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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com "outfront" next, president trump says states aren't opening up fast enough, blaming democrats as deaths are up in 15 states and trump's own testing czar warns things could get worse quickly. plus president obama saying something we've never heard him say like this, coming out talk about trump saying he treats the presidency like a reality show and is incapable of growing into the job. that's the start of it. kamala harris about to accept the historic vp nomination as we get a look at what she will be
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saying tonight. good evening, i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the breaking news, trump's coronavirus testing czar sounding the alarm warning of coronavirus outbreaks and pleading with americans to take warnings seriously. >> absolutely diligent about adhering to public health recommendations or else we -- we need to be absolutely diligent about adherence to public health recommendations, or else we could have flares and outbreaks. this thing could turn around very quickly if we're not careful. >> warning that the crisis could turn around really quickly and get a lot worse if we're all not careful. and yet, here was the scene today at an event for the vice president mike pence. in a crowded room. he was not wearing a mask, mingling with people who are not social distancing. there you see him, right, not a mask, most people not wearing
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masks not social distancing. look, that's the one thing we know will stop the virus, right? masks work as well is the vaccine, that's from trump's own coronavirus task force. this is in a room today, no masks, no social distancing, the vice president not wearing one. it's crowded scenes like this which we see at every single trump event including yesterday in arizona, setting an example for other large gatherings. this country is reporting an average of 1,000 degts a day, 15 states increase in death toll, 30 states had to pause or roll back reopenings. they did it quickly including red states. moments ago the president going after cities and states run by democrats. he says their numbers aren't even good, which happens to not be true. here in new york, we all know, right, once the epicenter of virus and death, a state run by a democrat, a state that has
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been incredibly slow to reopen, today announced one of the lowest positivity rates anywhere, 0.24%. and the president's own task force acknowledging that the shutdowns were crucial in bringing down the case numbers and deaths. dr. birx saying i wish we had done more and longer shutdowns. it could all be over. nick watt is live "outfront." nick, the president's words are not reflecting the reality on the ground today. >> reporter: yeah, erin, what struck me is we just heard from kansas about five more clusters connected to clenls and universities. then we heard the president playing down the risks to college students saying the likelihood of them getting seriously sick from covid is less than or equal to the seasonal flu. he was extolling the virtues of in-person learning overipads and said that closing colleges might kill more people than it saves. >> we have seen a dramatic
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increase in the number of positive cases of covid-19 in your first weeks back on campus. >> reporter: 155 cases confirmed in just the past two days. undergrad classes now online only for the next two weeks, but students are staying on campus. covid cases now confirmed at colleges across at least nine states. more than 350 people are now in isolation at the university of tennessee at knoxville. the college has hired contact tracers. >> that's how we found out about this first cluster. and they told us where it was. so, we knew it was a party off campus. >> reporter: the w.h.o. says now isn't the time for recriminations over parties like these. it's time for education. >> we just need to make sure that the messages that are getting out, particularly to young people, particularly to children and young adults, that you are not invincible to this virus. >> he would shiver and it was
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warm, and then he would get hot when it was cold. >> reporter: desiree cady's son reportedly suffered serious heart complications. >> there was a point that i actually thought i may lose him. >> reporter: across this country, covid-19 infection rates are still very high, but falling. unclear if that trend will continue, plateau, or rise again like a roller coaster. interesting to note that testing is down nationally. and as the president has said -- >> when you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people. you're going to find more cases. so, i said to my people, slow the testing down, please. >> reporter: the bottom line, many, many lives are still being lost. texas accelerated past 10,000 covid-19 deaths, florida fast-approaching that same sorrowful statistic. meanwhile, fda emergency
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authorization for treatment using blood plasma from the recovered is now reportedly on hold after a number of federal officials, including dr. anthony fauci, argue the data is still too weak. this, according to "the new york times." >> this really underscores one of the problems in the pandemic that of course everybody is desperate and we want a hopeful treatment. and when you're real little, of course you want to do everything possible. but at the same time, we cannot take shortcuts in the research. >> reporter: so, colleges are clearly a focus right now, but governor cuomo of new york today warned that opening k-12 will be even more problematic. why? well, because more school kids go home in the evening to their families or their extended families and could potentially be spreading the virus to those older people. erin. >> all right, nick, thank you. "outfront" now, dr. sanjay gupta and dr. jonathan reiner,
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of course of the g.w. cardiac cath lab and advised the white house medical team under george w. bush. the president was calling out democratic cities but went on to say the suicide and drug abuse, other issues,that the shutdown has caused far more problems than the virus itself. that's the quote from the president s. that true? >> well, no. it's not true. i mean, it is fair to say that, you know, if you earn a significant shutdown for a long period, there have been models that suggest that drug abuse and suicide rates would go up. but there's two points to make. one is that we have never really been shutdown in this country, not like other countries, as ambassad ambassador burks was talking about, italy for example, any given time half the country was shut down. in this country, as things stand, this disease which didn't exist a year ago, in the united states is the third leading cause of death in the united states. it is a far greater risk than any of those other thing.
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and the numbers, as you know, continue to go up. that's just over six or seven months. >> right. and i guess as you point out, it's the third leading cause of death. you can actually see those numbers. dr. reiner, this point about the convalescent plasma, according to "the new york times" the emergency use authorization for that plasma is on hold because dr. fauci and others thought that the evidence that was out was too weak. so, the president was asked about it today. and he said something pretty incredible, right, i want to emphasize what i just said, dr. fauci and others say that the evidence is too weak. here's what the president said. >> it could be a political decision because you have a lot of people over there that don't want to rush things because they want to do it after november 3rd. and you've heard that one before. but i've heard fantastic things about convalescent plasma. >> okay. so, let me just make it loud and clear. a lot of people over there at the fda on task force are plit
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dahl, don't want him to win, so they're holding back something that's an amazing your that could work. that's what he's saying. what do you say dr. reiner? >> this is an interesting story. let me start by saying no one wants this to work more than me. maybe sanjay. other than sanjay, no one wants this to work more than me. we're desperate for an effective therapeutic. the president has been teasing this the last few weeks at his presser saying big news on therapeutics coming soon. i think he's anticipating the fda would grant emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma. although it's been given to 60,000 people in this country, we don't have randomized clinical trial data and the existing data is super weak. i was encouraged actually by dr. fauci and collins standing up to the fda, standing up to what must be immense political pressure to approve this because we don't have the data.
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we're going to need this scientific leadership as we roll out vaccines to tell the public this is safe and effective. the fact that fauci and collins have put the brakes on this encourages me. there are adults still at work in this administration. i hope we do the clinical trials. there was an op-ed in the "washington post" a few weeks ago by four former fda commissioners desperately urging us to do the randomized clinicals to understand if it works or not. >> the president just basically directly saying that people at the fda and dr. fauci would rather not have a cure so that -- >> i mean -- >> to prevent him from winning. >> i mean, it's totally ridiculous. you cannot disentangle anything from politics nowadays. there's all sorts of different reasons that they would want the additional data. and keep in mind, you know, this is an fda that did give emergency use authorization to
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hydroxychloroquine not that long ago despite having basically no evidence around that. so, the fact that they're clamping down on this, taking this seriously with guidance from dr. fauci and collins, i think the fda still has its own autonomous agency. they act on their own. dr. fauci and dr. collins don't control the fda, but clearly there is a message being sent here that we're going to be very, very clear in terms of getting emergency use. >> and they had to rescind that emergency use which they did under political pressure in the first place. >> that's right. >> so, people in the crowd, no masks, no social distancing. look, i still can't believe we're seeing these kind of things. yesterday 18% positivity rate, yuma, arizona, the president of the united states is there, people in the crowd, no masks, no social distancing. polls show 62% of americans say
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the president should be doing more. obviously masks would be the most basic thing he could do. what do you make of the poll? >> numbers are better in the united states. a lot of people have died. 170,000 people have died. a lot of people in this country have been directly affected by this virus in term of someone dying. everyone's been directly affected. but in term of knowing someone directly or knowing someone who knows someone who has died of this virus and it's going to get worse. there's no way to hide those numbers. today the president singled out new zealand and say they're having a big outbreak there. new zealand had six new cases today, six. >> yeah. >> so, let's look at this in perspective. you know, when i saw the vice president in that crowd, i worried for his safety. i mean, unless he's been vaccinated himself, you know, wading into a crowd like that poses a substantial risk.
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he needs to be a little more careful. >> yeah, it's amazing just what that shows. and by the way, i love how he brings up new zealand. they have a surge, they have six cases. they shut most of the country down so they don't have any more, way more than our country has experienced wech. we have the opposite. colleges are reopening. not notre dame has classes on hold. the university of illinois says it's got emergency use for rapid saliva test, their own they figured out. does this work. could this be the game changer for schools? >> i think this is a bright spot. they've got this emergency use authorization by saying it was a bridge from the yale saliva test that recently was approved under emergency use. this is really interesting, erin, right. this is a school, university of illinois. they created their own test. it's a saliva-based test. it does require a lab. but basically what i've read, we talked to them today, they can
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do 20,000 tests a day. their plan is to test the entire student body twice a week, so every few days. in conjunction, they're going to be doing tracing and isolation and quarantine as necessary. it's a positive step, i think for sure. it's probably still incremental. ultimately the test that's accurate and acts like a pregnancy test so you get the results quickly. there's no lab it's going to be sent to, is going to be the key. you're seeing these independent organizations step up and i think it's going to make a big difference. we don't know whether u of i can stay open because college kids are going to be college kids. >> pretty incredible that you see the ingenuity that it was there. as a country people are waiting ten days or more to get results back. it's appalling. thank you both so much. next, former president obama tonight coming out and speaking like we have never heard him before. prime time across this country,
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will say president trump has no interest in putting in the work it takes, accusing him of treating the job like a reality show, a joke. plus we're getting brand-new excerpts from senator kamala harris' speech which she will be delivering tonight and the video introducing her tonight. and a night of women who are -- well, they have been hitting trump for a while, and we will see it tonight. senator elizabeth warren, speaker nancy pelosi, and hillary clinton. tonight we know now know what they will say.
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running for president. i never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. i did hope for the sake of our country that donald trump would have interest in taking the job seriously, he might come to feel the weight of the office, but he never did. he showed no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he could use to get the attention he craves. donald trump hasn't grown into the job because he can't. and the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 americans dead, millions of jobs gone, our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished and our democratic institutions threatened like never before. arlette signs is "outfront" in
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wilmington. arlette, these are powerful words for a man known for his eloquence and speech making, and the strongest criticism we have heard from president obama about his sitting successor. >> well, erin, president obama was very careful in those first few years when he was out of office to criticize president trump, but tonight he is going to hammer away at his successor offering what looks like one of his sharpest rebukes yet of the president. this comes 16 years after obama first spoke at a democratic national convention, and it also comes as his own legacy is on the line, as he is hoping that his former partner, his former vice president joe biden will be elected in november. and obama is also expected to speak first hand about what he witnessed with joe biden in those eight years they spent together in the white house, giving personal testimony to his character and leadership. the former president is suspected to say over eight years, joe was the last one in the room whenever i'd face a big
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decision. he made me a better president. he's got the character and the experience to make us a better country. obama will add, tonight, i am asking you to believe in joe and kamala's ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better. now, president obama will deliver his speech from the museum of the american revolution in philadelphia about 30 miles from here in the chase center. we're told the reason that location was chosen was so that he could make the point that america's democracy is at stake in this election, erin. >> picking of course the cradle of it, where independence was signed. thank you so much, arlette. "outfront" now, david chalian, former communications director for the dnc, bah carrie sellers, and josh mcintosh, director of communications outreach for hillary clinton's presidential campaign. david, look, it's a brutal takedown by obama, right? this is a burn we know is a
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beautiful writer and beautiful deliverer of speeches, but he has been careful to not speak like this about trump. every word is carefully chosen. he did not do it lightly. >> not at all lightly. this suspect the first time we're going to hear barack obama criticize president trump. he grew a little more comfortable doing so. but it's the first time we're seeing him do it like this. all pretense aside, a just straight frontal attack, picking up quite frankly where his wife michelle obama left off on monday night to just simply get to the heart of the matter. their critique is -- and these are the people obviously who have seen it up close -- that he is not capable of doing the job, that he cannot meet the moment, that he has proven over the course of the last 3 1/2 years that fulfilling the responsibilities of this office is beyond him. that's the argument they're taking to the american people this week in terms of the
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anti-trump side of the argument. >> there have been some saying because michelle obama did -- to use the words of david. she said trump could not meet the moment. she had gone so aggressively for the president that maybe obama would not, but he is. he has no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show he can get the attention he craves. donald trump hasn't grown into the job because he can't. when you saw this come out, these excerpts -- and this is just an excerpt of what we're going to hear -- were you surprised how strong and direct barack obama has chosen to be? >> no, and i'll tell you what. number one, there is a concerted effort. you heard it from michelle. you heard it from other speakers. i promise you will hear it again tonight from other former, hillary clinton. we cannot take anything for granted.
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we have to leave everything on the field, all hands on deck. i think in this moment, president obama, who as you pointed out has not been one to speak this harshly about donald trump, is in this moment of understanding now is the time to make the case, to press the case, and to press upon people. we don't have the luxury of thinking we can vote for a third-party candidate and it won't matter. we don't have the luxury of thinking if we don't vote, it'll be okay. and part of the way you do that is to forcefully prosecute the case against donald trump and what is at stake for the american people. i think that's why we're seeing barack obama prepare to just come out and forcefully make the case. he knows as well as anyone else who we have heard from, better so, a, why joe biden is the one who can meet this moment and why he's got the experience we need, and b, what exactly is at stake and what is required of the presidency. >> and bah carrie, he picks a
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location that brings with it a lot of power in history. by picking philadelphia, by picking the museum of revolution, right, the location of the founding fathers gathering for that declaration of independence. he is picking a very specific location i am sure, in part to highlight his own -- it's his own strength and power there, as opposed to the man who has succeeded him. >> well, it's not just the cradle of our democracy, right? it's not just the fact that he is in philadelphia today. there are a lot of us who believe that you talk about philadelphia, you talk about milwaukee, you talk about detroit, you talk about these cities where the election could have possibly been run in 2016, i think it's a look at -- it's more than just that location. what barack obama is showing us tonight is that our democracy is fragile and our democracy can be trample upon and our democracy
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can be destroyed right before our eyes. and i think that this moment is harkening back to this age-old adage, this civil rights add advantage, that freedom is not free. and i think that the straw that broke the camel's back is when they compelled the president of the united states, the 44th president, to come out and do this full frontal attack was the axios interview where the president was so flippant and says "it is what it is." but it wasn't just that. but in the totality of it all, we just lost a legend like john lewis. we lost c.t. vivian, joseph lowery all within 100-day period, people who fought and bled and died for justice, freedom, peace, truth, democracy and giving those words meaning. so, i think the president right now feels compelled with his platform to do more than he had done and to stand up and say tonight enough is enough, let me put all my cards on the table.
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so, freedom is not free, and democracy is fragile i think are the two things barack obama will put forward tonight. >> the point you made about democracy, let me read this part of the speech. he will say, quote, democracy was never meant to be transactional. you give me your vote, i make everything better. i'm asking you to believe in your own ability to imbrace your own responsibility as citizens to make sure the basic at ttenn of our democracy endure because that's what's at stake, our democracy. that's not leaving anything unsaid, jess. >> it's not. and it's following michelle obama's remark perfectly as she said. she gave us marching orders, how to vote, when to vote, how to track ballots. these are the things we need to do to ensure democracy. she spoke to our hearts. i think obama is going to speak
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to our principles tonight. he's going to carry the weight of the white house with it. it is remarkable there is no living president who will stand up and back donald trump. we are going to hear from the m men who have sat in that office and taken on that responsibility, and they know that donald trump has not done what he ought to have done with it. honestly electronegati honestly, even the presence of obama strikes a really important contrast with the man who currently sits in the office. it's not so much about the substance of what he says. it's the simple fact he's able to center somebody other than himself in his own remark. he's going to center the american people. there were two may r jo things that happened to get him in. one is it's an election year and two, we're sitting in the middle of a pandemic and uprising and we need leadership. >> thank you all very much. you're going to say with me though. you mentioned hillary clinton about to speak tonight. what is her message for this party which was, wow, so wounded by her loss just four years ago,
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right? democrats, wow, the anger they felt. and two other women who have never held back when it comes to donald trump. elizabeth warren and nancy pelosi will also speak tonight, and we have new details on what they will say coming up. ♪ sometimes you want to go
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breaking news we're getting our first look at the video that will introduce senator kamala harris before her speech tonight. it makes the case that harris is the right choice. >> i'm talking about someone who can fight for black people, brown people, undocumented people, lgbt people, disabled people, young people, old people, all of america. >> it's about all of us knowing our power teaches us to lift people up, right, and to remind them that we see them and that we hear them and that they matter. >> m. daily is "outfront." m.j., that seems to be the theme, that kamala harris is like many americans and people can connect with her, and that is her big selling point.
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>> that's right, erin. this will be a major theme tonight. kamala harris is the daughter of indian and jamaican immigrants, and she will be making history tonight as the first of woman of color to be nominated to the vice presidency. the goal of her speech we are told is she wants every american to feel like they are reflected in her remarks. we know she is going to address the racial divisions she feels have flared up under the donald trump administration. as she will say in part we are at an inflection point, the callousness makes us feel alone. it's a lot, and here's the thing. we can do better and deserve so much more. we must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work, a president who will bring all of us together, black, white, latino, asian, indigenous to achieve the future we collectively we want.
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we must elect joe biden. this is not going to be just a personal speech. it is also going to be highly political. you will recall as a 2020 candidate she often said a line she hoped to prosecute against donald trump. tonight she is going to condemn donald trump's handling of the covid-19 crisis, and she will bluntly say his actions have cost american lives. >> thank you very much. with that preview of what senator kamala harris will say, i want to bring in joe. i know you spent 200 hours with her on her memoir. there is a way you view someone working on those deeply personal moments that very few people would. so, with senator harris, 200 hours with her, very personal things you've talked about, the death of her mother, other
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deeply personal things. i know she started writing the speech the day she was picked for vp. maybe she started thinking about it before in term of if possibly, but that's not a lot of time, only about a week ago. what do you expect to hear from her tonight? >> i'll expect that she will certainly hit on the history making nature of this night for her and for all of us in terms of electing for the first time, nominating rather for the first time a woman of color to a major political party ticket. but she'll also speak to the broader history we're living through right now, the dualing crisises, the covid crisis and tech nomic calamity and the racial justice crisis and the democratic legitimacy crisis we find ourselves in as donald trump and his allies try to sabotage the election. i think she'll set the table for the stakes that are at stake this november. i think it's a chance for her to reintroduce herself to the
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american people. a lot of people haven't gotten to know her that well. i think it's an opportunity for that. i think she'll go back and touch on her roots which will mean i would suspect she'll talk about her mom who was an incredibly important character in her life, probably the person she looked up to most in the world. and her north star. and i think, you know, tonight as she's preparing for this speech, i would suspect that the only tough thought that's going through her head right now is the fact that her mom won't be there to see it. >> i can imagine that that would be so central no matter who you are. i know that, dylan, you've spent an extraordinary amount of time with joe biden because you were speech writer when she was vice president. during that time, you spent more time with him than anyone including your own wife, that's what life was like being speech writer for the vice president. so, how is he approaching what is now the most important speech of his life? and the most important speech of his life being given without a
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conventional room full of applause and feedback and all the things that make these speeches sing? >> you know, joe biden is easily the most optimistic person i have ever met. i think we're going to see a lot of that optimism in the vision he puts forward. i think so many of us are terrified when we think about november, the possibility that trump could win re-election or install himself in power the idea that we're just halfway through this nightmare. that should be driving us and it is driving have many of us. there is also the opportunity to talk about the possibility of what could happen if they win, the hope that m cos with that. if joe biden and kamala harris are elected and get a democratic senate, six months from now we're going to be dealing with a whole different world. we're going to be in a position where one day we're saking daca kids to we're rejoining the paris climate accords, passing immigration reform that is humane and inclusive and indefensive coordinator of who
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we are as a deem. so, i think there's an opportunity for him to reall give people that picture to imagine, you know, what it actually might be like if we do the work we need to over the next 75 or so days. >> dylan, thank you. i appreciate your time. everyone is back with me. karen, tonight is going to make it official. kamala harris is very well aware of the historic nature of her speech tonight. the first time a woman of color is on a major party ticket for the white house. this is the first time anybody will be there in her shoes. what do you want to hear and see from her tonight? >> well, i want her to tell her amazing american story because, as was just pointed out, people know something about her, but she has such an incredible story. one of the things about her story that is so perfect for the theme of this convention and the things we're talking about, it is an american story. it is a story that is only possible in america, between her parents coming together, putting herself through -- working her
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way through school, her mother working hard to raise two daughters, her being there with her mother when she was dying of cancer. too many of us know that painful experience. this is a tough woman who is qualified and accredited and has, as we would say, the receipts to prove it. and also i want her to speak to, and i think she will as i think hillary will as well, the history of this moment. i cannot begin to tell you what this moment will mean for black women. we worked so hard to make the case for a black woman vice president and then to get behind her, so that arc of history, we're not the backbone of this party. we are the leaders of this party and now we have the chance to be at the highest decision making tables of our government. that's what tonight is going to be about for me. >> and also to connect with people, there is a level of something personal that people are going to want. and she seems extremely capable
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of providing. she has that ability to do that. a little bit more of what she's expected to say today. she's going to say i'm committed to the values that she, referred to her mother, taught me to the word that teaches me to walk by faith and not by sight and to a vision passed on through generations of americans, one that joe biden shares. and she'll continue to talk about her vision for the country, a country where we look out for one another, where we rise and fall as one, where we face our challenges and celebrate our triumphs together. today, that country feels distant. and she will say donald trump's failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods. so, she's going to be pointed at the president, but she's also going to be deeply personal. you know her well. what do you think we will hear? when she talks about her story, her personal story about her parents who were immigrant who is came to america. >> i think most people can see themselves in senator harris, whether or not it's growing up the children of a single mom, whether or not it's being an
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immigrant in this country. and as karen so eloquently put, whether or not it's being the strength of being a black woman in america and having to overcome all these obstacles. her race in the presidential campaign was not easy. the journey and path she took to becoming joe biden's vice president was not easy. i spoke to her monday, sunday, monday, and we just laughed and giggle because if it was going to be a black woman we know it wasn't going to be easy. kamala harris is made for moments like this. and tonight she's going to be fine because the ancestors in barbara fjord, hillary clinton, shirley chisholm are going to carry her through. and i expect her to be the star of the night just as jill and michelle were the nights before. >> and i know you got barack obama speaking tonight as well. so, obviously it is -- >> who?
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barack who? >> exactly. you mentioned hillary clinton. we'll talk about her in moments. i'll hit because because hillary clinton is on the docket along with several other women. this is a big night for hillary clinton. we're getting new details about what she's going to say and the warning she's putting out there. harris is the first indian-american on a major party ticket. she's inspiring a new generation of women to consider politics. >> seeing a woman that looks like me do it it is kind of like me seeing myself doing it. i am totally blind.
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breaking news, we're learning more about what hillary clinton will say tonight in her convention speech. she'll say in part, i wish donald trump had been a better president, but sadly he is who he is. for four years people have said to me, i didn't realize how dangerous he was. i wish i could go back and do it over, or worst, i should have voted. well, this can't be another woulda, coulda, shoulda election. everyone is back with me. you worked on the presidential campaign, obviously karen did as well. her presence tonight is a reminder to many democrats of that painful loss, an open
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wound, still a lot of frustration and anger. what are you expecting from her tonight? zbling it's important to remind the american people about that loss, about everything we lost. hillary clinton is a reminder of what could have been had we had a leader who put compassion first, who led with science who are trusted the facts, who put the american people before herself. and when we hear from her, we sort of hear everything we could have been instead of the reality we're living in now. i think it's important for her to bring that up. i think it's important for her to say that. we know that we have to overcome the same voter suppression, the same electoral college, the same interference from foreign adversarys that we did in 2016. hillary clinton got 5 million more votes. if we want to win this year, we might have to go even bigger than that because we are up against so very much. so, i know it's a little troubling to take us back to that night because no one wants to live there. i would also like to say we heard from john kerry last
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night, and i think we did in 2008 too. we had a long storied bipartisan history of hearing from the people we have nominated to be our leaders. and it should be no different that hillary clinton should obviously with her vote total last year address the convention. >> no doubt she'll do that. but in part what i was referring to also is those who are frustrated at her, even in the democratic party. that that loss was in part because of complacency in her campaign and lack of preparation in the right states. there's some of that feeling underneath the surface. is that relevant at all tonight, or are democrats watching going to be able relevant. i think this is democratic conventi convention. a whole slew of democrats will be excited to hear from hillary clinton who is very well liked by the democratic party at large. imagine the flip. can you imagine? if biden somehow snubbed hillary clinton and didn't invade her to
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come speak and address -- >> yeah. >> -- the great national convention. that would have a much bigger downside. listen, nobody is going to note vote for joe biden watching the convention tonight because hillary clinton spoke at the democratic convention. >> that's the bottom line. karen, she's far from the only one, though. tonight you'll see women that have taken on trump very aggressively. two of them house speaker nancy pelosi and senator warren. they have no fear. they thrive, in fact, on going after this president as he likes to go after others. for example, like this. >> president trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared. >> he is a thin skinned racist bully. >> as the president fiddles, people are dying. >> donald trump is corruption in the flesh. >> so shall we expect more of that tonight, karen? >> yes, indeed. i'm telling you, the women are
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bringing it to this convention. all due respect to the men, you're going to hear a couple sides of this. elizabeth warren is so powerful and strong in her economic critique and can speak about it like no one else. from that perspective, we'll hear more tough talk from her. nancy pelosi is the woman that's the tip of the spear in the fight against donald trump and holding the line, holding it down and i think we'll hear her and i 100% believe donald trump will be hitting the twitters right after she's finished speaking. >> i'm sure. i'm sure. there is a lot for him this everyone. all right. thanks all of you. and i'm going to have a lot more about women and politics in my documentary "women represented, the 100-year battle for equality airing this saturday at 10:00 eastern. "outfront" next, the first
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>> breaking news, kamala harris about to give her acceptance speech, waiting to hear it katarina, an 11-year-old. she will be featured at the convention. she's going to be there tonight as the nation learns more about kamala harris and her indian heritage. >> reporter: ac accepts the vice presidential nominee nation. >> i stand in front out of you with south asian descent. >> this is just incredible.
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>> reporter: to 11-year-old katarina in denver. she's been drawn to kamala harris since her presidential run. we first met her at a harris presidential rally in denver. tonight, katarina will be feature in a video that is part of the convention program talking about harris and what she means to girls like her. >> seeing someone that looks like me do it is like me seeing myself doing it because honestly, in my opinion, i do kind of look like her. you see yourself and you put that goal, that yes, i'm going to do it. >> reporter: a reflection that south asians are celebrating across social media. top chef host posted side by side pictures of her indian american childhood next to hard rils' with the words representation matters. >> we're both indian but actually, we're both sound indian. >> reporter: best known for her
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role in "the office" talked about harris. she tweeted was there ever more of an exciting day? katarina's father says harris' nomination is a marker not just today but for tomorrow. >> south asians are a big part of the work force and not so much part of the leadership but we can lead. we can bring about change and we can help and we can make people feel better about living hear in the united states. >> oh my god. it's historic for me and my daughter, for my son. >> reporter: it means being seen. she's now organizing for the biden harris ticket hoping american politics will now reach and target asian americans, the fastest growing racial group in the u.s. >> to see someone like her be able to not just crack those ceilings but breakthrough them is incredibly inspiring. i think it will be having a huge impact on our communities.
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>> reporter: kamala harris is accepting the nomination amid a changing political landscape. in 2020 more women of color are running than ever in american history and a historic moment for kamala harris and a representation of the changing times. erin. >> absolutely. thank you. our special coverage of the democratic national convention continues now. you're about to witness a historic moment in the fight for the white house and the fight for equality. tonight, senator kamala harris becomes the first woman of color nominated by a major party to be vice president. she'll tell americans her story? the former president barack obama set to deliver a complete and total

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