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>> i can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not bill, nobody more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> trump cards. a full house of heavy hitters go all in against donald trump. >> the donald is not really a plans guy. [ laughter ] he's not really a facts guy, either. >> i'm a new yorker and i know a con when i see one. >> this guy doesn't have a clue about the middle-class. not a clue. he has no clue about what makes america great. actually, he has no clue, period. >> we are america, second to none, and we own the finish line! come on!
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we're america! >> and to russia with love. donald trump tries to explain his russian ploy, but bipartisan experts aren't buying it. >> and when i'm being sarcastic with something -- >> you're being sar cast snick. >> of course i'm being sarcastic. but you have 33,000 e-mails deleted and the real problem is what was said on the e-mails from the democratic national committee. you look at what was said on those e-mail, it's disgraceful. >> when you're commander-in-chief and you talk, there are consequences. when you're a candidate and say the things he's saying, there are consequences. >> and good day, everyone, i'm andrea mitchell in philadelphia where president obama set the bar high for hillary clinton's big acceptance speech tonight. donald trump is trying to explain his provocative comments, invading russia to steal hillary clinton's e-mails. after president obama painted a vision of an optimistic america, a far cry from trump's dark
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speech at the republican convention in cleveland. >> america is already great. the [ cheers and applause ] america is already strong. and i promise you, our strength, our greatness does not depend on donald trump. in fact, it doesn't depend on any one person. and that in the end may be the biggest difference in this election. the meaning of our democracy. >> joining me now is retired marine corps four-star general john allen, one of tonight's speakers. general allen, thank you for being with us. we want you to talk about russia and foreign policy because the commander in chief roll is central to the qualification to be president. what did you think when donald trump suggested yesterday, you know, russia, if you're listening, come only in and try to find those hillary clinton e-mails. >> well, i think the operative
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term is "if you're listening." russia listens very carefully to everything we say. and they're watching this process unfold. they are going to look at the candidates and they're going to look for vulnerabilities, they're going to look for opportunities to leverage both divisions and divisiveness. they're going to look for vulnerabilities that can tip the scales on their behalf. we have a tense relationship with russia right now, it's no secret. their activities in ukraine, their activities on the eastern flank of nato, their activities in syria, the illegal sever of crimea from ukraine, all of those activities have created a tense situation between the united states and russia and nato and russia and they're going to be very, very attentive to the language and the rhetoric being used by the presidential candidate, again, looking for vulnerabilities and looking for that -- if you will that peace
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of the armor that can be exploited to their advantage in the event of a crisis. >> it strikes me that it feels like the cold war but without the trigger -- the nuclear trigger being as tense as it was during the cold war and we've reduced our armaments. at the same time, we're talking about deconflicting in syria and working militarily with russia. how does that happen? >> we have to deconflict obviously for safety of flight and that sort of thing. >> but to work with them? especially given their role in propping up assad? >> that's right. and we're going to have to watch that very closely and be circumspect in how we do that. the russians have frankly not been helpful to us in syria. we have anticipated they'd be cooperating very closely with us in the context of attacking isil, daesh and participating in a constructive conversation that could begin a political transition into damascus and the removal of bashar al assad. neither of those things have come to fruition so obviously we're going to continue to talk
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with them because they're a key player in the region. but it does not diminish the fact that there are real tensions between the united states and russia right now and russia is going to be watching this process today unfolding in the united states. >> now, i know you have supported hillary clinton, you're speaking on either behalf tonight. but if you could look at it as objectively as you can, what could russia's interest be? we're told that -- i was told by the republican national committee chair reince priebus that they were not hacked and we are told by american intelligence officials and independent contractors that the dnc was hacked and that russia's fingerprints are all over it. why would they go after the democrats and not the republicans? >> well, the question leads you down a potential conclusion. there's all kinds of reasons why they may have done something to one side and not done something to the other side. but the fact that servers were
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intruded upon, information was exfiltrated by a very sophisticated compute yer netwo intrusion and then deployed just before the democratic national convention it would seem to indicate that they have a side that they have picked in this and it's not -- it's not alone for the united states. the russians are playing in future elections in europe as well, attempting to shape the international environment, ultimately to their advantage. and we need to watch this very closely. >> what is your message to the convention tonight, to the delegates? >> this is a moment for unity of the united states. i thought the president captured it perfectly last night. this is a moment of hope. this is a moment for optimism. from my perspective as the former commander in afghanistan when hillary clinton was the secretary of state, she was enormously supportive to me, she wielded the diplomacy of the united states very deftly and
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from my perspective at in moment, this critical moment in this election what she brings to the office of the president of the united states is competence, experience and, frankly, she has the confidence of so many of us in uniform and the american people. this is what i would say from our colleagues in the arena in the convention center. this is a moment from hope in the united states and let's not be dragged down a dark pathway. >> general john allen, thank you so much. >> honor to be with you, andrea, good to see you again. >> you, too. former pennsylvania governor and philadelphia mayor ed rendell is chairing the host committee and joins me now from independence hall. ed rendell, the speech last night seemed very much aimed at republicans, at those white men who have not been flocked to hillary clinton. there was the conversation about the shining city on the hill. let me play a little bit of president obama's speech. >> but what we heard in
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cleveland last week wasn't particularly republican. and it sure wasn't conservative. what we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. ronald reagan called america a shining city on a hill. donald trump calls it a divided crime scene that only he can fi fix. >> do you think republican and independent voters and white men might be converted to hillary clinton? does donald trump have an innate appeal to some of those very angry, confused and upset voters angry about the economy. >> right now i think he's getting a significant majity of them but i don't think it's a lot. there's a lot of road to go down in this campaign.
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joe biden and tim kaine, we've got two very, very good surrogates for that group. president obama is the best at turning out the vote. he's the turn outer in chief and he's on fire. he's going to work as hard for hillary clinton as he did for himself so i like the way it's lining up. i like the message is -- it was joe biden when he said he voted -- so many of you have voted against your economic self-interest and it's true as the president said, does anybody think somebody with donald trump's record of dealing people, somebody think he's going to be the champion of working people? a guy who's stiffed workers. a guy who's taken his businesses overseas? he's going to be good for the american workers? i don't think so. so there's a lot of room to roll out that, andrea, and i don't think that battle is over by a long shot. >> well talking about the surrogates, about joe biden and
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people who can make that pitch, doesn't hillary clinton have to close the deal herself? >> i think the way hillary does it is by laying out some specifics about how she's going to get the economy rolling again and i think she's prepared to do that. the weakness of donald trump's speech in cleveland and i think the president pointed out is he never told us one single substantive thing he was going to do he said "i'm going to take care of violent crime." how? cities and states control police forces. he said he was going to get rid of isis. but how? he never gave us a clue. i think if hillary is specific with her plans and vision she can begin the process on her own but we've got the best line of surrogates i have ever seen in the eight elections that i've been involved in. >> governor, you told the bloomberg breakfast this morning that you thought donald trump could reverse six cycles, presidential cycles here in pennsylvania voting for
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democrats. it hasn't been since 1988 that a republican won here. why is trump's appeal resonating so much with american voters? >> because he delivers a very simple in my judgment photoly false message to people who are either unemployed or underemployed we used to work in manufacturing and touch the right buttons. and if you're frustrated with your lot, it's very difficult to say, okay, vote for the same team that's been in charge in the last eight years. but donald trump seems to indicate that all our problems are involved with trade. well, you know, andrea, that's not true. technology has cost us more manufacturing jobs than trade by a long shot in pennsylvania. and, in fact, trade has produced a whole new slew of manufacturing jobs so it's not as simple challenge. but it's the message that
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resonates right now, three months to go, a lot of room to go down and a lot of roads to go down and as i said i like our lineup of surrogates better and our candidate better than any i've seen in the eight elections i've been involved in. >> ed rendell, the governor, the host committee, thank you so much. center stage, hillary clinton said to make her own case tonight. after almost a year and a half on the campaign trail, one of my fellow reporters has been covering the clintons for decades, joining me next right here on andrea mitchell reports live from the dnc. your car insurance policy is 22 pages long. did you read every word? no, only lawyers do that. so when you got rear-ended and needed a tow, your insurance company told you to look at page five on your policy. did it say "great news. you're covered!" on page five? no. it said, "blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah..." the liberty mutual app with coverage compass™ makes it easy to know what you're covered for
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eight years ago you may remember hillary and i were rivals for the democratic
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nomination. we battled for a year and a half. let me tell you, it was tough. because hillary was tough. i was worn out. she was doing everything i was doing but just like ginger rogers, it was backwards in heels. >> president obama making his case for hillary clinton who's going to make history tonight with her acceptance speech here. it's been a long journey. joining me now, someone who's been on that journey, has covered hillary clinton for years, ruth marcus, the deputy editor for the "washington post." ruth and i have been on the road together quite a bit over the years. >> we have. >> and hillary clinton ought to have more of an advantage right now. this race is closer in battleground states than one would think it should be given the demographics and all the rest. there is a connection problem, according to our polling ander
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in negatives are still so high. how can they make her relatable here in this convention? >> well, i think the convention so far has been as good as hillary clinton could have hoped or imagined both in comparison to the cleveland convention as well as on its own merits so just knock it out of the park speeches by the president last night, by the vice president, senator kaine's speech was very good and there was the guy named bill clinton that gave a good speech. >> and mike bloomberg. >> and mike bloomberg. doing that appeal to non-traditional voters despite uneasiness to the people in the hall. but hillary clinton needs to do it for herself and she's going to have to do problem a better job of making her own case than she's managed to do so far. if she's going to be relatable
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to folks, if she's going to convince those blue-collar white male voters to support her she's going to be the one to make that sale and this is her night. >> she was supposed to be in scranton a couple of weeks ago, we were all there and that was postponed. it will be on august 15 with joe biden. born in scranton, hillary clinton's father is from that area and she spent childhood summers on a lake near there and this is part of joe biden tonight because that's key to winning pennsylvania. >> before she was first lady of the united states, when she became first lady we served together in the united states senate. and during her years as secretary of state, once a week we had break fast my home. everybody knows she's smart. everybody knows she's tough but i know what she's passionate
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about. i know hillary. >> and so, ruth, clinton has a challenge in following not just joe biden but barack obama's speech last night. >> there are a lot of great communicators and hillary clinton will be the first to tell you that she does not have the political skills of fill in the blank, the blank often noted as her husband but it's very interesting. back when she was running against barack obama hillary clinton was the one who did better with those less educated white men than he did. that's where she's falling short. that's where a regular joe guy like joe biden, vice president biden to me, can really be helpful to her and, you know, it's remarkable just watching this, though, how many validators she has. how manier is gatts she can send out on the campaign trail that are doing very well in polls
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with the american people in comparison to donald trump. i mean, i have been critical of hillary clinton on a lot of scores during this campaign but in terms of the mechanics of this convention and the kgbs goi -- mechanics going forward, she's in better shape going forward. >> ruth marcus, thank you very much. coming up, claire mccaskell joining us next right here on "andrea pitching reports" live from philadelphia. for lower back pain sufferers,
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about the trump campaign. >> i think he would be appalled, quite frankly. i think he held high regard for the office, whether he was in it or the republican was in it he had a lot of respect for it and i don't think we see that from that side. is i mean, personally i think that donald trump wants desperately to win the title of president of the united states but i don't believe he wants the job of president of the united states and that would be a problem. >> bryan cranston, one of the many celebrities here, actors and musicians who are passionate about political engagement and they are democrats. keep it here on msnbc for complete live coverage from the 2016 democratic national convention. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" live from philadelphia on msnbc. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should.
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the democratic women's senators got the feel of the stage a few hours ago, taking a big step forward today, they're all going to appear before the convention tonight. missouri democratic senator claire mckicaskell joining me tonight. senator, thank you for being with us. there is a lot of history being made and it hasn't been getting as much attention as it might have because of what donald trump said about russia and all the other news. but talk to me about the importance of hillary clinton becoming the first nominee of a major party, the first woman. >> well, it is really an emotional moment for all of us. all of the women in the senate have served with hillary. frankly all of the women over this country. it's interesting, so many women i've talked to this week, we have looked at each other and said almost simultaneously "i miss my mom." all of our mothers who
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encouraged us at a young age that we could do anything and that we should go out and try to change the world. i know my mother would be over the moon this week. >> and in the moment of her nomination you have donald trump talking about having russia -- inviting russia to hack her e-mails. now he says he was joking. we interviewed general john allen who said you don't joke about that. people are listening. what is your take away? you've covered a lot of these foreign policy issues from the senate perch. >> well, it's very clear to me that donald trump is unfit and, frankly, i think he's dangerous. i believe there's a chance he violated the law with what he said, inviting a cyber attack of russia, a dictator what has violated all of our principles
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of liberty, freedom in russia. the fact that he would invite a foreign nation to conduct an attack against our country it's beyond the pale and i believe it violates the logan act and he should be investigated for that. i don't think it was a joke at all and it certainly wasn't a joke when he said he'd pull the plug on nato if he were president and, by the way, that had putin dancing in the halls. putin is excited about donald trump being president of the united states. that notion make it very happy because he knows he could roll through ukraine and other countries that used to be part of the soviet union because that's his goal is to take back that territory and he knows trump is not capable and is getting in his way. >> with the resume that hillary clinton has and katy perry has started rehearsing behind me so forgive the noise, but with all of the experience that hillary clinton has had, why is she
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having so much trouble connecting with many voters according to all the polls? why are her negatives, her unfavorables so high? >> well, i don't think we've ever had a candidate for president before that's been in the cross hairs of the attack machine for 40 years. this is someone who began being attacked literally 40 years ago. she's been the object of so many unfair attacks. i think because she's familiar and because she's been attacked so often. frankly, what we want her to do is show some vulnerability because when you see that side of hillary clinton you see her warmth, you see her passion, and you see her commit mement. >> senator claire mccaskell, thank you so much very much. up next, three women who have been with hillary clinton through it all, including one
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childhood friend go announced the illinois votes for clinton at tuesday's roll call. stay with us for that conversation. you won't want to miss it. >> on this historic, wonderful d day, in honor of dorothy and hugh's daughter and my sweet friend, i know you're watching, this one is for you, hill. 98 votes. yes.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> well, tonight hillary clinton delivering the biggest speech of her life. she's the best-known woman in america but her big challenge is that after all of these decades many americans say they don't know who hillary clinton really is. this whole convention is aimed at fixing that ch. betsy eberling, hillary clinton's life long friend and her former chief of staff at the white house, lisa caputo, her former press secretary. betsy, i saw you reading the roll call, it was clearly emotional.
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you were childhood friends. the arc of her life, could you see this future for the young hillary rodham? >> for the young hillary rodham? yes, i think in the sense that she's always been a person who's known her own self-confidence. yes, i -- she -- she started out on a path that had to do with learning and had to do with something that would fulfill other people's needs as well so i think, yeah, i think it was definitely -- but who knew it would be president of the united states? i just knew she'd be out there helpi helping. >> and lisa caputo, when we were on that trip to beijing, that
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was a bold step she took. a lot of people didn't want her to be that confrontational. >> it was a very bold step and one she thought significantly about. you would probably remember, andrea, that the chinese government wasn't that happy that she made the statement but it was an important statement to make and i remember so well as you and milan likely remember the women yelling "hill rirks hillary" wanting to touch her, wanting to be that for that moment, streets lined all over beijing with women wanting to get a glimpse of her in the car as she went past and so really it was at that moment that i think the world saw her as a global ambassador for women and women's rights around the world. and it was really, i think, a transitional moment in global history. >> milan, you were a global ambassador for women because hillary clinton made that part of her portfolio, a central part of the state department agenda.
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why do you think people don't know who she really is, younger women in particular who were not voting for her in new hampshire, for instance, saying that they really couldn't relate to her? >> well, i think as you pointed out at the outset, andreandrea, there's been a real effort to reveal the real hillary as we've all known her and somehow that has not gotten across. i think there are many reasons for that. one is there's been an effort over the years to attack her in so many ways that a caricature has developed but the real hillary is someone who has been consistent throughout her life, through the time that she knew betsy and the time that we all caught up with her years later and over these decades that we've known her. her commitment to making a difference from what she learned that long time ago to do all the good you can in all of the ways
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you can has been what has imbued her in terms of the values she holds and the dmours which she has put herself, completely dedicated to public service. i hope tonight hillary will get that across even more but that is the stuff of who she is -- a woman deeply committed to making life better for others. >> have any of you talked to her since last night with that extraordinarily passionate and generous speech by the president? what michael beschloss described as the most enthusiastic endorsement of a successor of any president, any campaign he's ever seen. any of you had a chance to gauge her reactions to all that? >> i haven't talked to her directly. i don't know if either melanne r
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or betsy have but i know from people who have that she was over the moon and so pleased and proud and honored. honored i think is the word and humbled as well and i think as melanne said, you'll see her tonight talk about her values. we heard a lot last night about democratic values, the values of the american people. slogans are not the way to go but solutions, optimism and not fear and i think you're going to hear directly from hillary clinton about her values and those will be teed up by chelsea clinton, her daughter, who i really think is the product of the best of both of her parents. >> i think, andrea, we saw on her face last night somehow she felt, deeply honored by what the president had said but what he said was all about what it means to be an american and that's something that she holds dear.
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the values. i remember so well as i imagine you do covering her over the years when she would go to eastern europe after the collapse of the soviet union and those very difficult times when new democracies were hopefully forming that would be sustained and she would say this is hard, it is worth it and it is what you whisper into your child's here at night, these deep values that each of us, every american holds dear and cherishes for what a democracy represent. i think that will come across more. >> and betsy -- >> i think she was -- i saw a really relaxed happy proud friend who was out there and with her friend the president. i loved it. i thought it was very, very sweet, all the things that lisa
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and hemelanne have said but als for me i could see the sigh of relief and also that let's get rolling but i loved it i thought she looked so happy. so good. i've wanted that face on her all this year so i'm pleased. >> well, betsy eberling and melanne verveer and lisa caputo, it's great to see you all. as melanne and lisa were saying, chelsea clinton will be introducing her mom. she sat down with matt lauer on the "today" show. >> you know your mom as well as anyone and yet you hear the things that are said about her all the time, lack of trust, people have very negative comments, her negative ratings are high. there has to be a disconnect in your mind between the person you know. how do you explain the disconnect? >> well, it is such a disconnect
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. america isn't about "yes, he will." it's about "yes, we can." [ cheers and applause ] and we're going to carry hillary to victory this fall because that's what the moment demands. it's been you who fuelled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds were great. even when the road is long, hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty. the audacity of hope. >> president obama recalling the
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theme of his own election trying to transfer that to his successor, he hopes. joining me now, former senior advisor to president obama's 2008 campaign and former white house communications director for the obama administration, anita dunne and obama campaign manager jim messina. jim, that was the most extraordinary endorsement that i've ever seen. >> one of the best speeches he's ever given. it was full throat, you saw loose excited focus barack obama trying to rally this. >> and she has the best surrogate, joe biden, barack obama, even mike bloomberg saying donald trump is a fraud as a businessman trying to take him down that way. doesn't she have to close the deal? >> there's no question she is the closer tonight, andrea. >> she couldn't have had to set up for her better.
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last night was the best convention i've ever seen. the case for hillary clinton, the case against donald trump. now tonight she has to say yes we can on her own. >> and with katy perry rehearsing behind us, jim messi messina, hillary clinton is not a great performer in speeches. so how does she follow the president? >> her job tonight is pretty simple. every ten days or two weeks her husband will call me and say all presidential elections are always about the future. she has to lay out a compelling vision tonight. doesn't have to be fancy or as funny as barack obama was. doesn't have to do any of that. she just has to look at the country and say this is what i'm for and this is what i heel do as president. if she does that, she'll win this election. >> they'll will leaving here tomorrow on a bus trip which is trying to recapture the magic of
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the 1992 clinton/gore bus trips. we had a think six different legs all across the country. this is going to be a couple of days through ohio and first pennsylvania and ohio. how critical are pennsylvania and ohio for this campaign? what we saw last saturday was that hillary clinton and tim kaine make each other better. the chemistry between the two of them communicates to people. this is a team that's ready to move the country forward and i think they're anxious to get that into the midwest now. coming out of this convention they're going to have a real opportunity because the two conventions did present the contrast between these two candidates. and people are watching this convention more than the republican convention. if you look at the way that this has been set up for her, i think this bus tour is going to be, as it was in 1992, kind of the rocket fuel for the fall.
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>> and we're told that president obama rewrote his speech after watching michelle obama the other night. he realized he had to sort of bring up his game. >> he wrote it by hand. is literally took it apart and said "we have to do something different." that's when you know it's the best speech when he writes it by himself by hand it's from the heart and you saw that last night. >> you both know him sew well having worked with him. how important is it for him to defeat donald trump? it seems to me this is more than just legacy because trump was the heart of the birther movement. this is personal. >> it's not personal, it's actually about america. it's not about his legacy, it's about the country he lives in and the america that he has fought to make a better and more perfect union and i thought last night he was so eloquent on kind of the america he thinks we
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should be and why donald trump is the antithesis of what it means to be an american. you could feel people in the hall basically saying you know what? we're with her. >> and also the outreach to republicans, quoting reagan and the shining city on the hill and saying the cleveland convention was not conservative and was not in mainstream republican. >> she has a real chance here to get -- for the first time in our lifetime a substantial number of republican votes. you have a republican party in at the earns. you have a republican party with no message and this week you've seen a united democratic party coming together and i think you'll see a different electoral map coming out of this convention than one that i think would have been a month ago. and that's aig thing. that's a big opportunity for her and one she's going to seize coming out of this convention and the pick of tim kaine,
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virginia, more moderate is a really smart pick in that by a. because it allows them to talk to voters that we didn't think would be available to them a month and a half ago. it's one thing about donald trump being the opponent, so many great opportunities. >> jim messina, anita dunn, thank you both. coming up, more next from the convention floor in philadelphia. let's have katy perry play us to break. stay with us. before taking his team to state for the first time...
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hey kevin. hey, fancy seeing you here. uh, i live right over there actually. you've been to my place. no, i wasn't...oh look, you dropped something. it's your resume with a 20 dollar bill taped to it. that's weird. you want to work for ge too. hahaha, what? well we're always looking for developers who are up for big world changing challenges like making planes, trains and hospitals run better. why don't you check your new watch and tell me what time i should be there. oh, i don't hire people. i'm a developer. i'm gonna need monday off. again, not my call. >> when i lived in honduras, i learned something. the best compliment you could pay to somebody was to say that they were "listo." because what listo means in spanish is this, it means prepared, it means battle tested, it means rock solid, up for anything, never backing down and, friends, hillary clinton,
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she's lista. hillary clinton is lista. [ cheers and applause ] >> and that, of course, is tim kaine last night. joining me now, texas democratic congressman joaquin castro set to speak tonight here in philadelphia. congressman, thanks very much. what is your message going to be to the convention tonight? >> that hillary clinton will build opportunity in america and if elected donald trump will tear it down. what has distinguished this country from other nations of the world and the reason that people have wanted to come here for generations is that we've built up an sfrinfrastructure o opportunity together and donald trump i'm convinced will dismantle it and neglect it and hillary clinton will continue to build it. >> why do you think that clinton is having so much trouble attracting white male voters, for instance, dealing with her negatives. she's not closing this race as they might have hoped. >> well, i think that in the end she's going to do better than a
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lot of people expect. she's got a message of all americans from every racial and ethnic background, every religion. she's somebody who will be able to heal the country and also move us forward as a nation. that compared to donald trump who's been so divisive, he's trying to divide americans along racial and ethnic lines, along religious lines. she sees the world, really, andrea -- he sees the world as a zero sum game where some americans have to lose in order for others to win but the truth is for america to win donald trump has to lose in november. >> and at the same time hillary clinton has to follow barack obama tonight. that's a very hard act to follow. any advice for her? >> it would be a tough act for any of us to follow. the president did a wonderful job laying out both his legacy and why he's supporting secretary clinton but i believe that the secretary will be remarkable tonight. it's an historic occasion as she accepts the nomination as the
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first woman nominated by a major political party and i think she'll knock it out of the park. >> congressman castro, thanks so much for being with us. we'll be watching your speech tonight. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." for katy perry and all my other guests, remember, follow the show online on facebook and twitter on @mitchellreports. chris jansing takes up our coverage live everyday. >> that's not something i hear you say everyday "katy perry and all my other guests." andrea mitchell is at the wells fargo center. well, tonight is the big finale of the democratic national convention, the night hillary clinton lays out her vision for the country and tries to unify a party still showing signs of fracture. complicated her mission -- the incredibly high bar for oratory set last night by president obama, vice president biden and others. >> there has never been a man or a woman -- not me, not bill,
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nobody -- more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as president of the united states of america. >> if any of you are looking for that party of lincoln, we've got a home for you right here in the democratic party. [ cheers and applause ] >> truth be told, the richest thing about donald trump is his hypocrisy. >> he's trying to tell us he cares about the middle-class. give me a break! that's a bunch of malarkey! >> our intrepid road warriors are all over this pivotal night of the democratic national convention. nbc's kristen welker has been watching for any nuggets on what hillary clinton will say tonight. kristen biggest night of hillary clinton's political life to date. what's the plan?

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