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been waiting throughout the hour. one person took to the podium and started chanting, fired up, ready to go. it reminds you of obama in 2008, the familiar chant. so i think that what you're seeing here is democrats really starting to come together, particularly as they head into the dnc. the timing of this very strategic, to that very point, they wanted to wait until the rnc was over, so they could have this big event, this rollout of tim kaine. the clinton campaign hoping that's going to give them added momentum heading into their own convention. i've been talking to a lot of the folks gathered here, many of them familiar with tim kaine. when i asked, what do you like about tim kaine? they said his resume. because he's so qualified. but there are others who say the reality is, they're not familiar with him. so they're eager to hear more about who he is and what he's going to bring to the table. the risk, of course, is he is someone who is no stranger to
washington, no stranger to politics. this has really been a year to outsiders. so how will it play with the general electorate. given that everything that is happening in this country, and globally, the clinton campaign hopes the voters -- he will appeal to them. >> thank you for that from the very loud boisterous group, that rally there at the florida international university in miami. it is the top of the hour here on msnbc. i'm alex witt. we're live in philadelphia. i have two of my esteemed colleagues, joy reed, and ben, former naacp president and devout bernie sanders supporter. ben, as we look at what's happened, the release of wikileaks, and we're just waiting for these two to get to the stage, which should be in the next couple of minutes, weigh in on that. you had a point you wanted to
make. >> we have party activists from across the country, frankly, both campaigns working very hard to actually unify. we saw this two weeks ago, down in orlando at the platform committee meeting. i personally with bill and carol and josh fox, seven hours, getting to a place where we had a unified policy on the environment, so we could stop a floor fight on fracking. the same thing is going on in the rules committee meeting. >> right now. >> that's why the ceo and cfo at the dnc making themselves an issue right now and inflaming things before the campaigns is intolerable. the reality of both campaigns is focused on unifying the party. we want to beat trump in 100 days. when your cfo and ceo make themselves an obstacle, there's no tolerance. you've just got to step aside.
>> what do you think will happen in the rules meeting? it is scheduled to start at 1:00. carol was here on, i think your broadcast earlier, wasn't she? and we were talking out in that area leading into the set here, and she said, this rules committee, we have to sit and listen. she's with the clinton camp, but she said we've got to listen to the bernie sanders supporters, and see exactly what they want and be willing to accommodate. that's part of what they're going to have to do. >> look, karen played a great role in doing that. i think she'll do it again. the reality is super delegates are a big issue. what does our campaign want? the same that the jesse campaign wanted. we want a fair process for anybody in the party who thinks that they should be or nominee to be able to become president. jesse jackson succeeded in abolishing super delegates in 1988, but they were reimposed a couple of years later.
the super delegates have got to go. >> i think the reality is, that number one, super delegates are not the reason hillary clinton won. she won more votes. >> true. >> if the super delegates had been beamed to another planet, she would still have won. and i think that the danger for this party of abandoning that process, then you have no check on a nominee like donald trump coming in. i wish the republicans wish they had super delegates at the time. i think it will be a tough sell because of a specter of donald trump coming in. i think democrats want to have some sort of check. remember, the congressional black caucus wrote a very strong letter to the party, really warning that the super delegates are part of what adds to the diversity of the party. you're talking about the black caucus part of that process. and if they were to go away, you're taking away traditionally southern black democrats who don't have a lot of a voice. and who have been dismissed over
the process as not important. you know what, their only opportunity to weigh in, in a place like mississippi or louisiana, is in the primary. you don't want to take away the power of those voters. >> look, we were talking about the timing of all this. we should tell people during the commercial break we were saying this is kind of like a wedding. they're about to walk down the aisle together. and thoerey're probably going t make sure they're in lock step with each other. it is the introduction of tim kaine. he's been on the radar in '08 with barack obama, lost out to joe biden, but on that note, i want to bring in crystal ball, a former virginia congressional candidate, and a good friend to us here at msnbc. i want to ask you about the prospect of tim kaine not resonating with progressives. yet you say there are plenty of reasons progressives can get onboard with him.
talk about those. >> to start with, as you mentioned, i'm from virginia. i ran for congress in virginia. i've gotten to see tim kaine in action. i've gotten to know him a little bit on a personal level. and this is just a really high integrity principled man. you can see that from the beginning. he went to harvard law school and decided to take a year off and go be a missionary in honduras where he learned spanish. he then decided to really take seriously his commitment to public service, and worked for a lot of years fighting for fair housing for folks, and then went into his career as a public servant, right now running for richmond city council. this is a southern democrat who has an f rating from the nra, and 100% rating from neral and planned parenthood. that's an unusual combination. in virginia, we love him, the knock on him is always in the state that he was too progressive to win. he's won every single election that he's won in, so this is a
very strong choice. >> he's also a guy when you look at the hotbed issue of gun control, he himself is a gun owner, yet he's someone who has tried to over the years employ the common sense approach, as i call it, to gun control, trying to make sure that background checks are deep. that those who should not have guns in their possession because of failed background checks don't get them. so talk about that, and how that might play out. >> yeah, absolutely. keep in mind, the nra is literally based, headquartered in virginia. >> right. >> and they gave him an f rating. every time he ran, he won anyway. he was governor of the state when we had the horrific massacre at virginia tech. he knows on a very personal level, the personal tragedy that these mass shootings wreak on family's lives. he fought after that to make sure mentally ill individuals couldn't have access to firearms. and he has been really vocal
advocate of the sort of common sense gun reforms that an overwhelming majority of americans stand for as well. he's continued that work in the senate. so in that regard, i think he really adds to the ticket, and it is part of his progressive credentials. one of the things i'll mention about his time in virginia, that, again, stands out as a southern politician, this is a guy who has a deep abiding catholic faith that he's always really led with, and always really motivated him in his public service. as part of that, he is personally opposed to the death penalty. now, he did -- virginia is second only to texas in the number of executions performed. and he did follow the law, of course, as governor of virginia. but he also vetoed a number of measures, i think eight different measures that would have expanded the death pep at. penalty. another issue there where he's very progressive. >> yeah. and crystal, we're seeing them
now together for the first time. they appear to be walking out towards the podium. i'm sure it is a raucous group there. crystal, as we see them take the podium, you talk about his strong catholic faith. that also applies on a personal note to his take on abortion, and how he said it's not something that he can support personally. that said, from a legislative standpoint, he has. i'll pose that to andrea mitchell to confirm that stance of tim kaine, and also to give us a sense of what it's like on the floor there in the arena there right now. >> reporter: you can imagine these are all supporters. so this is the base. heavily hispanic. they are out there. you can see the signage has all been printed up. clinton-kaine. this is the ticket.
they are, as you can see, going around, accepting the cheers of the crowd. they're more than an hour late, which is late even by clinton time. he flew in around 2:00 this morning. they sent a jet for him. he's campaigning and raising money in boston and rhode island. newport, rohode island, last night. they sent a clinton campaign plane. he got here around 2:00 in the morning, landing in miami. they had a meeting obviously this morning. and as i said earlier, we were betting on the plane coming down, how long it would take him to break into spanish. here we are in miami. i would say it would be with his very first words. he's sitting on a stool and she's going to introduce him. >> andrea, it looks like hillary clinton's about ready to speak. so let's all listen in. she's thanking that boisterous
crowd, everybody, live. here we are at florida international university for this momentous time. >> hello, miami! [ cheers and applause ] i am so excited and grateful to be here with all of you. [ cheers and applause ] i must say, after everything we've just seen at the republican convention this past week, being here with you on this beautiful day is truly like a breath of fresh air. [ cheers and applause ]
when i look out at all of you, you know what i see? i see america's future. [ cheers and applause ] instead of the fear and the anger and the resentment, the lack of any solutions to help working families get ahead, or keep our country safe, i sense the confidence, the optimism that, you know what, we are stronger together and we're going to make that future better. [ cheers and applause ] donald trump may think america's in decline, but he's wrong. america's best days are still ahead of us, my friends. [ cheers and applause ] and when he says, as he did say,
i alone can fix it, he's not only wrong, he's dangerously wrong. we americans, we solve problems together. and if donald doesn't understand that, he doesn't understand america. [ cheers and applause ] i know that no one does anything all alone. and part of our challenge is to make sure we do work together. i'm looking forward to working with your elected officials. i want to thank senator bill nelson, who was with me yesterday in orlando, and tampa. [ cheers and applause ]
i want to thank congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm looking forward to working with her, and with congresswoman fredericka wilson. [ cheers and applause ] and congressman elsey hastings. and i want to thank all the elected officials from all levels of government who are here and supporting our campaign, and our vision for the country. [ cheers and applause ] now, next week in philadelphia, we will offer a very different vision for our country, one that is about building bridges, not walls. [ cheers and applause ]
embracing the diversity that makes our country great. [ cheers and applause ] lifting each other up, standing together, because we know there's nothing we can't accomplish once we make up our minds. [ cheers and applause ] and that's why i am so thrilled to announce that my running mate is a man who doesn't just share those values, he lives them. [ cheers and applause ] i have to say, i have to say that senator tim kaine is everything donald trump and mike pence are not. [ cheers and applause ]
he is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one. and he is a progressive who likes to get things done. [ cheers and applause ] that's just my kind of guy, tim. we both grew up in the midwest. we were raised by fathers who ran small businesses. and who taught us about the dignity of work and the discipline of a job well done. and in both of our families, faith wasn't just something you talked about at church on sunday, it was a call to serve others in every way that we can.
and as you get to know senator kaine, you will see that tim's life-long commitment to social justice is a shining example of his faith in action. you know -- [ cheers and applause ] -- during law school, when his fellow classmates were taking internships at prestigious law firms, he took time off to work with missionaries in honduras. [ cheers and applause ] and after he graduated from harvard law school, he could have done anything. but instead he chose to become a civil rights lawyer. [ cheers and applause ]
one of his first cases was a pro bono case representing a woman who was denied an apartment because she was african-american. so while tim was taking on housing discrimination, and homelessness, donald trump was denying apartments to people who were african-american. he is still fighting those battles today. serving as a nonpartisan city council member, and then the mayor of richmond, virginia. [ cheers and applause ] he worked hard to bridge racial divides. he built the first new schools in a generation. he helped turn that struggling city around. and as governor of virginia, he
led the commonwealth through the worst financial crisis in a generation. what did he do? he brought democrats and republicans together. to protect the programs that working families count on. [ cheers and applause ] and while mike pence slashed education funding in indiana, and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, tim kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-k through college and beyond. [ cheers and applause ] and by the time tim left office,
40% more of virginia's kids were enrolled in early education programs. [ cheers and applause ] and then as a united states senator, tim has used his positions on the foreign relations and armed services committees to stand up for our veterans and our values and our men and winl in uniform, and our security. [ cheers and applause ] now, there's no doubt in my mind, because i'm here with him, that tim is so qualified to be vice president, and as i have said many times, the most important qualification when you were trying to make this really big choice is, can this person step in to be president.
well, at every stage of tim's career, the people who know him best have voted to give him a promotion. and that's because -- [ cheers and applause ] that's because he fights for the people he represents. and he delivers real results. now, i can't wait for all of you to get to know him the way that i have, the proud father of three grown-up kids. who have their own lives and are making their own contributions, including serving our country. [ cheers and applause ] a loving husband of a brilliant wife who -- [ cheers and applause ]
-- is a great fighter for progressive causes in her own right. the leader who cares more about making a difference than making headlines. and make no mistake, behind that smile, tim also has a backbone of steel. just ask the nra. [ cheers and applause ] over and over again he has had the courage to stand up to the gun lobby in their own backyard. [ cheers and applause ] after the horrible virginia tech shooting, he signed an executive order to keep guns out of the hands of those who were deemed
severely mentally ill. [ cheers and applause ] and he has fought for common sense gun reform across the country. as we saw just a few weeks ago, when he joined the 15-hour senate filibuster, asking that we get those reforms done. [ cheers and applause ] so when i say he's a progressive who likes to get things done, i mean it. he's not afraid to take on special interests, whether he's calling for tough regulations on pay day lending, or fighting back against a tax on planned parenthood, and defending women's rights to make our own health decisions. [ cheers and applause ] tim has led on some of the most important issues facing our country, from voting rights, to
lgbt equality. [ cheers and applause ] to criminal justice reform, to comprehensive immigration reform. [ cheers and applause ] now, after last week, i probably don't need to say this, but i will. this is one of the most consequential elections in our lifetime. when someone says, i alone can fix it, that should set off alarm bells, in not just democrats' minds, but republicans, independents, people of all ages, and backgrounds. that is not a democracy. [ cheers and applause ]
i said yesterday in tampa, we fought a revolution because we didn't want one man making all the decisions. [ cheers and applause ] and besides, it is just nonsense. no one does anything alone. we don't have a one-person military. we don't have a one-person teaching core. we don't have one doctor and one nurse who fixes everything, do we? we work together. that is what has traditionally set us apart from places that have turned to single leaders,
despots, dictators, authoritarians, who promise people, i can fix it alone. do you know what that says about us? that somehow we're helpless. we can't do this work that needs to be done in america ourselves. that we can't reach out to one another, that we can't make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. [ cheers and applause ] i reject that. i reject that. and next week, starting on monday in philadelphia, you're going to see a very different kind of vision. [ cheers and applause ] [ crowd chanting "usa" ]
so i wanted to come here to miami, i wanted to come here to introduce you to the person that i just can't think of anybody better to have by my side on the campaign trail, in the white house. together we are going to take on the challenges that are hurting americans. we are going to give the middle class a raise. we are going to give tax relief to working families, to help with the rising cost of raising kids. we are going to create more good jobs. we're going to make sure every child in america has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. [ cheers and applause ] so, please, join us. join us. take out your phone right now, text joy to 47246 or go to hillary clinton.com. because we are hiring organizers right here in florida right now.
so be involved in every way that you can. because together we're going to win this election and move our country forward! please join me in welcoming the next vice president, my friend, senator tim kaine! [ cheers and applause ] >> hey, guys. thank you! hello, miami! hello fiu. [ cheers and applause ] [ speaking spanish ] [ cheers and applause ]
>> i'm feeling a lot of thanks today. most of all gratitude. i'm grateful to you, hillary, for the trust that you've placed in me. and we're going to be [ speaking spanish ] in this race. i'm grateful to the country which has given me so much. i'm grateful to all of you floridians, my virginians, all americans who poured their hearts into this wonderful, wonderful campaign. [ cheers and applause ] and today, like every day, i'm especially grateful to my wife, ann. [ cheers and applause ] i love you, honey.
and to my three beautiful kids, nat, woody and anella. i am the luckiest dad and the luckiest husband in the world. [ cheers and applause ] this is quite a week for me. and believe it or not, for as powerful as it is to become hillary clinton's running mate, that's not the only thing on my mind this week. ann and i have three kids. our oldest son, nat, is here today with his fiancee. he's a proud marine. [ cheers and applause ] and in just a few days, he's deploying to europe to uphold america's commitment to our nato allies. [ cheers and applause ] for me, this drives home the
stakes in this election. nearly 2 million men and women put their lives on the line for this country as active duty, as reservists, as guard members. they deserve a commander in chief with the experience and the temperament to lead. [ cheers and applause ] what does donald trump say about these great americans? these 2 million? he repeatedly calls the american military, quote, a disaster. and just this week, donald trump said that as president, he considers turning our back on decades-old commitments to our allies. and all of you remember a few months ago when he said about a senate colleague of then senator
clinton's and mine, john mccain, that he wasn't a hero because he had been captured and served as a prisoner of war in vietnam. and he wants to be commander in chief? well, our service members are out there on the front lines, trump saying he would lead our allies at the mercy of an increasingly aggressive russia. folks, that's an open invitation for vladimir putin to roll on in. even a lot of republicans say that that's terribly dangerous. i'm hiring for the speech writing team. we've seen again and again that when donald trump says he has your back, you better watch out. from atlantic city, to his so-called university, he leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes.
we can't afford to let him do the same thing to our country. and folks, we don't have to, because hillary clinton is the direct opposite of donald trump. [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting "hillary" ] hillary clinton, she doesn't insult people, she listens to them. what a novel concept, right? she doesn't trash our allies, she respects them. and she'll always have our backs. that is something i am rock solid sure of. [ cheers and applause ] and i know that, because hillary knows that we're stronger together.
we're stronger when we work together, when we grow together, when we pull together, when we live in the same neighborhood and worship together and go to school together. when we're together, we're stronger. [ cheers and applause ] so, i could not be any more honored to stand by hillary's side in this very important campaign. >> we love you both! >> i spent most of my life in public service because i believe in doing everything i can to make a positive difference in people's lives. and i can see a lot of you out there who feel exactly the same way. [ cheers and applause ] exactly the same way. i'm one of only 20 people in american history to serve as a mayor, a governor and a united states senator.
[ cheers and applause ] so i've been able to see how government works, and how sometimes it doesn't. from just about every perspective. and i've always believed that however you serve, what matters is whether you actually deliver results for people. and that's been my goal -- that's been my goal in every position i've ever held. now, i know for a lot of you, this might be the first time you're hearing me speak. and hey, let me be honest, for many of you, this is the first time any of you have even heard my name. but that's okay. because i'm excited for us to get to know one another. so today i thought i might tell you a little bit about me and where i come from. [ cheers and applause ] vice president was never a job i thought about growing up in kansas.
like a lot of people in kansas city, my parents weren't that into politics. church, kansas city royals, you know, that's the kind of thing that we spent time talking about. they had too much else going on. my dad ran a union organized iron working shop in the stockyards of kansas city. [ cheers and applause ] and my mom, in addition to all the challenges with my two brothers and me, she was my dad's best sales woman. that iron working business was tough. it's the kind of job where you can't cut corners if you're not careful, you can make one mistake and ruin an awful lot of work in an instant. i learned that working in my dad's shop. my two brothers and i, we all pitched in. sometimes we were scheduled to pitch in, and sometimes dad would just shake us in the morning and say i've got an order to get out and i really need you guys. i remember once the last day of summer vacation, i was so looking forward to sleeping in, then i felt that hand on my
shoulder at about 6:00. i've really got to have your help to get an order out today. but that's what families do. we would go early, especially in the summer, to try to get the work done before the day got hot. that's what families do. that's what families do. [ cheers and applause ] my parents, al and kathy, and they're alive and healthy, and they're happy today, 81 years old, alive, healthy and happy. [ cheers and applause ] they taught me early lessons that have guided my life. the importance of hard work. a faith and kindness. of following your dreams. my mom once told me, and i'll say this, she wasn't much of a lecturer. she just kind of liked to live and we were supposed to follow the example, but she once told me this. tim, you have to decide whether you want to be right or you want to do right. if you want to be right, go ahead and be a pessimist. but if you want to do right, be
an optimist. and folks, i've been an optimist ever since. [ cheers and applause ] i went to a jesuit boys school in kansas city. and -- all right, jesuits in the house. i like that. the moltto of my school, this boy's school was men for others. and that was the -- that was what we were taught. and that's where my faith, which has been important to me because of my parents' example, really grew into something more viable. it became like minority star, the organizing principle for what i wanted to do. even as a young man, because of these great teachers i had, because of my parents' example, i knew that i wanted to do something to devote myself to social justice. and that's why after racing through the university of missouri in three years, and starting at harvard law school, i decided to take a year off from school to volunteer with jesuit missionaries in honduras.
[ speaking spanish ] see? well, when i got to honduras, it turned out that my recently acquired knowledge of constitutional law was pretty useless. but the experience of working in my dad's iron working shop was actually kind of helpful. so i taught teenagers the basics of carpentry and welding, and they helped me learn spanish. [ cheers and applause ] and i tell you, my time in honduras changed my life in so many ways. sneesmt [ speaking spanish ] [ cheers and applause ]
and here's something that really stuck with me. i got a firsthand look at a system. this was 1980 and '81. a dictatorship. where a few folks at the top had all the power, and everybody else got left behind. and it convinced me that we've goot to advance opportunity and equality for everybody, no matter where they come in, how much money they have, what they look like, what accent they have, or who they love. [ applause ] lz [ cheers and applause ] in 1970, a republican governor of virginia, lynnwood holton, believed exactly the same thing. he integrated virginia's public schools after the state had fought for 16 years after brown v. board to keep them segregated.
now, in 1970, in virginia, that took political courage. and then he and his wife went even further. they enrolled their own kids, including their daughter, ann, in integrated schools, and it sent a strong signal to the people of virginia that their governor wasn't going to back down, wasn't going to take half steps, or wasn't going to make rules for others that he wouldn't follow for himself. [ cheers and applause ] so many years later, that young girl, ann, went to princeton, went to harvard law school, guided by her experience as a youngster in the first generation of integrated virginia schools, and one day in a study group she met this kind of nerdy guy who had been teaching kids in honduras. ann and i got married 32 years ago at st. elizabeth's catholic church in richmond, virginia.
that's the parish that we still belong to today. folks, i hope you're watching. we'll be there at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. marrying ann was and remains the best decision of my life. [ cheers and applause ] am i right? am i right? and it turns out she actually learned negotiation a lot better than i did in law school, which is how a kansas city kid ended up in virginia. ann and i settled down, we started a family, and we sent our kids to those same public schools that her father had opened up to everybody. [ cheers and applause ] including one school that i helped build when i was mayor, that our school board named the
lynnwood holton elementary school. how cool was it to see our three kids head out the door with their backpacks on to walk to a neighborhood school named after their civil rights hero grandfather. [ cheers and applause ] now, lynn's example helped inspire me to work as a civil rights lawyer, representing people who had been turned away from housing, either because of the color of their skin or because they were an american with a disability. and this was my civil rights work for 17 years. i brought dozens of lawsuits when i was in private practice battling banks, landlords, real estate firms, insurance companies, and even local governments. [ cheers and applause ] that had treated people unfairly. in 1998, i won a historic verdict against a national insurance company, because they
had been red-lining minority neighborhoods, treating them unfairly in the issuance of homeowners insurance. at the time i won that case, it was the biggest jury verdict ever in a civil rights case in american history. i like to fight for right! [ cheers and applause ] i like to fight for right! and i found myself going to city council meetings in richmond to raise the issues that i was dealing with every day on behalf of my clients. but i was frustrated. at the division and infighting. in 1994, i did something that seemed even crazier than what i'm doing now. i decided to run for local office. man, i was so scared the day i announced. but i wanted to help my city and my community. i knocked on every door in my district. i won my first race beating an incumbent by 94 votes.
the first of many nail-biters and squeakers i've had since then. and as i've often said, if i'm good at anything in public life, it's good, because i started at the local level listening to people, learning about their lives, and trying to find consensus to solve problems. [ cheers and applause ] in the years that followed, i became mayor of richmond. i was elected lieutenant governor of virginia. in 2006 i became the 70th governor of the commonwealth of virginia. when we moved into the governor's mansion after the inauguration, my wife became the only person who had ever lived there first as a child, and then as an adult. [ cheers and applause ] we had to make tough decisions when i was in office, because it was the deepest recession since the 1930s.
but that didn't stop us from expanding early childhood education. from building more classrooms, and facilities on our college campuses so more could go to school. because we knew education was the key to everything we wanted to achieve, as a state, and it's key to everything we want to achieve as a nation. we invested in open space preservation, in cleaning up the chesapeake bay. because our kids and grandkids deserve to enjoy the beautiful commonwealth that we love, just like you love the beauty of your sunshine state. [ cheers and applause ] and we achieved national recognition for our work in tough times. when i was governor of virginia, best state for a child to have a successful life, best state for business, one of the lowest unemployment rates, one of the highest bond ratings, one of the highest family incomes. we did that during tough times.
[ cheers and applause ] and so today, i am proud to carry that work forward, as a virginia senator, serving on the armed services, foreign relations and budget committees. they actually just added me to the aging committee. i don't know why they would have done that. i'm proud to support my wife's public service. she has been a legal aid lawyer, foster care reformer and now she's secretary of education for the commonwealth of virginia. [ cheers and applause ] and ann and i are both so proud of our great commonwealth, and of our great nation. and isn't it great already? [ cheers and applause ] i mean, isn't it great already? what a great country. you know, i, as i look back over
these experiences, what i've learned is that god has created a rich and beautiful tapestry in this country. it is a rainbow of cultural diversity that embraces all people. [ cheers and applause ] regardless of their race or economic status, regardless of their religion or gender, regardless of their sexual orientation, or where they're from. we've got this beautiful country that should be a country of welcome, that should be a country of inclusion, and i know that that is a fundamental value that hillary clinton shares. [ cheers and applause ] [ speaking spanish ] i'm a catholic. and hillary is a methodist. but i'll tell you, her creed is the same as mine, do all the good you can. pretty simple. do all the good you can. measure your life by the
positive effect you can have on other people's lives. be of service to one another. now, that's a notion that americans of every faith tradition, and every moral tradition believe in. and it's a message hillary clinton has taken to heart for her entire life. for her entire life. [ cheers and applause ] fighting for children and families. like when she was first lady. after she tried in a recalcitrant congress blocked her in a big advance that we needed on health care reform, she said, you know what? i'm not stopping. if we can't get it all, can we pass a program to provide health insurance to 8 million more american children. and that's what she did. and that's what she did. that's who she fought for. [ cheers and applause ] fighting for equal rights for african-americans, for latinos,
for people with disabilities, for lgbt americans. [ cheers and applause ] in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, fighting aftermath of t attack tighting tenaciously to make sure that the 9/11 first responders and other localities would get health benefits. [ cheers and applause ] there are an awful lot of people who have put their trust and their faith in hillary, and she's always delivered for them. from working with the children's defense fund, to first lady of arkansas state redwolve arkansas, to first lady of the united states, to secretary of state she has always delivered. [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting ]
and you know what. here is something you can tell about a great leader. she not only delivers in the easy times or simple times, she delivers in the tough times, she even delivers when she's on the receiving end of one attack after another. she never backs down! she never backs down. [ cheers and applause ] >> hillary -- whatever the drama, whatever the attack, whatever the situation stays focussed on helping people. that keeps her going. here is how hillary and i are going to continue that work with a strong, progressive agenda. [ cheers and applause ] we're going to make the american economy work for everybody not just those at the top.
not just those at the top. we'll do that by making the largest investment in good-paying jobs since world war ii. [ applause ] we will make college debt free for everybody! [ cheers and applause ] we'll rewrite the rules so that companies share their profits with workers rather than ship jobs oversea, and we'll make sure that wall street corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. [ cheers and applause ] while we're on the subject of taxes, where are donald trump's tax returns? [ cheers and applause ]
raise your hand if you think those returns would show he's paid his fair share of taxes. i don't see a lot of hands. we're going to fight for paid family leave, equal pay for women, and raising the minimum wage to a living one. to keep families together. to keep families together, and to bring them out of the shadows in our administration in the first hundred days we'll put forward a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship! [ cheers and applause ] [ speaking spanish ]
i will encourage you, if you haven't done this, go to a naturalization service where people become u.s. citizens. how many of you -- raise your hand if you have been a naturalized citizens. yeah! well, thanks for choosing us! thanks for choosing us! if you haven't been to one of those services, it's going to be one of the most powerful things you'll ever see. often, after the oath is taken there's an open mike and people s say, "here is why i decided to become a citizens of the united states ] -- it will bring tears to your eyes.
[ chant iing ] and when you go to one of these naturalization services and you see the people's desire to join this great country, you will basically have this pretty amazing thought. [ speaking spanish ] anybody who loves america this much, deserves to be here. deserves to be here! [ cheers and applause ] there's one last part of hillary's plan that means a lot to me personally. that kind of emotional for me, and i bet it's emotional for you. how to stem the epidemic of gun violence that kills 33,000 americans every year.
as governor during one of the most horrible shootings in america's history, this issue is very close to my heart, very close to my heart, and i know that many of you here feel exactly the same way after that tragic shooting in orlando in june. we can do better, folks. we can do better. it was in april of 2007, about half way through my time as governor. i have just arrived in japan to bring jobs back to america. had checked into the hotel room, fallen asleep, and a knock came and the head of my security detail said you have to turn on the tv, governor. there was a shooting underway at virginia tech in blacks burn, virginia. as jet lagged, i said take me back to the airport. it was 14 hours over and 14
hours back. i walked on that campus jet lagged and in the wrong time zone. i knew that as a leader, even though i didn't have magic words to say, i had to bring comfort, in some way, to the families of those who had been killed, to the students and professors who had been injured, and also to the first responders who had been there to help them. this -- [ applause ] april 16, 2007, that was the worst day of my life. it was the worst day of so many people's lives. and for the parents and lot offed ones of those kids and professors, that pain never goes away. precious 17-year-olds, a 70
plus-year-old lit wane began holocaust survivor. who survived the holocaust, but who fell victim to gun violence because he blocked the door and told his students to climb out the window as his body was being riddled with bullets. survived the holocaust, survived the soviet take over of your country and fall victim in blac blacksburg, virginia. when the vast majority of americans and a majority of nra members agree we have to adopt common-sense gun safety measures. hillary and i will not rest. we will not rest! we will not rest! [ cheers and applause ] we will not rest!
we won't rest until we get universal background checks and closed loopholes that put guns in the hands of criminals, terrorists, and dangerous people who should not have them. it's so easy. the american public wants it, gun owners want it, the nra wants. it we will not rest. folks, i know the nra they're headquartered in my state, virginia. they campaigned against me in every statewide race that i've ever run, but i've never lost an election. i've never lost an election. [ cheers and applause ] i don't mind. i don't mind powerful groups campaigning against me. that's like an extra cup of coffee to me, folks. it gets me more excited. i'm 8-0 and i promise you, i'm not about to let that change.
[ cheers and applause ] especially when donald trump stands in the way of progress on every single one of these issues that hillary has laid out in her campaign and many, many more. so now i'm going to wrap it up with three easy questions. we're at an university. i can give you a test, right? i can give a test! these are three questions to ask yourselves. one, do you want to "you're fired" president or "you're hired" president? of course, you want a "you're hired" president! donald trump is the "you're fired guy." that's what he's known. it -- one thing when this campaign is over one thing they'll remember about donald trump is "you're fired!" . bankrupting companies, shipping jobs overseas, stiffing contractors, being against federal minimum wage, being against equal pay