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vote counts more than al gore, certainly here in florida where memories are still fairly fresh about the 2000 campaign. yes, it's been 16 years ago but that 2000 campaign when he lost by 537 votes. so he's here campaigning with hillary clinton, they'll take the stage in just a few moments and he's going to make the case for why millennials -- we're here on a college campus -- and any other skeptics should vote for hillary clinton climate change is now his passion. he is going to, i'm told by his advisors, about climate change and the need for the next president to continue and do more than president obama has done and recognize climate change and do something to stop the rising seas and climates but politically speaking, brooke, when this event was scheduled the clinton campaign was worried about florida. they thought they were up against the wall here with donald trump now they're more confident given the developments
in this campaign but given the state of things on the ground, bill clinton is out registering voters at three stops across the state, hillary clinton is here today, it was intended to be the final deadline for registering new voters but because of hurricane matthew it's now tomorrow. a federal judge has given one more day here but having al gore on the campaign trail, is something he hasn't done much at all since he ran for president is certainly a moment in this campaign, a bit of a flash back tuesday if you will in miami. >> it's crazy to think it was 16 years ago. what is it about al gore the clinton camp thinks says millennials? >> it's climate change. millennials, the college students on this campus don't remember that campaign but everyone remembers al gore didn't win the presidency, his passion is climate change. many people somewhere seen the
movie "inconvenient truth." he won a nobel peace prize on the area of climate change and some people have been skeptical of how much secretary clinton talks about it and how much it is a priority for her. so he will be giving a full-throated endorsement and a nudge to get her to make this more of a priority. interestingly, brooke, she will be introducing him and there's a stool set up behind the podium. she'll sit and watch how he addresses the crowd. over the years there's been bad blood between the gores and clintons, no gout, but the stakes of this election and donald trump have pushed that to the backdrop, at least for today and he'll campaign in a rarity, we haven't seen him on the road for years and years in this kind of setting. >> jeff zeleny, thank you, we'll take it live, as we wait to see hillary clinton introduce al gore on the stage, let's get back to the republicans engaged in this civil war. folks, we're four weeks out from election day.
donald trump has just gone nuclear on his entire party. it all started with this twitter attack against this man, house speaker paul ryan. trump calling him weak. calling him weak and ineffective presumably because speaker ryan refused to defend him after the release of the hot mike video. but his rapid fire twitter jobs snowballed into an all out assault on the entire republican party. some tweets include -- quoting trump -- "disloyal rs are far more difficult than crooked hillary. they don't know how to win. i will teach them." let's go to our panel, political commentator carl bernstein who wrote the clinton biography "woman in charge." our chief political analyst gloria borger and senior political reporter nia-malika henderson. ne so gloria, we had the first presidential debate and trump
went on the tirade against miss universe. after debate number two, it's not just all out war on speaker ryan but the entire party. >> because the party after the hot mike incident and the offensive predatory language he used it's about a third of republican senators have said unendorse which is a new verb in american politics and you know what happens with trump is when he's punched he punches back. for donald trump this is the proof that this election in his mind is not about the future of the republican party but is about him and his own future and those two things are officially and finally divorced because what paul ryan was doing and what donald trump objects to, paul ryan gave permission to every single republican to run their own race and run against donald trump if it works for them and run with donald trump
if that works for them. and one cautionary note here, brooke. in the "wall street journal" poll yesterday, two-thirds of republican voters believe that republicans ought to stick with donald trump. so before you distance yourself from him, if you're up for reelection, you have to think long and hard about it because it will hurt you with the base of the party. >> so also with that poll -- that's the poll where he's down 11 points after the tape but not the debate, nia-malika henderson, how does he think he'll win by taking this tactic. this full breitbart -- to use a military term -- scorched earth approach. >> i think the trump campaign has always believed they have a base that's much larger than it is. that there are all of these voters, some of whom may have voted for democrats in the past some of whom didn't vote at all in prior elections are now engaged and involved and showing up at the large rallies. you talk to anybody in that
circle and supporters outside of the circle they talk about he gets 10,000 people in colorado 10,000 people in florida or wherever. so that is a fuelling this idea that there is a movement and that the movement is much bigger than it is. there is really in many ways no trump coalition beyond those base supporters who are largely white, largely working class so it goes against everything we know about presidential campaigns and general elections and that is you have to build a much broader coalition. they haven't been able to do this. but this is where trump began. he began as this outsider, as someone -- it was donald trump versus everybody. donald trump versus the media, donald trump versus the establishment of the republican party, obviously donald trump versus democrats so it's a very comfortable place for him to be the irony is the republican party brought donald trump in,
didn't want him to run as an independent, wanted him to sign that pledge because they were nervous that if he mounted a third party run he would sink their chances but here he is in many ways with that tweet declaring his independence from the republican party but yet he's still going to have many of the trappings of that party on the ballot, some people will support him and most republicans will vote for him come november. >> gosh that feels so long ago, talking about the pledge, carl bernstein, you wrote the book on hillary clinton, i want to come back to trump in a moment but knowing all these years, writing the book the way she's approaching this, do you think she's ever experienced any sort of opponent of this ilk, a, and, b, does she -- >> what's the tactic? does she let him self-destruct? implode? >> this is totally unique to her
experience it requires all of her patience, all of her thoughtfulness. not being goaded into the kind of response that is overemotional. she's obviously angered by many of these attacks, dredging up the past, exaggerating in many cases what actually happened back in arkansas. it's very difficult for her. at the same time, she now sees her way is paying off she is finally pulling ahead of donald trump and his antics and she's also talking about how she would govern, which, in the current situation with the republican party will help encourage more republicans, is her thought, to come over -- and independents to come over to her and it seems to be working. her message now is about governance and including republicans in the tent that she hopes to build. >> there is also new sound today
coming from a dear friend of donald trump's, someone who perhaps is one of the few people mr. trump would listen to, being new jersey governor chris christie, he said this today. >> do you think the apology was enough? >> i didn't think it was. and -- on friday or saturday and i told him that. i would have done it much differently. but you know i do think he's sorry and i think he's embarrassed he should have been much more direct and focused on just saying i'm sorry and only i'm sorry. >> he says "i would have done it much differently." gloria, do you think trump ignored the advise or governor chris christie? >> yes, of course, absolutely. governor christie was not at the debate and i was told by somebody close to christie that he did not go for "obvious reasons." he was upset. he believes donald trump -- first of all, he was upset by what he saw on the tape but then
he was upset by the way he handled it which was sort of an apology and twisting it and turning it back to hillary and bill clinton and i think that chris christie, according to my sources, is one of the most direct people with donald trump, he was involved in debate prep, he's running the transition. he was there from day one. he's been one of his earliest supporters. he shocked the republican party when he endorsed him. i think it's very difficult for chris christie right now who is sticking with him, obviously but also is walking the fine line, letting it be known how upset and angry he was knowing full when that when he says this publicly it's not going to make donald trump happy and it's probably going to make his life more difficult inside trump tower. >> yeah, carl, did you want to say something? looked like you had something on the tip of your tongue. >> i think the bottom line is that donald trump is now out of
control in a way that even we have not seen for a sustained period. this is a nuclear bomb that has been unleashed on the truth, on matters of race, gender. we've never seen anything in our politics like this and we are watching an unhinged candidate. it is every man for himself out there right now in terms of the republicans and how to deal with this and you have to wonder -- and i'm fascinated by what gloria has to say about this -- what took the republicans so long to realize who the hell they were dealing with. >> well, george will -- >> one of the things was he started to lose, right? it was one thing to stick by a donald trump when he seemed to be close in those polls as he was before that first debate but when you started to see that performance, the first debate and him slip behind in the polls it made sense for these republicans to jump ship. i also think there's so much
positioning for 2020 right now and part of that positioning has to do with how you handle donald trump. you fast forward to 2020. even if donald trump wins, you can still see a slew of republicans and many of the same republicans that have already run in this go round run again. you could see another field of 12 to 15 people who need to figure out what their political identity is vis-a-vis donald trump. >> wondering if ted cruz was like, ugh, if i just waited one more week! >> good timing. >> well, george will wrote a terrific column in the "washington post." >> great piece. >> and george will is a conservative, he's left the republican party as a result -- he left the day after paul ryan endorsed donald trump and he writes about the outrage as in are people really surprised about this who have endorsed donald trump? he makes the point that it's kind of phony because of course
they knew he would use language like this, what are they surprised about. >> i just had a guest saying that. >> and his point is that in the end this could be good for the republican party because it kind of could wash away all of that and let the republican party rise from the ashes to a degree. >> let me hit pause on the conversation, please, please all of you stand by. any moment we're watching and waiting for former democratic candidate for president al gore to appear with hillary clinton. we'll take it live. also is the republican controlled house of representatives up for grabs? top dem nancy pelosi making a bold prediction about what would happen if the election were to be held today. and try as much as you want of flavors like new parmesan peppercorn shrimp. just come in before it ends.
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don't wait, call unitedhealthcare or go online to enroll in aarp medicarecomplete. welcome back. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. just into us, president obama criticizing donald trump over the republican nominee's vulgar comments in the leaked 2005 video. is the president calling the tape "repugnant." he weighed in on the growing chasm in the republican party. let's go to white house correspondent michelle kosinski traveling with the president. what did president obama say.
>> brooke, we heard him refer to the comments on that tape obliquely in an event on sunday but this now today is the most direct response and a strongly worded one that we've heard. something coming not from the president directly but the press secretary talking to reporters on air force one as the president is traveling to north carolina. listen to what he said. "the president found the tape as repugnant as most americans did" earnest told reporters. "i think there's been a pretty clear statement by people all along the ideological spectrum that those statements constitutes sexual assault." he also talked about the republican party saying that this is not -- the divide it's facing is not something from which it will recover quickly and he said you reap what you sew and for seven and a half years republicans in washington have been selling anti-obama rhetoric to the exclusion of facts and any sort of governing
agenda and even to the exclusion of conservative doctrine and that's why republican leaders in washington find themselves in the situation they're in now." these are strong words from the press secretary describing president obama's reaction to what was on that donald trump tape. we're about to hear from the president in a couple of hours here in north carolina and we don't know what he will say about it but if these words are any indication, it's likely he will address the matter, just how specific he chooses to get in this instance we'll wait and see, brooke. >> we'll will be for it. michelle, thank you so much, north carolina, we're hearing from the president vis-a-vis josh earnest and hearing from the top dem in the house. democratic house leader nancy pelosi saying her party would take back the house if the election were held today. this is coming, of course as house speaker paul ryan made it crystal clear he will focus his efforts from now until election day on the down-ballot house and senate races.
let's go to manu raju who is live now with more on leader pelosi's thoughts and prediction. >> that's right. remember, nancy pelosi needs about 30 seats to pick up the house majority. that will be a difficult climb -- hill to climb for the house democrats, they know that full well but what is giving them a lot of reason for optimism is donald trump, the fact that his candidacy is struggling, the fact he's growing even more unpopular and they believe the recipe is there for a wave election, one sign of that possibly was that "wall street journal"/nbc poll that came out yesterday that said that democrats now have a seven-point advantage when voters have asked who do they prefer to control congress. that is a significant margin. they haven't seen a margin like that since immediately after the 2013 government shutdown. we'll see if other polls bear that out but democrats are
starting to feel more bullish in light of donald trump's troubles but still the betting in washington is they are probably not going to get the majority, they'll probably fall short but it will be a mario majority in the new congress, forcing the congress to have to cut deals, something the bases in both parties may not like. >> that's the house but on the senate side where they would have a better shot, you've been watching a couple races there, we talked about new hampshire a lot, what are the key races to watch? >> we're looking at probably an evenly divided if not completely divided senate right now. democrats have a major advantage when it comes to the map. there are about eight seats that are republican. seven of which are republican one is a democratic seat in nevada. democrats have a lot of opportunity to take back the senate. if they were to pick up four seats, assuming hillary clinton wins the white house, they would be in the majority. now it looks like democrats
somewhere a strong advantage in wisconsin and illinois but there are several other tossups including new hampshire and pennsylvania which have been close since the beginning of the cycle but red states are in play after donald trump has struggled. that includes north carolina, indiana, missouri. those are tossups and one seat where there's a major trump impact is a seat in nevada. the one vacated by democratic leader harry reid the republican running for the seat has aligned himself with trump but he's rescinded his endorsement and core republican voters aren't happy about that, they're threatening to vote against him so that shows how difficult of a line it is for republicans to walk in these top senate races. >> manu, thank you. thank you very much. just a quick reminder to all of you, any minute now we will take former vice president al gore who will be speaking after he's introduced by hillary clinton on the stage in miami. the campaign honing in and
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we're back with our panel carl bernstein, nkne nia-malika henderson and gloria borger. we're waiting for hillary clinton to introduce al gore. what is the message? why is the clinton camp rolling him out in the next few weeks. >> well, there's nobody better than al gore to tell people they getter bet out and votes this someone, we remember the election of 2000.
527 votes in the state of florida and i did a documentary on the 15th anniversary of that election. >> yeah, you did. >> one thing al gore's campaign manager bill daley told me was the one regret he had from that election was that they didn't pay enough attention to ralph nader. ralph nader got 2.7% of the vote and they believe to this day that ralph nader cost him the election. and -- so who better than al gore to go out there and say don't throw your vote away. you can't do that because if you do and vote for a third party you will be voting for donald trump. so this is -- you know, al gore is the perfect messenger for this and as we all know. he didn't let bill clinton near his campaign in 2000 so this is quite a moment for him to come
out on behalf of hillary clinton and he's also left politics behind so it's rare to see him in this setting. >> on that last point carl bernstein i wanted to ask you about the relationship between the clintons and al gore as gloria mentioned that in 2000. tell me more about the families. >> it's always been very tense, particularly because, as gloria says, gore did not want bill clinton to campaign for him and it was believed by the clintons that that cost gore the election not just ralph nader. and that goes back to the lewinsky business and gore taking a position that he was morally offensed by what bill clinton had done to the extent that he kept him away from the campaign. many democrats hold gore responsible in this because bill clinton could have helped him carry florida and florida as we all know, trump needs to win florida if he has any kind of
chance in this election and particularly this thing with young voters and as gloria mentions, bill weld, jill stein, the minority party candidates in this thing, stein pretending to be a green candidate when, in fact, these kids will be throwing their votes away if they vote for either of those candidates and it is a very big deal. it's all about turnout particularly as we see in what the president has said and marginalizing the republicans here. >> and, again, the places where they have him -- >> i think they're about to introduce him. we remember the hanging chads. we're in florida today. let's just peek at what's going on.
there we go. ♪ ♪ >> so as they're coming out just quickly to a little bruce. nia, florida, why is florida so crucial for her? >> if they block donald trump in florida he won't be president. she said those exact words today so there you have al gore who i think, you know -- i don't think millennials are enamored of al gore and in some ways it speaks to a deficit that democrats have with millennials, the fact that they can bring al gore out and stir up some excitement among millennials. but listen they need as many people out there as possible carrying the message of democrats. >> here she is. hello, miami, let's dip in.
>> it's great to be here with all of you and i want to thank everyone for gathering and in particular i want to thank all the elected officials. thanks to congressman patrick murphy who i hope is the next senator from florida! [ cheers and applause ] thanks to congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz. [ cheers and applause ] thank you to mayor phillip levine of miami beach. thanks to mayor phillip sfod dard of south miami. thanks to all the others who were part of the program. as we were coming in, we heard lots of energy coming from this crowd. [ cheers and applause ] and i was told as i was coming out there's an overflow but that they can hear us in the overflow and we're so happy that you're here as well. so thanks to the overflow crowd!
is but what i am most excited about is to be here with one of the world's foremost leaders on climate change, al gore! [ cheers and applause ] you know, about a decade ago al made a movie called "an inconvenient truth." [ cheers and applause ] now, maybe some of you have seen it but if you haven't i hope you watch it tonight. it doesn't have a lot of special effects but it does have a lot of drama and here's the main message. climate change is real, it's urgent and america can take the lead in the world in addressing it, right? [ cheers and applause ] we here in america can develop
new clean energy solutions. we can transform our. we can rally the world to cut carbon pollution and above all we can fulfill our moral obligation to protect our planet for our children and our grandchildren. now, let me just say -- [ crowd chanting "hillary" ] so let's remember what's at stake. i'm running against a guy who denies science, denies climate change, says it's a hoax created by the chinese.
[ cheers and applause ] so this is something al gore has been working on for a long time and i want you to know how far back he goes. it was in 1982 when he held the first hearing on climate change in the house of representatives with the world famous client scientist jim hanson. then he continued to raise the alarm and look for solutions. as vice president he led america's efforts to negotiate the kyoto protocol to cut greenhouse gas emissions. [ cheers and applause ] . you take all this together. those 30 years of leadership led al gore to be awarded the nobel peace prize in 2007
[ cheers and applause ] . i was very proud because he had been determined and persistent and in the face of a lot of people in public life, in business and elsewhere who were trying to diminish the importance of the science he never wavered. and in the years since, the climate challenge has only grown more stark. and i will tell you this. it is one of the most important issues at stake in this election. [ applause ] look at it this way. our next president will either step up our efforts to address climate change, to protect our planet, to protect our health and to create good jobs that cannot be by growing our clean
energy economy or we will be dragged backwards and our whole future will be put at risk so we have to get this right. if you need additional convincing, remember what happened this week. hurricane matthew killed 26 people in our country, more than a thousand as far as we know right now in haiti. north carolina is is still dealing with serious flooding and will be for the rest of this week if not longer. >> we need to support each other as our communities put the pieces back together and begin the long road back from this disaster's why i've encouraged everyone to give what you can afford to the florida disaster fund or team rubicon the veteran's organization working to respond to hurricane matthew or unicef helping children and families on the ground in hlt. some will say we've always had hurricanes, they've always been
destructive. and that's true. but hurricane matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change right now the ocean is at or near record high temperatures and that contributed to the torrential rainfall and flash flooding we saw in the carolinas. sea levels have risen one foot in much of the southeast which means matthew's storm surge was higher and the flooding more severe. plus the impact of climate change goes beyond extreme events like hurricanes. it's become a daily reality in miami. you have streets in miami beach and shore crest that are flooding at high tide. the ocean is bubbling up through the sewer system.
sometimes people call 311 because they assume a water main must have broken when actually it is the sea rising around them. so if you need proof that climate change is real and that it's costly, there you go. [ crowd chanting "hillary" ] at this rate, my friends -- my friends, please, let's focus on what's really important in this election and in your future and the future of our country! because this is what i want you to hear and understand. at the race we are going one in eight homes in florida could be
underwater by the end of the century. and when kids like that adorable young boy over there on his dad's shoulders, zbrand parent parents -- that means $400 million worth of property at risk. nationwide it's $882 billion in property at risk. but there's also health consequences. mosquitos that carry diseases like the zika virus and ticks that carry lime disease are expanding their ranges and hotter summers and longer pollen seasons are make allergies and asthma worse which is especially bad for our children and look at what's happened in california. a brutal five-year drought. wildfires have burned more than nine million acres in our country last year. and it's are also about our
national security. the pentagon has identified climate change as a threat to our national security. the u.s. atlantic fleet is based in norfolk, virginia, it's the largest naval installation in the world. and because of rising sea levels the base is frequently flooded even when it's sunny. that's why the pentagon is looking how climate change will affect readiness and operations not just in norfolk but al of our military bases around the world. so you would think if you listen to the science that even the most committed skeptic is saying okay, i agreeing smr, something happening here, we need to take it seriously. but there are still too many people in washington, on the campaign trail who won't face is what's happening in front of us. donald trump is "not a big
believer in climate change." [ boos ] and, you know, as i said, he says it's a hoax created by the chinese and in our first debate two weeks ago he tried to deny saying that. but you know that tweet is still there for everyone to see and i would wish that donald would actually listen to people here in florida like miami beach's mayor philip levine and others who are doing incredible work to address the sunny-day floods. or maybe he would listen to miami beach commissioner john liz -- jeane liz beth allemand. she's a republican but she knows we can't accept a candidate who
doesn't accept climate science. maybe donald would listen to our leaders who say climate change threatens national security. or what about the ranchers in colorado, mayors in arizona, community leaders in alaska who say our lives and jobs are being affected. please, let's come together as a country and do something. eck we cannot risk putting a climate denier in the white house that is absolutely unacceptable. we need a president who believes in science and saving our planet so here's what i want to do. first we need to do more on clean energy. the clean energy superpower is probably either going to be germany, china, or us and i want it to be us and i want you to be part of making it us.
and we need to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and create high-paying jobs, building and installing more solar panels and wind turbines, modernizing our electric grid, retrofitting buildings, building resilient 21st century infrastructure and we have to make sure no community is left out or left behind. not our inner cities, small towns or remote rural areas. now, you wouldn't know fit you listened to my opponent talk about how terrible everything is. he has such a dark divisive view of america. [ boos ] but that doesn't tell the story of what's going on. it's exciting. in red states and blue states leaders are stepping up. rural co-ops are investing in
community solar power and you see that across america. union workers in michigan -- [ cheers and applause ] union workers in michigan are getting ready to build electric chevys in a plant powered by clean energy. iowa is already getting a third of its electricity from wind. wind turbines are going up in new england and on lakery. renewable energy is already the fastest-growing source of new jobs in america. [ cheers and applause ] i think that is so exciting. there are nearly two million people already working in energy efficiency and in spartanburg, south carolina a project called regenesis is taking an old landfill and turning it into a solar farm that landfill was a blight and a health threat. just 250 feet away from a residential neighborhood. now that same land will generate
enough clean renewable electricity to power 500 homes. so this is what we can do. i think it's time washington should back up and support doing more of that. as president i want us to have 500 million more solar panels installed across america by the end of my first term [ cheers and applause ] and let's generate enough renewable energy to power every home in america within the decad decade. let's make our buildings and factories more energy efficient and cut our oil consumption by a third. we can get there by investing and supporting in cutting-edge research to keep developing cheaper and better clean energy technologies, investing in clean energy infrastructure and
manufacturing. putting big partnerships together between states, cities, and rural communities. we can do all of this and create millions of good-paying jobs as we do. so i'm hoping that these good jobs will offer security and dignity while we produce the clean energy that will power the economy of the future. the clean energy solutions are being developed right here in america we want them manufactured in america and installed in america and putting people to work in america. and while we do that, let's make sure our communities are ready for the impacts of climate change that are coming right at us. we need to invest in resilient infrastructure. sometimes that might mean building a sea wall. other times let's be more creative like a new york harbor where we're replanting oyster
beds to form natural barriers to storm surge. [ cheers and applause ] sometimes we'll overall an outdated sewer system to deal with flooding from heavy downpours. in philadelphia they're trying something else. green roofs, porous pavements, curb side gardens to help absorb storm water and here's something we don't talk enough about. let's make sure our hospitals can stay open and operational in any kind of disaster. because sadly i saw what happened in new york during hurz. newborns who had been on respirators had to be evacuated down nine flights of stairs in one new york hospital because the electricity went off. nurses -- i love nurses, heroic,
courageous nurses -- [ cheers and applause ] were carrying those babies and manually squeezing bags of air to keep them breathing. now here in miami, you know how important this is. you have retrofit it had nicklaus children hospital with a hurricane-resistant shell for exactly this reason and every hospital in the country should follow your lead and build in more resilience and then finally we've got to lead the world to confront the climate challenge. if we don't do it, no one will do it. we must confront the climate challenge. no doubt about that. so let's move on with the leadership that the world as well as our country deserves. when i was secretary of state, i worked with president obama to make climate change a top diplomatic appropriatety. we fought to get china and india
and other major polluters to agree for the first time in history to be part of the solution. in fact, we had to crash a secret meeting in copenhagen, denmark, slip past the guards, it was all very cloak and dagger but for a really important purpose and because of that breakthrough and a lot of patient, persistent work and because of american leadership, 195 nations signed on to a global agreement it's called the paris agreement. and i am not edxaggerating wheni say it is our last best chance to solve the global climate crisis. what does donald trump want to do? he wants to cancel the paris agreement. [ boos ] >> you know, he doesn't care what it would do to the planet. he doesn't care how much that would damage american leadership. he doesn't care what it would do to the future we would leave our
kids and our grandkids. he may not care but we do. and that's why this election is so critically important. because on the ballot is not just my name. it's every issue you care about. it's our values as a country. climate change needs to be a voting issue. we need to elect people up and down the ballot at every level of government who take it seriously and are willing to roll up their sleeves and get something done. please, we cannot keep sending climate deniers and defeatists to congresses and state houses and certainly not to the white house. and you know, if you care about climate, your senate race is also really important. and i'll tell you why. it is unacceptable. it is an unacceptable response
for marco rubio, when asked about climate change, to say, i'm not a scientist. [ boos ] >> well, why doesn't he ask a scientist? maybe then he would understand why it's so important that he, representing florida, be committed to climate change. that's why i hope you'll elect patrick murphy to the united states senate. look, we need leaders who can get results. it's easy to stonewall. it's not enough to protest. we need creativity, hard work. when it comes to climate change, we don't have a minute to waste. and so, i know it's easy to get cynical, especially about our politics. i get that. but this election matters more than any has in a really long time, and i believe that, as strongly as i can, we've got to address this issue for our sakes, our children, our
grandchildren. and it's so critically important when you think about how leadership can make a difference. and just look, if you will -- look at the difference between your state, the sunshine state, which has less solar energy than new jersey has right now. and you know why? because you have a governor who has ordered your state government never to use the words "climate change." [ boos ] >> so, my friends, this is a big deal in this election, and it's going to be a big deal for our country and our world. and there isn't anybody, there isn't anybody who knows more, has done more, has worked harder. i know he was in miami just last year training and educating people to be climate change activists. i can't wait to have al gore advising me when i am president of the united states.
[ cheers and applause ] so please, join me in welcoming our former vice president, a climate change leader and an all-around great guy, al gore! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you! thank you very much. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you so much. thank you very much secretary clinton, and ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for the warm welcome. i appreciated those kind words very much. i want to acknowledge all of the elected officials and distinguished guests who are here. i want to say a special word of thanks to president eduardo
padron in miami-dade college. i understand you have a pretty good women's volleyball team here. go lady sharks! is that what you say? i am here today with two very simple messages. number one, when it comes to the most urgent issue facing our country and the world, the choice in this election is extremely clear. hillary clinton will make solving the climate crisis a top national priority. very important. her opponent, based on the ideas that he has presented, would take us toward a climate catastrophe. so that's my first message.
the climate crisis is and must be regarded as a top national priority, and a top global priority. here is my second message. your vote really, really, really counts. a lot. [ cheers and applause ] you can consider me as an exhibit a of that truth. now, for those of you younger -- for those of you who are younger than 25, you might not remember the election of 2000 and what happened here in florida and across the country. for those of you older than 25, i heard you murmuring just now. but take it from me. it was a very close election.
elections -- [ chanting "you the one" ] >> here is my point. here is my point. i don't want you to be in a position years from now where you welcome hillary clinton and say, actually, you did win, it just wasn't close enough to make sure that all the votes were counted or whatever. elections have consequences. your vote counts! your vote has consequences. in this election, the future of miami and cities up and down the west coast and east coast of
florida are on the ballot as well. indeed, the entire state of florida and its future are on this ballot. so is our economy. our health. our national security. the common thread that binds all of these issues together, what we decide to do about carbon pollution and its damage to the ecological system of the earth. i don't have to tell you here in florida that the climate crisis is real. yes, it's true that some of your elected officials have not recognized that it's real. but every single night on the television news is like a major hike through the book of revelation. you look at the floods and the droughts and the mudslides and the fires and the incredible downpours. and as secretary clinton just
mentioned, hurricane matthew just recently. you know, it spun up from a tropical storm into a category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours. that's extremely unusual. and the reason that happened is the climate crisis is trapping so much extra heat in the earth's system, equivalent to what would be released by 400,000 hiroshima class atomic bombs going off every day. it's a big planet, but that's a lot of energy, and it's warming the oceans. more than 90% of that heat energy goes into the oceans. and so the southern caribbean, where it spun up into a category 5 so quickly, was much warmer than normal because of that. the gulf stream is way warmer than normal for this time of year, for the same reason. so this means also that all the water vapor coming off the oceans into the atmosphere is brought over the land, and so we
get these record downpours. just in the last year, we have seen 1 in 1,000-year downpours in louisiana, west virginia, texas, maryland. in houston, in one 12-month period they've just had two 500-year floods and one 1,000-year downpour. in one of them they had as much water dumped on harris county, texas, where houston is as would have been put there by three and a half days of the entire flow of niagara falls. this is not normal. it is becoming the new normal, which is now a set of conditions that we have created with all of this man-made global warming pollution. secretary clinton also mentioned the sea level rise. we have seen already -- some of you who are