tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC June 29, 2019 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT
i just flew in from miami, boy are my arms tired. you knew it was coming. actually,ed reas the reason my e tired is because i landed in time to watch the end of the u.s. women's soccer team match where they beat france in that amazing game. there were a lot of hands in the air and cheering and fist pumping. it was very exciting. usa, usa, usa. honestly, it's just been super exciting few days. i can barely tell whether i am coming or going. i am both so excited still and so fried. this might be one of those shows where things go wrong, just letting you know right now. i will say also just this week one of the disorienting things about all the excitement this week is that i do sort of feel
like i've just had a little space walk out of the news for a few days because of this two-night democratic debate eclipsing everything else. i mean, it's like the country barely noticed, but the president's campaign chairman really did just get perp walked through a courthouse to face his next set of felony charges. which is just a remarkable thing to have happen on the day that democratic candidates are starting their primary to pick someone to run against president trump. i mean, there's president trump's campaign chairman in handcuffs while his deputy campaign chairman also awaits sentencing and his national security adviser also awaits sentencing and his personal lawyer is in federal prison for crimes prosecutors say the president directed him to commit. i mean, it's not being made into a big issue in the campaign, honestly, for better for worse, it's really not, but what that means is that, you know, for us citizens here and now in our
time on earth as americans we really do just have images like this of the president's campaign chairman in handcuffs, right? and that's just sort of waltzing along the margins of the news with nobody really taking much notice and the president planning to run for re-election. we also got the conservative dominated supreme court catching the trump administration in the act of trying to gerry rig the census so it undercounts latinos and thereby undercuts latino voting power. they tried it. they lied to the courts about why they were doing it and how and the court stopped them, an incredibly interesting and dramatic ruling from the supreme court yesterday. at the same time almost literally at exactly the same time, we also got the court giving thumbs up to the states totally rigging congressional districts to benefit whichever party is in control in that state.
i know the whole gerrymandering thing sometimes just sounds like another fine print processing thing, but that gerrymandering ruling from the supreme court yesterday it utterly scrambles the playing field for electoral politics for the next decade, and it urgently changes what both parties are going to need to prioritize right now for the next year for the next election, because whatever happens in the presidential election in 2020, whatever happens in the house and the senate elections in 2020, all of a sudden thanks to that supreme court ruling we now know that the thing you're someday going to look back on and care the most about in terms of what happened politically in 2020 is not necessarily the presidential race or the senate race or the house race, it's the elections for your state legislature of all things because whichever party controls state legislatures next year, that party will -- they've just been given basically unfettered power to draw districts in that state in ways that more or less
permanently disenfranchise the other party. in most cases for a whole decade at a time until there's another census in 2030. i mean, just as an example, democratic states and republican states have drawn partisan gerrymandered maps, one of the maps that ended up before the supreme court for this ruling yesterday was a map from north carolina. north carolina republicans ended up in court in the supreme court case because they devised a plan for their state where if north carolina voted basically straight down the middle, where half the votes in the state were cast for democratic legislators and half were cast for republican legislators, it was an even split in the state vote, that would result in ten north carolina congressional seats going to republican and only three going to democrats. even vote, ten to three outcome. that's how much they rigged the game in north carolina, an equal vote from equal number of voters in each parties, republicans get ten seats, democrats get three. that is the case the supreme court was looking at from north
carolina when they said this week, they said yesterday that's absolutely fine. we have no role in telling you not to do that. and so i know that democrats and republicans have done this. they were also looking at a democratic gerrymandered map in maryland, but the two parties broadly speaking have come to different positions on this as an ideological issue. republicans are very, very happy with gerrymandering, and democrats are getting to be uncomfortable with it. now thanks to the supreme court ruling, republicans will be free to do that extreme form of gerrymandering or worse wherever they are in control, wherever they hold the state legislatures, and now the only way democrats can compete against that is if they agree to do the same thing themselves in the states that they control. i mean, when i say that the two parties have come to a different place on this, if you look at democrats' policy proposals on this right now, and there's a lot of democratic activism on it. what you'll see is democrats proposing big good government disarmament on this issue.
democrats have been saying let's have our districts chosen by nonpartisan commissions. let's take the parties and the self-interests and the partisanship out of it. that's how democrats have been approaching this recently. with this supreme court ruling, that is now over or at least that would be unilateral disa disarmament on the part of democrats that would ensure permanent control of congress by the republican party for at least a decade and beyond that for the foreseeable future. so i mean, democrats have been trying -- including a lot of democrats on the debate stage, right? democrats have been trying to sort of dial this back and say this shouldn't be a partisan thing. the supreme court has now said this is going to be a partisan thing. democrats it's your choice whether or not you play but republicans free rein and republicans are perfectly happy to go with it. what does this mean? whether you are a republican or a democrat watching me right now, if you know someone who ought to run for something or if you ought to run for something, the thing you or your friend ought to run for is the state legislature or the state senate
in your state, and you better do it right now because whoever is elected in this next election specifically, whoever is elected in state legislatures in 2020, whichever party gains control of state legislatures in 2020 is going to get to set district maps for a decade, which will decide control of the u.s. house for a decade. and we'll control of your state for a decade. if you were ever going to run for something or support a campaign of someone running for state legislature or state senate, now is the time. that supreme court ruling is absolutely huge. that happened yesterday in the midst of all this stuff, you know, and president trump is meeting with vladimir putin again alone again at the start of this meeting only russian state controlled media were allowed in and not the american press because our president is comfortable with that. while meeting president putin president trump started talking about terrible fake news,
ranting against the free press. president trump chose to do that today on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in annapolis, maryland, where a guy stormed in the newsroom at the capitol gazette newspaper in annapolis and shot dead five of their reporters and editors. the president has never stopped denouncing the press as the enemy of the people and the fake news, and on today's one-year anniversary of the capital gazette shooting he joked with vladimir putin about fake news and the terrible media and how they ought to be gotten rid of. he also laughed with president putin about russia meddling in the u.s. elections. but as democratic candidates compete now in earnest to try to win the right to compete against trump in the general election, one of the things that we're seeing happen already is that we're seeing the impact of the debate this week, the debate last night and the night before being felt in dollars and cents.
maggie recei magg maggie severns rounded up some of the very early instant fund-raising consequences of the debate. democratic debates spark fund-raising gusher. julian castro, president obama's housing secretary, former mayor of san antonio, he had a huge fund-raising response to his performance. his campaign says julian castro raised triple the amount of money he had raised on any previous day of his campaign including his launch day in the 24 hours after had his debate appearance. new jersey senator cory booker says he had a big fund-raising bump from his night one performance. his campaign says yesterday was the third biggest fund-raising day of his campaign so far. senator kamala harris of california hadn't even maid de a full day, but by 4:00 this afternoon her campaign was already touting that at not even one full day they had already
raised more money today than on any day since her very big launch day in oakland, california, back in january of this year. and i know money isn't everything, but there's two ways those candidates all qualified to get up there on the stage these last two night. one of them is polling, but one of them is fund-raising, and honestly, they all need to fund-raise their little hearts out right now in any event because someday this weekend is the end of the fiscal quarter. they're all going to have to publicly release their quarterly fund-raising totals, and that's a practical consideration when other donors and voters even are looking at the viability of the various candidates judging their strength whether that candidate can raise sufficient money to compete is a serious part of what people look at. the cappndidates also need to fund-raise because they all need to make it into the next debate, which has the exact same qualifications threshold as the the debate did this week. that next debate is going to look much the same. it's a month from now.
it's going to be 20 candidates again, two nights again, ten candidates each night again, and again, you will be able to get into that debate only by meeting the same threshold that you had to meet in order to get into this first one. you need a certain number of donors from a minimum of 20 states. you need 1% in the polls in national polling or in polling in the four early states. that was the threshold to make it onto the stage this week. it will be the same threshold for next month, but doesn't mean we're going to see the same 20 people up there next month. we know, for example, there are two very well-known totally credible candidates who didn't hit the threshold for this debate this week. montana governor steve bullock and massachusetts congressman decorated iraq war veteran seth moult moulton. bullock and moulton were excluded from the debate this week, but they are not giving up their campaigns. they are both absolutely in contention to make those
thresholds to make it into the next debate a month from now. if moulton and bullock are going to do it, though, they're going to have to knock other candidates out. if they're going to make it up there, they're going to have to surpass two of the people who you saw compete over these last two nights. and that, i think, is an interesting dynamic, and a brand new one. i'm going o'to tell you somethi here that you may not believe at first, and i'm not sure i would have believed it in the abstract before it happened, but having been there these last two nights in person, i do think this is true. i wouldn't have expected it, but i think it's true. however you think any of the candidates did in this first debate, night one or night two, whether you think there was a candidate who, you know, blew the roof off or you think there was a candidate who got his or her butt kicked or whether you think the contrast between two candidates in particular really shown one of them up and didn't doubt the other. however you think any of the individual candidates did on the stage, every single one of them who was on the stage for this
debate these last two nights, every single one of them i believe did well for themselves. i mean every single one of them, even if there's one or two you thought got she lacked, every single one of them had one moment on stage from which they can build and raise money and attract interest and boost their chances of making the next debate too. i think both bullock and moulton are strong candidates. i think they both have good records and good skills, you know, i'd put them up on the debate stage with any of those other guys. i can imagine them absolutely going toe to toe but them not having made the first debate is going to set them at significant disadvantage because the first debate itself gave 20 people, gave every single person who was behind a podium on either of those last two nights something pretty significant to build on. they all had at least one
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it is my contention that every single candidate who made the debate stage for the democrats these last two nights did themselves some degree of good, and i know that is not the common wisdom. i know that some candidates came out on the short end of a confrontation with another candidate, and some candidates had dull spots or places where they wish they'd done better. right, i get it. but every single one of the candidates also had at least one good moment, which i think is, a, good for them. b, i think it's interesting about the debate that that was possible when there was 20 of them over the course of two nights. that's the last thing i would have thought was possible heading into that format. see, i think it's also potentially important going forward now because this was just debate one. there's like a dozen, right? and it's a long primary, and they all now need to scramble. the next threshold for them is to make it into the next debate. that's another debate where not
every candidate is going to make it. they are going to have to cross that threshold with polling, right, by appealing to people, and also appealing to enough people who are going to tell pollsters that's who they prefer in the race, but it's also that they need to attract donors from lots of different places all around the country in order to get a podium at the next debate, too. and having a good moment in that first debate may be basically the most priceless thing you can do for your campaign at this point. i will prove to you that every single one of them had a moment. i'm going to draw -- i'm so exhausted, this is going to be a catastrophe, i can tell. i'm going to draw candidates out of a hat in random order because i'm going to prove to you that every single one of them has at least something from this debate that both played in the room, and i could tell because i was there, but that i also think will play with their existing fans and that will likely make some new people interested in
them, every single one of them at random. number four, mayor pete buttigieg: i numbered them this alphabetical order. he's the youngest candidate. there had been questions asked this week about whether or not he would even still attend the debate given the uproar over a police shooting in his city and the rage and grief and anger in his city in the wake of that. some of the anger directed at him. the first question that i asked him at the top of the second hour was a question about that controversy in his hometown. he answered that with some contrition that was very striking and i think itself was an important moment. i picked out this moment to show you because i think this was sort of a lightning bolt from him, and i think this caused heads to snap around and pay attention to him, maybe even from some red states. watch. >> the republican party likes to cloak itself in their language of religion. now, our party doesn't talk about that as much, largely for a very good reason which was we are committed to the separation of church ask state, and we stand for people of any religion
and people of no religion. but we should call out hypocrisy when we see it, and for a party that associates itself with christianity to say that it is okay to suggest that god would smile on the division of families at the hands of federal agents, that god would condone putting children in cages has lost all claim to ever use religious language again. >> mayor pete buttigieg of south bend, indiana, not the only candidate to reference his or her faith last night from the stage but the one who did so i think to the most effect and with the most rhetorical power. super striking moment from him. next candidate i'm picking them at random out of a hat, look, it's a system. marianne williamson. you have to admit marianne williamson is the candidate you were least likely to know anything about before she appeared on the stage. if you'd never heard her speak before you were like what is this interesting mid-atlantic accent? i don't know, it's like a total surprise to most people who are
seeing her as a candidate for the first time. and her closing statement i think got the most attention, but for me the thing that i thought where marianne williamson totally brought it was a few different candidates who i think had their best moment on this issue, but when she talked about the trump administration taking kids away from her parents. she was not the only one who was super eloquent on this issue, but i thought what she said there was -- i mean, i didn't know her from adam heading into this debate. i thought it was powerful, huge response in the room, and it worked for her. >> if you forcibly take a child from their parents' arms, you are kidnapping them, and if you take a lot of children and you put them this a detainment center thus inflicting chronic trauma upon them, that's called child abuse. this is collective child abuse. and this is a crime, both of those things are a crime, and if your government does it, that doesn't make it less of a crime. these are state-sponsored
crimes. and president -- and what president trump has done is not only attacked these children, not only demonized these immigrants, he is attacking a basic principle of america's moral core. we open our hearts to the stranger. >> marianne williamson, obviously not a typical candidate, not an insider candidate. we've got a few different outsiders running this year on the democratic ticket. powerful moment from her on the issue of kids being taken away from their parents. you could hear it very well-received in the room. another candidate chosen at random. vice president joe biden. vice president joe biden, right? the guy with the most at stake, the far out front runner, you know, front runner from before he even announced. vice president biden knew that he would take heavy fire all night, and he did. he gave some of the other candidates like kamala harris and eric swalwell really big moments of their own when they took aim at him. all the press today, you've seen it all day and all night is about how hard a night joe biden
had, but watch actual joe biden, too. don't just watch the other candidates throwing barbs at him, right? watch biden himself on his own two feet speaking on his own terms. in doing so last night, he was exactly who he wants the country to know is running. we got all of this press and certainly all of this i think negative attention to him in terms of the way he was on the receiving end of it from other candidates, but watch how he presented himself on his own terms. watch it both in terms of policy but also on emotion. watch this. >> when my wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident, my two boys were really very badly injured. i couldn't imagine what it'd be like had i not had adequate health care available immediately, and then when my son came home from iraq after a year and was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he was given months to live, i can't fathom what would have happened if, in fact, they said by the way, the last six months of your life you're on your own. we're cutting off.
you've used up your time. the fact of the matter is that the quickest, fastest way to do it is build on obamacare, to build on what we did. >> to build on what we did. less obama mentions in the debate overall, but moments like that with vice president biden saying we did that, president obama and i did that. let's build on it, nobody else is in a position to say that in that same way. okay, out of a hat, who's next? congressman eric swalwell, the second youngest candidate in the race. he's a year older than mayor pete buttigieg, and he was on the far edge of the stage. he was one of those lecterns in the wings last night, but he just brought this absolute fire to the stage, ask nd as i mentioned, trained it on vice president biden. watch. >> i was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the california democratic convention and said, it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of americans. that candidate was then senator
joe biden. joe biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of americans 32 years ago. he's still right today. if we're going to solve the issues of automation, pass the torch. if we're going to solve the issues of climate chaos, pass the torch. if we're going to solve the issues of student loan debt, pass the torch. if we're going to end gun violence for families who are fearful of sending their kids to school, pass the torch. >> congressman eric swalwell of california having his moment. he's already made a t-shirt today that says pass the torch. kudos to vice president biden when he responded after eric swalwell said that, he didn't sort of address the content of it. he just sort of kept on doing what he was doing, but having popped a big grin while swalwell was throwing that at him, kudos to both of them. governor john hiken looper. so hickenlooper one of two guys without a huge national profile, both from colorado, both on the same stage last night, he and senator michael bennett are up against that. you're from where, and you are who now, and you guys have what to do with each other?
governor hickenlooper gave a great closing statement in which he was basically like as governor of colorado, i've done all the stuff that you guys are proposing and bragging that you came up with up here. i've actually done it all. it was a great closing statement, but like marianne williamson, john hickenlooper had his moment of the night when he was talking about kids being taken away from their parents by the trump administration. he is not a hyperbolic guy, and for him to put this emphasis where he put it in this line, you'll hear how it resonates. watch. >> certainly the images we've seen this week just compound the emotional impact that the world is judging us by. if you'd ever told me anytime in my life that this country would sanction federal agents to take children from the tarms of thei parents, put them in cages, actually put them up for adoption. in colorado we call that kidnapping. i would have told you -- i would
have told you it was unbelievable. >> governor john hickenlooper of colorado. again, not a high profile candidate on the stage. he didn't get the most talking time certainly of any of the candidates, but when he landed as he did with that line, he landed, other candidates quoted back that line of we call that kidnapping. all right, next one. secretary julian castro. very interesting, secretary castro. all right, so julian castro was obama's housing secretary, mayor of san antonio. widely perceived, i think, i don't think this is controversial to say, to have way overperformed expectations in this debate, both because of his fund-raising and his polling coming into this, i don't think people expected him to be a standout candidate on either night, but he definitely was. i think part of that was his eloquence and his seriousness. but what i want to play here is actually not one of his eloquent soundbites. i want to play a clip of him basically starting a fight and taking out his home state rival,
another young texan congressman beto o'rourke. secretary castro is an even keel, very serious, you know, sober guy, and i'm not sure anybody expected him to bring the fire like he did. this is part of how he elevated his profile on the stage. this is basically him being shot out of a cannon at the rest of the field. i think this is why he was such a wow factor in the debate. >> let me respond to this very briefly, actually, as a member of congress i helped to introduce legislation that would ensure that we don't criminalize those who are seeking asylum and refuge in this country. >> i'm not talking about the ones who are fleeing asylum. i'm talking about everybody else. >> you're looking at just one small part of this. i'm talking about a comprehensive rewrite of our immigration laws. >> that's not true. >> and if we do that i don't think it's asking too much. >> that's actually not true. i'm talking about -- i'm talking about millions of folks, a lot of folks that are coming are not seeking asylum. a lot of them are undocumented immigrants, right?
and you said recently that the reason you didn't want to repeal section 1325 was because you were concerned about human trafficking and drug trafficking, but let me tell you what, section 18, title 18 of the u.s. code, title 21 and title 22 already cover human trafficking. >> if we apprehend a known smuggler. >> i think you should do your homework -- if you did your homework on this issue, you should know. >> i'm going to play one more. senator gillibrand, kirsten gillibrand of new york, very interesting take on the stage. right from the very beginning she was jumping in. she was -- i mean, everybody had to decide whether they were going to interrupt. senator gillibrand from the beginning not only interrupted to try to get herself time, but to try to get some time for other women on the stage who she felt were being stepped on by some of the other male candidates on the stage, which was an interesting dynamic in itself. her fighting for her own air time and at least in one instance fighting for other women's air time itself was a statement. when she did get the microphone
and she did get to comment on the stuff that she wanted to comment on she let loose, including with, i think what was the most eloquent moment of the night on abortion rights. >> 30 states are trying to overturn roe v. wade right now, and it is mind boggling to me that we are debating this on this stage in 2019 among democrats whether women should have access to reproductive rights. i think we have to stop playing defense, and start playing offense, but let me tell you one thing about politics because it goes to the corruption and the deal making. when the doors close and the negotiations are made, there are conversations about women's rights, and compromises have been made on our backs, and so what we need to know is imagine this one question, when we beat president trump and mitch mcconnell walks into the oval office, god forbid, to do negotiations, who do you want when that door closes to be sitting behind that desk to fight for women's rights? i have been the fiercest advocate for women's reproductive freedom for
over a decade. >> senator kirsten gillibrand not only making that point as forcefully as she did but also opening herself up to explain down the road who exactly she was talking about in democratic politics, who behind closed doors has tried to trade away women's reproductive health. if you know the recent history of democratic politics and reproductive health, you can definitely pick out some high profile names she might be aiming at. she didn't name them from the stage last night, but i think she's setting us up to name them soon. senator kirsten gillibrand, i think that was a farsighted interjection and also a moment that landed with power on its own. all right, i have the rest of the hat rk. i'll be right back. stay with us. drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast... ...and brake too hard. with feedback to help you drive safer. giving you the power to actually lower your cost. unfortunately, it can't do anything about that.
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. next one, congressman beto o'rourke. at last night's debate or at two nights ago debate, i think it was two nights ago, what's tonight? friday. congressman o'rourke has taken a lot of heat, in particular because of a confrontation launched by julian castro against him and his response to that and his center place on the stage, people are wondering is he going to sort of bring the fire. i think congressman o'rourke has taken -- has sort of taken the brunt of the post-debate coverage almost to the extent that vice president biden has,
but as with vice president biden, i think it is worth looking at the way congressman o'rourke performed on his own terms because, yes, he definitely mixed it up with other candidates, and yes you can definitely contrast him with whoever you want on the stage, but when he's standing on his own two feet, talking about things on his own terms, particularly on issues that he does not opine on often, like this clip i've pulled for you now, there's a reason why he came close to winning a senate seat in deep red texas. this was beto o'rourke on the issue of impeachment. there was very little talk over the two nights about the issue of impeachment and related matters. beto o'rourke on this was eloquent and sort of classic beto. watch. >> one of the most powerful pieces of art in the united states capitol is the trumble painting of general george washington resigning his commission to the continental congress, at the height of power submitting to the rule of law and the will of people. that has withstood the test of
time for the last 243 years. if we set another precedent now that a candidate who invited the participation of a foreign power, a president who sought to obstruct the investigation into the invasion of our democracy, if we allow him to get away with this with complete impunity, then we will have set a new standard, and that is that some people because of the position of power and public trust that they hold are above the law, and we cannot allow that to stand. so we must begin impeachment now so that we have the facts and the truth and we follow them as far as they go and as high up as they reach, and we save this democracy, and if we've not been able to do that in this year or the year that follows and under my administration our department of justice will pursue these facts and ensure that there are consequences. there is accountability and justice. >> beto o'rourke last night on the issue of impeachment, the potential prosecution of the president after he leaves office, if he is not impeached. senator michael bennet of colorado.
the senator from colorado, right, he suffers from as i mentioned being one of two colorado democrats in the race who doesn't have a big pre-existing national profile, and he's one of seven democratic senators who's in contention for the nomination, and so he, you know, blends in, but then on stage he opens his mouth, and he tells this story of his own family and what donald trump has turned the u.s. border into in the eyes of the world, and senator bennet just nails it. watch this. >> when i see these kids at the border, i see my mom because i know she sees herself because she was separated from her parents for years during the holocaust in poland, and for donald trump to be doing what he's doing to children and their families at the borders, i say this as somebody who wrote the immigration bill in 2013 that created a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people in this country that had the most progressive dream act that's ever been conceived much less
passed, it got 68 votes in the senate, that had $46 billion of border security in it that was sophisticated 21st century border security, not a medieval wall, and the president has turned the border of the united states into a symbol of nativist hostility that the whole world is looking at when what we should be represented by is the statue of liberty, which has brought my parents to this country to begin with. we need to make a change. >> to have hit the emotional core of that at the end while he's being rwrapped, and to stil hit it and to hear the audience, senator michael bennet of colorado. mayor bill de blasio of new york, total wild card heading into this, right? not a national figure, not a national politician, certainly a national figure as the leader of the nation's largest city. people thought, well, what's bill de blasio going to want to talk about? what's he going to want to mix it up on? is he going to be a brash interrupting new yorker, is he going to bring it on every topic? and this is the moment when he
brought it, interjected himself in the debate on national security and made it personal at the same time. this was a brilliant moment from him. >> we've learned of painful lessons as americans that we've gone to war without congressional authorization. and look, this is very personal for me. i know the cost of war, my dad served in the pacific in world war ii in the u.s. army, battle of okinawa, had half his leg blown off, and he came home with scars both physical and emotional, and he did not recover. he spiralled downward, and he ultimately took his own life, and that battle didn't kill him, but that war did. and look, even in the humanitarian crisis -- and i think we should be ready, congressman, to intervene god forbid there is a genocide, but not without congressional approval. democrats and republicans both in the congress have not challenged presidents and have let them get away with running the military without the congressional approval. we learned a lesson in vietnam we seemed to have forgotten,
that decisions have to be made by the united states congress and the american people. >> mayor bill de blasio of new york, the mayor interjecting himself on a national security matter and saying i've got something to adhere and bringing it to his family's personal story. out of the hat, governor jay inslee of washington. everybody knows he has declared himself to be the climate change candidate. we are asking him about income inequality at this point in the debate, and everybody knows he's going to go to climate. everybody's expecting he's immediately going to go to green jobs. he doesn't start there at all and instead is the first person to go right to this topic from the debate stage in a way that wakes the audience up like they'd been in a nap before. watch this. >> how would you address income inequality? >> well, i'm a little bit surprised. i think plans are great, but i'm a governor, and we got to realize the people who brought us the weekend unions are going to bring us a long overdue raise
in america, and i'm proud of standing up for unions. i've got a plan to reinvigorate collective bargaining so we can increase wages finally. i marched with the siu folks. it is not right that the ceo of mcdonald's makes 2100 times more than the people at mcdonald's. >> governor jay inslee goes to union rights when everybody knows he's going to go to climate, and he does immediately thereafter. and interjects that into the debate. you can hear the audience pick it up. great moment from governor inslee. senator cory booker of new jersey. senator booker got the most words of any candidate on the first night of the debate. that's interesting, honestly that's just math, though. it's moments that people remember and stories, and i picked out a soundbite from senator booker. this is one of a handful of times he took an issue and like we saw with mayor de blasio brought it home to his own life, his own experience and thereby
kind of stopped everybody in their tracks. >> i hear gunshots in my neighborhood. i think i'm the only one, i hope i'm the only one on the panel here that had seven people shot in their neighborhood just last week. someone i knew, sha had smith was killed with an assault rifle at the top of my block last year. for millions of americans this is not a policy issue. this is an urgency. for those who have not been directly affected, they're tired of living in a country where their kids go to school to learn about reading, writing and arithmetic and how to deal with an aktsive shoctive shooter in school. i'm tired of hearing all they have to offer is sthaugthoughts prayers. in my faith, faith without works is dead. the reason we have a problem right now is we've let the corporate gun lobby frame this debate. it is time that we have bold actions and a bold agenda. i will get that done as president of the united states because this is not about policy. this is personal. >> senator cory booker of new
jersey, known as a rhetorical magician but somebody who brought it with exactly the right calibration there on an issue you see the emotion with it, you see him making it personal, and you see the audience react. i know the audience in the room is not the same as the audience watching, 20 million people around the country, but super powerful moment from him. on an issue where a lot of people had powerful things to say. one more and then we're going it take a break. congresswoman tulsi gabbard. this was a fascinating moment. she was not directly asked this question. she had jumped in. we asked congressman tim ryan a question about afghanistan. he had said the reason the u.s. wasn't able to get out of afghanistan, he mentioned something along the lines that the u.s. hadn't stayed engaged in the conflict. while we'd be there for a long time, we'd sort of been ignoring it, and congresswoman gabbard took acute exception, invited herself into the conversation and leveled congressman ryan with this. >> is that what you will tell
the parents of those two soldiers who were just killed in afghanistan? well, we just have to be engaged. as a soldier, i will tell you that answer is unacceptable. we have to bring our troops home from afghanistan. we are in a place in afghanistan where we have lost so many lives. we've spent so much money, money that's coming out of every one of our pockets, money that should be going into communities here at home, meeting the needs of the people here at home. we are no better off in afghanistan today than we were when this war began. this is why it's so important to have a president commander in chief who knows the cost of war and who's ready to do the job on day one. i am ready to do that job when i walk into the oval office. >> tulsi gabbard. each night we had an iraq veteran on the stage, when she brought that in to respond to congressman ryan's answer on afghanistan as you heard brought the house down. we're going to take a quick break, stay with us. portfolios
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my contention is that every single person who was behind a podium on the last two nights had something to build on in terms of the way the democratic primary proceeds from here on out. they've all got to try to make the next debate. they've all got to make tomorrow's quarterly fund-raising deadline. some of them did better, but i think every single person had at least one moment they are going to be able to take to the bank. to prove it, i've got all of them in this hat, and i'm
picking them at random. andrew yang, wild card, right? outsider, nobody knows quite what to expect from him. is he going to mix it up with all the other candidates on the other issues. is he going to stick to his own issues and try to put things on his own terms. he chose the latter, including a closing statement that was perfectly crafted, got to his main stuff and told you why he's different and why that's good and why it goes to the question of electability. andrew yang. >> i am proof that our democracy still works. democrats and americans around the country have one question for their nominee, and that is who can beat donald trump in 2020. that is the right question, and the right candidate to beat donald trump will be solving the problems that got donald trump elected and will have the vision of a trickle up economy that is drawing disaffected trump voters, conservatives, independents, and libertarians as well as democrats and progressives. i am that candidate. i can build a much broader coalition to beat donald trump. it is not left, it is not right. it is forward.
and that is where i'll take the country in 2020. >> andrew yang had less time, less speaking time than the other kand dicandidates on stag. that was his closing statement, memorable to the point, that was very good. this one requires no introduction. this one you've heard about, the moment of the debate probably the most of the two nights, this is going to be senator kamala harris inviting herself into the discussion here and addressing her comments to vice president biden. i'll just stand back from this one. >> there is not a black man i know be he a relative, friend or a co-worker who has not been the subject of some sort of profiling or discrimination. growing up my sister and i had to deal with the neighbor who told us her parents couldn't play with us because we were black, and i will say also that in this campaign we have also heard -- and i'm going to now direct this at vice president
biden -- i do not believe you are a racist, and i agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but i also believe, and it's personal, and i was actually very -- it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two united states senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country, and it was not only that but you also worked with them to oppose busing, and you know, there was a little girl in california who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me, so i will tell you that on this subject it cannot be an intellectual debate among democrats. we have to take it seriously. we have to act swiftly.
as attorney general of california, i was very proud to put in place a requirement that all my special agents would wear body cameras and keep those cameras on. >> that swivel of vice president biden's head when he said that little girl was me, that was him and everybody else in the room looking to see the new front runner in the democratic presidential nomination race, at least in terms of who was on that stage that night. just, i mean, i can't say more about it than has been said already, but it was like the weather changed. it was just a stunning moment, all right. former congressman john delaney. congressman john delaney is campaigning as the most moderate, most centrist, most practical guy on the stage. he knows he's going to be coming in from lecterns on the wings. he knows he doesn't have a ton of room to move with a progressive base crowd who's there to cheer moments like that from senator harris, but he does so basically with perfect pitch. >> we need to get things done. that's why i believe we need to
operate in a bipartisan manner. listen, i'll sign into law bills that come to the white house that are passed on a party line basis, absolutely, but all the big transformative things we've ever done in this country's history have happened when huge majorities of the american people get behind them, which is why we need real solutions, not impossible promises. >> congressman john delaney of maryland. very well-received, i will say anecdotally in terms of the not just reviews of the debate but in terms of him introducing himself to a candidate, to a field that didn't necessarily know what to expect from him as well. okay. senator bernie sanders knows he's going to get the inevitable socialism question, handles it with a plum in a way that shows that he didn't have to come up with a practice response for it. he knows the response for it. he's perfectly comfortable in his own skin. great moment from senator
sanders. >> what is your response to those who say nominating a socialist would reelect donald trump? >> well, i think the response is that the polls, last poll i saw had us ten points ahead of donald trump because the american people understand that trump is a phony, that trump is a pathological liar, and a racist, and that he lied to the american people during his campaign. he said he was going to stand up for working families, well, president trump you're not standing up for working families when you try to throw 32 million people off their health care that they have and that 83% of your tax benefits go to the top 1%. that's how we beat trump. we expose him for the fraud that he is. >> senator sanders had to know the socialism question was coming to turn around and make it a beat donald trump question. his -- that's his -- that's the way he knew he was going to handle it.
it landed like a nuclear bomb in the room. it was a great moment for senator sanders. congressman tim ryan got the short end of the confrontation with tulsi gabbard for sure. he has a very powerful message of his own, though, and one that resonated like it'd been struck like a tuning fork. this is the central message of his campaign. he went right to it. >> we have a perception problem with the democratic party. we are not connecting to the working class people in the very states that i represent in ohio, in the industrial midwest. we've lost all connection. we have got to change the center of gravity of the democratic party from being coastal and elitist and ivy league, which is the perception, to somebody from the forgotten communities that have been left behind for the last 30 years. to get those workers back on our side so we can say we're going to build electric vehicles, we're going to build solar panels. if you want to beat mitch
mcconnell, this better be a working class party. if you want to go into kentucky and take his rear end occupaut. congressman tim ryan of ohio, this needs to be a working class party. all right, two more, which one's got the -- senator amy klobuchar of minnesota. senator klobuchar is another one of these candidates who knows exactly who she is, has never tried to be anybody else and is all about being practical and getting things done, and in this case going after donald trump. >> the president literally went on tv on fox and said that people's heads would spin when they see how much he would bring down pharmaceutical prices. instead, 2,500 drugs have gone up in double-digits since he came into office. instead he gave $100 billion in giveaways to the pharma companies. for the rest of us, for the rest of america, that's what we call at home all foam and no beer. we got nothing out of it. and so my proposal is to do
something about pharma, to take them on, to allow negotiation under medicare, to bring in less expensive drugs from other countries, and pharma thinks they own washington, well, they don't own me. >> well, they don't own me. i have time for one more exactly, and it is our last one, and it is senator elizabeth warren. last one in the hat. senator warren is in full teacher mode here. this is one of the moments where she's talking about something where the right comes after and says, oh, this is going to be a liability for you. what they don't account for is the fact that she is willing to sell it. she is willing to teach the american public why this is her position, and here's her sort of unleashing the teacher. >> i spent a big chunk of my life studying why families go broke, and one of the number one reasons is the cost of health care, medical bills, and that's not just for people who don't have insurance. it's for people who have insurance. look at the business model of an
insurance company. it's to bring in as many dollars as they can in premiums and pay out as few dollars as possible for your health care. that leaves families with rising premiums, rising copays, and fighting with insurance companies to try to get the health care that their doctors say that they and their children need. medicare for all solves that problem and i understand, there are a lot of politicians who say, oh, it's just not possible. we just can't do it. we have a lot of political reasons for this. what they're really telling you is they just won't fight for it. well, health care is a basic human right, and i will fight for basic human rights. >> senator elizabeth warren saying, you know, you can say that me saying i'm for medicare for all and i want to do away with private insurance is a liability for me. here's why -- let me explain to you why i'm for it. let me bring the house down while explaining to you why i'm
for it. i know this is an unpopular take on how this debate goes. everyone wants to be winners and losers and some people suffered for their participation. every single one of those candidates had something to bank on for the future. the next debate is pretty soon, and not all of them are going to qualify. so they're all going to need to build on something. thanks for watching the last two nights, thanks again for watching tonight. i'll see you on monday. tonight on "all in". >> america does not want to witness a food fight. they want to know how we're going to put food on their table. >> democrats vying to take on trump make history. >> i'm still holding onto that torch. >> tonight record viewership for the first democratic debates of 2020. >> we should call out hypocrisy when we see it. >> what we learned about where the candidates stand. >> you should do your homework on this issue. >> and what happens next with dnc chair tom perez. then. >> she was bussed to school every day, and that little girl was me. >> the fallout from that kamala harris moment with joe biden. >> i never, never, never ever