tv Road to the White House 2020 RTTWH New Hampshire Dems CSPAN December 9, 2018 10:00pm-11:01pm EST
>> when the new congress takes office in january, it will have the youngest, most diverse class -- freshman class in recent history. watch it live on c-span, starting january 3. senatorday, new jersey cory booker addressed new hampshire democrats at the parties 2018 postelection celebration at the new hampshire institute of art. also speaking with the states top democrats including all four members of its capitol hill delegation. this portion is an hour. ♪
>> hello! that was the point. thank you all for coming. what an exciting time. that we made history on so many levels in so many positions, but really the the satisfying is knowing first republican governor is making history that has a democratic majority on the executive council in the senate, and the house. cannot buy toilet paper without democrats saying ok. i think that's pretty good. anytime we can make a senator
, ie a less-than-perfect day think it is a good day. what do you think? guest toa very special come here today because we want to thank her, because of it wasn't for her efforts and her campaign and the strength of her campaign and her candidacy and her message, we would not be celebrating all these victories. what we all need to understand is, molly kelly came within six points, despite having about $8 inlion less than maggie had 2012 and then colin had in 2016. to get that close to be that unfunded, she is a genuine hero, because i getting that number votes that she did, she made all this possible. so please welcome to the stage senator molly kelly. [applause]
>> how are we doing? thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. i cannot thank you enough. it's wonderful, what a warm welcome. but we are here to celebrate today. congressman chris pappas, you made it happen. you reelected congresswoman annie kuster and you made what really is important, you brought the democrats and the majority , the senate, and the executive council. you did it. you did it with all of your hard work, and you know that. so 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 doors, doors, making phone
calls, making it happen. the state party, the young dems, are you here today? you are unbelievable, you are amazing. so we have a lot to do, as i said, we are little short, but guess what, the work goes on. i'm not stopping, and neither are you, and i know that. we are going to continue to stand up for what we believe as democrats, those believes that are so important to all of us, and we know what that is, about equality, about fairness, about making sure everyone has an opportunity to succeed and not just a few, and we are going to do that every single day because we are going to treat people, every individual with dignity and respect every time we encounter them and by how hard we woke -- we work. i'm going to keep working and i'm going to look forward to working with you in the next couple of years as you do the hard work. another great round of applause for our majority in the house, the senate, and the executive
council. thank you. >> let's give her a big round of applause. , andst the other day unqualified person was put forward to it judge ship. efforts,heir best there was only two of them, so this person is now on the bench until he turns 70. starting in january, that's not going to happen anymore. isunqualified republican getting appointed to anything. so please welcome to the stage counselor andrew galinsky. >> thank you. i am so looking forward to
debbie and mike joining in january. we are on a different schedule ande have last wednesday december 19 as the last sessions of the current executive council and i will be glad that it is over. i was worried that ray was focused on toilet paper. while that is important, i'm more interested in stopping the sitenor from attacking the evaluation committee. i'm more interested in judicial nominations. this nominee was unqualified, had a disciplinary record i like any other judge currently sitting and he voted to defined planned parenthood. so here is the takeaway. even if you don't have the votes , in my case where was only two
votes in the legislature where we may not have a vetoproof majority on some issues, it's important to make the record. whoever runs against russell prescott in the southeast part of the state next time will be russ prescottat 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 is looking forward to a great majority experience and great things in the new year. thank you all. [applause] >> what beautiful words, calling new hampshire republicans the minority party.
but still say it one more time. the minority party. excellent. please welcome to the stage somebody who is very exciting to see take over the helm of the new hampshire house, especially from defeated jean chandler. please welcome to the stage the speaker of the new hampshire house. steve shurtleff. [applause] >> thank you. i was thinking about what i was going to say and i thought well, the first thing i would do is ask the house democrats to please stand, and you have done that. so, i want to thank everyone that ran for the house the session. there is a lot of reasons we took the majority. first of all, the outstanding and it's and how hard they work. secondly, the great staff. we had a committee to elect house democrats. all of you, whether individually or as part of a group you did so much threat this state to make
his victory possible. of course, the last thing is money. we hate to talk about it, but it is so necessary. house democrats raised close to half $1 million. [applause] rep. shurtleff: which is a record for us. i am so glad that senator booker is here today. he was so extremely generous in his support of the committee to elect house democrats and we thank him for what he did for us. but, it is going to be a great two years. thank you all and god bless new hampshire. [applause] mr. buckley: if you happen to find yourself in concord on a session day, it is well worth going to the house in the house gallery and watching the speaker in action at all the great democrats in the majority doing wonderful things. let's give them all a big round of applause. [applause]
mr. buckley: it was pretty exciting being on the floor of the senate to see my state senator sworn in for her fourth time and to see her be nominated by the now majority leader dan felt this -- by the majority leader. and, it was kind of fun to watch her be nominated for president of state senate. what a glorious time for new hampshire, the people of manchester, and the people of her district. please welcome the president of the district, donna susie. [applause] >> 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. i would be remiss if i didn't take a few moments to do many of the same things that steve did which was to thank each and every one of you. we fielded an amazing slate of candidates. we had 24 strong runnings for the state senate. we were able to win 14 seats and we did that because we found candidates who represented their districts. who understood the issues that mattered to local people. we were able to do that because these candidates ran strong, effective campaigns and even more importantly, we had a strong, effective, coordinated campaign that was pushing right behind to make sure that we had those victories. thanks to each and everyone of you for every door you knocked,
every call you made, every voter you talked to hear it we are going to make a difference in the lives of the people of new hampshire working together in the state senate and working with our colleagues in the house. thank you, get a little rest during the holiday session, because we are on the move come january. thank you. [applause] mr. buckley: for those of you who were at the state committee meeting earlier, you saw that it has been since 1865 that one democrat was elected to replace another democrat and that u.s. house of representatives and the first district of new hampshire. we are very proud of our new member of congress come already down there sponsoring house bill one or house from solution --
whatever they are called out there. i couldn't be more proud that it will be our member of congress there fighting to reform government and stomp out corruption. please welcome the congressman. [applause] >> thank you, everyone. thank you so much. thank you guys. good afternoon, new hampshire democrats. it is great to be with you here today. look, we have a full house. we all know it took a lot of hands to produce some great victories on november 6 two it i want to thank each and every one of you for the hard work that you gave to our effort and two democrats up and down the ticket. we could not have done it without your hard work over the past year. what is very clear to me is that voters sent a strong message across this country that it is time to end politics as usual, to end the culture of corruption , to focus on issues that are important like the cost of health insurance, ensuring that
we fight climate change and take bold steps to protect the planet, and promote environmental policy. like ensuring that we promote strong public schools and individual rights. it is also critical to make sure we have checks and balances and we ensure the rule of law is protected in washington, d.c. it is critical with a democratic house that we provide the type of oversight that the people of this country are looking for and that they deserve. [applause] so, i'm really proud to begin to dig in and i think it is so wonderful is that we have an incoming class in congress that looks so much more like the rest of america. we have a record number of women, lgbt candidates who were elected, a record number of people of color joining the democratic caucus. we brought down the average age by 10 years. [applause]
>> so, if we ever had a shot to get things back on track, to reinvigorate our ability to get things done in washington, it is with this incoming class and i am so proud that you sent me to be a part of it. we have so much work ahead of us as determined mentioned. the first bill out of the gate is to protect our democracy, to get big money out of politics, protect the right to vote, and promote ethics. and proud to stand behind that effort. we won some races. but the process begins in january of making change. we all have to be in this together over the next couple of years. this is not just about winning one election. it is about staying engaged in the process in a way that we can elect a new president in 2020 and make sure that we push forward that will improve the lives of people in this country.
let's stick with it. [applause] mr. buckley: let's give him a big round of applause. [applause] mr. buckley: a lot has been said about the fact that despite not having a presidential race or targeted u.s. senator governor on top that we would still be able to successfully organized a coordinated campaign this year. we never would have even begun to dreams that we could do what we are able to accomplish without the commitment from congresswoman annie kuster who was our biggest donor to make us believe, dream, and set the plan out to raise the money to build the organization. please welcome the history making for term member of congress from new hampshire annie kuster. [applause]
rep. kuster: thank you. thank you everybody. this is amazing. i feel like the weight of the world has been taken off my shoulders on november 6. how excited are we that chris pappas coming to congress? he is awesome. thank you to carol for her extraordinary service. i'm really excited about chris and i and excited about his class. he told to a little bit about his class. they literally reduce the average age by 10 years. i was telling a joke just recently that my good friend turned 68 and on his 60th birthday, he said the united states congress, the one place they would say on your 60th birthday that you have a heck of a future. [laughter] chris is coming in with an amazing, amazing class. i am 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. [applause] rep. kuster: we are going to have plenty of time and the majority and the gavels to take a difference. to make sure the affordable care act is working for every family and every person across this great country to make sure that people have access to medicaid expansion so they can to the treatment and recovery services that they need for 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 to support clean water and clean air and renewable energy to make a difference for future generations. and, as chris said, hr one, the number one bill called we the people will restore integrity and accountability into our
government and we care a lot. obviously, you have been reading about voting rights. i'm very proud of our leadership that we will not cede at this number from north carolina because of the voter fraud going on there. if necessary, we will vote 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 ballot. we need to make sure we get rid of it. so, i am super excited to be here with senator maggie hassan, i am so honored to always be with our senator jeanne shaheen and i want to say how proud i am of molly kelly for leading our ticket and what an extraordinary job she did. thank you to art for hanging in there through more than a few of them across the state.
he did an amazing job. all of the candidates come and we all have the same theme, it was you out there deciding to run, deciding to make a difference in our country after the inauguration and the incredible, uplifting march that we all went on and said we have got to take our country and state back and we have done it. you have won back the house, you have won back the senate, you even one back the executive council and we have an all blue delegation going down to washington to make a difference. thank you for everything you have done. [applause] mr. buckley: let's hear it for annie kuster. [applause] mr. buckley: you know, in a lot of states, when their u.s. senators are not up, they kind of go on vacation for the year. but, as everyone of us that has ever met maggie hassan come i'm not sure she has ever taken a
vacation, because if there is a fight, she is in the arena. she did an extraordinary effort in our general election. going to fundraisers, headquarters, and actually going door to door herself canvassing every time. she is doing a phenomenal job in washington as our u.s. senator, but she is even an amazing democrat here being sure we are the leadership we deserve. please welcome senator maggie hassan. [applause] sen. hassan: raymond, thank you so much for that really, 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 is to you guys. you did a nominal job.
-- a phenomenal job. [applause] sen. hassan: it is so great to be here with so many of my colleagues. so many hard-working volunteers. just so great to be here to celebrate the incredible victories we had here because of your hard work. about it for a second. we elected chris pappas and annie kuster to democratic house majority in washington. thank you both for running. we flipped the new hampshire house and new hampshire senate and the executive council. incredibly important. and i will add, we would not have been able to be successful in this if not for molly kelly's campaign. iq, molly kelly. i also want to congratulate my friends for their new roles. they will be great leading in
this state. these victories in concorde and washington across the country are just so essential so that we have the numbers come the votes, and 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 gets ahead but can stay ahead. they can see a brighter future for our kids. i think a lot about the creed our country was founded on. the basic, basic principle that says every single one of us matters. every single american counts. that is what this election is about. that is what our agenda needs to be about, moving forward. i think a great deal about the grandparents i have met who are raising grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. i think about the young people who would love to start a
business, but they are 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 is in the grocery store who just want to know they can afford childcare or health care. they can plan for kids to have job training or higher education. that is what democrats stand for. that's why the work you did and why continuing to stay engaged is so critical. in addition to people talking to me about particular issues or problems that working families have, there is a lot of concern about the way that we treat each other.
whether we can in fact listen to each other and love each other as granite stators and americans in a way that has always helped americans come together, find common ground, and move forward. we obviously know that we have a president who isn't fit to serve. also have to do the critical work of reaching out to our friends and neighbors so that we can build and move this country forward and be that leaders that we were meant to be. thank you for your part in doing that. i look forward to all be can accomplish together. [applause] mr. buckley: victories are not built just in the closing days of any election. they're built on the foundation.
the foundation of our victories that we have held really started being built in 1996 with the election of jeanne shaheen as governor. her commitment to this party and building it, slow ensure into the army that it is today where we are recognized across the country as the very best state party in the country. [applause] mr. buckley: with more grassroots participation, more grassroots party emma because we -- because of where we came from. books that i knew many years ago when she was in her 20's and i was in my 30's. [laughter] mr. buckley: i'm supposed to say that. folks, we can celebrate a lot tonight, but 2020 is the big enchilada as they say. we have get rid of donald trump, get rid of chris sununu, reelect
congress, hold our majority in the senate and the house, but more important, we have to reelect jeanne shaheen till the united states senate in 2020. so with that, jeanne shaheen. sen. shaheen: thank you, raymond. thank you all. i have very warm feelings when i come into this room because this is where i announced my very first race for governor in 1996. [applause] sen. shaheen: we were here with our three daughters, before the sons in law and the grandchildren. we have gone forth and
multiplied. just as the democrats have, right? so, we have so much to celebrate today. it is because of all of you and the hard work that you did for so long are the organizing, the knocking on doors, the phone calls, the fundraising, everything made such a difference. we are happy today to be able to celebrate that. i'm happy that my friend cory booker is here with us. [applause] sen. shaheen: cory is a powerful voice for criminal justice reform in the states. he has been a great friend and colleague. we are glad you are back. [applause] sen. shaheen: we are one month
past our historic victory in new hampshire. with the leadership of donna and steve, we have won the state senate, the legislature, the executive council. we are keeping our congressional delegation all democratic. [applause] sen. shaheen: i heard some that nationwide we flipped about 400 legislative seats and 67 of those were in new hampshire. [applause] sen. shaheen: ray talked about how long it had been since democrats controlled all those three branches. it has been since before the
civil war when we have had a republican governor who has had both houses of the legislature and the executive council be democratic. how sweet it is. [applause] sen. shaheen: and that happened as everyone has said because of you, because of the great campaign that raymond and amy and was all put together because of the organizers who were 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 did to make sure that we control the legislature. thank you for returning annie kuster.
she has been a consistent and powerful voice for new hampshire and the house. and for making chris pappas a member of our congressional allegation. he is hard-working, he is thoughtful, and compassionate. so now, our congressional delegation is maggie, a wonderful colleague, annie, and chris, also known as the mamas and the pappas. [applause] sen. shaheen: good, right? listen, i would love to take credit for that but that came from a canvasser who heard it from somebody when he was going door-to-door, so 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, take the majority in the united states senate and we need a democrat in the white house. [applause]
sen. shaheen: 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, hold candidates to give answers to the challenges facing this country. they really put candidates through their paces. it is not a state were you can just come in and buy millions of dollars in television and when the election. there are so many wonderful democrats who are thinking about running for president including cory booker, who is here today. [applause] sen. shaheen: so, we are going
sen. shaheen: so, we are going to have great choices. the person who emerges a year and a half from now as our nominee is going to be tested, and ready to defeat donald trump. but it is important for us to remember that we cannot let this primary divide us. we can all support the candidate of our choice and work really hard to do what we can, but when primary is over and the nominator he process is over, we have to come back together and support the nominee, because we have to keep our focus on defeating donald trump. [applause] and we know it will not be easy. the koch brothers and the special interest groups chris talked about will spend millions and millions of dollars in new hampshire and across the
country. they will spread fear about immigration, about people coming across the border, will deny that climate change is real and try to convince voters they do not need access to affordable health care, that they do not really need good public schools, they do not really need to have individual small businesses that can provide jobs for people. it is shameful what will happen, because of that dark money. but i am not worried. because we are going to counter the avalanche of special interest money with a grassroots force 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 u.s. senate and this senate
seat, we will take back the senate and win the governor's office and finally send trump packing and restore honesty and integrity to the white house. so thank you all very much for everything you have done. [applause] thank you. [applause] >> thank you, senator. [applause] here we are celebrating this victory. we are here to celebrate the great elected officials we have heard from and all of the great things they will do. the next speaker is here because he deserves to be here. he gave more support to our house caucus and senate caucus and candidates for congress and
governor, and to 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, a dynamic speaker, and the best friend new hampshire democrats had in 2018. please welcome senator cory booker. [applause] senator booker: hello, new hampshire. hello, new hampshire. first of all, i just want to say hello to everybody here. the fire marshal came in and moved a lot of people into the overflow room. the fire marshal was called in
because as a great minister i look to says, you people in new hampshire have been spiritually setting people on fire, igniting a lot of spirit in the state. i am grateful for that. i am here to celebrate you and what you accomplished. i have a lot of gratitude because the best friends i have in new hampshire are your two u.s. senators, who are amazing human beings. [applause] i am grateful for congresswoman custer and happy you believe in a little bit of gender diversity, and hope it passes down. and i am here because of the people in this room and in the overflow room. i want you to know, on my trips up here and my involvement in this campaign, it really rekindled in me the sense of
deep-seated faith in who we are as a people. this election was not determined by the people that are on the tickets. it was not determined by the person within the white house. this election was determined by the spirit of the american people. this room represents that. you know the margaret mead saying. you should never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. in fact, it is the only thing that ever has. there is a spirit i want to celebrate in these few minutes with you that is so needed in america right now.
understanding there is a lot of challenges in this country and around the world. we have a choice and this state made it. it is a choice we have in every moment of our lives, to either accept things as they are, or take responsibility for changing it. folks who sit on the sidelines as by standards, who think democracy is a spectator sport, they are contributing to the problem. you have shown and we know that the opposite of justice is not injustice. it is inaction. it is apathy and indifference. we are here is a country not just because of the imperfect geniuses that founded the nation. i love american history, and i revere our founders. but you will know that this nation is not where it is simply because of our founders. they put these ideals in place that were not in a reality. when we whitewash american history and get rid of the pain and challenges, we discount the greatness of this country. the truth of america is our founders put these ideals in place, but african-americans were fractions of human beings.
native americans are referred to as savages in the declaration independence. the truth of this country, we were made great because ordinary citizens made an extraordinary commitment to the ideals of the country. it is that commitment that new hampshire showed, understanding we did not get women's rights because one day in the senate the men came and said, it's time women have the right to vote. no. it was americans in communities, small groups of people, i got together across race and religion, that organized for the cause of the country. it was not strom thurmond who one day came to the senate floor and said, it is about time the negro people had civil rights. no. it was multiethnic coalitions. it was people who said, i will
not just add up and pledge allegiance to the flag, because when i say it liberty and justice for all, i will fight for them. this is the truth of america. we have made changes every moment in american history, even in dark days where racism and bigotry try to divide the nation. it was ordinary americans standing tall who were 50 miles away from bunker hill. it was not the great names we hail in history. it was not george washington or alexander hamilton. it was regular people. i met bill brody, a new house member. he came up to me and said in the 1960's, i was drafted in the vietnam war, i was going to answer the call of the country. that is what inspires me about this community. it inspires me about america and
why i am here. i am from northern new jersey. i moved onto a street called martin luther king boulevard. i got my ba from stanford but my phd on the streets of newark. i was arrogant and full of myself law student, knocking on the door and saying, i am here to help you. and she looked at me like, boy, you are the one who needs some help. she brought me down through the courtyard into the street. martin luther king boulevard. a legendary name. -- i described what it looked like.
and this elderly woman looked up to me and said, before you can help me, tell me what you see. tell me about the street and community. i talked about the crackhouse on the street and the projects. the drug dealing. the more i talked, the more upset she looked. she said, you cannot help me. she wheeled away from me. i ran after her and grabbed her from behind, very respectably, by the way. [laughter] she said, "the world you see outside of you is the reflection of what is inside you. if you only see problems and darkness, that is all you will see. but if every time you open your eyes you see hope and possibility and the face of god, you can be somebody who helps me." [applause] i am looking at a gathering of some stubborn americans. who have never given up on the ideals of the country.
ms. jones taught me that the definition of hope is not that you see light at the end of the tunnel or something on the horizon that gives you hope. it is generated from within. it is the conviction that despair will not have the last word. a lot of people around this nation worrying about what is going on in not recognizing with the state did, if there is going to be an answer, if it is to be, it is up to me. and you all organized and fought. every day. hundreds of thousands of phone calls. hundreds of thousands of doorknocking. you understood we are self-reliant, but the truth of america has always been the ability for us to come together, to stand together and struggle together and sacrifice together.
we understand the old african saying if you want to go fast, go alone. but if you want to go far, go together. rugged individualism did not get us to the moon. we did these things together. people got together in small groups, like you. meeting in barns, in church basements, plotting the greatest infrastructure project our nation has ever seen, the underground railroad. you all saw in america better than the one we are experiencing. you saw and refused to accept what is and demanded what can be. you demanded it through your work. we should not be a nation where mentally ill folks are
stigmatized, where they cannot get the health care they deserve. where people put aside their prescription drug because they cannot afford it. how can we be a nation that was built on education but is now is investing in public education? how can we be a nation with a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty and if you are poor and innocent? thousands of jurisdictions, children can find unleaded gasoline but not unleaded water. you knew that if it was to be, it is up to me. that is what i celebrate. 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 know the work ahead of us. we know change is not made in one swoop. it is not a light switch to turn on-and-off. martin luther king talked about how long it would take to make justice happen. not long, because truth crushed to the earth will rise again. no lie can live forever. the ark of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice. the great thing is you are waiting for the arc to bend. you know the only way this country has ever seen justice happen is for us to bend the arc. [applause] i want to close with something that might seem strange to talk about. now that we have flipped the two houses and legislature, i am
blown away by the fact that you elected young people and younger people. diversity, gender diversity, race diversity, lgbtq diversity, it is amazing. but i caution everybody here, lincoln talked about power. he said if you want to see the true character of a person, do not view them in adversity. give them power. look around this country. you see people elected to high office and how they are using their power not as a means for expanding democracy, they are using 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 seeing 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, darkness with darkness. the call of the country has always been love. anyone who tells you that the highest aspiration of the country should be tolerance, go home and tell somebody you live with that you tolerate them. [laughter] come on. our founders at the end of the declaration of independence said we must as a nation, if we are going to make it work, we must pledge to each other our lives, fortunes, and honor. if we are going to make it, we need each other. that is what love is about. seeing someone's dignity and worth.
knowing that dignity is indivisible. the dignity of another american cannot be diminished without my own dignity being diminished. if your child is elevated and getting a great education and health care, my kids do better as a result. i want to end with a story about who you are and one of my greatest professors in the streets of newark and his words to me which i hold onto. i will never let anyone pull me down so low as to hate them. this country has enough hate, anti-semitism, trade. what we need now are courageous actors who called to the conscience of our country a higher moral imagination and a revival. we are here because of the kindness and generosity of americans who show the greatest love possible.
people who stormed beaches in normandy and did not look to the left and right and wonder if people were republicans. they were people who just stood for the country. black, white, christians, jews, stood next to each other not for republican or democratic ideals, but for american ideals. when i got involved in the work as an organizer, i met an elderly man named frank. he ran the longest tenant rent strike against the federal government. he was one of these guys, he was not a great speaker but one of the most determined voices for housing in the city. it is one of the reasons i work
on housing issues so much in the senate. i got to know him and he changed my life. i thought i was going to be a lawyer representing tenants but he pushed me to run for city council. i got elected because this guy would go to buildings and knock on doors. he saw things in me i did not see in myself. when i got elected to that office he told me, do not leave this neighborhood. people get elected and forget where they came from. i still lived in that neighborhood where people do not confuse wealth with worth because of these leaders. i got elected and frank got older. it was more difficult for me to see him deal with challenges of health. eventually, his eyesight went, and i would knock on his door and say, "it is cory."
he would open the door and say, i see you. i started taking him to the supermarket to make sure he could eat. i took him to the movies because he demanded he go. he said he wanted to enjoy the experience. then he was in hospice. my ego, i was upset when i would visit him in hospice that the room was not packed. that there were not people by his bedside, talking to him. because he had kept thousands of people with a roof over his head. he had taken down slum lord's. why was his room not full? but he understood that life is
not about popularity, it is about purpose. it is not about celebrity, it is about significance. it is not about how many people show up when you are dead. it is how many people you show up for when you are alive. [applause] let me leave you with frank's words. on the last day i saw him alive, i went to go to his bedside, as i was getting ready to walk in, the nurse stops me. please, hug health care professionals. they are incredible. [applause] firefighters, police, teachers, you do not appreciate them until you are the family in the hospital and you see the work they do.
i had become friends with them. they pulled me aside and told me it would not be long. they said he could not speak. i opened his door and i could hear his shallow breath. i said, "frank, it's cory." i saw him struggling to force out the words, and he said them. "i see you." i went to his bed and i was now mayor of the city. i sat down next to him and i held him and i told him how much he meant to me. i knew it might be the last time we saw each other. and i had to go but i held him tight and kissed him and said my last words which were i love you. and he forced himself to speak. he said, i love you. i got up and walked out the door and closed it behind me and i would never see him again alive.
his last words, i want to leave you with the words. 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 is not about partisanship or tribalism. i see you. i love you. i see your dignity. i see your worth and value. it is in our anthem. o say, can you see? the dignity of your fellow american. through stigma and bigotry. o say, can you see? we share one story. i love you. to understand that you cannot lead the people if you do not
love them. i love you is understanding patriotism is love of country and you cannot love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women. all of them. i love you. [applause] i see you. i love you. i see you i love you. do not let darkness make you dark. we must elevate each other and love each other and we must fight together for each other. if we live like that and love like that and serve like that and sacrifice like that, this will not be the last victory for new hampshire and our country. we will elevate the nation not to partisan victories, but for
victory for all so that we truly live the calling of our foundation. that we will be one day a nation of liberty and justice for all. thank you. thank you. go, new hampshire dems. thank you. [applause] ♪ >> c-span's washington journal, every day. monday morning, we will discuss the week ahead in washington with stephen dennis. then wilson center congressional relations director erin jones talks about a potential government shutdown and reuters correspondent david shepherdson discusses federal support for the auto industry. washingtonwatch journal, live at 7:00 eastern monday morning. join the discussion. ? tomorrow, a discussion with the director of the peace corps,
jodi olson, who took over that position earlier this year. she will talk about her time on the job and the future of the agency. live coverage from the center for strategic and international studies begins at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> this week, on the communicators, christina chaplin, whose government accountability office report says that the pentagon's weapon systems cyber security is vulnerable. >> right now they don't even test systems for the kind of threat yemassee might see from russia and china and north korea. they are not allowed to terms of testing. that all want to potentially disrupt the system. >> watch the communicators, monday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. next, the founder of public affairs books.
after that, british prime minister theresa may takes questions from the house of commons. then, senator cory booker of new jersey speaks at an event for new hampshire democrats. ♪ >> this week, longtime editor and founder of public affairs books peter on his nose talks about working with donald trump, barack obama, bill clinton, and other political figures. >> peter also's, you've been in the publishing world for a very long time. over those years, which national figure that you did a book with was the most interesting? >> a