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here are the numbers for you to call. we also want to hear from you via text. please include your first name and your city, if you would, so we can identify you that way. we are going to begin taking those in just a minute. joe biden was nominated by a woman named jacqueline brittany. here was her nomination. >> i take powerful people up on my elevator all the time. when they get off, they go to their important meetings. i just go back to the lobby. in the short time i spent with that hen, i could tell actually saw me, that he
actually cared, that my life meant something to him. i knew that he would take my story there with him. that's because joe biden has room in his heart for more than just himself. we have been through a lot and we have tough days ahead. nominating someone like that to be in the white house is a good place to start. that's why i nominate my friend, joe biden, as the next president of the united states. the "new yorkt times" as a security guard and that's where she met joe biden. there is a story in " new york times" if you want to read about it. the democrats have officially nominated joe biden to be president. >> this is an incredible day. i am really excited to talk about health care, if we could. >> please go ahead. >> sure. that obamacare is
currently an opt in model. i would like to see an opt out public option where people who are not using the government's health care will be able to receive tax credits based on the size of -- >> what did you hear tonight about health care that attracted you or did not attracti you? >> there was a scene where they were talking about the pandemic and how on the one hand, it feels like the gop really does not care about people being , and the democratic party is standing in the way of preventing obamacare from being rolled back. i think we can double down on obamacare, but fix it. >> that is alex in flemington, new jersey. ,avid in new york, democrat what's your reaction to joe biden being the nominee this year? >> i could not be a prouder to be a delegate for joe.
i love the man. the love that he shows for america, for americans is incredible. what got me to go to new hampshire for him was hearing him talk about how his son wanted to spend one more graduation with his children. that was my late brother, john. p wanted to spend one more graduation with his -- key wanted to spend -- he wanted to spend one more graduation with his two boys. i knew i had to be by this man's side, because he's going to be by our side. he's an antidote to the poison has sharp has been -- trump been pumping into the open wounds of america. >> tell us about meeting joe biden for the first time. >> i drove all the way up from
new york to manchester for the last event that they held before the primary at the greek orthodox church in manchester. a protesty had interrupt the proceedings. dr. jill jumped in to help protect her husband and it was incredible watching her step into it. and then it was incredible just getting to speak with joe and tell him about my brother, john. >> all right, david, we are going to leave it there. thank you for calling in. joe is in walnut creek, california, republican lane. what do you think -- line. what do you think? >> i grew up in chicago and for 40 years, i was a democrat. then when ralph nader ran for president, i changed and voted for him. i did that for so many years and
then when trump ran, i did not know who he was. i had a friend who told me he ran a tv program where they fired people. so i started watching. always athat, i was regular listener for msnbc, cnn, and then i started to watch fox. i heard on some channels, i did not hear it on msnbc. >> what do you think about joe biden being the democratic nominee? >> i can't -- i'm voting for trump. i would never vote for the democrats because i think they misrepresent, they lie. >> aaron is calling from seattle on our independent line. go ahead. >> i am pretty resentful that the dnc is forcing all voters to choose eating a whole bowl of
bowl ofr half a feces. it is very disappointing. nevertheless, i will vote. le bowl if iat a who have to. this is a very disappointing moment. >> who was your candidate in the primary? >> bernie sanders. >> why? >> why? because he's the only person who stood up to people. he's the only person as a politician that actually stood for the things that all americans need right now. he's the only person who has the courage to go forth with a plan and he was torn down by both sides, especially by the mainstream media. that was a disgusting display of power and privilege. that's the situation we are in now. black lives matter. >> that's aaron in seattle.
jaylin is in tennessee. good evening. >> i'm good. i just wanted to call in. i wanted to give props to joe biden. he is very brave, but more so, i think his team is very brave for somehow supporting a man who cannot even put two sentences together. i don't know how they do it, but somehow they do. >> did you watch as a republican? did you watch the convention tonight? >> i did, yes or. was -- yes sir. >> was there anything that appealed to you? >> not really. the bill clinton speech kind of -- i don't know. i am sure you have seen the picture that came out today with the epstein masseuse situation. as a whole, democrats are just,
i mean, morons. >> pamela is coming in from michigan, democrat. it's your turn. >> i am really happy. i cannot tell you. i watched the president and i watched joe biden. when he was talking, for some ,eason, i just felt like, wow this is good. i felt comfortable, i felt that things would change. i'm not happy with the way the president is handling things. mean and nasty, and i just enjoy listening to biden. very, veryfeel
comfortable, and that we all matter. and that is so important right now in our time. >> thank you. brian matthews in north carolina on our independent line. >> i am to the left really of the democratic party, which is why i consider myself an independent. i am a democratic-socialist. there were a lot of tears in my house the night that bernie sanders really lost the democratic nomination. and bernieaoc himself have said, this election is about defeating donald trump, and then in 2021, we can sort of start again on our progressive agenda. i don't think that all is lost. i do think that i do plan on voting for joe biden. certainly, i think we missed out with bernie sanders. >> what is your reaction to
representative alexandria ocasio-cortez getting one minute and it was basically seconding the nomination of bernie sanders? >> i was disappointed by that, especially when the party was so keen on welcoming republicans and bush administration officials. i thought it was very disappointing that she did not get more time and other progressives in the party did not get more time. she will have her own convention one day, is my hope. >> what makes you a democratic-socialist? >> just what aoc says. i believe that a basic standard of living is the right of every american. that means health care for all, a greenert new deal -- green new deal. that means a freedom to live in dignity. it's not practical -- radical. i think it's what we need. >> can you tell us about yourself? >> i am a recent college
graduate, just started working in the midst of the pandemic, which has definitely not been easy. my family struggles with a lot, with health issues especially. medicare for all was an issue that is very near and dear to my heart. i am very sad that we won't be getting medicare for all in the next few years. i can only say that i am hopeful for the future. we have to be hopeful. >> let's hear next from lisa in bradenton, florida, democrat. >> hello! >> joe biden has been nominated. what do you think? >> yes, i think that's wonderful. i am very hopeful for our future. i am a frontline health care worker working in the respiratory -- i am a respiratory therapist. i have seen what has happened in the medical field and it's very sad. >> have you been treating covid patients? >> my husband has.
he has been working in the memorial hospital. he has been in frontline with covid patients. yes, it's very scary for us. and with our kids and us, we don't know what to do. >> does joe biden make you hopeful? >> yes, he does. >> light? -- why? >> he makes us very hopeful in trying to bring down the numbers, yes. >> thank you for calling and thank you for watching. . know i mispronounced that >> it is lisa. >> in phoenix, independent line. go ahead, lisa. >> thank you. i appreciate your call and i'm very hopeful. joe biden, we are behind him
100%. >> why? we think that he can bring this country back to what we are used to. what is expected of this country. >> now, the president was in your state today. >> oh, he was? >> he was down in yuma. >> oh no, i did not realize that he was in our state. day by you know, i go day living, going to work with my kids going to school, so we just try to focus on what we try to do, what is helpful for our family. >> have the schools in phoenix reopened? >> i'm not in phoenix. i'm in florida. am i still talking to lisa in
bradenton, florida? i apologize. i am still here, elisa from phoenix, arizona. >> go ahead in phoenix, arizona. >> that's ok. thank you for taking my call. >> yes, ma'am. to let both to have and elisa go.isa dalton, the democrats have nominated joe biden for president. what's your reaction? >> i am absolutely horrified. >> why? >> we are talking about a gentleman who is not able to
speak in public, won't answer questions. i'm horrified. it's like a grandfather running for presidency. ohio,essa from bedford, democrat, what do you think about the nomination? >> i think it's a wonderful thing. -- who else we had? none of them are perfect, but joe biden do believe in helping people. the man we have in the white house now is absolutely -- donald trump don't care about anything or anyone but his family, his immediate family. peopleust so people -- -- evil. he never takes responsibility for the things he could do but does not do. he blames everyone else.
he is deceiving himself. i actually pray for donald trump , because he is so far gone, the devil has his mind so bad. biden believes in helping everyone and he's a man of faith. that's why the world is in the situation we are in. god is real and people better believe it. that's all i have to say. go, joe biden. >> was joe biden your first choice in the primary? we will never know because she is gone. let's hear from deborah in kentucky. >> how are you this evening? >> i'm fine. how are you? >> ok. i am very pleased. when obama and biden were together, they took care of health care, unemployment was down, they balanced the budget. i think biden will make a great choice. >> did you vote for donald trump in 2016? >> i did not. >> why not? >> he would not have been my
choice. >> thank you for calling. pamela in maine. it is about time we bring back decency to the white house. i am tired of being ashamed by donald trump. we need programs that help the american people, not enrich someone who just wants to spread his brand. donald trump is not fit for office. we have a call from seattle, independent line. good evening. >> i am voting for joe biden, but i am a little bit concerned. the democratic party has been working to tear down the african-american community. all the way to clinton and the three strikes law, all the way a harris laughing about herself smoking weed after resting people for smoking weed. donald trump speaks, but that actions of the democratic party
have proved otherwise in the past. >> who are you supporting in the primary? >> and the primary, i was supporting bernie sanders. he is actually from grassroots. he has actually been there with the black community, as opposed to joe biden back in the 1970's writing laws militarizing the ala harrisce, to kam being a prosecutor refusing to lock up police officers for wrongdoing. he's actually been there from the beginning. >> you said you were involved with the black lives matter movement in seattle, is that correct? >> absolutely. >> tell us what's going on in seattle now. the police chief has resigned. the city council has voted to defund the police. are you supportive of those actions? >> i am not 100% supportive of defunding the police. when i was 14 years old, in the middle of downtown seattle, i
was being by a police officer -- beaten by a police officer. i was beat up by a police officer in seattle personally. now, i am a real estate broker. i am not out roaming the streets and i know not to roam the streets because i know what's out there. as far as black lives matter in seattle, there has been a lot of misinformation that has been spread by the media, as far as goes.op zone it has not been as violent as people make it out to be. the problem with police, opposed to connecting with the community, they are acting in fear of the community, which is a problem across the nation. the police need to be connected with the community instead of being in fear of the community. >> on a scale of one to 10, what is your enthusiasm level for joe biden? >> right now, i would have to
say seven. he did work with barack obama, so i'm hoping that that will mean something. enacted the johnson programs involving the welfare system, which tore down the black community in a lot of facets, it helped a lot of people, but it tore down the community come all the way to now, the democratic party has done a lot of damage. >> thank you for calling this evening. lee is in clinton, north carolina. >> i am so happy to see the harris.d kamala i am glad to see that we have a team that has come in there, coming into the white house and we've got somebody with some experience. it's very important that people coming into this office know how the system works. i think what has been the problem recently, we have had people there that did not know
the system, had never really been out there in the trenches with those people that knock on tors, that make phone calls help people get out to the polls and vote. i think with just listening to professor joe biden tonight -- jill biden tonight, and you could see the love coming from her. what she was saying was coming from her heart. i think that this is going to bring the american people back together, and we are going to do well. >> that was lee. now, tomorrow night, the convention reconvenes at 9:00 p.m. a harris will accept the vice presidential nomination. you will also hear from former president barack obama and former secretary of state hillary clinton. now, let's hear from leo in
ormond beach, florida. the democrats have nominated joe biden, leo. >> i would totally vote for joe. i am democratic in most fashions. i have to stick with my morals. abortion is murder. i am going to vote for donald trump, though i like a lot of the things that joe biden has going on. on ourn, tampa, independent line. hi. >> how are you? >> how are you? >> doing well. so in this presidential election, i am torn. normally, i would vote for the democratic nominee. in this situation, i am not inclined to vote for either party. originally, i was set to vote for bernie sanders, but since he has dropped out of the race, i am at a loss right now. >> so let me ask you the same question we asked jay in
seattle. on an enthusiasm level from one to 10, where are you right now? >> for biden, i think i am at a five. i think that if he had a stronger position with criminal justice reform, i would be more favorable for him. at this time, what i see movement on his on the republican side with criminal justice reform. if biden can back that, he's got my vote 100%. >> susie is in philadelphia on a democratsline -- our line. joe biden has been nominated. >> yes, and i am very excited about it. >> why? >> we need a radical change. we've seen what biden was able to do back with president obama. one of the things i enjoyed about hearing the speeches today, i believe stacey abrams was speaking about the economy and how a lot of this great economy that trump has been
touting prior to the pandemic was actually coming off of the obama hadt biden and created and started. now, he's taken that goodwill and that good economy and sort of gone on a downhill slide, which seems to often happen when we go from democratic presidency where they come into a really bad situation, fix it, and then we slide back down again. >> how is the city of philadelphia doing during this pandemic? >> doing pretty well. our mayor and governor have both been very progressive and good about making sure people are wearing their masks properly and shutting down the city in a way that the whole country should have to try to put a lid on it. >> hasn't started to reopen -- has it started to reopen? >> yes.
outdoor cafés are open. we have open schools. it has been a very cautious manner but i think people in the city have been pretty respectful about it. people are pretty good about wearing masks and being conscientious about other people. i have not had any major incidents that i am aware of. >> thank you for calling in this evening. i just want a better person in office who has moral and ethics and knows how to speak with the people. let's hear from steve on our republican line. the democrats have nominated joe biden, steve. the secondit is election in a row that bernie sanders got ripped off. he should be the nominee. >> a couple of our callers have mentioned that tonight. you are calling on the republican line. >> right. i would also like to mention we are talkingen about the #metoo movement, and you've got bill clinton and joe
you behich, how could part of the #metoo movement when you are supporting these people? i just don't get it. 10, becauses a there is no way he is going to win. people are not going to -- >> so the last two nights, have you been watching the entire democratic convention so far? >> not in its entirety. i have watched it on several different networks. --ust don't >> thanks for calling in. larry is in new hudson, michigan, independent line. go ahead, larry. >> this is larry. i am in michigan. 4 years ago in november, i was responsible for putting a guy in
the white house who is in there now. i will not make that mistake a second time. i feel that he is a fake president. i also feel that he is a russian asset. i feel that he is doing everything wrong. wrong on this pandemic, wrong on the world scene, wrong as far as the violence and police brutality. i am 70 years old, my wife is 72. this is the worst thing we have ever lived through and we have lived through a lot, the vietnam war, the cuban missile crisis, all kinds of things, but this is really bad. >> why did you support donald trump four years ago? >> i wanted a change from washington politics. i felt that we were not being represented. time, and i, at the guess he lied and i believed it, but i think it was lincoln who some of the fool
people all the time, but you can't fool all of the people all the time. he's not fooling me anymore. i will vote for joe biden and kamala harris. i think our current president better watch out when he loses the election, because putin does not leave any loose ends. >> coming up in just a minute is a recap of tonight's convention. tomorrow morning, we will continue getting your reaction to the democratic national convention with someone from axios, emily's list, and the president of the naacp. atrything you saw tonight the democratic convention is available on our website, c-span.org. ♪ our campaign 2020 coverage
continues. c-span, your unfiltered view of politics. >> it has been a night in which two former president and two former secretaries of state making their case against president trump and for the biden-harris ticket. also the night in which joe biden officially became the democratic presidential nominee. we will have some of the key highlights from day two of this virtual convention. we will be checking in once again with the chair of the michigan democratic party and former republican congressman from virginia, tom davis. delaware putting joe biden over the top. he represented delaware and the u.s. senate for 30 plus years. tonight, he officially became the democratic nominee. here's how it happened. >> thank you to all of our delegations. i am pleased to announce that vice president joe biden has officially been nominated by the democratic party as our candidate for president of the united states.
vice president biden is hereby invited to deliver an acceptance speech. ♪ thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart. thank you all. it means the world to me and my family and i will see you on thursday. thank you, thank you, thank you! >> that is how it unfolded. alexi is joining us from wilmington, delaware. a very different convention tonight, a very different acceptance by joe biden. tell us what your reaction has been so far. >> there are not many balloons or confetti falling from my hotel room or sitting on the floor behind me. i am stuck in this hotel until they give their live remarks wednesday and thursday. tonight's theme about leadership mattering and presenting a contrast in leadership between joe biden and president trump came through in a lot of ways. not just in the foreign policy
side, but really to his character. we saw his wife introduced herself to the american people really for the first time in this campaign at the level that she did tonight. but she also helped paint a picture of not just joe biden the candidate, but the family at large, which really helps the campaign sell this message to the country that this is us as a family unit. this is the type of family and values that drive us when no one is looking and this is how joe biden would govern if elected president. i think that is a powerful contrast that they will try to put up against president trump as the election continues. >> that moment when he talked about losing his first wife and how jill made the family whole, the setting at the high school where dr. jill biden was a former teacher, and the backdrop of so many parents preparing to send their kids to school, most schools being held virtually. >> i thought that was a really
interesting choice. if this campaign and this election becomes an ugly, impassioned battle and debate over school's reopening, which it already is. we already see the president moving in one direction that joe biden is not moving in. biden canat dr. jill help the campaign make their argument. biden, as a teacher, has actual experience and authority to speak about this issue. in her remarks, it was not clinical, it was not just the facts and science, she talked a lot about the intangibles. the atmosphere of being at a school, the colors, the feeling, these things that parents are of course missing, but students are missing out on as we are debating the right way to move forward. >> here's one of those moments
you are referring to. he will do for your family what he did for ours, bring us together and make us whole, carry us forward in our time of need, keep the promise of america for all of us. [laughter] mr. biden: great. i love you. how are you? i am jill biden's husband. you can see why she is a love of my life, the rock of our family. she never gives herself much credit, but the truth is, she is the strongest person i know. she loves fiercely, cares deeply. nothing stops her when she sets her mind to getting something right. >> that from wilmington, delaware earlier tonight. contrasted that with the speech we heard last night from former first lady michelle obama.
>> michelle obama spent a lot of time talking about president trump's, as she calls it, unfitness for office, this i did that he is not fit for president, that he is not up to the task. she was simply stating that kind of matter-of-factly, this guy who we are all elected is not ready to do this job. tonight, we hear jill biden really humanizing joe biden for the american people. that is interesting when i think about how republicans or president trump are trying to brand joe biden and turn him into this bogeyman. it has so far not worked a large part because the american people know joe biden. they know that joe biden is not the person that donald trump is painting him to be. now that dr. jill biden is coming in and painting a fuller picture of who he is as a man, it could cut away at donald trump's ability to rebrand him.
michelle obama really focused on president trump not being up for the job. jill biden focused a lot on why joe biden is up for the job of being president. >> what's the headline tonight at axios.com? upeveryone will have to sign to see the first sentence tomorrow morning. everything we have been talking about with jill biden. the other thing that we are going to be talking about tomorrow and i think for the foreseeable future is the virtual rollcall. i cannot stop thinking about the fact that in a global pandemic that has otherwise forced us all to stay at home, that virtual rollcall that took us to all 50 states and the different territories around the country really was a good way to travel in an otherwise kind of stagnant time. i think that is interesting. joe biden said himself at the virtual event that the virtual
model for the a way forward for conventions in the future. >> it began at about 9:45 eastern time and then moved into the 10:00 hour, which is important, because that is the one hour that the broadcast networks agreed to carry live. >> that is exactly right. what is interesting is that americans are sing the breadth and depth and diversity of the party as people are standing in ohio, hawaii. that diversity can be harder to point out when you are all kind of jammed into a crowd, you are just a sea of delegates in a normal convention hall. this is really putting americans in all these different states, seeing all these backgrounds, seeing different parts of the country while they are watching on primetime cable that they maybe have never even visited in their life or will not visit for a long time because of this pandemic. >> give us a sense of what's
going to happen tomorrow. senator harris will accept the vp nomination. what else will you be looking for in the second half of this virtual convention? >> as you mentioned, senator harris tomorrow. i think that will be the big picture ticket item for tomorrow. joe biden on thursday closing it out. but we are going to see different themes emerging. of course, today was about leadership. we are going to see how the democratic party continues to make the case for joe biden. these first two days have focused on republicans and brought in a lot of republican voices. >> she will be on the job tomorrow and thursday inside the arena, as the presidential and vice presidential nominee accepted the dnc nomination -- accept the dnc nomination. thanks. >> thanks. >> tomorrow evening, the
speeches will include senator elizabeth warren, a former 2016 and 2020 democratic presidential candidate on the 2016 democratic nominee hillary clinton also speaking tomorrow evening. former president barack obama and then the acceptance speech by senator harris as the vp nominee. we want to begin with tom davis, former republican congressman from virginia. it seemed to me, as we were talking just before we went on air, the different coalitions within the democratic party playing out tonight. can you elaborate on that? >> the party coalitions that elected bush have changed. the parties are switching. mccain, get on romney, bush, they are not part of the trump coalition. trump maintains very high favorable's among the new republican coalition. some of the higher income and a
educated voters in the suburbs have been a problem. they are very strengthened innovaro areas across the country -- in rural areas across the country. the democratic coalition right now reminds me of an organized conspiracy to seize power. they are united around one think, they don't like dino -- thing, they don't like donald trump. bidenjohn kasich's joe who is going to veer towards the center? or izzy bernie sanders -- is he bernie sanders? think.s an individual, i decent fella.ery i don't think you get much argument on those grounds. what does he stand for? the challenge for the trump campaign is, ok, you don't like
how i have handled the coronavirus, what are you going to do? you wanted to let more chinese in here at a time when they were infecting the rest of the planet because ideologically, you thought it might be offensive to chinese. i closed it down. i think these issues are going to be flushed out over the next few weeks. biden, over the long term, is going to have to come out of the basement and start answering some of these. if it is a personality fight at this point, i think biden probably wins it. but if they get into the issues, i think that's really what trump needs to be able to win. >> typically, when the convention is taking place, the other party kind of lays low. that has not been the case with president trump. yesterday, he was in wisconsin and minnesota. today, in iowa and arizona. how does the trump campaign thread the needle to get to 270? >> you take a look at the last
election and trump will have an outside chance of thing up maybe new hampshire and nevada. he's got to hold the states at this point. in iowa today, he declared several counties a disaster area , which will allow federal age to come in and help some of these people. it was a super tornado of some kind. it for up a lot of properties in a lot ofas -- tore up properties in those areas. he doesn't have a lot of room to bleed. the senate is the same thing. the senate is on a razors edge for republicans. as the presidential race goes, so is the senate likely to go. these states will get a lot of attention by both parties and both candidates. >> we now know how the rollcall of states involved -- evolved.
how do you think it went from your standpoint? >> i loved everything about it. being able to see visions of america and diversity in that rollcall state after state, people in their native dress, people speaking their languages, people just being americans all over the country was beautiful. i was very proud to see our michigan senator delivering michigan's votes for the convention. it was beautifully done. i am proud of the convention team for pulling it off. i think america got to see america and do a little traveling safely from their home. it was good. let's go through a couple of moments -- >> let's go through a couple of moments and get both of your reactions. sally gates was very critical of was very critical of president trump. >> he has used his position to benefit himself, rather than our country. he has traveled the rule of law -- trampled the rule of law,
trying to weaponize our justice department to attack his enemies and protect his friends. rather than standing up to vladimir putin, he funds over 8 ns over a dictator who is still trying to interfere in our elections. he's even trying to sabotage our postal service to keep people from being able to vote. fbi,onstant attacks on the free press, inspectors general, federal judges, they all have one purpose, to remove any check on his power. >> was that effective? >> absolutely effective. heris an american hero and words were powerful and strong and correct. i think the convention team on the speakers did a terrific job of building the case for the leadership that will be joe biden. the congressman asked, who is joe biden?
he will be america's joe biden when he is the president of the united states. i think we are all getting more and more information about how he will lead and what will be very different about a biden administration from eight trump administration. davis, as you know, from critics of the president, they are talking about the people who will be part of the biden cabinet expressing concern. s. let me get to sally yate i certainly don't agree with everything she said that she is a very credible advocate. the minuted the fisa things went wrong there when you get into the michael flynn case. she has got a lot of credibility as basically an independent mind on a lot of these issues.
i don't agree with everything that she said, but i think that she is a credible advocate as i look at the speakers tonight. what was your second question? >> in terms of who is going to be part of the biden cabinet. we are hearing that from critics of the democratic candidate. >> we don't know at this point and there will be a lot of scrambling. i think when obama got elected, he wanted to be a uniter, not a divider. but he had a democratic congress. democrats said, don't reach out to them. i think biden will have the same kind of issues. if he wants to raise taxes, he will be doing that with democratic votes probably on reconciliation in the senate. he's had a history of working across party lines. you've got macro forces
affecting the polarization at this point. november is just a constitutional formality. you've got these media models which are kind of enforcers and these super pac's right and left that make it harder to cross party lines. i am sure it is the intention. there will be a lot of fighting. we will just have to see. he's got a lot of coalition elements that will want a piece of him from different parts of that democratic collision. the difficult part -- coalition. the difficult part is trying to hold a coalition that is united against donald trump into a governing coalition.
heas i said last night, said, we will rule through competence and didn't draw a sharp line on the issues. they need to be careful if they get drawn into an issue debate. that they don't get too far afield. >> how do the democrats make that sharp contrast between donald trump and the democrats? >> we are making that every day. we made that tonight. we will continue to. not justaign is to -- about donald trump. we are talking about issues that are important to the american people. an america that lifts up every citizen of this country. how important it is to protect health care and jobs, to take care of the least of us. protect black and brown people from being attacked. all of those issues.
joe biden talks about all of those issues every time he talks. these issues that are so important. the contrast is so deep. we are showing it every day. there's a strong case being made for joe biden, not just the case against donald trump. >> here's former president bill clinton who accepted his own party's nomination in 1992. >> deal for lossless should be a command center in sin of a storm center. one thing never changes. his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. the bug never stops there. you have to decide. orther to renew his contract hire someone else. if you want to president who defines the job as spending hours each day watching tv, he's your man. distracting and demeaning works great if you are trying to
entertain or inflame. in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards. covid doesn't respond to any of that. to be debt, you have to go to work to do with the facts. our party is united in offering you a different choice. a go to work president. a down-to-earth guy. a man with a mission to take responsibility, not shift the blame. concentrate, not distract. our choice is joe biden. >> that was bill clinton. it is a very different democratic party today than it was when bill clinton was president. >> a very different democratic party. clinton's strongest case, counties went for trump. listen to clinton. it was a personal attack. talking about donald trumps fables and mistakes he has made. the fact that he has operated
differently. as a disrupter, you would expect that. i did not hear anything about where the issue differences are. the democrats have two lines. once you start getting into issues in terms of the funding the police, medicare for all. it gets more divisive. that's the difficulty with their coalition. the expectations on the part of the left and the ability of president biden to deliver that and hold the rest of that coalition together. we will see where he goes. if the trump campaign is willing to drop biden out. ofht now, he's in the safety his basement, not out there every day answering questions. that's a good place for him to be. thatlot of criticism representative alexandria ocasio-cortez only had one minute in her nominating speech.
we will hear from hillary clinton tomorrow. too much on the past and not enough on the future? >> it's important that we continue to build, talk about where we have been so we can talk about where we are going. there was a lot of future tonight. officials whoted participated in 19 note address from all over the country, including michigan. it's about the future as well. we are doing a terrific job of highlighting the future of the party while remembering our past and talking about the issues that brought us to where we are right now. i want to remind folks, as this builds, we started out talking about leadership and the importance of leadership. we moved to joe biden in the heart and soul of the family. the real joe biden that a lot of people didn't know. the convention planners did a terrific job of moving us
through that story and getting us to that final point. dr. jill join us -- told us the story of their family. it was beautiful. >> here's that moment with alexandria ocasio-cortez, nominating senator bernie sanders earlier tonight. >> unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive and equality -- inequality for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many. who organized the historic grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy. in a time when millions of people in the united states are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of massive action, unemployment, and lack of health care, out of the love for all people, i hereby second the nomination of senator bernard sanders of vermont for president of the united states of america. >> you served in the house of
representatives. have you seen a freshman representative gain so much notoriety and attention in their first term? >> i don't think i have. we had sonny bono. we've had some hollywood types. i don't think so. who did she beat? joe crowley. she's been a meteor since then. out,as set her own vector put her own course. she has more followers on some of the social media than established politicians. >> a couple other moments i want to get your reaction to. the video by cindy mccain on her late husband john mccain and the endorsement of colin powell. let me begin with you on that. >> more of that leadership we were talking about earlier. i was moved by cindy mccain telling us the story of the friendship between those two
former senators. not -- i thought that was terrific. talking about how important that relationship was. even when they got to the senate and they were on opposite sides, they were able to come together as friends. it speaks volumes to the fact that joe biden has been able to work across the aisle since he's been in washington. the will bring together this coalition of democrats to work hard for america after he's elected president. cindy mccain and colin powell did a terrific job of telling the story of why jones -- joe biden's leadership is leadership we need right now. >> you headed up the republican greg rational campaign committee for the house. what was the strategy in those remarks tonight? independent and republicans who have not been happy with president trump. what better symbol and cindy mccain?
colin powell is a respected figure. he has not resort -- endorsed a republican for president since 2004. he's part of this realignment that we talked about earlier. the republican party has weakened itself in the suburbs. they are going stronger in rural areas. the republican base has migrated from the country club to the country. let me just say. for aoc, democrats do not want to spotlight her on a night when they are trying to go after republican independent voters. she's a lightning rod. she inspires a lot of enthusiasm among some elements. when you are talking about swing voters, that's not her forte. she comes from a safe democratic district in new york city. she does not have to talk to independents or republicans to win. that's why they put her out to have a minute tonight. if you wanted to fire up the base, she does a better job of that. that was not the message tonight. >> your comment? >> i think that nomination
speeches are typically not that long. trying to keep to the time limit so we can manage to fit everything into the hours we have. large faction a of our party, a group of folks that are enthusiastic about supporting joe biden, making sure he gets elected and we make the changes that we need to make. net -- way, the only to get to where we need to go on the issues that aoc and her supporters care about is to get joe biden in the office right now. it's the only way to do that. these folks understand that. it will be voting in droves. peoplee more and more highlighted. it's tough. the morbid people we elect, the more people we have to put on the stages. there's not enough room for everybody.
governor bill clinton in 1988 , the applause when he said in conclusion. >> he thought he ended his career at that point. let me say this about aoc. leader and has a lot of followers in the party. she was on the losing side of the presidential nomination. the fact that they gave her a minute speaks to their strategy of going after swing voters. the republicans went through the tea party state. it started to shift the balance within the republican party. democrats are in the early stages of the herbal tea party. aoc and the squad and a number of members starting to move the democratic party left. it will be a struggle for whoever wins to try to govern in an atmosphere.
>> here's jerome powell. >> you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and up to our adversaries. never the other way around. he will drop our diplomats not the flattery of dictators and desperate. he will make it his job to know when anyone dares to threaten us. he will stand up for adversaries with strength and experience. they will know he means business. i support joe biden because beginning on day one, he will restore american leadership and our moral authority. >> how big of an issue is foreign policy in the selection? >> i think they are trying to mcdonnell trump look like some kind of naive person who has just gotten off of the talking truck. they put together a middle east peace plan where the united arab ,mirates is recognizing israel
which will pave the way for other arab nations recognizing israel for the first time. colin powell was the architect of the iraq war. most of these presidential candidates denounce it as a major failure. trump was a disruptor. dealposed the iran nuclear , which i think was a bad deal. a lot of people have come to that conclusion overtime. there was some disagreement within the foreign-policy establishment. when you see these former secretaries of state coming out on this, it really goes back to some decisions that were made. i'm not sure they were popular. donald trump is on the other side from them. >> you are talking to voters. we heard about health care tonight, covid-19, the economy. policy,comes to foreign where does that fit in the category of issues that voters are talking to you about? tonight, we did a great
service of helping people understand that biden comes with the experience and shops to lead on the foreign stage. it's an important part of the job. we are very focused on health care and covid and a lack of response to covid by the federal government. we also know that it's important for us to return to our standing in the foreign realm as well. we want to make sure that the voters recognize that vice president biden has the experience. he's been in that room. he's been in that same room that the president is in. he understands how important it is to lead with strength and power. vice president biden is ready to do that from day one. >> you mentioned the rollcall of states. what was the other moment you took away from tonight? >> that empty classroom that dr. jill biden stood in, it was riveting. think about what's happening right now in this country, the
fear that parents have about sending their children back into classrooms with covid still rampant throughout the country. that empty classroom was powerful, as was her speech. that moment was a good take away from you. >> i will take away the herbal tea party for the democrats. the tea party for the republicans. how do these parties moving in different directions come together and compromise and govern? >> we see this right now. a new cares package. they can't come together on some basic needs on the covid virus. basic extensions of some existing programs. they can't come together on the very simple things. the american people will look at this, there are fingers pointing both ways. the should've been easy. they tried to jazz it up. they make too many promises. i hope they will get it figured out at the end of the day, like they did with the first package.
it has taken an inordinate amount of time. checks could gone out. people are suffering. donald trump didn't cause the virus. we forget that. when you take a look at the states with democratic governors, california, new york, these are hardly paradigms of the way that you would combat the virus. there is not a consensus on what should've been done. you talk about strong science and losing people who test positive into nursing homes. countryhe board, the has struggled with this. what is bothersome, we were not able to work together. it became a political football. donald trump did not cause this virus. from the other side, i don't hear any answers. we will keep things closed until we get a vaccine. that's no answer, particularly with a bad economy. when you talk about helping
everybody, the unemployment rate among hispanics and african-americans was the lowest in reported history under donald trump. everybody was being helped. you have to ask yourself, who will bring the economy back? who wants to raise taxes and bring back regulation? and be slowed opening up? ? or somebody that understands we have to rebound? if the trump campaign can move to that, they will be on sure footing. are boggednt, we down. we will see how the republicans responded street. >> issues that will continue to come up tomorrow. virginia from northern , former head of the national republican congressional campaign committee. laura barnes from ann arbor, the current chair of the michigan democratic party. thank you for both of your analysis and perspective. our coverage continues tomorrow evening at 9:00 eastern time.
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the democratic national convention continued today in milwaukee, featuring speeches by representative alexandria ocasio-cortez, former president bill clinton, and the wife of joe biden dr. jill biden. here's milwaukee mayor tom barrett leading off the second day of the convention. >> mayor tom barrett. hi everybody. i am the proud mayor of milwaukee. i would love to welcome you to my home city right now. the good people of milwaukee and i were so excited when we return -- learned a resilient city was chosen to host dnc. it was the first time a major political party chose wisconsin to hold its convention. but these are not conventional times. as a