tv Road to the White House 2020 Former Vice President Biden in Delaware CSPAN March 16, 2019 6:21pm-8:02pm EDT
country -- people who have them and welcoming. we actually celebrate them. our economy is only as strong as the diversity. entrepreneurs and innovation, ways of thinking about things. i really urge people to think about what actually makes us strong. >> state president pro tem david mcbride. and speaker of the house. [applause] >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
[laughter] >> thank you. good evening, delaware democrats. delaware has talent. delaware has talent. please join me at this time in reverence as we honor our higher being. if you would join with me as we celebrate our blessing this evening at our first state democratic senator. dear god, bless us as we gather around our tables, our diverse neighbors, equal people, unified as democrats tonight as we are honoring our loyal committee of democrats, union members and public servants. stand with us this evening as we nourish not only our bodies and spirits, but as democrats as we serve as custodians to public health and champions for economic and educational opportunity.
who was anone honor immigrant but was welcome to his new country. may we in the spirit of love continue as we fight for social and environmental justice. loveow justice is what looks like. finally, on this eve of st. patrick's, as the sunshine always warms us and wind be behind the backs of our state leaders, our governor, and especially our joe biden. amen. [applause]
>> now, everyone please welcome the chairman of the delaware democratic party. [applause] >> good evening, democrats. yes. thank you for attending tonight's first state democratic dinner and for all of your support of the delaware democratic party. an awful lot of people in this room and an awful lot of cameras in the back. i suspect they are not here to hear from me so i will lead by example tonight and keep my remarks very brief. i'm as excited to hear from vice president biden as i know all of you are and a want to thank him for being here this evening. i want to thank all the wonderful democratic elected officials who are here this evening. you will hear from governor carney, congresswoman rochester.
you just saw lieutenant governor, fantastic legislative leaders, senator mcbride and the speaker, alongside the state row officers. a warm of applause for the insurance commissioner, our newly elected auditor of accounts, state treasurer, and our attorney general who has made national deadlines on delivering on the promise of criminal justice reform, kathy jennings. [applause] >> because of the hard work of sony people in this room, i can tell you that as of november 6, the first time in anyone's memory, democrats hold all nine statewide elected offices here in delaware. [applause] >> because of the hard work of the people in this room, the people can finally say they are having their interests representative in dover thanks to senator sturgeon and
representative griffin. [applause] >> because of the hard work of people in this room, we elected the most diverse freshman class of legislatures delaware has ever seen so the legislative hall looks more like delaware than the delaware democratic party looks, and i am especially proud of that. [applause] time, ict, at this would like to ask all of our elected officials to stand up and be recognized please. there are too many to name individually and that is a problem many other states do not have right now. [applause] >> i also want to thank our wonderful chair members and dinner sponsors. take a look at the sponsor board tonight to see who is providing vital resources necessary for
our party to grow, build the infrastructure necessary to win elections. from our elected leaders to our friends in organized labor, companies that drive our economy, to activists that drive change, i'm very proud of the diversity of our benefactors and i thank them for their support. want to say a special thanks to our partners at the dnc, especially who are with us tonight. please stand if you don't mind, maurren and mischa. they have an amazing to work with since i became chair. really helped our party bring new resources and technologies to their that helps is organized and when elections. we are so grateful for their help. myally, i want to thank executive committee. my subdivision chairs, state party officers, all of whom are true partners. i especially want to thank our staff. travis williams and jesse
sheridan, yes, thank you. [applause] >> they believe deeply in what our party can and should be and come to work every day to do the tough work that puts us on that path. tonight and others like it would not be possible without both of them. believe it or not, i'm not only up here to thank everyone. i'm also here to challenge all of you. we worked hard in 2018 but we need to work harder if we are going to defeat donald trump and his republican party in 2020. [applause] knocked of you who doors or made phone calls last year, we thank you. we're looking forward to seeing you again and again and again in the near future. yes, defeating donald trump is critical to the future of our country, but honestly, to democrats, we should be more aspirational than that. of course, we are better than that. we are better than the guy in
the white house, but also strive to be better democrats too. less than two years ago, many of the same people who are here today came together to ratify a new delaware democratic party platform. it is a document i hope you will take some time to read on our website because it is not only reflective of what we as a party are, but offer solutions to what we must pursue to make our state better and a more equitable place regardless of who they love, how they identify or what they look like. yes, winning elections is the job of the state party, but making sure we keep our promises to our voters is also part of our job. i can tell you as long as i am state party chair, i will make that part of my job. so often, we are the party on the right side of history. the party that bends the arc of justice in transformational ways. that is who we must always strive to be as democrats. america cannot afford us to advocate responsibility to do
what is right. thank you very much and enjoy your evening. [applause] to present one of tonight's john patrick healy awards, please welcome united states congresswoman lisa blunt rochester. [applause] >> all right! members ofesident, the delegation, governor, lieutenant governor, to all the elected officials, the appointed officials, to all the democrats in the room, to the delaware democrats, good evening. good evening! >> good evening.
>> good evening. tonight, we celebrate you. we celebrate all of the work you have done and we thank you, the party members, the volunteers and the voters who powered us to victory up and down the ballot in november. whether it was knocking doors, working sign in tables or contribute into campaign, we could not have done it without you. we would not have had the additional seats in the general assembly without you. and we wouldn't have swept every single statewide position with a pinkish-blue wave without you. [applause] personally want to thank you because i could not have won my first reelection as a freshman congresswoman with 65% of the votes if it was not for you. you did that.
you did that. so, while we are here tonight to celebrate, we also have to remember that 2020 is right around the corner. i heard an amen over here, yes, i did. earlier this week, i was actually reminded of the fact that it is around the corner and the stakes are high. i was reminded of how high the stakes are. one of my colleagues, some of jeffries, theem democratic caucus chairman. he was giving a speech earlier this week and he said he was appointed to actually nominate nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. he was a little nervous about it. so, he was studying and practicing and his 10-year-old son said, hey, dad, what are you doing? he said i have to give this nominating speech for nancy
pelosi and this is big. do you have any advice for your dad? the kid thought for a minute and then he looked up at him and said don't blow the moment. don't blow the moment. that is my message. we cannot blow this moment. this is our moment, democrats. this is our moment, delaware democrats. so, some of you have been to the black church before. i want you to turn to your neighbor and say this is our moment. this is our moment. this is our moment. i'm going to tell you why. because folks at home, they are still saying this is our moment over there. they are feeling it. i'm going to tell you why. because folks at home and around the world are counting on us. to stick together and not be a divided party, but to be a
united party and to be strong, to rise and to win. that is why the stakes are so high. we are doing it for the people. for labor to be able to collectively bargain. it is for the people. where are my labor brothers and sisters? please stand up. labor brothers and sisters, stand up if you can. yeah, show some love for labor! labor in the house. this is why we do it. women, myo that daughter, your daughter, my friend can have the right to do what she wants with her body. that is why, for the people. we do it for our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated all around this country, so that they can have a second chance and get a clean slate. that's why we do it. so, that senior citizens don't have to choose between cutting a prescription pill in half or
paying their rent. for the people, that's why we do it. so our kids, whether they like trinity can no you should be able to love whoever you choose because it is all about love. [applause] >> we do it for kids in cages, dreamers with dreams, and people in movies, synagogues, churches and mosques so they don't have to be afraid because moms today are demanding action. [applause] lastly, we do it for our children. we do it for our children so that we can leave them a planet where they are able to drink the water and breathe the air and feel and see the majesty of nature. we do it for the planet, for the people.
democrats, this is our moment to take things that. this is our moment. it might also be our moment -- no, it is not a might. this is our moment to take back the white house. hello. just saying. just saying. [applause] >> and you, you, you, you and you back there in the media are the sheroes and heroes. tonight it is my honor and my privilege to actually celebrate and introduce a delaware shero. 2019roud to present the john patrick healy extraordinary volunteer award to terry mug
gyver. come on up, terry. [applause] i'm going to tell you a little bit about this shero. [applause] minute and tell you a little bit about terry. terry has a passion for improving the lives of others. for making a positive impact on her community. it does not just run in her family, which it does, it runs through her veins. she lives it. she grew up in philadelphia where her grandfather was a union leader and a committeeman at the same time. during those years, terry, as a kid, beginner political education stuffing envelopes, answering phones, standing army in arm on picket lines.
terry continued that labor tradition by getting a bachelors degree in labor studies and labor education from the national labor college. for more than 20 years, terry has worked for laborers international union as an organizing and training coordinator, a business manager, and as vice president of the wilmington black trade unionists. yes. throughout her career in labor, she was focused on helping people in need and especially those who needed a second chance. when she moved to dover 15 years ago, she quickly became a force in democratic politics and in her community. i hear you. contributing was the best thing she could do and she served as the 29th representative district committee -- on the committee. the kent county committee and as a delegate to the 2016 democratic national convention. while she left a market in our
community, her greatest achievement is passing on the tradition of organizing an engagement to her 10 children -- and engagement to her 10 children, one foster child, 29 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. tedhe words of my dad, blunt over here, that's a lot of voters. delaware democrats, it gives me great honor to introduce to you and recognize terry macgyver. [applause] >> thank you so much.
there are a number of you here that know me and some of you that don't. so when i say to you right now that i am at a loss fofor words, the people that know me will be really shocked. i'm moved and humbled and so grateful. thank you so much. and, i look forward to putting boots on the ground. union gasoline, union matches. we winning the white house back in 2020. [applause] >> to present the second of tonight's healy award, please welcome united states senator tom carper. [applause]
sen. carper: vice president biden. joe, i think we found a running your running mate. she's young. she's brown. she's smart. she's dynamic. lbr, lisa blunt rochester. what a force of nature. what have we started here? they love her in the house, and frankly, they still love her in this house too. lisa, god bless you.
i remember when i went to my very first j.j. dinner. i was 29 years old, elected state treasurer about two miles from where we are tonight. president ofn a united states, jimmy carter, i believe to be this figure at the jefferson jackson dinner. i was pretty excited. i had never been to a j.j. dinner before. i got a phone call that afternoon from harry, our then party chairman. he says, tomomy are you coming tonight,? i'm coming. remember, it is black tie. i said what does that mean? it says you should wear a top seed of. uxedo. i don't have one. he said go buy one. n'sent to a store called simo
and they had a touguxedo that fit. they sold it to me for about $39 which is all i had in my pocket. i rushed out of there. i don't even remember when i put it on. i rushed into the dinner, so excited to get there. people warmly welcome me as a brand-new state treasurer. one guy says to me, new tuxedo? i said, yes, how did you know? well, you still have the labels on the arm. [laughter] debut.rper: that was my i want to talk tonight about border security. let me have your attention. tonight about border security. some people think that all we need to do to secure our borders is to build a wall of sea to shining sea. they're wrong.
the reason why the people from honduras, guatemala and el salvador are coming to this country has a loveless to do with a wall and a lot more to do with the kind of lives that they live. of misery, ins many cases, and we are complicit in their misery. the drugs that are trafficked through those countries come here. we send money, guns, and crooks back down there and they sent us the drugs. somehow, the idea that we are going to build a wall and stop it all is nonsense. border security is important. the former chairman of the senate homeland security committee, senior democrat on the committee, i know about border security. i have been there many times. i have been to central america many times. pent $263 billion on board
security in the last 15 years. billions. we doubled the size of border patrol. we have hundreds of miles of barriers, walls, roads. some places, boats make sense. some places, drones with highly sophisticated surveillance equipment makes sense. sometimes helicopters make sense. that go up 500s feet make sense. mexico to0 miles into see people coming up, sometimes that makes sense. all of that makes sense. you know what happened because we spent all that money? between 2001 and last october 1, thillegal migration into this country was reduced by 80%. it has worked. it has worked.
the reason why those people keep coming up here is because they live lives of misery and we are complicit in their misery. joe biden, who used to be a vice president, came up with a better idea. says we still have to do all this stuff on the border to make it secure, but a better idea, how about what is causing those people to leave homes, 1500 miles to get to us? what is driving the? m? lack of hope and economic opportunity. violence, crime, corruption in their country. that is what it is. joe biden who came up with a plan in colombia 20 years ago when it was about to go down. he and bill clinton came up with something called plan colombia which has worked, transforming colombia from a country that is about to fail to a country that is about to fail. joe biden, he wrote that.
he wrote it. [applause] sen. carper: barack obama asked him about three years ago, the flow of illegal migration was strong, barack said, joe, what can we do about it? he took the plan, dusted it off and created another. here's the deal. we send money to help these three countries, on doris, guatemala and el salvador, three ways. one to foster hope and economic opportunity. number two, crime and violence. number three, go after corruption. the question is is this working? you know what? it is. we have seen it with their own eyes. these three countries were the highest and murder capital in the world. last three years, the murder rate in honduras is down 35%. the murder rate in el salvador
down by 35%. the murder rate in guatemala down by 35%. the number of people trying to get out of those countries on to the last couple of months, down by almost 80%. honduras, they took their police force, they fired a third of the police that were corrupt. now they have a good police force. guatemala, they were training people to build more products, more crops said that we have to live -- so they don't have to with the lack of good nutrition. they had elections in el salvador about four weeks ago. they elected to take the place of a 75-year-old guerrilla leader, they elected the 35-year-old mayor of san salvador. he is smart, he understands economic development. he knows how to run a city of 2 million people. you knows how to run a country.
he loves his country. guatemala will have an election in two months. the current president is under investigation. the top three candidates running are all women. they are all women. they are all women. [applause] sen. carper: the leader is a the attorney general on the country. a little encouragement from the vice president and yours truly, hopefully she will win. she is tough on corruption, crime. e bee gees? we have to make sure she stays alive because she will help transform the country. good things are happening. we cannot stop. we have to keep on it, stay with it. if we do, those countries will transform just like colombia.
i want to share that with you, the report from the front. my real job tonight is to share with you a little bit about a fellow -- where is rob? rob, come out there. put your hands together for rob burns. [applause] sen. carper: did you have a know pat healy? great guy. great leader. great labor leader. [applause] sen. carper: tell me something. have you ever been to virginia? >> yes. sen. carper: did you go to law school there? >> yes. sen. carper: did you get white listed at wagner? >> no. [laughter] sen. carper: he got white listed, folks, and had to go law
school in virginia. >> uva. it was my second choice. sen. carper: before that, i think he went to james madison. what is this with virginia? well, stay right here. we have so many dedicated volunteers who make our party were. we did not want to stop and recognize just one this year, so i will ask you enjoying to welcome rob burns. [applause] sen. carper: where did you go to high school? >> i was born here and went to high school in virginia. sen. carper: cannot go to high school here. he had to go to high school in virginia as well. can you believe this? you cannot make this stuff up. downes elementary school, that counts. he came back to delaware. admitted to the delaware bar in 2009 at the age of 20. not 20.
a little bit older. rob also became involved in volunteer work for our party. he served as a democratic state castleee and new democratic committee since 2015. he provided hundreds of hours of pro bono representation for the party including the work of advising on party procedure. he helped guide our party through the 2016 delegate selection process, numerous grievances that arose during the statewide party organization process. always with his signature calm demeanor and attention to detail. are you always this calm? all right. over the past 18 months, rob has led a review in rewriting state party roles and procedures. hundreds of hours of diligent work for what is keeping are our party running smoothly. he works at the delaware office for pro bono attorneys of the
national guard. that is great. [applause] sen. carper: member of the 12th committee. how long? no, no. to your wife, how long have you been married? megan burns. >> i'm in trouble now. 15 years. sen. carper: would you said that is not long enough? not long enough. the names -- megan and rob's sons -- harrison, pierce, jackson and grant. you noticed those are all the names of presidents, and they are not all democrats. there are one or two republicans. maybe megan has a little bit of bipartisan blood in her. we want to thank you. we want to thank you on behalf of everybody in this room. i want to present to you the 2019 pat healy award for rob bu
rns. let's hear it. [applause] sen. carper: thanks so much. thanks, everybody. thanks for being here tonight. thank you for letting me serve you for all these years. i understand we have a new national committeewoman and her name is -- carrie evelyn harris. congratulations, carrie. god bless you all. have a good night. thank you. [applause] dupont award the for its ordinary service, please welcome united states senator chris coons. [applause]
>> good evening, everybody. do we have any delaware democrats out there tonight? i can hear you -- can't hear you. anybody have some hope tonight in their hearts? anybody believe in the future of our country? anybody out there optimistic about what we are going to get done together in 2020? absolutely. thank you for the chance to be with you and thank you to the folks who were just recognized. you are the people who make our party what it is. we had an amazing 2018. if you will go back with me for just a moment, think about how you felt on election night 2016 and the next day. that was a tough day. that was a hard day for us and for our country. i'm going to tell you it is because of your work, it is
because of your volunteerism, you are service, your engagement that election night 2018 for delaware democrats was a genuine blue wave. democrats a dozen new and we elected the trifecta of our new auditor, new treasurer, and new attorney general, kathy jennings. give them another round of applause for this remarkable blue i was of course also thrilled to be blessed with my senior senator tom carper and our congressman, who were elected and reelected so return day 2018 was one of the best return days i have ever had, and that was because of you, folks who went knocking on doors from allendale to smyrna to georgetown. we need your energy if we are going to make 2020 every bit as
great an election night as 2018. 598. 598. 598 days from now we are going to know who is the next president of the united states, and 598 days from now, i am confident that we will show this country and this world that what happened in 2016 was an aberration, that the people of this country don't want to be torn apart by a president who sees the cracks in our society and widens them for his own benefit, that we want to be inspired, we want to be lifted up, we want to be reminded how, when life gets us down we are able to get back up, and when life hands us challenge we -- challenges we are able to move forward. we have a president that sees america as the chump of history, who says we have been taken by our allies in europe and nato, that sees us as having an unpaid
bar to have for the defense of japan and south korea. i am confident that 598 days from now, we will together be celebrating, celebrating a new president, someone who has a vision for this country that is rooted in who we are, someone who has the character and the heart and the integrity to bring this country forward, not backwards, someone who knows the challenges we face, someone who has struggled himself and who has worked, someone who was no stranger to the cares and concerns of our country, but someone who unites us and heals us and leads us. folks, i am praying for that man, and i am excited to hear from him just a few minutes from now, and i am confident that is our vice president, joe biden. [applause] whoever our next president is, is going to have an incredible
challenge in front of him, restoring confidence in the rule of law, restoring confidence in our allies, restoring our place in the world that has led to security and prosperity for generations, restoring our confidence that we can overcome the great challenges of this century, whether it is climate change or the rise of china. but joe biden isn't someone who has just given great speeches, he isn't someone who has just studied history on some college campus, he has shaped history. he is not just a great speech maker, he is a great change maker, and along with our president barack obama, vice president joe biden led the greatest administration in our lifetime, that did more to fight climate change and gun violence, to welcome the lgbt community and restore justice to our streets than any administration in our lifetime. that is the direction i hope he will take our country income and that is the vision i hope we
will hear from him in just a few minutes. and i am excited and 2020 to be at the top of the ticket here in delaware, as a delaware candidate to serve again as your united states senator. [applause] one of the reasons this is a great evening is, we know joe. we know joe, literally, every single one of us. joe, this is as great a homecoming as one could ever have, because this is where joe began. he began his service and county government, he began as a u.s. senator from delaware, with the delaware democratic party. add we know joe. we know his heart, we know his character, we know his integrity, we know his fears loyalty -- his fierce loyalty to his family, his unquenchable thirst for justice and his passion for all of us. i'm honored to recognize tonight someone else who knows joe, even better than i do because she has known him much longer than i
have. the highest award given by our state party is the award named for a former delaware lieutenant governor who was a source of leadership and inspiration for decades. i am honored to stand here tonight and introduced and recognize a woman who really needs no introduction, a woman who has stood alongside me and our vice president, joe biden, sonjahout our careers, sure sloan. sloan.a shore [applause] you have a detailed biography of sonja in your program, but as she comes up to the stage, as she is escorted to the stage by want to highlight four-minute the sonja that i know. is the consummate
counselor, fundraiser and adviser. when she gives you advice she is direct about it and she expects you to take it to heart. she has a mentor and a first-time candidate, cheerleader when you needed and a coach holding you accountable when you just must have it. to joe bidenation and the democratic party and all of our candidates is just one facet of her incredible contributions to our state. she is a dedicated advocate and activist, from her days on the mccarthy campaign she has been a leader for delaware and the country, someone who has worked tirelessly for planned parenthood, or the ywca, for the aclu, for congregation beth ml, and so many other organizations. [applause] sonja has done so much to put
our values into action and to make a difference for all of us here in the state of delaware. team,e is half of a great the team of sonja and gil. once you see them together, you know she is one half of an unstoppable force working to make delaware and our world better. so i am honored to present this year's award for extraordinarily -- for extraordinary service to the truly indomitable sonja shore sloan. [applause] i'm going to hold this while he takes the pictures. [applause] i really am at a loss for words. thank you so very, very much for this wonderful award.
it is something i never expected. i am truly humbled nds, proud -- and yes,bled proud. some 70 yearsk on in democratic politics, and i think of all the remarkable folks for whom i have volunteered and campaigned here in this room, individuals from joe biden, and i have worked on everyone of joe's campaigns, and i told him two weeks ago, i have one campaign left in me for him. [applause] i have congressional delegations, for folks on the state and local level, and they have all made me very grateful for the opportunity to have been
a part of their political journeys. i am proud to have worked with them for all the things they do for our state and our country. a couple of personal notes. the shore in my name is my maiden name and my father, sigmund shore, served in the state legislature in 1936. he taught me the value of being involved, being honest, being true to one's values, and most of all be courageous when necessary. and these are lessons that i carry with me all the time. by the way, i learned at a very early age what it was like to vote a straight democratic ticket in the days when it was legal to have a marked ballot. i was put on us to let my great uncle's store at sixth and madison, i was maybe six years old, i was given a stack of ballots and a egg wax pencil, learning how to put the x at the top of the ticket.
[applause] i also look back to 1968, when gail and i decided -- when gil and i decided our party was very wrong about vietnam. it was not an easy decision to turn our backs on party loyalty, but it was a critical time and it was a right thing to do. so i called to volunteer for the mccarthy campaign and was put in charge of it. so i ran the campaign here in delaware and then became involved with the antiwar movement on a national level. that was a defining time for me in politics, and exciting, and i am very proud of what we all did then to change the course of the war. the reward me that we got for being against the war is i was district chair, and we were committee people, and we got on elected. the former governor was a very
dear friend and gil and i would visit him in his later years. one of the last times i saw him, he said, did i ever appoint you to anything? i looked at him and i said, no, and i never wanted anything. he thought that was bad, but i thought that was just fine. the most important thing i ever wanted to do was help elect candidates who stood for the values and principles that are important to our country, to our state and to me personally. so i look out over this room, and i see so many people who have been such an important part of my political life, and i am very satisfied with what we have all accomplished. so i thank you all very, very much and i share this honor with sons, their
governor cardi: good evening. oh, my goodness -- .overnor carney: good evening oh my goodness, i have been to democratic dinners before, but i have never seen so many people enthusiasm.credible i don't know what the congressional delegate ration -- the congressional delegation is eating, but i have to get on that diet, because they are so full of energy. i still have chills from that national anthem. how about miss williams, was she unbelievable? [applause] i have a very special privilege tonight to introduce our guest someone who is so close to all of us in this room.
before i do that i want to thank eric schram and his executive committee, the people that have made this dinner possible, the committee people, the committee chairs. [applause] eric was telling me he had so many people who wanted to get in here to see us that he had to turn 100 people away. so he is not the most popular guy in the party right now. [laughter] i am wondering what they are all here to see. all the people in the back, i am pretty sure they are not here to listen to me. i want to thank our partners in the general assembly, the leadership in the senate, the senate pro tem, the majority leader, majority whip brian townsend, all the leaders of our delaware state senate, they have four new democratic members of the delaware state senate, wringing new ideas and new energy into that body. it is really exciting for all of
us. house, leadership in the the speaker, the majority whip larry mitchell, and eight new democratic members and the house , because of the work of all of you. [applause] and my congratulations to terry sloan, who hasia been so good to us for so many years. sonia, thank you for all you have done for our democratic party in our state. i am not a betting man, but i would be willing to bet that everyone in this room has a favorite joe biden story, maybe even a long list of them. the fact is that the better you the more you realize what a truly amazing person she is.
as for so many of yours, joe has made an impact on a deeply personal level. in fact, most of the things joe way,one in this most human nobody ever knows about. these are not photo ops or press opportunities, they are just the most genuine acts of kindness. senator joe biden gave me my first real job in politics, and he is the reason i met my lovely wife tracy, who is with me tonight, who was working with joe on his judiciary committee. [applause] truly the better half, as job reminds me all the time. joe's commitment family allowed tracy to work a flexible schedule when we had our two boys, so we did not have to choose between doing what we love and spending time with our
young kids. ahead of his time in accommodating young families like ours. joe has been an inspiration for generations of delaware democrats. of usthe reason that many got involved in politics in the first place, and he inspired us to believe that we could make a difference. heart andly been the soul of our party for as long as many of us can remember. [applause] he and his family also have on howd us to focus not many times we get knocked down, but on how many times we get back up. tonight,is joe again having gotten back up again, having inspired us again to find
our deepest strengths and look ahead to the future. he doesn't just look like he is back, he looks like he is ready for a fight. [applause] at a time when the country is being torn apart, when we are divided into fragments of what we should be, here comes our joe biden. who hases our joe, always known how to relate to people, all people in our state and in our country. he knows that standing up for the disadvantaged goes hand in hand with standing up for the middle class. he knows that it is the middle class that built america and
keeps her strong, and that it is organized labor and public policies that expand opportunities that built the middle class in this country. [applause] he reminds us who we are as important,nd more who we are as americans. joe knows what it is that makes this country special. it is the ideals that we continue always to work toward [applause] pushing on that arc of history. america is a place where we recognize and celebrate that everybody, everybody deserves a shot. years, whenever we needed him, joe has been there and joe, we are here for you, just as we were when you served delaware in the united states senate for 36 years and
our country for eight years as vice president, one of the best vice presidents in the history of our country. [applause] i am not up here to break any news tonight. [crowd yelling] but in my humble opinion, in my humble opinion, we have never needed joe biden more than we need him right now. [applause] and with that, it is my very great honor and personal privilege to welcome to the podium the person who, more than
any other, reminds us of what it means to be a democrat and what it means to be an american, delaware's joe biden. [applause] [crowd chanting] >> ron, joe, ron run, -- run, joe, run. run, joe, run. run, joe, run. thank you, thank you. as we say in the united states senate, as a point of personal privilege, and i'm sorry i am
emotional about this, but i/o so i owe soou, -- but many of you, my wife jill owes so many of you, my son hunter and his wife ashley oh so many of you, the whole bide n family owes so much to you for the way you embraced , the way you honored him with your support, and the pride he took in being such an integral part of this state and all of you. i particularly want to thank the all the elected officials, all of you were there , but the governor, who is basically family along with his one of the things you do
if you are really a smart official, you hire people brighter than you. that is why i hired his wife. no, i am serious, it is not a joke, one of the brightest people i have ever, ever known in my life. , the look to you, david uay you not only treated bea when he was coming up, but the way you treated him when he was , and the way you continue to treat his memory. i think it is every father and mother's dream to raise a child -- my dad used to have an expression, he would say, you know your success is apparent when you turn and look at your child and realize they turned out better than you.
beau was better than me. [applause] thankust wanted to say you, thank you for remembering him. thank you for the way you treated him. and i am not exaggerating, and you know this, he loved you. he loved what he did. we have known each other for well over 30 years and think even longer, and i one of the greatest contributions i made to this state was you guys meeting in my office. [applause] want to also recognize one of my closest friends in the world, who was supposed to set up at shined theith me but limelight, as he always does, one of the brightest guys i have
ever known, senator ted kaufman. where the hell are you, ted? [applause] time i ran for united states senate, you thember under delaware rules i was nominated after it was too late to get off the ticket, as vice president off the ticket, so i ran as vice president and senator at the same time. and bert diclemente, who ran the state for me, was the candidate and he won by the biggest margin with bert being the candidate, so bert, thank you very much for all you have done for me. it is here as well. [applause] my dear friends,
members of congress, tommy, you have been my friend and ally for a long, long time. word,e never had a cross we never failed to agree, we never failed to be able to work out whatever needed to be done, and i am so glad you are still there, tommy. [applause] coons. as chris chris holds the seat that i held, and chris has done more in his first term than i did in three terms. so chris, thank you. [applause] thank you for making sure that the biden legacy looks like it is good. as you don'that, have to be told, lisa blunt rochester is a star. she is a superstar.
[applause] she is one of the best and brightest new leaders in the united states house of representatives. that is not hyperbole. the last two classes we elected and took over the house, this last class, have some of the most talented women and men, but mostly women, that i have ever, ever seen in congress. [applause] campaigned in the 2018 cycle, 23 states for 69 candidates, most of them women. n, but it is a new breed. five of them graduated from the naval academy or west point, women and men who have done extraordinary things but most of all who have great character, like lisa. seat, whichgotten a
shows the respect leadership has for her, on the house energy and commerce many. that is really a big deal for the state of delaware, a big deal for the state of delaware. lisa, we are lucky to have you. [applause] ted blunt, her dad, all-conference, all-american at winston-salem university, everybody told me that, quote, you were better than they were, you would have been drafted as well except for those flat feet of yours. [laughter] ted, you have been a friend a long time, and as they say in parts of this state, you done la, with that woman.
and to eric our state chair and all the elected already officials and activists, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you have done. and thank you and congratulations tonight to the honorees. i have a special relationship with sonny. sonny not only help me get elected, she was also the one who would call me up and say, what the hell did you just say, what are you doing? [laughter] she was very proud of the fact that it almost cost me two election that i had a 100% rating with the aclu. it didn't make it any easier sonny, you were right, but it didn't make it any easier. and gil, thank you for all the support you have given as well. to beu know what it means a democrat, to be a delaware ian, to be an american, to be devoted to something bigger than yourself. to all my fellow democrats, i mean this from the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing
me, a guy who doesn't hold public office anymore, a chance to come back home and to be your keynote speaker tonight. thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] folks, i have been in every state, campaigned for people in every state, i have been in somewhere in excess of 80 nations, i think that is the about, and i always talk delaware. tommy knows this because i spent a lot of time in central america and tommy, you have picked up the gauntlet and are making sure we have the right policies. and i always talk about delaware. and the thing i talk about delaware is what is special about this state. there are a lot of reasons where special but i think the most special reason to focus on delaware is our political culture.
expression, it is sometimes frayed but we have is able topression that be sustained. our politics, we do it the delaware way. it is still better than other places, the delaware way. we don't demonize our opponents, we don't belittle them, we don't question their motives, we question their judgment but not their motives. you don't treat the opposition is the enemy. we might even say a nice word every once in a while about the republicans when they do something good. [laughter] some people think we do this because we are a small state and we are going to run into that person on the other side of the break again, or a grocery store leaguech or a little field or the beach. all true, but it is more than that. me because io kid would repeat 1000 things to him as michelle writes in her book.
she said, joe was like barack's big brother so i could be completely candid with him at what he would ask for advice, i would tend to do what i have always done, pass on the advice i got from my mother and father and i would say, all politics is personal. it is personal. on reason why things get here in delaware little better than other places is that we do know one another. as much as you disagree on the merits of a political problem, you also know that they may have a son or a daughter who is ill, you may know that someone's wife or husband is suffering from breast cancer or prostate cancer, you may know that they have fallen on hard times, and it makes it awful hard to dislike them when you know somebody, when you know the struggles they are going through. it makes it hard to dislike them.
it used to be that way in the united states senate, in the house, we used to know one another, democrats and republicans had lunch together, we talked it over, we traveled together around the world. when a man sitting next to you who is a republican is sitting next to you and cries as his wife is dying from breast cancer, it is awful hard to dislike that man even though i disagree with him 100%. one of my closest friends, one of my closest friends in my entire career was john mccain. john went after me hammer and tong. [applause] everybody talks about our relationship, but we went after, he is the one who said joe biden should be taken off the ticket, joe biden should be et cetera. it was tough but we had the same value set, we never questioned one another's motive. it is hard to question a man or woman's motive when you know them personally, even though you
fundamentally disagree. i used to say to john, john, you haven't seen a war you don't want to fight, and he said, you haven't seen a problem you don't want to fix. [laughter] , real serious arguments, but folks, folks, we have got to get to know one another again. i think it delaware it is because we understand that for this democracy to work, there was only one way to make it work, just the way our constitution is written, including the state constitution. you have to arrive at consensus. period. without consensus, nothing cat get done for the people. and that means you need to listen to the other guy, other woman, work with one another and respect one another no matter how badly you disagree. that is why the most unique thing, and they know about it in
mumbai, india, they know about it in london, beijing, returns day. think about the uniqueness of that in all of america, and probably almost all democracies in the world. it was a brilliant idea, conceived hundreds of years ago, that winner or loser, it is hard when you lose to sit in that carriage and ride for an hour, as nancy can tell you. nancy didn't lose, but nancy can tell you what it is like. think what happens. it takes the venom out. the hatchet gets buried, and for two more years there is some, some basic accommodation. because once you question another man or woman's motive, you can never reach agreement. i can tell you you have a stupid idea about this or that, health care or roads or whatever, and we can still compromise.
but if i tell you that you are , or youocket of o are not honest, you can never get to go, you can never get to a position where you can reach a consensus. we need a little more of the delaware way. we have to make it more the american way. and it is lost. our politics has become so mean, so petty, so vicious, that we can't govern ourselves, in many cases even talk to one another. and it can't go on like this, folks. criticizedm getting by the new left. i have the most progressive record of anybody running or anybody who would run. [applause] and anybody who would run.
we have to break this country back together again. i believe we are at an inflection point. i really mean it, i believe we are at an inflection point. the election in 2020, without hyperbole, is going to be the most important election this country has undergone in over 100 years. not a joke. oure is so much at stake, core values are being shredded, our standing on the world stage is at risk. i still meet with heads of state all over the world. they are confused, they are concerned, there wondering where we are -- they are wondering where we are. our democracy is under threat. the danger posed by this administration to this nation is
not hypothetical or exaggerated, it is real, it is existential, and many of our republican and independent friends know it as well as we do. look at what happened in charlottesville. i played a very big part in the civil-rights movement in this being on the east side, engaged in early desegregation efforts and the like, but i thought five years ago i would never see again anything like, and i bet you thought the same, never see anything like what happened in one of the historic cities in america. we saw klansmen, white supremacists, neo-nazis, slink out of their darkened rooms and digital hideaways, their crazed faces illuminated by torchlight, veins bulging, bearing the faces samecism, chanting the
anti-semitic bile, the same anti-semitic bile that was heard across europe in the 30's, word for word. and they were met by a courageous group of americans, and a violent clash and sued. [applause] a brave young woman named heather heyer lost her life. heard the words from the president of the united world,that stunned the not hyperbole, stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. quote, there were, and i "very good people on both sides, very fine people on both sides." think about what was said. children were listen. our silence is complicity. with these words, the president of the united states assigned a
moral equivalent between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. and at that moment i knew this was unlike any president i had seen in my lifetime. on top of that he is embracing autocrats across the world, from putin to kim jong-un, turning his back on our most important tent trusted allies. and now the world's worst dictators are using his own words to justify their abuse of power. what do you hear coming out of the philippines or north korea? fake news has become the phrase ot choice for every desp terrorizing his people, the president systematically tearing down the guardrails checks ofiety, the
presidential power, a free press, an independent judiciary, co-coequal legislative branch. think about this, he maligned the congress as much when it was all republican as it was with the democrats, because the more you weaken these institutions set up to event the abuse of power, set up to prevent the accumulation of power, the more power rises to the presidency. folks, you better wake up to what is happening right in front of our eyes. [crowd jeering] if you asked me a few years ago whether our american democracy could ever grumble, i would have laughed at you, even though as a student of history i know that every democracy that has failed in the last 100 years, not one has failed because of a gunshot or because of a door being
battered down. they failed because of a democratic election, and whoever was elected began to take the thedrails down, tear down legitimately-elected official who tears down the constraints on their power. this tond i say democrats as well as republicans, we have to remember what makes this nation so special. as corny as this sounds, it is what we believe. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. sounds corny, but that is who we are, and while we have never lived up to jefferson's words, we have never wholesale walked away from them we have never walked away from them. my dad used to have an expression. he said joe, everyone is
entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, everyone, every single person. [applause] my dad would never let us walk by anybody who was in trouble, begging for money. he would say, joe, do you think that would be doing that if they had a choice? tonight,riving me down we had a little problem as we turned into dover off the four-lane, because there was a young woman with a sign that said, please help me. i asked him to stop so i could take out what i had in my and we and he did too, give her the money. it it's not about me. it is about who we are as democrats. that's the essence. we don't expect our government to solve all our problems,
but we expect the government to at least understand our problems. i get criticized for saying this as well, because i am and admire her of, because i think he is a brilliant writer, the of,ervative -- admirer because i think he is a brilliant writer, the conservative writer david brooks. there is an invisible fabric, he says, that holds the nation together, and it is being shredded. it has made up the basic value that defines us best. one of the reasons why around the world, and i have been traveling the world my entire adult life as a senator, why people think we are naive, because we use phrases in our diplomacy like honesty and decency, we talk about treating everybody with dignity and respect, giving everyone a fair shot, leaving nobody behind, giving hate no safe harbor,
demonizing no one, not the poor, the desperate, the immigrants, .r the other and leading by the power of our example, not just the example of our power. that is why we have been able to stand as a beacon to the world. weerstanding as americans, are part of something much bigger than us individually. are, butho americans this president sneers at those values, literally. he thinks they make us weak. he things we are suckers. well, he is dead wrong. it is these values that make us so strong. youoesn't understand that can't define an american by race, ethnicity, religion, or tribe, as he tries to divide us into those categories. think about this. if there is an essay question i asked each of you to write, define an american for me, you can't do it, like you can in
almost every other country in the world. we can only be defined by our that arelues emblazoned in the constitution. people aren't going to be able to quote the constitution, but those shared values, no matter where we come from, no matter how long we have been here, no matter how soon we got here. this is not chauvinism. unlike any other nation in the world, america is uniquely, unique and one, overwhelming way. america is an idea, it is an idea. from the outset it was an idea, an idea that goes back to our which keeps us pushing toward justice, toward a more perfect union. we are nowhere near there, but it keeps us pushing there. it has been for over two centuries and it is still, today, our northstar, the idea
of america. i have spent more time with g jinping, the far left office, and we were having a private dinner and he's asking me all these questions and he looks at me and he said, can you define america for me? and i said yes, i can do it in one word, one word. promise. promise. think of any other country in the world compared to us. it is the promise of america. it is the notion in our dna that, given a shot, everybody deserves a shot, the promise that we can do anything that is within our capacity. lisa, when your dad was being raised, he wasn't at all certain
that his daughter could be a u.s. congressman, or he could be the success he was. because of the promise of america, he never gave up on it. tommy, the same with you. what made it so that a guy with your background, a good background but normal, middle-class, could be a united states senator and head up major committees? it is an idea that is stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator or tyrant. it gives hope to the most desperate people on earth. world, youtravel the know i am not exaggerating one scintilla. person inery single this country, the belief that no matter where they start out in life, there is nothing they can't achieve if they work at it. that is who we are. there is no stratification in
america, except the racism that still exists in many places. here's something else the president doesn't understand. he doesn't understand who built this country. i know who built this country, you know who built this country, because as i look at the room and see you all, i see the people who built this country, you, your parents, your grandparents. not a joke. [applause] you built this nation. [applause] this country wasn't built by wall street bankers and ceos and hedge fund managers, they are not bad guys but they sure as hell didn't build this country. you built this country. your parents built this country. ordinary americans built this country. the great middle-class built this country. that is literally the story of ordinarya story that people from neighborhoods you and i grew up in could do extraordinary things given half a chance. look at all the incredible
things that have been done, they have been done by ordinary americans who believe because it is stamped in their dna that if they tried, there wasn't a dam n think they could do. that is how we built the greatest nation on the planet. i know it sounds corny, but that is the god's truth. and trumpets turned his back on the very people he promised he would help, farmers, construction workers, teachers, home health care workers, so many folks in places like delaware, pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, wisconsin were whipsawed by a changing world economy and left behind by the draconian policies of this administration. folks, there used to be a basic bargain in america. i know you are tired of hearing me say this, i have been saying
it for 20 years, a basic bargain in america, a bargain that built the middle-class. it went like this. if the outfitter enterprise you are associated with succeeded, you got to share in the benefits. that used to be the deal, not a joke. in corporate america, a used to be the deal as well. and if they went bad for the outfit you worked for, everybody shared the loss, from the ceo to the secretary. that bargain has been broken. that bargain has been broken, and it has happened gradually but consistently. it is broken badly. we need a new corporate ethic in america, which i won't take time to go into now but you are going to hear a hell of a lot more about it from me. [applause] look, look at that tax cut last year. look at that tax cut.
trillion. how quickly republicans forget how the deficit make a difference. $1.9 trillion. the vast majority of it went not only to the top 1%, the top 1/10 of 1% of the taxpayers of america, with little or nothing going to hard-working people struggling to put three squares on the table. added 1.9, it trillion dollars to the deficit, and not a single economist will tell you it can be sustained long-term. and they know it can't be sustained. expression,nother he said, don't tell me what you value, show me your budget and i will tell you what you value. [applause] show me your budget and i will tell you what you value.
those of us who had known him for a while don't have to guess what donald trump and his supplicant republican members of congress these days, and there are a lot of good women and men there, but they have to screw up some courage, they have to screw up some courage and start acting ,ike they believe, but [applause] do you want to know what they value? i've been saying this for two and a half years. just take a look at the budget they announced last week. you don't have to guess anymore. here is what it contains. they cut 2.7 billion dollars from epa, nearly cutting the budget by a third, at the very moment we are at an existential crisis if we don't begin to act on the environment and global warning. they cut 8.8 billion dollars in education funding.
$8.8 billion at a time when we all realize that 12 years is no longer enough to learn the world, 12 years of education. jill is still teaching full-time and she would say, any nation that out-educates us will out-compete us. they cut $3.8 billion from $12.4 billion cut in human services. another $25 billion cut in social security, and another attempt to repeal the affordable care act that includes protections for pre-existing conditions. by $845 medicare billion, not to sustain the universal health care plan we built but to fill in the holes in the deficit because of the tax cut.
as dealo call for, would say, google it new [applause] [laughter] and they cut $1.5 trillion in medicaid, not expanding medicaid presentlyd and is covering an additional 12 million people in america in the states where they have expanded. i could go on. but these cuts are driven by the same thing. they made a basic value judgment. reward therather super wealthy and hope something trickles down, then help anybody else. and that is why they have to pay for the tax cut, and they are coming after us, the people we care about. and i just don't mean people
making $50,000, i mean making 150 thousand dollars, raising three kids. with have got to close this monstrous deficit, they keep saying. that's the only reason we are doing it, they say, we don't want to make these cuts. folks, we are literally in a battle for the soul of america. [applause] and an overwhelming need to restore the backbone of america, the working class, the middle class. but as tough as things are right , i'm optimistic, more optimistic than i have ever been in my political career. and it is not about me and whether i run or not, it is about the capacity to store america and once again become that shining city on a hill in last year's midterms, i said i traveled 24 states and campaigned for 63 candidates,
and the last six days alone in 13 different towns for something different, fundamental and profound that i saw going on. i'm a tactile politician. i always have been and that gets me in trouble as well, because i think i can feel and taste what is going on. everywhere i went, everywhere i went there was an insatiable desire by republicans as well as democrats, for women and men of high character in public office. [applause] people the polling data, are making decisions more on what they believe to be the character and authenticity of a candidate, then a particular position they take on an issue. voters understood that the very character of our country was on the ballot. they stood up and they spoke, they spoke. and we won. you may remember i got
criticized early on saying, we will win 40 states. thank god we won 41 or i would never be able to forget it. [applause] it wasn't because i was taking a number out of the air. i could feel it. memphis, was in whether i was in alabama as pointed out by one of my african-american colleagues, i'm the only white boy that gets to go to alabama as a democrat and campaign. where was up in montana, the president one by a 30, 40 point plurality, one of the traditional, democratic areas. they all were looking for the same thing. about theptimistic prospects of our nation today than when you elected me as a 29-year-old kid to the united states senate. there is no reason why the 21st century will not be the american century.
we have the wealthiest and most prosperous economy in the world in the history of the world, including china. we have the most powerful military in the history of the world. if we continue with our values, if we lead them to be able to unite the world. we are the most innovative entrepreneurs in the world, the most agile venture capitalists, the most productive workers. i hear these stories about how china is going to eat our lunch, give me a break. went up inuy that the late 1990's when it was japan inc., all the professors were talking about, japan is going to eat our lunch and i made a speech that said that is not even remotely possible, for a lot of reasons including our
value system. we have more great research universities and all the rest of the world combined, and every major, life-changing on life altering situation has come out of a research university, not out of a corporation, they monetize it. folks, no other nation in the world can match us. there is nothing beyond our capacity, there is nothing beyond our capacity. enough tohing strong tear america apart as america itself, and we have seen it our obligations as democrats in america to stop it. we must be clear. everybody knows who he is. we have to be clear who we are, who we are. [applause]
we have got to understand that we democrats, we choose hope unity overwe choose division, and we choose truth overlies. [applause] truth over lies. [applause] it matters. century. is still our we have to stop walking around with our heads down, we are in so much trouble. there is no other country in the world that has come close to our capacity. none. it is time to get up, get off our back, remember who the hell we are. this is the united states of america. there is nothing beyond our capacity. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. go get'