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we're all over the political map today, and we're also joined by mj lee live in lawrence, massachusetts. let's begin with you, mj. elizabeth warren making her big announcement momentarily, and she's really getting the endorsement of so many in the political hemisphere of massachusetts in particular and they'll be taking the stage prior to her announcement, right? >> reporter: we expect elizabeth warren to take the stage any moment. first she will be introduced and introduced by the democratic congressman joe kennedy. a significant endorsement for senator warren to get on the day she launches her presidential campaign, particularly as you consider the fact he is known for being good friends with beto o'rourke, another democrat. we will watch closely to see if he jumps into the race. this is another sign of how crowded the 2020 field is expected to be on the democratic
side. we know that senator warren is preparing to give a speech. we are standing outside of an old textile mill in lawrence, massachusetts. this you might know is the site of a historic 1912 labor strike. she will talk about things like worker rights, corruption in government and racial economic discrimination. i should note that she tweeted that she's on her way in the car with her husband driving the car and the dog in the back seat. we could see her any moment now. >> we'll come back to you when that happens. thank you so much. let's check in with cnn rebecca buck in marshall town, iowa where cory booker is campaigning. what is going to be his message there? >> reporter: fredricka, he is making the case that he has a unique set of experience from the other senators running and other candidates running.
he is the only senator, cory booker is making the point to have been a mayor previously. also the only senator that lives in an inner-city. he says these experiences, executive experience as mayor, experience he has living in an i am p-- impof rishd community wil help him. this is his first official visit. many people are hearing his story the first time, their first impression of cory booker. much like his campaign for mayor and city council in newark, he is trying to meet as many people as possible, keeping a packed schedule in iowa. his first event was 9:00 a.m. he didn't finish until around midnight. going to have a similar schedule today. starting off with private interviews this morning and then going to be here at a brewery in marshall town, iowa. making important connections a year ahead of the caucus.
>> thanks so much. let me ask you real quick, what about familiarity? people have seen cory booker on the national stage for quite some time now. there in iowa there were times politics is national, and politics is local. what is his likely reception there? >> reporter: his reception has been very warm but you're right, fred. he's meeting a lot of people the first time. they have a very narrow view of cory booker and have only seen him once or twice if that on the national stage. one woman i spoke with at his event said she saw him during the kavanaugh hearings when he was questioning him aggressively. she didn't have a sense beyond that. in person, he seemed less angry, of course those were fiery hearings but more real. a warm reception so far. they're excited to meet all of the democratic candidates, incredible amount of energy ahead of the election.
>> all right, rebecca buck, thank you so much. let's look at the race for 2020. joining me, boston globe political reporter liz goodwin, david swerdlick, and bureau chief for sun times, lynn sweet. let's focus on elizabeth warren. within the hour she will be making the announcement officially. less than a year until the iowa caucuses. how will elizabeth warren stand out from the very crowded democratic field. yes, she has name recognition, has been in the news a lot, particularly because of the heritage issue. what is her viability? >> i think the viability for senator warren is she comes to some of the issues the democrats are talking about now, having talked about them for several years. things like income inequality, things like getting a better
deal for working class people. these are issues that were what brought her into the political sphere, even before they were boiler plate talking points for all of the leading democrats. >> now wanting to tax the rich. >> right. she did now jump into the fray with this proposal to tax the rich, which has gotten some push back from howard schultz who is thinking about running for president. it has gotten push back from across the aisle. maybe her plan won't fly, but i think she has clearly staked her case on this idea that the system in terms of finance taxation, distribution of what the government does is not working out for average people and she's well known from her senate runs. the question is what will she do when she contrasts herself with other democrats who have very similar positions on a lot of issues. >> liz, this is your backyard. there was a column about warren in the boston herald, saying
indeed she's never been more of a known quantity than she's been in recent days, still trying in vain to wash her hands of that bogus self serving claim of native american ancestry. the way people feel about her in massachusetts, how different is that from how people in general and nationally might feel about her? >> that's an interesting question. i think there was polling before she announced suggesting that some massachusetts voters were more excited about deval patrick running than her. i would note this is a problem with a lot of senators eyeing 2020 has. sometimes your home state isn't as excited about you running as you are, they want you to stay, do your job. patrick was already out of office, that's kind of a different proposition. when it comes to claims of native american heritage, that's an issue that continues to dog her as we saw this week, but
sometimes it feels like it is a bigger deal to us and in washington than it is when she goes out. when she went to iowa after the dna test blew up and had backlash, she was getting overcrowded crowds, like overfull rooms. i think that's been -- the campaign has seen that, pointed to that, said maybe it isn't as big a deal as you guys in the media think it is. however, that remains to be seen. people that go out and see her aren't the ones concerned, but maybe other democrats are and they are the ones holding back and waiting to see how the field shapes out. >> and her announcement is preceded by appearances of really all of the massachusetts leading lawmakers. kennedy is introducing her. in terms of the political sphere there in massachusetts, they're backing her. >> exactly. senator markey who doesn't get as much attention as i think he
deserves, he will be the first u.s. senator to endorse anyone in the democratic field. that's kind of a big deal in its own right. then joe kennedy is a rising star in the party, that's a vote of confidence she needs when people see her stumble on the native american issue again. so the fact that she's able to have a show of force of three massachusetts lawmakers and then mcgovern, a different congressman has also endorsed her, that's not insignificant for someone this early on. >> it is very significant. lynn, while warren is a star among the progressive wing of the party, moderate democrats, are they concerned she is too far left to appeal to a broader support? >> i want to just if i may quickly point out other things to put your question in a little more context. the issue here, of course your
home state delegation, the news would have been if they hadn't gotten behind her. i went through this in 2007 when barack obama ran and everybody in illinois led by dick durbin went with him. it would have been news if they had not. it makes it easy then because you don't have to tell 13 other people why you don't want to deal with them. if she drops out, doesn't make it, you can move on in realignment. number two, end of next week we are having the democratic national committee winter meeting in washington. we'll see who shows up. we'll see this is the first test of what the democratic establishment thinks of the people we're talking about. then when you ask about what the so-called conservative wing of the democratic party is, well, look, i want to point us to some surveys that show that the issue isn't ideological in the democratic family, it is electability, who can beat trump. >> on that note, joe biden who
is not even throwing his hat officially into the ring, has electability. look, this polling likely to support for president, joe biden, there he is. and coming in very close second, kamala harris. interesting photograph when they ran into each other on the amtrak train. you have to wonder, david, when they talking about any presidential or white house aspirations in some way, they kind of come together on a united front? but does it look like joe biden? is he kind of feeling things out? is it too early for him to want to jump in? what's he waiting for potentially? >> fred, because joe biden was in public life so long, including as vice president of the united states to the first black president of the united states, he has a tremendous amount of name recognition and tremendous amount of goodwill. he doesn't have to jump in as early as other candidates because people already know him.
i think that initially at least he'll be successful in getting his campaign going down the trail if he does in fact jump in the race. i think it becomes tougher for him as the campaign goes along, and as he has to answer questions about his record as some of the other contenders, warren, harris, booker have started answering questions about their record. in terms of that meeting on amtrak this week which i thought had some nice photos come out of it, i agree with lynn. the issues don't divide democrats at this point as much as who is electable and who voters feel they can trust. you have a situation there -- >> and who they feel has the best chance of beating the incumbent president. that's the bottom line. >> the first couple of states, i expect biden to focus on iowa and new hampshire, senator harris is focusing on a southern strategy with a third primary in south carolina, and california, her home state, their primary
has moved up earlier this year, will be more consequential than it has been in quite some time. >> liz, is there a way in which to kind of encapsulate, what is driving elizabeth warren? >> you mean what is her main message or why does she want to be president? >> why does she want to be president. why does she seem to continue fighting no matter what the headlines are, no matter what the vernacular coming out of the white house about her, what is driving her to want to be president do you think? >> back in 2016 there was this whole draft warren moment when people were really looking for a progressive lefty alternative to hillary clinton, and she kind of passed on that. then bernie sanders filled that space. so i think part of it is just seeing that there were a lot of people that wanted her to run and she feels like she has the message that also caught fire
that bernie sanders had. i think she feels she can be the progressive champion for the party and that she has the experience and that she has been saying this message for so long, so there's anna then 'tis tee aspect to it. she thinks she has a shot. she thinks this can be her moment. >> thanks to all of you. appreciate it. again, we're all standing by to hear from senator warren herself when she takes to the stage there in lawrence, massachusetts. and you see the crowd there building, the excitement. we'll take you back there as it happens. meantime, former starbucks ceo howard schultz will join cnn live from houston to talk about his possible independent run in the 2020 election. he joins poppy harlow tuesday night, 10:00 eastern, here on cnn. still ahead. jeff bezos, the billionaire owner of amazon and "the washington post" accusing the publisher of "national enquirer"
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back at stinging allegations and revelations by amazon founder jeff bezos, saying in a statement it believes fervently it acted lawfully, that it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with bezos. american media inc. promising investigation into his long list of claims against them, including what he called extortion and blackmail. when ami threatened to leak risque photos of him. sources telling cnn federal prosecutors are looking into his accusations. in his blog post, he alleged that ami had a cozy relationship, not just with the trump white house but with saudi arabia. also alleged in published reports. last year, ami put out a 97 page glossy magazine, heralding the new crown prince and his vision, ahead of his trip to the u.s. the saudi embassy in washington claimed they had no involvement or knowledge of the publication with prince muhammad bin salman
on the cover. a man the cia concluded ordered the violent murder of jamal khashoggi of "the washington post," which bezos owns. the saudis called the finding false. but the associated press reported that according to sources embassy officials got an electronic copy of the pro-kingdom magazine three weeks before it came out. a top official says he has no idea of a relationship with ami, adding it is like a soap opera, told cnn as far as he knows the saudis did not press ami to publish negative stories on bezos. the biggest of which was the expose' on his extramarital affair, which people believe was a political hit job, alleged payback for his newspaper's dogged reporting of president trump and saudi crown prince's role in the khashoggi murder. trump and pecker have a well documented history. the tabloid paying a catch and fill fee to karen mcdo you goal, months before the 2016 election
about her aalleged affair with trump. pecker flipped in exchange for immunity to detail payments made by trump's lawyer. that turn didn't dampen the president rejoicing in the "enquirer" splashy story about bezos' infidelity, call him jeff bozo, and saying this about his looming divorce. >> i wish him luck. going to be a beauty. >> no doubt, a complex web of allegations and personal history. what bezos is saying without proof is clear, ami had reasons to protect and promote the saudis at the "the washington post" and relentless coverage of the murder angered ami friends, alex marquardt, cnn, washington. >> let's talk further. are the denials we heard from
saudi arabia, is it going far enough? is it seen as credible? >> we have seen one denial so far, a saudi official spoke to cnn kylie atwood, said they didn't see anything, they were following along in the media like everybody else and compared it to a soap opera. recent history with saudi arabia has shown sometimes their denials don't stack up. look what happened with jamal khashoggi. initially we heard he left the embassy on his own, everything was fine, they didn't know where he was. now they launched investigation and admit he did die in their consulate in turkey. so we have to see how the explanations continue to come from saudi arabia. however, if you look at the history between saudi arabia and ami which is the parent company of "national enquirer," there's some history there. alex in his package there sort of alluded to that, before the saudi arabian prince came to the united states, this glossy 90 something page magazine appeared in super markets around the
country, ex-tolling him and how great he was. saudi arabia denying connection to that. the press reported the embassy got a copy of this ahead of the grocery stores when they got it as well. there's also reporting in "the wall street journal" that ami and david pecker looked to saudi arabia to help them in financing or anything like that. so it is not clear what the connections might be, but clearly saudi arabia is a place that ami cares about. and this is something jeff bezos alluded to in his media and blog post where he said it seemed to him his investigators looking into the saudi angle, particularly wrang eld the ceo of ami, david pecker. all of the connections between saudi arabia and donald trump and we should note the white house hasn't been exerting much pressure over the khashoggi killing as "the washington post" and friends of khashoggi would want them to do, especially for something as egregious as what happened. clearly all of the connections are leading to more questions.
i'm sure we're going to see more reporting and relations out of this. i don't think this is the last we hear of comments from saudi arabia on the possible connections. >> and as a result, the investigation is in its infancy. appreciate it. virginia's lieutenant governor under a cloud of sexual assault allegations after a second accuser comes forward. there's a growing list of virginia democrats calling for him to resign. we are live next. and we're standing by to hear from elizabeth warren, the senator that will soon announce plans to run for the white house 2020. we'll take you back there to lawrence, massachusetts when we come back. i'm a veteran
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live pictures from lawrence, massachusetts. very soon senator elizabeth warren, that's what the crowd hoech hopes, is set to hit the podium saying she's running in 2020. we'll take you back there when the senator begins speaking. there are a number of people endorsing her right now that are in political office throughout massachusetts who have been taking to the podium there, and soon the senator will be introduced by joe kennedy. meantime mounting political scandals in virginia are driving new calls for the state's top three democratic government officials to resign. the latest second sexual assault allegation against the lieutenant governor, justin fairfax. fairfax vehemently denies both claims, now a virginia democratic house delegate says
if fairfax doesn't step down, he will introduce articles of impeachment. >> as the father of three young girls, i cannot stand by silently while the lieutenant governor is facing multiple credible allegations of sexual assault. i believe these women. he needs to resign immediately. should the lieutenant governor fail to do so monday, i intend to introduce articles of impeachment on lieutenant governor justin fairfax. >> cnn kaylee hartung is live in richmond. what's the latest? >> reporter: depending on the day, it looked like a different one. virginia's top three lawmakers would be the least likely to survive their respective scandal. given the turn the story took last night, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see a way in which lieutenant governor justin fairfax survives this
moment. when a first accuser came forward earlier this week saying he sexual assaulted her at the democratic national convention in 2004, there were calls by democrats for an investigation. but those calls have turned to being ones for his resignation, in light of a second accuser coming forward last night. meredith watson attended duke university with justin fairfax. she says that he raped her when they were both students there in 2000. she calls the attack premeditated and aggressive. so virginia and national democrats, fred, are lining up, calling for the lieutenant governor's resignation, every democrat in virginia's legislature has done so, most prominent names in the democratic party, including two u.s. senators, former governor terry mccauliffe, 2020 candidates are speaking up, cory booker, kamala harris. justin fairfax denies accusations, calls them
unsubstantiated and false. he is calling for investigation that will clear his name. as it turns out, this decision about his political future may not be up to him. you mentioned articles of impeachment being drafted by one member of the house of delegates. he says it is his desire that fairfax resign on his own. if he doesn't, articles of impeachment will be shared monday here at the statehouse. earlier today we received a letter that governor ralph northam sent out to all commonwealth employees, recognizing the painful week all of the controversies brought the commonwealth, saying i am deeply sorry for causing this distraction from your important work, the business of the commonwealth and our duty as public servants will continue. he says he will continue to lead virginia forward. >> all right, thank you so much. back with me now, david swerdlick, lynn sweet. david, lieutenant governor justin fairfax, he was already facing mounting calls of
resignation. now possible articles of impeachment under way. what are chances of that? >> i am not sure of chances of impeachment, but i think it is hard for the lieutenant governor to survive this controversy. let's be clear, he hasn't been criminally charged and in that context he is innocent until proven guilty but in a political context both his colleagues in the virginia legislature and the possible in virginia and public at large are entitled to makeup their minds based on what we know now. it is one thing when you have one accuser coming out with her sto story and he wanted an investigation, a lot of people thought that was a reasonable wait and see position to take. now that there are two accusers who both named themselves and come out with detailed stories, i think it is much harder on his position to stay in office and not resign without facing
impeachment, it becomes more untenable. hard to see how he survives this. >> does it seem that he is leaning toward staying in there perhaps demanding an investigation as opposed to him resigning? looking at his statement, looking at the transcript of his statement, he said i passed two full field background checks by the fbi and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before. it is obvious a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me. you have two incredibly different cases. you have the governor, there are photos and an admission. he at least admitted he did do blackface wearing a michael jackson costume. then you have the lieutenant governor, accusations he denies, but seems as though calls for resignation for lieutenant governor have really dwarfed what were calls for resignation for the governor.
why? why the difference there, david? >> quickly on lieutenant governor fairfax, i will say the obvious question is raised by that statement and i don't know the answer to this. in the fbi field investigations, did they ask him about allegations of sexual assault. if they did, it is relevant. if they didn't, i'm not sure how it is relevant other than providing himself political cover which you would expect him to do. i think again because you have the second accuser it becomes much tougher and you would expect, and he has every right to demand investigation and to clear his name on a personal level if he was charged with a crime, but in politics can he be seen now as someone who can credibly potentially lead the state if northam were to resign with this hanging over his head. i think it is very tough right now, barring any new facts we would learn in the future for him to make the case. to the point about governor northam and attorney general herring, in a way, fairfax is
providing them political cover, his scandal is heating up and blackface scandals of the governor and attorney general heated down, relatively speaking to those. i think, though, that all three of these guys have committed political malpractice, they put all their democratic colleagues in a position they have to take a side on this because these aren't issues you can abstain or wait on the sidelines. you have to have a stand on the critical issues. >> lynn, on the blackface scandal, there's one more name to add to the mix. you have the virginia senate majority leader admitting to editing a college book with slurs and blackface photos. this is abundant. this is a big problem, whether it be admissions of blackface, sending a very strong message to black virginians and that matched up to allegations involving someone who is accused
of sexual assault. there's another strong message going to women, people are seemingly very -- they're in a difficult position to choose what is more heinous, what is more difficult to stomach. >> i don't think we have to make that decision because you have different circumstances, and both involve either known deplorable or allegedly deplorable actions. i don't think we have to say one is worse than the other. each circumstance should be taken as it is. these are very serious. i just want to be clear, i don't want to downgrade one of these situations and upgrade another. i think they're all serious. >> but are they all looked at, treated the same or differently? >> i think we're in a little bit of a chaotic political situation as all of this unrolls in real time and more people are added
to the controversy that the democratic party in virginia, who was just having its renaissance, is facing. our experience that we've all seen covering this is that every few days the story may change as was just noted by david. look who is in the spotlight today compared to last week when it was the governor. so these articles of impeachment will be filed monday. i don't think it means the lieutenant governor thinks that's the deadline. the vote won't take place that day. so the public is going to decide whether or not these people are redeemable, and they will decide if they want to hang onto political careers that are marred, and maybe, just maybe there will be some way that will lead to a good ending for the virginia democrats in the short term, but i don't see it right
now. even if these people hang on by the way, it doesn't mean that the other democrats just won't cut them off. >> fred, can i jump in and just circle back on the point you made because i do understand your question about these things being addressed differently. i guess i would say this. what stands out to me certainly as differently is you had that report where one of the democrats is pushing articles of impeachment for next week on fairfax. we didn't see that same move for northam with blackface photos, but i think one of the reasons we don't see that, not saying it is right or wrong, that information is now out there. you have a situation where northam is saying even if i wasn't in one photo, i did blackface another time, i don't quite remember. he was shaky last saturday when he came out in press conference. people in the legislature and virginia feel like they have a sense of what happened.
herring accused northam, then admitted his own blackface photo, not great politics, a little hypocritical, but he got his information out there. with fairfax, people are left wondering are the allegations of sexual assault true, and i think that's what is cutting against him. there will probably be people that say look, there's a double standard for a younger african-american politician versus older white politicians, but when you're a statewide politician, you have to expect this is a possibility. >> got it. david swerdlick, lynn sweet, thanks to you both. appreciate it. we'll be right back. this is a very difficult job. failure is not an option.a. more than half of employees across the country bring financial stress to work. if you're stressed out financially at home, you're going to be too worried to be able to do a good job. i want to be able to offer all of the benefits that keep them satisfied. it is the people that is really the only asset that you have.
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officially in the race for the white house 2020. when senator warren comes out, we'll take you back there live. meantime, it started as a college experiment. now 15 years later facebook is a tech giant with more than 2 billion users worldwide. in a new cnn documentary, senior tech correspondent lori siegel got unprecedented access to the company and the man behind it. >> it is october 19, 2018, we are heading to facebook. this is a really big deal. we're going to sit down with mark zuckerberg who rarely sits down for interviews. facebook years are like dog years. a lot happens in a little time. in the month since i first walked through the doors, nearly
50 million facebook users have been targeted by hackers. the largest security breach in facebook history. >> facebook on the defensive today, a damning "new york times" report how facebook handled bad pr. >> reporter: we'll get to all of that later. for now, back to facebook and what you need to know about an interview with mark zuckerberg. first, he likes the room cold, very cold. turn the cameras around, see his people on the other side, taking notes, scribbling furiously, keeping time. they know the stakes are high these days. the whole world seems to be watching. and that's facebook in the current moment. massively influential. >> facebook ceo mark zuckerberg under fire. >> the biggest security breach in the history of facebook. >> reporter: and controversial. but to fully understand facebook of today, you have to go back to the beginning.
>> that's what lori siegel does. she is taking us back to the beginning. good to see you, lori. hard to believe 15 years, facebook has grown by leaps and bounds and really made incredible impact on a lot of people's lives. but taking us back to the beginning, did he even think it would take off the way it has? >> you know, i think it is interesting. going into the walls of facebook there's this idea of the mission. you hear the mission over and over again, which is to connect the world. and this is mark zuckerberg's mission from the beginning. i think he always knew from the time they put this out in the harvard dorm room, right, and it began to go viral, he knew there would be a lot of power behind this. one thing about having spent time in mark zuckerberg's orbit, i think he has always been incredibly focused on the mission to connect the world. he always saw how big it could be. fast forward 2019, you see the cost of connecting the world and
all of the complicated issues that came with it. >> wow. this company, it continued to have issues with user privacy and data breaches. that's the big current concern. does it appear that the company feels like it has a plan to prevent the issues from happening again? >> look, i think facebook is taking this incredibly seriously because this has impacted democracy and humanity and has so much reach. also, this is their bottom line. in the last years, they added 30,000 employees working on security. they've taken steps to combat the information. and i think what's kind of interesting is to watch facebook have to go outside the silicon valley bubble, burst its own filter bubble. these issues that came with connecting the world, whether issues of free speech or manipulation of democracy and weaponization of the platform by nation states, the company has to go outside and get help, far from silicon valley, get help from folks like journalists.
we could look at regulation coming down the pipeline. so it is such a fascinating moment for the company and fascinating moment to be inside. you know, i had the opportunity to be inside during some of the pivotal moments like the data privacy scandal with cambridge analytica, interviewing zuckerberg, and you begin to understand the steps the company is taking and all of the real challenges that lie ahead. >> it looks like he has evolved too. he used to be reticent about sitting down with anybody. i remember his first 60 minutes interview, he was sweating profusely, didn't want to do it. and of course your first interviews with him, he seems to have gotten more comfortable with the idea of sharing as much information as he is feeling comfortable with at the moment. >> look, i will be honest, i don't think it is mark zuckerberg's favorite thing to do to be in front of cameras. he is known as a product guy, behind the scenes, talking to people. he said this to me, i need to be doing this. there's much more responsibility to be more transparent and public facing now that he rules
a digital kingdom of more than 2 billion people. >> incredible. lori, thank you so much. we will watch your documentary as well. that airs tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern on cnn. back to lawrence, massachusetts the introductions for elizabeth warren who will be throwing her hat into the ring. >> yes, it is bread we fight for, but give us roses too. and, ladies and gentlemen, that truth is the truth that is anchored elizabeth warren's career. i remember asking her years ago why, of all things on earth, why bankruptcy? of all the things you could have chosen, why bankruptcy?
why the incredibly archaic bankruptcy? and her response, because bankrupt bankruptcy is about how our system treats people after they lose everything. when rock bottom comes. and the deeper meaning she took from that. that ours is a country of second chances. of redemption. of horizons that don't disappear when fate gives you a tough hand. that the national character is not measured by how high those soar i by how we do when folks are broken. when they're on their knees. when they're empty. when they're want to rise again. in elizabeth warren's america, we pull them up.
we fight by their side. we will not splinter. we refuse to accept the status quo that tell us that big things are impossible. we reject a president who tells us we are each other's enemy. who forces america to fight over the scraps in a system instead of uniting against a system who deems them only worthy of scraps to begin with. so i'm here with you today because this country, our country, needs a leader who will restore the solidarity that
donald trump stole. who will not counter from the big tough battles. from the ugly injustice and oppression that still finds its way to american soil. a leader who will bring this country together. to take on our greatest threat. a system that protects the powerful and the privileged. while the rest struggle to get by. that leader, ladies and gentlemen, is a colleague, a mentor and a friend. that leader is the next president of the united states. that leader is elizabeth warren. please join me in welcoming the next president of the united states of america, senator
elizabeth warren. ♪ ♪ jump in the shower and the blood starts pumping ♪ ♪ out on the streets the jacket starts jumping ♪ ♪ folks like me on the job from 9 to 5 ♪ ♪ working 9 to 5 ♪ what a way to make a living ♪ barely getting by ♪ it's all taking and no giving ♪ ♪ they just use your mind ♪ and they never give you credit ♪ ♪ it's enough to drive you crazy if you let it ♪ ♪ 9 to 5 ♪ for service and devotion ♪ you would think that i would deserve a fair promotion ♪ >> good morning, lawrence!
[ cheers and applause ] >> usa! usa! usa! so in the 12 years that i've known joe kennedy, i've watched him up close as he fights every day for what he believes in. joe is a good man and a good friend. thank you for being here today, joe. thank you. and thank you to all of our dynamic speakers who have been keeping everybody fired up ander warmed up this morning. and thank you to the best partner ever in the united states senate, he's been fighting for climate change and now he's fighting for a green new deal, ed markey.
let's re-elect him to the senate next year. thank you to a woman now making her own way in the halls of congress, laurie trahan. and thank you to counselor michelle wu to sheriff team tompkins to mayor danny rivera. great leaders and longtime friends. thank you to karen, the colleagues in the statehouse and other local leaders all of whom are with us here today, thank you. and most of all, thank you. thank you to everyone. i love you too. [ cheers and applause ] thank you to everyone who's traveled here to lawrence. i am deeply grate financial that
you came here on a cold and blustery day to be part of this announcement. thank you. i want to tell you a story. a little over 100 years ago, textle mills in lawrence hilike the ones behind us today employed tens of thousands of people. immigrants flocked here from more than 50 countries for a chance to work in these looms. lawrence was one of the centers of american industry. [ applause ] yeah. business was booming. the guys at the top were doing great. but workers made so little money that families were forced to crowd together in dangerous tenements and many lived on beans and scraps of bread.
working conditionings were horrible. children were forced to operate dangerous equipment. workers lost hands and arms and legs in the gears of machines. one out of every three adult mill workers died by the time they were 25. and then on january 11, 1912, a group of women who worked right here at the everett mill, discovered that their bosses had cut their pay. and that was it. the women said enough is enough. they shut down those looms and they walked out. and soon workers walked out of another mill in town. and then another. and then another. until 20,000 textile workers across lawrence were on strike.
now, these workers, led by women, didn't have much. they didn't even have a common language. never theless, they persisted. they organized. they translated the minutes of their meetings into 25 different languages. the english and irish workers who had been here for years and the slavic and syrian workers who were new to america could all stand together. they hammered out their demands. fair wages, overtime pay and the right to join a union. businesses at that time called those demands a threat to the very survival of america.
and the bosses were determined to shut it down. would be factory owner even paid a guy to plant sticks of dynamite around town so that he could free more workers as a violent mob. the mill workers also owned city government. city government called in the militia. some strikers died in violence clashes with the police. understand it was a hard fight. families that were already going to bed hungry had to make due with even less. they were cold. they were under attack. but they stuck together and they won.