tv Campaign 2020 Rep. Clyburn Joe Biden Post- Primary Remarks in Columbia SC CSPAN March 1, 2020 6:35am-7:00am EST
>> thank you. thank you. thank you. berry, very much. let me begin by thanking all of you for taking a little time out of your lives to come here and help us enhance the life of this great country. thank you. i want to thank some of our colleagues over here. elma adams from north carolina. malloy and simpson that
have been up and down with me. my daughters, jennifer covert angela, thank you also much. as emotionaln about this last week experience as any two people i know and i thank them so much. as many of you know, i have studied history and used to teach history. and i have said often to those whoents are used to teach would question, why do we spend so much time reading and discussing those things that happened way back yonder. and i would often say to them, we study history in order to
and toand the present prepare for the future. because anything that happened before can happen again. tonight, as i stand here i , am thinking about some of that history. and i'm recalling something that's really attributed to a great freshman who came to study our penal system and came to the conclusion that there was something magical about the united states of america. now, in my research, i have not found that he actually said this or wrote this, but a lot of people give him credit for
having said it. if he didn't say it or didn't write it, then -- here is what you are getting from me. alexis de tocqueville is reputed to have said that the greatness of america lies in the fact that in goodness that exists -- and heeople supposedly said that if americans ever cease to be good, america will cease to be great. [applause]
this campaign, this year is about the goodness of america. [applause] and we have as our candidate a real good man. [applause] as i talk to people and try to understand important patterns taking place and understand what many were people -- people were saying, it all boiled down to one fact. people were confusing goodness as weakness.
you do not have to be bombastic in order to get your point across. you don't have to call people names in order to have your positions understood. you don't have to tell falsehoods in order to make headlines about your proposals. we have as our candidate a man who understands what it is like to be in america. [applause] rep. clyburn: none of us have had the same experiences. all of us are but the sum total of our experiences, and all of our experiences have not been pleasant, but all of our experiences in one form or another have been blessings, and
we are blessed with a candidate who understands what it is to restore the goodness that exists in this great country. he will get us away -- [cheers] rep. clyburn: ladies and gentlemen, you really did not come here to hear me -- [laughter] [cheers] and i did not come here to speak. i came here to introduce and present to you a good man. [cheers] rep. clyburn: a man who understands the fundamentalist fairness upon which this democracy is built. a man who will restore the
me back. [cheers] mr. biden: he's a man of enormous integrity. to all of you who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind, this is your campaign. days ago, the press and the pundits declared this candidacy dead. now, thanks to all of you, the heart of the democratic party, and we won big because of you. and we are very much alive. [chanting "let's go, joe"] mr. biden: i told you all that you could launch a candidacy
-- you launched bill clinton, barack obama, and now you've launched our campaign on the path of defeating donald trump. this campaign has taken off, so join us. go to joebiden.com, sign up, contribute. we need you, we want you, and there is a place for you in this campaign. [applause] mr. biden: folks, as we celebrate tonight in columbia, let me talk directly to democrats across america, especially those who will be voting on super tuesday. this is the moment to choose the path forward for our party. this is the moment and it has arrived.
maybe sooner than anyone guessed it would, but it is here, and the decisions democrats make all across america the next few days will determine what this party stands for, what we believe, and what will get done. the democrats nominate me, i believe we can beat donald trump. [cheers] mr. biden: keep nancy pelosi in the house of representatives as speaker, and take back the united states senate. [cheers] mr. biden: join us. my fellow democrats across america, join us. democrats want to nominate someone who will build on obamacare and not scrap it, take on the nra and gun manufacturers, not protect them, stand up and give the poor a fighting chance and the middle class to get restored, not raise their taxes and keep the promises we make, then join us. if the democrats want a nominee
who is a democrat -- [cheers] mr. biden: a proud democrat, an obama-biden democrat, then join us. we have the option of winning big or losing big. that's the choice. we need to build on the coalition, the legacy of the most successful president in our lifetimes, barack obama. the way we do this is by bringing america together, race, gender, party, just like we did in south carolina.
and like we can do across the country on tuesday and beyond. folks, win big or lose. that's the choice. most americans don't want the promise of revolution. they want more than promises. they want results. [cheers] mr. biden: they want to give all americans access to real opportunity, to be able to have affordable health care for all americans, an environment with clean air and clean water and education and fund our schools, a nation that will stand up to and beat the nra. [cheers] mr. biden: reform our criminal justice system, rudolph institutional racism -- root out institutional racism.
-- joey youro say , job is more than your paycheck. it is about dignity, respect, your place in the community, looking your kid in the eye and saying honey, it is going to be ok. for all of our families, for all of our communities, because that is the right thing to do. that is what makes us democrats. talk is cheap. false promises are deceptive and talk about revolution, we would need real changes right now. something i've done my whole career. i will as president. this is no election to spend all our time in a battle for the soul of the democratic party. this is a battle for the soul of the united states of america. as all of you know, we need to be uniting america, not sewing more division and anger.
-- not sowing more division and anger. a means not only fighting, but healing the country. would have to be donald trump and the republican party, but here's the deal. we can't become like them. we can't have a never-ending war. above all, it is time for america to get back up. the country is so ready. so ready. once again, fight for the propositions that we hold these truths to be self-evident. all men and women are created equal. endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. we say it all the time. but we have never fully lived up to it. we have never before until this president walked away from it. and it is the reason why jim and i and all of us are in this. i believe with every fiber of my being that all men and women are created equal. i saw it a few days ago and a townhall. internal stem. i spoke with reverend anthony
ago at ait a few days townhall in charleston. i spoke with reverend anthony thompson, whose wife myra was studying the words of her bible with eight other parishioners at mother emmanuel four and a half years ago. it was a weekly routine, reading scripture and finding purpose and faith in god and each other, and in an instant, hate, vengeance, white supremacy pierced that faith and they were lost forever. but you know what i found the most remarkable thing in my career thus far? a remark about reverend thompson and the families of the emmanuel nine, is through all that pain, all the grief, they forgive. here's the deal. in their forgiveness, they brought more change to south carolina than any that has occurred over the previous 100 years. [applause] mr. biden: think about it. the confederate flag came down.
[cheers] mr. biden: real change. that's why the sunday after, jill and i and my family, we came back to mother emmanuelle on sunday services after the funeral of the victims. six weeks earlier, we had lost our son beau and we needed to be healed too. we needed to be healed. i really mean this. we needed whatever they were exuding, and with every season that has passed, they got up and found purpose to live life worthy of the ones they lost, worthy of the blessings to live in this remarkable country. we left here having arrived in overwhelming pain, thinking we can do this. we can get through this. so i want to tell you, it is no small reason why i'm in this
race. people like all of you here tonight all around the country. the days of donald trump's divisiveness will soon be over. [applause] mr. biden: and as jim quoted, he was right. this multiethnic country we call our democracy, america, it can't survive unless we focus on our goodness. we can build a more perfect union, because the american people in the last three and a half years have seen the alternative. think about it. they've seen how utterly mean, selfish, lack of any sense of empathy or concern for anybody else, a president who not only
has horrible policies, but the way he mocks and makes fun of other people. to all of you here in south carolina, and especially jim clyburn, my friend, who lives who -- who lifted me and this campaign on his shoulders. [cheers] mr. biden: and i mean all of you. many i do not have time to name. all of you. and our daughter ashley, my son hunter who has been on the phone straight through for me, my brothers, my sisters, my two brothers, my sister, my five grandchildren, my four granddaughters who have come out on the campaign trail will never forget what you have done for us. [cheers]
mr. biden: we can say without fear of contradictions, the bidens love you guys, man. the bidens love you. that's real. folks, now we need to stand behind kenny harrison. south carolina. we need to send joe cunningham back to the house of representatives. [cheers] mr. biden: all of us, all the bidens thank you. thank you for everything you've done for us. folks, so here's the deal. let's get back up. we are brave, we are resilient people. we can believe again. we are better than this president, so get up, take back our country. it is the united states of america. there is nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. [applause]
>> here is some of what is coming up on c-span. our daily washington journal program is next. with jim newsmakers mcgovern and tom cole. they will talk about efforts to reassert congress' constitutional authority and the coronavirus response. portions of congressional hearings on the coronavirus and the federal response to the outbreak.
and then mark as part testifies before the house armed services committee about the pentagon's budget request. 2020 democratic presidential candidate senator bernie sanders speaks to voters in san jose, california today, two days before the super tuesday primary. live coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. later today, democratic presidential candidate joe biden speaks to voters in norfolk, virginia. we will have his remarks live starting around 6:30 p.m. eastern online. next, your reaction to last night's south carolina primary results and highlights from speeches. later in the program, james antle editor of the american conservative magazine and elie mystal