u.s. and around the world. it is thursday, july 28th. it is "new day." chris and i are at the democratic national convention in philadelphia. it has been a week for democrats. a night steeped in symbolism and history. president obama says he is ready to pass the baton, to hillary clinton. he is embracing his one-time rival and a case for her to make history. >> he first used the baton to beat donald trump over the head. the pounding by the big dogs. hope versus fear. ready versus reckless and president obama explaining why hillary in the arena made the difference. let's start the discussion with michelle kosinski still inside the convention hall. michelle. >> reporter: chris, it is interesting to see how it was all put together.
it started with the video presentation of president obama's accomplishments in the voices of people closest to him, but it was also about presidential temperament. what the job requires. the tough decisions involved. you see president obama come out and the look on his face. this is the last time he will have an audience like this while he is president. it was emotional. you could see the work that went into this. weeks of writing. six drafts. going after trump and over what is america versus what is not. you could almost see the weight of this moment. and of america's voice on president obama's face as he tried to connect past with present with future. >> while this nation has been tested by war and it has been tested by recession and all matter 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. >> reporter: optimism, the focus in the speech the president delivered with an almost constant smile as he ripped into republicans with a stark contrast. >> what we heard in cleveland last week wasn't particular republican. it sure wasn't conservative. what we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we 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. >> reporter: this time, president obama didn't hold back. yes, saying the name. >> 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. the choice isn't even close. 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. we're not a fragile people. we're not a frightful people. our power doesn't come from some self declared savior promising he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. we don't look to be ruled.
and the american dream is something no wall will ever contain. >> reporter: making the point that unity and democracy work. not to be overlooked. >> we all need to be as vocal and organized and persistent as bernie sanders supporters have been during this election. >> reporter: he urged the crowd to vote and gun control advoc e advocates to be passioned. he told real stories of american struggle, compassion and perseverece. >> what picked me up every single time is you. the american people. the painting i keep in my private office. a big 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 would not forget.
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'm asking you to join me to reject cynicism and reject fear and 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. >> reporter: he said the choice between candidates is not even close. we know the polling has been extremely close. the task for democrats is to make that message resonate wider. we will hear from hillary clinton introduced by daughter
chelsea. alisyn and chris. >> all right. so those were the words. let's see how they landed and discuss with our panel. cnn political analyst and host of the david gregory show podcast. david gregory. mark preston and juana summers. i cannot get through the introductions fast enough. we're through the titles. a lot of language last night. a lot of symbolism last night. what do you think helped hillary clinton and what do you think hurt donald trump? >> i think the political choreography was excellent. the first few nights were excellent. you have huge figures in the political landscape and democratic party were able to offer a testimony for hillary clinton and do something extraordinarily difficult for her. to give her a shot at least of a new introduction to the american people. that was particularly helpful. i think a lot of slashing at donald trump and kind of
substantive ways -- there's the risk element and the dark pessimistic element and the idea he doesn't know his stuff. whether it is on foreign policy or other areas. you know, i think those were the themes they hammered over and over. there is consistency. >> mark? >> i think michael bloomberg's speech was overshadowed by the speech by president obama. joe biden electrified that crowd. if there was ever a politician made for conventions, it is joe biden. he lit up the crowd. what i think is is that michael bloomberg wasn't speaking to that audience. i think michael bloomberg was speaking to the millions of people watching on tv. specifically the independents. he said i'm not a democrat. i don't believe with everything hillary clinton does but she is the right person at this time. effectively, i think that can be powerful. i think for her going into
tonight, the expectations are so high. there have been pretty good nights out of this. she is not the great orator. >> right. president obama, for obvious reasons, he does not speak out of rhythm. joe biden can go on a flourish. that is not what president obama does. he is exacting and precise. one, he used the metaphor of being in the arena versus a timid soul on the outside in terms of why he liked hillary clinton and then he said the line about americans don't seek to be ruled. i want to play that and get your take on it, juana. >> the donald is not really a plans guy. he's not really a facts guy, either. our power doesn't come from some self declared savior promising he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. we don't look to be ruled.
that's why anyone who threatens our values, facist or jihadist or home-grown demagogues will always fail in the end. >> i am told this was important to say for president obama. why do you think this hits for him? >> chris, i think this was one of the best lines of the speech. it points to the theme that obama hit. this is an exceptional country. of greatness and richness. that is the view president obama portrayed. after being in cleveland, it is a sharp contrast from donald trump and other republicans. this is a very unifying speech from president obama. he is widely popular. not just from democrats who support hillary clinton. in the arena, you talked about it. it was really powerful. he is saying this is our fight. mine and hillary clinton. she is on your side. he is encouraging democrats who have gone along with the clinton campaign to come along with her on this journey and back her.
that is important as hillary clinton goes into a really big night for her campaign to win over democrats who have not backed her yet. >> if you think about the larger theme. it is bigger than one person. it is not just about the notion of donald trump i alone can fix all these problems. democracy requires a lot of we in the citizenry to affect real change. in some ways, this is the way to capture hillary clinton in the democratic movement to say look, this is my legacy. this is the potential third term. i don't think there is any question of passing the baton. you will hear it from her. she is doubling down on the third obama term. >> president obama said there is never a person more qualified. not me. not bill. was that a nod or return of the favor from 2012 when bill clinton said not even i could have gotten us out of a recession this well.
>> nice payback, isn't it? >> doesn't it echo of that? >> he was absolutely right. if you are only going to go by the resume and what they have done their lives. bill clinton, barack obama and many other presidents do not have the resume she has. that's the bottom line. he was trying to humanize her and play the competency card against donald trump. >> juana, he didn't look like he was ready to leave the stage when he finished the speech. i don't mean it in a perjority way. >> i think a lot of supporters in the room from the intense city of emotion were not ready for barack obama. >> you kept hearing four more
years. >> he never took the bait and acknowledged it. >> that speaks to the fact this is a president, a young president with a lot of political promise. what is next for president obama is a third rail narrative. he is not done yet. i expected to see him in the process that moves forward on behalf of hillary clinton. >> you don't think he will kick out mark preston here? >> we have a couple empty seats here. >> what do you think? >> you couldn't end the segment without attacking me, cuomo. >> that's politics. your numbers are tanking. >> we have another opportunity. stick around, panel. you will hear more of this. president obama was not the only one going after donald trump last night. vice president biden and vp nominee tim kaine unleashing attacks. we have cnn's manu raju with more. manu. >> reporter: this convention started in disarray. the sudden resignation of the
party chairwoman. the outbursts by bernie sanders supporters. last night, they united behind a common enemy. donald trp. >> he has no clue about what makes america great. actually he has no clue period. >>. >> reporter: the democratic party launching the most blistering attacks to date. >> you cant believe one word that comes out of donald trump's mouth. >> in an unstable world, we cannot afford unstable leadership. >> i'm a new yorker and i know a con when i see one. >> reporter: deploying the high profile stars and businessman michael bloomberg to deliver a multitier attack on donald trump. >> how can there be pleasure in saying you're fired? >> reporter: vice president biden using his blue collar background to question donald
trump's dedications to the working class. >> he is trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? give me a break. that's a bunch of malarky. >> reporter: the former mayor challenging his record as a businessman. >> trump says he wants to run the nation like he runs his business? god help us. >> reporter: leon panetta. >> donald trump says he gets his foreign policy experience from watching tv and running the miss universe pageant. if only it were funny, but it is deadly serious. >> reporter: and condemning trump's challenge to russia to hack hillary clinton's e-mails. >> russia, if you are listening, i hope you are able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> it is inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible.
>> reporter: clinton's running mate tim kaine stepping into the attack dog role. mocking the opponent. >> he has the way of saying the same two words every time he makes his biggest huge promises. believe me. it's going to be great. believe me. >> reporter: while painting trump as untrust worthy and citing not releasing his tax returns. >> donald, what are you hiding? >> reporter: extending an olive branch to those diseven franchise 00ed with the nominee. >> we have a home for you here in the democratic party. >> reporter: an effort echoed by bloomberg who went on script to question trump's mental clarity. >> as an independent, i am asking you to join with me. together let's elect a sane,
competent person. >> reporter: last night, the trump campaign responded to all those attacks saying in a statement tonight the democrats offered more rewards for the rich, powerful and well connected and more angry demeaning sniping attacks against all decent americans who want change. trump wants to argue on his outsider against the political class. >> sanity not a requirement. manu, thank you. the big question coming from last night. the negative has worked well for donald trump. will it work as well against him? the democrats thought so last night. what will determine this election? we will get you an answer next. . on bon jovi) with directv, you can. you see, we've got the power to turn back time let's start over, let's rewind and let's go back and not quit the gym
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president. listen to some of these. >> 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? >> it's going to be great. believe me. we'll build a wall and make mexico pay for it. believe me. we'll destroy isis so fast. believe me. there's nothing suspicious in my tax returns. believe me. >> he's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. give me a break. that's a bunch of malarky. >> i'm a new yorker and i know a con when i see one. >> let's bring back our panel. david gregory and mark preston and juana summers. >> my general rule is you should sound like the person you are trying to mock.
someone on twitter was funny. saying he was like an attack teddy bear. what is striking about all the clips we played, everybody and again, bloomberg is not part of the democratic fold. the democrats really know how to micro target. joe biden is talking to working class whites. for bloomberg to talk beyond the hall. talk to independent voters. white collar voters in particular. tim kaine has a lot of appeal. if you hear the president, this is really about saying this is not a normal election. there are a whole different stakes that are much higher. you may not love hillary, but you have to get out. for obama to say to his coalition, you have to turn out for hillary. that is what they have to have happen. >> the president by disposition and position was not going to be the heaviest hand last night. tim kaine did the taxes. i thought was interesting. maybe it is because we are in the media and we keep asking
when he will release his taxes. >> he's in audit. >> he made it a constructive argument about what it means for donald trump. hear for yourself. >> 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? >> what do you think, mark? do you think that landed heaviest or someone we have not talked about. leon panetta bringing up the russian problem. i guess for trump about asking the e-mail hackers to try to find hillary's e-mails?
>> when panetta spoke, that was a serious speech. tim kaine who had a great rollout on saturday with hillary clinton, i think looked foolish up there. if they did not learn anything from marco rubio trying to make fun of donald trump, i don't understand. i think tim kaine would have been better served delivering the biden speech and biden delivering the tim kaine speech. he was doing schtick and it did not come off well. >> let's talk about michael bloomberg. he knows donald trump. they are both new yorkers and he knows some of donald trump's business dealings. listen to this. >> 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 have been ripped off.
trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business. god help us. >> so, juana, donald trump supporters are not michael bloomberg republicans. they are trump republicans. who did that play to? >> it played well outside the arena. if you look at the recent cnn poll, donald trump is leading hillary clinton. that is who michael bloomberg is speaking to. the people outside the arena. people who were just tuning in to politics for the first time in their lives and not regular voters and have seen something in donald trump that they are not getting from the establishment. michael bloomberg is saying the biggest thing is on the business record. i can see that and i can tell you it is not working. it is not true. i think he spoke to them powerfully. it spoke to the line on the
resume. >> the other thing that is really important and negative, of course, is the positioning of donald trump as a bigger liar than hillary clinton. they both have such high negatives here. for the democrats, it is really important they can establish that polling question. does the candidate care about people like me? you know, care about things i'm worried about? i think they both have a problem connecting. i think donald trump connects better with people left out by the system. that is one discord and note. too much of a celebration where america is and not enough acknowledgment. >> you go with optimism, it makes you sound tone deaf. i wonder if trump didn't do them, the democrats, their biggest favor by what he said about the russian and e-mails and hacking. it adds another layer to this where his campaign manager worked for a ukrainian. >> hold on to that for a minute,
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>> reporter: alisyn, the clinton campaign says the trump comments, the first time encouraging a foreign power to spy on a candidate goes beyond a security issue. democrats used that as further evidence that donald trump is unfit to be commander in chief. >> someone who is responsible for protecting our nation from cyber attacks, it is unconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible. >> reporter: former cia director leon panetta changed his speech to sound the alarm bells over the trump comments to go after hackers. >> russia, if you are listening, i hope you can find the 30,000 e-mails missing. >> reporter: trump laughed off the claims. >> it is so far fetched.
it is so ridiculous. honestly i wish i had that power. >> reporter: officials had little doubt russian military intelligence was behind the hack even if they don't say it publicly. >> the russians hack our systems. not just government, but private systems. what the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that, i can't say directly. what i do know is that donald trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for vladimir putin. >> i said that putin has much better leadership qualities than obama, but who doesn't know that? >> reporter: trump batted a way allegations that business ties were at play. >> i built an unbelievable company. if you look there, you will see there is nothing in russia. >> his only connection is a russian billionaire who bought
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here is trump. here is what he said about the russian e-mail hackers and hillary clinton's e-mails. >> i will tell you this, russia, if you are listening, i hope you are able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. i think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. let's see if that happens. >> john, at the high side, you have people, politically motivated saying this is treason. on the low side, you have this was just a dumb thing to say for someone who wants to be president. where are you? >> i think it is impulsive. this is the campaign season of hijacked story lines. you had the republican convention and the first night was hijacked by melania scandal. then ted cruz hijack the convention with him not endorsing trump. you had debbie wasserman schultz on day one of the democratic convention.
you had him trying to shift the story line from what president obama was going to do and focus on the e-mails? >> what is your take? >> my advice is to stop the russian international screwing with e-mails and leave it to yakov smirnoff. >> what we heard was impulsive. it may have been. it may have just popped into his head in mar-a-lago. he did not say yesterday what they are now trying to say what he said. if you have them, give them to the fbi. you played the clip. we don't hear those words. he urged russia. not one of our present day allies at all.
a country led by a dictator, to go and hack more and find e-mails. it is outrageous. not everything is about opponents against each other. not everything is about winning or who is fired or not fired. some things are bigger issues about protecting america. i saw that yesterday. it was practically treason in my mind. people worked a lifetime to end the cold war. he already said he thinks putin has good leadership skills. urging him to use them to hack our government. >> we always have that discussion about trump. this issue, russia, what he just said. whether or not they did this hacking to help him. the main guy in his organization has a really dark tie to kovich and russian oligarchs.
and then you adopt a position that none of you are talking about. backing off being aggressive to help ukraine and its fight against russia. does it bother you this nexus, this coincidence of factors? >> it is a pretty strong hat trick. >> if you go back to 2012, mitt romney said russia was our enemy. >> nobody goes after russia the way the gop does. they have been strong. john mccain will talk about putin all day as one of the worst people he met in his life. >> he was mocked in 2012 for doing that. >> i'm saying the party platform. manafort's ties. does this concern you? >> i think trump sees himself as being like an fdr. when fdr saw stahlin as a power player. it did not happen. i think trump sees himself in that mold.
i think that is a mistake. >> i should dudder at the compa to fdr. it is too early in the morning to think about that. i think we really need to see this connection that chris brought out. the platform matters. to say you are going to back off protecting ukraine sends a terrifying message to that party of the world and you couple that with the statements on nato and he will check the balance sheet before he helps people. >> okay. let's switch gears. there is a cnn investigation we want to get to. drew griffin led the investigation. they looked into donald trump's hiring practices. he made a big point i'll bring jobs back to american workers. in his businesses, he has not always done that. in the past 15 years, cnn found he hired 1,338 workers as
waitresses and cooks at mar-a-lago and his golf clubs. you don't need foreign workers for that. he specialized in attractive women from south africa or romania, the investigation found. so he doesn't exactly walk the walk, john, when it comes to only hiring american workers. >> his argument is he knows the rules and exploited the rules. >> it is legal. >> the same argument the democrats use on campaign finance reform. al gore is with the buddhist monks. he said you have to play under the existing rules. >> hypocracy on both sides. >> donald trump is saying he is a guy uniquely qualified to stop
the laws. >> you are harkening back to al gore. the only thing rich about donald trump is his hypocracy. i work with homeless women. 46% of the moms in our shelter are working. they are in a shelter. i'm sure there are moms in the same situation in florida. with proper training and support, these would be great jobs. he doesn't care about people like that. he cares about women he thinks are 10s and making money and this investigation proves that. >> christine, john. thank you. tonight, hillary clinton delivers the probably most important peach of her career. what must she say to convince voters she can be trusted? we will ask her senior adviser that next. hey there, starting your search for the ri am!used car? you got it. just say show me millions of used cars for sale at the all new carfax.com.
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in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. and you can tell them to go f--- themselves! i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters, okay? it's like incredible. when mexico sends its people, they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever... you gotta see this guy - ahh, i don't know what i said, ahh. "i don't remember." he's going like, "i don't remember!" our children and grandchildren will look back at this time...
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. >> that was president obama making the case for hillary clinton at the democratic national convention using his own campaign slogan yes, we can. for reaction for this. let's bring in jeremy byrd, the former clinton advisor. he served as president obama's 2012 re-election campaign manager. jeremy, great to have you here. >> thank you for having me. >> what did you hear in the speech that was effective in. >> it was effective. getting active and involved. he said don't boo. go vote. i thought it was a good call to arms. he made the case for her as
commander in chief and leadership. what i thought was striking, there was more optimism in the first minute of his speech than you saw the entire time in cleveland. >> there is the juxtaposition that we talk about. that is where are the american people? if you take their temperature, are they optimistic or fearful and pessimistic? which message is going to work with him? that is an open question today. >> you heard him say this last night. the america that he knows, the america he is seeing over the last seven plus year in the oval is a country of optimism. people are struggling. as he said, we have not made it all the way there, but this is a optimistic country. this is not a country that you saw in cleveland with all the hate and all the fear. he played to the best of the american people. >> you have been on both campaigns. hillary clinton's now and president obama's in 2012. what is the difference? >> it is a different year.
in terms of the campaign, themselves? >> the message, the campaign, the mood. you are on the frontlines. what has changed in four years? >> from what we have seen from the time that obama came in 2008 and 2012 election until the 2016 election is that you have seen a lot of progress over the last eight years. as the campaign has getting a run of the same battle ground states and virtually the same map. she learned a lot from the 2008 campaign. she has incredible staff and volunteers. they have taken the lessons that we found from the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and taken them to the next level. >> such as? >> they have an incredible field operation that is integrated with digital in ways we did not get to in 2012. if i come online and on twitter or facebook talking about hillary clinton, i'm getting hit up by the organizer to come into the office in a way we never got
to in 2012. the campaign is sophisticated. >> i don't have to tell you that hillary clinton struggles with the trust issue. what will she say? >> she will talk about the leadership. this is a woman as barack obama said who is more qualified than anybody. himself or bill clinton, to be commander in chief. just as we have seen this week as people have talked about as a mother and grandmother. and who she will be as a leader. >> do you think that her surrogates out speaking at the democratic national convention have addressed that in as head-on a way as they need to? >> i think they have. i thought last night was the best night of any party convention in the last couple decades. because they made the case for the future of the country which is what people want to know. where are we going and how will she take us there? they made a case as the person ready to be commander in chief. they contrasted that to donald
trump who is not fit. >> here is what the trump campaign statement put out in response. he is saying this about the democrats. they offered no solutions for the problems facing america. they described a vision of america that doesn't exist for americans. 70% of americans think our country is on the wrong track. what is your response? >> that is typical trump campaign. there was not one single policy solution presented in donald trump's speech last week. not one. he said we want good trade deals. not bad. no details. on issue after issue, he offered no solutions at all. what you heard last night were solutions. you heard the commander in chief who fought for the american people and seen the economy move forward. you will see more of that tonight. which is a vision and details. you did not see in cleveland. >> jeremy bird, thank you for being here. up next, more on the big speeches from last night by
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america is already great. america is already strong. >> with hillary, it's not just words, it's accomplishments. she delivers. >> the american dream is something no wall will ever contain. >> he's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. give me a break. that's a bunch of malarky. >> it's time to put a bully racist in his place and a tough woman in hers. the white house. >> we're going to carry hillary to victory. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome viewers in the united states and arounded world. this is "new day." alisyn and i in philly for the last day of the democratic convention. big night. the president and vice president and the would-be vice president. what was the message? what worked lt night?
the big line from president obama is i'm ready to pass the baton to hillary clinton. the two rivals >> the democratic party's biggest stars also took time to slam donald trump's message that they characterized as one of fear. the stage now set for clinton's acceptance speech. what will she say tonight? we have it all covered. cnn's michelle kosinski is live inside the convention hall. hi, michelle. >> reporter: hi, alisyn. a lot of work went into that speech, weeks of writing, sick drafts. president obama said when he saw the first lady's speech on monday, he stayed up until 3:30 in the morning working on it. his task was, how do you make this different, new, how do you make it resonate? how do you top your own speech from 12 years prior? he just may have done it. he presented this as kind of a seco