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joe biden that i know and love. he's honest and strong. principled and compassionate. he was authentic long before it became a buzzword in politics. he understands that working people are the backbone of this nation. and he has tremendous empathy for those in need. he knows as i do that education is the great equalizer. and that community colleges are america's best-kept secret. and he believes, as i do, that we have a special obligation to our military and their families. he has a deep commitment to
justice and he has spent his whole career standing up to the abuse of power. he knows at its best, politics is always a matter of the heart. and he remains today even after all he's been through the most optimistic person i know. he loves his family. he loves this country. he's your vice president and my husband, joe biden. ♪ >> you know, my dad used to have an expression, he said a lucky person gets up in the morning,
puts both feet on the floor, knows what they're about to do and thinks it still matters. >> for over 40 years, joe biden has had the courage to speak out and lead on the toughest issues facing america. >> when i wrote the violence against women act back in 1989, i think people although they cared about it thought maybe there's not much we can do about it. >> but he saw an injustice too great to ignore. violence against women was a moral stain on the conscience of a nation. >> we created a civil cause of action to empower women who are abused in this country. >> for millions of women, the violence against women act has provided protection, support and the ability to rebuild their lives. apartheid in south africa offended everything we stood for as a nation, but america was slow to act. >> i'm ashamed of the lack of moral backbone to this policy. these people are dying.
you feel frustration. they're dying. they're being shot. they're shooting children. our loyalty is not to south africa. it's to south africans. >> genocide in bosnia challenged the world. joe biden spoke out. >> what's going on is an atrocity. this guy's a thug. a war criminal. it's truly a shame what we're allowing to happen. we're acting collectively as a free world like cowards. >> in the 1990s the nra threatened anyone who crossed them. joe biden took them on. >> we will not step back from the commitment we have made to the american people to give them safe streets, safe homes, and safe schools. that's why we fought the gun lobby and passed a ban on assault weapons. >> it's the kind of courage we need today in congress to stand up to the nra.
when the freedom to love who you choose was being denied by our own government, joe biden said, no more. >> what this is all about is a simple proposition. who do you love? who do you love? and will you be loyal to the person you love? and that's what people are finding out is what all marriages at their root are about. whether they're marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. it's over. the long constitutional debate over whether gay couples have the constitutional right to marry is over, and the answer is yes. >> for joe biden, the once sacred onbligation of a nation s to those who have sevened. >> the veterans of america are not only the heart and soul, but you are the very spine of this nation. who have served and sacrificed for all of us. >> and for those military families who have lost loved
ones, who have sacrificed the most, he's offered hope. >> there will come a day when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. it will happen. my prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later, but the only thing i have more experience than you is this, i'm telling you, it will come. i believe we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer. it's personal. like many of you, i've experienced in my family the dreaded "c" word. every year around the world, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer. we are going to fundamentally change the face of cancer. >> and because he's gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years,
i'm putting joe in charge of mission control. >> in the last 22 years, violence against women has dropped 64% and more people are reporting it. the one place it hasn't changed is on college campuses. >> today he's leading a movement to end sex abuse on college campuses. >> unfortunately, one in five women will be the victims of sexual assault while a student, and that's why we launched the "it's on us" campaign. it says one, i promise to intervene when i see something. two, i promise to create an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable. three, no consent means no. >> a gut wrenching story that has gone viral. >> vice president joe biden has written a heartfelt letter to the survivor. >> i do not know your name, but your words are forever seared in my soul. your words will help people you have never met. you have given them the strength and need to fight. i do not know your name, but i
will never forget you." let's change the culture so that no abused woman or man feel they have to ask themselves, what did i do? they did nothing wrong. >> it was the great battles over civil rights and the vietnam war that brought joe biden to public life, and he hasn't flinched or walked away from the great battles that have driven or defined this nation ever since. his has been a career defined by honesty, passion and conviction. and throughout it all, when it mattered most, he's forced us all to look deep in our souls and ask, is this who we are as a nation? and perhaps more importantly, is this who we want to be? >> i'm more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life.
thank you, thank you, thank you. i love you. ladies and gentlemen, thank you, thank you, thank you. you've -- i love you. ladies and gentlemen, eight years ago, i stood on a stage in denver and i accepted your nomination to be vice president of the united states. and every single day since then, it's been the honor of our lives for jill and me. every day we've been grateful to
barack and michelle for asking them to join us in this -- join them in that incredible journey. a journey -- a journey that can only happen in america. but we not only have worked together, as it becomes pretty obvious, we've become friends. we're now family. we're family. folks, you've all seen over the last eight years what president obama means to this country. he's the embodiment -- he is the embodiment of honor, resolve, and character. one of the finest presidents we have ever had. that's right.
this is a man of character. and he's become a brother to jill and me, and michelle, i don't know where you are, kid, but you're incredible. you are incredible. i was talking to barack today, it's no longer who's going to give the best speech, we already know who did that. you were incredible monday night. to the delaware delegation, as they say in southern delaware. barack and i married way up. way up. folks, as i stand here tonight,
i see so many friends and colleagues like my buddy, chris dodd, and the connecticut delegation. so many people are here. i see the faces of those who have placed their belief in barack and me. so many faces but one. this is kind of a bittersweet moment for jill and me and our family. in 2008, when he was about to deploy to iraq and again in 2012, our son, beau, introduced me to the country and placed my name in nomination. you got a glimpse -- i know i sound like a dad, but you got a glimpse of what an incredibly fine young man beau was. thank you.
thank you. his wife, halley, and his two kids are here tonight. as earnest hemingway once wrote,s the world breaks everyone, and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places. i've been made strong at the broken places by my love, jill, by my heart, my son, hunter, and the love of my life, my ashley. and by all of you, and i mean this sincerely, those of you who have been through this, you know i mean what i say by all of you. your love, your prayers, your support. you know what, we talk about, we
think about the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have. with so much less support. so much less reason to go on. but they get up every morning, every day, they put one foot in front of the other. they keep going. that's the unbreakable spirit of the people of america. that's who we are. that's who we are. don't forget it. like the people in the neighborhood that jill and i grew up in, she in willow grove, mine down in wilmington and claymont. the kid in claymont with the most courage who always jumped in when you were double-teamed or your back was against the wall. who became a cop because he always wanted to help people. the middle daughter of three
daughters who always made her mother smile, who was a hero to her sisters. now a major in the united states marine corps because mr. vice president, i wanted to serve my country. the teacher -- the teachers who jill knows and so many of you know who take money out of their own pockets to buy pencils and notebooks for the students who can't afford them. why? why? because being a teacher is not what they do, it's who they are. you know what i know, for real. these are the people who are the heart and soul of this country. it's the america that i know.
the america that hillary knows and tim kaine knows. you know, i've known hillary for well over 30 years. before she was first lady of the united states, when she became first lady. we served together in the united states senate. and during her years as secretary of state, once a week, we had breakfast in my home. the vice president's residence. everybody knows she's smart. everybody knows she's tough. but i know what she's passionate about. i know hillary. hillary understands. hillary gets it. hillary understands that college loan is about a lot more than getting a qualified college education.
it's about saving the mom and dad from the indignity of having to look at their talented child and say, sonny, honey, i'm so sorry, the bank wouldn't lend me the money, i can't help you to get to school. i know that about hillary. hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling thinking oh my god, what if i get breast cancer or he has a heart attack? i will lose everything. what will we do then? i know about hillary clinton. ladies and gentlemen, we all understand what it will mean for our daughters and granddaughters when hillary clinton walks into the oval office as president of the united states of america. it will change their lives. my daughters and granddaughters
can do anything any son or grandson can do, and she will prove it, mr. mayor. so let me say as clearly as i can, if you live in the neighborhoods like the ones jill and i grew up in, if you worry about your job and getting a decent pay, if you worry about your children's education, if you're taking care of an elderly parent, then there's only one, only one person in this election who will help you. there's only one person in this race who will be there, who's always been there for you. and that's hillary clinton's life story. it's not just who she is. it's her life story. she's always there. she's always been there. and so has tim kaine.
ladies and gentlemen, to state the obvious, i'm not trying to be a wise guy here, i really mean it. that's not donald trump's story. just listen to me a second without booing or cheering. i mean this sincerely. we should really think about this. his cynicism is unbounded. his lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in the phrase i suspect he's most proud of having made famous, "you're fired." i mean, really, i'm not joking. think about that. think about that. think about everything you learned as a child. no matter where you were raised. how can there be pleasure in saying "you're fired"? he's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class?
give me a break. that's a bunch of malarky. tell withdrew. folks. whatever -- whatever he thinks, whatever he thinks, and i mean this in the bottom of my heart, i know i'm called middle class joe. in washington, that's not meant as a compliment. it means you're not sophisticated. but i know why we're strong. i know why we have held together. i know why we are united. it's because there's always been a growing middle class. this guy doesn't have a clue
about the middle class. not a clue. because, folks, when the middle class does well, when the middle class does well, the rich do very well and the poor have hope. they have a way up. he has no clue about what makes america great. actually, he has no clue, period. but folks -- let me -- [ crowd chanting "not a clue" ♪ >> you got it. let me -- okay. folks let me say -- let me
say something that has nothing to do with politics. let me talk about something that i am deadly serious about. this is a complicated and uncertain world we live in. the threats are too great. the times are too uncertain. to elect donald trump as president of the united states. now let me finish. no major party, no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security. we cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of isis and other terrorists, who has no
plan whatsoever to make us safer. a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies, torture, religious intolerance. you all know, all the republicans know. that's not who we are. it betrays our values. it alienates those who we need in the fight against isis. donald trump with all his rhetoric would literally make us less safe. we cannot elect a man who belittles our closest allies while embracing dictators like vladimir putin. no. i mean it. a man who seeks to sew division in america for his own gain and disorder around the world. a man who confuses bluster with strength. we simply cannot let that happen as americans. period.
folks -- i have -- no one ever doubts i mean what i say. just that sometimes i say all that i mean. but folks, let me tell you what i literally tell every world leader i met with and i've met them all. it's never, never, never been a good bet to bet against america. we have the finest fighting force in the world. not only -- not -- [ crowd chanting "usa" ] not only -- not only do we have the largest economy in the world, we have the strongest economy in the world.
we have the most productive workers in the world. and given a fair shot, given a fair chance, americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. never. never. ordinary people like us who do extraordinary things. we've had candidates before attempted to get elected by appealing to our fears, but they've never succeeded because we do not scare easily. we never bow. we never bend. we never break when confronted with crisis. no, we endure. we overcome. and we always, always, always move forward. that's why. that's why i can say with absolute conviction, i am more optimistic about our chances
today than when i was elected as a 29-year-old kid to the senate. the 21st century is going to be the american century. because -- because we lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. that is the history of the journey of america. and god willing, god willing, hillary clinton will write the next chapter in that journey. we are america. second to none. and we own the finish line. don't forget it. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. come on. we're america. thank you. ♪
>> chris matthews, they affectionately call him uncle joe. can probably be said without partisan slant, the crowd needed the jolt they just got from the longtime vice president. >> you know, a couple things are going on there. i think vice president biden said to me one time, you want to know how to become popular america? don't run for president. there you see. part of it. don't run for president. people love you. the second thing is, donald trump with his negativity about
this country has opened the door. you're allowed to be now openly patriotic, you're allowed to yell "usa" in a democratic conventi convention. you're allow to say this is the greatest country on earth as michelle did the other night. trump's negativity has made a legitimate and wonderful for democrats to be old really cornwa cornwall. i love this place. this is the greatest place in the world. democrats thought that was unsophisticated until they met donald trump and now they realize it is the popular side of the issue. loving the country as it is while wanting it to get better is the new democratic position thanks to trump. >> the thing about joe biden is that joe biden is a force of nature on an average tuesday morning but you give him a stage, you give him a platform like this, and we didn't have prepared remarks. i wasn't following along on the teleprompter or anything. i will guarantee you that that bore very little resemblance to
what was written down for him to say. for him to be moved enough by what he was saying that at the end, he just yells, "come on, we're america." there's just nobody else in politics in my lifetime who pulls off that kind of emotion and enthusiasm and authenticity the way that joe biden does and that is one of the things that he will be missed for when he's no longer vice president. >> lawrence o'donnell, you've known him a long time going back to your days in the senate. >> yeah, two people tonight, leon panetta and joe biden, anyone who worked with them will tell you there's no one better that they've worked with. i just want to jump back to leon panetta for a moment because there might not have been a second term of the clinton presidency without leon panetta coming in at the beginning of the second year as the white house chief of staff to professionalize that white house that everyone had decided including the president wasn't working. he's done extraordinary things before he got to the obama administration. joe biden said about donald trump, no candidate has ever
known less. no candidate for president has ever known less than donald trump. joe biden, going after donald trump, is something we saw tonight how he can do it. we can expect 14 weeks of that from joe biden. this is the first of many speeches. joe biden versus donald trump. >> they haven't yet done a joint campaign appearance. they were going to early this morning because of the dallas shootings. hillary clinton and joe biden are going to appear together the first time august 15th in skr t scranton. >> let's go down to delaware delegation, peter alexander is down there. >> reporter: right now we're with lisa goodman, you're a delegate from delaware. you've known the biden family for years. you knew beau very well. talk to me about the pride that delaware has for the vice president of the u.s. and comments he just shared. >> we're incredibly proud of joe biden. it was a classic joe biden speech. bittersweet for us because it might be the last time we hear him on a stage like this but he delivered an amazing speech. he talked about what makes us strong and why we shouldn't
allow donald trump to divide us. >> reporter: lisa goodman among the first on their feet when the vice president wrapped up this remarks. you could tell the pride in this community right here. lisa, thanks for your time. back to you u. >> peter, thank you. nicolle wallace is standing by to talk to us. nicolle, you're in the arena and in our line of work we bend over backwards to look for equivalencies under the banner of fairness, we try to look for the equivalent to joe biden tonight during what we saw in cleveland. having been there, witnessed that, is there an equivalent? >> none that i can think of. if you look at a figure that the party loves the way everyone in this room loves joe biden, they've been on this journey with him, been through this undern journey with grief. i want to jump back to leon panea. they booed the man who caught bin laden in this room tonight. that can't be good news for a clinton campaign that wantses s make the case to independent
voters and swing voters that hillary clinton is the person who best passes the commander in chief test. that was a startling moment to me. i don't know right now that there is a joe biden in the republican party. >> nicolle wallace down on the floor. >> interesting on that -- >> and donald trump has eliminated cheneyism from the republican party. >> perhaps not in speaking style? >> right. >> the charisma for joe biden. on the panetta point, director of the cia, secretary of defense, obviously director of the cia when they got bin laden. i think that it is unreasonable to expect that we would have gotten through tonight without at some point the left getting up on its hind legs and making some noise about national security record of the obama administration has not been what the left wanted or expected. and the prosecution of the war on terror, the continued wars in iraq and afghanistan, were going to get some noise from the room today. we didn't know it was going to
happen during panetta, that's what we saw. >> here's an independent at the democratic convention. he's been a democrat, been a republican, he's been mayor of new york. he created bloomberg llp, the giant media company. he's a billionaire and he is about to endorse hillary clinton. >> thank you for that kind introduction. and let me thank all of you for welcoming an outsider here to deliver what -- an outsider to deliver what will be an unconventional convention speech. now, i am not here as a member of any party or to endorse any party platform. i am here for one reason. to explain why i believe it is imperative that we elect hillary clinton as the next president of the united states.
and to ask you to join with me in supporting her this november. you know, when the founding fathers arrived here in philadelphia to forge a new nation, they didn't come as democrats or republicans or to nominate a presidential candidate. they came as patriots who feared party politics and i know how they felt. i've been a democrat. i've been a republican. and i eventually became an independent because i don't believe that either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership. when i enter the voting booth each time, i look at the candidate, not the party label. i've supported elected officials from both sides of the aisle and probably not many people in this room can say that.
but i know there are many watching at home who can and now they are carefully weighing their choices. i understand their dilemma. i know what it's like to have neither party fully represent my views or values. to many republicans blame immigrants for problems and they stand in the way of action on climate change and gun violence. meanwhile, many democrats i think wrongly blame the private sector for our problems. and they say in the way on action on education and deficit reduction. there are times when i disagree with hillary clinton, but let me tell you, whatever our disagreements may be, i've come here to say we must put them aside for the good of our country.
and we must unite behind a condition who can defeat a dangerous demagogue. i believe it's the duty of all american citizens to make our voices heard by voting in this election and if you're not yet registered to vote, go online and do it now. this is just too important to sit out. now, we've heard a lot of talk in this campaign about needling a leader who understands business. i couldn't agree more. i built a business and i didn't start it with a $1 million check from my father. because of my success in the private sector, i had the chance to run america's largest city for 12 years.
governing in the wake of its greatest tragedy. today as an independent and an entrepreneur and a former mayor, i believe we need a president who is a problem solver, not a bomb thrower. someone who can bring members of congress together to get big things done. and i know hlary can do that because i saw it firsthand. i was elected mayor two months after 9/11 as a republican, and i saw how hillary clinton worked with republicans in washington to ensure that new york got the help it needed to recover and rebuild. throughout her time in the senate -- yes, throughout her time in the senate, we didn't always agree but hillary clinton always listened and that's the kind of approach we need in washington today and it just has to start in the white house.
given my background, i've often encouraged business leaders to run for office because many of them share the same pragmatic approach to building consensus. but not all. most of us who have created a business know we're only as good as the way our employees, clients, and partners view us. most of us don't pretend that we're smart enough to make every decision by ourselves. most of us who
have our names on the door know we're only as good as our word, but not donald trump. through his career, donald trump left behind a well documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry stockholders and contractors who feel cheated. and disillusioned customers who
feel they've been ripped off. trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business? god help us. i'm a new yorker, and i know a con when i see one. trump -- trump says he'll punish manufacturers that move to mexico or china, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. he says he wants to put americans back to work, but he games the u.s. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. he says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in
hiring them. what'd i miss here? truth be told, the richest thing about donald trump is his hypocrisy. he wants you to believe that we can solve our biggest problems by deporting mexicans and shutting out muslims. he wants you to believe that erecting trade barriers will bring back good jobs. he's wrong on both counts. we can only solve our biggest problems if we come together and embrace the freedoms that our founding fathers establish right here in philadelphia. which permitted our ancestors to create the great american exceptionalism that all of us now enjoy. donald trump doesn't understand that. hillary clinton does.
and we can only create good jobs if we make smarter investments in infrastructure and do more to support small businesses, not stiff them. donald trump doesn't understand that. hillary clinton does. i understand the appeal of a businessman president, but trump's business plan is a disaster in the making. he would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten
the retirement savings of millions of americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment. erode our influence around the world and make our communities less safe. the bottom line is trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice and we can't afford to make that choice.
now, i know hillary clinton is not flawless. no candidate is. but she is the right choice and the responsible choice in this election. and no matter what you may think about her politics or her record, hillary clinton understands that this is not reality television. this is reality. she understands the job of president. it involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers. and offering hope, not stoking fear. over the course of our country's proud history, we have faced our share of grave challenges, but we have never retreated in fear. never. not here in philadelphia in 1776, not here at gettysburg in
1863. not through two world wars and a great depression. not at selma or stonewall. and not after 9/11. and we must not start now. america, america is the greatest country on earth and when people vote with their feet, they come here. the presidency of the united states is the most powerful office in the world. so i say to my fellow independents, your votes matter now. your vote will determine the future of your job, your business, and our future together as a country. to me, this election is not a choice between a democrat and a republican. it is a choice between who is better to lead our country right now. better for our economy, better for our security, better for our
freedom, and better for our future. there is no doubt in my mind that hillary clinton is the right choice this november. so tonight, as an independent, i am asking you to join with me not out of party loyalty, but out of love of country. and together, and together, let's elect a sane, competent person with international experience. a unifier who is mature enough to reach out for advice. to build consensus and to recognize that we all have something to contribute. so let's elect hillary clinton as the next president of the greatest country in the world, the united states of america.
thank you. >> michael bloomberg, founder of bloomberg llc, he decided years ago that money managers and stock brokers would need a single computer terminal on their desks with all the conceivable information in it. that is how he made his fortune. he has made and given away, as a philanthropist, more money than successful companies and executives would hope to make over a lifetime. and steve schmidt, especially, has -- >> conservative estimates of donald trump's wealth would indicate that mike bloomberg is 100 times richer than him. at minimum, he's ten times richer than donald trump. at minimum. and that causes personal pain to donald trump tonight. and mike bloomberg, you will notice, did not begin by saying, i went to the best schools, i'm very smart, and i'm very, very
rich. mike bloomberg graduated from johns hopkins, went to harvard business school, has a graduate degree in business. you've never heard him say those things because rich people don't say those things. ever. and donald trump's audience doesn't seem to know that rich people don't talk that way except for the one that they're devoted to. >> steve schmidt, he delivered some blows tonight. >> that was a powerful speech. you have to look at the three speeches as a package. the panetta speech, the joe biden speech, and the bloomberg speech. the money line, "sane, competent leadership." here goes to the effort now to declare donald trump unfit. unstable. too risky. too reckless. i think joe biden was incredibly effective in his speech. i say this not on biased, i think america loves joe biden and i think joe biden had a very effective message for
independent voters out there followed on by michael bloomberg. but this campaign now as it starts to turn into the contrast piece, you're starting to see some real tough blows being laid on donald trump from a character perspective, in a fitness to be commander in chief perspective. >> in the world of new york dinner parties which is this big, this will at least make for some really uncomfortable gatherings now for the next few months. >> donald trump had lots and lots of billionaires address the rnc. i think we got to five other billionaires before we got to donald trump. this will be hillary clinton's one billionaire, i think. and it's a politically powerful message for him to end, as steve points out, with that last line about sane and competent, he said tonight as an independent, i'm asking you to join me not out of party loyalty but out of love of country. we had his prepared remarks. the next thing in his prepared remarks was not let's elect a sane, competent person. he added that. the room went nuts when he did it. just a reference to sanity ends
up being the most resonant thing he can add to his remarks. >> think how extraordinary that is as a political attack. we're used to tough convention speeches but never, ever has there been a declaration that, hey, the opponent may not be sane. that he's unstable in a race. we're going to hear a lot more -- >> since 6 -- >> this was the day to say it of all days. the performance we saw from donald trump today raises those questions and by the way, that is the longest that mike bloomberg has ever spoken or acknowledged the existence of donald trump. he spoke for new york billionaires who unanimously despise donald trump and don't even recognize his existence. >> let's bring in our friend, joy reid, for her view of what we have heard thus far. joy? >> this has been quite a night. i think i can concur with what e schmidt said quite frankly. the one-two-three punch we heard tonight. it started on a really shocking and embarrassing note for the
farthest part of the left quite frankly. the booing and chants of with the lies, lies, leon panetta was delivering an important case against an unprecedented move by an american for the presidency. for donald trump today to come out before television cameras and reporters and call for a cyber attack on his political opponent was so extraordinary. the silence of republicans who issued bland statements like the speaker of the house, paul ryan, or no statements and couldn't be reached for comment was so extraordinary, for leon panetta, former cia director to come into the hall and deliver that kind of stern rebuke only to be undercut by people who by in launch probably don't understand the full issue at stake, clearly, because they wouldn't have been chanting against that message. that i think was an incredibly sour note. i think it was embarrassing for the people who did it. i think that nicolle wallace was absolutely right, it completely was uncalled for and
extraordinary and not in a good way. then you follow that on by joe biden who delivered what might have been the speech of the convention so far. it was so infused with the kind of enthusiastic patriotism that we end to associate with the republicans in the past, it was amazing. we don't bow, bend, break, it was incredible speech. and then, the final speech by michael bloomberg an actual billionaire hitting donald trump, it was great. it was really important. an important message for independents. >> thank you for that summation so far from philadelphia. a break for our coverage, we're back. remember, we have tim kaine's speech to this gathering and president obama. with the xfinity tv app,
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audience of tim kaine, who after a short introductory film, we will also hear from. >> now, what's interesting in part about scott introducing tim kaine is that part of the choosing the vice presidential running mate who gets to pick your replacement. tim kaine is in a democratic governed state, terry mcauliffe will choose his replacement for his senate seat if he becomes vice president, congressman biden scott who is in running for that. >> this is one of them musical interludes. gives people a chance to take a break. get up, move around. because we're really entering the heart of the order with the man who this afternoon just after 4:00 p.m. eastern time became the official vice presidential nominee. that was fast. >> yeah, you and i were in the
same meeting at the same time and i said hey -- oh, it's over. >> that was fast. >> no muss, no fuss. >> they showed they could still gavel something right through. >> we spent all this time about the drama happening around the tim kaine nomination. it was over before the end of your sneeze. >> during, i guess it was during joe biden, we showed the president arriving on air force one at philadelphia international. a quick motorcade in town. actually -- i shouldn't say that, the airport is very close to the arena, and not center city philadelphia, so it's a very quick ride over there. where all the major democrats are under one dome. we've been showing president clinton back in there tonight. daughter chelsea, president clinton has on either side of him cabinet secretaries who were on the vice presidential speculation and vetting list. their reward is a seat on either side -- >> do we have the picture of tom
perez, tom vilsack, both of whom were apparently in running for the vice presidential slot until the end. one of the things as we head into tim kaine, bobby scott and tim kaine and president obama. and there is a question as to whether or not we'll get another appearance from secretary clinton herself obviously tomorrow night is her big night accepting the nomination. we had that surprise video appearance last night. we don't know if something like that will also tag out the end of the evening tonight after what will certainly be, i think, a big and emotional address from president obama. >> chris matthews is in the arena tonight. in his hometown of philadelphia, hey chris. >> well, it's a happy night here, i was trying to think, rachel and brian about the different emotions, certainly what ticks this crowd up tonight is the wonderful indictment by michael bloomberg, and before that by leon panetta, about donald trump. and the interesting thing is although most people here are progressives or moderate progressives or moderate democrats, they do respect
money. and when mike bloomberg who really did build his fortune personally, personally with communications, he did it himself, i didn't get a million dollar trump stake from the old man, that was a big line here tonight. free enterprise and impurity like him. the other thing is they respect the military like most americans and when leon panetta said this guy's not worthy. bottom line guys, you have your own views about this, how could you not? republicans hate hillary clinton. i don't think there's a better word for her. it's pure. they hate her. i don't think democrats hate donald trump. it's not like that. it's something like he appalls them. he appalls them. the idea that he could be a candidate for of either party. that he could presume to lead this country. there's some -- i'm going to find that word, it's not hatred, these people are happy when somebody puts down trump. they're not angry, they're
thrilled. when people put down hillary clinton they're angry, they're not happy people. this convention has met to show it's happiness at the prospect of defeating donald trump. and i think if it began with an uplifting speech by michelle last night, by the personal witness of hillary. i mean two nights, the personal witness last night, and it's going to really resound tonight with the speech by the president. where he makes the case against donald trump, brilliantly. >> chris thanks, here's democratic congressman bobby scott of virginia. >> my fellow democrats. i first met tim kaine and his amazing wife during his first campaign for city council in richmond, virginia. that was more years ago that i want to admit. i saw in him then what i see in him now. a person of substance, a person of passion, principle,
integrity, a great convener who brings people together. i can't wait for the rest of the country to know the tim kaine that i know and that virginia knows. [ applause ] even as he's risen for city hall to the governor's mansion to the halls of the u.s. capitol, i still see in tim kaine the same sense of purpose. the fundamental goodness that led him to become a civil rights lawyer. listening to his neighbors concerns and fears. fighting for the underserved and the underrepresented. finding solutions to make our communities better and more fair. the bible callsen us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly and there are few people who live out that greed as fully and completely as tim kaine. my fellow americans, tonight we have nominated a truly honorable man for the office of vice president of the united states