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47, dawn lafferty, female, deceased, cause of death, multiple gunshot wounds, that i realized my mom didn't die. my mom was murdered. and that made me angry. and that made me act. hillary clinton is the only candidate that has what it takes to take on the gun lobby. no one is fighting harder to reform our gun laws than hillary. she reminds me of my mother. she isn't scared of anything. that's why i believe in her. that's why millions of other americans believe in her. there's finally someone who can change things. >> please welcome erica
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smegielski from prospect, connecticut. >> i should not be here tonight. i don't want to be here tonight. i should be home like so many americans watching on tv with my mother as we nominate the first woman to be president of the united states. but my mom was murdered so i'm here. i'm here for the mothers and daughters who are planning weddings so that you get to watch your daughters walk down the aisle. i'm here for those lives cut short in a school, in a movie theater, in a church, at work, in their neighborhoods or homes
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because those voices should never be silenced. i'm here alone without my mother while too many politicians cower behind the gun lobby instead of standing with american families. we don't need another charleston or san bernardino or dallas or countless other acts of everyday gun violence that don't make the headlines. we don't need our teachers and principals going to work in fear. what we need is another mother who's willing to do what's right. whose bravery can live up in equal measure to my mom's. what we need is to elect hillary clinton as the 45th president of the united states of america so
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that no other daughter ever has to say, i would give every single day that i have left for just one more day with my mom. >> remarks that speak for themselves. next up we'll be hearing from charles ramsey, the former police commissioner in the city hosting this gathering, philadelphia. >> when i was philadelphia police commissioner, we mourned eight -- we mourned eight police officers that were killed in the line of duty. after the attacks on police in
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dallas and baton rouge, an entire nation mourned eight more. after 47 years in law enforcement, in chicago, washington, d.c., and philadelphia, i've mourned far too many officers killed by guns. and as a nation, we've mourned far too many innocent people that have fallen victim to gun violence. i'm here to say, we need more than grieving to protect our law enforcement officers and to serve -- and to serve the memory of those heroes who have fallen. we need common sense measures to reduce gun violence.
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police need these common sense measures and a leader who will fight for them. i grew up in the inglewood neighborhood on the south side of chicago. the haze of gun violence hangs heavy there. my brother's best friend was murdered not 50 feet from our house. he had refused to join a gang. a few years later in that same location, a chicago police officer was shot dead in almost the same spot. he had been filling out a report in his patrol car when he was murdered by three gang members. gun violence isn't unique to englewood. it continues to visit
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neighborhoods across the united states. during my years in policing, i've seen the crime scenes, i've seen the grieving families including families of police officers that were killed. i've seen the cost of gun violences. now more than ever, we need a strong, steady leader to stop the bloodshed. a leader that will protect our officers from being outguns by weapons of war and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities. that's why i'm with hillary clinton.
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hillary clinton is a strong leader to protect our cops and communities from gun violence. she has stood with our first responders when we needed her most in the days of 9/11 to make sure they got the benefits they had earned, and today she supports comprehensive background checks and the assault weapons ban. those who aim to do harm shouldn't get a handgun let alone an assault rifle. hillary clinton is the steady leader to shepherd us through this critical time. the bonds between law enforcement and communities are frayed, but we can't play to america's worst fears. we need to champion our greatest
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hopes. hillary will. she'll bring police and communities closer together. she'll support those who feel forgotten and challenge areas like the south side of chicago. southeast d.c. and north philadelphia. and she'll support dedicated police officers working to improve their communities. important as ever, hillary clinton will build bridges between communities and police. and ladies and gentlemen, that's better than building walls. hillary clinton is the right person to become the 45th president of the united states of america. she will work to strengthen the bonds of trust between police and the communities they serve. that's why she has my vote.
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may god bless all of you, may god bless the men and women of law enforcement, and may god bless the united states of america. thank you. >> that's chief charles ramsey, former commissioner of the philadelphia police department. he was the chief of police in d.c., before that a lifelong officer. taking the stage now is angela bassett who's going to be introducing -- obviously famous actor and director in her own right -- she's going to be introducing survivors of the charleston massacre. should be dramatic moment. >> they were gathered to pray. he walked in, an outsider, a stranger, and they welcomed him, but then he opened fire. he stole their lives.
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reverend pinckney, cynthia herd, sheranda singleton. mira thompson. suzy jackson. daniel simmons. depayne middleton dr. we say their names, but zs that's not enough, is it? since the massacre at charleston's emanuel ame church, more lives have been destroyed by gun violence and hatred still threatens to tear us apart. after charleston, hillary clinton challenged all of us to turn our grief into action and we have to do that. still, there are days when it feels like our bodies and our minds are under too much pressure. then i remember that we have souls, too, and i thank god that our souls are on fire. i visited charleston this year,
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and i can tell you that that city's soul is on fire. that soul burns with resilience. it fuels their resistance. it brought down the confederate flag. and it brings -- and it brings the charleston community together closer together every day. now, we are honored to have charleston survivors felicia sanders and polly sheppard here with us tonight. please join me in welcoming them.
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>> good evening. my son, we mean you no harm. my hero. two days later, i forgave the shooter who murdered him. hate destroys those who harbor it. i refuse to let hate destroy me. so i have asked how was he able to purchase the gun he used to kill so many? after that fateful day, hillary clinton called on lawmakers to close the charleston loophole. because of the loophole, even though the shooter had an arrest
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record, it didn't surface, and three days pass, he can still buy that gun. no one should feel what i've seen. no one should feel how we feel. how we suffered. the bible tells us that oh, be humble, ourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways. god will forgive us and heal our land. let us heed god's word and in turn may god heal our nation. >> amen. to heal, we must forgive. that's what i've learned this past year. the shooting in charleston had hate in his heart. the shooter in orlando had hate
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in his heart. and the shooter in dallas did, too. so much hate. too much. but as scripture says, love never fails. so i choose love. and in this election, i choose hillary clinton. hillary was in south carolina the day before the shooting, and in the days that followed, she talked about the hatred in our nation, the racism, the injustice. she said we can't hide from these truths. she called on us to name them and own them and then change them. together, we can fight for that change. together, we can heal. together, we can love. thank you.
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>> polly sheppard and felecia sanders survived the charleston massacre. they were at that prayer meeting that night. polly sheppard said the killer told her she would live so she could tell what happened that day. see here now mark kelly, the husband of gabby giffords, former congresswoman who was shot and nearly killed in february 2011. >> it is so great to be here in the great city of philadelphia. and i speak to you tonight as the proud son of two new jersey police officers. as a veteran of 39 combat missions during operation desert storm. and of 25 years in the united states navy.
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and as a former nasa astronaut who flew four missions into space. you know, my decades as a pilot, military officer, and astronaut gave me a unique perspective on our world. i saw our country at its best. i also saw humanity at its worst. fr the cockpit of my a-6 intruder, i saw america lead the international coalition that defeated saddam hussein. i also saw the devastating effects of war, itself. from orbit, i saw our planet as a perfect blue marble just floating there in the blackness of space.
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but i also saw receding glaciers and shrinking rainforests. at war and in space, i saw the awesome extent of american power and capability. but it was so frustrating to return home and see how we struggle to address some of our greatest challenges. just as hillary is prepared to defeat isis, advance our values, and protect our freedoms, hillary is ready to take on one of our country's greatest moral failures here at home. and that is the gun violence that is tearing so many of our communities apart. we have to do better, and hillary knows we can.
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hillary knows that we can save lives by doing more to keep guns out of the wrong hands. and we know that as president, she will do what is right for our nation, not what is politically expedient. she'll stand up to the washington gun lobby that works to protect the shameful status quo. so if we want to leave our kids and grandkids a country with less gun violence, not more, then we need to make sure that hillary clinton is our next president. now, i want to introduce you to somebody who is working to do
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just that. someone who has taught me each and every single day to deny the acceptancef failure. somebody who doesn't give up and someone who believes like hillary does that we are all stronger together. my wife -- my wife, the awesome congresswoman gabby giffords. ♪
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>> hello, fellow democrats. what a crowd. i'm honored to be here today. we have important work ahead of us. work that will determine the future of our country. are you ready? are you ready? are you ready? i'm ready.
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in congress, i learned a powerful lesson. strong women get things done. hillary is tough. hillary is courageous. she will fight to make our families safer. in the white house, she will stand up to the gun lobby. that's why i'm voting for hillary. speaking is difficult for me, but only january, i want to say these two words. madam president.
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thank you very much. >> off to an emotional start on this third night of the democratic gathering. andrea mitchell has been watching with a special democrat at this gathering. andrea? >> reporter: thank you so much, brian. this was an emotional moment, john lewis is with me. the civil rights icon. former colleague of gabby giffords'. and someone who knows the women who spoke earlier from mother emanuel in charleston. talk about what this means to have so much focus on gun violence and how it's been tearing apart the country. >> well, we must act. i served in a congress with gabby. and i know these two women from charleston. i've seen the result of gun
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violence. and we must do something. we must act. too many of our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, our children, we're losing them to gun violence. and we're trying to get the congress to act. each day and every day, we have to speak up andpeak out and try to do something about it. >> reporter: you led the all-night sit-in and yet the leadership didn't let you get a vote. >> well, the speaker said to us, win the election. and get a vote. we need to do something now. i've seen too many young people all across america become victims of gun violence. i've been to too many funerals. and i'm sick and tired of gun violence. >> reporter: thank you, john lewis. thanks very much for sharing your thoughts.
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>> thank you. >> reporter: brian, back to you. >> andrea, thank you, thank you congressman john lewis. >> another special guest, prominent democrat joining us live from the convention, massachusetts senator elizabeth warren joins us now. we hoped to speak to her last night but she got a better offer at the last minute. we don't hold it against you. thanks for being with us tonight. >> oh, it's fogood to be here. >> a lot of people thought tonight might be your night at the democratic convention, this third night. vice presidential nominee tim kaine will be speaking. i have to ask your reflection on having been vetted for that position. whether or not you were in the running until the end. how you feel about the selection of tim kaine. >> you know, look, for me, i'll say to you exactly what i said to secretary clinton. i care about doing what i can to help her get elected, and i care about doing what i can to help her be a successful president and move forward an agenda that works for all of america. and however that works out best,
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i am glad to do it. you know, i do have to say i love being the senator from the commonwealth of massachusetts. it suits me to be able to get out and fight the fights i want to fight exactly the way i want to fight them and when i want to fight them. so i'm doing good. >> you are the first woman senator ever from massachusetts. >> i am. >> massachusetts doesn't have a great track record -- i live in massachusetts so i can say this. i know what i'm talking about. doesn't have a great record of electing statewide women candidates. you're a pioneer in that right in that state. what's your reaction to the nomination of the first woman candidate for president? it seems like there's been some politicking and some hair splitting about how big a deal to make out of it, how big a deal is it to you? >> it's a big deal. in fact, i'll tell you how big a deal it is. i'm here this week with my daughter and with my granddaughter because i wanted both of them to be here to watch the first woman ever in the history of the united states
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pick up the flag for a major american political party and carry it all the way to the white house. th is a moment of history, and m excited about it. >> your role in this fight has now taken a turn i'm not sure anybody expected. you and donald trump seem to be locked into a kind of back and forth that seems entertaining to you and seems very upsetting to him. he continues to mock you with various nicknames on twitter. you said recently that he was often referred to as a thin-skinned money grubber. am i right to perceive that you enjoy fighting with donald trump? >> no. no. you're absolutely wrong about that. i wish donald trump would just disappear. take down his twitter account, drop out of the race, i'd be the happiest girl on the faces of this earth. >> in terms of mr. trump and making news of his own during this democratic convention, he
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is now inviting the russian government to essentially spy on the u.s. and on u.s. servers to try to dig up hillary clinton's e-mails. what's your reaction to that? >> you know, you can't make this up. it is one more day and we get one more piece of evidence that donald trump would be a danger to the united states. this man should never be allowed to come within miles of the white house. and that's got to be our job. >> senator warren, one last question for you. i know you have to go. what are your campaign plans? do you know about states that you'll be helping with, states you'll be traveling to? have the clinton campaign told you what they want from you this year? >> nope, not yet. i'm going to be out there because i got actually two things i really want to work on. i want to make sure we take the white house, hang on to the white house, and that we get a majority in the senate. we need a democratic majority. when secretary clinton wins the
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presidency, by golly, she's going to need a senate to confirm her nominees including her nominee to the united states supreme court. that's how she's going to get it. team on the field. that's how it is that she's going to get her secretaries that she needs and the head of her agencies. so we got to have both if we're going to move this country forward. we got to have the white house, but we got to take the senate. so i'm going to be out there busting my rear end to try to make that happen. >> massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. thanks for making time for us tonight, senator. it's good is to see you. >> you bet. good to see you. >> thanks to senator warren. on stage, a number of broadway veterans have been singing "what the world needs now." and certainly that message became clear after the last segment of speakers at this convention. sad, sad stories, an emotional night thus far. we'll take a break. we'll be back right after this.
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>> you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her wherever. >> you ought to see this guy, i don't foe what i said, ah, i don't remember. he's going, i don't remember.
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one of them. and it's been reported tonight that he would get the nod as the person who brings up the trump matter from today. >> yeah, we got word that panetta remarks were changed even today to reflect donald trump's comments today about inviting russia to hack more u.s. government servers in order to give him more ammunition against hillary clinton. apparently, panetta will go right at that. i think we're about to get into the portion of the evening where we're going to get a bunch of very sharp anti-trump arguments as steve schmidt was saying earlier specifically on commander in chief issues and national security issue. we'll see that from a retired navy general, from leon panetta and you can bet we're going to see that from joe biden and president obama tonight. i don't know if we should expect that from tim kaine. tonight is, after all, sort of his night. the vice president technically and typically is expected eed
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after the a poopposing party's nominee. >> this is retired u.s. navy rear admiral john hutson who was the j.a.g., judge advocate general of the navy from 97 to 2000. >> my name is john hutson. unlike donald trump, there are two things i know an awful lot about. law and order. for 11 year, i was a law school dean. for 30 year, i served proudly in the united states navy including as the judge advocate general. thank you. go, navy. donald trump calls himself the law and order candidate.
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but he will violate international law. in his words, he endorses torture at a minimum, he'll order our troops to commit war crimes like killing civilians and he actually said you have to take out their families. and what did he -- what did he say when he was told that was illegal? he said, our troops won't refuse, believe me. this morning, this very morning, he personally invited russia to hack us. that's not law and order. that's criminal intent.
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donald trump would abandon our allies and let more countries get nuclear weapons. he lies about donating to veterans and he called the military that i served in a disaster. it's embarrassing enough that he's the face of one of our political parties. the real disaster would be if we let donald trump become the face of the country that we love. more than 120 republican national security leaders, republican national security leaders, recently warned that donald trump would, in their words, make america less safe. he even mocks our p.o.w.s like john mccain.
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i served in the same navy as john mccain. i used to vote in the same party as john mccain. donald, you're not fit to polish john mccain's boots. but -- but america, we have a better choice. hillary clinton is the only candidate who knows how to work with our allies, who has a specific plan to defeat isis. she's smart and she's steady.
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she has the experience, the temperament, and the spine to be a superb commander in chief. d she knows what makes us the envy of the world. it's not our abundant natural resources or resilient economy or even that we have the strongest military on earth. our strength comes from who we are and who we've always been. our humanity. if we lose -- if we lose our humanity, we lose the battle and we lose the war. isis and other radical groups have no humanity. that's their weakness. our enemy can't defeat us militarily. victory for them won't be found on the battlefield. for them, victory is to make us
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more like them. people who torture. who destabilize the international order. who target innocents because they don't look like them and don't pray like them. donald trump is a walking, talking, recruiting poster for terrorists and that's not -- that's not hyperbole. that's not hyperbole. isis literally used trump in a commercial. you know you can tell a lot about a person by whom they admire. eleanor roosevelt, nelson mandela. dorothy rodham. these are hillary clinton's heroes. donald trump? well, donald trump admires donald trump. and saddam hussein and kim
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jong-un and of vladimir putin he said, and i quote, "in terms of leadership, he's getting an "a." i taught national security law. >> that's a live picture on the left of your screen, the president landed at andrew air force base after the short helicopter ride from the white house. he will get on air force one for the short flight to philadelphia to address this convention tonight. we're going to go to chris matthews now who has a special guest on the floor. you'll pardon the interruption of admiral hutson. >> jerry brown, four-time governor of california right now. i got to ask you about question of the hour. the republican candidate for president has asked the leaders of the russia republic to hack into the e-mail of hillary clinton. what do you make of that kind of interruption in our political process? >> well, it's completely
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unpresidential. the only thing i can say about it is it's bad that he's calling for torture and wanting to give nuclear weapons to countries. it's part of a whole pattern that's quite dangerous for a possible president. >> why do you think he's running even in the polls with those kinds of ideas? >> because i don't people take those ideas seriously. it's more the anger, the man against the establishment. the man against washington. i think he's embodied a persona that is within -- within the geist, the spirit of the -- >> the zeitgeist. why is everybody so angry, they're willing to put a man in the white house, they tell the pollsters that, who says those ideas which are so out of the box,orture, idea of not believing in science. your talk out there was they don't believe in climate change, don't believe in science, don't believe in evolution and the guy who represents those views is even with hillary clinton in the
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polls. >> well, it's a bit of a mystery, but i would say going forward, as those ideas are brought home to the american people and hillary can make her case, she should start moving up in the polls. i certainly hope so and i think -- i don't think people have heard the real impact of what he's saying. i think it comes over, oh, let's hack the e-mails, torture. i don't -- >> what do people hear when he says let's waterboard people, let's humiliate john mccain? let's not believe in climate change, it's all -- what do you -- why is it selling? >> well, because he's saying it to a bunch of republicans and they're the amen chorus. take them out of amen chorus, i think he'll lose a lot of his credibility. >> what about hillary clinton? you have questioned the clintons before on their credibility. do you think she's credible as a change agent? last night, they passed around placards here saying, "making change." hillary's trying to offer herself as a substitute, as a
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change agent for donald trump. is she credible as a newbie, somebody new coming in and changing things? >> well, i ran as a change agent for my third and fourth term and people accepted it. so what i said was, i'm an insider but with an outsider's mind. maybe that's who we have in hillary. >> you were the first politician i know to talk about this planet of ours being something we live in. it's spaceship earth. you were mocked for that. today, everybody with a brain says we got a climate change problem. >> exactly. and we're not doing enough about it. and we're going to have to step up the game and probably task one is getting those republicans either to convert or to get out because they are the number one obstacle to dealing with climate change in the united states of america. congress. i mean, when they -- i mean, they're incredible. it's almost unbelievable. you say why is trump doing so well? why are the republicans doing so well when they deny science? i don't think they'll continue.
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it's a momentary illusion going on for a few years, but we got to crack it this year. >> good luck tonight. great to have you on. governor jerry brown. back to you guys. >> all right, thank you, chris. we wabnt to go to chuck todd, political director, moderator of "meet the press" as we have a big night ahead here. chuck, two things for you. number one, preview the night but more importantly preview leon panetta. this is a guy and there are just a few of them left really who is a true public servant, got into it because he believed in public service. 78 years old now. retired to his home in california. cia director, head of the pentag pentagon, white house chief of staff. longtime member of congress from california. what can we expect from him? >> look, you have the most credible, i think, people in the democratic party as far as all americans are concerned speaking tonight. right? barack obama is probably the most trusted democrat in any of the polling we've shown.
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leon panetta has done every job available, credibility on both sides of the aisle. michael bloomberg, another guy with credibility on both sides of the aisle. joe biden, same thing. it is interesting, tonight really is sort of credibility night and character witness night for hillary clinton if you're looking at it big picture. on the specifics as you mentioned with leon panetta, i think he could be a very, potentially a very effective messenger explaining, i think explaining for the audience of why this idea of having the russians, you know, somehow a part of our political process is such a danger. i mean, i have to say, i am sort of stunned today at what i think is a lack of shock and lack of bipartisan outrage. i'm not saying there aren't lot of people talking about how troubling this is, sort of how
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easily trump is just sort of throwing it out there, you know, maybe putin can provide these e-mails or he can do this. you're just sitting there going, it feels as if the gravity of this has not really penetrated, and perhaps that's what a leon panetta can do to the public. i think that's what governor brown was trying to say that maybe none of this is really -- people haven't truly processed this yet. i do think some republicans have been reticent about speaking out because they don't want to look like they're helping hillary clinton here, but this is i think bigger than that. this is a threat to the sovereignty of the united states. >> chuck todd at the convention. well put. and we talked to nicolle wallace among others about this tonight. there is so much outrage currently. there is an outrage industry. an outrage machine that are we seeing a supernova effect? it has exploded, collapsed in on itself leading to among other
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things the death of outrage. even among what we like to call good-hearted, sensible people. here is leon panetta of the state of california. >> at this hour, in some very dangerous corners of the world, young americans are standing guard. our brave military and intelligence professionals are on the front lines far from home risking their lives for us, for our freedom, for our way of life. a president, a commander in chief, has no greater responsibility, no greater responsibility than the decision
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to send our troops into harm's way. i have worked alongside nine presidents. republican and democrat. all experienced, all believing in the u.s. role in world leadership. and i can tell you this, that in this election, there is only one candidate for president who has the experience, the temperament, and the judgment to be commander in chief, and that's hillary clinton. this is no time. this is no time to gamble with our future. america faces flashpoints and threats from around the globe.
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we need a president who's strong and smart and courageous. who enters the oval office with respect for the generals and admirals who lead our military, with the confidence of diplomats who represent america, and with the trust of our troops who know that she will always have their back. that president is hillary clinton. during my time as cia director and secretary of defense, hillary was a strong supporter of our efforts to protect our homeland. to decimate al qaeda. and to bring osama bin laden to justice.
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it was a tough decision to go after bin laden. in long meetings in the white house situation room, we debated that fateful decision. i presented the intelligence to the president and to others laying out the risks of that operation. and when the president went around the table to our country's national security leadership, there were concerns, but hillary was clear, we have to go after bin laden. and our special operations forces, god bless them, did just that. and they sent a clear message to the world that no one attacks the united states of america and gets away with it.
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hillary is just as determined to defeat those who threaten us today. isis, al qaeda, boko haram, al shabaab, terrorists who pervert the teachings of islam to kill innocent people going about their daily lives. people traveling through airports, in brussels and istanbul. families celebrating on the beach front in france. men and women shopping in a market in baghdad. and just this week, an 85-year-old priest whose throat was slit by terrorists who stormed his church during mass. these murderers must be stopped.
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hillary clinton is the only candidate who has laid out a comprehensive plan to defeat and to destroy isis and keep america safe. she is smart, she is principled, she is tough. and she is ready. hillary clinton is the single-most experienced and prepar person who has ever run for president of the united states. and meanwhile, meanwhile, donald trump says he gets his foreign policy experience from watching tv and running the miss universe pageant. if only -- if only it were funny, but it is deadly serious.
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donald trump asks our troops to commit war crimes, endorses torture, spurns our allies from europe to asia,s suggest that countries have nuclear weapons. and he praises dictators from saddam hussein to vladimir putin. today -- [ crowd chanting ] today -- only today -- only today -- let me point out something that just happened today.
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donald trump, today, once again took russia's side. he asked the russians to interfere in american politics. think about that. think about that for a moment. donald trump who wants to be president of the united states is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the united states of america to effect an election. as someone who was responsible for protecting our nation from cyber attacks, it is inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible.
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i say this out of a firm concern for the future of my children and my grandchildren, donald trump cannot become our commander in chief. in an unstable world -- in an unstable world, we cannot afford unstable leadership. we cannot afford someone who believes america should withdraw from the world, threatens our international treaties, and violates our moral principles. we cannot afford an erratic finger on our nuke rclear weapo. this -- this is no time to roll
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the dice and to gamble with america's national security or with the american dream. no time. i've lived -- i've lived that american dream. my parents were immigrants from italy. they came through ellis island. they made their way to california. they opened a restaurant in monterey. i can still remember standing on a chair in the back of that restaurant washing glasses. never could my immigrant parents have dreamed that their son would grow up to be secretary of defense of the most powerful military in the world. the american dream --
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[ crowd chanting "usa" ] thank you. the american dream -- the american dream -- the american dream that we've all been a part of has been defended in every generation. by the brave men and women willing to fight and die for america. they are our greatest national treasure. and they deserve a serious commander in chief. if we care about them, if we care about our security, if we care about our freedoms, if we care about the american dream, there is only one choice, hillary clinton for president of
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the united states. god bless you. god bless our nation. >> all right. let's talk about what we just witnessed and heard there. there's leon panetta, and steve schmidt and i and others agree that he's in a rarefied subgroup of people who have served in military and government. probably bob gates on the gop side, panetta on the democratic side, are pretty much alone. but then you heard him interrupted by hecklers. we could hear "no more wars." we could hear, "lies, lies, lies." then another group trying to drone it all out with "usa." we saw some fireflies come out, the flashlight apps on people's phones because they cut the lights in their sections of the arena. it has to be said that these hecklers were of the friendly fire variety meaning left of center. you saw protest signs against the drone wars, panetta was, after all, defense secretary for
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a time under president obama. so these were left of center protesters. we have peter alexander down on the floor reporting on it. let's listen for now to dr. jill biden. >> hillary rodham clinton. let me start by thanking you for allowing me to seven as second lady of the united states for the past eight years. it's been an honor. and let me thank you for the love and support you have given our family. it has meant the world to us. over the past eight years, america has gotten to know the
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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


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