Skip to main content

tv   Senator Tim Kaine Discusses His Life and Career  CSPAN  July 22, 2016 8:52pm-9:43pm EDT

8:52 pm
a campaign rally in florida international university and senator kaine is expected to be there. our library to the white house coverage begins at noon eastern on c-span. in this recent american profile interview, c-span talks with virginia senator tim kaine about growing up in kansas city, his move to richmond, his early career and tenure as governor of virginia, his work in the senate and his future. this is about 45 minutes. senator tim kaine, how do some need or in st. paul minnesota raised outside of kansas city and up in richmond virginia? wives are better negotiated. i grew up in center city -- kansas city. they got a job, my dad got a job in st. paul. after about a couple years, they
8:53 pm
were homesick so i had been born in st. paul, but they moved back to kansas city. i was raised in the midwest and kansas city. went to mizzou, went to harvard law school, but i met this beautiful virginia and my wife, when we decided to get married and we were looking in both places, then i realized what a great negotiator she was and she continued to be the best in every negotiation since. we've been in richmond for 32 years and we love it. growing uplk about and kansas city. the oldest of three boys. >> absolutely. two great brothers. steve and patrick. steve is a pediatric cardiologist. operates on the hearts of newborn babies through catheters so every time i think i have a hard job that i think about my brother steve. my brother pat, he and his wife have a law firm that focuses on everything about the sale of aircraft and they are both wonderful guys with kids in on
8:54 pm
the one that got away. my parents are 81 and still alive and my brothers live very close to them. they do like visiting virginia. i try to get them out a lot. >> i read somewhere that he were up early on saturday morning. to work at your dad shop? >> my dad had a company called iron crafters and ran for 25 plus years. it was an iron working and welding shop. would be five employees in the top your and 708 in a good year and that my mother and my brother. it was largely a shop that would make things like icicle frames, ,rnamental iron work, balconies handle levers to hold tables on restroom walls. classic midwestern manufacturing business. up early to get business finished before they got caught. my dad was a great business guy. he always taught us that his business acumen would put his workers kids through school.
8:55 pm
great artistry. unionized ironworkers. a wonderful place to learn about hard work and not cutting corners and excellence and that you have to be a team if you're going to be successful. my dad taught me a lot of good values through the business. steve: what did you learn about our work? -- iron work? >>, enough to take a year off when i was in hard work -- harvard laws go and i went to hunt tors. i waited there without taking a loss over at harvard law school has zero relevance to anything we're doing, but then you do something in the trade and i told them what i did, you're going to run our vocational school and i ran a school in honduras that talk is to be carpenters and welders. i just ordered iran and grew and fun raised for it and recruited
8:56 pm
and success followed me into law school. i learned a lot about life values my dad and from the business. the little bit of iron working i thatas enough to add curriculum to the school and teach kids some of the basics of welding when i was there in 1980 and 81. something i am fortunate that i was able to do. steve: what were you like in high school? nerd. i love learning. the best education is always going to be self-education. i especially, reading. if you go back and ask teachers i was with, they would say i had my nose in a book. real active in student government and the student newspaper, did some speech and debate stuff. i went to an all boys go through a cheerleader on the bicycle and football team. we had great athletic programs
8:57 pm
and we did that. the main thing i remember from high school is taking off intellectually and seeing the big wide world. there was a just what high school and the jets would order of the catholic church has a real twin tradition of intellectual rigor and social justice. men for others. they try to teach you to mother -- measure your life on the effective have another people's lives and that combination of service, but also the intellectual rigor was great. my high school days. was really fantastic. transformational? >> in some ways it started a transformation. my parents are great, fantastic irish catholics and we grew up going to mass on sunday and i'm always joke about my parents. if we got back from vacation on a sunday night, they would go to the one church in kansas city that had an night mass.
8:58 pm
we were mass going catholics and same prayers before meals. but like a lot of catholic families, my brothers did not talk that much about faith. like, preach the gospel, use words necessary. the high school was the place where he first really started -- we really started to do talking about faith and spirituality. that put me in a seeker mode where if it was not enough for me just to accept what i had been taught, i really wanted to find my own answers and that led me to take the offering of honduras and he continued to lead me. i would say that the high school of myence was a key part transition into adult life instead of just excepting the answers of others, i've been a person that has wanted to go out and find answers on my own. steve: how does tim kaine you
8:59 pm
his religion today? >> i do what i do for spiritual reasons. everybody has motivations. always, feel like i'm whatever i'm doing, i'm in a dialogue going that is a spiritual dialogue. what is the broader significance of this interview. what if the broader significance of a vote i'm taking. what are the broader significance of something i do with my wife. i'm always thinking about the momentary reality but the way kenexa with the bigger matters of what is important. i tried to approach my job that and be upfront with people about it. not because i want anybody else to be me, i'm not trying to convince anyone to do what i'm doing. i feel like sharing my motivation with others is a good thing and i hope that if i do
9:00 pm
that, others will show their motivation with me and that is how i we can learn and get to be better at what i do and better as a person. i have a spiritual phrase i used which is a wonderful phrase, it and 11tten by george fox words, it conveys a spiritual philosophy. while cheerfully over the earth, answering that of god in everyone. cheerful, why be grim talk of what the burden? open ears. get outside of your neighborhood. go abroad to go to new places. answering, you can answer if you don't listen. you have to listen. the divine spark of each person and there is a defined sparkies person. that is my discipline that i try to use and what i do as a person. steve: let's get to your high
9:01 pm
school, college and law school. you with university of missouri. he started a journalism. i did. mr. has a great journalism problem. i can to age of watergate and crusading journalists made a huge impression on me. a joke about me and your profession, i went to mizzou and started to work on the paper and everybody there who was like me, they were too cynical. i started to think, i can't believe how cynical be folks are. i hang out with them my entire time, i'll be sick to live with. i decided to get out of journalism and i went to the entirely on cynical plot tension -- profession of lawyer and politician. law?: why harvard know, i was
9:02 pm
unsophisticated. i was taken about moscow. i assumed i would go to mizzou and the university of kansas. i had a great gpa, i did well on my law school boards in the remember going to make advisor the economics department and talking about moscow and talk about what i was interested, have you thought about trying to go to harvard or yale or stanford or chicago? with your scores you could go anywhere. that thought had never occurred to me. i applied to a bunch of schools and i got into harvard and decided to go. i had never set foot on campus until the day i showed up for the first day of class. it was a culture short. -- shock. from for the midwest -- the midwest to moscow in quebec. i met my wife there so that was worth triple the tuition for the entire three years and it was an amazing expense. especially in making friends that have been friends for life. >> you talk about honduras?
9:03 pm
your law school for one door and then you go to -- when you're into any good to honduras. >> i had gone to college in three different from the started harvard at age 21, i might have of the artist person in the class. all these people i met him they had worked as a journalist, traveled around the world, and in the peace corps, done all these things and i remember thinking, why am i rushing? life is long. and i don't really know what i want to do with my life and everybody else seems so sure. i learned later they were just better actors bending. -- then me. what if i took some time off to figure it out. have ah school i went to connection with the just what mission and i had been once in high school, 1974. this is 1980. as i was starting to think about, is there something i could do to really take a step
9:04 pm
away and learn and then decide on my path in life? honduras, our thought i could come back in volunteer one day. so i just decided to write these guys out of the blue. a couple of them had been there and were there and i said, can i volunteer. i got a letter back and they said yes. the march to into the dean's office monday and said i want to take a year off. , the firstn was thing they did was check if i had unpaid hills. they checked my grades and i was not looking out. out.unking toust knew that i needed step away from the treadmill a little bit to try and figure out what i wanted to do with my life. i fully going to hunt doors and spending that year -- felt like going to hunt doors and spending that you're helping and that
9:05 pm
would help me make better decisions about my future. it was all that and much much more. in 1980-81. i worked with these great missionary. .ost of them were spaniards some are americans and summer hondurans. iran the school they started. when i came back, it really did put me on a path. my wife and i have continued to be very supportive of the school. we went back for our 20th wedding anniversary in 2004. my wife had said, we've been supporting the mission, let's go. the 20th we went back. wednesday in ash 2015. , presidentn cornyn obama was to make a big investment in central america to do with this problem of the unaccompanied minors. honduras is the epicenter.
9:06 pm
i like john a lot and i said, why don't we go down and try to learn that we can about that we can about the from. i will make a deal. come with mexico to talk about energy reform and i will come with you to honduras to learn about honduras in issue. at the mainass parish and of the nose to me, we had let them know we were coming but they reached out to all the adjustments who had been there ogreso and had asked me to come. the guy in the center, he had been my remit. he was a priest and training and now he's about ready to retire. he came back from guatemala. they were all part of the just what nietzsche when i was there. they were young, vigorous 40 euros and that they are vigorous 65-70 euros doing great work --
9:07 pm
-year-olds doing great work. i saw them and said, i think i know those guys. moving experience. we went to mass, went back and visited the school which was 45 kids and when i left, it was about 60 kids. now it is about 400 kids. graveyardnt up to the that is on the hill above town where a lot of our friends are buried and we had a little prayer service in their memory. these great guys who spent their whole life there serving people were buried. was a special visit. >> when you were there, what did you learn about the people of honduras and what did you learn about america? a this would be an hour and half. the people, honduras it is the second poorest nation in the americas next to haiti when i was there. what i learned was that
9:08 pm
happiness is not correlated with wealth. happiness is really correlated with are you a giving person or not. i met so many stanley destitute people who are giving people and were happy. i have since had the opportunity to meet a of wealthy people who aren't giving the people and they aren't happy. i learned from them that happiness is spread around the human condition. i learned from them the power of faith to deal with and understand adversary -- adversity. i learned about, i was getting a little bit tired of the catholic worship i was used to which was a big suburban parish, 45 and amassed because he had to empty the parking lot in time for the next parking lot for the next 45 minute mass. their massive be to have hours long it would be so vibrant and chaotic and fun. how strongecially
9:09 pm
spiritually their lives can help you with us -- do with the challenges before would alert about our country, you can never fully understand the things by your own culture and to step outside of it. because you take things for granted anything every lives that way and so you don't. here's an example. honduras was a military dictatorship. no rule of law. adjustments i worked with were on good terms with the blood terry because they were helping out poor people in the military did not like them. i lived with people who prayed for the day that they could vote for anything. a mayor or a president. i was living in a country where voting ternate -- turnout was low and so may people did not. it made a believer in me and our system that the rule of law is a whole love better than the iron fist that people still live under all over the world. also that if you are in a
9:10 pm
society that gives you the privilege to participate, you have to take advantage of it. if years after i left, honduras moved over to having democratic elections. the pictures of my friends waiting in lines for hours and hours long with big smiles on their faces. you see those pictures from all around the globe. south africa, and other places. it taught me about things we for granted. physical things we take for granted come opportunities. having a government that is the rule of law that is not the dictator, having the opportunities of just a regular person to participate, that was a conservative lesson to me about our own culture and kicked civicic -- shaped my engagement. >> how did you meet your wife? >> we are about the same age. princeton, and
9:11 pm
because i had gone to college in three years, i started article a year ahead. i've taken a year off. i came back, we both were involved in a clinical activity at harvard law school where they would send law students how to do hearings in the prison systems. hearings parole hearings. a way to provide some help but also to test yourself on the feet if you wanted to be a courtroom lawyer later. it was really involved, i have been involved my first year before i left and the way she describes it, she was supposed to recruit new members and told, we think this guy is coming back who did it before, can you make an effort to convince him to come back. she claims that she not only was trying to convince you to come back, but was pretty quickly trying to convince me to pay attention to her and we were in classes together and she made chocolate chip cookies once for a study group and her side of the story is from the day of
9:12 pm
those chocolate chip cookies, i was a complete goner. cookiesknow about the that i know her very well. we started dating and we have been together ever since. mary 32 years. and she is my public service europe. she is been a legal aid -- public service hero. she has been illegally. she held her for the foster care system. i let resources and now she secretary of education in virginia it is a public servant and wife and mother and daughter and sister. so easy, whichem it is not. >> is the only the second person to serve as the daughter of a governor and as first lady? >> she is the second. thomas jefferson's daughter, jefferson was second governor and his daughter later was the wife of a governor.
9:13 pm
my wife is the only person to have lived in the governor's mansion as a child and then as an adult. the governor's mansion did not get built jefferson was governor. one really special memory of being -- me becoming governor was at the end of the long day of being sworn in, we go to the governor's mansion 1:00 in the morning, we walk in the staff is there and say to me, al capone governor and they fit my life, welcome back on -- welcome home governor and they say to my wife, welcome back home. people, tricks on my she kind of wishes that she had not later, but we had a remarkable time as governor. a huge honor to have the job. one of the things that was a special was being able to be back in what had been for four years her girlhood home and to
9:14 pm
have her parents, who had been really transformative leaders during a difficult time, able also to come back and share that experience with us. it was remarkable. >> what is your father-in-law locke and how intellectual -- like and how influential has he been? >> i have no hesitation think he is my political hero. he came back from a summary in world war i two. i. when he came back, a percent of the virginia electorate participated in the election. it was a one-party state. democratic machine. cut to run things by the simple tax it. they cap people from being able to participate. he was back and said fighting for democracy in the pacific and i move back to a one-party state. i'm good to try to build up a competitive two-party system. he built a republican party that was the progressive alternative
9:15 pm
to the segregationist democrats. he ran for house delegates twice and lost. ran for governor of 1955. lost. governor, he ran for the naacp supported him, he was elected governor and within the first year he integrated the public schools of virginia after all the democratic governors preceded him had public health to keep it -- hell to keep it integrated -- segregated. he did as an act occurred. an active in school and an act of, he was basically frozen out of the electoral politics thereafter. he at one office for four years, he was a 48-year-old x governor who tried to run for the senate a few years later and finished 3rd in a forward primary. he connected the nomination because people were mad at him about what he had done to try to bring about a better virginia. 92 years old and
9:16 pm
people look at what he and his was his equal partner in office, a look at say, that wasand a guy who had a tough time, had to make a tough call and did it the right way. he changed virginia from a state that was looking backwards to a state that started to look forward. for that reason he is my great hero and still is. is me a lot of advice and when i'm smart, i will follow him. there?picture up >> this is a picture that is very unique. it is a picture of, it was on the front page of the new york times when the school busing integration order came down and he decided we are not fighting it. he said we will embrace school integration. he decided the best way to do it was not just to tell virginiaans the way would become his own family would participate.
9:17 pm
the governor mentioned is in the hearts of richmond. it is not in any school districts are governors kids can go anywhere. and central he said, if i'm going to say that school integration is a good thing that my kids should go to the neighborhood schools here which were largely african-american schools. i should escort them there and say look, education is important. kids should be able to sit down together with folks regardless of race and get an education. that is a picture of my father-in-law and my wife's sister. walking into kennedy high school on the opening day of school it was on the front page of the new york times. there were a lot of maritimes pictures of governors, southern governors blocking the inoolhouse in little rock colleges like the university of mississippi trying to keep black kids from coming in and sitting next to my kids. as far as i know, there's only one picture of a southern governor escorting his daughter into school and saint
9:18 pm
integration is good and it is not just for other people, it is good for us. that influence has been to powerful on me and my wife. i had a career as a civil rights lawyer for about 17-18 years before got into the statewide politics. both of my career, fighting for civil rights in virginia. largely in the area of housing discrimination. over -- casesall all of the state street in that work in my work as a mayor and now my work as governor and senator, his example of being a courageous promoter of equality is when i try to take inspiration from. >> you served city council before you were mayor. how did that prepare you for serving in congress? >> i think being a local office is the best training for being in any office. partisanship was not important. we ran for city council and their in virginia -- mayor
9:19 pm
richmond not as a raise. -- nonpartisan. people knew who was a democrat and republican. it was about results. partisanship was an important second. results were important. you could say anything but if people do not see the tangible effects of what you did, you are not going to get reelected. important,hing was local office, your accessible. people talk to in the grocery store. i once had a woman reran my pickup truck on broad street and that the policeman was writing her a ticket, the policeman said, mr. mayor, are doing ok. she said are you the mayor? yes. there the zoning issue coming up in city hall next week. the testimony of local office is a trait that you get into. government by and for the people. you are up close and personal. you can make people happy or
9:20 pm
last -- that. i would say started -- mad. i would say starting work results were important and acceptability was important, that to me has been the base of everything i've done politics. >> how did you approach lieutenant governor? >> it is funny. i was not only lieutenant governor come i was lieutenant governor to a long time rent. our corner and i met at harvard law school. he was a kid from connecticut and i was a kid from kansas city. we ended up back in virginia. i reconnected with him when he was the campaign chair of the governor campaign in 1989. we were friends and i was his number two in command. the real job of it lieutenant governor, the more daily job is presiding over the state senate. i did something real smart. when i got elected, there were 40 senators. i had one-on-one meetings with every senator tuesday what do
9:21 pm
you expect to see in a presided. i just listened. it proved to be very helpful. only statenia the with a one term governor. i knew mark of the governor for four years. i turned on everything from him. -- tried to learn everything from tim. mark was a really good governor. he was a governor during some tough times. then i was a governor during a really tough time. the worst economic crisis since the 1930's. the horrible shooting virginia tech that occurred when i was governor. u.s.-based i think the expense of having been get her -- the experience of having the mayor, having watched them deal with challenging issues, being at his right hand as lieutenant governor compared me to deal with some tough issues. >> april 2007. virginia tech. what were you that day and
9:22 pm
did that tell you about guns in virginia, guns in america and the issue of mental health? >> when i was on city council, richmond had the second-highest murder a capital. i have been elected official in a place where i wanted to many crunching to funerals and too many gatherings of homicide victims and families. to be supportive for them. i had said -- had had some scar tissue and that they, the worst day of my life, i had left to go on a trade mission with 100 bridges leaders -- business leaders from virginia to japan and india. just landed and literally landed, got to the hotel, checked in and i had just bought a sleep and i got a knock on the door and i had my security detail say, he got to call back. there's been a horrible tragedy in virginia. this is midnight in tokyo. call back in my chief of staff told me what was happening.
9:23 pm
it was unfolding and we still do not know. i just said, coming back to the airport. we are flying back. we went right back to the airport and as were sitting in the airport lounge come the tragedy unfolding, 33 people killed. some of them were injured. this horribly arranged young person who had mental health issues that were not being .reated, the 33rd death i flew back super jetlagged and went right back to press, president bush offered to fly me down to blacksburg because he was good to speak and we went and spoke to the community the day after the shooting. oft began a real period soul-searching retro to do two things. i try to be a friend to the families that had lost loved ones. and i cannot convey to you the amazing diversity the family. a random tragedy of violence, 19-year-old kids been on campus
9:24 pm
for seven months and a 75-year-old engineer professor who survived the holocaust, and that he survived the communist takeover of romania because he was not a communist and he spoke out against them in the kicked him out of his academic position, came to be in -- united states and fell in love with blacksburg and state. day, he blocked the door of his classroom so students could jump up and window and he was killed. think about that. the guy who would survive the holocaust and would survive the communist takeover of romania and being oppressed the communist, cannot survive gun violence in this country. i learned, like i have learned as mayor and in a deeper way,
9:25 pm
that we can do better and we need to do better. did twoe shooting, i things. i spent time with the families and still do. i'm close to a number of the families and their children. i determined that i would put a panel together to analyze everything that happened and make recommendations about what went wrong and will be contained but i had people coming, don't do that. if you put out a public report of what went wrong, you are hitting a lawsuit to everybody to sue the state and i said, i don't care about the dam lawsuit. we have to do everything we can to make sure that what happened to these precious people doesn't happen again or reduce the chance it will happen again. i put together a wonderful panel of people, the network connected to the victims and none of them were connected to virginia tech and they looked at everything that went wrong and made a bunch of suggestions. campus safety, training, guns, mental health and they made the
9:26 pm
recommendations and we made a lot of changes. i'm very sad to say, the one change economic was -- change i could not someone got a weapon that he should not have gotten but a gap in the record system. i was able to fix some of that gap administrative leave, but i went to my legislature and said, we need a universal background check system and we need to have better by context. don't want to a limited the chance completely but it will make us safer by reducing the chance of 10 pounds. my lips like you would not do it. even in the aftermath of the worst shooting tragedy in the history of the united states. in between my election and swearing into the senate, the horrible shooting in connecticut of these schoolchildren and their teachers and again, i made the case on the floor in april of 2013. we learned a lesson at blacksburg, and we learned a
9:27 pm
lesson again, we can make ourselves safer. we can respect the second amendment, we can respect people's gun rights. we can also have roles that make people safer. that day, in the senate, trying actct back on check -- and background check legislation with the new town family sitting in the gallery. sitting with them were virginia tech families. not dot that we could the right thing, do a thing that the american public wants us to do is instantly disappointed. i'm not giving up. arey, these tragedies queuing to pilot. we a journalist killed unlike to be. very close to blacksburg. by somebody who wanted to get publicity. somebody with a horrible mental illness. we have to do a better job in this country. are a lot of things and what to do in the senate.
9:28 pm
i work on a lot of issues. embracehat we can commonsense strategies that will end this gun violence in the country. i'm going to do all i can to make sure we do. let me ask you, as governor, you have to deal with 11 executions. publicyou deal with official obligations? >> i'm against the death penalty. i don't think we needed. other nations don't have and they are fine. i refuse to believe that the american public is demonstrably worse than people in other nations who have never been supportive. when i ran for office, i tell you, i ran to the governor. i knew the first thing i would do would be to uphold the law. the law of virginia, the death penalty can be ultimate management -- punishment if upheld by the judge and jury and court.
9:29 pm
i grappled with, i'm against the death penalty, but i'm going to take an oath to uphold the law. remember, i lived in a society where there was no rule of law. whereas software was like to live with a society where it really did whatever they wanted to do. i knew that was a bad system. was i'mold virginians against the death penalty, but i will uphold the law. i did that. onre were numerous people row and all- death of their appeals went through without them given release. they apply to me for clemency, i would look at their petition. but only the instance of them, me thinking they had a credible complaint of innocence or mentally ill. i would exercise clemency power and that weight, but i would not give clemency to a case where i felt like the facts were not there to suggest the person was innocent or had been wronged. very difficult.
9:30 pm
the legislature, they kept testing me, they kept trying to expand the death penalty in virginia. about 20 times they put bills on my desk and i vetoed all of them. i told you i was against the death penalty. i don't think we needed it. when it came to carrying out the law in terms of a sentence of an individual, i grappled with the cases but only gave relief to people who i felt had made a case that they were entitled to clem si. it was a painful, painful thing. even though i have been governor for many years, it's still painful to talk about it. host: what do you think is next for you politically? >> i like this job. if you talk to governors and they're honest, a lot of them will tell you, i like being governor better. i think i lucked out a little. i came from the senate and i'm on a couple of committees. i'm on the armed services
9:31 pm
committee. i have a child in the military. that's a pretty important connection and virginia has a military connection. it's like second to none. this is so deeply important to our state and important to me. i'm on the foreign relations committee. one out of nine virginians was born in another country. i have lived in another country. if you have lived or born someone else, you care about the role in the world. virginians care. the budget committee, i really love my committees. so 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 and did a great job for courageous. was if he saw something he didn't like, oliver north for smart, include me out. that was courageous for him to do it. he said my country and commonwealth are more important
9:32 pm
than my party. this would be the wrong thing for my country and my commonwealth. i used his longevity and his willingness to do what he thought was right along with my father-in-law. i kind of use them as examples. i hope to be here for a long time. host: would serving as president of the senate give you a bigger platform? >> i have a good platform right now. i really like my job. i'm a happy senator and not looking for another one. i do a ton of work for hillary to try to get her elected. i think the world of her and i think she is going to be a superb president. i was one of the early supporters of president obama and still as a friend and supporter and think he has done a good job under tough circumstances. in some ways, though, in some ways, i think the choice posted for the nation in 2016 is even sharper than 2008. president obama had lost to
9:33 pm
senator mccain, i would have been bitterly disappointed. it wouldn't have represented a fundamental change in the direction of the country. we have issues on the table should we bring torture back. should we take the virginia value of freedom of religious worship and turn it on its head and punish people because they are muslims. should we use a tar brush to paint everybody from a recent immigrant to federal judge negative because they are latino. these are big challenging issues and the choice for the nation, 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. battleground a state and rather than worry about what is happening with the hanging chad in florida or a poll closing late in ohio or virginia, we have a feeling, we take care of business at home, we have an ability to play a real role in who the next
9:34 pm
president will be. host: one final question, if she said, tim, i can win with you, i want you to serve as my running mate what would you tell her? >> i really like my job and i want to stay. i think i can help her win and i think i can help her win most by winning virginia. she has a lot of directions she can go. she is going to choose a person who is the best suited to help her govern and to help her win. i was vetted for this spot back in 2008 and i love being mentioned, but my gut was never saying i think it's going to be me. i don't think that differently now. host: your three children, what are they doing today? >> my oldest boy is infantry commander in the marine corps about to take a second deployment overseas. woody is kind of a cool artist in the twin cities who does ideography and photoy.
9:35 pm
-- photography. he works in rec and parks and does his art. my daughter is in her last year at n.y.u. in the theater department. how my wife and i ended up with a marine and two arts, i don't know. we love them and proud of them and we live vicariously through all of them. host: you're enjoying this job? >> i love it. i love my colleagues. i wish people outside of the building who see all of the negatives and there are negatives, the place could be a lot better, i wish they could see some of the aspects of my colleagues that i work with every day. sadly, the media climate that we're in, cooperation isn't newsworthy. there is no conflict, what's the story. things that are negative are going to get the negative will get the attention. what should get attention is when i worked with bob corker
9:36 pm
to try to draft the bill forcing the president to submit an iran deal to congress for a review. he and i drafted it together. when the bill was submitted, i supported the bill and he didn't. we set up the rules together in a bipartisan way. hen alexander and murray rewrite no child left behind, but they rewrote it together. we got a lot of career and technical education stuff in that bill. others got pieces of that bill, too. it was hard and we got it done. a lot of things happen that don't get as much attention. there are a lot of legitimate problems here that we have to do a better job solving. i do feel called to do things that are hard and maybe where there is some brokenness that needs to be fixed. i think there is a lot of part unities for me to be of an improvement of this place. host: senator tim kaine, thank
9:37 pm
you for your time. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016. >> hillary clinton and tim kaine speak at a campaign rally in miami. our live road to the white house coverage begins at noon eastern on c-span. >> the democratic national committee unveiled the commission's podium that will be the center of attention next week during the convention at the wells fargo center in south philadelphia. it stands on a circular session stage in front of a giant video wall. unveiling, the c.e.o. of the convention committee and the philadelphia mayor. >> the mayor of philadelphia, jim kenny. [applause] >> good morning. welcome to philadelphia.
9:38 pm
there is no better city, no better backdrop to showcase our party values than the birthplace of american democracy. what you see around you this morning is the result of many months of careful planning and dedicated work. our team has transformed this arena into what will be the epicenter of american politics next week, what we intend to be the most inclusive, most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention ever. on this podium next week, you will see a stark contrast to what you saw in cleveland this week. you will see talented leaders from a broad range of disciplines, occupations and perspectives. you will see diversity and inclusion that mirrors what this country looks like and you will see a nominee for president with the skill,
9:39 pm
experience, and integrity to lead our nation forward, one who knows that we are stronger together. with that i know we still have a lot of worked to to get ready for first gavel on monday. so take a look around, take it all in, get familiar because it's a view you'll always remember as we make history in philadelphia again and with that i'm happy to present our friend and partner, the mayor of this great city, mayor jim kinney. >> thank you. [applause] >> wow, this is where i come to watch our beloved fliers and philadelphia 76ers and to see this stage transformed into what it is transformed into as we stand here today is just overwhelming. i will say this is the product you get when you use skilled union labor. [applause]
9:40 pm
>> we are looking forward to welcoming the country and the world starting now or saturday, sunday and we will have a different convention than what we have seen over the last four days. i alter between laughness and sadness and fear between all of those events. we will have something we all will be proud of and we will nominate and elect the first woman president of the united states of america. [applause] so welcome, everyone, have a good time. we'll make you safe. we have great restaurants and activities planned for everywhere at the convention center and all around town. have a good time and come back to philadelphia after it's over for your vacations and for your business. thank you very much and thank you for your hard work and what the d.n.c. has done and the host committee has done, proud of all of the work and look forward to a great convention. thank you.
9:41 pm
[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2016 >> you'll have a front row seat to every minute on the democratic national convention on c-span.org. use our video clipping tool to
9:42 pm
create your own clips of your favorite convention moments and share them on social media, also read twitter feeds from delegates and reporters in philadelphia. our special convention pages have everything you need to get the most of c-span's gavel to gavel coverage. go to c-span.org slash democratic national convention for updated schedule information to see what is happening during each convention session and every speech will be available on demand for viewing when you want on your desk top, laptop, tablet and smartphone. our special convention pages and all of c-span.org are a public service of your cable or satellite provider. so if you're a c-span watcher check it out on the web at c-span.org. >> republican presidential candidate donald trump and vice presidential candidate indiana governor mike pence held a campaign rally in cleveland. mr. trump told supporters that texas senator ted cruz may have ruined

23 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on