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seen the future. i feel like i have seen the future of cable news. this was freakin' fantastic. >> oh, thank you very much! >> i'm sure nobody in the room will be able to hear you when you say this, so just between you and me. >> yes. >> just between you and me, did you dig it? >> i loved it. yes. >> i like -- it's weird. i had this weird thing that i like when people applaud me all of the time. >> see? that makes me barf. that's the difference between us. it was incredible and sfs so much fun to watch, i think you should do it all of the time. i will never do it. i think you should do it. well done. thank you. >> it was great. that was just spectacular. that was awesome and thanks for you at home joining us this hour, too. super to have you with us. as we close in on the third round of democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a
little bit. now, i think it's fair to say that the democratic party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president, right? that it's not rocket science to figure that out. it's nothing personal about the president, but when you are the president with the lowest average approval rating of all u.s. presidents of all time, when you are the most scandal-plagued president in the history of the country, not just since watergate, but in the history of the country, when you have been named as individual one in the commission of multiple felonies when your business, your foundation and your inaugural committee have all come under criminal investigation while serving as president and your foundation was, in fact, shut down by authorities as an illegal fraud and you had to start your presidency by paying a $25 million settlement to settle
other totally unrelated allegations about another one of your alleged frauds and when your longtime personal lawyer has just gone to federal prison, when your campaign chairman is in federal prison, when your deputy campaign chairman is awaiting sentencing and so is your national security adviser when literally your sister had to resign from the judiciary because of her apparent involvement in a long-running criminal tax fraud scheme, a scheme that was basically run by her brother, which is you, the president, i mean, when all of those things are true about the sitting president, yeah -- yeah. you're going to get some challengers. you are going to get some challengers for that job that you now hold. i mean, with a record like that, with just that balance sheet you would get a lot of challengers for your job even if you weren't a president who frequently went online and started ranting like a living, breathing, evil darkside version like the label
of a dr. broner's soap. i think it's fair to say -- i love dr. broner's soap, i'm positive on dr. broner,'s i'm just saying the president these days and particular in today sounds like he's being translated through a few different foreign languages all in caps and -- anyway. needless to say, the democratic party knew a lot of people would get into the primary to try to run against trump to run on behalf of the democratic party, but i think it is also fair to say that the democratic party did not know that they would be fielding the largest presidential primary of all time. i mean, we thought that 17 candidates in the 2016 republican field was nuts. democrats this year blew through that, blew through that record and kept going, not 17. we'll go 18, 19, 20, 21, how high can they go?
i mean, i don't think the democratic party could have anticipated with even a field this large that the inclusion rules that they set for their first two debates would result in 20 democratic candidates making it on to the nature of those debates. 20, but that is just how it worked out. once that remarkable result was clear, though, for those first two debate, the democratic party took steps to make sure the third debate would be a tougher ticket. you would have to up your fund-raising base to 130,000 donors and in addition you would need to hit 2% in national polls or early state poll, at least four polls you'd need 2%. those are not terrible rules. those are not terribly onerous rules on the face of it, but those are tougher rules than were in place for the first two debates and these new, tougher third-debate rules thus far look like they'll result in
significantly fewer candidates making it on to the stage, more like roughly half. i mentioned the acuteness of the funneling angle and thou ithow starting to pinch this field and part of the way you can see as the number of candidates goes from this big to this big is the candidates who are losing out and being squeezed out as a result of these stricter rule, they're mad about it, as you might imagine, but they're not just stewing on it, they are publicly saying so. >> i am proud to be a democrat, and i stand here grateful for the work you do day in and day out to strengthen our party. i'm ready to lead our party and our country to victory next november, but i've got to be honest, and i say it with love, the dnc process is stifling debate at a time when we need it most. we're -- we're rewarding celebrity candidates with
millions of twitter followers, billionaires who buy their way on to the debate stage and candidates who have been running for president for years. it forces campaigns to force over millions of dollars to facebook, the same platform that let the russians interfere in 2016 instead of harnessing the resources to talk to voters. if we wanted to be the party that excluded people we'd be republicans. [ applause ] these rules have created exactly the wrong outcomes and they will not help us beat donald trump. i'm not going to be on the debate stage next month, but i am going to be out in iowa and new hampshire and south carolina and nevada building the constituency for change this country needs. >> colorado senator michael bennet at the summer meeting in san francisco saying that while the national democratic committee tom perez looking on
while he lambastes the process that results him including others not getting into the third round of debates. >> the democrats that will not make the september debate, at least some of them are expressing their anger and frustration and their argument against this process that is win noing them out of this process. i am going to beity on in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina and nevada and it is possible that campaigns can build support and momentum some way other than the debate, right? when candidates don't make it on to those debate stages, but that's a heavy lift, and the candidates know that, and so in addition to that kind of angry statement that you got now from michael bennet and the other candidates that are getting squeezed out from the third debate, in addition to that the other thing that the debate rules are doing is they are pushing some candidates out of
the race entirely when those candidates confront the realization that they're not going to make it on to the next debate stage and so that looming september debate, that looming third debate has started a sort of shedding season where candidates are now starting to take themselves out of the running, and you know, the parties will always have to have some way to determine who makes it on to the debate stages and who doesn't, otherwise you would have a debate stage with a ton of people and also rans and prank candidates. there always has to be some kriet criteria. there will always be some controversy that attends to that in terms of the parties that, you know, constraining who gets into the debates, but the aggressive winowing that's happening now between the first and second debates and these next debates that are coming up, this is also, you know, it's obviously really shake ting the
democrats that will not make the next debate stable. it inevitably has the knock-on effect of shining a brighter spotlight and directing scrutiny to the smaller number of candidates that is making it through that funnel that is going to be in contention on that soon-to-be much smaller stage. and so, tonight, i wanted to take a look at the strength of that field and part of my thinking about this tonight is that things are crazy right now in the news, and everybody's able to follow the headlines over the course of the day. i know, there's a lot, but i feel that we can offer on the daily news of every day and the every bit of craziness that e merges from this administration and when it comes to the democrat trying to replace this president, talking about them just on their own term, i feel, like, just stopping and looking at everything the president's doing and looking at what the president's offering instead and see him, see them, see him, see
them and let's focus them for a second. the reason i want to do this now is because we did this once before and we got more positive feedback on it from you guys than anything else that we've done on this tv show this entire hour the entire year. it was after the one that was hosted on msnbc and telemundo, the one we did in miami. the night after that debate in miami, basically, on this show we did a whole show that was the democratic candidates put their best foot forward because the reason these debates are such a huge deal at this point in the race, and the reason it is such a fantastically high-stakes decision for the dnc to progressive le make the rules harder and harder, the reason it's a potentially termative thing and it's not just a killer to be absent from the debate stage is because once you do make it on to the debate stage, i swear you can do yourself so much good. i swear. every single night, every single
candidate has given themselves something to build on. some moment, some high point, some glimpse of the best of what they have to offer. not every candidate is going to be seen as winning every debate, but every candidate has at least one winning moment in every debate, a moment that gives their supporters reason to cheer and maybe send another five bucks. another moment that gives someone that was not supporting them yet pay them some mind even though they weren't thinking of them before and i know that pundits and newspaper headlines have to give these global takes on who won the debate or who was flat or who made an impression and who didn't, and i get that. i'm part of that ecosystem, too, but i also recognize that more than ever before the media environment and the political environment that we're in right now is such that a good, well-run campaign doesn't need to count on the headline writers or the cable news hosts or the big overviewed stories on the networks news about who is
winning and everybody else who isn't winning. more than ever before in the kind of media landscape that we're in right now, what a candidate needs to move ahead, to expand his or her campaign, to raise money, to make you see them even if you have not been willing to see them before, more than anything, what candidates need are good moments. capturable, rerepublicable, tweetable moments that they can build on and we have seen this already from every single one of these candidates. we think of these debates in terms of winners and losers, but being on the debate stage means you win at this point of the campaign and i can prove it. we -- we have done this on the show once before. we did it when we'd only had one debate and now we have two debates under our belts and as we head into the crucial third one which will have a wildly different cast of characters, it appears. this is probably going to be half the candidates that we saw in the first two. i will prove it to you that being on that stage has already given every one of them a chance
to do themselves some good, all of them. i mean, that's why making this third debate is so priceless. here, i will show you. look. the hat. all right. drawing at random, i will show you any candidate from the list, pick one, and i will prove it to you. bernie sanders. all right. senator sanders. let's start with him in the first debate, in the first debate, senator sanders knew he was going to get these questions about republicans framing the whole democratic party of socialists and the general election being a contest between donald trump and socialism. the problem with that framing, when you put it to bernie sanders is that that sort of framing only works in a bad way if the person you're asking it to is uncomfortable with the concept or feels defensive about the concept or if the republican framing on this issue is working on that person somehow when instead you put that question to be bernie sanders. you get a candidate who knows
who he is, isn't defensive about it at all and lives quite comfortably in his own skin and has for decades and will take your epithet and turn it around and make it the best part of his pitch for his campaign. >> what is your response to those saying nominating a socialist would re-elect donald trump. >> well, i think the responses at the poll, last poll had us ten points ahead of donald trump because the american people understand that trump is a phony, that trump is a pathological liar and a racist, and that he lied to the american people during his campaign. he said he was going to stand up for working families. well, president trump you're not standing up for working families when you try to throw 32 million people off of the health care that they have and that 83% of your tax benefits go to the top 1%. that's how we beat trump. we expose him for the fraud that he is.
>> and that's why i do with your socialism question. senator bernie sanders in the first debate having, i think, his best moment in that debate ring up this idea that the socialism word is some sort of kryptonite against him and kryptonite against the democratic party. that was bernie sanders, first debate. in the second debate, i think senator sanders' standout moment was a very different interaction. it was when he basically turned into a human shredder of the poor candidate out in the wings who made a poor considered decision that he would try to wander and insert himself into senator sanders' own very well worn wheel house. senator sanders, you know, knows who he is and runs on his own stuff. he doesn't throw a lot of lightning bolts at other candidates when he doesn't need to, but if he does throw a lightning bolt at you it tends to explode when he does that. >> can you guarantee those union
members that the benefits under medicare for all will be as good as the benefits that their representatives, their union reps fought hard to negotiate? >> two things they will be better because medicare for all is comprehensive and covers all healthcare needs for senior citizens. it will finally include dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses. >> you don't know that, bernie. >> second of all. >> i do know, i wrote the damn bill! [ cheers and applause ] >> second of all -- second of all, many of our union brothers and sisters, nobody more pro-union than me up here, are paying high deductible and co-payments and when we do medicare for all instead of having the company putting money into health care they can get decent wage increases which they're not getting today. >> actually, kudos to cnn for keeping the split screen up there for paul ryan -- excuse me, for tim ryan being on the receiving end of that so you can see him pop the gills once, hold breath for 40 seconds and pop
the gills one more time and then go back down. it was just -- that was it. so senator bernie sanders, night one, night two in the debates. i'll prove it to you, andrew yang. uh-huh. andrew yang, entrepreneur, tech guy. andrew yang will definitely be in the next debate. he is running a campaign that does not sound like any of the rest of the campaigns and that is on purpose. that means that the pundits and the national press still haven't quite figured out what to do with him, but meanwhile, he is definitely connecting with donors. he's got a -- a slam-bang social media presence that runs circles around a lot of the more traditional candidates. he pretty easily made it into this next debate. it wasn't like he was cutting it real close and in each of the debates so far it's been interesting to watch. andrew yang, they add up the amount of time that each of the candidates has spoken and andrew yang is always the shortest and
doesn't take up a ton of time, but he doesn't need to because he's not saying the same kind of stuff the other candidates are saying and when he talks it lands in part because he's saying things that are unique. >> i am proof that our democracy still works. democrats and americans around the country have one question for their nominee and that is who can beat donald trump in 2020. that is the right question and the right candidate to beat donald trump will be solving the problems that got donald trump elected and will have a vision of a trickle-up economy that is already drawing thousands of disaffected trump voters, conservatives, independents and libertarians as well as democrats and progressives. i am that candidate and i can build a much broader coalition to beat donald trump. it is not left. it is not right. it is forward and that is where i'll take the country in 2020. >> not -- either -- forward. that's andrew yang, debate one. at that point, admit it, he's introducing himself to the country. obviously, he has enough supporters and donors to get him
into the first debate, and for the broader audience watching at home and they're saying who is this guy, andrew yang? that is out of the gate introduction in night one, strong, different, right? in detroit in debate two, andrew yang, he not only got big applause in the room. he talked about the stuff including the economy in ways that just didn't sound like a single other candidate in the stage, and it didn't make him sound weird. it just set him apart and it worked in the room. >> if you go to a factory here in michigan, you will not find wall to wall immigrants. you will find wall to wall machines upon. they are being scapegoated for issues that have nothing to do with our economy. >> the problem is people feel like the economy has left them behind. we have to say, look, there's record high gdp and stock market prices. you know what else is at record highs? suicide, drug overdoses, depression, anxiety. it's gotten so bad that american
life expectancy has declined for the last three years and i'd like to talk about my wife who is at home with our two boys right now, one of whom is autistic, what does her work count on in today's economy? zero. her work is among the most challenging and vital. >> entrepreneur, tech guy, andrew yang, one of the democratic presidential candidates. he has made the cut for the third debate coming up. i showed you those two clips from the first debate and one from the second debate to show you how much good he has done himself at his debate performances thus far. i can prove to you that all of the candidates who will be on the debate stage have done themselves good in their previous appearances and that's part of why the next debate is so important. we've got more ahead. stay with us. ad stay with us volunteerism. fundraising. giving back. subaru and our retailers have given over one hundred and sixty-five million dollars to charity.
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all right. these are all candidates that have qualified for the third debate and how have they done in the previous two debates? mayor pete buttigieg, mayor of south bend, indiana. mayor pete has introduced him by the country how to teach the country how to say his name buttigieg. the whole democratic party has learned to say his name, learned who he is. he's distinguished himself by his eloquence and his willingness and facility to talk about issues like faith which he did here at the first debate to great effect. >> the republican party likes to
cloak itself in their language of religion. now our party doesn't talk about that as much. largely for a very good reason was we are committed to the separation of church and state and we stand for people of all religion and no religion, and we should call hypocrisy when we see it. to say that it is okay to say that god would smile on the division of families on the hands of federal agents and that god would condone putting children in cages has lost all claim to ever use religious language again. >> vice president -- [ cheers and applause ] >> listen to the room there, right? mayor pete buttigieg, debate night one. and honestly, this clip, i don't know why this hasn't gotten more national play since the second debate. watch the part where he pivots to answering the question to talking directly to the camera when he addresses republican
members who may be watching the debate and watch the gauntlet and how the room just erupts. >> we have to be ready to take on this president and, by the way, something that hasn't been talked about as much tonight, take on his enablers in congress. you know, when david duke -- [ applause ] when david duke ran for congress, the republican party 20 years ago ran away from him. today they are supporting naked racism in the white house who are at best silent about it, and if you are watching this at home and you are a republican member of congress, consider the fact that when the sun sets on your career, and they are writing your story, of all the good and bad things you did in your life, the thing you will be remembered for is whether in this moment with this president you found the courage to stand up to him or you continue to put party over country. [ cheers and applause ] >> mayor pete buttigieg of south bend, indiana. i don't know why that has not gotten more play since then. i think it was a phenomenal moment.
all right. joe biden, former vice president joe biden. all right. front-runner in the polls. night one, first debate, he knew, of course, he would take shots from the other candidates and he did most effectively from kamala harris and we will get to that, but vice president biden starts out the first debate night sort of not assuming that you know who he is, and re-introducing himself to the american people, showing the human empathy and human experience that has made him such a beloved and hard to beat figure in the democratic party for decades. >> when my wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident my two boys were very badly injured. i can't imagine what it would have been like to not have adequate medical care and when my son came back from iraq and was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was given months to live i can't fathom if they said by the way, the last six months
of your life you're on your own. we're cutting you off. the quickest and fastest way is to build on obamacare, and to build on what we did. >> joe biden in the first debate. he would go on in that debate, you might remember to get pummeled by some of his opponent which is is going to happen when you're the front-runner, but watch this. look at essentially his opening gambit for his second debate after what he went through with everybody coming after him with the magnanimous embrace to all of his rivals and an embrace to president trump that brings down the house. >> i'm running for president to restore the soil ul of this country. we have as that every day is ripping into the social fabric of that country. and no one man can do that, just look at this stage made up of diverse people from diverse
backgrounds and went on to be mayors, senators, governor, congresswomen, members of the cabinet, and yes, even a vice president. mr. president, this is america, and we are stronger and great because of this diversity, mr. president, not -- not in spite of it, mr. president. mr. president, let's get something straight. we love it. we are not leaving it. we are here to stay and we're certainly not going to leave it to you. [ cheers and applause ] >> the stacked applause line is a difficult thing in any applause line and to get the big applause and push through it knowing that by the time you get to the end of the delivery there is a bigger applause coming and you have warmed them up. vice president joe biden in the second debate. i'm telling you, you can do this for every single one of them. okay. beto o'rourke. texas congressman, in the first debate the biggest thing that beto o'rourke got attention for was negative, was the way that his home state rival julian
castro came for him like a repo man. i have come to reclaim the title of vital texas democratic contender. i take it from you, right? and that moment in the first debate definitely went to julian castro. we'll get to that and it plainly bewildered beto o'rourke and on his own terms and even in the own debate, asking people to think big the way he does, he also brought good stuff the first debate night and it didn't hurt that this was one of the only times that whole first debate night that anybody raised the issue of impeachment. >> one of the most powerful pieces of art in the united states capitol is the painting of general george washington resigning his commission to the continental congress at the height of his power submitting to the rule of law and the will of the people and that has withstood the test of time for the last 243 years. it we set another precedent now that a candidate who invited the participation of a foreign power, a president who sought to
obstruct the investigation into the invasion of our democracy, if we allow him to get away with this with complete impunity then we would have set a new standard and that is that some people because of the position of power and public trauft thust, that w begin impeachment now so we have the facts and the truth and we follow them as far as they go and as far up as they reach and we save this democracy and if we've not been able to do that in this year and in the year as follows and under my administration we will pursue to ensure there is accountability and justice. it's the only way that we save this country. >> congressman beto o'rourke in the first debate. >> this next clip from the second debate, this is really, really something and i'm not sure other people have talked about this at all, but this moment in the second debate happened on a tuesday night, the last tuesday in july, july 30th and just listen to what he says about race here and the president's anti-immigrant
rhetoric. listen to what he says about el paso and how el paso is the antidote to that, beto o'rourke made this last statement on a tuesday night at the end of july, the following saturday, the following weekend, four days later is when a professed white nationalist drove himself to el paso citing the president's anti-immigrant rhetoric to specifically go kill latinos and immigrants. this was just before that happened. >> it doesn't just offend when he calls rapists and criminals and bans all muslims comprised from the people the world over from every tradition of faith. it is also changing this country, hate crimes are on the rise every single one of the last three years, on a day that he signed his executive order attempting to ban muslim travel, the mosque in victoria, texas, was burned to the ground. so we must not only stand up against donald trump and defeat him in this next election, but we must also ensure that we
don't just tolerate and respect our difference, but we embrace them. that's what we've learned in el paso, texas, my hometown, one of the safest cities in the united states of america, not despite, but because it's a city of immigrants and asylumseekers and refugees. we will show that our diversity is our strength in my administration. >> it is almost uncanny. it is unsettling, frankly, to see how prescient congressman o'rourke was in those comments at the second debate. that was a tuesday night. by the saturday of that week that is when a gunman would drive across texas to target el paso, specifically to go kill latinos and immigrants there, to kill 22 people there after posting an online diatribe quoting the president's attacks on some kind of immigrant invasion at the border. that weekend, four days after those remarks when that came home to el paso, congressman o'rourke actually left the campaign trail for a couple of weeks and he is back on the campaign trail now and he will be on stage on debate night
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the remainediing contendersr nine three, how did they do in one and two. senator amy klobuchar counts as a sleeper candidate and she's not getting the buzz, bust cycles that some of the other candidates are. steady, solid, hitting her targets one after the other. it's almost like a pneumonic device as a candidate. that type of steady, steady performance as a candidate is also what she's offering to voters as a potential candidate. her campaign knew way out in advance that they were definitely going to make this third debate and they did, they're just steady and that is what she is offering, practical. getting it done. >> the president literally went on tv on fox and said that people's heads would spin when
they see how much he would bring down pharmaceutical prices. instead, 2500 drugs have gone up in double digits since he came into office. instead, he gave $100 billion in giveaways to the pharma companies. for the rest of us, for the rest of america that's what we call at home all foam and no beer. we got nothing out of it, and so my proposal is to do something about pharma, to take them on and to allow negotiation under medicare and bring in less expensive drugs from other countries and pharma thinks they own washington, well they don't own me. >> senator amy klobuchar has won every race she's every won and these a practical legislator who actually passes bills and these say progressive and a realist. she's got this sort of midwestern plug away at it-ism which she's not running from and it makes moments like this one from the second debate which is
something she can run on until the end of time. >> i have had it with the racist attacks. i have had it with the president that says one thing on tv that has your back and then you get home and you see those charges for prescription drugs and cable and college. you are going to hear a lot of promises up here, but i'm going to tell you this, yes, i have bold ideas, but they are grounded in reality, and yes, i will make some simple promises. i can win this. i am from the midwest, and i have won every race, every place, every time, and i will govern with integrity, the integrity worthy of the extraordinary people of this nation. >> senator amy klobuchar, senior senator from minnesota, right? senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts. all right. so senator warren, debate one makes a splash because she's a good candidate and also because she just tops have a background as a debate champion literally.
i think she had a debate scholarship to college, and so debate one, her sort of biggest moment, i think in debate one is when she takes a basically negative question about a health care plan being too much too soon and something that might hurt her with voters in the general election and she turns that into a chance to sell her health care plan and to dispatch it being a political liability and to sort of bring the house down while she's teaching everybody about what her plan is for health care. >> i've spent a big chunk of my life studying why families go broke and one of the number one reasons is the cost of health care, medical bills and that's not just for people who don't have insurance. it's for people who have insurance. look at the business model of an insurance company. it's to bring in as many dollars as they can in premiums and pay out as few dollars as possible for your health care. that leaves families with rising premiums, rising co-pays and
fighting with insurance companies to try to get the health care that their doctors say that they and their children need. medicare for all solves that problem, and i understand, there are a lot of politicians who say oh, it's just not possible. we just can't do it. we have a lot of political reasons for this, what they're really telling you is they just won't fight for it. well, health care is a basic human right and i will fight for basic human rights. >> senator elizabeth warren, night one. here's senator warren from the second debate. interestingly, the punchiest moment she had with the second debate where she brought people out of their seats was when she basically dispatched john delaney, the moderate maryland congressman who the moderators kept going to basically as a foil for more progressive candidate it is like her and senator sanders. poor john delaney in this instance, but this is what happens when you have a debate scholarship champion on stage.
>> i get it, there is a lot at stake and people are scared, but we can't choose a candidate we don't believe in just because we are too scared to do anything else. and we can't ask other people to vote for a candidate we don't believe in. democrats win when we figure out what is right and we get out there and fight for it. i am not afraid, and for democrats to win, you can't be afraid either. ? congressman delaney, your response? >> so i think democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises. when we run on things that are workable and not fairytale economics. we need to encourage collaboration between the government, the private sector and the non-profit sector and focus on those kitchen table, pocketbook issues that matter to hardworking americans and building infrastructure, creating -- >> thank you congressman, senator warren? >> you know, i don't understand
why anybody goes through all of the trouble of running for president of the united states just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for. i don't get it. >> and john delaney, poof, right there on stage. all right. we'll be right back. stay with us. we'll be right bac. stay with us ok everyone!
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and i will say also that -- that in this campaign, we've also heard and i'm going to now direct this at vice president biden, i do not believe you are a racist, and i agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but i also believe and it is personal and i was actually -- it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two united states senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country, and it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose bussing, and you know, was there a little girl in california who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me. so i will tell you that on this
subject it cannot be an intellectual debate among democrats. we have to take it seriously. we have to act swiftly, as attorney general of california i was very proud to put in place all my special agents would wear body cameras and keep those cameras on. >> that moment in the first debate was so devastatingly effective. senator harris's campaign faced questions in the days and weeks afternoons, she was too effective and a call for mercy because of how hard that hit but she became a top tier contender in that moment and good on stage and on her state and former prosecutor and attorney general and will have a story at the center of her campaign on that as well. here is debate night two. senator harris. >> my entire career i have been personally opposed to the death
penalty and that has never changed and i dare anyone who is in a position to make that decision to face the people i have faced and say i will not seek the death penalty. that is my background. that is my work. i am proud of it. i think you can judge people by when they are under fire and it is not about some fancy opinion on a stage or when they're in the position to actually make the decision, what do they do. when i was in the position of having to decide whether or not to seek a death penalty on cases i prosecuted, i made a very difficult decision that was not popular, to not seek the death penalty. history shows that. and i am proud of those decisions. >> senator harris, thank you very much. >> senator kamala harris, debate night two. obviously debate night one was breakout moment for her. but look at her hold the stage in debate night two. two more candidates. definitely on the stage for debate night three. how did they do in debate nights one and two. julian castro, former housing secretary, had his breakout moment in the first debate as well. his campaign in the first 24 hours after that debate, they
raised triple the amount they had raised on any other day of his campaign, including his launch day. and it came largely on the strength, i think, of this performance which showed him not only to be a good debater, but also showed him to be at that first debate the first democrat willing to throw big and unrelenting punches from unexpected directions, in ways that really made everybody do a double-take. >> the reason that they're separating these little children from their families is that they're using section 1325 of that act which criminalizes coming across the border to incarcerate the parents, and then separate them. some of us on this stage have called to end that section, to terminate it. some, like congressman o'rourke, have not and i want to challenge all of the candidates to do that. i just think it is a mistake. i think it's a mistake. and i think that if you truly want to change the system, that we got to repeal that section. if not, then it might as well be the same policy. >> let me respond very briefly.
as a member of congress, i helped to introduce legislation that would ensure that we don't criminalize those who are seeking asylum and refuge in this country. if you're fleeing in desperation, i want to make sure -- >> i want everybody else -- >> to treat everybody with respect. >> you're looking at one small part of this. i'm talking about a comprehensive re-write of our immigration laws. >> that's not true. >> and if we do that, i don't think it is asking too much for people to follow our laws when they come to this country. >> we're talking about millions of folks, a lot of folks who are coming are not seeking asylum, a lot of them are undocumented immigrants, and you said recently, that the reason you didn't want to repeal section 1325 was because you were concerned about human trafficking, and drug trafficking, but let me tell you what. section 18, title 18 of the u.s. code, title 21 and title 22 already cover -- >> if we have a known smuggler or drug trafficker, we want to make sure they're deported. >> doing your homework. >> one thing to know your stuff
on policy, it is another thing to know your opponent's record and be able to quote it back to them in a way that, you know, former housing secretary julian castro had that big moment on night one. people are like dang, who's that guy? the second debate, we saw that confidence again, sure footedness, debate two, engaging on the issue of impeachment and asking about the republican impeachment of bill clinton in the '90s and didn't lead to removal and shouldn't that be a cautionary tale on trump and he hits it out of the park and watch the last line and then the smile. >> i think too many folks in the senate and in the congress have been spoofed by 1998. i believe the times are different and i think folks are making a mistake by not pursuing impeachment. the mueller report clearly details that he deserves it and that is going to happen in the fall of next year, of 2020, if they don't impeach him, he is going to says you see, you see,
the democrats didn't go after me on impeachment, and you know why? because i didn't do anything wrong. these folks always investigate me, they're always trying to go after me, when it came down to it, they didn't go after me there, because i doesn't do anything wrong. conversely, if mitch mcconnell is the one who lets him off the hook, we will be able to say, well, sir, they impeached him in the house but his friend mr. mcconnell let him off the hook. >> response? >> any time you say moscow mitch, it should be followed by that. >> all right. one more. we'll be right back. all right one more we'll be right back. volunteerism. fundraising. giving back. subaru and our retailers have given over one hundred and sixty-five million dollars to charity. we call it our love promise. and it's why you don't even have to own a subaru to love a subaru retailer. love. it's what makes subaru, subaru
one last candidate on the debate stage for debate three, how did he do in debate one and two, it is senator cory booker. senator cory booker of new jersey. long been seen as a rising store in the democratic party. basically ever since he first stood for office. the democratic voters have heard of senator booker, they know something about him, but in this campaign, particularly in the first debate, i think a lot of people are learning for the first time that cory booker still lives in inner city newark. when he talks about his community, he's talking about a community where other national political candidates don't set foot. let alone lay their head at night. here he was on the first debate. >> i hear gunshots in my neighborhood, i think i'm the only one, i hope i'm the only one on this panel here that had seven people shot in their neighborhood just last week. someone i knew, sean smith was killed with an assault rifle at the top of my block last year.
for millions of americans, this is not a policy issue. this is an urgency. and for those who have not been directly affected, they are tired of living in a country where their kid goes to school to learn reading wrighting and arithmetic and learning how to deal with an active shooter. this is what i'm tired of, all people have to offer is thoughts and prayers, and in my faith, people say faith without works is dead. and we will find a way. the reason we have a problem right now is we have let the corporate gun lobby frame this debate. it is time we have bold actions and a bold jaend. i will get that done as president of the united states, because this is not about policy. this is personal. >> this is personal. senator cory booker, debate night one. in debate two, this was the moment, i'm sort of glad this is last actually. he sort of hit the jackpot with this. detroit in michigan, and we know what happened in 2016 to elect donald trump and in debate
number knight two, cory booker goes there, and the debate audience, you can feel saying finally, exactly, thank you. >> this is one of those times where we're not staring at the truth and calling it out. and this is a case for the democratic party, the truth will set us free. we lost the state of michigan because everybody from republicans to russians were targeting the suppression of african-american voters. we need to say that. the african-american vote in this state, four years earlier, we would have won the state of michigan. we need to have a campaign what is ready for what's coming and an all-out assault especially on the most valuable voter group in our, in fact, the highest performing voter group in our coalition which is black women. so i would be a person that tries to fight against voter suppression and activate and engage voters and coalitions that will win states like michigan and pennsylvania and wisconsin. >> cory booker, in debate night
two. the democrats who are going to be on stage in debate three have done themselves a lot of good. every single one of them, in each of the previous two debates. making that debate stage is crucial. and it's the best opportunity any of them will have to make their campaigns bigger and more effective than they've been even yet. that does it for us tonight. we will see you again on monday. now time for the last word. >> i fully appreciate they have done a great job. five plus months from the first caucus, and to have that reset tonight, that you did, to show us, sort of where they've all stood and how they've all gained during this campaign has been very helpful. thank you very much. >> much appreciated. >> have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> i'm ari in for lawrence o'donnell. any minute now president trump is taking off with the g-7 summit in france, after a day of creating economic chaos in the united states. the president's taking it abroad. we are going to discuss several of these crises in our hour. we start with the