when i wrote the act back in 1989 i think people, although they cared about it, thought maybe there was not much we can do about it. >> but he saw an injustice too great to ignore. violence against women was a moral stain on the conscience of a nation. >> we created the civil cause of action to empower women who are abused in this country. >> for millions of women will violence against women act has provided protection, support and the ability to rebuild their lives. apartheid in south africa offended everything we stood for as a nation, but america was slow to act. >> i'm ashamed of the lack of moral backbone in this policy. these people are dying. you feel frustration, they're
dying. they're being shot and they're shooting children! >> our loyalty is not to south africa, it's to south africans. >> genocide in bosnia challenged the world. joe biden spoke out. >> what's going on is an atrocity. this guy is a thug, a war criminal. >> it is truly a shame what we are allowing to happen. >> we are acting collectively as a free world like cowards! >> in the 1990s the nra threatened anyone who crossed them, joe biden took them on. >> we will not step back from the commitment we have made to the american people to give them safe streets, safe homes and safe schools! that's why we fought the gun lobby and passed a ban on assault weapons. >> it's the kind of courage we need today in congress to stand up to the nra. when the freedom to love who you choose was being denied by our own government, joe biden said
no more. >> and what this is all about is a simple proposition, who do you love? who do you love? and will you be loyal to the person you love? and that's what people are finding out is what all marriages at their root are about, whether they're marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. >> it's over. the long constitutional debate over whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry is over and the answer is yes. >> for joe biden, the one sacred obligation of a nation is to those who have served. >> the veterans of america are not only the heart and soul, but you are the very spine of this nation who have served and sacrificed for all of us. >> and for those military families who have lost loved ones, who have sacrificed the most, he's offered hope.
>> there will come a day when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. it will happen. my prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later, but the only thing i have more experience than you in is this, i'm telling you, it will come. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i believe we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer. it's personal. >> like many of you, i've experienced in my family the dreaded "c" word. every year around the world 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer. >> we are going to fundamentally change the face of cancer. >> and because he's gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years, i'm putting joe in charge of mission control.
>> in the last 22 years, violence against women has dropped 64% and more people are reporting, but the one place it hasn't change side on college campuses. >> today he's leading a movement to end sex abuse on college campuses. >> unfortunately, one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault while a student. >> that's why we launched the it's on us campaign. it says one, i promise to intervene when i see something. two, i promise to create an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable, and three, no consent means no! >> a gut-wrenching story that has gone viral. >> vice president joe biden has written a heartfelt letter to a survivor. >> i do not know your name, but your words are forever seared in my soul. your words will help people you have never met. you've given them the strength they need to fight. i do not know your name, but i will never forget you. >> let's change the culture so
that no abused woman or man ever feel they have to ask themselves what did i do? they did nothing wrong! >> it was the great battles over civil rights and the vietnam war that brought joe biden to public life, and he hasn't flinched or walked away from the great battles that have driven and defined in nation ever since. his, has been a career defined by honesty, passion and conviction and throughout it all, when it mattered most, he's forced us all to look deep in our souls and ask, is this who we are as a nation? and perhaps more importantly, is this who we want to be? >> i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
thank you. thank you. thank you. i love you. >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you, thank you, thank you. you -- i love you! ladies and gentlemen, eight years ago i stood on a stage in denver, and i accepted your nomination to be vice president of the united states, and every single day since then has been the honor of our lives for jill and me. every day we've been grateful to
barack and michelle for asking us to join them in that incredible journey. a journey -- a journey that can only happen in america. but we not only have worked together as it becomes pretty obvious, we've become friends. we're now family. we're family. folks, you've all seen over the last eight years what president obama means to this country. he's the embodiment -- he is the embodiment of honor, resolve and character, one of the finest presidents we have ever had. that's right!
>> this is a man of character. and he's become a brother to jill and me, and michelle, i don't know where you are, kid, but you're incredible! you are incredible. when i was talking to barack today, it's no longer who is going to give the best speech. we know who did that. you were incredible monday night. to the delaware delegation as they say in southern delaware, barack and i married way up. way up. folks, as i stand here tonight,
i see so many friends and colleagues like my buddy chris dodd and the connecticut delegation. so many people here, i see the faces of those who have placed their belief in barack and me, so many faces, but one. this is kind of a bittersweet moment for jill and me and our family. in 2008 when he was about to deploy to iraq and again in 2012 our son beau introduced me to the country and placed my name in nomination. you got a glimpse i know i sound like a dad, but you got a glimpse of what an incredibly fine young man beau was.
thank you. thank you. >> his wife halle and his two kids are here tonight. but as ernest hemingway once wrote, the world breaks every e everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. i've been made strong at the broken places by my love jill, by my heart, my son hunter and the love of my life, my ashley, and by all of you, and i mean this sincerely, those that have been through this, you know what i mean what i say. by all of you, your love, your prayers, your support, but you know what? we talk about -- we think about
the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have with so much less support. so much less reason to go on, but they get up every morning, every day. they put one foot in front of the other. they keep going. that's the unbreakable spirit of the people of america. that's who we are! >> that's who we are! don't forget it. like the people in the neighborhood that jill and i grew up in. she in willow grove and me down in wilmington in claymont. the kid in claymont with the most courage always jumped in when you were double teamed or your back was against the wall, who became a cop because he always wanted to help people.
the middle daughter of three daughters who always made her mother smile, who was a hero to her sisters, now a major in the united states marine corps because mr. vice president, i wanted to serve my country. the teacher -- the teachers who jill knows and so many of you know who take money out of their own pockets to buy pencils and notebooks for their students who can't afford them. why? why? because being a teacher is not what they do. it's who they are. >> you know what i know. for real, these are the people who are the heart and soul of this country. it's the america that i know,
the america that hillary knows and tim kaine knows. you know, i've known hillary for well over 30 years. before she was first lady of the united states, when she became first lady, we served together in the united states senate, and during her years as secretary of state once a week we had breakfast in my home, the vice president's residence. everybody knows she's smart. everybody knows she's tough, but i know what she's passionate about. i know hillary. hillary understands hillary gets it and hillary understands that the student loan is more than getting an
education, and it's about saving the mom and the dad from the indignity of having to look at their talented child and saying honey, i'm so sorry. the bank wouldn't lend me the money. i can't help you to get to school. i know that about hillary. hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling thinking oh, my god, what if i get breast cancer or he has a heart attack? i will lose everything. what will we do then? i know about hillary clinton! ladies and gentlemen, we all understand what it will mean for our daughters and granddaughters when hillary clinton walks into the oval office as president of the united states of america. it will change their lives! my daughters and granddaughters
can do anything any son or grandson can do, and she will prove it, mr. mayor! so let me say as clearly as i can, if you live in the neighborhoods like the one jill and i grew up in, if you worry about your job and getting a decent pay, if you worry about your children's education, if you're taking care of an elderly parent, then there's only one -- only one person in this election that will help you. there's only one person in this race who will be there, who has always been there for you and that's hillary clinton's life story. it's not just who she is. it's her life story! she's always there. she's always been there! and so has tim kaine.
>> ladies and gentlemen, to state the obvious, and i'm not trying to be a wise guy here. i really mean it. that's not donald trump's story. just listen to me a second without booing or cheering. i mean this sincerely. we should really think about this. his cynicism is unbounded. his lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase i suspect he's most proud of having made famous, "you're fired." i mean really. i'm not joking. think about that. think about that. think about everything you learned as a child no matter where you were raised. how can there be pleasure in saying "you're fired"? he's trying to tell us he cares
about the middle class? give me a break! that's a bunch of malarkey! >> i tell you -- folks -- whatever he thinks, whatever he thinks, and i mean this from the bottom of my heart, i know i'm called middle-class joe and in washington that's not meant as a compliment. it means you're not sophisticated, but i know why we're strong. i know why we have held together. i know why we are united, it's because there's always been a growing middle class. this guy doesn't have a clue
about the middle class. not a clue. because, folks, when the middle class does well -- when the middle class does well, the rich do very well and the poor have hope. they have a way up. he has no clue about what makes america great. actually, he has no clue, period. but folks -- let me -- [ crowd chanting "not a clue" ] >> you got it. let me -- [ crowd chanting "not a clue" ] >> okay. but folks, let me -- let me s
say -- let me say something that has nothing to do with politics. let me talk about something that i am deadly serious about. this is a complicated and uncertain world we live in. the threats are too great. the times are too uncertain to elect donald trump as president of the united states. now let me finish. no major party, no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security. we cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of isis and other terrorists, who has no
plan whatsoever to make us safer. a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies, torture, religious intolerance, you all know, all the republicans know, that's not who we are. it betrays our values. it alienates those who we need in the fight against isis. donald trump with all his rhetoric would literally make us less safe. we cannot elect a man who belittles our closest allies while embracing dictators like vladimir putin. no, i mean it. a man who seeks to sow division in america for his own gain and disorder around the world. a man who confuses bluster with strength, we simply cannot let that happen as americans. period.
>> folks, -- i have -- no one ever -- no one ever doubts what i say, it's just that sometimes i say all that i mean, but folks, let me tell you what i literally tell every world leader i've met with, and i've met them all. it's never, never, never been a good bet to bet against america. we have the finest fighting force in the world. not only -- not -- not only -- not only do we have the largest economy in the world.
we have the strongest economy in the world. we have the most productive workers in the world, and given a fair shot, given a fair chance, americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down! never! never! ordinary people like us who do extraordinary things! we've had candidates before who attempted to get elected by appealing to our fear, but they never succeeded because we do not scare easily. we never bow! we never bend! we never break when confronted with crisis! no, we endure! we overcome and we always, always, always move forward! that's why -- that's why i can say with absolute conviction i am more optimistic about our
chances today than when i was elected as a 29-year-old kid to the senate. the 21st century is going to be the american century because -- because we lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example! that is the history of the journey of america, and god willing, god willing hillary clinton will write the next chapter in that journey. we are america, second to none and we own the finish line! don't forget it! god bless you all, and may god protect our troops! come on! we're america! thank you! >> the vice president of the united states joe biden delivering a blistering attack on donald trump. he doesn't have a clue about the
middle class, biden said, not a clue and then everyone starting chanting "not a clue, not a clue." he said, jake, no nominee has known less about national security. >> it was a rebuttal to donald trump's speech. he was talking about how americans together can achieve and america is great. we endure, we overcome and we always move forward. also, we've talked this week about how there hasn't been much in terms of appealing directly to the white middle class voters and the blue collar workers that donald trump has so far. this was a direct appeal to middle class voters saying donald trump does not care about the middle class. my nickname was middle class joe, and it wasn't meant as a
compliment, but i am fighting for the middle class and hillary clinton will fight for the middle class, too. it was a testament to her sharing his values as middle-class joe. >> this is the vice president you and i have covered for so many years, passionate, explosive, not mincing any words at all. >> many bidenisms that we recognize were used, talking about how -- oh, come on, everybody, let's get serious for a second. let's get serious. i mean this seriously, speaking off-the-cuff. we were told that the speech was 12 minutes long. i don't think any of us expected that it would only be 12 minutes long. he was very passionate and let's remember also, this could be the last speech he ever gives to a democratic convention. i mean, nobody really knows what joe biden is going to do next so this was in many way, his swan song. he may never have an audience like he just did and boy, did the people in this arena love him. they love joe biden. >> they certainly do, and the tribute to his son beau biden who passed away was so moving to
so many of us who knew him. >> beau was a great guy. i knew him personally, and it is also a reminder that joe biden has suffered more tragedies in his life than anyone deserves, having lost his wife and daughter early in his career and then, of course, his son beau not long ago to brain cancer and he had a message for those individuals out there who also have suffered and lost loved ones that life goes on and there will be a time when you will -- the memory of your lost loved one will bring a smile more than a tear. >> powerful speech from the vice president. anderson, over to you. >> coming up, michael bloomberg and vice presidential nominee tim kaine and president barack obama. an extraordinary speech that in this hall reverberated loudly. >> i mean, the word vintage is appropriate. that was vintage joe biden and he did exactly what hillary clinton wanted him to do because no one has more of a connection
with working class america and the middle class than joe biden. he made a career of it, he grew up in scranton and we all know the story and he brought all of that to bear in taking aim to donald trump. >> in using language that everybody gets, trump says he cares about the ied middle clas give me a break, it's a bunch of malarkey. also in foreign policy, continuing the commander in chief theme, he made the case that donald trump would make us less safe and he said no major party nominee has ever known less or been less prepared. >> also using donald trump's most famous line "you're fired," using it against him in a way -- >> essentially saying it's heartless. who would cheer that ind coupki line and who would want that schtick and moniker. he gave up so easily to michelle
obama, he came pretty darn close. >> think he was there to do a job. >> there was a righteous indignation and anger. it was almost like he was a coach on the field rousing the folks in this audience, and rousing americans essentially saying you're great. americans have never let america down and america owns the finish line. i thought it was fantastic and it was really his moment and you can imagine he won't get a moment like this again. >> i also thought, paula, about your comment about bill clinton last night. he doesn't call them speeches. he called them talks and to me, that was a joe biden talk also. >> very conversational and shorter than most joe biden talks. very disciplined and he knew exactly what he wanted to do and it was tough and it was strong. i was rolling my eyes when the world was singing "what the world needs now is love, sweet love." we need toughness. joe biden put a steel spine in my party, and i couldn't be happier to see him up there. >> van? >> i thought it was
extraordinary. you felt that connection. when he talked about the indignity of having to turn to your kid and say i can't help you go to school. i mean, that's what so many parents are going through right now this summer, that's real for so many americans. i know america and that's real and he spoke directly to the heart of people. >> jeffrey lorde, trump supporters. >> surprisingly, i disagree. you know what all of this reminds me tonight so far and last night, in 1984 there was an apple commercial that they played during the olympics, everybody was like a robot and everything and they were listening -- >> it was the 1984 orwellian commercial. >> right. donald trump is the sledgehammer and the message going out here to people at home is more of the same, more of the same, more of the same. >> and mike bloomberg now, former mayor of new york is
being introduced, considered a presidential run, decided not to as a third-party candidate. let's listen. ♪ ♪ >> thank you. thank you. kasim, thank you for that kind introduction and let me thank all of you for welcoming an outsider here to deliver whwha what what -- an outsider to deliver what is going to be an unconventional convention speech. now i am not here as a member of any party or to endorse any party platform. i am here for one reason, to explain why i believe it is imperative that we elect hillary clinton as the next president of the united states.
and to ask you to join with me in supporting her this november. you know, when the founding fathers arrived here in philadelphia to forge a new nation they didn't come as democrats or republicans or to nominate a presidential candidate. they came as patriots who feared party politics, and i know how they felt. i've been a democrat. i've been a republican, and i eventually became an independent because i don't believe that either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership. when i enter the voting booth each time i look at the candidate, not the party label. i have supported elected officials from both sides of the aisle and probably not many
people in this room can say that, but i know there are many watching at home who can, and now they are carefully weighing their choices. i understand their dilemma. i know what it's like to have neither party fully represent my views or values. to many republicans, blame immigrants for problems and they stand in one way, in the way of action on climate change and gun violence. meanwhile, many democrats, i think, wrongly, blame the private sector for our problems and they stand in the way of action on education and deficit reduction. there are times when i disagree with hillary clinton, but let me tell you, whatever our disagreements may be i've come here to say we must put them aside for the good of our country.
>> and we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue. i believe it's the duty of all american citizens to make our voices heard by voting in this election, and if you're not yet registered to vote go online and do it now. this is just too important to sit out. now we've heard a lot of talk in this campaign about needing a leader who understands business. i couldn't agree more. i built a business, and i didn't start it with a million dollar check from my father. >> because of my success in the private sector i had the chance to run america's largest city
for 12 years, governing in the wake of its greatest tragedy. today, as an independent and an entrepreneur and a former mayor, i believe we need a president who is a problem solver and not a bomb thrower. someone who can bring members of congress together to get big things done, and i know hillary can do that because i saw it first hand. i was elected mayor two months after 9/11 as a republican, and i saw how hillary clinton worked with republicans in washington to ensure that new york got the help it needed to recover and rebuild. throughout her time in the senate -- yes. throughout her time in the senate we didn't always agree, but hillary clinton always listened, and that's the kind of approach we need in washington today, and it just has to start in the white house.
>> given my background, i've often encouraged business leaders to run for office because many of them share the same pragmatic approach to building consensus, but not all. most of us who have created a business know they were only as good as the way our employees, clients and partners view us. most of us don't pretend that we're smart enough to make every decision by ourselves, and most of us who have our names on the door know that we are only as good as our word, but not donald trump. >> through his career donald trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry stockholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who
feel they've been ripped off. trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business? god help us. >> i'm a new yorker, and i know a con when i see one. >> trump -- trump says he'll punish manufacturers that move to mexico or china, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. he says he wants to put americans back to work, but he games the u.s. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. he says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but
he seems to have no problem in hiring them. what did i miss here? truth be told, the richest thing about donald trump is his hypocrisy. >> he wants you to believe that we can solve our biggest problems by deporting mexicans and shutting out muslims. he wants you to believe that erecting trade barriers will bring back good jobs. he's wrong on both counts. we can only solve our biggest problems if we come together and embrace the freedoms that our founding fathers established right here in philadelphia which permitted our ancestors to create the great american exceptionalism that all of us now enjoy. donald trump doesn't understand that. hillary clinton does.
and we can only create good jobs if we make smarter investments in infrastructure and do more to support small businesses, not stiff them. donald trump doesn't understand that. hillary clinton does. i understand the appeal of a businessman president, but trump's business plan is a disaster in the making. he would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten the savings of millions of americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment and erode our influence around the world and make our communities less safe. the bottom line is trump is a risky, reckless and radical choice, and we can't afford to make that choice.
>> now i know hillary clinton is not flawless. no candidate is, but she is the right choice and the responsible choice in this election. and no matter what you may think about her politics or her record, hillary clinton understands that this is not reality television, this is reality. >> she understands the job of president. it involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers and offering hope not stoking fear. over the course of our country's proud history, we have faced our share of grave challenges, but we have never retreated in fear. never. not here in philadelphia in 1776, not here at gettysburg in
1863, not through two world wars and a great depression, not at selma or stonewall and not after 9/11, and we must not start now! america -- america is the greatest country on earth, and when people vote with their feet, they come here. the presidency of the united states is the most powerful office in the world. so i say to my fellow independents, your votes matter now. your vote will determine the future of your job, your business and our future together as a country. to me, this election is not a choice between a democrat and a republican. it is a choice between who is better to lead our country right now. better for our economy, better
for our security, better for our freedom and better for our future. there is no doubt in my mind that hillary clinton is the right choice this november. so tonight, as an independent, i am asking you to join with me not out of party loyalty, but out of love of country, and together -- and together, let's elect a sane, competent person with international experience, a unifier who is mature enough to reach out for advice, to build concensus and to recognize that we all have something to contribute. so let's elect hillary clinton as the next president of the
greatest country in the world, the united states of america. thank you! ♪ ♪ >> hi. i'm gene sperling, former director of the national economic council. >> and i'm senator mitch mcconnell. >> today we are here to discuss debt. >> let's start with something donald said. >> i'm the king of debt. i'm great with debt. i've made a fortune by using debt. >> it sounds like he is great with debt. >> you see, donald's love affair with debt has been good for donald. it wouldn't be good for america at all. people can't agree on much these
days. >> i disagree. >> except you. >> but across the political spectrum, virtually everyone agrees trump's policies would tank the economy. trump's budget plan would spend $7 trillion on tax cuts for millionaires like himself. >> that seems like a lot. >> add another 5 trillion of tax cuts for corporations like his. add it all up and we'll be tacking on -- >> 30 -- >> 34 trillion with a "t" debt over the next 20 years. >> in economic terms we would call this a. >> [ bleep ] show. >> cleaner perhaps. >> [ bleep ] show. >> how about an unsustainable debt burreden? donald trump would add $100,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in america. he would get rid of debt by printing money. >> you can do that? >> no, in economic terms we would describe this as a -- >> bad thing. >> more like a -- [ bleep ] that
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welcome back. we just heard michael bloomberg delivering what is probably the most blistering attack on donald trump so far during this democratic convention. he called him a dangerous demagogue. he said i am a new yorker, i know a con when i see one, he said the american people cannot afford for donald trump to become president of the united states. >> not to mention the comments at the end of the speech saying that the nation needs to elect a sane, competent person, the clear implication that donald trump is neither sane nor competent. this was a speech not for the people in this arena.
this was a speech for people at home forbes independents. he sadie understood people whoever wavering, he understood that. he said no matter what you may think about her politics or her record, hillary clinton understands this is not reality television, this is reality. he was saying to independents and even republicans out there you can't vote for donald trump, that this has nothing to do with politics even. and he was talking about temperament, he was talking about the ability to reach out and listen to people and work with people. he criticized -- he got boos when he criticized democrats standing in the way of education reform, standing in the way of deficit reduction and blaming private industry, but he was saying that aside, there's only one sane candidate in this election, hillary clinton. >> it was as much about the messenger as it was the message, that -- michael bloomberg is not just somebody who made billions and billions and billions, he said, on his own, not with a loan from his father but also
somebody who ran new york city. up know, well enough that he got elected three times. which is not so easy to do so in new york city. >> he had to change the laws to do that. >> he's speaking as somebody with experiences on the governing side. >> and he's speaking as someone against hillary clinton. his team was looking at what he would have to do in order to get on the ballot in all the 50 states. he said he couldn't do it because he might have a hand in electing donald trump. >> hillary is the same competent person and donald trump, he said, is not. anderson, back to you. >> tim kaine is the next person coming up. there are very few people other than michael bloomberg who could
have given that message to independents not in this hall. >> when you consider the dynamics of this election, that was a very important speech. i think michael smerconish can speak to that. michael bloomberg speaks to that voter who may make the decision about who carries this -- >> that message plays in the philadelphia suburbs. my neighbors, when i'm in a back to school night, when i'm pumping gas, when i'm interactive with members of the public, they're not all left, they're not all right. for them the issues a mixed bag. they're liberal on some things, usually social issues, conservative on other matter, usually the economic matters, having sat through everything in cleveland and halfway through here in philadelphia, that's the first speech reaching out to someone like me, some of the 42%
of those of us who are independent, not republican or democrat. >> there's no one else who could have done it in that way. he's another new york billionaire and he's not a democrat. when he said trump says he wants to run the nation the way he runs his company and then he says "god help us." >> we got a second opinion. he had a billionaire come that says he's a quack doctor, second
opinion says donald trump is a quack. >> jeffrey, you deserve rebuttal time. i think the one potential for a discordant note tonight i think is about to come up. we'll see if there is any kind of protest to tim kaine's speech. there are people in this room and van knows them, who were unhappy about this nomination. >> and we already saw some of that discord with leon panetta. it was the sanders supporters who were protesting. >> this is the challenge of running a political party. you want to take care of your base but you don't want your base says insulting your vice presidential candidate. hillary has to get up to where president obama was with
independents and bloomberg helped her enormously. >> donald trump has requested an additional visa waiver for 76 servers, house keepers and cooks for mar-a-lago saying he can't get americans to actually fill those jobs. >> this is the mayor of new york who said after the bomb scare attempt, said it was all about -- in other words, his judgment. first he was a democrat, then a republican and now an independent. >> i have to jump in. donald trump was all over the map but you don't seem to have an issue with that.
>> i don't because his message has been consistent. >> all right, all right. >> van. >> you see what i have to deal with. >> just factually, i'm surprised you would argue that. >> the message he has been delivering around this country for the last couple of years is steady, it is consistent. and the american people -- the american people understand that message. they get that message. >> let me ask you a question. >> and just why is hillary clinton that far behind with independents? >> because she's just been hammered. it's a poll we took at the end of the republican convention. it's the low party mark. that's useful for analytical purposes. what's the answer when mike bloomberg is asking to game the system to bring more foreign workers into america to take american jobs. what's the answer? >> the answer is change the system so that people here will do the jobs. >> so that people like me won't manipulate the system anymore? >> i do want to ask a question.
part of your admiration for donald trump is that he does come out of the private sector, he does represent a certain kind of change and yet his fellow billionaire, frankly the billionaire -- donald trump is the little billionaire compared to bloomberg, he says your guy is a quack. doesn't that hurt you in terms of your argument? >> no, it doesn't. >> we're going to take congressman scott is coming out to introduce the vice presidential nominee tim kaine. >> my fellow democrats, i first met tim kaine and his amazing wife in richmond virginia, more years ago than i want to admit. but i saw in him then what i see in him now, a person of substance, a person of passion,
principle, integrity, a great convener who brings people together, and i can't wait for the rest of the country to know the tim kaine that i know and that virginia knows! as he's risen from city hall to the governor's mannision to the u.s. capital, i see the fundamental goodness that led him to become a civil rights lawyer, fighting for the underserved and the underrepresented, finding solutions to make our communities better and more fair. the bible calls on us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly and there are few people who live out that creed as fully and completely as tim kaine. my fellow americans, tonight we have nominated a truly honorable man for the office of vice president of the united states
of america in my friend the gentleman from virginia, tim kaine! >> america was built on courage, imagination and an unbelievable determination to do the job at hand and a life built on selfless, humble service had a midwestern start and a working class home in kansas city, where tim kaine's mother and father instilled in him the principles of faith and hard work, pitching in at his dad's iron working shop, he learned the tools of the trade. off to college at missou and harvard college and then took a year off to serve sass a christian missionary in honduras where he taught carpentry skills
he learned from his father and in turn they taught him spanish. tim returned and met the love of his life. answer' father, lynnwood holton, was the republican governor of virginia and was a leader in desegregating the schools, sending his daughter to a majority black public school. tim and ann were married in the same richmond, virginia church they still attend today. tim began as a civil rights lawyer focused on fighting housing discrimination, insurance companies and injustice. eventually he ran for city council. he became richmond's mayor, solving problems by bringing people together. ann and tim were also raising a family, sending their children to the same public school ann had attended. they still live in the same house they first moved into 24 years ago. tim was elected lieutenant governor of virginia and in 2005 won a hard-fought election for governor, making tough
decisions, facing the deepest recession since the 1930s and tim kaine's problem solving earned national recognition for his work in tough times. virginia was named the best state to raise a child, one of the lowest unemployment rates and highly family incomes. but his time as governor saw his state darkened by what he calls unquestionably the worst day of his life. when he helped virginia come together after the shooting at virginia tech left 32 teachers and students dead. >> there was something in the story yesterday that was different and it was you, your spirit of even in a dark day of optimism and community and hope and wanting to be together and you taught something good yesterday even in a dark day to people all around the world and the world needs that example before it. >> tim kaine has always helped
people rise above the things that divide us. he took his problem solving approach to the u.s. senate where tim has become an aggressive advocate for our men and women in uniform, working to reduce unemployment among veterans and on the progressive causes that make a difference for working families. tim has been one of the senate's leaders in protecting women's health care, committed to comprehensive immigration reform, a determined advocate for gun safety, a lifetime fighting for social justice and fairness, a life's work built on the principle that we are stronger together. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next vice president of the united states, senator tim kaine.
hello philadelphia! hello democratic family. i want to start off by thanking my beautiful wife, ann, and my three wonderful children, nat, woody and anella. they're sitting right up there. you know, my son nat deployed with his marine battalion just two days ago. he -- he deployed overseas to protect and defend the very nato allies that donald trump says he now wants to abandon. semper fi, nat. semper fi.
my parent and in-laws are here, siblings and their spouses, our nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends from virginia and beyond. i love seeing you front and center. including my friend of 37 years, senior senator mark warner, my great governor terry mcauliffe and my great friend and congressman bobby scott. we love you all. today -- today for my wife, ann, and every strong woman in this country, for nat, woody and anella and every young person starting out in life to make their own dreams real, for every man and woman serving our country in the military, at home or abroad, for every working
family working hard to get ahead and stay ahead, for my parents and in-laws and every senior citizen who hopes for a dignified retirement with health care and research to end diseases like alzheimer's, for every american who wants our country to be respected for their contributions to this nation and -- and for all of us who know that the brightest future of our country is the one that we build together and for my friend hillary clinton, i humbly accept my party's nomination to be vice president of the united states.
thank you. can i, um, can i -- can i be honest with you about something? can i be honest with you about something? i never expected to be here. but let me tell you how it happened. i was born in minnesota and grew up in kansas city. my folks weren't much into politics. my dad ran a union iron working shop in the stock yards.
and my mom -- and my mom was his best salesman. my two brothers and i pitched in to work during summers and weekends and, you know, that's how small family businesses do it. my parents, al and kathy, here tonight and going strong, they taught me about hard work and about kindness and most especially about faith. i went to a jesuit boys high school, rockers high school. wow, that's a big line for the jesuits. now, we had a motto in my school, "men for others," and it was there that my faith became something vital, minority star for orienting my life. and when i left high school, i knew that i wanted to battle for social justice. like so many of you.
like so many of you. that's why i took a law school to volunteer with jesuit missionaries in honduras. i taught kids how to be welders and carpenters. [ speaking spanish ] faith, family and work. faith, family and work. [ speaking spanish ] and let me tell you what really struck me there. i got a firsthand look at a different system, a dictatorship, a dictatorship, where a few people at the top had all of the power and everybody else got left out.
now that convinced me that we've got to advance opportunity for everybody, no matter where you come from, how much you money you have, what you look like, how you worship or who you love! back in 1970 in virginia, a republican governor named lynnwood holten believed exactly the same thing. he integrated virginia's public schools so that black and white kids could finally learn together. and then the family enrolled their own kids, including his daughter, ann, in those integrated inner city schools. many years later ann went off to college and she brought those lessons from that pivotal time with her and then one day in a study group, she met this goofy guy who had been off teaching
kids in honduras. well, ann and i have now been married almost 32 years and i am the luckiest husband in the world. you know, let me tell you something, answer's parents are here today, 90 plus and going strong. 90 plus and going strong. lynnwood holten, he's still a republican but he's voting for an awful lot of crafts these days, an awful lot of democrats. he's running for democrats because any party that would nominate donald trump for president has moved too far away from his party of along lincoln.
and i tell you, if any of you are looking for that party of lincoln, we've got a home for you right here in the democratic party. lynnwood's example helped inspire me as a civil rights lawyers. i took on anybody who treated anybody unfairly. i had a six-year case against an insurance company that was discriminating against minority neighborhoods all across the united states in issuing homeowners' insurance. folks, democratic friends, these are the battles that i have fought my entire life. and that's the story. and that's the story of how i decided to run for office.
my city of richmond was divided and discouraged in the early 1990s. we had an epidemic of gun violence that was overwhelming our low income neighborhoods. people were pointing fingers and casting blame instead of finding answers and i couldn't stand it so i ran for city council and i won that first race more than 20 years ago by a landslide margin of 94 votes. i've said ever since if i'm good at anything in politics it's because i started at the local level, listening to people, learning about their lives and trying to get results. i see a mayor here who knows what i'm talking about. later i became mayor of richmond, lieutenant governor and then the 70th governor of virginia.
now, i was a hard times governor. i had to steer my state through the deepest recession since the 1930s, but, hey, tough times don't last and tough people do. can i tell you that virginians are tough people. we are tough people. and we're smart, too, best management for business, best state to raise children, high unemployment, high median income. we shed tears especially in the days after that horrible mass shooting at virginia tech that killed 32 people from beautiful 19-year-old students to 70-plus-year-old romanian-born holocaust survivors, and we shed
tears and held each other up but afterwards we rolled up our sleeves and we fixed the loophole in the background record check system so we could make our commonwealth safer. and we got to do that in the nation. we invested in our people, expanding pre-k and higher ed. we all know in this room that education is the key to all we want to be. all we want to be. and now i have the honor of representing my commonwealth in the u.s. senate. i worked on the armed forces and foreign relations committees to keep us safe at home and strong in the world. i work on the budget committee with our great democratic leader of that committee, a spectacular senator who used to be mayor of
vermont, bernie sanders! and, everybody, we all should feel the bern and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy. on that budget committee under bernie's leadership, we fight for investments in education, health care, research, transportation and i also serve on the aging committee to make sure that seniors like my folks have a secure retirement and don't get targeted by ripoff artists who will scam them out of their savings or overcharge
them for prescription drugs. can i tell you a funny thing about the senate? can i tell you a funny thing about the senate? that sounds like a yes. i spend a lot -- i spend a lot of time with republican senators who once they have made sure that nobody is listening will tell you how fantastic a senator that hillary clinton was. now, look, this journey that i've told you about s has convinced me -- has convinced me over and over again that god has created in our country a beautiful and rich tapes tree, an incredible cultural diversity
that success seeds when we embrace everybody and love and battle back against the forces, the dark forces of division. we're all neighbors and we must love our neighbors as ourselves. now, hillary clinton and i [ speaking spanish ] and we share this basic belief. it's simple. do all the good you can and serve one another. pretty simple. pretty simple. that's what i'm about, that's what you're about, that's what bernie sanders is about, that's what joe and jill biden are about, that's what barack and michelle obama are about and that's what hillary clinton is about.
first, she's consistent. she has battled to put kids and families first since she was a teen-ager. in good times and bad, in victory and defeat, in and out of office throughout hell or high water, fighting for underprivileged kids, working at the children's defense fund, fighting to get health insurance for 8 million low-income children when she was first lady, fighting for the well being of women and children around the world. hey, can i offer you a little tip? when you want to know something about the character of somebody in public life, look to see if they have a passion that began long before they were in office and that they have consistently held it throughout their career.
do they have a passion? did it start before they were in office? have they held on to it consistently? folks, hillary has a passion for kids and families. donald trump has a passion, too. it's himself! and with hillary, it's not just words, it's accomplishments. she delivers. the senator after 9/11, i got my new yorkers right here and my virginians right here, she battled congressional republicans to care for the first responders who went into the towers, who went into the pentagon and saved the victims of those terrorist attacks. as secretary she implemented tough sanctions against iran to pave the way for a diplomatic
breakthrough to curtail a nuclear weapons program. and she wasn't afraid. she wasn't afraid. she wasn't afraid to stand up against thugs and dictators and as a key part of the obama national security team, they decided to go to the ends of the earth to wipe out osama bin laden. hey, do y'all remember carla, the little girl that we heard from on monday night? who was worried that her parents would be deported? carla said she trusts hillary to keep them together. and do you remember the mothers of the movement last night?
they said they trust hillary to keep other mother's sons and daughters safe. and on a personal level, as he's serving our nation abroad, i thrust hillary clinton with our son's life. now, you know who i don't trust? hmm, i wonder. donald trump. donald trump. trump is a guy who promises a lot, but you might have noticed he's got a way of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest, hugest
promises, "believe me." it's going to be great, "believe me." we're going to build a wall and make mexico pay for it, "believe me." we're going to destroy isis so fast, "believe me." there's nothing suspicious in my tax returns, "believe me." by the way, does anybody in this massive auditorium believe that donald trump's been paying his fair share of taxes? does anybody here believe that trump ought to release his tax returns just like every other presidential candidate in modern
history? of course he should. hey, donald, what are you hiding? and yet -- and yet donald still says, "believe me." "believe me." believe me? believe me? i mean, here's the thing, most people when they run for president, they don't just say "believe me," they respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done. i mean, that's what most people who run for president do. in fact, you can go on hillary clinton.com right now and find out exactly how she'll make the biggest investment in new jobs in a generation, how she'll defend and build on wall street reform, how she'll reform our immigration system to create a
path to citizenship, how she'll make it possible to graduate from college debt free. you can see how she'll protect roe v. wade, guarantee equal pay for women and make paid family leave a reality. all it takes is one click. all it takes is one click. and we can see how she'll do it, how shiee'll pay for it and how we'll benefit by it. not donald trump. not donald trump. he never tells you how he's going to do any. things he says he'll do. he just says, "believe me." so here's the question, here's the question -- do you really believe him? i mean, donald trump's whole career says you better not.
small contractors, company just like my dad's believed him when he said he'd pay them to build a casino in atlantic city. they did the work, hung the dry wall, poured the concrete but a year after opening, trump filed for bankruptcy. he walked away with millions and they got pennies on the dollar. some of them went out of business, all because they believed donald trump. retirees and families in florida, they believed donald trump when he said that he'd build them some condos, thousands of them. they paid their deposits, but the condos, they were never built. he just pocketed their money and walked away. they lost tens of thousands of dollars, all because they believed donald trump. charity after charity, charity
after charity believed donald trump when he said he would contribute to them, and thousands of trump university students donald trump when he said he would help them succeed. they got stiffed. he says, "believe me," while his creditors, his contractors, his laid-off employees and his ripped off students did just that and they all got hurt. folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of donald trump's mouth. not one word. not one word. not one word.
and i'll tell you, and i tell you, to me, to me it just seems like our nation, it is just too great to put it in the hands of a slick talkin', empty promisin', self-promoting one-man wrecking crew! but don't take it from me. don't take it from me. take it from former first lady barbara bush. barbara bush said she doesn't know how any woman could vote for him after his offensive comments about women. any woman. any woman. or john mccain's chief economic adviser during the '08 race, who estimates that trump's promises
would cause america to lose 3.5 million jobs, or the independent analyst who found that trump's tax plan given to the wealthy and the biggest corporations would rack up $30 trillion in debt. or how about this, how about this -- john kasich, the republican governor who had the honor of hosting the republican convention in cleveland but he wouldn't even attend it because he thinks donald trump is such a moral disaster. or take it from the guy -- take it from the guy who co-wrote donald trump's autobiography. here's what he said about trump, quote, lying is second nature to
him. so do you believe him? >> no! >> how about on this side. do you guys believe him? >> no! >> do you guys believe him? >> no! >> is there anyone in this building who believes him? >> no! >> the next president -- the next president will face many challenges. we better elect a candidate who has proven she can be trusted with the job, the candidate who has proven that she is ready for the job. and when i said, "ready," i use ready for a very specific reason. when i lived in honduras, i learned something. the best compliment you could say to somebody was to say they were listo, ready. not smart, not friendly, not
rich but listo because what it means in spanish is this, it means prepared, it means battle tested, it means rock solid, up for anything, never backing down and, friends, hillary clinton, she's lista, she is -- she is ready, she is ready, she's ready because of her faith, she's ready because of her heart, she's ready because of her experience and she's ready because she knows that in america we are stronger when we are together. my fellow democrats, this week we start the next chapter in our great and proud story. thomas declared all men were
equal and abigail remembered the women. woodrow brokered the peace and eleanor broke down the barriers. jack told us what to ask and lyndon answered the call. martin had a dream and [ speaking spanish ] and harvey gave his life. bill built a bridge into the 21st century and barack gave us hope. and now hillary is ready. she's ready to fight, she's ready to win and she is ready to lead. god bless all of you, on to victory and thank you, philadelphia! >> from panetta to biden to bloomberg and now tim kaine. the attacks on donald trump escalate. can you not believe one word that comes out of donald trump's mouth, not one word, jake, a blistering attack on the republican nominee.
>> senator kaine not providing a ton of material about hillary clinton, really focused on introducing the american people who he is, he talked about his faith, spoke spanisspanish, tal about his modest roots and then settled into the attack dog role of vice president. and he also talk about his father. >> i thought it was fascinating was whether or not the people who supported bernie sanders were going to have some kind of protest because they're very upset about the fact that they think tim kaine was not progressive enough. people started to chant bernie and instead of kind of ignoring and trying to move on, he embraced it and said everybody should feel the bern. i thought that was telling about
his ability to handle this kind of thing. >> tim kaine on the vice presidential short list of 2008. we also heard his impression skills this evening with his donald trump impression, his impression skills or lack thereof. >> there he is with his wife, ann holten. and we'renow going to be moving on to the president of the united states. now a woman will be introduced and then the president of the united states. that will be the highlight of this night in is the fourth time the president will address the national democratic convention.
meant so much to millions of americans all across the country. i'd like to tell you what he means to me. section years ago on the morning of may 18th, 2010, i became a gold star mother. we became a gold star family when my son, tom, a lieutenant colonel, was killed in afghanistan. i first met the president shortly after at fort drumm where he was scheduled to speak to the tenth mountain division, but when he heard the gold star families were there, he wanted to meet with us. and as he was hugging me, i cried all over his suit.
tom would have been so embarrassed. but it must have been okay because a year later at an event in my home state of ohio, as i hoped to get a picture signed, someone told me the president would like to see you. and i got my second presidential hug. so warm and kind, so compassionate. i was so inspired. maybe this sweet old lady could still make a difference. i knew my community schools needed more resources, so at the age of 73, i took a leap of faith and ran for my local school board. [ cheers and applause ]
and when my back was bothering me and i didn't feel like knocking on doors, when the wind was blowing and it was cold and dreary, i thought of my son, tom, who never gave up. and i thought of our president, he never gives up. so why should i -- why should i be different? beside, they tell me walking is good for your back. well, guess what? i won my election. [ cheers and applause ] i won big! the president even sent me a handwritten note of
congratulations. that's who he is. who matter how busy, he's never forgotten this little old lady in ohio who has always had his back. you see, some people in this world make big differences. my son, tom, made big differences. the president continues to make big differences. and smaller ones, too. like the inspiration he poured in to me so that i might make a difference of my own. i wish -- i wish every american could hug president obama so that -- so that they could see
the good in his eyes and feel the warmth in his heart. this is our president. >> what always impressed me was the calm. this is someone who walked into office faced with multiple crazies, each one of them could sink the country, but he was always calmer than the rest of us. >> from his first days in office, the difficult choices he made as president would not only shape the country's future but reveal the character of the man. >> this is an economy right now that can't find the bottom of
bad news. >> dire predictions. >> once in a century financial crisis. >> the six months surrounding january 2009 is the worst six months ever. >> mr. president, millions of people are going to lose their jobs, financial systems locked up and it could collapse. >> tonight a top gm executive warned without help, the company will default. there is no plan b. >> as i looked around the room, there were so many brilliant people, but at the end of the day, there was only one man in that room who had to make the decision and all eyes were on him. >> everybody, democrats, republicans, do not rescue the automobile industry. >> the questions that the president asked again and again and again had to do with how many jobs would be lost. whenever folks were arguing about numbers and politics, he was always the one who brought it back to people.
>> every night he's up until 2:00 in the morning with his big stack of briefing books. that's what he's doing after the girls go to bed. >> he does his homework, analyzing the issues, ensuring that he has prepared. >> he really didn't care about the politics. he weighed the politics like any politician would, but at the end of the day, he was always willing to lose in order to do the right thing. always. >> a lot of people argued the politics were too costly. >> it will be a cold day of hell before he socializes my country. >> rahm emanuel came to him and said you're going to have to pull the bill because if you push this legislation, you will
lose in 2012. >> he knew it would be somewhere between 10 and 30 million people who would not get health insurance. >> millions of people were being discriminated against by insurance companies. >> when you hear people more worried about the politics of it than what's right and what's wrong, i want you to think about the millions of people all across this country who are looking for some help. >> he's thinking to himself if i decide not to push forward, what do i say to all those people who came up to me with tears in their eyes telling me that they need this to save themselves? if that means i'm a one-term president, then i'm a one-term president. >> nothing comes to the desk of the president of the united states unless it's almost impossible. and he has to figure it out. >> the most critical thing was was he there? we never knew that for sure.
the president turns to every principal in the room, what do you recommend i do? and they say, well, 49% chance he's there, 51, it's a close call, mr. president. he said, all right, thank you. he said i'll give you my decision in the morning. and it dawned on me he's all alone. this is his decision. if he was wrong, his presidency was done. over. >> there were times when he could not find a way. >> at least 14 dead, 50 injured after a lone gunman opens fire in a theater outside -- >> a shooting at a school in newtown, this is the sandy hook
elementary school. >> reports of a shooting at a night club in orlando. >> i walk into the oval, his head is down and he hands me the speech and he doesn't look up at me. he was too emotional. >> he wanted to ban assault weapons, phe wanted to limit magazine sizes and have background checks. all of those are on the floor of the senate and they're all going to lose. >> congress does nothing? that's the closest i came to feeling disgusted. every time i think about those kids it gets me mad. and, by the way, it happens on the streets of chicago every day. >> there's a part of him who
thinks i am in the most powerful office in the most powerful country on the planet and i can't do anything to erase what just happened. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. they were mothers and fathers, they were husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends. >> he thinks of it in terms of if it were his son, his daughter, his wife, he actually feels the pain. ♪ amazing grace, how sweet the
sound ♪ that saved a wretch like me >> when we were lost, he asked us to believe and try to see ourselves in one another. and through crisis and challenge, he kept fighting to move us forward. >> there's a temperament associated with being president that he uniquely has, eyes always fixed on long-term successes. >> americans don't have to worry about insurance companies discriminating against them if they have a preexisting condition. >> thanks to president obama, general motors is once again number one in sales world wide. >> president obama signed an executive order aimed at eliminating the pay gap between men and women in the federal
government. >> america deserves equal pay for equal work. >> judge sotomayor, are you prepared to take the oath? >> i am. >> you can come out of the shadows so can you finally have the dignity you believe. >> president obama is the first to visit cuba in over 90 years. >> the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> he's ignited the most robust bill on climate change. >> an historic break through with iran today. >> a comprehensive long-term deal. >> he has this deep conviction that when we need to, we can still come together as a country and out of darkness, supreme
equality will come. >> today i can say that we've made our union a little more perfect. that love is love. >> the dow closed 10% higher. >> that's the longest stretch of private sector growth in our history. >> the first lady said it best, being president has not changed who he is, it's revealed who he is, his core values, his temperament. >> i just stay at it. i'm just going to keep on staying at it as long as i'm in this office. and america will succeed. i am absolutely confident about that. >> in moments of turmoil and doubt and crisis, when there are no good answers, when nothing is black and white and everything
>> hello, america. hello democrats. so 12 years ago tonight i addressed this convention for the very first time. you met my two little girls, malia and sasha, now two amazing young women who just fill me with pride. you fell for my brilliant wife and partner, michelle. who has made me a better father and a better man, who has gone
on to inspire our nation as afra first lady and who somehow hasn't aged a day. i know, the same cannot be said for me. my girls remind me all the time. wow, you've changed so much, daddy. and then they try to clean it up. not bad, just more mature. and it's true. i was so young that first time in boston. a and, look, i'll admit it, maybe i was a little nervous addressing such a big crowd, but i was filled with faith.
faith in america, the generous, big hearted, hopeful country that made me story, that made all of our stories possible. a lot's happened over the years. and while this nation has been tested by war and it's been tested by recession and all manner of challenges, i stand before you again tonight after almost two terms as your president to tell you i am more optimistic about the future of america than ever before. how could i not be after all that we've achieved together. after the worst recession in 80 years, we fought our way back. we've seen deficits come down
401(k)s recover, an auto industry set new records, unemployment reach eight-year lows and our businesses create 15 million new jobs. after a century of trying, we declared that health care in america is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody. after decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil, we doubled our production of clean energy. we brought more of our troops home to their families and we delivered justice to osama bin laden. through diplomacy we shut down
iran's nuclear weapons program. we opened up a new chapter with the people of cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our children. we put policies in place to help students with loans, protect consumers from fraud, cut veterans' homelessness almost in half. and through countless acts of quiet courage, america learned that love has no limits and marriage equality is now a reality across the land. by so many measures our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.
and through every victory and every setback, i've insisted that change is never easy and never quick, and we wouldn't meet all of our challenges in one term or one presidency or even in one lifetime. so tonight i'm here to tell you that, yes, we've still got more work to do, more work to do for every american still in need of a good job or a raise, paid leave or a decent retirement, for every child who need as sturdier ladder out of poverty, or world class education for everyone else who has not yet felt the progress of these past seven and a half years, we need to keep making our streets safer and criminal justice fair and our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation.
we're not done perfecting our union or living up to our founding creed that all of us are created equal, all of us are free are in the eyes of god. this is a fundamental choice about who we are as a people. look, we democrats have always had plenty of differences with the republican party and there's nothing wrong with that. it's precisely this contest of
ideas that pushes our country forward. but what we heard in cleveland last night want particularly republican and it sure wasn't conservative. what we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. there were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. and that is not the america i know. the america i know is full of courage and optimism and ingenuity. the america i know is decent and generous we are challenged to do
anything is what is right with america. i see people working hard and starting businesses. i see people teaching kids and serving our country. i see engineers inventing stuff, doctors coming up with new cures. i see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, not constrained by what is, ready to seize what ought to be. and most of all i see americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together. black, white, latino, asian, native american, young, old, gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. that's what i see. that's the america i know. and there is only one candidate in this race who believes in
that future, has devoted her life to that future, a mother and a grandmother who would do anything to help our children thrive, a leader with real plans to break down barriers and blast through glass ceilings and widen the circle of opportunity to every single american. the next president of the united states, hillary clinton. now, eight years ago -- that's
right. let me tell you, eight years ago you may remember hillary and i were rivals for the democratic nomination. we battled for a year and a half. let me tell you, it was tough because hillary was tough. i was worn out. she was doing everything i was doing but just like ginger rogers it was backwards in heels. and every time i thought i might -- every timie is thought might have had the race won, hillary just came back stronger. but after it was all over, i asked hillary to join my team. and she was a little surprised.
some of my staff was surprised. but ultimately she said yes because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. and for four years, for four years i had a front row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline. i came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn't for praise, it wasn't for attention, that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. i understood that after all these years she has never forgotten just who she's fighting for. hillary's still got the tenacity that she had as a young woman working at the children's defense fund going door to door
to ultimately make sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education. she's still got the heart she showed as our first lady working with congress to help push through a children's health insurance program that to this day protects millions of kids. she's still seared with the memory of every american she met who lost loved ones on 9/11, which is why as a senator from new york, she fought so hard for funding to help first responders, to help the city rebuild, why as secretary of state she sat with me in the situation room and forcefully argued in favor of the mission that took out bin laden. you know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the oval
office. you can read about it, you can study it, but until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war. but hillary's been in the room. she's been part of those decisions. she knows what's at stake in the decisions our government makes, what's at stake for the working family for the senior citizen or the small business owner, for the soldier, for the veteran. and even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people and she keeps her cool and she treats everybody with respect. and no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.
that is the hillary i know. that's the hillary i've come to admire, and that's why i can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill, nobody more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. i hope you don't mind, bill, but i was just telling the truth, man. and by the way, in case you're wondering about her judgment, take a look at her choice of
running mate. tim kaine is as good a man, as humble and as committed a public servant as anybody that i know. i know his family, i love ann, i love their kids, he will be a great vice president, he will make hillary a better president just like my dear friend and brother joe biden has made me a better president. now, hillary has real plans to addresses concerns she's heard from you on the campaign trail. she's got specific ideas to invest in new jobs, to help workers share in their company's profits, to help put kids in preschool and put students through college without taking on a ton of debt. that's what leaders do.
and then there's donald trump. don't boo. vote. the donald is not really a plans guy. he's not really a facts guy either. he calls himself a business guy, which is true, but i have to say i know plenty of business men and women who have achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people feeling like they got cheated. does anyone really believe that a guy who spent his 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion, your voice?
if so, you should vote for him. but if you're someone who is truly concerned about paying your bills, if you're really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn't even close. if you want someone with a life long track record of fighting for higher wages and better benefits, a fairer tax code, a bigger voice for workers and stronger regulations on wall street, then you should vote for hillary clinton. and if you're rightly concerned about who's going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world, the choice is even clearer. hillary clinton is respected
around the world. not just by leaders but by the people they serve. i have to say this. people outside of the united states do not understand what's going on in this election. they really don't. because they know hillary, they've seen her work. she's worked closely with our intelligence team, our diplomats, our military. she has the judgment and the experience and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. it's not new to her. our troops have pounded isil without mercy, taking out their leaders, taking back their territory and i know hillary won't relent until isil is destroyed. she will finish the job and she will do it without resorting to
torture or banning entire religions from entering our country. she is fit and she is ready to be the next commander in chief. meanwhile, donald trump calls our military a disaster. apparently he doesn't know the men and women who make up the strongest fighting force the world has ever known. he's suggests america is weak. he must not hear the billions of men and women and children from the baltics to berma who still look to america to be the light of freedom and dignity and human rights. he cozies up to putin, praises
saddam hussein, tells our nato allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection. well, america's promises do not come with a price tag. we meet our commitments, we bear our burdens, that's one of the reasons why almost every country on earth sees america as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when i took office. america is already great. america is already strong. and i promise you, our strength, our greatness does not depend on donald trump.
in fact, it doesn't depend on any one person, and that in the end may be the biggest difference in this election. the meaning of our democracy. ronald reagan called america a shining city on a hill. donald trump calls it a divided crime scene that only he can fix. it doesn't matter to him that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they've been in decades because he's not actually offering any real solutions to those issues. he's just offering slogans. and he's offering fear. he's betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election. and that's another bet that
donald trump will lose. and the reason he'll lose it is because he's selling the american people short. we're not a fragile people. we're not a frightful people. our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. we don't look to be ruled. our power -- our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in philadelphia all those years ago. we hold these truths to be be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that we, the people, can form a more perfect union. that's who we are. that's our birth right, the capacity to shape our own
destiny. that's what drove -- that's what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny, and i g.i.s to liberate a continent. it's what gave women the kocoure to reach for the ballot and marchers to cross a bridge in selma and works are to organize and fight for collective bargaining and better wages. america's never been about what one person says he'll do for us, it's about what can be achieved by us together, through the hard and slow and sometimes frustrating but ultimately enduring work of
self-government. and that's what hillary clinton understands. she knows that this is a big, diverse country. she has seen it. she's traveled. she's talked to folks. and she understands that most issues are rarely black and white. she understands that even when you're 100% right, getting things done requires compromise. that democracy doesn't work if we constantly demonize each other. she knows that for progress to happen, we have to listen to each other and see ourselves in each other and fight for our principles but also fight to find common ground, no matter how elusive that may sometimes seem. hillary knows we can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the
worry black parents feel when their son feels the house isn't so different than what a brave cop's family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work, that we can honor police and treat every community fairly. we can do that. and she knows -- she knows that acknowledging problems that have festered for decades isn't making race relations worse, it's creating the possibility for people of goodwill to join and make things better. hillary knows we can insist on a lawful and orderly immigration system, while still seeing striving students and their toiling parents as loving families, not criminals or
rapists. families that came here for the same reason our forbearers came, to work and to study and to make a better life in a place where we can talk and worship and love as we please. she knows their dream is quintessentially american and the american dream is something no wall will ever contain. these are the things that hillary knows. it can be frustrating, this business of democracy. trust me, i know. hillary knows, too. when the other side refuses to compromise, progress can stall. people are hurt by the inaction. supporters can grow impatient and worry that you're not trying hard enough.
that you've maybe sold out. but i promise you, when we keep at it, when we change enough minds, when we deliver enough votes, then progress does happen. and if you doubt that, just ask the 20 million more people who have health care today. just ask the marine who proudly serves his country without hiding the husband that he loves. democracy works, america. but we got to want it. not just during an election year but all the days in between. so if you agree that there's too much inequality in our economy
and too much money in our poll tex, -- politics, then we all need to be as vocal and persistent as bernie sanders supporters have been during this election. we all need to get out and vote for democrats up and down the ticket and then hold them accountable until they get the job done. that's right, feel the bern. if you want more justice in the justice system, then we've all got to vote not just for a president but for mayors and sheriffs and states attorneys and state legislators. that's where the criminal law is made. and we've got to work with police and protesters until laws
and practices are changed. that's how democracy works. if you want to fight climate change, we've got to engage not only young people on college campuses, we've got to reach out to the coal miner who is worried about taking care of his family, the single mom worried about gas pric prices. if you want to protect our kids and our cops from gun violence, we've got to get the vast majority of americans, including gun owners who agree on things like background checks, to be just as vocal and just as determined as the gun lobby that blocks change through every funeral that we hold. that is how change happens.
look, hillary's got her share of critics. she has been caricatured by the right and by some on the left. she has been accused of everything you can imagine and some things that you cannot, but she knows that's what happens when you're under a microscope for 40 years. she knows that sometimes during those 40 years she's made mistakes, just like i have, just like we all do. that's what happens when we try. that's what happens when you're the kind of citizen teddy roosevelt once described, not the timid souls who criticize from the sidelines but someone
who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, who errs, but who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. hillary clinton is that woman in the arena. she's been there for us, even if we haven't always noticed. and if you're serious about our democracy, you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. you've got to get in the arena with her because democracy isn't a spectator sport. america isn't about, yes, he will, it's about yes we can, and we're going to carry hillary to victory this fall because that's what the moment demands!
yes, we can. not yes, she can, not yes, i can. yes, we can. you know, there's been a lot of talk in this campaign about what america has lost. people who tell us that our way of life is being undermined by pernicious changes and dark forces beyond our control. they tell voters there's a real america out there that must be restored. this is an idea, by the way, that started with donald trump. it's been pedalled by politicians for a long time,
probably from the start of our republic and it's got me thinking about the story i told you 12 years ago tonight, about my kansas grandparents and the things they taught me when i was growing up. see, my grandparents, they came from the hard land. their ancestors began settling there about 200 years ago. i don't know if they had their birth certificates but they were there. they were scotch irish mostly, farmers, teachers, ranch hands, pharmacists, oil rig workers, hearty, small-town folk. some were democrats but a lot of
them, maybe even most of them were republicans, the party of lincoln. and my grandparents explained that folks in these parts, they didn't like show-offs. they didn't admire bragerts or bullies, they didn't respect mean spiritedness or folks who were always looking for shortcuts in life. instead what they valued were traits like honesty and hard work, kindness, courtesy, humility, responsibility, helping each other out. that's what they believed in. true things. things that last. the things we try to teach our kids. and what my grandparents
understood was that these values weren't limited to kansas, they weren't limited to small towns. these values could travel to hawaii. they could travel even to the other side of the world where my mother would end up working to help poor women get a better life, trying to apply those values. my grandparents knew these values weren't reserved for one race. they could be passed down to a half kenyon grandson. in fact they were the sam values michele's parents, the children of slaves, taught their own kid, living in a bungalow on the south side of chicago. they knew these values were exactly what drew immigrants here. and they believed that the
children of those immigrants were just as american as their own. whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yamika, a baseball cap for a hijab. these values that my grandparents taught, they haven't gone anywhere. they're as strong as ever, still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith. they live on in each of us. what makes us american, what makes us patriots is what's in
here. that's what matters. and that's why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries and blend it into something uniquely our own. that's why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. that's why our military can look the way it does, every shade of humanity forged into common service. that's why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or home-grown demagogues will always fail in the end. that is america. that is america. those bonds of affection, that
common creed. we don't fear the future, we shape it. we embrace it as one people. stronger together than we are on our own. that's what hillary clinton understands. this fighter, this states woman, this mother and grandmother, this public servant, this patriot, that's the america she's fighting for. and that is why i have confidence as i leave this stage tonight that the democratic party is in good hands. my time in this office, it hasn't fixed everything.
as much as we've done, there's still so much i want to do. but for all the tough lessons i've had to learn, for all the places where i've fallen short, i've told hillary and i'll tell you what's picked me back up every single time, it's been you. the american people. it's the letter i keep on my wall from a survivor in ohio who twice almost lost everything to cancer but urged me to keep fighting for health care reform, even when the battle seemed lost. do not quit. it's the painting i keep in my private office, a big eyed green owl with blue wings made by a 7-year-old girl who was taken from us in newtown, given to me by her parents so i wouldn't
forget. a reminder of all the parents who have turned their grief into action. it's the small business owner in colorado who cut most of his own salary so he wouldn't have to lay off any of his workers in the recession because he said that wouldn't have been in the spirit of america. it's the conservative in texas who said he disagreed with me on everything but he appreciated that, like him, i try to be a good dad. it's the courage of the young soldier from arizona who nearly died on the battlefield in afghanistan but who has learned to speak again and walk again and earlier this year stepped through the door of the oval office on his own power to
salute and shake my hand. it is every american who believed we could change this country for the better. so many of you who'd never been involved in politics, who picked up phones and hit the streets and used the internet in amazing new ways that i didn't really understand but made change happen. you are the best organizers on the planet and i am so proud of all the change that you made possible. time and again you've picked me up and i hope sometimes i picked you up, too. and tonight i ask you to do for hillary clinton what you did for me. i ask you to carry her the same way you carried me because
you're who i was talking about 12 years ago when i talked about hope. it's been you who fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds were great, even when the road is long, hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope, america you've vindicated that hope these past eight years and now i'm ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen so this year in this election, i'm asking you to join me to reject cynicism and reject fear and to summon what is best in us to elect hillary clinton as the next president of the united states and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation. thank you for this incredible
journey. let's keep it going. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ like a fool i went and stayed too long ♪ now i'm wondering if your love's too strong ♪ ooh, baby, here i am, signed sealed delivered i'm yours ♪ ♪ then that time i went and said good-bye ♪ now i'm back and now ashamed to cry ♪ ooh, baby, here i am signed sealed delivered i'm yours ♪
twice decisively elected president of the united states during those 45 minutes, a speech that was very optimistic, a speech of hope and optimism, a strong endorsement of hillary clinton as the next president of the united states. no one has ever been more qualified, jake tapper, he said than hillary clinton to be commander in chief. >> it was an eloquent book end to the speech he gave 12 years ago in boston to john kerry's democratic convention, the person who projected hope and a love of country, a real patriotism, a progressive liberal patriotism to be sure, but one who was talking about unifying the country. we heard him, first of all, make the case, that hillary clinton is the one to keep his progress going in his view. he put a big shout out in there to bernie sanders and the sanders supporters and all the energy they have brought to it but most of all, you really see
a contrast between the picture that the democrats are painting of america and the picture that the republicans are painting of an america and maybe you believe what the republicans ones but it's a very strong contrast in deed. >> and you can see he was bursting, bursting to give this speech. he was doubling down on the hone and changes thing and trying to make the point that he believes hope and change is still going to triumph over what he made very clear was not the america that he sees that was displayed last week in cleveland at the republican convention. >> and he was also very, very tough on donald trump. he said america is already great, america is already strong. he told the people out there, he said don't boo, when he mentioned donald trump by name and he did that several times, he said vote. how would you rank, jake, this speech?
because we've heard him speak many times. it's the fourth time he spoke at a democratic national convention. this speech was extremely powerful. >> especially in this room, people who love him, people who were emotional and sad that he was leaving, you heard someone shouting out "four more years," even though it would be constitutionally against the law, i think it was one of his best speeches. more to the point, this was a speech that really made the case that america still has work to do but it is on the right track and that is the argument he is trying to make. most of the country thinks that the country is on the wrong track. he's saying we still have work to do but we're going in the right direction. >> and the way that he told the story of the america that he thinks that the united states should go back to as opposed to let's face it, he was trying to suggest that donald trump is
talking about dog whistle politics. he described the america from his kansan grandparent as opposed to what donald trump puts forward as someone who is more from kenya than kansas. >> a very, very different message we heard tonight than we heard last week at the republican convention in cleveland. anderson over to you. >> it certainly was. jeffrey lord who often harkens back to ronald reagan, this was almost reaganesque. david, i'm not going to ask you to be a dispassionate analyst on this one. >> i love the man and i've been with him for a long time and i walked into boston with him 12 years ago and we've been on this wonderful journey and the reason that i was so attracted to him is because in those big moments, he was able to rise up and speak about what is so great about
this country and when the country most needed it and this was a big moment. we're in the midst of a very difficult, acrimonious campaign, and he lifted this room up and i think he lifted the country up with this speech. and i'm sure, yjeffrey, you fel the same way when you heard ronald reagan speak. so i'm just very, very proud of him tonight. >> dan, you worked with him for a long time as well. >> i got the opportunity to watch the speech tonight with a lot of people who began the journey with him in 2007. it was emotional to think about 12 years ago he gave the speech, changed the direction of his life and the country and about a decade ago he picked up a bunch of us to go on that ride with him. like the speech, start with nostalgia. he could have made this 30
minutes about him but he didn't do that. >> he was critical of donald trump but it was not in the same way that michael bloomberg took him down or attempted to take him down or joe biden. >> others took the bark off donald trump. let me tell you what happened in this room and what was happening with this coalition. this was a tough night. there were protests in the corners, there were sit-ins outside. there were people still trying to digest do i belong in this party or don't i? all of those people i've watched through the course of that speech calm down and be called back in by that president. people who are hard core bernie sanders people talking about breaking down and crying and remembering what this fight is about. he did something -- he finally got the whole thing turned. there are going to some people who don't want to go along, who want to stay on the margins, but he reminded this party of what it is that we're about and it was a beautiful, act of
leadership for the country but also for the people in this room, you're not going to see the same kind of fractiousness tomorrow morning that you saw earlier tonight. >> i think he reached beyond the room. nobody can talk about america like barack obama aside from maybe ronald reagan. that's what i was thinking about this evening because he described an american that we all aspire to be and in a way we are. and what is interesting to me comparing this convention to the last convention and i think we talked about a little the other night is that this notion of american exceptionalism with the democrats now saying america is great, don't tell us the military is a disaster, america is great, we just have to make it better. >> it's a deeper patriotism. >> it's a flipped view. and one other thing about government that was interesting to me aside from all the
comments about donald trump obviously but the line that struck me was we don't look to be ruled. we believe in self-government. >> i would say that is an important point. because that is what is keeping conservatives in the republican party from gravitating to donald trump. they don't like the idea of a sort of autocrat, who says i will do it all. it's antithetical to the american vision. >> it's anti-american. >> as the one person on this panel who worked her tail off for hillary clinton eight years ago and against barack obama eight years ago, i'm going to miss this president. i'm going to miss him, i'm going to miss his family, i'm going to miss the first lady. and for him to stand up there, i mean, and talk about compassion and hope and optimism, he led us
through very turbulent years and then to pass that baton to hillary, when she walked out -- >> and to literally have her walking out. >> it was just a very powerful, moving -- >> and that image is not without some risk and we should acknowledge it. the american people want change. but she's going all in on that bet. she could distance herself from that because history says we don't give the same party to the white house after eight years in most cases or you plant your flag, which is what she did tonight and he was the closing argument, a methodical prosecution of donald trump tonight. race has been an issue in this campaign, to have joe biden, tim kaine, and have three different white men come out and maybe the
case and then the president to come out and say i'm not done but my time is up, do you think america is going this way or do you think america is going this way? the president was saying don't believe that, donald trump is trying to get you to look down. don't do that. turn against people or -- it's a very clear choice in this election. >> it was a very emotional argument. it was about optimism, about hope. he talked about americans he met along the way, he talked about when he got down, he thought about americans and it was americans' optimism and spirit and faith in a brought him through. so i think often times and i criticized the president last night and democrats in general for going to data and studies to counter this anxiety, i thought tonight this was about emotion and feeling. >> if i could -- a couple things. number one, i'd like to say something about tim kaine's father-in-law. when i was a teen-ager, my family moved to virginia, we
lived there for two years and in 1965 i met lynnwood holten, he was the republican candidate for governor of virginia. he lost, he was terrific. we moved away by the time he got elected in 1969 but i remember his picture being on the front page of the "new york times," walking his kid, including tim kaine's wife to an integrated school and i thought he was terrific. so hats off to him. secondly, david, i was on the floor of the republican convention in 1988 as a member of the pennsylvania delegation to say good-bye to ronald reagan in his last speech so i get it. i get it. that said, can't we have -- >> can't we have a little bit more of a moment here? i do think that this is now, the election is on and it's now about change. >> this is an argument you hear, hope and change, this is an argument you hear all of the time in american presidential politics and politics in general. and i think it is a fact that the change argument, that donald
trump is the change candidate here and that's going to be the issue. are we going to go in this direction or that direction is the perpetual question. >> i believe that that's right and i think there's going to be a very closely contested election here but it's not -- when barack obama ran on the platform of change in 2008, the spirit of it was a lot like what you heard here. it was very much rooted in this love of country and this sense of who we are and appealing to the better angels of people's nature as the first republican, abraham lincoln urged us to do. there was a very dark feeling to the convention last week and the question was generally the more optimistic candidate wins these elections. and we'll see tomorrow night what hillary clinton does. but if she carries on in this spirit, this convention is going to end in a much different way than the last one. >> john? >> the question is will the
american people listen to politicians in this chang environment in they made a very detailed case against donald trump. they went through his business record and the president and vice president were very effective case saying where's the beef? this is a fact. hillary clinton has many more detailed plans, said how she's going to pay for it, they're on her web site. donald trump has tried to come at it from a position of we need strength and strong leader. he has a very different approach to how he does it. do american people want the specifics? or is the change environment so great? >> we have to take a break. how will they play outside this arena?
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make her the next commander in chief. he went through point by point by point while he insists nobody is more prepared to be commander in chief than hillary clinton. the president apparently worked very hard on this speech. >> and president obama is meeting with former secretary of state hillary clinton. and cody keenan, the speech writer, they started writing about six weeks ago. they did about six drafts of it. and after the first lady did hers monday night into tuesday morning was up rewriting the speech, trying to meet the high bar that his wife had set. they did one dry run, a half hour in the map room, the president said that's it, we're good. how much do you make a speech like this point by point policy
discussion versus something else but because of the unusual nature of this election, they decided to make it more about the vision of america. and as dan pheiffer noted earlier, this was not a speech in which the president really talked that much about his achievements, but it was much more about hillary clinton carrying the torch. john king mentioned the country is in a mood where they want change, not status quo. we'll see how it works. that was the president's case and the president's process. >> as well received as michelle obama was on monday night, he was even more impressively received. >> it's hard to tell. he was pretty close. he was right to go and make sure he could meet his wife's bar because it was pretty high. we're told that michelle obama watched this speech from her mother's house in chicago. so she didn't have the benefit of the energy of the room, but the energy, i mean, you can sort of -- i'm sure you could see it and sense it on tv but just to be here truly, truly palpable.
it sort of seems obvious now that you have a democratic president, this is a democratic room and they're all behind him but bill clinton was up there. remember, in 2000 bill clinton was not cheered and was not utilized by the gore campaign and you can say the same about other sitting presidents. it's very, very different this time. he has an approval rating of 90% among democrats. >> and more than 50% among the public at large and that's an excellent point. >> he did very good at the end of the second term. >> it's so unusual for a president to be so embraced. the approval ratings are reag reaganesq reaganesque. harry truman was chased out of office. the bottom line is it's very unusual for a president to be this popular at this point in his second term. >> and, anderson, the president said america is already great, america is already strong and i promise you our strength and
greatness does not depend on donald trump. >> dan, you were saying during the commercial break how much of this speech we heard from jake's reporting that went through six different iterations, how much do you think the speech was written after the convention in cleveland. >> some of it. >> or in reaction to the convention. >> what he saw in cleveland is consistent what he's seen from donald trump for a year now but certainly a good portion of it was written after that, as jake's reporting noted, some of it was after the first lady's speech. >> how personal do you think it is for president obama, what he saw in cleveland, personally at odds with his vision in america. >> it's not personal to him. he's been called every name in the book for a long time. he's got a thick skin. but he views this as -- this is
something fundamentally different. and there's nothing i've ever seen in my life that upsets him more than when people kick down at groups of people. so when he's kicking down at muslim immigrants, syrian immigrants, women, that goes to the core of the president and that's what motivates him here so much. >> you said this wasn't your regular democrat and republican race. i think he's saying this is democrats versus demagogue bus he used the word demagogue, he used the word fascist in this speech. these are very tough words and we know exactly who he was referring to. as much as anything else in a lot of ways i think this was a mobilization speech because you have to put together the obama coalition for hillary clinton, not to barack obama. and what he was telling people was don't boo, vote. >> before we move on, let's just play the sound where he talked
about demagogue. >> what makes us american, what makes us patriots is what's in here. that's what matters. that's why we can take the food and music and holidays and style of other countries and blend it into something uniquely our own. that's why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. that's why our military can look the way it does, every shade of humanity, forged into common service. that's why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or home grown demagogues will always pale in the end.
>> i think that's an important thing because when the conditions are the way they are, people are frustrated economically, there's a lot of cultural change, the temperature gets hot and you start seeing the polls move apart, socialism and democrat being party, authoritarianism and the republican party. what you see him doing is standing for this vibrant, beautiful center that appeals to the values of all americans and trying to hold the center as it moves forward. that is a very difficult thing to do but he did it beautifully and he set the stage for hillary clinton to be able to fill in some of those details. but it's very, very easy to run to the polls. he didn't do that. he stayed at the center of american values and lifted them up. >> he sort of tried to thread that needle all through the presidency. in the speech tonight we talked about protests in the streets but also caring about police and he compared the fear that an african-american family has when their young son goes out the
door to the fear the family of a police officer has. >> what we were talking about last night, the spirit you want to invoke. his instinct is always to try and find that place where as he says, see each other in ourselves or see ourselves in each other. he was always able to find that spot between -- >> the ultimate bridge builder. and again, that issue of hope. let's play some more of that sound where he's sort of talking about hope. >> i'm and again you've picked me up. and i hope sometimes i picked you up, too. and tonight i ask you to do for hillary clinton what you did for me. i ask you to carry her the same
way you carried me because you're who i was talking about 12 years ago when i talked about hope. it's been you who fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds were great, even when the road was long, hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty. the audacity of hope. america, you've vindicated that hope these past eight years. >> we talked a little bit about this last night in the 2012 campaign, the romney people were frustrated after the democrats go last because they had the white house, they had the second convention. it was a very defining moment, home field advantage of presidential politics. the percentage of americans said the country was going on the right track, shortly after a democratic convention of 2012. the dynamic was against us, the trajectory of the race was going, romney made some mistakes but they felt that was it, they got boxed in. if the american people are still
listening to the president, yes, his approval rating is above 50%, we don't know. in the mid-term elections, this president has not had good luck turning out people to vote for other candidates. it's very different in a presidential year and his personal investment is much more than in the mid-terms years. but if people feel better about the country next week including from that very optimistic presentation from the president, it's good news for hillary clinton. >> those conventions stretched into september. this is still july. and, look, i thought that was one of the great speeches that anyone's given on a convention floor but it's july. and i always caution us to remember that this is a long process. i don't think anybody's going to go back on november 8th and say this whole race was decided by a speech by the president.
>> yet we've seen over the last couple of nights the fire power, if you will, of who hillary clinton will have out on the campaign trail for her in the days ahead. joe biden, president clinton, michelle obama -- >> and kaine. i think kaine tonight. >> and the sanders. >> and the sanders. >> biden talked about working class, middle-class families, bloomberg appealed to independents; kaine to independents as well, introduced himself and then you had the president. what tim kaine did tonight that was interesting to me was he raised the issue of tax returns, which we haven't heard a lot during this convention -- >> which today came up again and was overshadowed -- >> he raised the refran, donald or whatever he said, what are you hiding and this question of believe me, do you believe him. and i think we're going to hear a lot more about that issue.
i mean, i think that really foreshadowed it, this is going to be the role of tim kaine. >> if people have tuned tim kaine out because they've heard him for these last many years, tim kaine is a fresh choice and you could see wedded through his speech, he talked about alzheimer's, he said he's on the aging committee, said what's up bernie sanders, reaching out to those voters. he talked about guns, reaching out to independent voters, suburban moms, spoke spanish, shouted out john mccain. i think he's got a wide -- >> let's play another moment of president obama going after donald trump. >> does anyone really believe that a guy who spent his 07 yea -- 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your
champion, your voice? if so, you should vote for him. but if you're somebody who is truly concerned about paying your bills, if you're really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn't even close. if you want someone with a life long track record of fighting for higher wages and better benefits and a fairer tax code and a bigger voice for workers and stronger regulations on wall street, then up shouyou should r hillary clinton. >> it's a consistent theme throughout the night that trump's a fraud. essentially they're saying trump's a fraud. and the i am your voice was a very effective line by trump at the republican convention. the style is interesting to me, too. number one, i think jeffrey made the point the other night, where are the flags in the hall? the flag back drop behind the
president tonight, every pause he took you still see america behind it. they're trying to make the point that donald trump is not your voice. my question is in this environment, the voters, persuadables, do they believe the politicians? >> do they believe him? >> when i hear that about hillary clinton, what i think conservatives hear is this is about the liberal impulse as jonah goldberg writes in liberal fascism, the liberal impulse for controlling other people's lives, that this is what hillary clinton is all about, indeed what liberalism is all about. they've they've got the solutions, if you just put them in washington, d.c., they'll run your life and you don't worry about anything else. number two, an assumption here which i found very interesting, in all the talk about guns, gun control, et cetera, one of the things that people like me believe is that this is linked immutably to the issue of
aborti abortion. why? because abortion is about respect for life. and if we have a culture that is saying under the guise of pro-choice that children's lives are not to be respected, that no one's life is to be respected, you can't reasonably expect people out there to think if this is the culture they're raised in, to not understand that the life is so valuable that they shouldn't be out there taking life. and that's what happens when you sort of cut yourself adrift and that's one of the conservative arguments without doubt. that's never mentioned and that certainly is a change here from the status quo. >> there's a lot of carnage, too
many shootings in the streets. i don't know if they would tie it to abortion. they might tie it to a lack of opportunity, a lack of hope, a lack of sense of dignity and president obama more than anything else represents that sense of hope and opportunity and dignity. just let me finish. i saw #water works all over the internet tonight. people were crying. there's a sense of just pride. all the politics, you got to talk about that but there's just a sense i think among people who love him the most who are so proud to see him stand up up there, despite the beatings and despite the frustration and hallelujah anyhow. we say in the black church, hallelujah anyhow. you can't tack my joy, you can't talk my belief. he was really channelling that in a way. that is nothing more than that, people loved him tonight. >> this is his party. these folks really do love him. we'll find out 5, 10, 15, 20
years or long after we're all gone whether history regards him as a great president or not. the answer is we don't know. poor harry truman was practically chased out of office and by the 1970s, 20 years later, suddenly the lights are going on and people are saying, he won't so bad after all. >> i know your mother is 97 so i hope we find out before you're gone. >> let's play another sound bite from president obama's speech. >> hillary has her share of critics. she has been caricatured by the right and by some on the left. she has been accused of everything you can imagine and some things that you cannot. but she knows that's what happens when you're under a microscope for 40 years.
she knows that sometimes during those who years she's made mistakes, just like i have, just like we all do. that's what happens when we try. that's what happens when you're the kind of citizen teddy roosevelt one described, not the timid souls who criticize from the sidelines but someone who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, who errs, but who has the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. hillary clinton is that woman in the arena. >> that's certainly a message that multiple speakers has been hammering home that this is who she is from the earliest time she has been in the arena, as a public person or privately in college. >> a smart campaign works very
wem throughout the convention, whether it's somebody who is a childhood friend in illinois, worked with her in arkansas, elected officials, up to the president of the united states. what are they trying to say? she's a human being, she's detached, she's cold, she's calculated, she's fallen down, beaten, got some bruises and she's even screwed some things up and that's because she's in there doing things, she's not on the sidelines and donald trump is a talker. >> something else we heard and we're going to hear tomorrow, the words steady and strong, steady and strong and the contrast from michael bloomberg, trump is risky and reckless. it goes to temperament, which is perhaps donald trump's greatest vulnerability. >> how do you see president
obama being used on the campaign trail and michelle obama? how frequently -- how does this work? >> as much as they are willing and able to go out there. i mean, these two could possibly be the most effect of surrogates that hillary clinton could have in terms of that obama coalition, you no, women, mi millennials, has paniispanics. these, too, are powerful. >> they will speak to one segment of the country. which is why i think the president tonight was responding to donald trump's great line when he said "i am your voice." tonight he took that on directly and he said how can you believe, again the word believe, how can you believe that someone who has no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your voice? >> except the problem here is that president obama and hillary clinton and all some republicans
are in the view of the trump supporters, the elites and they are all the elites and they're all in cahoots, if you'll get my drift together in this. so when you think of all of these people going out to campaign for hillary, in its own way this is confirmation that, yeah, he's right, here they come. >> it's such an interesting idea. i mean, how can anybody who has been in the public eye like president obama, hillary clinton, donald trump, who has sought out the public eye from day one not claim to be in the elite. donald trump lives in a triple x apartment in the top of trump power and it's like high guilt. >> seriously that was the difference between mitt romney, who was perceived in that fashion and donald trump, who is not. >> it seems to me he's been trying to be in the elite from the very moment -- >> talking to regular, average
trump supporters, at the one rally i went to, for example -- >> that blue collar billionaire. >> blue collar billionaire. >> it just interesting because they don't have any history of meeting him previously. it's not as if he's been spending time in ohio working on issues or concern he's been in new york building -- not even building buildings, licensing his name on buildings. >> but he's built this empire. when they say trump tower, they see a physical building that requires construction and construction guys to build. blue collar guys. >> it's unfortunate you mentioned that because as you know, it was illegal immigrants who actually -- >> but were they blue collar? >> no, they were polish and they actually slept on the job site and they sued him and after years they settled. >> let me take jeffrey off the hook and switch the subject for a second here. everybody's strength is their
weakness. donald trump is the show. donald trump is the whole deal and you saw it in the convention last week. he showed up every night and everybody basically sort of fades in comparison to him in his own script. so he's not going to have big surrogates out there. i don't think he wants big surrogates out there. he's going to be the guy. ultimately she's going to have to stand on that stage tomorrow night and deliver. a lot is going to be resting on her shoulders. >> we have to tack a quick break. up next, three scathing attacks on donald trump. we'll hear from joe biden, tim kaine and michael bloomberg.
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donald trump from several of the prime time speakers, including the vice presidential nominee tim kaine. listen to this. trump is a guy who says a lot. believe me. it is going to be great. believe me. we're going to build a wall and make mex e co-pay for it. believe me. we're going to destroy isis so fast, believe me. there is nothing suspicious in my tax returns. believe me. >> and tim kaine went on and on and on. it was almost nonstop. >> i have to say, as a yankee, i get that the midwestern born mr. kaine, senator kaine is not from the northeast. the cadence is all wrong. it is believe me.
believe me. >> are you watching governor? >> i don't know what he is doing. >> let's talk about the substance of the case. tim kaine is a guy who comes across as sincere and his case is donald trump is not sincere and this is what we're going to see with all three of these big attacks. you look at one person that is going to embody a certain quality and go after donald trump as being the exact opposite. so tim kaine's thing is he is from kansas city and minnesota. he is sweet, he is sincere, he is a modest guy, he can believe him, don't believe donald trump. >> here is the problem. first of all, you're right. that is absolutely his pitch whether his impression is good or not. >> horrible. but the separate issue. >> separate from that, the trouble that tim kaine and everybody here is going to have is that they're politicians. tim kaine is a life long politician. public servant, yes, but also
politician. it is like the charlie brown teacher, when a politician talks, they won't be able to get that far. >> a great point. >> another attack on donald trump from the vice president joe biden. >> this guy doesn't have a clue about the middle class. not a clue. because, folks, when the middle class does well, when the middle class does well, the rich do very well and the poor have hope. they have a way up. he has no clue about what makes america great. actually, he has no clue, period. >> the audience kept shouting he has no clue, he has no clue. >> senator kaine is sincere. president biden is middle class. that is how he cast himself. >> i'm middle class.
he is not one of us. so kaine, i'm sincere, trump is not sincere, biden, i'm middle class, he is not one of us. >> and i will tell you, i was standing right over there where i could watch joe biden and watch the teleprompter and that last line that got everybody chanting, he has no clue about anything, he did that off -- whether it was off the cuff or not, but it wasn't in the teleprompter at all. it wasn't scripted, and again, as we just discuss joe biden's, probably his last speech at this kind of convention, certainly in the role that he has, he had the crowd. he got the crowd, and he got that moment and he knew that he was going to be able to get them up on this one. >> probably the toughest attack on donald trump came from the former new york city mayor michael bloomberg who called him dangerous. >> we heard a lot of talk in this campaign about needing a
lynner. i couldn't agree more. i built a business and i didn't start it with a million dollar check from my father. >> he says he is a new yorker, he knows when there is a con. >> so this is the third of the trifecta of middle aged white guys. we had sincere guy, tim kaine, donald trump is not sincere. middle class joe. >> he will be happy you called him middle aged. >> and then for the last one, independent businessman, true success, donald trump is a fraud. i'm a success, he is a fraud. >> he is the real billionaire. michael bloomberg is a bigger billionaire. >> i think michael bloomberg will argue that he is a real billionaire. >> he didn't go that far. >> he didn't here, because i think it didn't fit into the narrative of what he was trying to do although it could have. i still think when it comes to the take down of donald trump and all three of those speeches, the most powerful for the people
who might be tempted to vote for donald trump because they're not so sure they can trust hillary clinton, they don't feel right about her, the most powerful speech came from michael bloomberg because of who he is, what he represents as an independent but also as a businessman and a leader. >> he said i'm here to support hillary clinton and to defeat a dangerous demagog. he did not mince any words at all. it wasn't an enthusiastic endorsement. clearly he is afraid of donald trump becoming president of the united states. >> in a lot of ways, president prelz even though he wasn't directly an attack dogs, proverbial attack dog as the other three were, he painted the starkest, ugliest picture of what donald trump is selling. he attacked donald trump's vision. he -- his whole speech was going after the picture of america and who we are. he basically said it is un-american to vote for donald
trump. he didn't use those words but he said this is what america is and donald trump is offering the opposite. >> you noticed, even when he was talking about his grandparents, about his family in kansas, he mentioned, i don't know about their birth certificates. >> which was also not in the remarks that we got which also was a reminder that this is really personal for him because donald trump kind of burst onto the political scene questioning his birth certificate, all of those years ago. >> let me just time out. >> yeah. >> it was a ridiculous attack. at any time the birth certificate thing is raised, president obama was born in hawaii. there is evidence he was born in hawaii. he produced his birth certificate. the whole attack was nonsense. i wanted to put that note there. >> got it. done. noted. but i lost my train of thought now. >> sorry. >> no, it is okay. but what i was going to say is on the whole issue of hope and change that president obama especially was delivering against the vision of the
country that republicans were giving last week, i've heard from republicans, okay, these are republicans who were not enthused with donald trump but also not happy, but mourning the idea that they feel like this convention and this president in this speech snatched the shining city on the hill concept, the optimistic concept, the republicans, used so successfully in reagan and the republican party that we saw last week was incredibly different. >> up next, more of president obama's passionate argument for electing hillary clinton. how did the big speech set the stage for her big speech tomorrow night. my fellow americans...
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i want top play another sound bite from the speech talking about hillary clinton being more qualified. this, of course, the moment when hillary clinton comes out at the end, maybe a surprise for some in the hall. it was preplanned. let's talk about one of the comments made by president obama. >> no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits. that is the hillary i know. that is the hillary i've come to admire. and that is why i can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill, nobody more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america.
>> that is a pretty big statement to say. george washington, long list. >> in recent history. >> i'm just saying what he said. >> i think he is making the case neither man nor woman, hillary clinton qualified. she has been in the arena, she has the temperament. >> and strength. >> and the strength. >> yeah. >> and she also has, according to the cnn poll that comes out. 68% of the american people saying she is not honest and trust worthy and there in lies her problem. >> which is what they've been trying to fix. >> that is what was amazing tonight. you saw obama summon his full powers, pull the room together, and then take himself to this high level and just transfer it over to her. when she came out there, was a transference. you have people in your party, if it turned out she was
literally a saint from the other world, you still wouldn't trust her. you have people in the democratic party that are still trying to find their way to a comfort level. i think he did a lot for those people tonight. >> i agree with you. i do think that is true. it is just, you know, outside of this arena, and you know, in places like where i live and other places in pennsylvania and ohio and florida and all of this kind of thing, that is a bottom line issue -- >> but she doesn't have to be trusted more than -- she only has to be trusted more than donald trump. we have a very low bar here. also remember, she doesn't need donald trump supporters to trust her. she doesn't need mitt romney voters to trust her. she needs barack obama's voters to introdutrust her enough to v that. if she does that, she will win as much as barack obama did. >> you watch is piece, you're a a part in the campaign. we have a little more time to the election than we did in 2012
because of the scheduling of the conventions. you have your lists. you know who you're trying to turn out. if i get these people to this point. she wins. take the names off of the ballot, if those people turn out, the democrat wins. the president is trying to mobilize his people, try taking to convince you, she will fight for you like i fought for you. don't boo, vote. he is trying to mobilize the obama coalition. tim kaine trying to work on her issues. jim cain, a military guy, working on the white guys and bloomberg, independence, but also for republicans. even the ad miral saying you're not qualified to shine john mccain's boots. if you talk privately to republicans, they will tell you they hope hillary clinton wins. they can't say that publicly. but they hope hillary clinton wins because they're scared of donald trump. the bet here is that there are republican voters out here.
the republican establishment is trying to hug donald trump the best they can, if he tanks, they tank. they're trying to keep him up balls they don't want to lose the senate and the house. a lot of them don't like them. the speech is calculated to peel pieces of the electorate. >> what lord says is the way donald trump talks is cutting through -- pretty much everyone we heard were practiced politicians. one of the things from the earliest speeches i heard from donald trump that we talked about on the air with you is he takes out the white piece of paper and he has bullet points and he says stuff that pops in his head. he is charming and disarming and you can ask him anything and there was a speech recently where he was talking about some of the negative commercials that have been run against him. he said most of the stuff he said wasn't true. some of it was true, but and
there is something charming about that and i think that appeals to an awful lot of people. >> i do think that. >> so even as some people say, tim kaine is authentic, he is still a very practiced politician. >> an authentic politician and somebody out there in pro nixon land -- >> pro nixon land. >> that is a very small land. >> is that a website? >> in 1952 when he was campaigning for vice president and referred to the new ticket of sparkman as new faces, same old deal and i can just see donald trump pointing to everybody here on this stage who has been on here as the same old deal. i mean, you can just see this coming right down -- >> is that in a cul du sac somewhere in a ranch house -- >> actually i think my mother is the last surviving -- >> jeffrey, what do you think the trump coalition looks like? we know what the obama coalition looks like. who is it racially
demographically. >> i think it is elitests. country club republicans and those folks, the romney supporters, i really do think if he makes an effort to go right straight into the black community, i know newt gingrich is advising him toll do a version of this with a jack kemp style approach. >> we talked about this a lot. >> yeah. >> i talked to newt about this a lot and it is something that i think he had available to him, donald trump had available to him early on because he has some swagger, donald trump. he -- we don't mind that flash. >> the bling. >> we don't mind the bling in the black church, the hip-hop community, that is not a negative. but i think he occurrcurdled th
by being negative towards the mexican and muslim community. someone, though, will make this play. they will go into the black community and they will say, i'm rich, you're poor, we can get you there. >> i have to take a quick break. up next, hillary clinton's crucial moment on stage. tonight, what does she need to say to get a bounce from this convention. it's time to relax. from the moment you take your foot off the brake, the brake stays engaged and you stay put. taking the legwork out of stop and go traffic. and even hills. that's the more human side of engineering. this is the lincoln summer invitation, hurry in now to your dealer for limited time offers. lease a lincoln mkx for $349 a month or get 0% apr for 60 months and just announced $1,000 summer invitation bonus.
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and welcome back to this, the -- what is it, the third night of the democratic national convention. tomorrow night, of course, hillary clinton's major speech, probably the most important speech we've ever heard her give. what is she -- how does she go about this? what does she need to do? >> she needs to say, i'm with him. >> or i'm with them. >> i'm with them. because they were so terrific tonight on her behalf. and, look, barack obama is a hard act to follow. joe biden is a hard act to follow. >> michelle oh bam what is a hard act to follow. so i think she just has to give a speech that makes people like
her, trust -- >> i know. that's -- that's hard, but i think everybody tonight was saying, i know her. this is why you should like her and this is why -- >> so often, this is the hillary clinton i know. right. . the hillary clinton i know.. >> well, you would know better, patti. i think that one of the reasons why all these testifiers are important, because she is not very revealing of herself. she's not comfortable doing that. i continue to believe that that is the test. people want to know who the president is as a person. they want to know that they're comfortable in their own skin. they want to know what motivates them. so i think she has to give a positive vision for this cup, where she wants to lead it. but i think she also has to give people a sense of who she is. >> this does not come naturally to her, obviously. as we all know, she's a very private person.. and her tendency, when she gives a speech in public lye is to
give a list. here is what i'm for you and go through her list. that's not personal. >> one of the things in donald trump's press conference today, he challenged her, you thought -- >> to a duel? >> no. to press conferences. and, you know, she hasn't done one in years. we heard about her being the mother and the grabbed mother. but it's that commander in chief test. tonight we had an isis section of the program, the national security section of the program.
she needs to -- >> i disagree with that. she's spent her whole career proving how strong she is. her tenacity, her strength, it's her humanity. that i think that we've heard expressed. sometimes she gets pro seic. she has to wrap herself in had values, as the president wrapped himself in had values. >> she knows that people have trouble seeing her in the command ner chief role. >> i agree with david. i think people see her as commander in had chief. i think the personal side of her is the issue. i think it's a problem mitt romney had. >> right. >> and he didn't have a great convention. >> gloria makes a great point.
he was uncomfortable talking about his wealth. he's a modest person. part of it was his mormon faith. i think secretary clinton's point, patti knows this, she's very conversational, but she's not in public life. she has a -- i call it pair noah. she doesn't want to be out there because she doesn't like certain questions. i think she has to have a conversation with the american people.. >> yeah, i think you will hear it. but number two, i honestly don't think this is going to resinate.
because i think at this point, people see this whole -- just the whole issue of releasing tax returns as just -- it's just politics. they only want it out there so you can pluck one thing out or another thing out and poe lit size it. >> the only candidate who hasn't done that? even though there's no requirement for him to. >> it's your friend in richard nixon land. >> do go to franklin roosevelt land when he broke tradition by appearing at a convention in person for the first time. he said let's stop these silly traditions. i think a lot of people are looking at that and saying -- >> i don't know that a ton of voters will care about this, but it's going to get in the way of every interview, every press conference he does. because by refusing to do it, he is not just challenging tradition. he's challenging the role of -- >> because the whole idea that he can't do it because of the aud audit, there's no actual reason for that. >> everyone knows it's not true. >> the question is is the audit
more important to him than being president of the united states. >> with all due respect to everybody here, i think this is a chattering chat class issue. it is not an issue for -- >> on polls, though, the majority of people to release tax returns. >> we have to wrap our coverage which continues with don lemon at the cnn grill right after this. esurance does insurance a smarter way, which saves money. like bundling home and auto coverage, which reduces red tape, which saves money. when they save, you save. that's home and auto insurance for the modern world.
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the campaigner in chief preaches tonight, bringing the faithful to their feet, praising his former rival. i'm don lemon. we're so glad you could join us. we're live at the democratic convention. lots of big, reducing speeches tonight. look at the grill. it is academy with people this evening. probably the roudyest night that we have seen so far when we have seen a lot of people -- take no prisoner attacks on donald trump by joe biden, michael bloomberg, as well, and vice presidential candidate tim kaine started doing a rendition of donald trump. but the mike drp