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national security, important for the lives of families that are friends and neighbors. he's playing politics with it, he's pandering to our base. that's not a way to lead the country. >> thank you, representative moulton. that will do it for me. on this hour of "msnbc live," the news continues now with my colleague richard lew. you have bill de blasio on during your hour. >> frances, good to see you. thank you so much. i'm richard lew live at national headquarters. i'm watching exclusive coverage coming out of south carolina. they're at the fish fry, i believe, and there are 2020 candidat candidates issuing their
policies. senator michael bennett of colorado has just taken the podium at the state convention, and we're still waiting to hear from beto o'rourke, cory booker, joe biden, and here's a taste of what we heard so far on this day. >> we need an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors in the 1%. >> people across this nation understand it is time for big structural change in america. >> i believe in an america where health care is a right and not a privilege for just those who can afford it. >> values like freedom and security and democracy are not conservative values, they are american values. >> no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter the color of your skin, you ought to be treated the same under our justice system. >> we got the nra on the run. when i'm president we're going to keep them on the run across
the united states of america. >> some of the issues are income and equality. let's go straight to the podium right now. there at the moment speaking is senator michael bennett of colorado. let's listen in for a moment. >> i propose a set of ideas to overturn citizens united, to end partisan gerrymandering, to ban members of congress from ever becoming lobbyists if they've had the privilege to be in the house or the senate. to restore the voting rights act, to create automatic and same-day voter registration all across this country. we also need democrats if we're going to beat donald trump and if we're going to win the majority in the senate and send mitch mcconnell packing, we need an agenda that unites america. we all agree that we need universal health care and that we have to fight climate change. and as a former school
superintendent, there is more we need to do. there is something else we need to focus on, an education system for the 21st century. i know you know this. i know everybody in this room knows this, that when one group of american children has access to high-quality preschool and the other through no fault of their own does not, when one group has access to high-quality k-12 education and the other, through no fault of their own, does not. when one group of students enjoys tutoring and the advice of parents who themselves went to college, and the other does not, then equal is not equal. and unequal is catastrophic for students holding the short end of the stick. we need preschool in america for
every kid that needs it, and that's every kid in america. we need k-12 schools all across this country that any senator with all the choices in the world would be proud to send their own children. my daughter ann is here today. we need people to be able to go to college without bankrupting their families and for the 70% of kids that don't go to college, we need them to get training so when they're finished with high school, they can get paid a living wage instead of the minimum wage. to beat donald trump and make progress, we need to take this agenda to the american people in two unusual places, not just the usual places, to the middle of the country. i know something about winning a race or two in a purple state in colorado. the first time i ran citizens
united had just been decided and there was more outside money to spend in that race than any race in the country. and it's tough to win those races, but if you have an agenda that unites people, you can do it. and we can do it. you know how to do it. joe cunningham did exactly what i'm talking about. that's what we need to do across the country. so we can take back the white house and send mitch mcconnell and the freedom caucus to the dust bin and so we can govern this country again. and the reason we have to do it, the reason we've got to be urgent about it, like i said, my daughter ann is here with me today. she's 14 years old. like millions of kids across the country, they worked hard to finish their school year in a strong way. their hands are full. they need to learn english, they need to learn science, they need
to learn mathematics. they can't figure out how to fix our broken immigration system, although they can probably do a better job than congress, now that i think about it. they don't have time to fix climate change before we've irradiated the planet through inaction. they can't give themselves the quality education they need. they can't restore america's place in the world. they're too busy for that. they have a job, and they have a reasonable expectation that we will do our job and that we will not be the first generation of americans to leave less opportunity, not more, for the people that are coming after us. that's why i'm running for president. that's why i'm asking for your support. please go to michaelbennet.com and sign up. thank you for your patience. thank you for having me today. thank you, south carolina democrats, for your leadership!
>> michael bennet there speaking for the allotted seven minutes speaking about equality, a major issue for the african-american vote there in south carolina. let's go to shaq brewster who is one of our nbc road warriors. he's got bernie sanders, you might recognize that fellow standing next to him. shack, what do you got there? >> reporter: richard, we're going to change things up a little bit. i've been here outside both the state convention and the planned parenthood event talking to voters and how they've been feeling about what the candidates have been saying, and then bernie sanders happened to walk in. first talk about your speech up there. what was the reception inside? >> i think it was pretty good. i think people want a candidate who is going to fight for ordinary americans and not just the 1%. that's something we don't talk about very often, and that is the power of corporate america, whether it's wall street or the drug companies or the insurance
companies, and people, i believe, think that we need a president who is going to take them on, provide health care to everybody as a right, lower the cost of prescription drugs, et cetera. >> this is a state where african-american voters are che lot. >> our message of equality in the country, we also have to deal with racial disparities, whether it's criminal justice, whether it's religion, whether it's wealth. there is no reason why the average american owns ten times more wealth than the average black family. those are issues we have to dig in on and resolve. >> you might have been on stage when this was happening, but president trump said he's delaying this round-up of illegal immigrants. what's your reaction to that? >> when i read a tweet by donald
trump last week where he says in so many words that he's going to round up millions of people and deport them, that is sickening. that is disgusting, and that is everything that this country does not stand for. we need comprehensive immigration reform. we need a humane policy at the border, not locking up children in cages, and we need to protect the 1.8 million people in daca. i'm glad trump made this decision, but that's not good enough. what we need to do is move toward real immigration reform. >> he's putting this on congress right now. he's saying that congress needs to be able to handle this situation on the border, a real humanitarian crisis. what's your solution as a senator and candidate for president? >> the solution to the crisis at the border is we need to have the administrative judges to adequately and effectively, in a timely manner, process the
clai claims. these are people where in some cases a mother with a child has walked 1,000 miles, 500 miles, whatever, because they're living in violence, threats to their own life and terrible poverty. so you have to approach this from a compassionate point of view, not from a criminal point of view. and we need to have a humane and rational immigration policy at the border and every place else. >> you've been a strong voice against taking any military action in iran. >> absolutely. >> do you support the president pulling back? >> die suppoo i support the pre? it's like asking do i support putting out the fire that you started. some of us are old-fashioned. we actually believe in the constitution. that is, who has decision-making power over war in this country? it is not the president, it is congress. and he does not have that
authority. i will do everything i can to prevent them from going to war. let me just say this. i was one of the leaders when i was in the house in opposition to the war in iraq. and that decision to invade iraq was one of the worst foreign policy decisions in the modern history this country made. if we go to war in iraq, in my view, it will be even worse. so we need to do everything we can to stop this president from start ing a war with iran. we need to solve them diplomatically, not with war. >> they did bring down a u.s. military drone. what is your reaction to that? >> i think we could have prevented that crisis. this crisis started when trump ran for president in 2016, being very, very provocative. why is iran our enemy and we love saudi arabia which is an
incredibly dispotic murder ruou regime? has iran done things badly? absolutely. but our job is to sit these people down in that region and say, we're sick and tired of going to war, losing our men and women and spending trillions of dollars. you're going to get your act together and we're going to work this out in a diplomatic way. >> i don't know if you heard, but there is a debate next week. >> i knew there was something i forgot about. >> you're going to be on the stage with nine other candidates, including vice president biden. what's going to be your message for vice president biden who is leading the field if you look at polling. >> look, joe is a friend of mine. i've known him for many years. i respect him a whole lot. i hope and i believe that that debate will be about our records and our ideas for the future of this country. i hope it will be a civil, intelligent debate and that the
voters of this country lwill hae the opportunity to take a look at who they would like to see as the next president. >> senator sanders, thank you very much. i'm impressed you're not sweating. it's 90 degrees and you have the full suit on. >> i just came from an air-conditioned place. >> thank you very much, senator. richard, back to you. >> shaq brewster out on the streets and happened to find one bystander, shall we say, there in columbia. shaq, let's go over now. bill de blasio speaking live on stage right now. mayor de blasio of new york. first we get to reverend al sharpton who has been live there at the democratic convention all day. rev, you've got yet another great guest to talk to. >> yeah, thank you, richard, and we are here with michael bennet who is a candidate who just spoke here at the convention. i've known you since you worked in your office very diligently
around education equality. are you dealing a lot with that in your platform running for president? because that's a real big issue. >> i am, reverend. it's so good to see you again and see you back in those old days when i was superintendent of the denver public schools. what i said today was the reason i'm running is that we're at risk for being the first generation to leave less opportunity, not more, to our kids and grandkids, and today in america, i'm sad to say this, but our public education system is reinforcing the income and inequality that we have rather than liberating people from it. that wasn't always true in america. after world war ii, we can talk about why it was a wind beneath our economy, now it's holding people back. >> you are considered one of the centrist democratic candidates. do you think the issues like education, like the economy, are these the issues that democrats need to move the independent voters and a lot of the voters
that have voted for president obama and then turned around and voted for donald trump? >> yeah, i think opportunity is what people want, and they should want it when you've got 40 years of no economic mobility for 90% of the people. all the benefits have been captured at the top. i completely believe with bernie that the families that are in the top 1% have as much wealth as the bottom 9%, which is 200 million. what are we going to do about it? i think structuring an agenda around education, increasing the child tax credit so families can cash flow themselves $300 a month, not just waiting until the end of the year. that bill alone, that proposal alone would reduce childhood poverty in america by 40% and end $2 a day poverty in america. that's what we need to do not
just to move the country forward, but to take the majority away from mitch mcconnell as well as win the white house, which is really what we have to do. >> you raised voter rights. and the fact that many people are seeing steps to dis disenfranchise people, typically in areas that are dominated by african-americans or poor people. explain your concern and why you thought it was important to raise that. >> you've known this for a general rirtion or more. i think it's important because you're either for the democracy or you're not. donald trump has brought to america a politics of division where it's about destroying other people, preventing other people from participating. i was in the white house twice since he's been president, and the one time i was there, he said that he would have won new hampshire except that they bus thousands of people from certain parts of massachusetts.
the president of the united states, certain parts of massachusetts to steal the election from him. that and from the beginning he made that commission which i objected to which he finally withdrew. 3,000 people in colorado were already off the rolls just because of that, and i think, as i said, you're either for a pluralistic society where everybody participants and you think we're stronger as a result, and that is what i believe. that's why kids who are denied a quality education are denied something really important, which is participation in the democracy, participation in the economy. so i think same-day registration, automatic registration, a whole burcnch o other things that i and others have proposed are on the side of building a pluralistic side of america. when we're interacting with people in china, iran and russia, we can't retreat to some idea of a divided society and expect this country to succeed.
>> lastly, the president has now delayed for two weeks the sending i.c.e. out to apprehend illegal immigrants. he got a call last night from nancy pelosi, the speaker, requesting he delay it. he's agreed to two weeks. your reaction to that. >> i hope that's enough time for the american people and for all of us to have a chance to change his mind. he is striking terror into the hearts of families that go to my old school district in denver. if you don't feel that yourself, all you have to do is substitute your religion, your ethnicity or the language your parents speak for the target of his obsession on immigration. in 2013, eight of us sat down and wrote a comprehensive immigration bill that passed with almost 70 votes. we need to get back there. we need to get past this president's divisive rhetoric and hateful rhetoric, and i hope over the next two weeks, we'll
take this as an opportunity to do that. the point i want to make is he has done real damage to the fabric of this country already, and we're going to have a lot to recover from. >> all right, senator, thank you. good to see you. >> great to see you again. back to you, richard. >> rev, thank you so much for that. great interview as always with michael bennet from colorado. at the moment polling 0%. bill de blasio, you can see on the right-hand side of your screen, he's coming in at 1%. we'll have more on bill de blasio and the case he was trying to make to south carolina voters. we'll take a break first, and also coming up, beto o'rourke. stick around. stick around
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i like you. now, i have to say something, south carolina democrats, about your chairman trav. i want to make a statement about trav. i want to eat for breakfast whatever trav is eating for breakfast. that man is a force of nature, isn't he? i think there is a blue wave starting to come here in south carolina. can you feel it? i feel like we have a blue state about to happen! now, there's someone else very, very special i want to acknowledge, and she has done extraordinary things to make sure that people who suffer
mental health challenges get the help they need. and she is the love of my life, my wife of 25 years, the first lady of new york city, shirleen mccray. now, let's talk about how we change south carolina. let's talk about how we change the united states of america. let's talk about how we change our party for the better and the heart and soul of our party and who we really are. i'm going to ask you for a little audience participation. are you ready? are we the party of the 1%? >> no. >> are we the party of the el e elit elites? >> no. >> are we the party of the status quo? >> no. >> i'm going to ask you some more. are we democrats, are we the party of change? >> yes. >> are we democrats the party of equality? >> yes. >> are we the party of working people?
>> bill de blasio there moments ago speaking there at the south carolina democratic convention. speaking of bill de blasio, let's go to reverend al sharpton because sitting next to him is the mayor of new york city. how does he resonate there in south carolina being from new york city? >> yes, thank you, richard, and thank you, mayor de blasio. let me say at the beginning, i'm very interested in something you and your wife, the first lady, is working on. would you come back tomorrow just to talk about that? you can bring her with you. >> i'll be there, rev. i'll be there. >> we'll talk about that tomorrow on "politics nation." the presidential race, you spoke here at the south carolina convention, and you asked are we the party of 1%, are we the party that wants change? is the basic premise of your candidacy to really deal with what is going to be the identity of the democratic party and how
we're going to face donald trump? >> two things go togetherme. we did not have a clear identity in 2016, and a lot of people all over this country, people of color, working people of all different backgrounds, young people, did not feel the democratic party was going to stand up for them and fight for them. and too often they thought the democratic party was too cozy with the elites. that did not conform with our history of democrats but that's what started to happen over the years, and because that was so murky, people started to stay home. we cannot let that happen in 2020. the alarm i'm sounding is we better figure out who we are, the heart and soul of the party. working people first, no confusion. we are not listening to the donors and those who have already made it, we'll work with them, but that's not our core constituency. we are here on behalf of working people, and i believe that is not only the morally proper position consistent with our values as democrats, i believe it's the only way we win.
if we're not the party of working people, donald trump could win again. >> so in your mind and candidacy, it's your job really to identify the body of working people and progressive ideas. and as we go now through the debates and you're in the first debate first night, i believe. >> first night, yeah. >> a lot of it will be the direction of the party, and then how does that direction get the most of american people to vote if the goal is to remove president trump? >> well, rev, we have to excite people we want to vote. voting is a very emotional act, it's a very personal act. people vote when they think it means something for them and their families. it's not enough for them to say, we're not donald trump. that was a 2016 strategy, just not to be as bad or as rude as donald trump. but there wasn't a clear message about what are we going to do for working people and their families. when i talk about pre-k for all, red state, blue state, it
doesn't matter. rural, urban, it doesn't matter. people want pre-k for their k s kids. people can't afford it right now. they want to make sure if they get sick they can make it to a doctor. very few can lose a day's pay. things like universal health care. mental health care, physical me health care. we're giving health care directly to people who didn't have insurance. you heard the applause when i talked about making sure every american gets two weeks' paid vacation which is the norm in every industry in the world. we're doing that in new york. so what i'm saying that other candidates are not in a position to say, i'm making these changes. they're happening in the nation's biggest city. it's very clear we're putting working people first and people respond to that when it's changing their lives. but their party has to be uncompromising. we're going to ruffle feathers. i say there's plenty of money in
the world, ilts jut's just in t wrong hands. everyone in the audience appl d applauds to that because they know it it's true. let's be that party of fairness. >> you took it very personally when joe biden said he wanted to work with segregationists. did you take offense to that? >> i did. that means my wife and i wouldn't have been allowed to marry. our children wouldn't exist. it's an affront to every person of color in this country for him to say, i remember working with this guy. how can you believe in a guy who believes in violence against
african-americans? when they called for the death of african-americans, and he said he would be okay with that. we shouldn't think any status quo of violence against people of color is acceptable. my problem is the former vice president hearing from all people, caucasians and african-americans alike, says this shows bad judgment. stand up as a leader and say you made a mistake. i run maybe the most diverse place on earth and i have to think about every community and how they feel and how to bring them all together as a whole. if someone is hurting, if a community is hurt, ifr have to think of a way to speak to that
community. how can he not apologize after something that caused so much pain? it shows horrible judgment and i'm going to demand that he make clear to people -- if he doesn't understand why it hurts people and it's wrong, then that begs a bigger question. how is he in touch with today's democratic party if he can't apologize? >> so you're going to keep that going? >> rev, we have to have this honest conversation. it goes to what is the heart and soul of this party? we had him on the hyde amendment, too. millions of american women are depending on democrats to stand up for them, not halfway, not some of the time but all the time. you can't say you're on the side of women and then say, well, if you happen to be a low-income woman, you don't have the right to choose. it took him until june 19 to figure out it was a bad idea? i do respect his service, but if
we don't sort out who we are. if we don't address this identity crisis in our party and decide once and for all we're a progressive party, we will pay at the ballot box. i'm going to press this question until we get the answer we deserve. i tell you, i talk to everyday people and they want to hear a party that will fight for them. they don't want to hear a party that's constantly looking the other way and can't get enough passion to fight for people who have been held back. people of color has been held back in this country. working people of all races have been held back in this country and americans want democrats to be on their side, no questions asked. >> how do you do that in the debates less than a week away where you don't appear divisive but at the same time you take a strong, firm and stern line on what you're saying should be what the democratic party is about? >> rev, i think first of all, you can't be so afraid of an honest debate.
i think i'm speaking to an expert on the topic. i think you've been called a few things once in a while. >> just a few. >> but wait a minute, everything you said about how we have to change the relationship between our government and the committee, police and the community, you called out things before it was fashionable, let's say. >> right. >> history often comes back to say, we're really glad some people raised that question and we're resolute about it. i think that's what we're talking about here. honestly, if the democratic party appeals to a lot of people, not the working side of people, then we've really gone astray. i think we should be ready to support each other in the end. you can believe in unity but say let's have the tough conversation now. better we ever it out now than trump have it out at the general election. he pulled the wool over many people's eyes, many people who were hurting or economically falling behind. they wanted a change agent. he seemed like more of a change
agent to them. he bamboozled them. he's going to try that again, and if we don't clearly have a message and a set of solutions and the heart and soul to show people on their side, we're going to lose them. i want to settle that in the primaries. i don't want to find out the hard way in the general election. >> mayor bill de blasio of new york. come back with charlayne. >> as you probably saw as he was speaking with bill de blasio over his shoulder there, that is a u.s. representative from maryland, the sixth district, john delaney. and he's speaking right now. >> i want to be the president that can get those things done. things that matter to the american people. urn, in 1958, john f. kennedy
gave a speech when he was a senator. and he said we should not seek the republican answer, we should not seek the democratic answer, we should seek the right answer. he went on to say that we should not seek to fix blame for all the problems in the past. we could sit here all day and point fingers. but what we should do is own our responsibility for our future as americans. that's where the democratic party has to be. i don't want to just be your president to be your president, i want to be your president to do the job, to do the job. and the job of the president in the united states in 2020 is to take this terribly divided nation where american has been pitted against american and start bringing it back together and reminding us of this notion of common purpose, which is worth fighting for every day of
our lives. and when we do that, we can start getting real things done that matter. we can start solving problems and we can fulfill our most sacred responsibility which is to leave this world better than we found it. and we can do it, but we have to do it together, and it is the calling of the democratic party and that's why i'm seeking the presidency of the united states. thank you for having me. god bless south carolina. god bless the united states of america. and let's win in 2020. god bless you all. thank you. >> john delaney just finishing his pitch to south carolina at the south carolina democratic convention. we expect joe biden and cory book era head of us. while we wait for that, the state democratic party, msnbc political analyst susan del perc percio, cabinet secretary chris
lieu and chris thompson. how are they doing in courting the black vote coming out of south carolina? six out of ten votes of democrats there are african-american. >> i like the message that's been delivered. they talk about gerrymandering, they caulked about inequality certainly, housing, things like education equity, so i think the message from a policy perspective has been very clear. let's see if there are other things that are going to be important to these voters, like do you have -- whose endorsements do you have? have you heard bernie sanders talk about the fact that he had nine endorsements from elected leaders and elected officials there. so it's a good policy, but let's see operationally who is coming out ahead. >> we have something like 152 days until the south carolina primary.
52 delegates up for grabs. if you look at the map, not necessarily the big get, but many who are watching at this hour are registering at 1% or 0, not even registering at this moment to south carolina voters. >> there is still a lot of time, but because it is the third or second primary but the third state up, it is essential as a springboard to show where you stand. because of that fact you mentioned, the six out of ten primary voters are african-american, it will say who is the candidate who wins south carolina, it's the one who has the bulk of african-american votes. that is something that will help them not only raise money but will take them through the next couple of states. >> as this get to know chris lieu is up next, many of these candidates trying to put out their preamble to their argument they're going to make knowledge
of african-american voters, to those who are registering low, maybe not even having ground games in central places like south carolina. >> today is just kind of part of reaching out. not just the people in south carolina but around the country. that will obviously continue in the debates this week. you know what i'm looking guard to is seeing how their funding numbers look like for the second quarter. the reality is in order to run a presidential campaign, you need staff and you need a loft money, and frankly there is not enough cash in the ecosystem to support these 20 candidates. many won't make through the summer, and very few will make it through the fall. >> chris, as you remember, they made it to the first election and the second election? >> that's absolutely right. for many of us, if you can't
make it in minnesota, you're not going to make it in south carolina. >> can they afford these lower polling candidates? can we afford to do this based upon what's been said about the panel so far. money is not everywhere. >> they can't afford not to. they're at an existential point in this race where, if they don't prove their viability, they'll be out of this race pretty quickly. because the next round of debates, the threshold on getting in there on polling and on fundraising, is much higher than these two debates, not only will they lay the groundwork now, but you'll altogether be
seen as viable as these other candidate. bill de blasio and michael bennet are part of their candidacies that will probably be decided in a month and a half. >> none of us on this panel want to be any of them right now as they try to make it all work. panel, stay with us. we've got more. we're waiting for the three b's coming up here on msnbc: beto, booker and biden. more after this. biden more after this. of all time. lease the 2019 rx 350 for $399/month for 36 months. experience amazing at your lexus dealer. got it? got it. it's slippery. nooooo.... nooooo.... nooooo.... yeeeesss.... quick, the quicker picker upper! bounty picks up messes quicker and is 2x more absorbent
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still watching our live coverage here out of south carolina, the democratic convention there. let's go straight back to reverend al sharpton who has another one of the speakers coming straight to us. hey, rev. >> hey. thank you, richard. let me go to our candidate, the congressman, former congressman john delaney. congressman, you spoke to this convention. you seemed to be very passionate about the road that the party must take if it is going to defeat president trump. explain. >> so i think what the party has got to do is make sure it focuses on those kinds of kitchen table, pocketbook issues that matter to most americans. their job, their pay, building infrastructure, fixing health care, doing things to improve public education. the kind of issues that every family is dealing with. no matter where you live in this country, whether you're democratic, republican,
independent, if we become the party that puts the worker at the center of our platform and the working family at the center of our platform, i think we'll do really well against president trump. >> why haven't we heard more about infrastructure? why haven't we heard more about? if you go around the country, roads, tunnels, bridges all need rebuilding. it's a need like walking outside most people's homes. why haven't we heard more about that? >> i talk about that. i don't know why, because it's kind of an issue you can win independents with. if you talk about commonsense infrastructure plans, helping ports, rebuilding the water. wi lo we look at television and see cars going into these big sinkholes, in flint the children needing to drink clean water. i think we can win on these types of issues. >> you are one of those that has polls in the lower segment.
how do you intend to build up your name recognition and your message to go to the higher tier of those that have been polled? >> i think it really starts in many ways next week. as you know, we're having the first debate next week down in miami. that's the first debate of the 2020 democratic presidential cycle, and i think this is when most americans are going to tune in. most of the democrats who have been tuned in up to this point have been activists or people who haven't tuned in that much, and they know a couple of the names, right? they know the vice president. they know senator sanders, right? these folks have 100% name i.d., but the candidates aren't well known nationally so that changes next week. i think this whole election will change. >> how do you distinguish yourself without being divisive at the debate? >> i'm running on real issues. i think some of the people i'm running against are running on some impossible promises.
i think at the end of the day if we go to the general election and don't run on these things, it's a problem. i want every american to have health care. i want to give it as a bake rig -- basic right for free. does anyone think we'll win the general election if we go out and tell people that we, the democratic party, are going to make that legal? let's do some commonsense things. let's stand for the politics of addition. we have a lot of people who want health insurance. these are the kinds of things i'm talking about which i don't think are divisive. i'm talking about how we solve a problem. >> how would you deal with the fact that the president now has delayed for two weeks sending i.c.e. out to apprehend illegal immigrants? how would you, in those two weeks if you were at the table,
what would you say would be the immigration policy that could bring the republicans and democrats together on this issue? >> i think we have to go back to 2013 where, as you know, we had a bipartisan comprehension immigration reform bill. it actually got a lot of public support in the u.s. senate. it would have passed the house of representatives where i was serving but john baynor never gave it a vote and president obama would have signed it into law. it was big. it performed every aspect of our immigration system. i think the majority of the american people are still behind that approach and that's where the democratic party comes in. we have to beat trump in 2020 and then we have to get back to the table with a bipartisan framework like we had in 2013. i think we can do that deal. >> all right. thank you, former congressman john delaney. back to you, richard. sdp >> stick around for his show. he's done a yeoman's job polling
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he's just been announced ahead of schedule at the south carolina democratic convention. beto o'rourke, let's listen in. >> south carolina democrats, it's great to be with you. thank you for your kindness, for the warmth, for the hospitality that you have shown to us. our gratitude to all these great supporters and volunteers who are making this campaign possible, and for the knowledge that at the end of the day come summer of 2020, we will all be behind the same nominee to make sure that she or he is successful against donald trump. [ cheers ] and successful in bringing this great country back together again. i bring you greetings from my hometown of el paso, texas. [ cheers ] which forms the largest binational community in the
western hemisphere, 3 million from two countries speaking two languages, joined, not separated by the rio grande river to form something greater and more powerful than the sum of our parts or the number of people, el paso, texas, is one of the safest cities in the united states of america. safe not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees, safe because we are a city of asylum seekers and immigrants and refugees. their presence makes us more successful than we would be otherwise, and yet, despite those facts and that truth which we know right now as we enjoy our freedom here in this democracy in columbia, south carolina, in my hometown of el paso in a border patrol detention center, there are children sleeping on cold
concrete floors with aluminum foil for blankets. this is the same administration and government that placed those kids in cages, deported their mothers back from the very countries from from which they fled and has lost the lives of six children who were in the custody of this country. there cannot be us, there cannot be america, for as long as this man is in office, it will be. so we must do everything we can so ensure we live up to the full character and potential and promise of this country. we must heed the words of robert kennedy who in 1967 at a time of division and polarizization reminded us that we share one precious possession, and that is the name american. [ cheers ]
to be an american, he said, is to have been a stranger, an outcast, to have come to the compile' exile's country, he who denies the stranger denies america. so at this moment of truth which will define us forever after, let us not deny america, let us celebrate and embrace america, and let us make sure that whether you just got here and you're at the u.s./mexico border, or whether you are here in south carolina that, your story is part of the american story. on one of our first visitors to a middle school in bluffton, we listened to the stories of public school educators. [ cheers ]
who already labor under high stakes, standardized test that in no way measure their performance or the potential of the children in front of them, who have already sacrificed so much and yet await what many think is the inevitable moment when an active shooter walks in and takes the life of the child they struggled to improve so much already. we need to make sure that those teachers who told me they're working two and three jobs just to make ends meet right now are treated with the respect and the dignity they deserve, are paid a living wage, and are allowed to focus on just one job, unlocking the life-long love of learning inherent with every single child so they and we can achieve our full potential. [ cheers ] go into voorhies college in denmark and to listen students
who have water they cannot drink. only the political will to invest in their safety and the public health in denmark, in flint, in the central valley of california, in every community where the air is too dirty to breathe and the water is unsafe to drink, let us meet their story with our commitment to make that investment in structure and public health for every single american, including clean drinking water. [ cheers ] and then marching in charleston with mrs. louise brown who 50 years ago in 1969 led the strike at musc with other hospital workers who were denied the respect and equal treatment that they have deserved, who is marching again in 2019 because those hospital workers today despite delivering care for those patients in that hospital are unable to afford the care in
that hospital. louise brown and all of us stand for guaranteed high-quality universal health care for every single american meeting their stories with our action and our commitment. and then in buford with queen ket who described the challenge they face in the low country every time that it rains, it floods. they are burying the brunt of climate change, not caused by god or mother nature, but you was a, our emissions, our inkhakis in the face of the facts. so when she tells us her story, let us meet that with our commitment to free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuels, to embrace renewable