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the coolest part about that video was nobody knew it was coming. we flashed the pictures of the president, all of our previous 44 presidents, all men, and then she popped on the screen and the glass shattered and the whole crowd, florida. it was really great to witness. >> campaign manager of the nominee, what are you physically during the speech is? >> it depends. most of the time i'm down in our staff workroom. i was up there for which he came on the screen and then i was up there as well for the end of the roll call which was pretty special. >> take us inside your convention. there must be a lot of demands on your time. what is a day like for you? >> it start really early and it goes really late. i've been trying to get more than four hours of sleep but i've been struggling. i'm sure you guys are as well. up in the morning either doing
press. i just did two delegation breakfast this morning before i came here. over the last few days does a lot of work but there do with senator sanders team throughout the day just to coordinate and make sure that our floor programs are working together, we were coordinated on how to move forward on things. i think the next few days it will pivot a little more to focusing on planning for the next few days and that sort of thing. >> what has surprised you the most? event interesting few days. what has surprised you the most about what has gone down? >> what's been really great to watch is how these delegation teams have worked together collaboratively. that since i had this morning in the delegations i was in, people are charged up and ready to go. i think people were really inspired last but in particular i the story we told about all of
the things that secretary clinton is done. i think president clinton did a brilliant job of putting the altogether but we heard last night from victims of the 9/11 attack, the eagle academy in new york where young, underprivileged youth are getting a fantastic education going on to college. these are real people whose lives have improved because of work that secretary clinton has done. tonight we will be focusing more on her steady leadership that she's going to provide leadership that america can count on to give us more secure and give us a comment working for everyone so we were there from a variety of speakers spit as we think c-span and welcome our c-span viewers come our viewers in live stream land. a few other posters from last night, stronger together, fighting for us, and this one, do the most good. what is the message of that? >> it is the method his credo
that secretary clinton learned when she was growing up to do the most good you can. .. >> so 103 days, and a wake-up, it's a 50/50 nation, secretary clinton will win if what? >> secretary clinton will win if we do two things. first of all, we have to make the case to voters -- which we've been making over this convention -- that secretary
clinton's going to be able to do three things. first of all, she's going to be able to bring country together and do something about the partisan gridlock that's stopping us from addressing our real problems. second, that she is the candidate in this race who can get this economy working for everyone. donald trump has always been out for himself. he's always been for what makes him richer regardless of how it affects other people. and lastly, that she's the candidate who can keep us secure here at home. and donald trump cannot. he's temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief of this country. so we need to communicate that, and then we immediate to turn -- we need to turn our voters out. >> the one demographic that clinton can't seem to win over, what is that demographic, and what are we going to do about it? [laughter] >> well, i'm convinced that we can win over any demographic. i think donald trump's been walking around saying that these midwestern voters are his for the picking. >> white guys, specifically.
>> sure, white guys. here's why that's going to fail, because these are the voters that are getting hit the hardest, working class folks in the midwest, by -- they were hit the hardest by economic downturn, and they're being hit the hardest by how the system rigged and the economy isn't working for everyone. the problem for donald trump is when you look at his life, when you look at how he's conducted his business, he's always been about what's best for him. he had a choice about where to manufacture his ties, his shirts, his suits. where did he do it? he did it overseas. but when he's out campaigning, he says we need to stop outsourcing jobs. you can't trust him on. that -- we look at the taj mahal casino, it's going to be a great success, he got out right before it crashed. he didn't pay the small business contractors. he didn't pay low-wage workers. we've seen thousands of lawsuits against this man. we just saw the other day he didn't pay a hotel. all americans, but particularly
working class americans, need to be very, very skeptical. that's why this isn't going to pan out for him. >> have you met donald trump? >> i've never met donald trump, no. >> you're a new yorker -- >> and he called me a loser two days ago, so, you know -- >> in what medium? >> it was on tv. he said i was a loser, you know -- >> that's an honor, right? >> i guess, yeah. >> mike and i were talking to some republicans who say if you kind of put him on truth serum, which we like to do, which our bosses always say, they kind of say there are a set of things you need to do to win a campaign. you need to do data, you need to be in the field, you need to be on television, you need to be communicating a message. donald trump doesn't seem to be doing any of those with a concerted effort. what do you make of that? do you think there's no -- what do you think the strategy is behind that? or is there one at all? >> i don't know. i mean, obviously, you'd have to ask him. i think he's making a mistake in taking people's vote for granted. you know, we talk about data, we
talk about staff, offices, all this stuff. all of that is, ultimately, in service of reaching out and talking to voters. that's what -- what matters in a campaign is that actual conversation you have with someone, that message you're delivering and that motivation that you're providing. i think by not deploying people out, by not using their time efficiently with data you're taking votes for granted. and that's a mistake, in my view. >> and so take us inside the campaign. the clinton orbit is famous for having a lot of cooks in their kitchen. so how do you make sure you're the one that'stying the proverbial -- stirring the proverbial pot? >> well, i think that's the wrong way to look at it, actually. this is a team effort. and i think anybody who's run any campaign, let alone a presidential campaign, will tell you you can't, you're never going to have all the answers, and you certainly can't run every aspect of the campaign. there needs to be a structure where there's clear command so
that decisions can get made and that sort of thing, but the idea that you, that your purpose is to shut others out so that you're the only one in, i think, is a mistake that some people make. in fact, i think the job of a good campaign manager is to leverage all those folks to make sure the campaign's the best, smartest it can possibly be. >> how often do you hear from president clinton? [laughter] >> we talk frequently. he's a very -- >> by phone is his preferred -- >> yes, yes, by phone. look, he's just, he's -- you talk about a team, you talk about a partnership, he's a joy to work with. he's just got a brilliant mind for policy, for -- he's a brilliant communicator. he has a way of distilling ideas could down that's just incredible. so he's been one of -- i've learned as much from him alone as anyone else in this campaign. >> to take jake's analogy, you might call him the head chef.
[laughter] >> he is definitely, definitely right there in the middle of kitchen preparing the meal. >> so to us chef -- sous chef. robby, people say you manage and lead by positivity and magnetism, not by fear. how would you articulate your leadership management style? >> you know, i think, first of all, you can't ask people to do anything you're not willing to do yourself. i think you have to always, always know your purpose as an organization. not just the mission. our mission on this campaign is to win 270 electoral votes for hillary clinton, but we have a larger purpose on this campaign. and that is to make life better for people in this country. and provide more opportunity for more people. so, to me, that's the touchstone every day around which we organize everything we do.
and i think, you know, the other thing i'd say is just working really hard. you know? it's always come together if we have a good plan, good strategy, we know our purpose and work harksd it always comes together. >> a lot of young people here in "the politico" hub including our fantastic georgetown interns that came with the help of the institute of politics. we have a lot of young people watching on c-span and our live stream, and a lot of those young people want to be you. [laughter] what was your first task on your first campaign, and what is your advice to a young georgetown student who wants to be you? >> that's a good question. well, i don't know that my parents would endorse people taking career path. [laughter] they were very concerned for a number of years. >> it worked out. >> it worked out okay. so my very first experience on campaigns, i grew up in vermont, and i just started volunteering for candidates.
my family wasn't particularly political, but in -- where i grew up in vermont, most of vermont, there's no municipal garbage removal, so you have to bring your trash to the dump every weekend, and it's open like three hours on saturday morning, so the entire town goes there. it's actually a very efficient place to do politics. you'd go to the garbage dump, get petitions signed, hand out literature, you'd talk to voters. so that's where i got my start. but my first -- actually, this is kind of cool for this week. my first real internship or on a campaign was i packed everything up, and i went to go work for pat leahy's re-election in 1998, moved to burlington. i'd saved up some money working through high school, rented an apartment for, like, two months. actually, the woman who gave me that internship, i just saw her yesterday. and so, or yeah, it was a pretty cool experience, actually.
everything sort of came full circle. but my advice to anybody would be don't, you know, people come to me and say, well, i want to come to the brooklyn headquarters. don't go to headquarters. go out and do the work where it happens. what matters in a campaign is those interactions with voters. the core skills, i think, of any campaign, campaigner is talking to to voters and learning to ask people for things, learning to ask them to volunteer their time, to contribute their money, to help out with the campaign. so if you learn those skills, you can go up from there. but always go out where the work is. don't, don't, you know, don't go to washington, d.c., and don't go to the headquarters. get out. >> you're a data guy. what metric do you obsess about? >> that's a great question. it depends on our strategy. but the things i care about right now are how many voters we're registering and whether we're registering the right voters, how many people are signing up to vote absentee, how many, how many voters we're committing to vote around early vote sites.
those are the things i care about right now. >> and nonregistration who are the right voters? >> that is what our data tells us. we obviously model who our likely supporters are, and when somebody registers, you know, we're cross-referencing. sometimes we're registering people who are already registered, so if we're getting a lot of duplicatives and not actually adding new people to the voter rolls, that's an issue too that crops up more than you think. >> tell us how hillary clinton absorbs information. she gives a lot of speeches, is out all the time, on television. what is her method of kind of taking it all in? >> i have to say she is such a good listener. and it's, it's something i try to study when i'm with her. she has tremendous capacity to absorb to information. she's a very active listener. she asks a lot of questions but, i mean, boy, does she know a lot of stuff.
her mind is so sharp, so quick, so expansive. it's, it is truly impressive, it's an impressive thing to see. >> one of our colleagues, i believe ann di carney -- andy carney, had a story about her revisions of speeches. how often does she kick it back to you guys with revisionsesome. >> she revises every speech, but sometimes she'll say this is just not the direction that i wanted to go. and she's very thoughtful about what she says, particularly on matters of policy. she's very careful. she's a very precise individual. and her, her diction, her ability to -- what i just did not do. she speaks in full sentences and paragraphs. [laughter] i do not. >> most people don't. >> if you didn't notice. >> is your, is the speech for tomorrow night already finished? >> it is largely finished, but i'm sure it will continue to evolve.
>> and what should we be looking for tomorrow might? what's the headline out of that speechsome. >> well, she's really going to be bringing this whole case together both talking about the motivations that are at the core of why she does this. we talk about do the most good. but also real plans for how she's going to accomplish these goals she's set out. i think one of the problems for donald trump at his convention was he had some great platitudes, right? great platitudes, but there were no specifics there. now, you can't -- you don't win voters over with policy minutiae. however, you do need to have a plan. and that, and a realistic plan. and so i think she's going to balance both of those things. she's going to talk about why she's running but also what she's going to do. >> and so that's what you want people's takeaway to be from the speech. is there one takeaway you want people to have the from the speech? >> well, yeah.
i think, look, as i said before, voters have a choice in this race between someone who's going to fight on their side and someone who's going to fight more themselves. and we want folks to understand that choice, but also we want folks to understand that hillary is going to fight on their side. >> robby, the afb bulletin from moscow, creme lib denies interfering -- kremlin denies interfering in u.s. elections campaign. what are your experts telling you? >> look, and the experts have to speak on this, and i know the journalists have been spending a lot of time on this. i'm with you guys, i'm only absorbing what we're reading in the paper. we've seen now that the fbi is, in fact, investigating a russian intrusion into the dnc. that data was stolen. some experts have raised the possibility that since the russians have this data and since it seems to have been released in a manner such that it would damaging the campaign -- damage the campaign, that it was deliberately released for that purpose. i also think that it is
troubling that in the last few weeks we have seen the republican platform change to remove aid for the ukraine. i don't, i've sensed no movement within republican party to stop assisting the ukraine. that's strange that that happened. we see trump continuing to flatter vladimir putin. i find it particularly troubling that he flatters him in the context of assassinating journalists. >> we don't want to be assassinated. >> i, you know, i don't think any of us do. [laughter] so, look, the whole picture raises a lot of troubling questions. and the experts and journalists are going to have to keep working at this to get to the bottom of what's really happening. but the totality raises a lot of troubling questions. >> and what's the trump connection? >> we don't know. we don't know. all we know is that trump continues to praise vladimir putin, to talk about how nato how old not necessarily
intercede if the russians are to take, to make aggressive acts towards eastern europe. and we know that -- or we're being told that the russians stole this data and potentially released it for the purpose of hurting our campaign. people, experts are going to have to connect all those dots. >> robby, do you assume there will be more tranches of hacked e-mails? >> we just don't know. >> that's been promised by wikileaks, and they've delivered on other promises. >> we'll have to see if they deliver on this specific promise. i just don't know. and we also don't know when they release information, sometimes it's been doctored, it's been altered. we'll have to see. >> preview this bus tour that you guys are are going to be on right after the convention. where are you going, tell us what you're going to the try to get across. >> yeah. well, we talked about how those different hinges of this choice for voters and one of the most important ones is the economy. secretary clinton and senator kaine are going to be going
through pennsylvania and ohio. they're going to be visiting towns and manufacturing -- towns with manufacturing facilities and manufacturing facilities themselves that provide good jobs here in america. they're going to talk about how they're going to make the biggest investment in jobs in 70 years in this country in the manufacturing among other things. they're also going to talk about how when donald trump had a choice about where he manufactured his products, that he chose to manufacture those overseas. and voters should find that troubling, frankly. >> robby, today's "usa today" headline, trump toils to lock down tarheel territory -- >> a lot of ts in that sentence. >> yeah. trump, the 538 says that trump has a 62% chance of winning north carolina. is north carolina the new ohio? >> i think north carolina is either has become or is about to
become a true battleground state. we've seen it wavering within a very tiny margin. it's, in fact, billion one of the states -- been one of the states that's moved the least. it is changing demographically in a way that is helpful more our party and helpful for hillary clinton. i think we have a real shot of winning there. i think it's going to be tough, but president obama won there by a very small margin in 2008, and i think we have a shot at doing that this time. >> do you -- excuse me. >> no, i was going to say do you have -- tell us a state that we height not be focusing on that you think you guys have a chance in. >> well, one place, i think it's a reach, but nebraska's second congressional district, that's another place that president obama won in 2008, and i think we have a shot at winning it now. it's an economically prosperous area that is changing demographically in ways that are favorable to -- >> how about arizona? >> i think arizona's tough. i think arizona's going to become more and more a battleground state every year. i think it's tough this time,
but we certainly have a team there, and, you know, we'll monitor it. >> do you agree with ron brownstein and others who say that if you win florida, you've won? >> i think if we win florida, it's very hard to see, to put together the math for donald trump. it's really hard for him at that point. >> how do you win florida? >> we win florida by signing people up to vote by absentee, registering a lot of new voters and taking advantage of the early voting system there. and, again, making this economic case and inspiring people to turn out to elect the first woman president. >> and what do do you do about virginia? >> i think virginia's looking better and better every day. i think adding senator kaine to the ticket was certainly a big boost there. northern virginia continues to grow and change the political dna of the state in a way that's really helpful to us. >> our politico colleague, burr jess everett, the lead story of politico as we woke up, is tim kaine liberal enough?
do you wore worry about his vibe with progressives? >> i think tim kaine has an outstanding progressive record. that's why you saw the afl, the league of conservation voters -- >> not all progressives agree with you, as you know. >> well, not all progressives are going to agree on any topic, let's be clear. but i think you saw progressive groups across spectrum rush in to praise his, the choice of tim cain. this is someone who is a civil rights lawyer, who took on nationwide insurance early on and won on a discrimination case. he got be pre-k passed through a republican legislature as governor of virginia, created a lot of new job withs there. i think -- jobs there. i think his record can stack up against anyone. >> ap this morning from albuquerque says clinton campaign seeks to headache be most of -- to make most of kaine's spanish. what role will the senator play in the 103 days ahead? >> well, what matters is where the candidates stand on the issues.
and i think one of the reasons we're doing well with latinos right now is both secretary clinton and senator kaine are are firmly on their side on the issues. but the fact that senator kaine can communicate in people's first and second language is a real asset to the campaign, and we look forward to taking advantage of that. >> last night virginia governor terry mcauliffe, your former boss, told our colleague, andy carney, that hillary clinton will eventually be for the trans-pacific partnership. governor mcauliffe later walked that back. a colorful character you've worked for. what's his political gift? what have you learned from him when you ran his campaign? >> you know what i'm so proud of with terry mcauliffe? be first of all, he's just i one of the nicest people in the -- one of the nicest people in the world. takes such good care of not just his nuclear family, but his larger family and community. he invited all of the staff to a holiday party a year after he'd been in the governor's mansion. we had a great time. but what i was to proud of there was virtually everything he promised in that campaign he
followed through on. and he has stood up for people again and again. he got clinics reopened, women's health clinics that the republicans tried to shut down. he's been a champion for lgbt rights there, and he tried -- although the court took it away from him -- but he tried to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of ex-felons in that state, and unemployment there has dropped to dishistoric lows. he's delivered on everything he said, and all of the staff are incredibly proud. >> last night in the yahoo! skybox in the wells fargo center, unconventional coverage by katie couric, the fact that hillary clinton's brand is experienced and steady whereas consumers, we typically want new and exciting. >> i think what voters want right now is someone who can actually get things done in a hyper-gridlocked, tough political environment. >> but what's the evidence that's what they want? >> people, people want better
jobs, they want their wages to go up, and they're frustrated right now because the political system is delivering absolutely nothing for them. hillary clinton actually has a record of working with both sides of the aisle whether it's passing nuclear arms treaty, creating the children's health insurance program of actually working with republicans to get things done. she also has the tedness and experience to be -- steadiness and experience to be commander in chief. people recognize how to complex and dangerous the world has become. they do not want someone as unfit, unqualified and unexperienced as donald trump. >> what is the biggest story about this campaign, either the environment or how times and tech are changing and that the press is missing? >> that's a great question. i would actually say it is the pace of change itself in technology. so one thing that actually david plouffe said this to me when we first got this endeavor started
x he said technology is going to change more between the beginning of this cycle and the end of this cycle than it did between 2008 and now. and that had been six years earlier. and he's absolutely right. i mean, there are media platforms today that did not exist when we started this cam palm. campaign. and so i think one of the challenges from a campaign management perspective now is how to manage that change, what to embrace and run with and what to just ignore as chatter. >> you have to scram. we're going to have a last question, then jake is going to wrap. jake, did you have anything else before we do the last question? >> no. i actually was going to follow up on that, ken mccarthy said the same thing to us that uber, in 2008 they had 65 cars. so i think there's some bipartisan agreement. what is something hillary clinton will do in the first hundred days in officesome. >> well, what she's been highlighting the most is this investment in jobs -- >> infrastructure? >> infrastructure, clean energy jobs. she's talked about making
america the green energy superpower of the world. >> tax reform. >> you'd have to can ask her if that's in the first hundred days. >> you should set that up for us. [laughter] >> robby, you work craze i days going from h.r. to the field, and yet you stay fit. how? [laughter] >> i -- that is making assumption. [laughter] you try to eat, like, decently well, and i have a standing desk. yeah. >> so you use a standing desk -- >> like i get winded, i got winded. i had to run up some stairs yesterday for something, so i was a little more winded than d. >> and when you eat sensible-ish, what's your diet? >> i have a smoothie in the morning. yeah, it's good. veggies, fruit -- >> we have jake carb-ditching us. >> i like smoothies. >> i like carbs. >> i do too. [laughter] i think we are going to get the hook.
>> before we do, i personally want to thank our amazing politico events colleagues, our friends in live stream land, our friends at c-span -- >> and i think we're going to welcome luiza savage up to the stage to give a quick remark. >> thanks so much. thank you to everyone on the livestream. i just want to give a programming update. these guys will be back at 3:00 with john podesta to continue this conversation, but coming up at 11, we have a deep dive on the economy and what hillary clinton would do as president. that panel includes larry summers, alan krueger and neera tanden. we have a 1 p.m. another deep dive on energy with trevor hauser and two sitting governors, governor hickenlooper and governor inslee of washington. we also have two panels of swing state lawmakers on both economy and energy to talk about how those issues are playing in the battleground states. and at 5:30 we'll be back here for cocktails and conversation with funny or die after the 3:00 john podesta.
so thank you to all our journalists for these incredible conversations, and stay tuned for a lot more. >> and always -- thank you. and always on snacks and usually on booze. >> good interlude. thank you, robby, it's been awesome. thanks, mike. thanks to the event team, thanks to bank of america for making these possible and for, to many more years of partnership. and, again, as luiza said, please join me with john podesta, we'll try to poke holes in robby's argument. >> rebuttal. [laughter] >> thank you so much. [applause] [inaudible conversations]
[inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ >> the c-span bus is in philadelphia, pennsylvania, the week to ask people about the democratic convention and the issues most important to them in the 2016 presidential campaign. >> i'm corey jones and i decided to be a national delegate because i've always been involved in politics. when hillary kicked off her campaign, she had a meeting in monticello, iowa, and i was invited to be on the student an and be introduced to her and ask her some tough questions. i think the youth needs to be involved, and we need to show what we stand for, and we need to stand for something. that's just my message in the convention this year. >> i'm kristin, and i'm with the
mississippi delegation. the most important issues to me election cycle are reproductive rights and gun violence. twenty-five years ago i was a victim of an assault and was raped and shot, and those are two issues that i think really need addressing in america. and being from such a conservative state, it's something really that these to be addressed at a national level. i don't trust my state to address those two issues. >> hi. my name is paul gandy, i'm from jefferson county, southeast iowa. fairfield, iowa. i'm a delegate to the national convention, 2016 national democratic convention. i'm here because i need to be involved in the political process because this election cycle is as important as it's ever been. i need to be part of it and make an impact, and i think i can be as a dell delegate. and i'm beginning to feel that experience now. it's a great experience. you all ought to try it sometime. >> hi, hi name is norman mcewen, i'm from allegheny county. my first time being a delegate.
i'm thrilled to be here, and i'm here to make history. let hillary become the first president. female president of the united states. thank you so much. >> my name is sawyer neil, aisle 19 years old, i'm a delegate from elizabethtown, pennsylvania, pledged to bernie sanders. i became a delegate to help fight for issues that matter, criminal justice reform and income inequality. i'm so excited for this week. it's all happening at the
house in philadelphia at the clock winds down on the last night of the democratic national convention. the convention itself getting underway at 4 pm eastern, we have a pre-program taking place right now on our companion network, c-span. >>. [inaudible conversation] again, awaiting comments from new york senator chuck schumer on the democratic convention, we are expecting him in a moment. c-span visited the christchurch burial ground in philadelphia and spoke to
tourism manager john hopkins. >> we are standing in the christchurch burial ground established in 1719, the church itself over the second established in 1695. christchurch burial ground is one of the most important of american graveyards from the revolutionary time. it is where more signers of the declaration of independence are buried than anywhere else in the universe we decided to create a special event for the dnc earlier this year i decided i wanted to do something special and i revisited a story , from 2007 when i created a women's tour and we designed this founding mothers tour because of the possibility of the first woman to be nominated to a major party this year and we wanted to connect that to some of the forgotten women
who were buried or are associated with christchurch. now, 56 people signed the declaration of independence and on the 56 men@, seven are buried at christchurch. over at the church guard, james wilson and robert morris are buried. at the burial ground we have five signers of the declaration of independence, benjamin franklin, francis hopkinson, joseph hughes, george ross and this is the grave of doctor benjamin rush, one of the most prominent positions of the time. doctor benjamin rush was 30 years old when he signed the declaration of independence for pennsylvania. he is buried here with his wife julia and julia for a long time when we talked about julia ross, when i first started working here the best thing we could say was she was the daughter of and the wife of a signer of the declaration of independence which to me , you know, i needed to find more about her and doing research on real-life julia ross was a part of the lady's association which the lady's
association was one of the leaders fundraisers of the revolution and her and sarah quite frankly, ben's daughter created this and became very important to raise funds and instead of just giving the money to general washington and his troops, they knew they would be able to sort it out and spend more wisely than general washington could and they would create the uniforms and shirts for the soldiers who were sometimes underequipped and underdressed and they created this for them, and continued through the colony. the area behind me is known as the alley. these are 20 family vaults that go down about 40 feet deep and many of them contain 20 people in them. if you remove the lid it goes straight down and they have coffins on the bottom with shelves coming all the way up to fit the whole generation. most of these are civil war era. this particular vault here is
for doctor barnabas finney was a revolutionary war doctor, this was probably one of the first ones built in these vaults and doctor barnabas finney was buried here with his family was a very prominent physician in philadelphia and during the time of the revolution he saw a lot of patients during the war and treated a lot of people for injuries and sickness and one particular day doctor finney was walking through the hospital and saw many patients, saw one that most people gave up on and thought was dead, he looked over and found the pulse on this individual and when he examined the soldier he decided, he thought maybe could say this man and when he removed the shirt he discovered that it wasn't a man, it was a woman. who we later find out is named deborah sansone and debra sampson wanted to fight for the cause of revolution and couldn't because she was a woman but she was determined to do her part and she disguised herself as a
man , took her brother robert , his name and fought and was very successful . a lot of people respected her in the army and she was very top. in fact, she was injured, shot and removed the bullets herself because she didn't want to be discovered and when finney found her she was too sick to even fight off the discovery and finney discovered her and when he did she stay with the family until she was well. he gave her a letter to her officers and they would end up finding out about it but would give her an honorable discharge and later would receive a pension. we have 10 mayors of philadelphia buried in our burial ground among the other 5000 that are buried here. this is the grave of mayor samuel powell who was the mayor during the revolution and he's buried with his wife elizabeth powell. samuel powell died of yellow fever in 1793 and his wife
would go on to live much longer but his wife in sam and elizabeth powell were prominent philadelphians. they were the socialites of their time. anyone who was anyone would come to their parties at their house which was the powell house and elizabeth powell was close to the washingtons, especially george washington. elizabeth powell had the ear of george washington and behind closed doors was able to give him information that he would not be able to get from a woman in public but she was the one, elizabeth powell was the one who convinces resident washington to run for a second term. john dunlap was the first, had the first newspaper, daily newspaper in the united states, very successful but was the person who printed the declaration of independence near christchurch at the corner of second and market and it was in the year 1776 that john
adams wife abigail writes a letter to him that says in the new code of laws which i suppose it will be necessary for you to make, i desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. do not put unlimited power in the hands of the husbands. remember all men would be tyrants if they could. and that is pretty much the quote that inspired me to tell these stories and to aspire other people to these stories. i've been working here for about 13 years and it's important to remember more than ben franklin. i love benjamin franklin and he's the person that gets people in the gate but it's my job and the job of my tour guidehere to tell about the other people who they will never learn about who have fallen through the cracks of history, who were just as important and just as relevant to our history as the founding fathers . without the founding mothers
they would be no founding fathers. ... >> and where live again at the city house in philadelphia as we await comments from new york's senator chuck schumer talking about the democrats agenda in the 2016 election, talking with washington post congressional reporter paul kane. >>. [inaudible conversation] good afternoon everyone. thanks for the audience joining us at our dnc had quarters in center city philadelphia here at city cathouse. and to all those watching online and on c-span.
i'm a correspondent for washington post joined by our great senator, chuck schumer from new york. let's get right to the questions. >> ready to roll all right. senator, your chairman john koester the other day said to me kind of boastfully about the senate majority, i think we're going to get to 51. the question is how many more. can you say it? are you guys getting the majority? >> no guarantees, there never are. the odds are more like then not we would take back the senate majority. several reasons. one, the electorate is moving in a democratic direction. when middle-class incomes decline, people tend to be more progressive. that's what's happening and so if you look at the polling data, and people are tending to be more democratic than four years ago, number two,
the hispanic vote is going to be overwhelmingly democratic. them hispanics know what's going on in the republican party and they vote for us, the high was 70 percent in 2008, barack obama, it will be higher than that. the biggest changes the millennial area 18 to 35 is going to be the largest age cohort in this electorate, even if they vote in moderate numbers. and they are much more democratic than the electorate as a whole. one survey i saw said if you push people are you democrat or republican, you end up everybody, 42 to 44, republican democrat but millennial's, that's 37, 22, democrats, republicans.one reason the millennial's are with us more than others, paying for college and the burden of college that once you get out, we realize we are better for that than the republicans. third, these are in ascending
order of importance. third, they hate the way we finance campaigns, coke brothers. they know we are more on their side, they're the ones that interest me the most. number two, they don't like the odor of discrimination, even bigotry in the republican party read anti-day, anti-lgbt, anti-muslim, anti-hispanic, anti-all of this. god bless them. this generation was brought up in a much less bigoted generation than our generation. i went to high school. i don't think there was an african-american or hispanic at my high school which had 5000 people. i didn't know any people who were gay or lesbian because pre-stonewall, nobody even if they were would say so. and this generation has grown up with a far greater diverse group of friends, acquaintances and they don't like it.
they don't like how the republicans are acting. it's against the grain and it's just an odor that they took up and the top of the list interestingly is climate change. the younger voters, even republican younger voters by a majority believe the federal government ought to take strong action against global warming. you put those things together, the electorate is shifting democratic and that's good. secondarily i think is going to do very poorly. i think that he has an amazing verbal acuity and he's very good at appealing to let's say, our harsher emotions. our more negative emotions and that works for about a third of the electorate. the number of people, there are different numbers all over the place but the numbers i've heard are 27 million people voted in the primaries, 14 million republican, 13 million democrat, it's more or less
that. 130 million will vote in the general election and the people in the middle have voted, that tends to be the people who vote in the primaries tend to be more far left on the democratic side and more car right on the republican side, the people in themiddle , trump's appeal is much more limited than to the republican primary voter. put all that together, things are moving in our direction. add to that, sorry, it's a long answer. good map, to democratic seats in jeopardy, anywhere from eight to 11 republican seats in jeopardy.odds are we will get back the majority. one caveat: the coke brothers themselves are pouring a fortune into a good number of our races, i have never seen money like this before. and they are putting much, they're not spending on the presidential race, they're not going to support trump and they're putting allthe money here and you know, they outspend us 321 , they will probably still win. if they outspend us six 21, we will probably stillwin but
the more they spend , not absolutely but ratio wise, the tougher it is. on the other hand, their ads are not as good as ours because we have the issues on our side. >> let's go back to the millennial's though. they have trended more liberal over the years but in the presidential race, you've seen a real division in the primary where a lot of the millennial's have been very supporters. this week we've seen, we began especially with a lot of protests from the bernie supporters coming out of this convention. do you have enough unity going forward? >> absolutely. 95 percent of the bernie supporters production will vote for hillary clinton. you guys in the media are finding guy in the funnies cat or the gal in the funniest outfit will say the most outrageous things. 100 people walk out of the convention out of 1800 bernie supporters, if the news .
>> that's where our media attentiveness. >> i know, i was there. i saw it. 1000 people demonstrate in the streets, i tell you. i am, i have a good relationship with the bernie supporters in our delegation in new york. the first day they were upset. by now, most of them are saying they're voting for hillary, my prediction. 95+ percent will vote for hillary and more than half will work for hillary. the anathema of donald trump is stronger with the millennial's than any other age group that's going going to push them in our direction. >> what do you have to do structurally going forward and what is the coordination to hillary clinton presidential campaign, house races across the map? what do you need to do to execute this campaign? >> the good news for us is
the hillary battleground states and actually the senate state where we have the best chance of picking up seats as a great deal of overlap . you look at battleground states whether they be new hampshire, pennsylvania or ohio or wisconsin or florida, you can go nevada, you can down the list and show there's a great deal of overlap and there's a great deal, you know, whatever legal coordination is allowed we are doing. >> okay. but last night,and let's face it . we are not joined at the hip but we're pretty close. probably the number one factor that will determine whether we take back the senate is what how well hillary does. i think she's going to do very, very well. >> president obama said something last night that almost seemed to run counter to what a lot of your senate candidates are doing. a lot of your senate candidates are saying rob portman equals donald trump. the president in his well-received speech said
what we heard last week in cleveland wasn't particularly republican and it sure wasn't conservative . was that a little message fowler? >> know, look. trump is different than the hard right and they both hate government. they both appeal to the hatred of government for different reasons but the candidates are having an awful time figuring out how to deal with trump. and that remains, are they supporting them, are they not supporting him, on what issues do they agree with him , on what issues do they disagree? mcconnell says to them to get trump and run a national campaign. run a local campaign. sorry mitch area the national election ifthere ever was one. >> which senate race , every cycle there's always one senate race that is both kind of a tipping point and a
symbolic definer of what really happened that year. 2006, jim when win in virginia. 2008, out franken's win. in 2014 cory gardner defined the cycle. >> i wouldn't say a race but i would say the angst in the midwest about trade, about jobs. about incomes. it's going to, you know, you could end up with a situation where pennsylvania, ohio, indiana, illinois, wisconsin and misery all have to democratic senators . >> but does trump, the way trump is campaigning, does he play into that sentiment. that fear, not in philadelphia or its suburbs but ... >> here are two points on that. first, the number of blue-collar ice school educated voters we will lose
is smaller than people think because the people who go for trump's appeal, particularly immigration and the them versus us, they're already republican. here's an interesting fact. i school educated males, democrats, are pro-immigration reform. republicans are anti-immigration reform. both high school educated in the same places so in other words the kind of appeal trump has brought about the table, republicans have always been using below the table and is already on a large percentage of those people over. on the other hand, trump is so new that, this is the second point. for every blue-collar democrat we will use in western pa, we will pick up two or three moderate republicans in the suburbs of philadelphia and you can repeat that in ohio and illinois and wisconsin. voters who are most out there figuring out what to do are
not the blue-collar democrats. they are the college educated republicans who lean republican or independent and in the suburbs. >> let's flash forward to january 3 and imagine you guys have taken the majority. you will be the majority leader, not the minority leader. knock on wood, there's a lot there. >> in one of these new modern places, wood is unheard of. >> it's all glass. >> they don't even know what formica is these days. that was a big thing in the 60s, formica. [laughter] >> what kind of senate leader you envision yourself being? everyone who's become majority leader in the title covered the senate talks about regular order, refusing power to committee chairman and the broadening the leadership and getting more
responsibility to other people. what kind of leader do you want to be? >> we have a load of talented people in the senate. the quality of our younger democrats, the junior half mirrors the senate in the late 60s and early 70s where there are so many giants and we have so much to do. i do hope they will have a lot of say in what goes on the type of senator or senate leader i want to be is somebody who gets things done. i think this is serious stuff. there's an economic, we have an economic obligation as democrats toget middle-class incomes moving again . show the middle class were there that they can say they are, they're worried they can't. show those trying to get to the middle class there's an easier way to get there. you have a political obligation because we want to clean up the system. it is such a mess and if we were to get a good majority of the supreme court, i think
the odds are high that citizensunited which is poison , poison would be eliminated area but we have a moral obligation of all to make. if government remains paralyzed which the tea party and the house, mitch mcconnell in the senate, has done such a good job ofdoing , people are on the edge of just totally losing faith in government, that's the right wings goal, they want them to lose faith in government but more importantly losing faith in this country. and the sunny, optimistic america that we have always known could go away and we could end up with something a lot different than what we know. i fear that. i told people that if we didn't improve middle-class income, this is before trump and bernie, if we didn't
improve middle-class incomes five or 10 years from now we have a government are different from the one any of us have known.i worry about that. and the moral obligation is to show the average voter that we can get government moving again, that we can focus on what they need whether it's a college student with that or a worker in the suburbs of columbus ohio can't get a good paying job or a woman who's about to retire and use to have social security and pension and the pension is gone. if they don't have faith that we can actually do something to improve their lot, god help us. so i think there's a moral obligation and i believe and i will try to lead my caucuses that i can in terms of getting things done. i'd rather get things done and not get everything we want then make a lot of speeches, stay pure and accomplish nothing and that to me is not just wouldn't it be nice.>> what about in
terms of leadership structure underneath you . you're not willing to talk about durban, harry and how that's going to play out? >> surprise, surprise. >> you ever hear of that out there young people? gomer pyle, you ever hear of him? >>. [laughter] all right. some people out there might not know this but you are a couple master. i was walking in the concourse last night and so you run into brian and katie fallon of your most esteemed couples, former workers got married because they work for you. first question, how many chuck schumer couples are there right now? >> mike lynch my chief of staff. schumer marriage means you met on the staff and got married. 13. and three cooking. >> three cooking, that's some pressure. >> i'm not saying who they
are. i do try to importune in certain instances. in my characteristically delicate way but sometimes i'm the last to know. >> is it because you're such a demanding boss that they have no life other than the office that the end up getting married together? >> the good spin on schumer marriages is that due to my great chief of staff, where the closest staff. they celebrate all the holidays together, they had corn beef at someone's house in thanksgiving and very nice birthdays so we are a very close group and they go out drinking a lot. but we are the closest staff on the hill would be good spin and the bad spin is yours, that they worked so hard theydon't have a chance to meet anybody else . >> but senator tim kaine has one of you.
heactually says the weddings, he has been the officiate or . why haven't you officiated? >> good story. i officiated on the wedding, it wasn't a schumer wedding that it was my teeth body guy and in new york you cannot be a justice of the peace if you are a senator but massachusetts, he was marrying a young woman from massachusetts and her father knew the governor.the governor can make you justice of the peace for a day. i was justice of the peace, went up there at the wedding, they were nice enough to serve my two favorite foods, peking duck and mocha cake and they got divorced 10 months later. i will notofficiate at any more weddings . >> perfect. a little closer to home, new york political questions. your staffer is the us attorney who has just run roughshod over the culture up in albany.
why is that? is there something with the new art culture? has it gone too far in some places? >> i made a rule particularly after he became the us attorney that i would not mix in. i don't talk to any of the us attorneys, i've had the good fortune to recommend about any case, any ongoing case and i made an effort not to influence them so i'm not going to answer that question because i think that might do that. >> all right. a really broad question, then. the national democratic party has become really more progressive area more liberal on some issues. there's just a little four years ago where joe biden sort of accidentally said he was for gay marriage and president obama wasn't even there yet. now it is part of your platform.
10 years ago, you were chairman of the fcc in a cycle where a lot of the candidates were probably trying to get the nra endorsement and now they're racing to appear with gabby giffords and getting michael bloomberg and his backing. as the party fundamentally moved to coastal, too liberal to appeal to the heartland? x i think the country has moved in a progressive direction on the social issues and on the economic issues. and i think the republican party has ignored that change at their peril. i think in good part because of the good work of bernie sanders, the democratic party has accepted it. i think sanders has made us a stronger party and will make us a better nation. here's one little interesting to think, i may have the numbers somewhat wrong but i believe i have them write. you does a survey of america and its 20,000 families and it's a snapshot of the
american family and it's mostly nonpolitical, how long does it take you to go to work? how many times a day do you go to the supermarket, they always ask this question how many times a day do you brush your teeth? and i wondered about that so i wentinto procter and gamble and bought the survey but they've been asking , they ask a handful of political questions and one of them a vast is are you a moderate, liberal or conservative . last time there was a major jump , change in that alignment was 1981, reagan revolution and it was 40 moderate. for you young folks, that was so dramatic that was the year i was elected to congress, 1980. new york had seven new congressmen, six republicans in new york, one of the bluest states . so yes, 40 percent moderate. it jumped up to 35 percent conservative and liberal went way down to 17. stayed that way pretty
solidly for 40 years until this year.and it's still 40 moderate but it's like 26 or 27 conservative and 23 or 24 liberal which underplays the progressive shift in the electorate because due to our dear friends atfox news , liberal is a dirty word and conservative is a positive word. so i think it's the country that's moved over. i think that's one of the reasons we are going to do very well in november. i think the likelihood is hillary wins the presidency by a strong margin, likelihood is we take back the senate and there's even a chance we could get back the house so i think that is where the electorate is moving area the trump problems that the republicans have make that even better for us but even without it, i think it would be a good election for us. >> that's pretty much all the time we have today. we will ask one final personal question.
you have been competing with your recently married daughter to deliver a grandchild. >> i have not you did so, in the mansfield room. >> the mansfield room yes, in front of a bunch of cameras. >> was she there? >> know. >> she knows. >> okay. >> listen, i am so happy. she married the right guy. her wedding day was the greatest day of my life. that's great. >> okay everybody, in a few minutes we will have dan balls appear hillary for america campaign manager robbie moved who will hopefully break some news. stay tuned, thanks everyone. [applause] >> thank you. >>. [inaudible conversation]
>>. [inaudible conversation] hello everyone. going to get started, and then balsam she corresponded of the post. with me on stages robbie moved, the campaign manager for secretary clinton. robbie, thank you for joining us. i know it's a busy dayfor you, a busy week for you.we appreciate your coming over.
before we get started i want to remind everyone to or post questions for us . using the hashtag waffle bnc. we will take a few throughout the conversation assuming we get people to the but i will take the moderators privilege in starting out and roddy, let's talk about what is on everybody's mind. if the speech done? >> shows over. they can ad lib. from the podium. it's getting finished up. i think it's going to be a phenomenal speech and it's going to wrap up and crystallize all the different things we've been talking about at the convention. i think the first thing you are going to hear in there is narrating that lifelong mission she has had to fight for kids and families. he's going to talk about her family roots, and make you aware of where those motivations come from an offer of vision for the future, where she wants to
take our country and it's going to talk about the specific proposal to help us get there. that's something we feel was missing from donald trump's speech. it was all doom and gloom, everything was terrible but he didn't really offer clear solutions about how he was going to make things better. all of this is going to come full circle where she talks about what's stronger together, it means for us and that voters make a choice. we can let these forces that are tearing us apart socially and economically take us down one path or we can work together to help everybody prosper and everybody lies. >> if you were to crystallize what you need to publish tonight and everything that's already happened this week, what would it be? do you need to accomplish? >> helping people understand a little bit more about her core motivations, some of the things she's accomplished, some of the people she's helped through her for decades in public service. it's important because
hillary clinton, she's a workhorse and not a show horse and sometimes people don't understand all the good she's done for a lot of people. we saw many, many everyday folks on tuesday night in particular upon that state talking about the difference that hillary's made in their lives, whether it's helping them recover from 9/11, helping them yet healthcare for children's health insurance programs and the list goes on and on. some of these people knew her well and could talk about how they could trust her to come through for them and deliver for them, others had never met him her at all and she had a huge impact on their lives. we want to happy believe this convention understanding more about hillary clinton and the things she's accomplished and will need to understand the choice in this election which is donald trump's vision for america which is divine, to blame, to point fingers, not really to have a plan to move forward and hillary clinton's more optimistic views that things can get better but they are going to have to
work together to get there. >> when we talk about the notion that she's trying to tell people more about herself or tell people things they don't know about her, she's run for president twice. she's been the first lady. she's been secretary of state. what is it she could say tonight that hasn't registered already on people? why is tonight different is the question, why has he had opportunity now that she hasn't been able to break through? >> that's a great question and i'd say there's two reasons. one is as i mentioned she is a workhorse, not a show horse. she fixes a problem and moves on to the next area she hasn't had an opportunity to talk about these things but part of this is, in today's fragmented media environment you've got to say something a lot of times to cut through so that's why we are making sure to spend a lot of time on this but the other thing hillary said is she needs to do as much work as she can to
help voters understand that she's going to fight on their side and the best thing you can do to prove to people whose side you are going to be on is talk about all the things you've done and we welcome that discussion because when you look at the things donald trump has done to people, the people he's shortchanged, cheated, run out on, the difference between him and hillary is pretty clear. >> that leads to a question i wanted to ask you and gallup reported this week that as of i think monday night, his favorability and on favorability were identical to hers or i should say hers are now identical to his. they are equally unpopular. up till now she has had a negative but not as bad as his. why do you think through the course of this campaign she hasn't been able to widen the gap in her favor as opposed to having the gap narrowed to the point that she comes to tonight basically in as bad a shape as donald trump in the
view of how people see the candidate? >> i know that is what the gallup all said. i don't necessarily accept their data and their premise. they obviously had problems with their polling in 2012, i don't expect accept that data. this has been a challenge for her. and i think you're probably going to hear her thoughts on that a little bit tonight and knowledge that some people are skeptical. that's why it's all the more important that they have a richer understanding of those core values, those poor motivations and her lifetime of work and service to other people, it's important we talk about that so important to answer your question we're trying to do some really important work during a really important speech to lean in to the challenge that you represented there. the other thing i would say is there has been an
unprecedented level of incoming attacks from republicans on her. that's been true her whole career but you look at the past two years, she left the state department with one of the highest approval ratings of any elected official in the country. republicans were praising her, she decides to run for president, all of a sudden the picture changes. all of a sudden they are hauling her into committee hearings and as congressman mccarthy said, just before he had to get chased out of his speaker race, the whole point of these investigations was to lower her poll numbers so all that stuff is going to have an effect but tonight people are going to see a different hillary clinton then he heard about from the republicans. >> you believe we are in an environment where some of these negative ratings and frankly the right track, ron track perception, we got almost 2/3 of the country saying we are off on the wrong track, doesn't have the power that it once did particularly in a candidate who is following on a president who innocence is a continuation, not a change person?
>> is an interesting and important question. i think what it comes down to is the two main points that i think are driving the anger and frustration that voters have right now. they really have a lot of anger and frustration right now. on the one hand the economy isn't working for everybody. wages are going up. when they're out looking for a job there are enough opportunities. costs are continuing to rise, college debt is continuing to rise so there's a squeeze there and then our political process is so gridlocked, it's not doing anything about those problems so yes, people are helpless and frustrated because they have a clear set of problems that and they are only getting worse and people are doing anything about it. what's different nowadays, to your point that without up to an overwhelming mandate for change and i think it's created some openness to the baby, glamorous promises donald trump is making which he will not follow through on but was different right now
is that president obama is pretty popular because people realize he's trying to do something about these problems but he's getting jammed by all the partisanship in congress so that's why we were so happy to have president obama speak last night and throw his weight behind hillary because what voters need to examine in this election is that it is someone going to make partisan gridlock worse or better? on both of those accounts, hillary is the overwhelming clear choice. >> don't you also run the risk that people will say president obama tried, he wasn't able to do it. why will hillary clinton be any better at it if we have a gridlocked system and the kind of polarization that we have? how does he make a convincing case to people who don't trust anybody with the promises that they make mark. >> it's a great question and i think this is where the record of accomplishment matters a lot. we all know that in the 90s hillary took on the health insurance companies, she tried to get health coverage for every single american and she lost and the democrats
lost congress and in newt gingrich's republican-controlled congress, she pushed through the children's health insurance program which covers 8 million kids today. when she was secretary of state she got a tree passed in the senate, the largest reduction in nuclear arms in decades. this is someone who knows how to work with republicans on the hill. donald trump will only make partisan gridlock worse.i don't think anybodydisagrees with that. this is not a man who builds coalitions, brings people in. he is somebody who alienates , divides and turns people away. >> robbie, how much of the messaging from this convention did you change as a result of what you saw unfold in cleveland and particularly with front speech? have you made modifications in the way you approach the week as a result of that? >> didn't honestly and we didn't for two reasons. one is we always planned to send a good amount of time
talking about hillary and i think the republican convention which also talked a lot about hillary only made us double down on that because i think viewers watching their saw a lot of big promises from trump, heard a lot of bad things about hillary, there wasn't a lot of bear there. as i said earlier we had everyday people on that stage the last few days talking about the different hillary has made in their lives. lots of people and so that didn't change. well, maybe it did in the sense that we double down on that. the other thing we were waiting for was some substance. what is he going to say? what plans is he going to offer and he just didn't so we've been working on her speech for many weeks but it's all been the entire time towards the positive. >> can i ask you about two different voting blocs in the country? first is the working class which is obviously the core of donald trump's constituency. ron brownstein had a piece that ran late yesterday or
early today in which he said there's been a lot of messaging coming from the stage at this convention in philadelphia but the one group that seems not to be in the high side of the people is those white working-class voters, there's not a lot that has been said about them, to them take on the frustrations that they have. is that a deliberate decision, would you take issue with what ron said? i do take issue. >> in that case, what's the counter to that? where's the evidence? >> it's a great question. every night you heard and touched upon in some important ways. on monday night we heard elizabeth warren make up past tense speech about how hillary clinton is going to fight for working family and at every step in his career donald trump has done what's best for himself. you heard last night both tim kaine but also joe biden make a plea that if you care about working people and the middle
class donald trump would be a disaster and i think b& and will spend a lot oftime talking about this tonight . >> you hit the nail on the head, this is an important part of this campaign because working class generally are getting hit the hardest. white working-class people are the most persuadable and it's incumbent on us and the campaign to make clear to them how hillary has been fighting on their side and will continue to do so but also illuminate donald trump's record. it's been a disaster for people, it's been a disaster for jobs in this country what you think they are the most alienated constituency in this country? >> they are frustrated. you look at states like ohio where jobs have left, where the victims of outsourcing and i think there's a sense of despair and that makes anyone susceptible to big
promises from donald trump just like trump university for example where he said i will teach you all the secrets that have made me successful in business and all he did was take their money and it wasn't even a university, it was just a bogus company that taught people nothing and you hearda little bit about this at the convention. that's our responsibility as a campaign to remind people about those arrays so they don't get swindled again . >> i told there's a new pullout perhaps today that is looking at millennial's, the attitude of millennial's. 75 percent think donald trump is a racist. 75 percent thinks he's disrespectful to women and yet in a four-way test which would include the libertarian and green parties, hillary clinton gets 43 percent of millennial's. millennial everybody knows were a key part of the obama coalition. why is she still struggling with them and again, what do you have here for them and
what are you going to have going forward? is that mostly a turnout issue or is there persuasion that you got to do? >> i think it's both. i think millennial's i believe are going to line up behind hillary. we certainly seem that she is performing as well with millennial's as president obama was at a similar time in his campaign but we need to make sure to educate millennial voters as much as we can on a few things. first of all, most of them don't know much about lori clinton's early career, some of those fights she had to fight so we need to fill that in. the first hearing about her when she was a presidential candidate or a senator and there's been such a long record of achievements before that time. the other thing is i think millennial's have as much or more at stake than any other voter.
trump is going to craft their future. they've been hit hardest by lack of job opportunities, my student debt. hillary is going to do something about those problems, donald trump is not an millennial's are the most tentative to any sort of hatred , bigotry . you mentioned racism in that poll. that's not the future, that's not the community, that's not the cultural makeup they want for our country and they need to turn out and speak out against it. >> what's the inspirational message for them? you talk about secretary clinton as a workhorse and not a show horse, that's not an inspiring message. let's go work for a course. how do you combine what you think are her greatest attribute. the darkness, willing to take on any problem, keep at it, yet everything done and get another piece into it and say to millennial's were going to really do something big for the country? because clearly that was part
of what they responded to with bernie sanders. >> first and foremost everybody needs to understand donald trump is a fundamental threat to our society, to our national security, a fundamental threat and everybody needs to understand that but electing hillary clinton is a huge opportunity , right? it's an opportunity to do something about student debt. it's an opportunity to choose a path where we are bringing people together to get things done what donald trump is offeringis division , is more regular, more partisanship, more racism. hillary is offering us a opportunity to move into the future that is better and brighter and that's the choice that we are trying to lay out here. the other thing i would say is we have the opportunity to elect the first woman president. the millennial generation has a chance is one of the biggest voting blocs in this country to send a signal to every woman and man in this
country that they can be anything they want to be. i think that's pretty inspiring and i know in our office and for a lot of our number volunteers that's incredibly inspiring. >> i wanted to ask you about the value of conventions. there is so much time, energy, effort that goes into it. just watching the scripting that has gone on, the number of videos you all have put out over the course of these four nights is quite extraordinary. donald trump and the republicans had a rockier convention, it was not as well choreographed, i think everybody agrees with it. he got a modest bounce out of that. the last several conventions, people have gotten modest bounces. your convention is running more smoothly in the convention center. you anticipate you will wind up with a bigger bounce than donald trump got?>> i would hope and expect that. i'm skeptical sometimes of the polling the day after, one or two or three days after it will show one thing and then it settles down. it's called a bounce for a reason, because it comes down a little bit.
i think what matters is the essence and value of the convention is we get four days where tens of millions of americans are tuning in every night and it's an opportunity where we get an hour or two with cable outlets, sometimes more or on the front page of the paper and print media, we are getting an enormous opportunity to tell a story. we normally have to communicate in 32nd soundbites or 32nd television segments. this is an opportunity where we get an hour to tell a story so it's tremendously important and we're laying down a set of information and a set of ideas that are going to matter through the end of the campaign. >> so when we get to mid august, it lets a lot of this settle out, do you think we're going to be looking at a race that is not hugely different but different than when we went into this convention. at the beginning of july, let's say lexmark are people going to say all right, we've been through two of the most consequential weeks of the
campaign in which as you say each side has the ability to communicate more directly with more people other than the debates, do you think this will move the election? >> i think it will. but i don't think the numbers will be enormous. >> what do you look for at that point? >> it would be great to build a modest lead but to be honest with you i think the most important thing, what we are really trying to do is give people a richer understanding of hillary and a real platform from which we can talk about what she's going to do for people moving forward, where she can talk about the future but also that we've done a lot of work to really sharpen the contrast and help people understand how high the stakes are of a trump presidency, how much of a risk that would be. that's why we have admirals and generals on that stage really talking about what a risk he would be to our national security.
there's a riskiness there that's very hard to drive through media, through paid media so in my mind that's the most important accomplishment. i'm less worried about big numbers and swings. i want voters to have a deeper understanding of what's the state and a better sense of who hillary is and what she's done last question. you talk in a variety of settings about the electoral map and you don't think in fundamental ways it for the mac we've been dealing with the last several elections. there may be some targets of opportunity that a trump campaign present, he thinks there are pockets of opportunity that a traditional republican has been able to get as you look at that map , what are the three most important states that you look at? >> i think the states with a lot of electoral votes are the most important, i think florida, ohio and i would argue north carolina is more
competitive for democrats than it's ever been and is a lot more like it was in 2008 that was in 2012. we have a shot at winning and i'm not saying we definitely will but we have a real shot so these are three states where we are going to pay a lot of attention, lots of electoral votes there and that organizing work that we are doing on the ground can affect the outcome. >> robbie, thank you. we are out of time. >> take care. [applause] >>. [inaudible conversation] thursday nights, hillary clinton becomes the first woman to accept a major political parties nomination for president of the united states. and with c-span you have many options for watching the entire speech without any interruptions. watch for historic acceptance speech live on c-span. listen to it on the c-span radio app. watch it live or on the man on your desk top, tablet or smartphone on c-span.org.
we have a great final day ahead of us with a special guest minnesota senator since this year for with us in our waterfall attorney general and his wife. [applause] in our congressmen is here with us in the next congress woman from the next congressional district. [applause] i know you are tired but you
look pretty fresh this morning i can't believe the first woman nominated ever will be formally accepting the nomination this evening. eight yes i am playing nobleman card donald trump because it is a monumental. into'' joe biden is a bfd. [cheers and applause] it is pretty simple the difference between two parties. we had joni loves tajik and when they spoke to the empty chair with clint eastwood i
bet they miss those days. [laughter] it is my pleasure to introduce our special guest from the great state of minnesota. thanks for being from the state that gave life to our next vice president tim kane our guest has broken quite a few glass ceilings in her lifetime also. senator club which are. [applause] >> hello virginia.
it is great to be harris' susan with the typical husband moment when she said bfd he said that is what that means like i was a falling along. [laughter] we love to hear from your great governor. [applause] and your two senators but you know, this he did say leader with his great accomplishments a lot of
those are also marks accomplishments so remind him of that. indigos to do all these big things that it would be a fun role to play so all of this is going on it as it comes to minnesota the land of 10,000 lakes we have plenty of water for him to walk on. [laughter] i will say it is not that easy in the also want to mention of the joint economic committee also congress man's got did a great job in the congress
may and connally with his new role and what would have been with al franken and that took a while but it then i was taken into a room and they said this will not be as easy as you think with the other senator had a prominent role in being a slob -- celebrity he said barack obama and i had hillary clinton and you have al franken what do you mean? you walk to the airport it is cn other senator the now all of a sudden says hey you and you say yes? could you take my picture with that guy?
[laughter] i will just say this has happened to me a number of times. [laughter] so then it culminated for me as the true story i was coming from washington d.c. to minneapolis began on the plane filled with the minnesota ans so we get on the flight attendant picks up the microphone to say everyone, i've got exciting news for you, we have celebrities on the playing. we have mr. if mrs. al franken. [laughter] i said no, no, no. she is the other senator from minnesota and she said
how cool is this? husband and wife senators. [laughter] i figure part of my role is to what came through the next few months so that we could be qualified to do this. didn't timm came to a great job last night? and the hispanic man was hilarious because mondale came to hear him speak last night. he is 88. [applause] he with speaking perfect spanish then return to the delicate what did he say?
it was a funny reversal of roles and a sign of the changing times i love did what he said about tromp and taxes and everything else and a think anybody else can do that better than the honest tim kane. and i was so worried because i have been all over tv because i sit next to him and i've gotten to know him. seven now will lose credibility. so i would like to know we would like to know our heritage we gave the world
hubert humphrey. [applause] walter mondale, and now we will give the world tim kane. minnesota moms balance the babies on then me one day u.k. girl up to be vice president. so that its overall besides his incredible speech that moment that hillary comes out with a contrast we have a convention they have a beautiful chorus of people singing what the world needs now is love bin they start tucci and to that is
different from before. [laughter] or we have very vibrant primary. so in every look by the way whenever i called the delegates i want to show that unity. but i am against wearing purple because tonight asked because we are fine from the campaign then it plays purple rain. but in these comparisons to have bernie sanders he mentioned her name 15 times in his speech with the democrats abroad and then to
put her over the top. so on the of their side of the republican nominee when we see this lead into a great moment but that is a different type of convention. we have some issues. what hillary is experience has been, at the democratic party so now let's just a back. what are they saying? what are their big issues?
with money in politics. this is a list of the people he wanted to put on the supreme court. that will not change another big issue is to make college more affordable so he does strong university. a big issue for progressive people in my state is climate change. and what we see what did donald trump say? how do i know? less than 140 characters that's how he shared he is making threats to the nato alliance and wants to build a wall from mexico but we
can see canada as from our portion minn. the scott walker said he wanted to do that. how would that work? had to build a wall over lake superior? [laughter] so he wants to build a wall and then nuclear weapons even those that don't even have nuclear weapons and now the latest he is encouraging a spinoff by foreign governments. that is yesterday that is outrageous. so compared to a candidate who was to move ahead in but a lot of them have independent voters.
and a lot of these messages that we heard last night from bloomberg were from joe biden but also for those people watching at home. nobody knows better than virginia how important that is. you don't have one from virginia. >> you don't have one yet but as you know, all over the country lies state of wisconsin, pennsylvania if you go think we can win the
two -- win that we have two words and then by. so they will you allow the state let's not go there. we have such an opportunity it was only five votes that we pushed for word that was delayed by five votes in the senate. with that board for votes. and with a hurricane emergency relief. and by two votes we will
firsthand the progressive nature and with the great teachers i want to end with this. and a lot of speakers touched on this rhetoric we see up there. i was the chief prosecutor from 9/11 everywhen to around with and talk about hate crimes and what should have been if they report did we did fine with that. now it goes over to kids on the playground and teachers who have never seen anything like this so one of the worse things i heard at a mosque in minneapolis mom and dad had been there through 9/11 there at a
restaurant with there two kids you go home right now to review came from the little girl looks up and says i don't want to go whole new said it we could eat out tonight. they tell of those words she's in even understand -- didn't understand that home is our state and it is your state and the united states of america so as you look forward to this you stand up for that girl and for everybody that michelle obama talked about bin you stand up for tim kane.
friend told him to tell him that is a stepping stone him play your cards right you never know there could be one in his future is so great to have you with us. we are proud of you. >> good morning virginia democrats. america was born on a farm in virginia but my favorite idea is that washington and jefferson the statute of religious freedom the
statler brothers and now when bennett. in to change the balance of the house of the democrats and digest want to say hello to our general there have been so many speeches the last couple of days the date knocked it out of the park last night joe biden the best i have never heard him give. an ideal that i have so little to add in there is
said different flavor with the difference of the flavor 32 years ago reagan vs. mondale and and reagan was running for reelection on the message did this morning again that the in vivid -- that is even brighter. nfl mezzo in the darkest winter ever he stole the from fdr and all those democrats we were the dark party they with the party of hope and optimism that was
the darkest convention have never heard the have donald trump personifying everything in our lives will scathing denunciation this is unimaginable pessimistic divisive pitting one against the other with rejection we have heard this again and again talked about immigrants stealing our jobs muslims have to be banned from the country we have to punish women who choose to have an abortion and by the way climate change is a hoax. it is like stars greater but look at the contrast with speech after spe