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chelsea clinton will speak, bill clinton will speak, introducing his wife. what's the mood over there? >> i can tell you the mood is very joyous here every time the latest numbers come up, this crowd cheers. it's one of the actual smaller size rallies that bernie sanders has had. he came to such program nens with his rallies. his aids are pouring through these numbers. looking at a couple counties in particular. johnson county. polk county in des moines is the only place they can pull out a victory here. it's as close as it could possibly be. .8%. senator sanders is going to try to speak within the next 30 minutes or so, if the results are a little more firm, he is going to declare victory here. he believes that his upstart candidacy has nearly taken down the former first lady, the
former secretary of state. this is not being viewed in anyway other than a positive fashion here. those numbers still being out, means this is very, very tight. will both of these candidates be able to fly to new hampshire tonight before these results are known here in iowa. >> stand by to hear from bernie sanders. as soon as we get these final numbers. once again very close between these two democratic candidates. >> interest iing david axelrod. >> if i were each of them, i would declare it, get out of iowa and go to new hampshire. >> just tied again. >> this could be a fraction one way or the other.
let me give it to my friend van the neutral over here. this was a good night for bernie sanders. >> if hillary clinton comes in second even by a fraction, can you claim victory? >> i think the optics woulding damaging to her. if bernie sanders could string two races together, i think it foreshadows a longer campaign. he will raise a lot of money off of this. money is what keeps candidates going. >> raise money in average donations of $27 in this last round. >> he owns his donor base nothing. i have to go back to somewhere i was moments ago. given this thin of a margin, if he had said more about the e-mail -- >> the reason i don't think so is because democrats don't care
about the e-mail. people actually admire bernie. because of his integrity. he is going to break the internet tonight raising money. you're going to see a flood of money pouring in because of this incredible achievement. you can be incredibly proud of both of these candidates. it wasn't this food fight you talked about on the other side. you're going to see no matter what happens, he will do well in new hampshire and this thing will go on. >> hillary clinton's goal was to make him look like a regional candidate. one state wonder. it's so close tonight that's not going to happen. >> no. >> that's just not going to happen. she dn at chief that goal. >> i think his goal -- >> i see a slight manic glaze.
>> i think sanders goal was to put in a credible showing, he did that. into show everyone that he is a viable candidate, he's electable. he's going to use these results to keep making that argument. >> this is what they say tonight, matters a lot. as an old speech writer. the speech that barack obama gave when he won iowa, 100 years from now, that will be in whatever they'll have great american speeches. it was telling to me that marco rubio in great order gave up a beautiful otheration for a guy that plays third. >> you should have heard the third place speech he had. >> i've never thought i would end are -- it was a tremendous speech for donald trump. we haven't heard from senator cruz, the winner. hillary and bernie tonight. he shouldn't only say look i'm
viable, i can win. that's sort of the establishment's part. he should continue to rev up what does hillary do now? >> i think even with an axe to grind. she'll -- i don't know if she'll cry, but she'll fight. she'll work hard. she's actually in a weird way more appealing. >> that as the case in 2008 when we thought we had won, and she came back and won. when you build your candidacy around experience. it's about you. bernie sanders goes out there and speaks for an hour, he makes it about them. when barack obama ran, he said, yes, we can. it wasn't yes i can, it was about all of us. it's challenging to inspire people around the message that is largely --
>> let's see what she says tonight. >> the message that was drawn by both senator cruz and sanders, the base matters, whether you're a republican or democrat. when these candidates are forced to work outside of networks. they become tougher, and stronger. once they have such a ground swell of support, they cannot be ignored. this is part of the remaking of politics that barack obama has started certainly it has continued and is not going to stop. >> early on, when people didn't think sanders was all that viable. there were clinton supporters complaining that a tough race would make her a better candidate. one good way to spin this. this is going to help her be a better candidate. >> i'm going to tell you. the past two to three weeks, hillary clinton has blossomed into the kind of candidate that you dream about. listen. we did that town hall on cnn she
was brilliant. and she was able to show she's probably the best person to be president of the united states in a long time. that would not have happened. >> the tight battles have made those candidates -- >> you do this over and over and over again you get better at it. this is better for november, you can't get better at it, and you can't do this you shouldn't be there. >> the question i have for everybody here is, is there an impact in south carolina, in nevada, can bernie breakthrough in states that aren't 99% white and mostly liberal in the primary electorate. that's what he has to show before people begin to say yes. and this is a real challenge.
>> i go back to the numbers this evening. who cares most about people like me. >> very important question. and he just, 75 to 22? >> let's go back to wolf and john. look at more numbers where there are still some votes out there. >> let's take a look at these democratic numbers. to be precise, it says 50 to 49%. 49.5% for bernie sanders. it's very close. >> let's hoe we stay in addition and don't have to go to long addition. you start here, des moines, polk county. someone says it's a drinking game, every time i say polk county. load up, folks. 14% of the votes still out. in the states most populous county. that bodes well, as long as secretary clinton keeps that margin. the sanders campaign is looking at the key precincts in this
area, we don't know which are out. as the vote trickles in, she's kept that lead. let's move to the west. secretary clinton has a big lead here. she needs to keep that as they carry out the rest of the votes. for sanders, you move up here. story county, that's where iowa state is right here. he's winning very big in this county. it's not as big a county. he needs to keep that margin as they count them. the battleground shifts to the east. lynn county, here's one of the problems. 90% of the vote is in. the margin is here. he needs to keep this, maybe build on it, as they count the final 10% of the vote here. you come up -- down to johnson county, which is where the university of iowa is, you see the huge win here, they got to 100% for bernie sanders here, there are no more votes in a place where we know he's been
waiting for a basket of votes. bernie sanders is winning, and just narrowly. if you look at the map, there are votes to be made you can find a few votes here, a few votes here. if secretary clinton can keep that margin she'll hold on to this narrow tiny lead. i want to show you one quick thing on the republican side. here's the math right now. 28, 24, 23. the question is, marco rubio is what? 2200, 2300 votes? can he catch donald trump and get into second place? it is not out of the realm of possibility. it could be tough, but he could do it. scott county to davenport. that was only in the '90s, a few minutes before he picks up a
little bit there. donald trump is running third. marco rubio can pick up some votes here, not a lot left out there. he could pick up some there. 95%, story county, again, trump running third. you're down here, these are your major population centers. slight possibility if he runs it up there. as the final precincts come in. here, suburban voters just outside of des moines. would i bet on it? no. is it math matticly possible? it is. >> very interesting. it's close between trump and rubio for second and third place. ted cruz, we have projected he is the winner of the iowa caucuses, extremely close on the democratic side as well. 49.8% for hillary clinton. 49.5% for bernie sanders.
plenty of votes outstanding. >> just worth noting. that number for ted cruz, cruz smashing the record tonight. a very impressive turnout operation for ted cruz that overperformed his last poll numbers. tonight he proved he has an organization worth competing in. as we go on, keep an eye on that. >> very nice turnout. jake tapper is with us. the turnout is impressive. on the democratic and republican side. >> it wasn't just impressive on the republican side. the chairman of the republican party of iowa just spoke here. in the media center in des moines, and said, in fact it was record setting, more than 180,000 individuals voted in the republican caucuses, that is a more than 50% improvement from 2012 when it was 120,000. it's interest iing once begin, l
the pundits were wrong about donald trump, but this time, they were overestimating. all these new iowa caucus goers, they weren't turning out for him. as so many pundits thought they would be. >> it's incredibly close on the democratic side, 49.8% for hillary clinton. what, there's still 8% of the vote remaining, at large. it doesn't get closer than that. >> it certainly doesn't. and you're going to hear both campaigns, both candidates declare victory. something to keep in mind as we go forward into new hampshire, wolf. independent voters are very, very big. they're the biggest voter group in new hampshire. they can vote in either the republican primary or the democratic primary. there's actually a lot of overlap between sanders voters and trump voters. i suspect they're going to be
going after each other. right now, we're going to go to jeff, who's in sanders headquarters, who has breaking news. what's going on? >> i can tell you, we were expecting senator sanders to leave and head for new hampshire. we're at a hotel right across the street from the airport. you can see his plane from the parking lot here, i'm told by his spokesman that senator sanders is staying put. he's holed up in his hotel suite with his wife and family. he wants to see the results of this election. some of his advisers were thinking he should give a speech, declare a victory and head each. i'm told that senator sanders at least for now is waiting in des moines, he wants to see those results from polk county. one other thing i expect to happen this evening. some supporters of senator sanders will be calling on the iowa democratic party urging them to release the raw vote totals.
we never know exactly what the totals are. some sanders supporters believe he would have won that fair and square. that's where this could be heading. they're waiting in anticipation of bernie sanders to come out. they're working on a speech and we'll stay here and see how long it takes him to come down. jake. >> the margin of error has been razor thin all night we just got some more votes in. 94% of the vote is, hillary clinton is leading bernie sanders, has taken the lead. 50.2% over bernie sanders 49.3%. that's some interesting news, jeff. there's still votes to come in. have you been told by the sanders campaign whether if they
declare victory, it's because they believe they have one. do they believe based on the actual numbers. >> they're going through all this. i heard this. senator sanders believes he won here. his message won over. whether he wins first place or a close second, he believes his message won over. they believe that's going to be a compelling message. regardless of the race -- of the actual winner here, we saw four years ago, mitt romney was the winner on the republican side, and a few weeks later, it was rick santorum. this outcome tonight ensures this race is going to go on for months and months on the democratic side. we'll have to see what senator sanders says when he comes here, he'll be focusing on the moral victory, the issues he's been
campaigning for here, that he believes are so strong behind people. jake? >> and the moral victory is, of course, important, let's go to brianna keeler, who is with clinton headquarters, there is an actual victory of who wins more votes and who wins more delegates, what are you hearing from the clinton campaign. >> they are declaring victory. perhaps a little early. the results are not official. people here at drake university as they await hillary clinton, are getting very excited every time the numbers update on cnn are that's what they're watching, they have the volume up, every time numbers update. >> brianna, i have to cut you off, i apologize. we're going to go to ted cruz headquarters right now, where senator ted cruz is taking the stage in des moines. big exciting night for ted cruz,
whose organization and message ruled the day. ted cruz, the senator from texas, just elected in 2010. a freshman not beloved by party leaders in the senate. is going to take the stage with his wife. a big, big night. possibly the best in ted cruz' political life. let's listen to what he has to say. >>. ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
>> ted cruz was not favored several months ago to win the iowa caucuses. but his message of constitutional conservatism endorsements from local leaders. you saw the congressman from the most conservative district in iowa. iowa's fourth congressal district. there he is hugging his wife hei heidi. former executive at goldman sachs. that was an issue that donald trump brought up quite a bit. apparently to no avail -- to little avail, at least.
tonight the state of iowa has spoken. iowa has sent notice that the republican nominee for the next president of the united states will not be chosen by the media. will not be chosen by the washington establishment. will not be chosen by the lobbyists. but will be chosen by the most incredible powerful force, where
all sovereignty resides in our nation by we the people. the american people. tonight, thanks to the incredible hard work of everyone gathered here, of courageous conservatives across the state. to put in perspective, your incredible victory that you have won tonight. that is the most votes ever cast for any republican primary winner.
[ crowd chanting ] >> tonight is a victory for millions of americans, who have shouldered the burden of seven years of washington deals run amok. tonight is a victory for every american who's watched in display as career politicians in washington in both parties refuse to listen and too often fail to keep their commitments to the people. tonight is a victory for every american who understands that after we survive eight long years of the obama presidency, that no one personality can right the wrongs done by washington. the millions who understand that it is a commitment to the constitution to our shared insistence that we rise and return to a higher standard, the
very standard that gave birth to the greatest nation that the world has ever known. to the revolutionary understanding that all men and all women are created kwaulg. that our rights do not come from the democratic party or the republican party or even from the tea party. our rights come from our creator. and the federal government's role, the federal government's responsibility is to defend those fundamental rights, to defend us. and while americans will continue to suffer under a president who has set an agenda who is causing millions to hurt
across this country i want to remind you of the promise of scripture. weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. iowa has proclaimed to the world, morning is coming. morning is coming. from day one this campaign has been a movement. for millions of americans to organize, to rally, to come together. whatever washington says, they cannot keep the people down, and tonight is a testament to the
people's commitments to their yearnings to get back to our core commitments, free market principles. the judeo-christian values that built this great nation. when the washington lobbyists settled on other lobbyists in this race. when the media in one voice said a conservative cannot win, nationwide over 800,000 contributions poured in to tedcruz.org as courageous conservatives said, yes, we can. 800,000 contributions at tedcruz.org with an average contribution of $67.
that is the power of the grassroots. but it's more than that. it's 12,000 volunteers here in the state of iowa. it's over 200,000 volunteers all across this great nation. you know, during the course of this campaign people have asked heidi and me are you tired? and i will admit it is 16, 18 hours a day, 6, 7 days a week. we are not tired at all.
♪ >> to the contrary, we are inspehred by each and every one of you. i leap out of bed every morning amazed that at a time when our country is in crisis, every one of us has the opportunity to stand and lead, that we have been put in a place of leadership. for such a time as this. >> all right, we're going to breakaway from ted cruz. there you see, hillary clinton and her husband and daughter. she's about to speak, she's slightly ahead of bernie sanders right now. >> wow! what a night. an unbelievable night. what a great campaign. this has been an incredible honor to campaign across iowa, with so many of you to make the case for the kind of future, we
want. for the democratic party and for the united states of america. there is so much at stake in this election, i don't need to tell you. every single one of you who came out for me, who worked so many hours from my young organizers with energy and passion, to the families and friends across this state, i am deeply grateful. >> we love you, hillary. >> i love all of you. here's what i want you to know. it is rare that we have the opportunity we do now, to have a real contest of ideas. to really think hard about what the democratic party stands for
and what we want the future of our country to look like if we do our part to build it. i am a progressive who gets things done for people. i am honored to stand in the long line of american reformers who make up our minds that the status quo is not good enough. that standing still is not an option. and that brings people together to find ways forward that will improve the lives of americans. i look back over the years of my involvement from the very first job i had at the children's defense fund. and i know. i know what we are capable of doing, i know we can create more good paying jobs and raise incomes for hardworking americans again. i know that we can finish the
job of universal health care coverage for every single man, woman and child. i know we can combat climate change and be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. i know we can make our education system work for every one of our children, especially those who come with disadvantages. i know we can make college affordable and get student debt off the backs of young people. and i know we can protect our rights, women's rights, gay rights, voting rights. immigrant rights, workers rights. i know too we can stand up to the gun lobby and get common sense gun safety measures.
and how do we do that? we do that by securing the nomination, and then we do it by winning and going into that white house as others before have, determined to push forward on the great goals and values that unite us as americans. i congratulate my esteemed friends and opponents, i wish governor o'malley the very best. he is a great public serve an the who has served maryland and our country and i am excited about really getting into the debate with senator sanders about the best way forward to fight for us and america. in the last few weeks, we
finally began to have what i think is one of the most important substantive conversations. that the democratic party could have. and i am thrilled at all of the people who are playing a part in that. i know that we may have differences of opinion about how best to achieve our goals. but i believe we have a very clear idea that the democratic party and this campaign stands for what is best in america. and we have to be united. when it is all said and done, we have to be united. a republican vision and candidates that would drive us apart and divide us.
that is not who we are, my friends, i follow their candidates very closely, i understand what they're appealing to, and i intend to stand against it. i will not -- i will not let their decisiveness, their efforts to rip away the progress that we've made be successful. because we can't afford that. as i stand here tonight, breathing a big sigh of relief, thank you, iowa. i want you to know, i will keep doing what i have done my entire life. i will keep standing up for you. i will keep fighting for you. i will always work to achieve the america that i believe in, where the promise of that dream that we hold out to our children and our grandchildren never fades. but inspires generations to
come. join me, let's go win the nomination. thank you all, and god bless you. ♪ this is my fight song >> there you have hillary clinton -- let's get a quick feedback from some of our panelists. >> we're going to have a great debate with bernie sanders. >> it's going to be a much longer campaign. i thought she came out -- given the circumstances, she did it with a lot of spirit. she's tough and she wants to be -- >> she seems to be -- from that town hall, that cnn recently did, that's the first time i've been in the same room with her. certainly in that room, she played very well, as did bernie sanders frankly, she seemed to be in the zone in these final days, as did sanders. >> some people do that, if you can get in that zone, the ball's bigger, comes at you. she seems to have found more of
a voice. i don't think it's dramatic. but -- >> clearly we're waiting to hear from bernie sanders as well. >> i think her campaign is very good this time about putting her in front of the right size audience much i was at a bowling alley with her last week, she's great with audiences of 75 people, she's not so great with these huge audiences, and they've managed to make her better, obviously because she's on the trail all the time. she relates better, when the audience is smaller and she can pick people out of the audience and talk to them. that's her real skill she's developed as a candidate since the beginning of this campaign. >> your candidate ran against her in 2008. did well. >> this is not the night they were hoping for. even with the win that's closer than it was expected. she learned some good lessons. her backdrop was old clinton administration veterans, it was
the image we wanted, that looked like status quo and change. they learned some lessons. >> i want to go to brianna keeler and see how she's standing by. she did not declare victory here, right? >> she's relieved, but she didn't declare, correct? >> no, i mean, she didn't exactly full on embrace the victory, what we're hearing from aids is they're saying, looking at what we see here in terms of the numbers we believe we have won. so i think she's trying to instead of having this really drawn out process of getting to the final results, her team feels looking at the numbers, they feel confident enough to say she will win, even if she's in this odd situation of not being able to say i have, because the result is not final. but you did hear her say that, she has breathed a sigh of relief. certainly she before this crowd, that is certainly acting like she's won iowa. she certainly feels relieved
considering what she went through eight years ago in iowa, anderson. >> i want to go to jeff zelleni at sanders headquarters. i wonder what the reaction is there. whether you expect senator sanders to come out. >> anderson, they were watching the speech. and every time she said that she's a progressive, this crowd booed, and some peoplple in thi crowd said, she's a liar. when hillary clinton said i'm a progressive that gets results, which is the standard part of her stump speech, this crowd was not happy about it, you can see behind me here, it is a dancing celebratory atmosphere, i'm told senator sanders is still in his hotel suite, he will be coming down shortly. he plans to leave for new hampshire within the hour. he will declare victory on all of the campaign pledges and promises he made here, he will not contest the numbers, he will let this counting go on.
he will declare at least a moral victory and an ideological victory. this race is going to continue on to new hampshire, and certainly on beyond that. anderson? >> i have to jump in, you have to look at our screen, with 93% of the vote, it's gotten closer, hillary clinton at 49.8%, and bernie sanders at 49.6%. i think, if we still have jeff, obviously, for that crowd, jeff, right now, that has got to be very good news indeed. >> it does. and this is exactly why senator sanders. he's a long time politician in the sense that he's seen a lot of election results. he wanted to stay here in des moines, stay in his hotel, to see how these results were going to come in. and now that he's done that, he could be giving his speech that is a real victory speech. those numbers are coming in. his advisers do not know what the real numbers are, this is so
bitterly close. it's hinging on a number of precincts right here in des moines, in johnson county, as well as lynn county where cedar rapids is, so, so close here. this crowd, i'm not even sure is actually aware of that latest change. but we expect to hear senator sanders pretty shortly, anderson. >> thanks very much. i want to go back to dan pfeiffer. if you were counseling bernie sanders. would you suggest he wait until later hours, or that he come down now and give a speech in sort of prime time. >> i think he should come down now and give his speech. he has to win new hampshire to keep going, he should feel good about what he did in iowa. he really -- what would have been better would have been a decisive win, he would have had a ton of momentum. this is going to be a tie. >> we have to take a quick break. when we come back, we believe bernie sanders will be ready to speak.
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ahead but not by much. that's bernie sanders headquarters over there, you're seeing that picture. we're going to be going there momentarily, once bernie sanders starts speaking. wednesday night, cnn special town hall in new hampshire. hillary clinton, bernie sanders on the same stage, answering questions from voters in new hampshire. anderson cooper will moderate the cnn special town hall. momentarily we'll hear from the senator, right? >> that's right. i'm told senator sanders is coming down in the elevator right now, and going to be making his way through this crowded ballroom right here. he's going to be flying immediately to new hampshire after this, you can see the crowd behind us here, a lot of them are precinct captains who worked hard on this iowa caucus campaign for months. we talked to them throughout the evening, and they believe that he won a victory at least of his
ideas. it's important to keep in mind where he started this race. many of these people here were with him at that point. and senator sanders has been writing his speech himself i'm told. he's going to keep champening these issues he's talking about. it will be interesting to see if he comments on secretary clinton's speech. he was watching her speech up in his hotel room. he'll be taking the stage any minute now. >> i want to go to jake tapper in des moines for us. even if he comes in slightly slightly second, jake. this is a huge win for bernie sanders as well. getting as close to hillary clinton as he has in iowa. he was nowhere a few months ago. >> what a night it is, wolf. look at the final vote count. look at the vote count where we are right now, with 94% of the democratic vote in, hillary clinton has 49.9%. bernie sanders has 49.6%.
it is a thin margin right now. there are still votes to be counted. what a remarkable achievement by bernie sanders, even if hillary clinton's lead remains. the idea that months ago when he was 50 points behind, 40 points -- there's bernie sanders right now with his family, his wife jane coming in, it is a crowd crowd day. let's take a listen to what the senator from vermont has to say. [ crowd chanting ]
delegates. i want to take this opportunity to congratulate secretary condition, somebody -- yep. and her organization for waging a very vigorous campaign. and i want to thank governor o'mall o'malley. it's never easy to lose. i've lost more than one campaign. but he should know that he contributed a whole lot to the dialogue, that he ran an issue oriented campaign, and he won the respect of the american peop people. if i think about what happened tonight, i think the people of
iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and by the way, to the media establishment. that is -- and that is given the enormous crises facing our country. it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. what the american people have said. and by the way, i hear this not just from progressives, i hear it from conservatives, i hear it from moderates. that is, we can no longer continue to have a corrupt
campaign finance system. i am the former chairman of the senate veteran's committee, in that capacity, not only have i worked hard to try to protect the interest of our veterans, i've had the privilege of meeting so many, men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us and protect our way of life. and what they were protecting is an american democracy of one person, one vote. not billionaires buying elections. i am overwhelmed and i am moved by the fact that millions of
people throughout this country have helped volunteer in our campaign, that three -- we have received in this campaign three and a half million individual contribution contributions. people who went to berniesanders.com. and you know what the average contribution was? it was $27! [ cheers and applause ] >> we do not represent the interests of the billionaire class, wall street or corporate america. we don't want their money. we will -- and i am very proud to tell you, we are the only candidate on the democratic side without a super pac.
and the reason that we have done so well here in iowa, the reason i believe we're going to do so well in new hampshire, and in the other states that follow, the reason is, the american people are saying, no to a rigged economy. they no longer want to see an economy in which the average american works longer hours for low wages while almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. what the american people understand is this country was based and is based on fairness.
it is not fair when the top 1/10 of 1% today owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. it is not fair when the 20 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom half of america. so you guys ready for a radical idea? well, so is america. and that radical idea is, we are going to create an economy that works for working families not just the billionaire class. [ cheers and applause ] and when millions of our people
are working for starvation wages, we are going to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. and yes we are going to have pay equity for women. i've been all over this state of iowa, we have spoken to some 70,000 people and in meeting after meeting, i hear people standing up and they say, bernie, i went to college. i graduated college, now i am 60, 80, 90 thousand dollars in debt. that is crazy. that is crazy. they want to get a decent education, they should not be published.
that is why i believe in the year 2016, public colleges and universities should be tuition fr free. and then my critics say, well, bernie, that's a great idea, all this free stuff, how are you going to pay for it? i will tell you how we will pay for it, we are going to impose a tax on wall street speculation. the greed, the recklessness and the illegal behavior of wall street drove this economy to its knees. the american people bailed out wall street, now it's wall street's time to help the middle
cla class. and when we talk about transforming america. we will end the disgrace of having more people in jail than any other country. disproportionately african-american and latino. what we are going to do is provide jobs and education for our kids not more jails and enkarseration. i'll tell you something, that really does astound me. i'm on the senate energy committee, on the senate environmental committee, i have talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over, climate change is real.
and we have a moral responsibility to work with countries throughout the world to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. what amazes me, what totally amazes me, is that we have not one republican candidate for president prepared to come up and tell us, and agree with what virtually all scientists agree with, and you know why they are not prepared to do that? because on the day that they do acknowledge the reality of climate change and call for change, you know what happens? they're going to lose their campaign funds from the koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry.
so i say to the republicans, stop worrying about your campaign funds from big oil or the koch brothers worry about the planet you're going to be leaving your children and your grandchildren. now, i have been criticized during this campaign for many, many things. every single day. that's okay. that's okay. [ cheers and applause ] but let me repeat what i believe. i believe that at a time when every major