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thank you very much. we are counting down. only seconds away from the top of the hour. this is the moment bernie sanders and hillary clinton have been waiting for. polls close at 7:00 p.m. eastern. we are getting hard numbers right now. stand by for this. as cnn makes this major projection, hillary clinton is the winner of south carolina democratic presidential primary. we have projected that the former secretary of state, former u.s. senator, former first lady of the united states will win the south carolina democratic primary. a very important win for hillary clinton going into super tuesday. let's go over to brianna keilar. they are about to hear the word right now. i assume there will be a lot of joy behind you, brianna. >> yeah, wolf, that's right.
in fact, there is a delay here. cnn is playing on the speaker. so they are just hearing this right now, that the polls have closed and they are waiting for this projection. and the crowd is starting to get very excited. she has girlfriends with hillary land back with her days as first lady. what folks are hoping for is a victory that has a very large margin. a decisive win that will propel them into super tuesday. >> brianna, a lot of happy people over there. at some point soon presumably. we will hear from hillary clinton herself in a moment.
this is an important moment, especially if it's a precursor what would happen in the southern states on tuesday. >> what a difference it makes. eight years ago, hillary clinton got her clock cleaned in south carolina. she lost by almost 30 points to barack obama. but now she is the heir apparent to barack obama and doing so much better with the african-american community as she was back then. a staggering, staggering victory for her. >> it is obviously a numerical victory but a psychological victory, which matters a lot in this race, which she has been trying to out maneuver bernie sanders rhetorically and in terms of message and theme. now she has been able to do it in the state. the democrats inside hillary clinton's campaign said south carolina is her firewall. and it was. tell us why we were able to project it so early? because it was that much of a firewall, right? >> the way in which we go about this, as you know, we send
people around the state of south carolina to dozens of precincts. and not only do we interview about they tell us who they voted for, but we open in sample precincts the actual raw vote coming in. even though the state party has not reported the raw vote totals and we can't see actual vote yet, we, because of our exit polls and because of our sample precincts where we do open the vote count, we were able to make the projection that she is clearly going to win here. to the point you were making, dana, about the psychological impact, she has now won three of these four early contests. that is a big deal. and that is a complete shift from where we were last time. you're right, they pointed to south carolina as a firewall. when you win three of four early contests and have that head of steam moving forward and there are these structural changes going forward, sit a formidable
position enough that hillary clinton finds herself in. >> and let's also talk about the fact that the education of bernie sanders and hillary clinton that has taken place when it comes to dealing with the concerns of the african-american community and the black lives matter movement. remember how caught off guard both hillary clinton and bernie sanders were at the initial people approaching them saying do you think black lives matter? hillary clinton was in ferguson or near ferguson. her first response was all lives matter. she didn't even know that was the quote, unquote wrong response to black lives matter. but there has been an education and outreach by both sanders and clinton. but to the needs and desires of what the african-american community wants to hear from them. you see the results this evening. >> that's right. it's not as if bernie sanders didn't try when he was with anderson at a town hall last week. but in south carolina he had a
very specific answer to the question -- to a question that was clearly aimed to reach out to the african-americans saying that the only people who are asked if they're actual liam citizens or if they are eligible to be president are people of color. he said my father was from poland and nobody asked me. one thing i want to point out going forward, this is a big win for hillary clinton, no question about it. structurally it is hard for bernie sanders to win. however, it is also hard for hillary clinton to shut it down. it is proportional. all the states going forward on the republican side, winner take all starting march 15th. that means if bernie sanders continues to raise money like he does and is determined to stay in, he can. >> oh, yeah. he can stay in the race for a long, long time. anderson, you were talking about the education of the two democratic candidates you have
some of the educators at those tables behind you. >> i do. it was chris cuomo in the town hall in south carolina. he is in very good shape. i'm the pencil neck geek. that's how you can distinguish us. a huge win for hillary clinton. >> it is a huge win. and i will also point out to those in the hillary clinton campaign, you might say it is time for bernie sanders to shut it down. well, hillary clinton didn't shut it down when she lost by 28 points. and bernie sanders, as dana was pointing out, he did not shut it down. >> does this change for bernie sanders. >> it is a preposterous notion he should shut it down. if everything points pencils it out the way it might going forward, it will be may before hillary clinton gets the requisite number of delegates. >> does this mean the clinton campaign tells him tone it down? >> well, i don't know if they
can and i don't know if they will. what it does mean is that momentum is not on his side. on this issue of fund-raising is interesting. i know they said, well, they raised money off of losses. i don't know if they have yet proven they can raise money off a 25 or 30-point loss, which is apparently what's going to happen tonight. and so, you know, i don't know that he is going to have the resources that is just going to keep on going the way it was going. >> else isn't the kind of candidate. he has been hand strung by his own appeal. his appeal is that he is not a politician. he is authentic. he didn't take on hillary clinton in many of the ways that a politician would have like the e-mails. and he is sort of hinted you have to release your speeches. but he hasn't attacked the way you might expect. >> just to go in that room, because i was there january 27th, 2008. that emotion overcame everybody.
we were literally crying because barack obama won. >> yes. >> but to say there is this enthusiasm gap, maybe is it as fair as one may seem? because hillary clinton went out and didn't take anything for granted 20 or 30 points. she was having campaign stop after campaign stop after campaign stop. what you see in this room right now. i'm sorry. but what you see in this room right now is so much emotion. i just think for one moment we have to pause and recognize that today hillary clinton completely turned the page from that just sound defeat she got in 2008 and made the necessary changes. >> duly noted the moment is received. let's acknowledge the huge enthusiasm gap between republicans and democrats. the map doesn't bear that out. and i think there's a reason why. the way the parties are framing this election is vastly different. republicans from donald trump to ted cruz are talking about anger. democrats, like hillary clinton,
are talking about obama. preserving his legacy. that might turn on democratic operatives. that does not turn on the base of democratic voters. and i think you're going to see really low turnout here in south carolina. >> let's not have a heart p palpitation. i can guarantee you when you look at registration right now, democrats are still, you know, going out there, they're registering to vote. republicans have the lyons share of the media attention, the lyons share of the media. but i don't believe what we are seeing in the four states, south carolina, nevada, will give us any evidence of what's going to happen. >> you talk about that -- >> some therapy with the gala
because he's not sleeping. >> i'm a huge christie fan. >> i don't think we should panic right now. all i'm saying is when we look at registration, people are still going about registration. >> so the party, how do you -- you talked about trying to fix that enthusiasm. >> i think it will change. i think that especially democratic base voters are getting more excited. i was giving the example i was coming because i knew i was coming on the show with anderson. i had to get a fresh haircut. my barber was literally talking about obstructionism in the u.s. supreme court. that's a big issue. lets me tell you something, when you have african-american and hispanic voters coming out based on the supreme court and the fact we get to run against donald trump, i think that blows the roof off of all of this. >> i think it is important to note, though, there is a reason
it is difficult to elect a third president of the same party. it is natural for those voters to feel more comfortable with the status quo. it is more -- it is natural for the opposition party to be hungrier. i think what we are seeing is historically -- the question is with these other things on the ballot, the supreme court, trump and so on, whether those patterns will not hold. >> well, i think when barack obama and michelle obama are actually out there when this thing is decided, whether it's clinton or sanders and campaigns for those folks who end up being the democratic nominee and talking about his legacy and talking about the preservation of that legacy, i do think that will be a motivating factor for this core constituency for the base. >> the public excitement is because donald trump, in the eyes of democrat, a an islamic phobic, anti immigrant campaign. that is fighting resonance in the republican base.
it is getting a lot of turnout. because i have to do my job. other democrats will have to do their jobs. but that will also motivate democrats. believe me. and we will make sure. this week a univision poll came out. it was 80%. maybe 82%. 82%. 18% haven't heard from him yet. >> we have to go. i just want to say one thing about hillary clinton. it is very hard to win back trust, right? there was a break of trust. >> right. >> to win it back is very hard, and she did that. she did that in south carolina. which means people say she has a trust deficit, it is possible she may be able to win back trust with other voters. >> wolf, back to you. >> all right, anderson. we are getting immediate reaction from the clinton and sanders campaign. i want to go to brianna keilar at the clinton headquarters where they are celebrating. we projected she is the big winner tonight.
what's the reaction over there, brian brianna? >> i want to take you behind the scenes when hillary clinton and staff found out they won south carolina, which certainly they expected but very much savored. shortly before polls will will closed, the director of states of political engagement who has been key to her african-american outreach, which was so important for her win here in south carolina, he was leading the chant of clay, clay, clay. clay middleton is south carolina's state director. acknowledging his efforts here. a little woo-wooing i'm told by an aide. then all the staff sat down. the room erupted. everyone on their feet. hillary clinton tweeting shortly after that to south carolina, to the volunteers at the heart of our campaign, to the supporters who power it, thank you. signed, h. which means she wrote it or she
had a hand in writing this along with a couple of her top aides. congratulating all of those who have been working on her campaign here in south carolina and beyond. >> clearly the clinton campaign has won south carolina. i want to go to bernie sanders headquarters in rochester, minnesota right now. i take it there is a statement now from the campaign. what do they say? >> reporter: there certainly is, wolf. senator sanders says i congratulates secretary clinton on her victory. he makes clear this is just one contest. he said let me be clear on one thing tonight. this campaign is just the beginning. we won a decisive victory in new hampshi hampshire. she won a decisive victory in south carolina. in three days, we will pick 11 states. we are not going to stop now. that is why senator sanders is
en route to minnesota. we will give a speech here. this is not a watch party. there are no televisions here. there are no screens here. unless they are looking at their iphones, they don't even know what happened yet in south carolina. that is by design from the sanders campaign. but the reality is here, wolf, the democratic party is seeing this. tonight represents a shift in this campaign. it certainly has a long way to go. tonight is an important night for both sides. >> jeff, thanks. we'll get back to you. key race alert. the first numbers coming in from the election results. let's show them to our viewers right now. this is the first real numbers coming in. only 1% are in. you can see how decisive right now, very, very early. hillary clinton win is in south carolina. but only a few hundred votes are in. 87.5% for hillary clinton. only 12.5% for bernie sanders.
once again, very early. by all accounts, this is going to be a very, very decisive win for hillary clinton. >> david axelrod, if you're bernie sanders do you commit amount of resources to mississippi, to georgia? >> no. i think he will commit his resources to where he thinks he can win and his time, which is just as valuable. or maybe more so. look, i think one of the things that happened here, tad devine, the very smart strategist who has been running the sanders campaign said in the wall street journal this morning that their strategy was if they could run the table on the first three contests that they felt they had a shot in south carolina. that didn't happen. and so they didn't have the momentum they needed to get the push here. this is a momentum problem today for them going into tuesday. that's what they need to worry about. but they are certainly going to
concentrate on tuesday and beyond on the states where there's a predominantly white electorate. because that's where they have an advantage. even tonight in some of the returns, you see some evidence that he has done well among white voters. but white voters were a relatively smaller portion of this electorate. >> the question is, will younger voters, who always disappoint, they never turn out as much as you think they are. >> you are speaking as a mom. >> i am. by the way, i will tell you my boys vote. because i make sure. my boys vote. but young voters disappoint. they don't turn out. we'll see in south carolina tonight whether that is a problem and whether it's going to be a problem with some of the states like minnesota. maybe he can organize. >> it's also true that sanders
has done better. we don't know what the final exit polls is among black voters. buff he was at 3% in south carolina. then 7%. maybe he will end up getting 20% at some point. but he is getting better. i don't think he's going to give up on the black vote. he has top surrogates. going out to these different states. so we will have to see if he is able to -- what's that? >> this is not just a verdict. this defeat, and it may turn out to be an epic defeat with bernie sand skperts black vote. it is not just a judgment on bernie sanders. it is a judgment on the black left. we make the mistake of seeing the black vote is as monolithic. there is a left, a middle, and a right. and the black vote came out and tried. danny glover came out. spike lee came out. and failed. why? because the character of the black left is an anti-electoral left. it does not love to sign up voters.
this is just the reality. what you are now seeing is the black left is up against a real challenge. can it produce votes? right now it can't. that is not just bernie's fault. >> we will have this discussion in the hour ahead. but back to jay. >> the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971. you can ask president george mcgovern how that worked out for him in terms of young voters voting for him. let's talk about who turned out today. hillary clinton made a big point of saying african-americans went overwhelmingly for her in nevada, credited them in many ways with her victory in nevada. it looked like she was looking ahead to south carolina. did they turn out today? >> it seems as they did. you just a few minutes ago talked about how big a proportion of the democratic electorate tonight african-americans were. i assume given the fact that she won, she did pretty well with that. >> very safe assumption. the black electorate is 62% of
voters are african-american in the democratic primary. and look how they split. 84% for clinton. 16% for sanders. that is huge. this is graeter greater than what you saw in nevada. >> as we have done this the last four election nights is how the candidates have been appealing to the voters based on their own particular character. and it seems to be a little bit different tonight for the democrats than we have seen in iowa, and new hampshire, and in nevada. >> it is, without a doubt. take a look at this. we asked people the kind of qualities they're looking for in a candidate. among the voters looking for somebody who cares like people like me, 61% to 38%. and this was the top quality that people were looking for. another quality we asked about, voters looking for a candidate who is honest and trustworthy. those are not the right numbers
there. but 72% does believe that hillary clinton is honesty and trustworthy. the incomes i wanted to share with you is that among the voters who said that the most important quality was a candidate who was honest and trustworthy, she does lose them to bernie sanders. 54% to 45%. she is loses by nine points. but compare that to this in the other states. she lost them by 73 points in iowa. 86 points in new hampshire. 70 points in nevada. >> this is her new hampshire. >> exactly. >> so dominant in new hampshire, this election cycle. and she's just cleaning up. david, i don't know the answer to this question. has she ever done that well when it comes to cares about people like me? because that's also the category where bernie sanders tends to win even in states where she wins. >> that's right. we have not seen her do this well. 61% to 38%.
this empathy vote, we were doing the same. we have seen how the qualities have split. this has been more of a sanders quality or at least they would battle it out. nothing this dominant. >> and the fact that she came so close to bernie sanders on honest and trustworthiness. if i were inside the clinton campaign right now, i would be incredibly happy about that since that has been her biggest achilles' heel, for obvious reasons. >> even if states where she does we well, bernie sanders is considered more honest and trustworthy. really remarkable that the empathy is her empathy is taken so seriously by the democratic voters of south carolina. it just goes to show how important the african-american community is to hillary clinton and to the coalition. and should she become the nominee, how important it will be to get them to the polls. because i mean, these are just staggering numbers. 84% of the african-american vote. this is what the polls were like
five months ago in south carolina. and the sanders campaign said, yes, we have a lot of work to do. well, they didn't get it done. >> right. >> i'm sure he tried. we know he went down there. we know he really attempted to reach out and get the african-american vote. for hillary clinton to get 84% of the african-american vote is almost like he didn't do anything. >> even though they did. they are down playing it don't saying, well, we never thought we would do really well here. it is all about delegate math on super tuesday. they did try. >> we are waiting for former secretary of state hillary clinton to come out and declare victory. we will bring that to you live. we will be right back after this very quick break. stay with us. dear, if we had directv, we could put tvs anywhere
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she has about 9,300 votes. 2,300 for bernie sanders. still early. by all projections as a result of the exit polls, the real numbers come in she will win decisively. let's walk over to john king. john, she did it impressively, very impressively across that state. >> only 2%. 80/20. that would be stunning if we end 80/20. but 60-40. she had a healthy win in nevada. as jake just noted, bernie sanders won big in new hampshire. hillary clinton wants the momentum back in this race for a couple of race. momentum is your best friend in politics. two, this state could be so instructive as what happens next as we go south. you see 80%, 20%. she's getting 70% there. 87% there. 83% here.
77% here. greenville county, huge area. waiting for spartanburg to come in next. you see this belt here. 70 something. we start the get into the 80s as we go up here. what does that tell us? looking at the african-american population in south carolina, the deeper the color, the higher the percentage of african-americans. obviously it's a big part of the democratic primary. she hasz stretched the lead in the delegates race. sheps to win big among the pledged delegates. you win on caucus day. yes, she loves having the
establishment support. this is what hillary clinton wants to do on super tuesday. if she can keep it up like this, she gets most of the delegates. if she can get a big lead, carry that through super tuesday, she starts to stretch it out. >> exit polls show she is even doing better in the african-american vote among democrats in south carolina. senator barack obama did eight years ago when he decisively carried that state. the exact numbers for you later. anderson, back to you. >> wolf, thanks very much.
we are expecting hillary clinton to speak any moment in south carolina. we of course will cutaway and bring that to you live as it happens. stick around for that. let's first go to analyst reporters and your commentators. in terms of hillary clinton, what does this mean mean for her? moving forward, how do you see it? >> it is a big hinge in so many different ways. it is a big turning point in so many different ways. as bakari mentioned earlier, eight years ago she wasn't even in the state of south carolina, much like bernie sanders isn't there tonight. she got there as quickly as she could. she knew she was going to get one. now she turns the corner into super tuesday with real momentum. that's important. i do think on these numbers, though, we are going to have to look at the numbers by race.
the numbers are inflated by a huge amount of support she has gotten in the after african-american community. >> some of the underlying problems could still be there. >> she always had a problem with white male voters. we will have to see how she does with white voters overall. this is a huge victory for hillary clinton. you cannot understate it. she has momentum now going into super tuesday. you have the sanders campaign. now talking about the longview. this is going to be a delicate fight. it is just the way she sounded in 2008, which david remembers better than anybody else lost the state by 28 points. if there are red flags there, it could be among the white voters. we'll have to see about that. it is very clear hillary clinton
has made up a lot of ground with this electorate she did not have in the previous states. >> i think it is important for her to study. there were times when she was very warm on stage. there were times -- one of our town halls. those are the numbers personally. they know that feeling. she can be as warm as oprah one on one. you don't see that on tv often. i think she should go back and look at the warm moments and see if she can roll it out. a lot of what people get their hack els up about hillary clinton, it is not sexist. it is not that. tonally something can get off sometimes. when she is lining up that strength, conviction, policy smarts and the right tone. >> warm is better than hot, basically. and when she is hot, she tends to substitute decibel level for passion. that's the way she signifies passion. it comes across as artificial
and grating. she has been much more empathetic in her approach since new hampshire. she is talking more about the country, about people, about not about herself. she built herself back up. of all the states, the campaign against barack obama. i'm proud of you and i love you. but she put a team together that had been shattered in 2008. i can't say enough about what it takes. we should focus on the bad. it is not that bernie was weak. he didn't make any mistakes. 200 staffers. >> we have to acknowledge the
fact that she in recent weeks. >> she has surrogates out there saying she doesn't know the hispanic community. really low-level kind of stuff. she stopped doing that at a point and focused more, as axe was saying, on warm, empathetic language. obviously that's playing in nevada and south carolina. >> but it was very issue driven. we can talk about the tone and all these different things. the message that hillary clinton used in this campaign, the direct targets towards afternoon women which today won the day. and again, you go justice. using the word justice intersection ality and all of these is what won the day here. as we pivot to super tuesday, we will also see that is going to be a successful messaging point in georgia. it will be successful in
tennessee and beyond. and you kind of have to look at bernie sanders and say he has to now win massachusetts. he has to now win colorado and oklahoma. those are must win states. >> i don't know what we heard anecdotally that people chant intersectionality. i don't know that that has ever happened. >> the notion is not just winning states. you have to start winning delegates. >> that's right. >> the delegate population of the democratic parties is very diverse in iowa and new hampshire. if you look at 457 of the 4,051 pledged delegates, you look at -- and i've earned it, bakari. when you look at the number of pledged delegates, 11% basically represents iowa and new hampshire. the rest represents states far more diverse like nevada and south carolina. that's the rules change we made back in 2007 for the 2008 primary season.
that is the political terrain that bernie sanders has to run on. he has to be able to approve delegates in all of these states. you can't win a state. you have to also win delegates. and the majority of democratic areas like the sixth congressional district in south carolina. that's how you win. >> she kind of walked me back into this. everybody remembers the 3:00 a.m. phone call bill clinton made to jim clyburn saying you want war i'm going to bring you war. but today she got jim clyburn on war. it landed her to victory. when we talk about redemption saturday, she had to humble herself. >> let's not make any bones about it. president obama has come out and endorsed hillary clinton. but he has everything but endorse hillary clinton. >> let's just talk a little bit
about bernie sanders since there are two candidates in this party. this african-american problem is going to be a real problem. it is impossible to overcome it by super tuesday. but you have to look at michigan. you have to look at someplace you can go. you can talk about trade. you can say hillary clinton was for nafta and i wasn't. you can talk about war and peace. i think he will have to expand his racial argument. he will have to at least stop the bleeding. >> you think he made a mistake early on in terms of his folks? >> i disagree. i would hope that bernie sanders would not listen to you. you know why? and i love you. but relationships with democrats is based on, as you well know, love. these democrats have relied on the clintons and obama. but the clintons to raise money, to help get out the vote the last couple of years. i wouldn't try to divide democrats. i would try to find the young
millennials. that's what i would do. >> you are the grabbed master. let me ask you this. >> thank you for not calling me the grandmama. >> i didn't say anything. >> hillary clinton wants to defend some of these games from obama. i want to extended games. >> that's fair. don't try to break the bonds. because the bonds. there are voters in the democratic coalition that will hold on to those relationships. because they know that the clintons have been there. they know barack obama has been there. >> just so you know i think hillary clinton's aide putting her speech on the podium. we expect hillary clinton to be speaking any moment. so stay tuned. if folks are somewhere else in your house, get them in here.
>> they talk about the state of michigan. i think hillary clinton scored a lot of points there by being up front on this flint issue. yes. >> she's really ahead of everybody else. that's going to make it tougher. i think that's going to make it tougher. >> he did go there, though. he did go there. that just makes the debate that we're having in flint that much more -- i'm promoting the debate. it means that dialogue we have in flint, a lot of people will be watching that debate. we are now talking about going back to the word "justice." kids are being poisoned. >> he did go there. >> we should just point out that our town hall/debate in flint is on sunday night. >> let me just say -- >> wait. it's not a town hall. sit a debate.
>> it will be chris cuomo. >> i want to say this as an older guy, you're going to go far in this organization. >> if you were bernie sanders tonight, do you even make a speech? >> yeah. >> sure. >> you're in minnesota. you're not in south carolina. >> you have 812 delegates at stake. and you're not talking to the people of south carolina. i love south carolina. but if you're bernie sanders tonight, you're talking to people in texas. of course you're trying to reach some people >> we believe he is going to speak around 9:00 p.m. >> so you're trying to talk oklahoma, colorado, minnesota. of course you're there. you're trying to get delegates. you're looking beyond to the caucus states that would be held on 3/5. and my beloved state of
louisiana. >> but unless bernie sanders is able to attract many younger african-americans, more african-americans, a greater percentage of african-americans, is there a path forward? >> he's trying. they talked about creating new voters. one of the things they're particularly trying to do is focus on working class black men. that's where mike has been, going into barber shops talking up bernie sanders. it is an uphill climb. >> jim clyburn, congressman clyburn being introduced to the crowd. obviously as we were just talking about him, instrumental. we'll keep the conversation going. >> one difference between them is when hillary clinton gets geared up, she does this interpersonal campaigning does very well. she goes into the venues, connects with people. that is not bernie sanders. he gives eloquent speeches, inspiring speeches about -- particularly about economics. but he generally leaves after
that. he's not a guy who works the room the way she does. >> in the south, that's really important. >> i agree with that. that's my point. >> it is easier to build on a win than a loss. >> and hillary clinton gets more comfortable campaigning. we have seen that. and i think it will continue. >> the whole argument has been that bernie sanders isn't electable. she wasn't able to prove that decisively until this nevada/south carolina push. there just wasn't evidence that he wasn't electable out of iowa. he was close in new hampshire. now i think she gets to prove to her democratic voters that that is a real concern even if you love bernie sanders. >> i'm not sure it's fair to say that any of these are the ultimate test of electability. barack obama lost many caucuses and still won the election. that is the nature of politics.
>> i have been saying this a lot in recent months because i think it is is starting to play out. bernie sanders has really made hillary clinton a much better candidate. i mean, pushing her on these issues. now she has to have the ear to the occupied left movement now. and the liberal left. it is so eloquently occupying today. she is beginning on to now listen to a robust party. we are going to need every single piece of this party to come out and run against that hate and divisiveness of donald trump. >> she became a better candidate in 2008, by the way, after she lost the iowa caucuses. this is what we learned from '08 was the hillary/barack death march. it made better, stronger. it was painful. it was a blessing in disguise. >> i was there. >> this is how this is playing out so far for the democrats. people are saying, bernie should get out. nobody not named clinton loves
hillary more than i do. >> in your opinion, it is making herbert. >> i think he is making bernie a better candidate. >> you were gleeful about getting the nomination months ago. there was a lot of talk about it being a gift from god at one point. are you still so sort of gleeful about that idea? >> no. no. >> you're not? >> no. because he is formidable. i still believe this. this is the most talented republican field we have seen since ronald reagan ran in 1980. really a lot of gifted people. he has shown me a lot. >> here is hillary clinton being introduced by congressman clyburn. let's listen to the crowd and listen to the candidate. [ applause ].
because today you sent a message in america when we stand together -- >> [ cheers and applause ]. >>/there is no barrier to break. i want to congratulate senator sanders on running a great race. and tomorrow this campaign goes national. [ applause ]. we are going to compete for every vote in every state. we are not taking anything. and we're not taking anyone for granted. [ applause ].
i want to thank all the local leaders, legislators, mayors, pastors, organizers, volunteers who have worked their heart out for this campaign. i thank all of our great south carolina friends going back so many years. i especially want to thank two of your former great democratic governors, dick riley and jim hodges. and i especially want to thank your champion, your statesman in congress, jim clyburn. [ applause ]. i am so looking forward to working with the congressman to make the changes and continue the progress that we can build
on the record and accomplishments of president obama. [ applause ]. and to the almost 850,000 people who have contributed what they could, most giving less than $100, i thank each and every one of you. now, every day since iowa, more and more of you have stepped up. today grassroots donors are powering this campaign. [ applause ]. and to the millions of people watching across our country, please join us by making a donation to hillaryclinton.com. and here's why. because together we can break down all the barriers holding our families and our country
back. we can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment. so every single american can have that chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. and then and only then can america live up to its full potential too. this campaign and this victory tonight is for the parents and teachers in rural south carolina. they showed me crumbling classrooms. we're going to work together to give our children the education and that need and deserve here in south carolina and across america. this campaign and our victory is for the entrepreneur who told me more dreams die in the parking
lots of banks than anywhere else. and that's especially true for women and people of color. so we're going to work together to give people, particularly young people, the tools you need to start that small business you've been dreaming of. and this campaign and our victory is for the reverend, a presiding elder of the ame church who looked at all the violence and division in our country and asked me the other night, how, how are we ever going to strengthen the bonds of family and community again? well, we're going to start by working together with more love and kindness in our hearts and more respect for each other, even when we disagree.
despite what you hear, we don't need to make america great again. america has never stopped being great. but we do need to make america whole again. instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. we need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together. today too many people at the top, too many corporations have forgotten this basic truth about what makes america great. prescription drug companies that increase the price of andrew luck
drugs for no reason than greed and then double and triple bills overnight. corporations that use shell games to shift their headquarters overseas for no other reason than to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. companies like johnson controls, an auto parts company in wisconsin, that we taxpayers helped to save with the auto rescue in 2008. now, let there be no doubt in any board room or executive suite across this country, if you cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute our environment or rip off the taxpayers, we will hold you accountable. if you turn your back on america, you'll pay a price. but if you do the right thing, if you invest in your workers
and in your country's future, then we will stand with you. now, together we have to break down all the barriers. not just some. it's important that wall street never threaten main street again, no bank can be too big to fail and no executive too powerful to jail. but america isn't a single issue country, my friends. we need more than a plan for the biggest banks. the middle class needs a raise. and we need more good jobs. jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced. jobs that provide dignity and a path to a brighter future. and we can create those good jobs by building on the progress we've made under president
obama. so let's make new investments in manufacturing and small business, in scientific research, in clean energy, enough clean energy to power every home in america. and don't let anybody tell you we can't make things in america. i know we can and i know we will. let's break down the barriers that keep people on the sidelines of our economy, especially women. don't you think we've waited long enough for quality affordable child care and paid family leave? don't you think it's time for equal pay for equal work? and let's break down the barriers that stop our children from getting the best possible
start in life. we need to support great teachers and great schools in every zip code. let's break down the barriers holding back our young people, especially the student debt that makes it hard to imagine ever living the life you want. and we are going to give special support to our historically black colleges and universities, which play a vital role in this state and across our country. now, breaking down all the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than a half a century half rosa parks sat and dr. king marched and john lewis bled, still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in america and who gets left behind.
we have to invest in communities of color, reform our broken criminal justice and immigration system. we have to guarantee opportunity, dignity and justice for every american. and tonight i want to pay tribute to five extraordinary women who criss-crossed this state with me and for me. sabrina fulton, mother of trayvon martin, shot and killed in florida just for walking down the street. lucy mcbath, mother of jordan davis, shot and killed by someone who thought he was playing his music too loud in his car. maria hamilton, mother of donte, shot and killed by police in milwaukee. mother of eric garner choked to death after being stopped for
selling loose cigarettes on the street. and geneva reed mother of sandra bland who died in police custody in texas. they all lost children, which is almost unimaginable. yet they have not been broken or em bittered. instead, they have channelled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement. and they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the american spirit. by now, we all know the story of flint, michigan, how a city's children were poisoned by toxic water because their governor wanted to save a little money. but there's another side to the story in flint. it's a story of a community that's been knocked down but refused to be knocked out.
it's hundreds of union plumbers coming from across the country to help install new water fixtures. it's students raising funds for water deliveries and showing up in flint to distribute supplies, to see united auto workers and general motors donating millions of dollars. we know there are many other flints out there, communities that have been left out and left behind. but for every problem we face anywhere in america, someone somewhere is working to solve it. our country was built by people who had each other's backs, who understood we all have to do our part, and that at our best we all rise together. imagine what we can all build together when each and every american has the chance to live up to his or her potential.
imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement. imagine a tomorrow where hard work is honored, families are supported and communities are strong. when we trust and respect each other, despite all that divides us, so please join us in this campaign for our country's future. go to hillary clinton.com or text "join" to 47246 right now. you know, on one of my first trips to south carolina during this campaign, i stopped by a bakery here in columbia. i was saying hello to everybody. i went over to say hello to a man