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up in city hall next week. you are really up close and personal. you can make people happier and starting in that place where partisan was important and relationship was important that to me has been the base of everything i've done in government since. >> you then went on to be governor. how did you approach that? >> i was lieutenant governor to a longtime friend. matt warner and i met at harvard lawsuit. he was a kid in connecticut. and i was a kid from cost city. i reconnected with him when he was in the governor's campaign in 1989. and then we were friends. ut the real job of the
lieutenant governor was presiding there. i had one-on-one meeting with every senator to say what do you expect to see in a precider? and i just listened. it really proved to be really helpful. virginia was a one-term governor. i knew mark would be governor for four years. i learned everything i could from him. i hopefully would be better at it. and mark was a really good governor. he was a governor during some tough times. but then i was the governor during the worst economic crisis since the 1930's. the horrible shooting at virginia tech that occurred when i was governor. the experience of having been mayor which was really tough ecause of some public safety issues and dealing with
challenging issues being at mark's right hand as lieutenant governor helped me prepare to be governor. >> where were you that day? what did that tell you about guns in virginia, guns in america and the issue of mental ealth? senator tim kaine: i had been an elected official in a place where i went to too many crime scenes and too many funerals and n victim's families and church s. but that day in particular, worse day of my life. i had left to go on a trade mission with 100 business leaders from virginia to japan and india. we had just landed in japan and literally land, gone to the hotel, checked in.
and i had just fallen asleep. and the head of my security calls back, you have to call back, there's been a horrible incident in virginia. it was unfolding and we still didn't really know. i just said get me back to the airport. ann and i are flying back. as we're sitting in the airport lounge the tragedy sun folding. 32 people killinged. so many more injured -- 32 people killed. so many injured. this person who had mental health issues who were not being treated. people. president bush offered to fly me back. he and i went and spoke to the tech community the day after the shooting. and that began a real period of soul searching where i tried to do two things. first i just tried to be a friend to the families who had
lost loved ones. and steve, i cannot convey to you the amazing diversity these families and the random tragedy of violence. 19-year-old kids who had been on campus for seven months and a 75-year-old engineering professor who survived the holocaust, romanian jew and then survived the communist take over of romania. he wasn't a communist. they oppressed him badly. moved to israel. came to the united states on a one-year teaching visa and that day he blocked the door of his classroom so students could jump out the window and he was killed. just think about what it says about our country and the scorch that would a guy
survive the takeover of romania couldn't survive gun violence in this country. and i learned like i have learned as mayor but even in a deeper way, you know, just that we can do better and that we need to do better. so after the shooting, i did two things. i spent time with the families and still do. i'm still close to a number of the families and their children. but i also determined i was going put a panel together to analyze everything that hand and make recommendation about what went wrong. and i had people told me don't do that. if you put out a public report, you're just handing a lawsuit to everybody to sue the state. i said i don't care about the damn lawsuit. we got to do everything we can to make sure that what happened to these precious people doesn't happen again or reduce the challenge that it will happen again. so i put together a really wonderful panel of people. none of them were connected to
the victims and none of them were connected to virginia tech. they looked at everything that went wrong. they made a bunch of suggestions about campus safety, about training, about guns, about mental health and they made those recommendations back to us. we made a lot of the challenges but the one change i couldn't ake was he got a weapon he couldn't get but for a gap in the background record checking system. i was able to fix that gap. but i went to my legislature and i said look, we need a universal background check system and we need to have a better background check. they want to eliminate the chance completely of violence but they want to make us safer. my legislature would do it 9/11 the aftermath of that worse shooting tragedy in the history of the united states. and then between my selection and swearing into the senate the horrible shooting in connecticut of these school children and
their teachers. and again, i made the case on the floor in april of 2013. i said we learned a lesson at blacksburg and now we learn a lesson again. safer.make ourselves i own a gun. but we can make rules that make people safer. and that day in the senate trying to enact back ground check legislation with the new town family sitting in the gallery like that cloud of witnesses that spoken about in the letter to the he brews -- hebrews and sitting with us were the virginia tech families, the fact that we could don't the right thing, do the thing that the american public wants us to do extremely disappointing. but i'm not giving up. because sadly these tragedies continued to pile up. we had a reporter killed on live
tv by someone who wanted to get publicity, somebody with a horrible mental illness. we've got to do a better job in this country. you know, there's a lot of things i want to do in the senate. i work on a lot of issues but i hope that we can embrace some common sense strategys that will send this scorch of gun violence in this country. i'm just going to do all i can to make sure we do. steve: let me ask you about as governor you had to deal with 11, cushions. you're catholic. you talk about that. how do you deal with public official obligations and your own personal faith. senator tim kaine: i don't think we need it. i refuse to believe that the american public is demons traably worse so i've never been a supporter. but when i ran for office, you know, i tell you, steve, i ran to be governor. what i did i put my hand on the bible and would say i uphold the
law. the law in virginia is that the death penalty can be the ultimate punishment. if it's imposed by the jury, if it's up held by a judge and if it's up held by a court. i grapple with it but i'm going take an oath to uphold the law. and remember i lived in the society where there wasn't a rule of law where i saw what it was like where the rules did whatever they wanted regardless of the law. and i knew that was a bad system. what i told virginians, i'm against the death penalty but i'll uphold the law. there were numerous people on death row when i was governor. if all of their appeals went through without them being given relief and if they applied to me for cleanse si i would look at their petition but only in the instance me thinking that they had a credible -- if they were mentally ill or had some other i e mistake in their case,
would give commence si. but i was not there that the person was wronged in another way. very, very difficult. the hardest thing i had to do was that. the legislature, i think they kept testing me. they kept trying to expand the death penalty in virginia. probably about 20 times they put bills on my desk. i said i told you i was against the death penalty. i don't think we need it. the one that came to carrying out the wall that a jury in an appellate court had reviewed in terms of a sentence of the individual. i grappled with the cases but only gave relief with the people i felt had made the case that they were entitled to clemency. ut it was a painful, painful thing. it's still painful to talk about. steve: what do you think is next for you politically? senator tim kaine: if you talk
to governors will tell you i like being governor better. i've lucked out a little because i came into the senate and i'm on the armed services committee, one of the few senators that has a child in the military. so that actually is a pretty important connection but virginia has a military connection that's second to none. and so this is so deeply important to our state and important to me. i'm on the foreign relations committee. one out of nine virginians were born in another country. i've lived in another country. if you lived somewhere else or you were born somewhere else, you care about their country. and virginians do care. i don't know why they put me on the aging committee. i still haven't figured that out. but i really love my committees. i will be up for re-election in 2018. i'm kind of taking john warner as my role model. he was in the senate for 30 years. did a great job for virginia. he was courageous. if he saw something happen in his party that he didn't like, when the republican party
nominated oliver north for the senate seat in 1994. he said enclued me out. i'm not supporting oliver north. that was very courageous for him to do that. but he basically said my country and my common wealth are more important they man party. and this would be wrong for my country and my common wealth. i use his longevity but also his willingness to do what is right along with my father-in-law. i kind of use them as examples. i hope to be here for a long time. steve: serving as president of e senate, give me a good platform. senator tim kaine: i really like my job. i'm a happy senator. and i'm not looking for another one. as i as you know -- i'm doing a ton of work for hillary to try to get her elected. i think the world of her. i think she's going to be a superb president. i was one of the early supporters of president obama and still i'm a friend and still i'm a supporter and think he's done a very, very good job under very tough circumstances.
in some ways though, in some ways, i think the existential choice placed ifer the nation in 2016 is even sharper than 2008. because if he had lost to senator mccain i would have been disappointed. but it wouldn't have represented a fundamental change. we've got issues like should we bring torcher back? should we take the freedom of religious worship and turn it on its head and punish people because if they're muslim. should we use a tar brush to paint everything from a recent immigrant to a federal judge because they're latino? these are big challenging issues and the choice for the nation is an existential one. so i'm going to do all i can to help secretary clinton win. the nice thing is i don't have to travel far from home because virginia is a baitle ground state. rather than worry what happens with the hanging chad in florida
or closing out in ohio, in vnk we kind of had the feeling if we take care of business at home, we have an ability to play a real role in who the next president will be. steve: if she said, tim, i can win you. i want you to serve as my running mate, what would you tell her? >> well, i really like my job and i want to stay. i think i can help her win most by helping her win virginia. that's what i am doing already. she's got a lot of directions that she can go. look, she's going choose a person who is the best suited to help her govern and to help her win. and i was vetted for this spot back in 2008. and i loved being mentioned but i was never saying i don't think it's going to be many. i don't feel differently. steve: you have three children. >> thank you for making that one the closer. my oldest boy nat is an infill tri commander about to take a second deployment overseas.
he loves the marines. he's very, very happy. my middle son woody is kind of a cool artist in the twin cities who does vood ok fi and photographity -- vidyog fi and y.otograph and my daughter is at her last year in n.y.u. and she's in the theater department. how my wife ended up with a marine and two artists i don't know. but we love them and we're enjoying them. i love my colleagues. i wish people outside of the building who see all the negatives. and there are negatives, but i wish they could see some of the aspects of my colleagues that i work with every day. sadly, steve in the media imate that we're in,
cooperation is not news worthy. things that are negative are going to get the attention. and there are a lot of negatives that can get attention. but what gets attention is when i worked with bob corker to try to draft the bill forcing the president to submit an iran deal to congress for review. and he and i drafted that bill together and it got a 98-1 vote. when the bill was sub mid i supported the deal and he didn't. we support it in a partisan way. when lamar alex searned and patty murray rewrite no child left behind seven years after it expired nobody could figure out how to do it, but they rewrote it. we got a lot of educational portions of the bill. that was part and we got it done. a lot of things happened that attention but there are things that we have to get better. i do feel called to do things that are hard and where there's some brokenness that needs be
fixed -- i think there are a lot of opportunities for me to be part an improvement of this place. >> senator tim kaine, thank you for your time. >> you bet. really glad we could do this. >> in other news torksd former s. senator and two-term ohio senator george voinovich died. the republican spoke on an event on friday. to the delegate republican convection. he left in 2011. he prembs youly served two -- previously served two terms. he was was 79. >> we are going public. we'll be watched by our friends and by people across the country
and i would hope as i said before that the senate may change, not as an institution. but may become a more efficient body. because of televised proceedings. the proceedings of the united states senate are being broadcast to the nation on television for the first time. not that we have operated in secret until now. millions of americans have sat in the galleries and observed senate debates during their visits to washington. but today they can witness the proceedings in their own homes. >> and in effect the senate floor has been a kind of a stage . the senators have been acting on that stage. the audience is in the galleries. and by our action today, we haven't really fundamentally altered that situation.
we simply enlarged the galleries. we have pushed out the walls to include all of the american people wish to watch. >> come men rating 30 years of coverage of the u.s. senate on c-span2. on thursday elizabeth warren criticized donald trump for his comments over the judge overseing a lawsuit over the defunct trump university. she spoke at the annual national convention of the american constitution society. this is 30 minutes.
[cheers and applause] elizabeth warren: thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. oh, thank you very much. it is so good be here. and thank you caroline for inviting me to speak today. thank you lily -- thank you, lily. it is just terrific to be here. you know, the thing that impresses me the most is to see so many people in the audience today. the american constitution society has a vital purpose and that is to stand up for the rule of law and to stand up for the constitution and to stand up against those who would undermine either one of them. that's what we do. [applause] and each and every person in this room has committed
themselves to that fight and thank you for that commitment because i've got to say, we're going to need you. four simple words are engraved above the doors, the united states supreme court equal justice under law that's supposed to be the basic promise of our legal system that our laws are just and that everyone, everyone will be held equally accountable if they break those laws. now, look, we haven't always fulfilled those promises but it is the absolute standard to which we hold ourselves even when we fall short. and a vital part of that struggle is the fight for a truly professional independent and impartial judiciary. absolutely. [applause] a place that is governed not by
politics, not by money, not by power but by those four simple words "equal justice under law." yes. now three years ago, i came here to deliver a warning about how that promise is under threat. and i talked pretty bluntly about how we are losing the fight about whether our courts will remain a neutral forum faithfully interpreting law and dispensing fair and impartial justice or whether the rich and powerful interest will completely capture the judicial branch. i talked about how year after year for more than 30 years now powerful interests have worked to rewrite the law and tilt the court to favor billionaires and giant corporations. we talked about cases that protect giant businesses from accountability, cases that made it harder for individuals to get -- court, cases that got
gutted long standed protection first consumers to keep phlegm being cheated like cases like citizens united that unleashed super pac dollars and secret corporate none a mad dash to tilt the rest of government in favor of the weal thy. and today-wealthy. and today i'm here to update that warning. because what we've seen over the past three years, accelerating over the past three months an even in the last three weeks is alarming. powerful interests are now launching a full scale assault on the integrity of the federal judiciary and its juns. now this assault has two major elements. first, pairing down our centuries' old process for apoints judges and viciously
attacking nominees, potential nominees an even sitting federal judges at the first sign that they might put the rule of law above devotion to the rich and powerful. [applause] now, earlier this week, i released a comprehensive report on the republican campaign of obstruction against president obama's nominees. it details how senate republicans have delayed or blocked those on key nominations throughout the entire obama presidency. the purpose of this obstruction is to try to hold open federal positions for as long as possible. the purpose is also to hamstring the president's ability to protect consumers and workers, to hold large corporations accountable, to promote equality. in other words to undermine the
fundamental principle of equal justice under law. the centerpiece of that strategy has been a blockade official judicial appointments and it is much bigger than the united states supreme court. from the day president obama has been sworn in, republicans have used every tool at their disposal to try to slow down his nominees. they spent months abusing the fill buster in a naked effort to preserve a right-wing majority on the d.c. circuit. after capturing the senate they just slowed judicial confirmations down to a trickle. judicial emergencies piled up. and now the supreme court of the united states sits paralyzed unable to deal with its most challenging cases all because extremists republicans who reject the legitimacy of
president obama are determined to make certain our courts advance the agenda only of the wealthy and the powerful. it is outrageous and it is up to us to fight back. [applause] senate republicans, do your job, give district court nominees their vote. [applause] do your job, give circuit court nominees their vote. and do your job, give merritt garland his vote. cheers and applause] the nominations blockade is just the first part of the assault on the judiciary. but there is a second even
uglier line of attack, intimidation. justice demands a judiciary that is made up of independent lawyers that can provide insight and expertise from every corner of the profession. but senate republicans and their big business allies don't like resumes reflect insufficient devotion to the rich and the powerful. so they smear them. defense lawyers, public interest lawyers, nominees with these professional experiences are just regularly slandered. their integrity is questioned. and scores of republicans automatically line up to oppose them. senator jeff sessions of alabama has attacked the integrity of several of president obama's nominees. for what? for having some association with
the american civil liberties union. apparently being connected to an organization whose principle purpose is to defend rights guaranteed by the constitution is an automatic disqualification. sessions vowed that the nominations process would become -- and i got this quote here, "a more con te shouse matter, if we aclu chrome zome chrome zome as part of this process. senator sessions just plain insulted paul izinis a former federal public defender and a civil rights lawyer who worked on cases of police abuse. so he asked the question whether or not she could assure the police officers that might be brought before your court that they'll get a fair day in court
and that your history would not impact your decision-making. i just want you to guess how many times senator sessions has questioned a fancy corporate defense lawyer asking if they would assure victims of fraud or people poisoned by toxic waste or people injured by shotty products or employees who were fired illegally because they joined a union if they would get a fair day in court. judge was well qualified for the american bar association yet, she was barely confirmed with nearly three dozens republican senators voting against her. this is approach is corrosive to the legal profession. it is corrosive to our courts. it is corrosive to the rule of law. and it is the responsibility of every lawyer no matter who their clients are to stand up and ight back.
[applause] the attacks around the current supreme court vacancy have been even uglier. senator john cornyn from the state of texas announced that any nominee -- this is any nominee put forward by president like a ld be beaten pinata and his right-wing billionaire and big business ally has made good on that threat. when rumors, just rumors circulated that james kelly a highly expected federal judge might be under consideration the judicial crisis network which is e shadowy right-wing group
sponsored by the koch brothers would challenge her as a federal public defender. as you all know the president announced merritt garland, that the senator hatch said a fine man who could fill the vacancy. and what happened? scorns of republican senators refused to even meet with him. the judicial crisis network started again spending millions of dollars on television ads to demean this ad. the nfib, the right-wing lobbyist group that claims to speak for small businesses but is swimming from cash from conservative billionaires announced that it would on pose
garland's nomination because in cases involved the federal agencies the judge ruled in their favor 77% of the time. now, that's a punch line, a room full of lawyers would appreciate because every lawyer knows that federal law requires judges to defer to most agency actions. but apparently it doesn't matter anymore whether or not judge garland follows the law. what matters is that he doesn't nd the law to suit giant corporations. judge garland is not a politician. he is a judge with an unimpeachable record of putting the law first. d for that sin, he faces a nonstop national campaign of slime. he faces historic disrespect from the republicans who control the senate. it is despicable. it must end.
and we must end it. cheers and applause] the goal here is pretty straightforward, it's to tilt the game. and it's working. 86% of president obama's judicial nominees have either worked as a corporate attorney, a prosecutor or both. while less than 4% have worked as lawyers in public interest organizations. you know, professional diversity is missing from the federal bench and justice suffers for it. but even disqualifying judges based on their professional background isn't enough for onald trump. trump tells everyone who will listen that he's a great businessman. but let's be honest, he's a guy
that inherited a fortune and kept it rolling along by cheating people. [applause] and you know, when that's your business model, sooner or later you're going to run into legal trouble. and donald trump has run into a lot of legal trouble. oh, yes, trump university. which is his -- his own former employees refer to as one big fraudulent scheme. many of the victims ended up deep in debt, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in debt and no way to pay it off. trump's employee playbook said, look for people with financial problems because they make good targets. he even encouraged his sales force to go after elderly people who are trying to create a little financial security because trump figured they were
vulnerable. i taught law for more than 30 years and you can ask any lawyer in america and they will tell you that sounds a lot like fraud. [laughter] i'm just saying. and by the way that is exactly what donald trump is being sued for. he's being sued for fraud and worse for targeting the most vulnerable people he could find, lying to them, taking all their money and leaving them in debt. now, some of these people are fighting back because america, we have the rule of law. and that means no matter how rich you are, no matter how wowed you are, no matter how famous you are, if you break the law you can be held accountable even if your name is donald trump. cheers and applause] but trump doesn't think those rules apply to him.
so in a political rally two weeks ago and almost daily since then, the presum u sump active republican nominee for president of the united states has savagely attacked the federal judge presiding over his case. he's exploits saying we're in front of a very hostile judge. frankly he should recuse himself. he should have given us ruling after ruling, negative, negative, negative. understand what this is. trump is criticizing the judge for following the law instead of bending it to suit the financial interest of one wealthy and so so fragile defendant. [applause] now, trump also claimed that he's being treated unfairly
because the judge happens to be, we believe, mexican. and when he got called out, he doubled down by saying. i'm building a wall. it's an inherent conflict of interest. he has personally -- personally directed his army of campaign surrogates to step up their own public attacks on judge -- on the judge. he's condemned federal judges who are muslim on the disgusting heory that trump's bigotry trumps neutrality. you just can't make this stuff up. [applause] now, if all federal judge, judge
answer s bound to not to these remarks. trump will not defend himself, exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned racist bully. [applause] now, the judge can't respond, but we can. we can tell his story. he was born in indiana. not mexico to immigrant parent who is worked hard their entire lives and who were handed nothing. he went to indiana university for undergrad. then he went there for lawsuit. and for 13 years, he worked as federal prosecutor in southern california fighting the mexican drug cartels. is a leader of that region's narcotics enforcement division. he collaborated with top mexican officials to disrupt the culture
of corruption between the mexican government and the most powerful and deadly cocaine drug smugglers in america. and the effort was pretty impressive. on both sides of the border, money lauppeder, assassins were arrested and prosecuted. but that came at great cost. witnesses were killed. mexican officials were murdered. the judge himself was the target of an assassination plot d he spent the better part of a year living officially in hiding under the protection of the u.s. marshalls. later, after his years of service as a prosecutor, the judge was appointed to the california state courts by a republican governor who calls him an american hero. he was nominated to the federal bench by a democratic president and he was confirmed by a voice vote in the senate. hat's what kind of a man judge
curriel is. what kind of a man is donald trump? he says the judge should be ashamed of himself. no, donald, you should be ashamed of yourself. [cheers and applause] ashamed. ashamed for using the megaphone of a presidential campaign to attack a judge's character and integrity simply because you think you have some god-given right to steal people's money and get away with it. you shame yourself and you shame this great country. cheers and applause] what the mp says, judge is doing is a total disgrace. no, donald, what you are doing is a total disgrace.
he spent years defending america from the terrorist of murders and drug trafficking simply because long ago his family came to america from somewhere else? you, donald trump are a total isgrace. the judge is one of countless american patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country. sometimes at great risk to his own life. donald trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself. [applause] and that is just one of the many reasons he will never be president of the united states.
[applause] but here's the thing. in spite of these shameful attacks, nobody doubts that the judge will continue to preside over trump's case as a fair and neutral judge because the judge is a lawyer with integrity and that's what lawyers with integrity do. the judge has survived far worse than donald trump. he's survived actual assassination attempts. you won't have no trouble surviving donald trump's nasty temper tantrums. you know, when first asked though about whether he would condemn trump's comments about judge curriel. senator mitch mcconnell, the
senate republican leader said, gee, no -- [laughter] donald trump is certainly a different kind of candidate. he, he, he. and then after days of pressure, mcconnell finally said, attacking the judge is stupid and that trump should "get on script." what script is that exactly? and where do you suppose that donald trump got the idea that he can personally attack judges regardless of the law whenever they don't bend to the whims of billionaires and big businesses? trump isn't a different kind of candidate. he's a mitch mcconnell kind of candidate. yes.
he is exab exact -- exactly the kind of candidate you would expect from a republican party whose script for several years has been to execute a full scale assault on the integrity of our court while filling judicial appointments while donald trump can smear them who do not pledge alley january of the financial interest of the rich and powerful. that's the kind. now trump is also house speaker paul ryan's kind of candidate. paul ryan condemned donald trump's campaign for its attacks on the judge's intriguity. great. where is paul ryan's condemnation of the blockade? the intimidation, the smears and the slime against the integrity of qualified judicial nominees and judge guardland? where is he?
-- and judge garland? >> paul ryan and mitch mcconnell want donald trump to appoint the next generation of judges. they want those judges to tilt the law in favor of big businesses and billionaires like trump. they just want donald trump to quit being quite so vulgar and obvious about it. [laughter] [applause] donald trump shows racism as his weapon. but his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the republicans. pound the courts into submission for the rich and the powerful. senator mcconnell recently said he's "pretty calm about donald trump because what protects this country against big mistakes
being made is the structure, the constitution, the institutions. mitch mcconnell is 100% wrong. our democracy does not sustain itself. our constitution does not sustain itself. the rule of law does not sustain itself. there have always been those with money and power who think that the rule of law shouldn't apply to them, those who oppose to serve their own ends. they've tried it before and they're trying it again. all that is required for our independent judiciary to collapse is for good people to stand by and do nothing. now is not the time to stand by. now is the time to stand up. now is the time to say no. not here, not in these united
states of america. no. we are not a nation that disqualifies lawyers and judges from public service because of race or religion or gender or because they haven't spent their entire careers representing the rich and the powerful. we are the nation of john adams, a lawyer who defended the british soldiers after the boston massacre and then went on to serve as president of the united states. we are the nation of abraham lincoln, a lawyer who defended accused killers and then went on to serve as president of the united states. we are the nation of thurgood marshall, a lawyer who fought for racial equality and then went on to serve in the supreme
court of these united states. we are the nation of ruth bader ginsburg, a lawyer who fought for gender equality. [applause] that is who we are. and we will not allow a small, insecure, thin-skinned, wannabe tyrant or his allies in the senate to destroy the rule of law in the united states of america. we will not. we will not. you bet. you bet. cheers and applause]
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dozens of innocent people. we pray for the families who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. we stand with the people of orlando who have endured a terrible attack on their city. although, it's still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. and as americans we are united n grief and outrage and in resolve to defend our people. i just finished a meeting with f.b.i. director comby and national security advisors. the f.b.i. is on the scene and leading the investigation in partnership with local law enforcement. i've directed that the full resource of the federal government be made available for this investigation. we are still learning all the facts. this is an open investigation. we've reached no definitive judgment on the precise
motivations of the killer. the f.b.i. is propertyly investigating this as an act of terrorism. and i directed that we must spare no effort to determine what if any association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. what is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. over the coming days we'll uncover why and how this happened and we will go wherever the facts lead us. this morning i spoke with my good friend orlando's mayor buddy guyer. and i conveyed to him my deepest condolences of the american people. this could have been any one of our communities. i told mayor diier that whatever help he and the peep of orlando need, he's going to get it. we will be there for the people of orlando, today, tomorrow and for all the days to come. profound ress our
gratitude to all the police and first responders who rushed to harm's way. their courage and professionalism saved lives and kept the carnage from being even worse that's the kind of sacrifice that our law enforcement professionals do every single day and we can never thank them enough. this is an especially hard-breaking days for all our friends and fellow american who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. the shooter targetted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing and to live. the place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub, it's a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate for their civil rights. this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any american
regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. and no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us americans. today marks the most deadly shooting in american history. the shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. this massacre is a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a house of worship or in a movie theater or in a nightclub. we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. and to actively do nothing is a decision as well. in the coming hours and days, we'll learn about the victim of this tragedy.
their names, their faces, who they were, the joy that they brought to families and to friends and the difference that they made in this world. say a prayer for them. say a prayer for the families. may god give them the strength to bear the unbearable. and that he would give us all the stronthe be there for them and give them strength and courage to change. we need to demonstrate that we are defined more by the way they live their lives than by the hate of the man who took them from us. as we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts. friends that helped friends who took care of each other and saved lives. >> in the case of violence, we will love one another. we will not give into fear or turn against each other.
instead we will stand together to protect our people and defend our nation and to take action against those who threaten us. may god bless the americans we lost this morning. may he comfort their families. may got continue to watch over this country that we love. thank you. >> tomorrow on washington journal we will devote all three hours getting your comments concerning the mass shooting in orlando, florida. we'll take your calls, tweets and facebook reactions live at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on -span. >> our c-span campaign 2000 bus travels throughout the country to honor winners from the student cam competition. recently the bus stopped at
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