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♪ this is a special edition of "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> yes, it is, a special edition! good morning, everyone. welcome to your christmas day edition of "new day." merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> it is 8:00 a.m. now in new york and we'll talk about the latest on the impeachment inquiry. what else is more christmasy than that? >> we are being fire safe here. we won't light on fire. >> it is toasty, though. >> there's no screen on that fireplace there in case you wonder. also the 2020 race is heating up with the iowa caucuses just five weeks away now. we'll talk about building
political bridges, also. and coming together. >> and the show is not complete without holiday returns. it is possible you will get something today that you don't want. >> slacks? >> we have some tips to help you navigate the post christmas rush. all of that and more ahead. but first, a check of the headlines at the news desk. >> good morning. i'm allison kosik, a live look at the beautiful st. louis this christmas morning. check out the sun rise. mother nature knows how to draw a pretty one. most of us wake up to a comfortable and mild christmas but a brewing storm may snarl traffic after the holiday. cnn meteorologist ivanka bre ra has the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. there's always a brewing storm somewhere, right? we'll find it here at the cnn weather center and focus on where it is nice for this christmas. we're waking up not just ending
up but waking up with temperatures in the 70s. 60s in atlanta. chicago at 57. colder air to the west but where it is snowing is higher terrain. but this is an issue, as well. no big storms and so the air and in a way stagnant and we understand are calm, skies are clear and set up conditions for some dense fog in the areas across the midwest and the portions of the southeast. we have some snow and this developing system is gong to head up into the midwest. i don't think it's a huge deal as far as snow making. one to three inches and mix in with rain and perhaps some ice. slippery roads there for you in parts of minnesota. then the four corners here. some snow just north of albuquerque. good morning there. mountains, of course, across the higher terrains and southern colorado getting in on that. look at san francisco. heavy rainfall right now. this is going to be an issue as the storm continues to wind up and then dives down to southern
california. that's today with heavy rain for l.a. and eventually san diego, as well. of course, big snow in the higher terrain there. >> thanks so much. >> you bet. president trump attending christmas eve services after a holiday call with military personnel around the globe. the president also spoke to reporters lashing out over impeachment. cnn's kristen holmes is traveling with the president and live in west palm beach. good morning. i noticed on the old twitter feed the president already awake, tweeting merry christmas about a half hour ago. >> reporter: good morning, allison. that's true and clearly seems ike the president is in a good mood or starting the day with a good mood saying merry christmas and seen on twitter for a couple of days not quite so cheery. a lot of talk of impeachment, slamming of nancy pelosi and democrats. he really lit into the speaker of the house yesterday talking to reporters, as well, saying that she hates republicans,
anyone who voted for president trump and that she was doing a disservice to the country. but he did have some nice words, as well. those words reserved for leader mitch mcconnell essentially asked about the senate impasse, democrats an republicans not able to agree on what exactly an impeachment trial to look like, president trump said he stands behind mcconnell 100%. >> we're in a very good position. ultimately, that decision's going to be made by mitch mcconnell and he has the right to do whatever he wants. he is the head of the senate. >> and we have learned that mitch mcconnell is willing to bring forward the ground rules to the floor without the support of any democrats. that would be, of course, chuck schumer, the senate minority leader. he would rather come to a bipartisan agreement and he could do that and it would only take about 51 votes. and he has that support in the
senate right now. or at least it appears that he does. but republicans also would like those articles of impeachment which nancy pelosi is holding on to to be transmitted to the senate and in a letter to her colleagues nancy pelosi said this about impeachment. she said it now remains for the senate to present the rules under which we will proceed. we can then appoint managers. the vote on the floor was wholing and inspiring and the number of people who want to be managers is indicative of the strong case and clearly saying she won't transmit them over until she knows what the senate rules are going to look like and seems like we might still be at an impasse here. >> cnn's kristen holmes live for us. thank you. >> here to discuss more about impeachment, ron brown steen, a senior editor at "the atlantic"
and eli koenig a former state and federal prosecutor. thank you for coming in on christmas. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. something tells me that impeachment is a hot topping at the christmas dinner table to say the least and going into detail to give people more fodder to talk. eli, we are hearing from some legal scholars arguing if the house doesn't send articles of impeachment to the senate then president trump hasn't been impeached but you say that's nonsense. >> yeah. allison, sometimes the answer is there on the face of the constitution and contained within our common sense. the constitution gives the house the sole power to impeach, the senate sole power to try impeachments. that's it. there's nothing about a formal transmission. when was the president impeached? we saw it. we saw the house get together
last week, vote, saw the majority vote for both article, we saw nancy pelosi bring down the gavel and say the articles have passed. when that happens, he is impeached. law scholars are getting creative here. that's not the real world. when you have the answer on the face of the constitution, that's your answer. >> ron, what is speaker pelosi's strategy here? do you think it's working? >> i think it's a one point of leverage really to force discussion of the remarkable kind of acquiesce to the white house demands. as we have been discussing, 51 votes sets the senate procedures. democrats don't have the leverage to kind of pressure the republican majority into the kind of trial they want to see. the one source of leverage they do have is the ability to focus discussion on the terms of the
trial withholding the articles of impeachment. obviously they have to send them sooner or later because they want the senate to have a trial but this period really allows them to -- the leverage they have is what's happening right now. we're discussing it. we probably would not if they had sent them over. >> true. good point. if the trump administration and senate majority leader mcconnell are unwilling to work with senate democrats, what recourse do you think democrats have? >> legally, there's almost nothing the democrats can do. they can't go to court and try to force the senate to do it a certain way. that will never fly. no court would hear that. the senate's a political body. majority rules. beyond that i think as ron said, nancy pelosi is trying to exercise whatever leverage she raz to work out a negotiated agreement with the republicans to have witnesses and evidence or flip for republicans. there's 53-47 right now. if they can get four to come
over, they will have a majority for the procedures but president trump is doing his best to try to keep everyone, all the republicans, in line and keep that 53-vote majority so really it is going to come down to a question of political leverage more than legal leverage. >> there's a push to get documents an witnesses. one witness who democratic lawmakers like to get on the stand is former national security adviser bolton. ambassador bolton sat down with ax ios bashing the trump administration stance on north korea. what message does that send? >> we're talking about something of the magnitude of removing a president from office, something we have never done in our history. john bolton was deeply troubled by what was happening in ukraine. really the entire country wants an deserves to hear from john bolton on what he knows and why he called this a drug deal. you know?
the pressure on the ukrainian president. and yet, he has gone through this elaborate dodge of going to the courts, really hiding behind the courts while opining on other subjects. talking of north korea. if he feels sufficiently liberated to give his opinion about the trump administration policy on north korea it is really kind of astounding given the stakes that he decided to not share what he knows about ukraine and that the senate would be okay with that. you know? real quick, part of the -- some ways most remarkable thing of this entire episode to me is republicans in congress accepting the idea that the white house stonewall to the extent on documents and witnesses. there will be another democratic president some day and this precedent that the president is setting is going to come back and haunt a future republican majority. >> let's wrap up with this because i want to take a step back. it is christmas.
ron, is there any chance that democrats and republicans will be able to come together in the new year? >> you know, i don't think so. it's unfortunate but we are living in an era when the parties are polarizing not only because of the leadership but because of the followship and representing different americas at this point. the democratic party is dominant in the metro areas across the country, the big metros driving economic innovation, more diverse. the republican party is consolidating the hold on older, blue collar, evangelical white america. there is a trench between the two parties. and until we can find leadership that is -- finds a way to bridge that, which is not easy to do, i think each side feels much more political incentive to mobilize their own kind of tribe against the other than to really make concessions across that very bitter divide. >> so much for a holiday spirit
carrying through to the new year. >> sorry! sorry i can't be more optimistic on christmas morning. >> thank you so much for your time today. happy holidays. >> you, too. all right. december 25th, yeah, a big day on the calendar, but most of the democrats running for president had their eyes on february 3rd for a long time. we'll break down the 2020 race and the run-up to the iowa caucuses next. boom. enjoy your prime rib! anyone ever call you, "meat santa"? no, that's... weird. happy holidays. enjoy. next customer?
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>> happy holidays. >> what will happen in iowa? >> what is so intriguing looking at the beginning of the voting and voters show up and not just us talking ablgtd it how scattered the democratic race may be. the reason we have contests and unique flavors to them is that we could have different results as we play out and this could be a democratic race to play out over time. you know? you look at kind of that electability question versus who progressives really like. i think we could be in for something that goes beyond the typical first three. >> what every political reporter wants for christmas? something that he or she has never seen before and put up the first four contests here. iowa, new hampshire, nevada and south carolina. >> this is the scenario you have been pulling for for weeks. >> krst mass miracle, which would be that three different winners, not impossible in the first four contests.
>> but very much likely. i think it is a real possibility given how the dynamic of this race keeps shifting over time. you could see someone win iowa. >> buttigieg. >> or a bernie sanders winning new hampshire or joe biden persisting in south carolina and also in nevada when you get to the more diverse states. so this is a real possibility that i hear a lot from democrats and many of them think that what it effectively does is prolong this nominating process. some of them are somewhat nervous about that. they don't want a contested convention but these candidates, you could have three or four people duking it out through super tuesday states and just getting almost to the end of this process, not knowing who is
going to get enough delegates because ultimately the delegates is what decides the nominee for the democrats. >> so then if that scenario happens, then it's a foot race to the convention? >> the entire contests are retail affairs because hay spend so much time there and they have particular characteristings. iowa tends to be whiter, progressive. new hampshire benefit people on home turf, african-americans, a third of the electorate in south carolina. and then you go into bigger states and towards super tuesday. hispanics out in nevada. then -- but then there's the dynamic of who's winning and battling and what voters want. there is an a tension of the future of the democratic party and how do we beat trump and what democrats seem to be united on? >> there's a divide of what voters are talking about on a
regular basis and what people in washington are talking about and questions to see answers to about whether voters are actually as ideological as some of the party leaders might be. you might have people who are as progressive as elizabeth warren or bernie sanders but who are just as interested in a more moderate candidate because their priorities are different. maybe they're much more concerned of defeating donald trump. maybe they're much more concerned of whoever the nominee is being able to appeal to moderate voters getting the general election. i think we'll start to see answers to that in the partying part. >> what thing that matter asks momentum and any of those four benefit and then money and diversity which is just so different than iowa and new hampshire. first two states we have electing people, virtually no black people. >> right. abby's point is this question of, who is the democratic voter?
are they as ideological as the leaders and the progressive candidates? you have a purity test. buttigieg is tying into that. >> durability of the joe biden debunked that? >> that's the point. i think there's more -- there has been a return to the middle. maybe it's just, you know, a kind of a return to something that's normal? >> familiar. >> yeah, familiar, normal. name recognition. i think voters look at a sanders, warren philosophy and say too extreme. because it's too extreme for the country anyway and we'll get to that more in a general election but i think that becomes a big factor in these early contests. >> abby, you have been in south carolina and reporting on all the campaigns so far and a thing to change is the african-american voter will start to become an issue.
joe biden has shown incredible resilience among african-american voters. unshakable up until this point. is there something to budge that? >> it's a huge structural advantage over the other candidates, not only is south carolina and then later nevada very important, for this reason, but a lot of the states that come after these first four contests are more diverse by nature. and some of it has to do with familiarity. these voters are much more familiar with joe biden. they don't want to take risks and when you're a new candidate like a pete buttigieg you don't have a track record either in washington or just in general on the national stage to point to. it is much harder to make the case to the voters that you will be right on their issues so these candidates have to figure that out. there's no way to win the democratic nomination without figuring that out because it is not just south carolina.
it is also a lot of these southern states that come afterward, california. a lot of the state that is come later on in the process require you to appeal to black and hispanic voters and for that reason alone even if joe biden loses in iowa and loses in new hampshire, the delegate count is what matters and he has a major advantage because of his strength with minority voters. >> durability and the recognizability. biden has not proven here to fore to be a great candidate. he hasn't. elizabeth warren is much better as a political practitioner. >> not a great debater. >> seems slow in some respects and older. you know what? we are imperfect people and the idea of a purity test applied, the voters may have something different to say about that. >> yet at the same time you see bernie sanders making inroads. >> yes. >> took him four years now of bernie sanders being a household
name for him to start making the inroads and there are those that are open to a warren and a bernie but a lot of the most reliable black voters, black women, middle aged and older black women, they're much more politically conservative than frankly the rest of the democratic party and so that's why the moderates if you want to be a moderate candidate in the race and win, you have to be moderate for the white people and the black and hispanic people, as well. their choice or it won't work. >> i'll be doing a voter panel on this very thing. the generational divide and ideological. thank you both very much. merry christmas to you. all right. you opened it, you don't want it. >> slacks. >> what do you do? >> just love slacks. >> you give it to david gregory. that's what you do. >> his are pleated. >> come on. 2019. >> all right. if you don't want to give it to david gregory, we have suggestions for you next.
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♪ good morning. welcome back to this special edition of "new day." we have a lot to get to. faith and healing in the divisive times. >> also how a group of young survivors turned into activists and inspired change all over the country. >> and many happy returns. we'll help you navigate the post-christmas rush. but first, let's get a check of the headlines at the news desk. >> good morning. merry christmas. i'm allison kosik.
pope francis delivering a message of hope this krst mass day at the vatican. during his traditional christmas day blessing. he acknowledged dakness and personal economic and geo political conflicts but told the crowd the light of christ is greater, he also mentioned the plight of refugees and migrants and called for peace and stability in conflict zones. check your fridge. hard boiled eggs and egg products are recalled from stores nationwide including trader joe's and walmart following a deadly listeria. among the most popular items, 6 ounce containers of trader joe egg salad and old fashioned potato salad with a use by date of december 27th. a full list of recalled products, you can see that at the fda's website.
another bizarre holiday video with -- from embattled actor kevin spacey. >> the next time someone does something you don't like, you can go on the attack. but you can also hold your fire. and do the unexpected. you can kill them with kindness. >> spacey uses the voice of his "house of cards" character frank underwood alluding to getting his health back. he was killed off the show in last year's video called let me be frank spacey defended himself against sexual misconduct allegations. he is out of the public eye since the allegations surfaced. a felony charge, a felony case against him was dropped in july. the music world mourning the sudden death of aly willits. i'm sure you have heard her music. ♪
♪ so no one told you life was going to be this way ♪ >> willis is best known for writing the "friends" theme song and inducted into the hall of fame for "boogie wonderland" and september." she died yesterday of cardiac arrest. she was 72. i'm allison kosik. merry christmas! now back to john and alisyn. it's the thought that counts. that's what they say. what if you got a gift you really can't stand or maybe say something you already have. >> slacks. slacks. >> trousers, whatever. christine romans joins us with tips the make returns easier. >> i think sweaters are dangerous. i don't know this for sure but the research is that the biggest returned things are sweaters. >> slacks? >> slacks. >> john is fixated on slacks. >> how do you know the waist?
>> no. >> no trousers or sweaters unless you really know them. if you buy them a sweater, you probably don't know them. some have strict rules that make it frustrating or impossible. here's what you need to know. do not open the box. smile and thank grandma and do not open the box, don't remove the packaging on any gift you don't want, especially for electronics. this is important. you risk a restocking fee if the packaging isn't intact and missing with tags you're stug with it. keep the gift receipts and remind grandma for a gift receipt. >> say it very loudly. >> yes. some won't let you return the gifts without a gift receipt. check the policies. some retailers extend deadlines until late january and my rule
of thumb is a week or two to get rid of this stuff. right? bring in i.d. there are stores like best buy and victoria's secret with computerized return authorization systems and where people do like serial returns as part of a scam. they can also determine how many times a customer tried to return an item. it is really an art giving gifts this people actually want. so here's what's popular, clothing and accessories number one, gift cards are number two. always are. more than half of gift givers purchase three to four gift cards on average. toys and then books, music and movies. barbie's still number one for girls. lego still the top toy for boys although it's the girls gift, too. a trend next year is e-commerce. apps like rent the runway and
posh mark led the way. second hand clothes market likely to reach $41 billion by 2022. the bottom line is there people renting stuff and not buying sweaters anyway so keep that in mind. >> i buy sweaters from the 1990s. amanda wakes up is available in paperback. >> wrapped with a bow. >> you want to -- >> you have several copies. >> already. >> oh my gosh. >> you don't have the gift cards that i fight about this all the time. there's a big percentage of gift cards never redeemed so if you give a gift card, you might be just giving somebody something they won't use anyway. >> isn't that the game? >> part of the game. >> give it. >> the kids these days, they love the gift card. >> otherwise you risk buying a present you don't know the taste and a gift card covers you. >> a gift should be something from the gift that shows you know the person, thank you and i love you.
does a piece of plastic do that? here, john. here's $25. >> i make things like a collage. it's underappreciated. >> macrame planter would be lovely. >> i look forward to getting that from you. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. it's christmas day. during one of the most divisive times in the nation's recent history. we'll focus less on what divides us and more on what unites us next. lactaid is 100% real milk, just without the lactose.
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most important or a source of stress. >> i've heard this. >> especially given how divided the country is right now. for more on what to keep in mind as many americans celebrate christmas, we are joined by father dave dwyer and cnn political analyst david gregory. so, father, this is one of those questions we face heading into the holidays. how do you deal with politics or how do you tack about politics in a family where you might have divided views? to me, forgive me for being cynical here, either don't or just suck it up and deal with it. >> i would hope that there could be some sort of middle ground that's based in charity, love. the fact that we are family first. maybe even honestly for some families setting ground rules walking in with the casserole, can we agree we love each other and everything is subservient to that? >> i think that's nice. just go in and agree you're not going to have a political fight
that day. >> right. >> the real challenge in a toxic political environment is how do we bring god into it a little sfwhit we don't do it in media or regular life but how do we bring our best selves into it? so what i say is how do we bring in humility? not a straight-up political analysis or covering a political fight but interacting with each other is bringing more humility into it. >> you have written a book "how's your faith." >> john didn't mention that. >> why am i here? >> i read "aman da wakes up." >> not as great. how do you suggest injecting god into the conversations if it doesn't come naturally? >> i think god can be a complicated topic for a lot of people, people who don't believe or who don't like to talk openly
about god being a source of inspiration in their lives but i think for people opinion faith i consider one as well as obviously the father, is to look for god for inspiration and to help us master our worst impulses and i think at a time of toxicity around the question of who we are and becoming as a country i think we look at individual interactions, relationships within the families, within the communities, there we try to find some understanding and notch successes through forgiveness, compassion, just listening than maybe carried forward. everything is so nationalized we think about the national life instead of saying how are you? thank you for doing this for me. those things i think matter. >> you are a child of god. you are my son, my daughter. and even as you talk about the other in broader than christmas day. it will end. maybe the smiles come off.
can we all agree we're human and charitable and respectful and have a conversation about something that i don't particularly agree with and like to hear what you are passionate about. i statements. i feel like this. how do you feel? >> right. >> you just presented two things which are way too absent in the culture every day which is listening and humility which you brought up there. it is interesting. i was asking just how people get along on christmas day and you brought in god. i wasn't thinking to lead with god. i was hoping to get through the day maybe with more mundane means. >> the challenge of finding god is not listening to your sermon. it is going to the airport when we feel the most stressed, most entitled. how dare you look in my bag? this is where how do we find some patience and get bigger than that particular moment? and this is where i don't think we are good enough -- do a good enough job even in the realm of
politics, i had a senator suggest to me once it's great to say to another elected leader who motivates you? can that a be common bond and tricking out a little bit. >> the sky club? >> just saying. >> no. there's a special god club. >> there used to be. >> above platinum. >> very high. >> this is the cynicism we are talking about. right here. >> i see that. >> it breaks my heart to hear families going home for crest mass and sometimes people have told me that they had to make different plans and not welcome in their parent's house because of a political divide. and if we can't be humans first and people of faith and family first and then, you know, americans first, we have kind of got things in the wrong order unfortunately. >> part of this, too, in judaism we say torah is something to live every day and doesn't have to sound trite to say can there
be more acceptance, forgiveness of each other and in this piece when we're circling around this idea of who are we, again, if you're for the president, instead of saying, hey, you know, we may disagree about this but where are you coming from on this? what about this or that over there? we can -- because it is not so much a question of what do you believe in, but a question of who you are. >> listening is what you said. whether it is the family meal or somebody at the airport, on the subway. do what psychologists tell us to do. tell me why that's interesting to you. as opposed to this is what i feel and i don't want to hear about you. >> the other thing to do which is do stuff together. find something that you can all do together. the other night, for christians, that is going to church. probably should do together. my family goes bowling. right? >> i play scrabble. it is great. i agree.
family and group games and anything where you have to understand each other and you have to be patient while somebody else is doing something. >> make it a balance. mack sure that we do some of that. usually in every family a cheerleader, hey, let's play the game. do that. because we know that we spend 20 minutes or an hour fighting about politics. do that. let's also have fun together. >> we face in families, we all face tuf issues within our families but that's the -- one of the most important -- it is the most important unit to get right. the most important community to work on the relationships and when those relationships can get better then you think about widening out the concentric circles of communities. >> we believe that the family is the building block of a healthy society and so if this is going on around us we at least have to get this right to move out. >> it's the absence of some sense of understanding of each other and respect for each other, especially belief.
the absence of faith in the public square. people are secular. they don't want it in politics. i obviously respect that but if you can understand people's motivations, we don't have faith leader who is are weighing in on the public debates today. that's a critical absence. there's cynicism of organized religion and the absence of the voices does not temper the passion of the politics. that's too bad an we talk about this every year at this time. i'd love to see it improved and get the leaders of faith talking about politics, coming on to talk about politics through that prism and not just have a clear topping about faith. >> father, you said before, you were heart broken about the division. is there a reason to be hopeful? >> it is a new dawn, a new day in the history of christianity when christ our lord brought to
us salvation so salvation means that there's hope for everyone. we can all be redeemed whether it is literally, religiously or just like can we redeem our toxic and divisive culture. i believe we can. >> thank you so much. great to have this conversation with both of you guys. merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> we'll viz ate brother/sister duo to inspire change all over the country. in fact, tremfya® was proven superior to humira® in providing significantly clearer skin. tremfya® may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms or if you had a vaccine or plan to. serious allergic reactions may occur. tremfya®. uncover clearer skin that can last. janssen can help you explore cost support options.
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parkland, florida a. city boast known for a school shooting. in almost two years since 17 people were murdered at their high school, students from marjorie stoneman douglas spearheaded a national conversation of school security and stopping gun violence. two of the people leading that charge, david and lauren hogg, brother and sister who survived the massacre by hiding in the classrooms and they have become political and cultural forces inspiring thousands of people including me. here's my champions for change. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> another deadly school shooting. >> i am in parkland, florida. scene of the latest school shooting. this is the side of the deadliest school shooting in the u.s. since sandy hook. >> when i got the call that there was yet another school shooting, my heart sank.
i have kids i send off to school every day and i know that they're no safer than the kids at parkland were. i flew down to parkland the next morning we were on the air first thing. >> we are joined by two of the shooting survivors. >> david was a first interview. something we different. >> no legislative action is taken. we have more guns and chances to go wrong. >> a senior at time, he took cover in a classroom at the shooting and worried about sister lauren, a freshman. he just gripped the whole country's attention. >> please, take action. >> he turned right to the camera. he was already beseeching leaders to jump into action with him. >> you guys like are the adults. you need to tack some action and play a role. work together. come over your politics. >> even in the hours after they'd been through the most hideous tragedy imaginable, they were already trying to change the world. lauren, how are you feeling? i felt the same way meeting
lauren. >> thinking of the victims and there's a reason i made it out that day and that reason has to be to make change. >> never again #cropped up because they didn't want to have it happen again. >> we say no more! >> they have traveled around the country. they have met other survivors of gun violence. they got the laws changed in florida. they're not letting the lawmakers forget it. >> what are we looking at here? >> this is the art installation. putting up the hundreds of crosses crescents and stars of david, i thought of my friends last year. we wrote teacher, doctor, to represent not only the people taken from gun violence but are taken from society, they are in. >> you wanted to get the attention of lawmakers. >> that's why we did it here. because we wanted the people
walking between breaks, leaving work, to know their inaction is leading to our friends, sisters, moms and dads to die every single day. >> not this time! >> when you hit obstacles, how is it that you have been able to stay energized? >> by locking back at the success that we have had. we focused on youth voter turnout and raising the youth vote. it is not democrats or republicans. it's human beings that solve this issue. >> i'm a mother. i am a fighter. >> is it true that the parkland students were your inspiration to run for office? >> absolutely. i stood up and decided to run to flip for the federal seat after parkland. i was devastated that here again we had children that were the same age as my son gunned down. would be a tragedy if i didn't stand up and then i would be letting down my son and his legacy and every other family, every other victim that i have
cried with over the last seven years since jordan was murdered. >> each generation culturally has a cause. sitting at the lunch counters, you know, walking out of classrooms. it's the same thing. this is the civil rights movement that these young people are fighting for. >> change is here. >> we need a congress that goes out there and talks about this issue and gives us a deadline of when they're going to actually like be able to stop gun violence. >> he graduated in 2018 and taking a year off to focus on activism and he plans to attend harvard this fall. >> i feel as in the last year we have made an abundant amount of progress. honestly, how young people realized their power is the thing i find to be the most profound. >> they are changemakers. i see both of them really changing the conversation in
this country. about gun violence. and then going forward and being leaders in our country. >> it is still hard for me to think of myself as an activist. i never had that in mind when i started to speak out. i just was a kid who was upset that my friends were murdered in my school. >> i also look ahead to the future. i can't wait until we pass a first piece of federal legislation. it would be an impactful moment. >> what is your greatest achievement. >> we are leading together with other generations, i know that we can end this issue. >> i'm just so impressed with these kids. all of us thought maybe it would peter out. maybe they have to be busy with school but they haven't given up. they're just as strong a year later. they just are as energized as the day i first met them. >> they really are remarkable people. look. christmas is about a lot of different feelings and one is hope and i think they signify a
certain kind of hope, a hope that things will change. >> i agree. they could have been paralyzed by the tragedy and nobody would have blamed them but they and so many of the classmates sprung into action and have been so inspiring for all of us. >> all right. so from the cnn family, everyone here at "new day," thank you so much for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning at 6:00 eastern time. >> "cnn newsroom" is next v. a great holiday and a very merry christmas. the wait is over. t-mobile is lighting up 5g nationwide. while some 5g signals go only blocks, t-mobile 5g goes miles... beyond the big cities to the small towns... to the people.
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