tv Road to the White House 2020 Sen. Cory Booker in New Hampshire CSPAN December 10, 2018 2:37pm-4:02pm EST
use the free c-span radio app. >> when the new congress takes office in january it will have the youngest , most diverse rest men class in recent history. new congress, new leaders. watch it live on c-span starting january 3. >> new jersey senator cory booker addressed democrats at an event in manchester. he was joined by new hampshire state officials and members of the state's congressional delegation. >> hello. that was the point. thank you all for coming.
what an exciting time. and the fact that we made history on so many levels in so many positions, but really the most satisfying is knowing that kristin is making history as the first republican governor that has a democratic majority on the executive council in the senate, in the house . he literally cannot by 12 paper without democrats saying okay. i think that's pretty good. anytime we can make a senator have a less-than-perfect day i think is a good day, what do you say? we asked a very special guest to come here today because we want to thank her because if
it wasn't for efforts in her campaign and the strength of her campaign and of her candidacy and her message, we would notbe celebrating all these victories . but you all need to understand is that molly kelly came within six points despite having about $8 million less then maggie had in 2012 and colin had in 2016. to get that close, and to be that unfunded, she is a genuine hero because by getting the number of votes she did, she made all of this possible so welcome to the stage senator molly kelly. [applause] >> how are we doing? thank you. thank you so much. from the bottom of my heart, i can't thank you enough.
what a warm welcome. we're here to celebrate today. how about that? congressman chris pappas, you made it happen. you elected congresswoman annie kuster and you made what's really important , you brought the democrats a majority in the house, the senate and the executive council, you did it. you did it with all your hard work and you know that. so of course, of course i'm disappointed. we came up a little short but i'm proud of my campaign, proud of all of you who work every day knocking on doors, making phone calls, making it happen . the young democrats, are you here today? you're unbelievable. you'reamazing. we have a lot to do . of course as i said we're a little short the work goes on. i'm not stopping and neither
or you and i know that. we're going to continue to stand up for what we believe in as democrats, values and beliefs that are so important to all of us and we know what that is. about equality, about fairness, about making sure everybody has a ball and opportunity to succeed and we are going to do that every single day because we're going to see people, every individual with dignity and respect every time we encounter themand no matter how hard we work . i'm going to look forward to working with you in the next couple of days as you do the hard work and let's have another great round of applause for our majority in the house, senate and the executive council. thank you. >> let's give them a big round of applause.
>> just the other day, sharon put an unqualified person forward to a judgeship and despite counsel for linsky and counselor pappas's best efforts, there were only two of them though this person is now on the bench until they turned 70 . starting in january, that's not going to happen anymore. no unqualified republican is going to get in anything so welcome to the stage counselor andrew galinsky. >> thank you. i am so looking forward to debbie and mike joining in january. where on a different schedule so we have last wednesday and december 19 is the last sessions of the current executive council and i will be glad that it's over.
i was worried that ray was focused on toilet paper. wow that's important, i am more interested in having the governor from attacking the site evaluationcommittee . >> i am more interested in judicial nominations. this nominee was unqualified, had a disciplinary record unlike any other judge currently sitting. and he voted to defund planned parenthood. and so here's the take away. even if you don't have the votes in my case where it was only 2 votes in the legislature where we may not have a vetoproof majority on some issues, i think it's important to make the record. whoever runs against russell prescott in the southeast
part of the state next time will be able to say russ prescott voted for the guy who defunded planned parenthood and create that issue and we need to hold the governor and the minority party, hold their feet to the fire on each and every issue and not censor ourselves. here's looking forward to a great majority experience and great things in the new year. thank you all. >> what beautiful words. calling republicans the minority party. let's say itone more time . the minority party! excellent. please welcome to the stage somebody that was exciting to see come to the helm of the new hampshire house, especially from defeating
jean chandler. please welcome to the state the speaker of the new hampshirehouse . >> thank you, i was thinking about what i want to say and i've asked all the house democrats to please stand and that you've done that so i want to thank everyone that ran for the house this session. there's a lot ofreasons we took the majority . first of all, the outstanding candidates andhow hard they work . secondly, the great staff we had to acquire house democrats, mike and rachel and ryan did such a wonderful job and all of you whether individually or as a group, you did so much throughoutthe state to make this victory possible . the last thing is money. we hate to talk about it but it's so necessary. house democrats raised close to half $1 million which is a
record for us. and i'm so glad that senator booker is here today. he was so generous on his support of the committee to elect house democrats and we thank him for what he did for us but it's going to be a great two years and thank you and god bless new hampshire. [applause] >> if you find yourselves unconquered on session day, it's worth going to the house gallery and watching the speaker in action and all the great democrats in the majority doingwonderful things, let's give them a big round of applause . [applause] >> it was exciting being on the floor of the senate to see my state senator sworn in for her fourth time and to see her being nominated by
the now majority leader dan felton. [applause] and it was kind of fun to watch chuck morris second her fornomination for president of the state senate . what a glorious time for new hampshire, for democrats , the people of manchester and certainly the people of her district. welcome the president of the new hampshire senate, donna sushi. >> thank you raymond and thank you all so very much. we had an extraordinary day on wednesday. we elected a senate majority and we are ready to take over the reins and make real change in the state of new hampshire. [applause] but i would be
remiss if i didn't take a few moments to do many of the same things that steve did, which is to thank each and every one of you . we fielded an amazing slate of candidates. we had 24 strong running for the state senate. we were able to win 14 seats and we did that because we found candidates who represented their district. who understood the issues that matter to local people. and we were able to do that because these candidates ran strong, effective campaigns and even more importantly, we had a strong, effective, or native campaign that was pushing right behind to make sure we have those victories so that each and every one of you. each and every door you not, every call you made, every voter you talk to. we are going to make a
difference in the lives of people of new hampshire working together in the state senate and working with our colleagues in the house so thank you, get a little rest during the holidays session because we are on the move come january. thank you. >> those of you who are at the state committee meeting earlier on hasn't been since 1865 when one democrat was elected to replace another democrat in the house of representatives from the first district and we are very proud of our new member of congress already down there. sponsoring house built one or whatever they're called down there. the big government reform package, i couldn't be more proud that it's going to be our member of congress that they're fighting to reform government and stomp out corruption corruption. welcome and in congressman chris pappas.
>> thank you everyone, thank you so much . thank you guys, good afternoon new hampshire democrats. it's great to be with you here today . we have a full house and we all know it took a lot of hands to produce victories on november 6 and i want to thank each and everyone of you for the hard work you gave to our effort and the democrats up and down the ticket. we couldn't have done it without your hard work over the past year. what's very clear to me is that voters sent a strong message across this country. that it's time to end the politics as usual, time to end the culture of corruption, to focus on issues that are important in people's lives like the cost of health insurance, ensuring we fight by the change and taking bold steps to protect our planet and promote environmentalpolicies . like ensuring that we promote on public schools. and ensuring that we protect individual rights.
but it's also critical to make sure that we have checks and balances and we ensure that the rule of law is protected in washington dc and that's why it's critical that with the democratic house, we provide the type of oversight the people of this country are looking for and that they deserve . so i'm really proud to begin to dig in and i think what's so wonderful about the election that we have an incoming class in congress that looks so much more like the rest of america area we have a record number of women . lgbt candidates were elected, a record number of people of color joining the democratic caucus. and inaddition to that, we brought down the average age by 10 years . >> so if we ever had a shot, to get things back on track, to reinvigorate our ability to get things done in
washington, it's with this incoming class and i'm so glad you sent me to be part of it so we got so much work ahead of us, the first bill that's going to come out of the gate is to protect our democracy, to get big money out of our politics,, to protect the right to vote and end the corruption and i'm glad to stand behind the effort when i want to thank you. we won some races but we didn't begin to make change. process begins in january. and we all have to be in this together over the next couple of years this is not just about winning one election. it's about staying engaged in the process in the way that we can elect a new president in 2020 and make sure that we push forward a progressive agenda at 20 improve the lives of the people in new hampshire. i can also much. let's stick with it. >>. >> thank you chris, let's give chris thomas a big round of applause.
>> a lot has been said about the fact that despite not having a presidential race or a us senator or incumbent governor, we would still be able to successfully organize a coordinated campaign. we never would have even begun to dream that we could do what we are able to accomplish the commitment congresswoman annie kuster who was our biggest donor. made us believe, made us dream and really set the plan out there that raise the money to build that organization . these welcome the history making for term number of government from newhampshire , annie kuster. >> thank you everybody. wow, how excited are we? this is amazing. i feel like the weight of the world has been taken off my shoulders.
thank you for that and how excited are we about chris pappas coming to congress? he's awesome. thank you to carol shea porter for her service. i'm really excited about chris and i'm excited about his class. people do a little bit about his class. they literally reduce the average age by 10 years. i was telling a joke just recently, my good friend richie neil turned 68 and he's on his 68th birthday he said the united states congress, the only place they say on your 60th birthday you got a heckuva future . so chris is coming in with this amazing class and i'm super excited because they won't have to waste their time and the american public's time voting 53 times not to repeal the affordable care act. so we are going to have plenty of time and the majority and the gavels to make a difference, to make
sure that the affordable care act is working every family and every person across this great country. make sure that people have access to medicaid expansion so they can get the treatment and recovery services that they need. or opioid addiction or alcohol or mental health or whatever else is challenging in their lives. to make sure that we can focus on our planet again and go back to reminding everyone about the changes in our climate and how important it is tosupport clean water and clean air and renewable energy. in a difference for future generations . and as chris said, hr one, our number one bill called me the people and it's going to restore integrity and accountability into our government and we really care a lot . obviously you've been reading about voting rights. i'm proud of our leadership that we will not see this number from north carolina
because of the voter fraud gone on. and if necessary, we will go to have a new election to make sure that every american knows there is no voter fraud except the voter fraud on the republican side of the balance and we need to make sure we get rid of it. so i'm super excited to be here with senator maggie, i'm so honored to be with our dear senator jeanne shaheen. i want to end by saying how proud i am of molly kelly or leading our ticket and what an extraordinary job he did and thank you to art for hanging in there through more than a few events across the state. he did an amazing job but all ofthe candidates , and we all have the same theme. it was you out there deciding to run deciding to make a difference in our country. after that inauguration and that incredible uplifting
march that we all went on and said we've got to take our country and our state back and we've done. you one back the house, one back the senate, even one back the executive council and we got an all blue delegation going down to washington to make a difference so thank you for everything you've done. >> let's hear it for annie kuster. >> you know, in a lot of states when their us senators kind of they go on vacation for the year. but every one of us who ever met maggie, i'm not sure she's ever taken a vacation. because if there's a fight, she's in the arena. and she did an extraordinary effort in our general election. going to fundraisers, you had porter openings and going
door-to-door herself canvassing every time. he's doing a phenomenal job in washington as our us senator, but she even an amazing democrat in new hampshire making sure that we have the leadership we deserve. welcome senator maggie. >>. >> raymond, thank you so much for that really kind introduction and thank you new hampshire democrats. not only for being here today but for everything you did to have such enormous and critical success in november. here's to you guys, you did a phenomenal job you it is so great to be here with so many of right colleagues. the federal delegation, state delegation, no many hard-workingvolunteers . and so great to be here with all of you to celebrate the
incredible victories we had in new hampshire and all across our nation because of your hard work area about it for a second. we elected chris pappas and antidemocratic house majority in washington, thank you both are running. we flipped the new hampshire house, the new hampshire senate and the executive council. incredibly important. and i will add, we would not have been able to be successful in those races if it were not for molly kelly's leadership and her campaign thank you, molly kelly . i also want to congratulate my friends donna susie and steve for their newroles . they will be great leaning on this stage. these victories in concorde and in washington across our country are so essential. so that we have the numbers, we have the votes, we have the capacity to carry forward
with the priorities that are so important to the people of new hampshire and the people of our country. we are fighting to make sure that everybody who works hard not only get ahead but can stay ahead and see a brighter future for their kids . i think a lot about the greed this country was founded on. >> .. graduating with so much student debt that they can't possibly take the risk right now. i think a lot about the people that i talked to whether it's in
the grocery store or at a door who just want if they work hard they can afford childcare and health care. they can live in a safe community and send their kids to good schools and plan for their kids to have the kind of higher education that will help them build a better future. that is what democrats stand for. that's what we all need to continue to work for and that is why the work you did this last campaign was so critically important in continuing to stay engaged is so critical. everywhere i go right now in addition to people talking to me about particular issues or problems working families have, there's also a lot of concern in this country about the way we treat each other. whether we can in fact listen to each other and love each other as americans in a way that is always help americans come together to find common ground. we obviously know that we have a
president who isn't fit to serve. we obviously know we have to stand for american values around the world now more than other. but we also have to do the critical work are reaching out to our friends and neighbors so that we can build a long-lasting sustaining coalition to really move this country forward and be the leader that we were founded to be. thank you for your part in doing that. i look forward to all we will accomplish together. [applause] >> victories are not built just in the closing days of any election. they are built on a foundation and the foundation of our vic geary that we've held really started being built in 1996 with the election of jeanne shaheen as governor. though the net into the army
that it is today or we are recognized across the country as the very best state party in the country. [cheers and applause] with more grassroots participation and that is because that is where the shaheen came from. the folks that he knew many years ago when she was in her 20s and i was in my 30s. [laughter] i was supposed to say that. folks, we can celebrate a lot tonight, the 2020th the big enchilada as they say. we've got to get rid of donald trump. [cheers and applause] we've got to reelect to congress. we've got a holder majority in the senate and the house. [cheers and applause] but more important, we've got to
reelect jeanne shaheen to the united states senate in 2020. so with that, and jeanne shaheen, jeanne shaheen, jeanne shaheen [applause] >> thank you by raymond. thank you all very much. you know, i have very warm feelings when i come into this room because this is where i announce my very first race for governor in 296. [applause] joey and i were here at the three gardeners. that was before the sons-in-law, before all the grandchildren. we have gone forth and multiplied. just as the democrats have, right? [applause] we have so much to celebrate today and everyone who spoken has said it's because of all of you, because of the hard work
you did for so long, the organizing committee knocking on doors, the phone calls, the fundraising of everything made such a difference. we are happy today to build a celebrate that. i'm happy that my friend, corey booker is here with us. [applause] corey is a powerful voice for criminal justice reform in the united states. he finished his colleagues symmetry from the new hampshire fared so we are glad you are back. [applause] so we are one month past our historic victory in new hampshire with the leadership of donna and steve we won the state senate come and the legislature, the executive council. thank you, india. and we are keeping our congressional delegation all
democratic. [applause] you know, i heard someplace that nationwide we flipped about 400 legislative seats and 67 of those were in new hampshire. [applause] ray talked about how long it had been since the democrats controlled all those three branches. it has been since before the civil war when we've had a republican governor who has had both houses of the legislature and the executive council of the democratic. how sweet it is. [applause] and that have been as everyone has said because of you, because of the great campaign that
raymond and amy all put together because of all the organizers out everywhere, because of all of the volunteers. we have turned new hampshire blue except for a few minor challenges. thank you to molly kelly for everything she does to make sure that we control the legislature. [applause] thank you for returning in nature and four appear she's been a consistent powerful voice for new hampshire in the house. [applause] and for making chris a member of our hard-working delegation. he is hard-working. [applause] he's thoughtful in his compassionate. and so now, our congressional delegation is maggie, a wonderful call it, any and
chris, also known as the mamas and the populace. clap back good, right? listen, i would love to take credit for that, but that came from a canvasser who heard it from someone when he was going door-to-door. again, you all are responsible. but as everyone has also said, today we are celebrating, but our work is far from over. we have to finish the job in 2020. we need to win back the corner office. we need to take the majority of the united states senate and we need a democrat in the white house. [cheers and applause]
but first, we have the new hampshire primary. over the next year, new hampshire returns to the spotlight and it always makes me so proud. i'm sure it makes all of us proud because our voters are so engaged. they ask questions come and behold candidate to give answers to the challenges that are facing this country. they really put candidates through their paces. it's not a space you can come in and buy millions of dollars in television and win the election. so many wonderful democrats who are thinking about running for president, including corey booker, who is here today. [cheers and applause] so, we are going to have great choices on the person who emerge as a year and half from now as the nominee is going to be tested and ready to defeat donald trump. but it's important for us to
remember that we can't let this primary divide us. we can all support the candidate of our choice. we can work really hard. we can do what we can, but when the primary is over, when the nominating process is over, we have got to come back together and support the nominee because we've got to keep our focus on defeating donald trump. [cheers and applause] and we know it's not going to be easy because the koch brothers and all those corporate special interests talked about will spend millions and millions of dollars here in new hampshire and across the country. people coming across the border they will deny that climate change is real. they will try to convince voters that they don't really need
access to affordable health care, that they don't really need good public schools, that they don't really need to have individual small businesses that can provide jobs to people. it is shameful what happens because of that dark funny. i'm not worried about the avalanche of special interest money with the grassroots force money just like all of you did in 2018. [applause] and if we work together leading up to 2020, just like we did in 2018, we are going to hold the united states senate. we are going to hold this senate seat. we are going take back the united states senate. we are going to live the governor's office and finally centrum packing and restore honesty and integrity to the white house.
the thank you all very much for everything you've done. [applause] thank you. >> we are here to celebrate each of these great elected officials referred from and all the great things are going to do. the next speaker is here because he deserves to be here. he gave more support to our house caucus and our senate caucus and are candidates for congress and governor into the coordinating campaign than any other person. [applause] when he makes a commitment, he
more than delivers. he is an enormously effective member of congress in the u.s. senate, a spokesperson for so many of our causes and a dynamic speaker at that. but to us, the best fred new hampshire democrats had in 2018. senator corey booker. [cheers and applause] >> hello, new hampshire. hello, new hampshire. [cheers and applause] first of all, i just want to say hello to everybody here, but there's a lot of people. the fire marshal came in your note a lot of people into the overflow room so want to say hello to them, but more than that the fire marshal was called in because it's a great minister or i look up to says, you folks in new hampshire to meet guys have been spiritual arsonist setting people on fire in this last election, igniting a lot of
spirit. the statement grateful for that. look, i'm here to really celebrate you and what you all accomplish. i have a lot of sense of gratitude because the best friends i have in new hampshire are your two united states senators who are amazing human beings. [applause] i'm grateful for congresswoman kuster and i'm happy you guys live in a little bit of gender diversity. but really i'm here because of the folks in this room and the overflow room. i want you to know on my trips to appear on my involvement in this campaign, if really rekindled the name the sense that deep-seated space in who we are as a people. it was not determined by the people on the tickets. it wasn't determined by the person in the white house.
this election was determined by the spirit of the american people. this room right here represented. you all know. never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. in fact, it the only thing that ever happened. there is a spirit i want to celebrate in the few minutes i have before you that is so needed in america right now. understanding that there is a lot of challenges both in this country and around the world, but we have a choice in this state made it. it is a choice that we have in every moment of lives to accept things as they are or take responsibility for changing them. folks who sit on the sidelines as high standards, folks who think democracy is a spectator sport are actually contributing to the problem. indeed we know when you all have shown that the opposite of
justice is not injustice. the opposite of justice's inaction, indifference, apathy. we are here as a country not just because of the imperfect geniuses that founded this nation. i love american history and every fear our founders, the you all know that this nation is not where it is simply because of our founders. they put these ideals in place they were not yet a reality. when we whitewash american history and get rid of our pain and challenges come in to bigotry, that we actually discount the greatness of this country. the truth of america is our founders put these ideals in place, but hey, african-americans were fraction of human beings. native americans in our declaration of independence are referred to as savages. the truth of this country we were made great because ordinary citizens made an extraordinary commitment to the ideals of this
country. it was not extraordinary commitment that new hampshire showed understanding we did not get women's rights because when the united states senate the men came to the floor and said you know what it's about time women have the right to vote. as americans in communities, small groups of people that got together across racing across religion that organized for the call of the cause of this country. you are not wasn't strom thurmond who came to the senate floor and said it's about time the people have some civil rights. no, it was multiracial, multiethnic coalitions from all over this nation that people said i will not do enough in pledge allegiance to the flag, but when i say those words, liberty and justice for all, i will fight for them. this is the truth of america that we have big change at every moment in american has eerie,
even as racism and bigotry tried to divide our nation. standing tall from the very founding of our country. 60 miles away from bunker hill. the great names we hail towards washington or hamilton. it was everyday americans calling to arms, standing up. i met one of your new house members and a house party earlier today who came up and said to me, in the 1960s i was drafted, pulled into the vietnam war. this was a moment where i wasn't going to have somebody draft me. i was going to be the answer to the call of our country. that is what inspires me about the community. it's what inspires me about america, why i'm here today. i'm from northern jersey. i moved onto a street called martin luther king boulevard. i got my va from stanford but made phd on the streets of
newark. and i'll never forget the air again full of myself yell a student knocking on the door saying ma'am, i'm here to help you. i'm corey booker. she looked at me like a way, you're the one that needs some how. here's this woman that will never appear in the history books, but she brought me down to the floor of the building through the courtyard into martin luther king boulevard. the street with a legendary name and she will surround this alter the women, looks up at me and says before you can help me, you've got to tell me what you see. tell me about the street come in the community, what you see? i describe about looking boulevard looks like after the 1990s. i talked about the crack house on the street in the projects. i describe what i saw, the drug dealing and the more i talk to mark that this woman looked in suddenly she said boy, you can help me she wheeled around and starts walking away from me. i'm confused. what does she mean?
i grabbed her from behind very respectfully mind you. and i said, what are you talking about. but understand who she said boy you need to understand something. the world you see outside of you as a reflection of what you have inside of you. people who only see problems in darkness and despair that fathers going to be. but if you want a stubborn people who every time you open your eyes you see hope, possibility, love, the face of god cometh and you can be someone who helps me. [applause] i am looking at a gathering of some stubborn americans who've never given up on the ideals of this country. ms. jones taught me that the definition of hope isn't to see some light at the end of the tamil or something on the right thing. it gives you hope. hope is generated from within. hope is the conviction that
despair will not have the last word. a lot of people around this nation worried about what's going on in not recognizing what is stated if there's going to be an insiders tend to letter words. if it is to be, it's up to me. you all organize. you all thought, every single day volunteered. the coordinated campaign of the state, literally hundreds of thousands of phone calls, hundreds of thousands of door knocking, you walking together and understood we are a nation of rugged individuals and self-reliance. that's part of our egos, but the truth of america has been the ability for us to come together, to work together, stand together, struggle together and sacrifice together. we understand the old african saying that if you want to go fast allowed, but if you want to go far, go together.
we did these things together. what happened in this country was people getting together in small groups at folkestone man in church basements that were the architects of the end of jim crow and folks that meant environs plotting the greatest infrastructure product i nation has ever seen, the underground railroad. you all saw in america better than the one we are experienced team. you all saw and refused to expect what is and demanded we can meet you demanded it through your work. we should not be a nation where folks with mental illness are stigmatized, where they can't get the health care they deserve. we shouldn't be a nation where people put aside their prescription drugs because they can't afford them. how can we be a nation built on education that is now investing
in public education. how can we be nation as a criminal justice system that treats you better if you're rich and guilty then if you're poor and innocent. how can we be a nation that in thousands of jurisdictions children could easily find unleaded gasoline than unwanted water. you all in the state knew that if it is to be it is that jimmy and that's what i celebrate right now. this is what our country must have going forward. i call upon everyone here to continue the work. you heard it from my colleague, jeanne shaheen. you are to from holly. we all know changes are made in one little fell swoop. it's not a light switch you been on and off. bart mr. king said those things when they finally made it over and talked about how long it would take to make justice happen. how long, not long because --
the moral universe is long, but it tends towards justice. the great thing about folks here -- the great thing about folks who reads you are reading to bend with inevitability. the only way to end, the only way it's ever happened as far as to be the vendors of the ark. [applause] and so, i want to close with one theme that may seem a little strange for an elected leader to be talking about. but now that we've slipped the two houses in the legislature i am blown away by the folks -- you elected young people in younger people. you all elected diversity and gender diversity, rhys
diversity, lgbt diversity come it's amazing what you will accomplish. but i caution everybody here. lincoln talks about power. to paraphrase what he said companies that if you want to see the true character of a person, don't view them in adversity. give them power. look around this country right now when you see people elect into high office and how they are using their power not as a means for expanding democracy, elevating human dignity. they are using their power to protect power, to suppress democracy from gerrymandering to what is happening in michigan where they are trying to work to undermine the power of the people coming into office. we are seeking voter suppression. that is not who we are as a country. more than this, we are elected not to reflect the things we are working against. this is not a time to meet hate
with hate. not attempt to make darkness of darkness. the call of our country has always been loved. think about this for a second and reject it for me. anybody who tells you the highest that her ration of this country should be tolerance. go home tonight and tell somebody you live with i tolerate you. [laughter] come on. our founders, and these imperfect geniuses at the end of the declaration of independence said if we are going to make it all work we must mutually pledge. we must pledge to each other our lives, fortunes and sacred honor. because if we are going and make it, we need each other. what love is all about is seeing someone's dignity, their words, knowing that dignity itself is indivisible. the dignity of another american can be diminished without my own dignity being diminished as well. if your child is elevated, if
they're getting a great public education, getting health care, if they have jobs that affirm dignity, then my kids do better as a result of it. i want to end with a story about who you are and one of my greatest professors in the streets of newark. his words to me i hold onto now because i will never let anyone pull me down so low as to hate them. this country has enough hate, bigotry, anti-semitism. what we need now is courageous actors who call for a revival of civic race because we are here because of the kindness, decency of americans who showed the greatest level possible. from beaches of normandy and didn't look left or right as they wonder the republicans. people stood for this country, registered folks develop black,
white, christian and jewish is sit next to each other not for democratic ideals, but for american ideals and so i end with this dory. when i got involved working with an airship i met this elderly guy named frank hutchins. the most legendary leader. he ran the longest strike there ever was against the federal government. he was one of these guys if you meet him he wouldn't fill up her room he wasn't a great baker, but he was one of the most determined voices for housing in the city. one of the reasons i work on housing issues so much in the united states senate. i got to know him and he was one of the people that changed my life. the best way to make our life is to make plans for yourself. i thought i was going to be a lawyer but he wanted to push people to run for city council and help her in my campaign. i got elected because the sky would go to the building and
they walk them through, knock on doors. this is a guy we believe in. he saw things in me that i didn't believe myself. when i got elected to that office who told mccory, and ms. jones have announced that people often get elected and forget where they come from. i still have a special word of new jersey as low income neighborhood where people don't confuse wealth with words because of the central leaders. i elected and went to work. frank got older and older and it got a little more ill. difficult for me to see him deal with the challenges. in fact i would go to his house and sit with him and learn from him. eventually his eyesight went and i would knock on his door i knew he couldn't see me as i was a frank thomas corey. this became our thing. every time i knock on doors he would say who was there. he opened the door and says they see you. i still remember how he got
older to make sure he ate. taken to the movies because he demanded to go. you can't see the screen. it's like now, i want to sit and enjoy the fullness of it. eventually he was in hot days. i confess to you all my brothers and sisters that this is my ego. i was upset when i would visit him in hospice at the room wasn't packed like this room, that there were people by his bedside. here's the guy that kept thousands of people with the work over his head, took on slumlords, to come slumlords. you see, frank understood something. life is not about popularity. it's about purpose. life isn't about celebrity. it's about significance. life isn't about how many people show up when you're dead.
it's how many people you show up for when you are alive. [applause] so, let me leave you with frank's words. in the last day i saw him alive they went to his bed side and as i'm getting ready to walk in, the nurses there stopped me. let me tell you right now, please hug health care professionals. they are such incredible full. like firefighters, police, teachers come you don't appreciate them until you are a family in the hospital and you see the work that they do and health care professionals become friends with them. they pull me aside and say it won't be long now. they say he couldn't speak. when i open a story heard his breath slow and shallow and i
open the door and said craig, it is corey. i see him struggling to force out the words. and he said them, i see you. they went to his dad and i sat down next and i held him and kissed his forehead and told him how much he meant to me. i knew this might be the last time we see each other. i was busy. i was the mayor. i decided to type when my time and just said my last words to him which were i love you. for the second time he said i love you. and i got up and walked out the door, closed it behind me and i would never see him again alive. i want to leave you with those
words. i see you. i love you. i see you, i love you. i see you, i love you. that is the story of our nation. that is the story of the group gathered here. it's not about partisanship. it's not about tribalism. i see your dignity. i see your words, your value. a very national anthem starts with the words say can you see, the dignity of her fellow american tourist stigma and bigotry. i love you. you can't lead the people if you don't love the people. i love you is understanding that a church is in his love of country and you cannot love your country unless you love your fellow country men and women, all of them. i love you.
i see you. i love you. don't let anybody tear you down. this is a time that we might see each other. we must elevate each other. we must love each other when we must fight together and if we look like that and if we love like that and serve like that and sacrifice back, this will not be the last victory for new hampshire. this will not be the last big dream for the state of new hampshire or country. we will elevate this nation not for partisan victory, but a victory for all that we truly live the calling of our foundation, and that we will be one day a nation of liberty and justice for all. thank you, everyone. thank you. [cheers and applause]
your saving presence. you have been our refuge in ages past; you continue to be our hope for the seasons to come. inspire our senators to live with the sense of accountability to you. remind them that you are the only constituent they absolutely must please. lord help them to emulate the depths of your caring in their relationships and responsibility, ever seeking to glorify your name. we pray in your sacred name.