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a watershed moment in the history of american politics. >> thanks to you, we've reached a milestone. first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee. >> to those who voted for someone else, in either party, i'll work hard to earn your support. >> we are going to fight hard to
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win the primary in washington, dc. >> tonight, we close one chapter in history and we begin another. >> the end of the primaries is only the beginning. we are stronger together. let's go out and make that case to america. thank you. >> hello, i'm wolf blitzer. 6:00 p.m. in london. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. the historic stage is now set. hillary clinton, the first woman to be the presumptive nominee and donald trump, facing off for the biggest job in the world. the two took victory laps as the final major night of primaries
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wrapped up. >> not about one person. it belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. there are still ceilings to break for women and men for all of us, but don't let anyone tell you that great things can't happen in america. barriers can come down. justice and equality can win. our history has moved in that direction, slowly at times, but unmistakably, thanks to generations of americans who refuse to give up or back down. now you are writing a new chapter of that story. this campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us and this is our moment to come together.
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>> given me the honor to lead the republican party to victory this fall. we're going to do it. we're going to do it, folks. we're going to do it. i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle. and i will never, ever let you down. too much work, too many people, blood, sweat, and tears. never going to let you down. i will make you proud of your party and our movement and that's what it is is a movement. >> donald trump and hillary clinton certainly have a lot of work ahead. while they combine for more than 29 million votes in the primaries, it's still a small fraction of the 225 million americans of voting age. while hillary clinton and donald trump push forward talking party unity and preparing attacks against each other, there's one more candidate who has not yet thrown in the towel. senator bernie sanders not giving up though shedding
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campaign staff and coming to washington this week for a meeting scheduled tomorrow with president obama. the president anxious to get in the middle of this presidential race to take on donald trump and secure his own legacy. let's talk more about these major headlines. bernie sanders staying put. donald trump's battle with members of his own party and hillary clinton now making history. here with me, our senior political reporter, nia malia henderson and david gregory. nia, this is truly a historic moment in american politics. by will this history have a real impact over the next few months as this contest goes forward? >> you know, i think hillary clinton certainly hoping so. she very much ramped that moment last night in the historicity of
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it. and it was also all about women. i think we'll hear about that and it will be an implicit comparison with what donald trump is offering. you heard last night, she rewrote his make america great again tag line to see some people see that as let's take america backwards. i think she's sort of the overarching democrats will make is that she embodies the kind of progress that obama also em bodied and that donald trump em bodied something different. >> it was a moving part of her speech last night beginning with that video they presented focusing in on this historic moment, the first time ever in american political history a woman will head a major political party. >> i think it's worth as a country to let that set in. it is an important moment in history for our sons and our daughters alike to understand that this is the progress that america is capable of making, all of us together. i also think to nia's point, exactly right, there's quite a
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contrast that she is setting up here. she wants this to be a campaign, not just about the future, but about a new america. that she is part of where she's going to make the argument that donald trump who wants to make america great again, she will argue, whiter again, smaller again, make it more infused with a sense of grievance and not hope. that's the contrast she wants to begin to lay the foundation for and the first time we've heard talk about the historic nature of her candidacy in this campaign. i think with that much vigor. >> donald trump, he's got major challenges. she certainly has major challenges in the next several months towards this general election. he now said yesterday to his fellow republicans who have been critical of him over his controversial comments on that federal judge of mexican heritage. he said, get over it. listen to what susan collins of
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maine said earlier today. listen to this. >> i would like to be able to endorse donald trump, but he really has to change the approach that he has taken. if i were giving him advice, i would tell him he should own up to making a mistake. he should apologize to the judge and to the american people. and he should stop insulting people and groups of people. >> she has three recommendations. you think he's going to own up to his mistake, apologize to the judge and american people and stop insulting people? >> i mean, that laundry list. she essentially wants donald trump to be a completely different person. someone who we haven't seen over these last ten months when he was able to trounce these 16 opponents with this formula that is partly based on insult and partly based on raising some racially tinged language and
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some called it the final straw and flat out racist, i think a lot of people with that statement that he came out with last night were hoping for something different. he didn't apologize in that statement. there's no sense that he will. so i think the republicans have to grapple with what it means on the one hand. paul ryan was is trying to have a more inclusive face of the party. there he was in an african-american neighborhood talking about poverty and talking about reform. but he also had to answer questions about donald trump. there's a paradox with republicans trying to be a different kind of party but really chained to donald trump who represents a different ring of the party. >> he said he was misconstrued. he was not misconstrued. anybody can watch jake tapper's interview and understand he said what he said and he said when he meant. the question now, wolf, he's got to begin the task of adding to
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his political base and this impulsivity and being thin skinned the way he's shown as a campaigner, those are things that detract from his candidacy. i think voters judge these as personal characteristics like the other side with hillary clinton and unfortunately in this election cycle, it's this battle between personal characteristics and high negatives on both sides people pick through to make a choice. >> both donald trump and hillary clinton reached out to the bernie sanders supporters hoping to bring some of them in. listen to these clips. >> let there be no mistake. senator sanders. his campaign and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility, have been very good for the democratic party and for america. >> to all of those bernie sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged
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system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms. >> we know in some exit polls we did, west virginia, for example, 20% to 30% of the bernie sanders supporters said in a general election, they would, in fact, vote for donald trump. >> i think west virginia is certainly a state that will be a rigged state in the fall. i think you have to look at states like ohio, pennsylvania, and some voters there that were attracted to bernie sanders message particularly among trade and same message with donald trump and in some ways, hillary clinton now at least. is that going to play to donald trump's favor? i think the other question is, will some of his harsher rhetoric about muslims, about african-americans, about latinos, is that going to be a slam the door immediately? >> progressive democrats are not going to likely go to bernie sanders. maybe --
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>> to donald trump. >> to donald trump. if they're outside of the political system and sanders brought them in, maybe they find some appeal on issues like trade, as you say, in certain parts of the country. the task now, i really keep my eye on president obama. he's in a unique position in popularity to bring some party unity here but it will take time. sanders will need time and room. >> keep my eye on president obama and bernie sanders, enthusiastically, once he concedes, tries to generate support for hillary clinton. guys, stand by. cnn's anderson cooper has an interview with hillary clinton you'll see later tonight in the situation room. look for it. 6:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. coming up, trump versus the teleprompter. tries to stay on message during his victory speech but could the change in tone actually backfire as one trump insider compares him to jekyll and hyde? we'll discuss. also, president obama prepares to meet with bernie sanders.
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in the making as hillary clinton becomes the first woman to lead a major party ticket for president of the united states. the victory cannot be understated. it's a momentous moment regardless of party affiliations. certainly taken a very long time. let's look back now on her political path leading up to this point. >> i'm not running to be president only for those americans who already agree with me. i want to be president for all americans. >> madam secretary, would you like to be back in the game? what's it like to be back in the game? >> it's great. >> i'm a progressive who likes to get things done. >> i am not a natural politician, in case you haven't noted like my husband or president obama, so i have a view that i just have to do the best i can. >> the issue of your e-mail practices while you were secretary of state. >> i didn't have to turn over anything. >> i recently launched a
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snapchat account. those messages disappear all by themselves. >> what, with a cloth or something? >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. me too. me too. >> one of my favorite political ads of all time. the announcer said if somebody running for office said something, we could have an immediate reaction as to whether it was true or not, we've trained this dog. if it's not true, he's going to bark. i try to figure out how to do that with the republicans. got to move a little bit. >> these five women have lost children to police actions and to random senseless gun violence. there are a lot of barriers that we have to be honest about. >> you may have heard senator sanders say i'm unqualified to
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be president. i've been called a lot of things, but unqualified is not one of them. >> if you were the nominee. >> i will be the nominee for my party, chris. >> all anyone wants to talk about is donald trump. >> donald trump? the one that's like, you're all losers? >> i think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents who have had up until this point including president obama. >> the only card she has is the woman's card. >> if fighting for women's health care is playing the woman card, then deal me in. >> don't let anyone tell you that america isn't great. donald trump's got america all wrong. we are a big hearted, fair minded country. donald trump's ideas aren't just different. they are dangerously incoherent.
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he is not just unprepared. he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office. >> thanks to you, we've reached a milestone. first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee. the end of the primaries is only the beginning. we are stronger together. let's go out and make that case. thank you, god bless you, and god bless america. >> all right. let's talk about hillary clinton's presumptive nomination. what it means not only this moment but moving forward. i want to bring in former michigan governor, hillary clinton supporter, in fact, senior advisor of pro clinton super pac, jennifer grandhome. thank you very much for joining us. governor, what does it mean to you? a lot of other democracies have
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had women atop the governments decades ago whether with britain or israel, angela merkel and germany, why has it taken so long? >> 240 years is enough. >> she's only gotten the nomination, the presumptive nominee. but hasn't been elected president yet. it is a moment. >> it is more than a moment. i mean, whatever happens in the general election, just the fact that she's broken this barrier will send a message to young people who are thinking about running. i mean, it's a fact that when women get in the top of positions, whether in an organization, more women in that organization move up. so it is a shame in this nation that only 2% of women are ceos of big companies or only six women are governors. we just have not come with this. i was the first woman attorney general and governor and i am
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still brushing the shards of glass from my hair. i am so happy that that ceiling, this particular one was broken. >> scottie, you want donald trump to be the next president of the united states. what does it say to you that a woman finally has become the presumptive nominee of a major american political party? >> well, i think it's a great thing, but let's remember, wolf, we've had sarah palin, geraldine, there were people that have rosen up to the point of the white house and be second in command. this is great and wonderful, but a different generation. nobody is going to tell my daughter she couldn't be president. that's not even in her vocabulary but it was not in mine and definitely not in my daughter's and when you're sitting here saying, congratulations, now let's move on. we also have to remember, this is also the first candidate to be under fbi special investigation as well being in the nominee of a presidential, major presidential party. there's two sides to this and
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looking at what she's done and what she wants to accomplish and let's take the gender card out of it. you got your banner. let's move on and look at the track record. >> do you think it puts pressure on donald trump to name a woman as his vice presidential running mate? >> absolutely not. he is going to name the person who's most qualified, regardless of their yegender or color. back in 2008, it is a wonderful thing that we elected barack obama who was an african-american male and the presidency of the united states but people hopefully elected him for what he wanted to offer, not his skin color. and i think that's what the majority of people did. better race relations? i don't think people will elect that guarantee that eight years from now, gender equality is guaranteed. we've seen the track record. people should go for who they believe, not their race or gender. >> what i think is terrific
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about this is that once a woman is in those positions, you see policies flow. so we are the only industrialized nation, for example, that doesn't have parental leave, paid parental leave. we don't have access to universal child care. we don't have the policies that would enable young women to be able to fully take advantage of what society has to offer. she would never say to vote to her because of her gender but this is a massive step forward for the nation and that's good. believe me, the contrast with donald trump is going to be so stark and so apparent and her message last night when you were playing that little thing, i was just, ah, because it was so inclusive and uplifting. she's trying to build a nation that looks like america where he's out there spewing these racial statements that are exclusive. she was talking about building bridges.
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he's talking about building walls. >> it's funny you talk about that. that was a great montage, congratulations. you left out a couple clips. the clip where she sat and told coal miners they wouldn't have a job and she does not have this wonderful track record and when we sit here and think about everything going on right now in our country and our economy, you cannot say hillary clinton can or is 100% pro woman when you look at the clinton global initiative and sit there and look at her supporting countries taking money from countries that do not support women's rights or homosexual rights within their record. she can say one thing on the campaign trail but the actions are not backing up. unlike mr. trump. you might not like his tone or voice. >> support equal pay? >> equal work. equal pay is not, right to choose, that is actually something, we actually are fighting for women's right, the
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unborn woman's right. pro life for a reason. we want all women to have a chance to live and men as well. i consider him to be very feminist when it comes to the pro life era and equal work for equal pay for equal work. he does not sit there and judge. and if you look at it, he has a better track record with promoting women within his own organization with jobs he has given, rather than what hillary clinton has done who the jobs she's created, she pays the women less than the men and in her own senate office, she was called out for paying the women less than the men she did with it. look at the action. >> there's a story this week that showed that he pays the women on his campaign significantly less than he pays the men. the reality is what are his policies? what are his policies to help women and men succeed? i guarantee you when she talks about access to income, making
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sure that pay is equal, at equal pay, lilly led better act. my guess, he would not support that. access to health care is a critical issue for women getting ahead and when you talk about denying them access to contraception, that hurts women. my guess is that he's going to be against that because that's what the republican party is against. >> scottie, go ahead. >> that's the funny thing. your guess. replace obamacare, the number one thing hurting women because our insurance rates have gone two to three times up and we cannot afford insurance right now thanks to obamacare and she wants to continue that and embrace this economy that president obama has given us. he wants to replace it with a competitive system to make prices go -- it's all about choice. it goes to the states. he's going to give it back to the states and let them make the decision, not sit there and force it down the throat and
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make taxpayers and the government pay for it. >> he supports the fact that the states are closing down all of these planned parented hood clinics, there is a complete effort on the part of the states with republican governors to shut down women's access to health care. i'm certain he supports that as well. this is why there will be such -- >> two separate things. if they're doing taxpayer funded abortions -- >> there is no taxpayer funded abortions. do not -- this is what the problem is. they are deceiving people as usual. there is no taxpayer funded abortion. it is illegal. >> if they are paying for the electricity to be, the water to be run, yes, it is. those actions are happening because of taxpayer funds and it's not right. >> scottie, hold on for a moment. a final question for the governor. were you disappointed that senator sanders did not concede
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graciously last night? >> i think, you know, he's got -- you can't just turn this on a dime. he's been running and he's got huge number of supporters. it's a deep and emotional thing. i think you've got to allow somebody the time to process it, to talk with his supporters, to figure out what he's going to do. i know he's going to do the right thing. he wants to see unity too. he knows the biggest danger this country faces is donald trump. >> very good serious important discussion. thank you to both of you. >> thanks. coming up, cue the president of the united states. getting ready to hit the stump but first a meeting with senator bernie sanders. can he help unite the democratic party? we're going live to the white house. [ "dreams" by beck ] hmmmmm... hmmmmm...
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it's game on for hillary clinton and donald trump. each used part of their victory speeches. hillary clinton talked about building bridges instead of walls and basically referred to donald trump as a bully while trump announced he'll have a major speech early as monday aimed directly at both clintons. >> the clintons have turned the politics of person enrichment into an art form for themselves. they've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars.
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secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server, something that how she's getting away with, folks, nobody understands, designed to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record, putting the security of the entire country at risk. >> we want an america where everyone is treated with respect, and where their work is valued. it's clear that donald trump doesn't believe we are stronger together. he has abused his primary opponents and their families, attacked the press for asking tough questions, denigrated muslims and immigrants. he wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds. and reminding us daily just how
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great he is. well, we believe we should lift each other up, not tear each other down. >> senior white house correspondent, jim acosta and jeff zeleny. what do we know about the promised speech against the clintons, both, the former president and current nominee, is this the sort of rebuttal to her anti-trump foreign policy speech last week? >> i think it is, wolf. and you heard donald trump really warming up the pipes for that speech last night during that address to his supporter in westchester county, new york. i'm talking to republican sources all morning long, wolf, and they're saying this speech he plans to deliver probably monday as you put it sounds like early next week is the speech that people inside the republican party have been clamoring for and waiting for. they've seen donald trump really
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squander these last few weeks and basically clinched the nomination a month ago and spent the last month stumbling all over himself. most in particular, this case of judge gonzalo curiel and said this speech delivered on teleprompter, heavily scripted, paul manafort, much more careful than corey lewandowski, very important because of some bad days that they've had during the course of this curiel controversy. at the same time, i talked to another trump insider, wolf, who feels like paul manafort is finally getting through to donald trump. it was on monday we heard about this conference call where he was saying, keep criticizing judge curiel. but from what i am understanding talking to people is that donald trump not only talking to paul manafort more but also in contact with the rnc chair, reince priebus. he's spent the afternoon with governor chris christie of new jersey. so it sounds like a team of
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people have been coming together trying to get through to donald trump and hammer home that message he has to get off these personal attacks and start going after hillary clinton. that is his opponent this fall and not judge curiel. >> let's talk about the democratic side. her first order of business now, hillary clinton, now that she's the presumptive democratic nominee. >> first and foremost, it's unifying this party. that was really a central theme throughout her speech last night in brooklyn, i thought one of the stronger speeches she's given of this cycle here, but a theme stronger together. we heard her say over and over, stronger together and that means, i need your help, bernie sanders supporters. please help me join together and defeat donald trump. so i think this unity thing is the first order of business here and the white house is somewhat helpful in that and he'll get more involved here. but beyond that, the clinton campaign is really analyzing everything donald trump is
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saying and seeing if there will be different battlegrounds and reassessing the map right now and also starting to or continuing to look for a running mate. something she's not spent a lot of time i'm told on until now but something she'll have to do so a full plate here but also still kind of keeping one eye on bernie sanders, what is he going to do? >> were they worried he wasn't more gracious? he said he's continuing this fight. >> i don't think they were disappointed because we have to remember and secretary clinton remembers more than anything. eight years ago, she did not give that famous speech on the night of the primaries. she gave it four days later and told people to give him space. i think they will give him space but there's only so long they can go on that. but they do believe that signals are getting behind the scenes, that this is coming together but it's a process and takes a while. >> how does he go about donald trump uniting his party right now? the criticism he got from republican leaders here in washington yesterday over his
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comments involving the federal judge. that was really stunning. >> absolutely. it's unprecedented to have the speaker of the house, senate majority leader both condemning the comments of the presumptive gop nominee, a sitting united states senator, mark kirk from illinois, even though he's endangered republican in a competitive race, abandoned ship yesterday and the question i'm hearing from people inside the campaign, which donald trump are we going to see next? the scripted donald trump on the teleprompter who's toning things down or go back to being undisciplined with these sort of add homonym attacks, one said, dr. jekyll or mr. hyde? can donald trump tone it down and keep it toned down? >> we'll see if it happens monday or tuesday, whenever it happens, one of these scripted teleprompter speeches or more off the cuff which is his usual
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style. thanks very much. coming up, president obama preparing for a sit-down with bernie sanders at the white house tomorrow. the new details we're learning about what he'll tell the vermont senator before giving hillary clinton his expected very robust endorsement.
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president obama called hillary clinton and bernie sanders last night to offer congratulations on their campaigns. the statement from the white house press office said and i'm quoting now. the president congratulated secretary clinton for securing the delegates to clinch the democratic nomination for president. her historic campaign inspired millions and an extension of her lifelong fight for middle class families and children.
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the state then added and i'm quoting again, the president thanks senator sanders for energizing millions of americans with commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interest influences on politics. joining us now are white house correspondent michelle kosinski. now that hillary clinton is the presumptive democratic nominee, when will the president go out there publicly, enthusiastically endorse her and begin campaigning for her? >> reporter: this is one of the cases you could see, almost feel the delicate dance at play here. this is still very much a work in progress for the white house. we've known for a long time the president is more than ready to get out there and rally democrats for hillary clinton. now she has the delegates she needs. but there are two more things at play. first, bernie sanders is still in this race and talking about continuing fight. and now he's requested this meeting with president obama tomorrow here at the white house. so this is going to be a pivotal conversation.
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we expect it to be long. the president wants to hear sanders out and they are going to truly hash out a way forward. but if sanders decides to stay in the race much longer, we're talking weeks or more, maybe even to the convention, don't necessarily expect the president to wait on his endorsement. the white house has been all about aiming for tact and good timing, inclusiveness in this, respect for the process. so what they might do is a rolled out endorsement. before you see the big campaign style event, side by side with hillary clinton, they might do something a little softer. maybe rolling something out on social media. the white house, remember, doesn't want to alienate those sanders voters, far from it. they want to bring them? >> they need those young people who really, really went out there and tried to help him. thank you very much, michelle, for that report. coming up, hillary clinton certainly faces another big decision after making history.
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who will she pick as her vice presidential running mate? i'll speak with senator amy. she's smiling, she's shaking her head. we'll discuss when we come back.
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thanks to you we've reached a milestone. first time -- the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nomin nominee. >> couldn't even hear the end of what she said but you get the point. hillary clinton noting the historic nature of this election now that she has the delegates necessary to get the democratic nomination for president of the united states. senator amy klobachur of minnesota is joining us now. >> thank you, wolf. >> a major supporter of secretary clinton. let me get it out of the way, first of all. any discussions about you possibly being her running mate? >> i have not discussed that with anyone in the campaign, and she has so many great people to talk to about that, and i think in the end coming from the state
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a vice president mondale, vice president humphry. i know that hillary will make her own decision based on who she thinks she can trust. i do think it will be good given the trump candidacy and the other side that we have someone who is optimistic about our country and carries on this message that we need to bring the country together. >> but you would be interested obviously if she asked? >> well, that has not happened and i love my job right now so i think what i wanted to talk about was her incredible speech last night and the journey ahead where she really, you know, she really turned a chapter, not only in her campaign but for america by being the first woman to head up a ticket. when you think about it, all through history, this has never happened before on a major party ticket. >> why has it taken -- why has it taken the united states so long, because, as you know, a lot of other democracies for decades have had women as political leaders? >> we've had trouble all down
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the line, women governor, senators, 1800, 1900, only 47 are women. american politics has been dominated by a lot of men. you have the fact that they often pass it on to each other. we've had a lot of money in our politics in our country, and it's been a macho sport and that changed last night. >> obviously an exciting moment for you when you got that official word that she was the presumptive nominee and the president acknowledged that as well. there was this. i'm going to play it for you, senator. there's a lot of work that secretary clinton has to do now to unite the democratic party. she's called on democrats, obviously, to be with her, but last night when bernie sanders mentioned her name, i want you to listen what happened at that crowd in california. listen to this. >> tonight i had a very gracious call from secretary clinton and
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congratulated her on her victories tonight. [ crowd booing ] >> you heard the boos at the very end there. what was your reaction when -- i know you listened to the sgleech yes. >> what was your reaction to the boos? >> well, i stayed up to watch that speech and i think it's not that unexpected when you have someone -- his supporters here at the end of a long road. they wanted him to win, and if you notice, to me it was key, as i recall in the morning last night, that senator sanders kind of puts his hand, no, no, no. don't say that. he didn't encourage that or go after her. he just went on with his message and i have faith in senator sanders. he's a friend. we came into the senate together, and when he says he'll unify behind our candidate and he said that for months he means it. when he says he doesn't want donald trump as the next president, he means it, and i think just allowing him some time here and i think what's most important to me is not when he does this, it's the words because it's very clear that his
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supporters are going to hear from him and need to hear from him so that they will be cheering for secretary clinton just as they have cheered for bernie sanders? >> are you worried about donald trump's speech as early as monday next week? he says he's really going to go after both clintons? >> you know what. we've had ten months at that and he's thrown a bunch of mud out there. that's what he does, certainly not just against the clintons. i think there's a list in the "washington post" of 230 some people he's attacked on twitter and institutions that he's attacked and that ranges from the pope to a distinguished federal judge from california. he just never stops, so i think what was really key to me was secretary clinton's speech last week in san diego, that tremendous speech where she really laid out not what did donald trump say today in a tweet or who did he call fat today. it wasn't that. what she did was thematically take on the fact that if we want to have a strong america, we have to invest in america and not have a plan that adds 30
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trillion to the debt like he's proposed. if we want a secure america we can't be out there proposing as he's done nuclear weapons for japan and saudi arabia, and if we want to have a united america, and my favorite part last night is when she said the pledge of allegiance and talked about one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, we can't have the kind of rhetoric we're hearing from him to divide america. >> we've got to leave it there, but let's continue this conversation in the weeks and months to come. senator amy klobachur of minnesota. >> great to be on. >> that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. the news continues right after a quick break. is the main ingredient. the new green goddess cobb with avocado, bacon, freshly made dressing, tomato... and chicken. at panera. food as it should be. be the you who doesn't cover your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. be the you who shows up in that dress.
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