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Undocumented Immigrants Speak at DNC; Awaiting Speeches From Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders; Pennsylvania Senator Talks About Trump's Business Record. Aired 8-9p ET
Aired July 25, 2016 - 20:00 ET
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[20:00:02] JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: The progressive wing in this party giving Hillary Clinton a lot of resistance. It's going to be a big challenge.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go to the video first. This is an important video.
The video we're going to see in a few minutes. Apparently we're going to start right now with Karla Ortiz. I think her mother, Francisca, I think coming out as well. Astrid Silva, a dreamer is going to becoming out and speaking as well. She hopes her parents are going to be allowed to stay and she will be allowed to stay even though she was brought here as a young child illegally, if you will.
TAPPER: This is a memorable moment in the campaign and also I should note this is a very, very big issue in the campaign, one that Hillary Clinton is going to be talking about from now until November, trying to rally the Latino vote, to motivate them, to get them out in crucial states where there's a sizeable Latino population, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia. And we'll see how well it goes. It is a big dividing line between her position and Donald Trump's.
BLITZER: Jeff Zeleny is up on the podium right now. Jeff, so far they're pretty much on schedule. Let's see what happens next.
JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: They are, indeed, Wolf. And what's happened of the two or three hours or so, is the Clinton and Sanders officials have been behind closed doors trying to figure out how to keep things more calm for the rest of the evening. And from our vantage point up here on the podium, I can tell you, Wolf, the tensions are definitely much cooler.
Some of the seats where people were holding those TPP signs, the Sanders supporters, those are empty right now. We'll see if they come back. But as Jake was mentioning the historic nature of the candidacy, that is one other argument that Senator Sanders is trying to get through to his supporters, that they should be respectful of Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and the other speakers here. So it seems like things are calming down. We will what happens when those speeches begin coming up.
BLITIZER: Speakers are going to be very, very important in this effort, Jake, to try to unify the Democratic Party. Coming into today, there have been serious problems.
TAPPER: Bernie Sanders is 100 percent behind Hillary Clinton. The question is, can he convince his very, very skeptical supporters to follow suit? We have seen huge tensions in the last 48 hours between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the general wing of the Democratic Party. The party mainstream. And there are -- if the Bernie Sanders' supporters stay home or 40 percent of them ...
BLITIZER: Let me interrupt for a moment. The video is starting right now.
TAPPER: All right.
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KARLA ORTIZ, DAUGHTER OF TWO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS: My parents they a letter of deportation. I'm scared for them because they have the deportation. I'm scared that they will get deported.
HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Come here, babe.
I'm going to do everything I can so you don't have to be scared and you don't have to worry about what happens to your mom, dad or somebody else in your family. I feel really, really strongly that you're being very brave. And you have to be brave for them, too. Because they want you to be happy. They want you to be successful. They don't want you to worry too much. Let me do the worrying. I'll do all the worrying, is that deal? I'll do the worrying. I'll do everything I can to help. OK?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Carla Ortiz and Francisca Ortiz from Las Vegas, Nevada.
KARLA ORTIZ: Thank you very much for coming here today. I really appreciate it. And today I'm going tell you guys a story about my parents, about their deportation of immigration. And I'm a daughter of immigrant parents. Valiente, brave, that's what Hillary Clinton call me when I told her I was worried my parent would be deported. Even when I was little, my parents were always crying. But I didn't understand why.
I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. My parents came here, looking for a better life, for the American dream. But I don't feel brave every day. On most days I'm scared. I'm scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave.
[20:05:07] And I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty? I want to see my parents do -- I want my parents to see me do science experiments and help me find my rare rocks in the desert. I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families like us. I have hope. Esperanza.
Hillary Clinton told me that she would do everything she could to help us. She told me that I didn't have to do the worrying because she would do the worrying for me and all of us. She wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old, not the weight of the world on my shoulder.
FRANCISCA ORTIZ, MOTHER OF KARLA ORTIZ: (Speaking Spanish).
KARLA ORTIZ: (Speaking Spanish). Hillary Clinton for president. Thank you.
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DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I will bring people together.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Donald Trump is facing some backlash for a tweet that included the Star of David was retweeted by Trump from an online message board for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites.
TAPPER: Will you condemn David Duke and say that you don't want his vote or other white supremacist?
TRUMP: I don't know anything about supremacist. So I don't know.
When Mexico sends its people they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. I'll use the word anchor, baby. We're going to have a deportation force.
TAPPER: If you're saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?
TRUMP: I don't think so at all. We're building a wall. He's a Mexican.
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.
They would say, are you Muslim?
Willie Geist, MSNBC HOST: And if they said yes, they would not be allowed in the country?
TRUMP: That's correct.
Now only have Pocahontas to think about.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Donald Trump has gone beyond the line with a lot of groups.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is a consistent pattern here with Donald Trump.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Trump remains the most divisive person in this race.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Astrid Silva from Las Vegas. ASTRID SILVA, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT: When I was 4 years old, my mother and I climbed into a raft and we crossed the river to join my father in America, in search of a better life. All I had was a little doll.
I grew up like an ordinary girl. My dad worked as a landscaper and my mom stayed at home with my brother and I. But while my friends did ordinary things, I couldn't. Because my parents were afraid that someone might discover I was undocumented. My family believed so deeply in the promise of this country that we risked everything for the American dream. As an undocumented student, I felt like college was out of reach.
[20:10:03] But after a journey of 10 years, I finally graduated from Nevada State College. My family and I are here because of people like Senator Harry Reid. Who put themselves in our shoes and helped us. And while President Obama's immigration action protected me, we live in constant fear that my parents could be taken away from their grandson, Noah.
So, when Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million people, he's talking about ripping families apart. Separating families like mine and like Karla's. Hillary Clinton understands that this is not who we are as a country. I have seen her comfort children like Karla who are scared that they might lose their parents to deportation. I know she will fight to keep our families together. I know she will.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Representative Luis Gutierrez from Illinois.
REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ (D), ILLINOIS: Thank you. Hello, Philadelphia. You know, my parents grew up in San Sebastian, Del Pepino in rural Puerto Rico. They weren't educated. They didn't speak English. But they didn't even have a winter coat. Barely out of their teens, they came to the U.S. When I -- and I was born in the great city of Chicago.
My parents were born American citizens but when they moved, along with half a million other Puerto Ricans in the 1950s, they were greeted with scorn and discrimination. Politicians called them criminals. They said my parents were a dangerous disease and would ruin the country. Sound familiar to you tonight? Nobody spoke up against the bigotry and hatred my parents endured, so you better believe I'm using my voice against the discrimination we hear today.
I will raise my voice against the bigots who think a judge born in Indiana can't do his job because his parents were born in Mexico. I'll raise my voice against a bully who called hard-working immigrants criminals and rapists. Someone who promises to round up and deport families, millions of families and then put up a wall between them and us. You have joined me in that fight and so has Hillary Clinton.
She stands with us so Americans remain and America remains a welcoming nation. We don't discriminate because of what you look like, who you love, how you pray, what language your parents speak or where you were born. But let's be clear. My parents, when they came from Puerto Rico, weren't the only ones to confront discrimination. Every generation of newcomers, whoever and whatever they come from, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, they're met with skepticism and suspicion. But every generation proves the skeptics wrong.
Immigrants contribute to our communities and make America a great nation. Immigrants die defending our democracy. And you know what? They give our founding principles meaning in our time. Every time immigrants are labeled as them but over time they become part of us. We, the people.
[20:15:13] About 11 million undocumented immigrants live, work, pay taxes and raise their families in the United States of America. A lot of their families include U.S. citizens just like me. But, listen, no matter what your family tree looks like, a fair immigration system is better for America. No matter what others say, it is simply a fantasy that we're going to round up and deport 11 million people. It's a sick, hateful fantasy.
But let me tell you what gives me hope. In her heart, Hillary Clinton's dream for America is one where immigrants are allowed to come out of the shadows, get right with the law, pay their taxes and not feel fear that their families are going to be ripped apart.
When Hillary Clinton steps to this podium to accept the nomination, we'll all take a giant step forward. The broad and diverse America that fights for an inclusive and fair nation, our union of black and brown, white and African and Asian people, who love the earth and know that climate change is real and value education, we will all step up to that podium with her.
Listen, we continue the work of our heroes like John Lewis, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, and Dr. Martin Luther King. And matter martyrs like Medgar Evers, who allow me to have the ability to speak from this podium. We fight for equal rights and worker's right. We believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work in this country. And we will not stand idly by because we believe that Congress has to keep its hands off Planned Parenthood.
We believe that people should be able to love who they love and marry who they want to marry in the United States of America. And we believe that when you send your children to school or young people are having fun at a nightclub, or you walk a beat as a police officer or you walk down the street in your neighborhood in Chicago, you shouldn't fear being shot. We will take on the NRA as Hillary as presidency of the United States.
Yes. We believe in a country where this son of uneducated parents born in Puerto Rico can speak to this nation on this podium in the city where the United States of America was born.
With Hillary, our nation will be greater, better and stronger.
TAPPER: Jason Collin, the first openly gay player in the NBA, also his brother, Jarron Collins, who is now assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors but was also in the NBA.
JARRON COLLINS, GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ASSISTANT COACH: Thank you. I'm Jarron Collins. And alongside my kind and brilliant wife, Elsa, we have three children that are raised here in America. I want my kids to know that anything is possible here. I want them to know that any more than any star athlete, the president of the United States is a role model to millions of children.
[20:20:05] So when it comes to Donald Trump, how do you tell your kids not to be a bully if their president is one? How do you tell your kids to respect their heritage? My wife is Mexican-American, if their president disparages it? How do you tell your daughters they are empowered if their president reduces women to their physical appearance?
My parents, my family and all the great coaches I've had in my life have taught me the importance of working hard, playing fair and, most importantly, the ability to lead and bring people together to accomplish great things. That sounds like Hillary Clinton to me.
And now, it is with great pride I introduce the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American sports leagues, my less handsome twin brother, Jason Collins.
JASON COLLINS, FORMER NBA PLAYER: Thank you, Jarron. I'll get you back for that one later. My dream was to play in the NBA and live my authentic life as a proud gay man at the same time. I was able to accomplish both of those goals because of the people who have supported me throughout my life.
Before I came out to the world on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" I came out privately to the Clinton family. I have known their family for almost 20 years. I knew that they would accept me for who I was and that they would help pave a path for others to do the same.
I am forever grateful for their words of wisdom back then and tear unconditional support. They knew that my sexual orientation made no difference in my ability to play basketball. Just as someone's gender makes no difference in his or her ability to lead our nation.
Hillary has defended the LGBT community for years, from co-sponsoring the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to helping pass the first-ever U.N. resolution on LGBT human rights, to making sure transgender individuals passports could reflect their true gender.
As both an African-American and a member of the LGBT community, the choice for continued progress is clear. This November, we must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president. Thank you.
TAPPER: Still ahead one of the most popular women in America, First Lady Michelle Obama, plus Senator Bernie Sanders. Will he talk more about Hillary Clinton or his own political revolution or focus on Donald Trump? Stay with us.
[20:27:13] ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And we are back live in Philadelphia. Waiting the Democrats 18 speakers tonight including First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren and the runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders.
(Inaudible) with our panel Michael Smerconish, Nia-Malika Henderson, David Axelrod, Gloria Borger. I mean, clearly starting off with a very sharp focus on undocumented workers, the question of immigration.
DAVID AXELROD, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Immigration, gay rights. But finishing n the 10:00 hour with what promises to be a very sharp economic message with Bernie Sanders, with Elizabeth Warren. And I think it's going to be a very challenging message to Donald Trump. And I think that is designed to push back on what happened last week in Cleveland. So, I expect to hear some very, very tough speech notice 10:00 hour.
GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST: You know, couple things I think we're hearing tonight, testimonials from people who have interacted with Hillary Clinton, are geared towards telling the American public, you can trust her. You can like her. These are two big problems she has.
Also, it's been quite anti-Trump. And I think part of that is geared toward the Sanders' people either here or watching, which is that this is a binary choice, as everybody likes to say. And Donald Trump is worse than Hillary Clinton.
AXELROD: Everybody likes to say that but Gary Johnson.
BORGER: But Gary Johnson.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who?
COOPER: Politico did an analysis of the speakers, 15 of 69 speakers tonight are Hispanic, according to Politico.
MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I was surprised that the Hispanic speakers thus far, particularly those who talk about the president's executive orders not being able to placed into law. Didn't focus on the Supreme Court of the United States because I came down 4-4 deadlock, given the absence of Justice Scalia, his passing and Merrick Garland not getting an interview much less of hope. That's an important issue that gets overlook every four years.
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: Yeah, I mean I think in a lot of ways the argument tonight is what the Democratic Party stands for. You have Elijah Cummings in the previous hour talked about the history of the Democratic Party, talked to push for voting rights, talked about the push for women's right, in a way to say to Sanders' supporters that we're all in this party together. And I thought it's clever I think they'll do more sort of push anti-Trump rhetoric. But in presenting the people they presented so far, the little girl, Karla Ortiz, Astrid Silva and then the Collins' brothers. I mean it sort of an implicit critique of Trump and it sort of implicit set up between Trump values and Democratic Party values.
VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Look, what I saw last week, whenever you talked about immigration, it was almost a criminalization of that whole community. Tonight you're seeing a humanization of that community. And that little girl had me crying up here.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Me too.
[20:30:01] JONES: I mean to hear that little girl, to see it through the eyes of a child that you have to be afraid that your mom and dad won't be there for you. And so I think that that's an important contribution they're making tonight and I'm proud of them for doing this.
COOPER: I'm just wondering how it reads though beyond this Democratic audience, David, from tweeting out tonight is, tonight's message Hillary Clinton won't enforce any immigration laws at all.
PAUL BEGALA, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: No. The message is what Van's talking about is rather than demonize -- the only undocumented people who talk about at the Republican convention were the very few who had committed crimes. And they tried to generalize that as demigods will. And try to pretend as Trump said he's (inaudible). Mexicans come here and they're rapists, they're murders. Some of them might be good people. That's classic demigod, that's classic racist.
Democrats want to personalize. They want to humanize this. So you see Karla, you see Astrid, you see people. And it's really important to win the issue. Not even just to win the White House or to persuade Bernie voters stop protest. This is a lot bigger than that. This is putting a human face on a real cluster 11 million people who Donald Trump wants a deportation force to drive out of this country. And Hillary's saying, no. The Democrats are saying no. These are all American kids and their moms and dads. It's a really important ...
COOPER: Jeffrey Lord, I want to ask as a Trump supporter, how do you see it?
JEFFREY LORD, TRUMP SUPPORTER: At the Republican convention, they had Jamiel Shaw Sr., an African-American man who lost his 17-year-old son, a star student who was headed for a good college and he wanted to be a sports agent when he grew up. And he was shot to death by an illegal immigrant from Mexico. And Mr. Shaw, needless to say, has a very different opinion about this. He loved his son. He's very angry about this. He feels that no one paid any attention to him and Donald Trump is. And I think right there is the difference.
If I could add one other quick thing, in coming in here, I was stopped by a delegate from Indiana, a Sanders person, who is really angry. And I think that there's an undercurrent of this here. Van would know better than I. But she made it quite plain and she is not happy with what ... JONES: Jeffrey, did you run your immigration argument by her?
BEGALA: Which archetype reflects the truth? Are more undocumented people like this lovely little girl and her mom or like they more like that murder? OK. The truth is on the side of the Democrats here, not on the side of Mr. -- on the demigods.
LORD: Mr. Shaw doesn't feel that way.
PATTI SOLIS DOYLE, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I have to jump in here. My father was an illegal immigrant, OK? He came here illegally because he wanted a better life for me and my brothers and sisters. So this is a very human issue for me personally. And for you to say that one act of criminal activity by an immigrant sort of casts us all in the same ...
LORD: It doesn't cast at all.
DOYLE: It does. That's how you're speaking about it and that's how Donald Trump has spoken about it. And he's taken the humanity out of it. Completely.
LORD: This is a country of laws and rules.
DOYLE: I agree.
LORD: And other immigrants come into this country and they wait and they do their thing and eventually they get in. That's the only issue here.
DOYLE: Coming here illegally was the only law my father ever broke. And do you know why?
DOYLE: It was that important for his children to be able to have a better life than he did.
LORD: Do you know there's a Mexican newspaper in the last day that has written that they should have a wall on the southern border of Mexico to keep immigrants from Guatemala.
JONES: Do you know what that means? That means that Donald Trump does not have a monopoly on bad ideas. But, you know, God bless him.
But I just want to say something that I think is important. There is a deeper patriotism at work here. I think that sometimes people -- if you're at home, you're conservative ...
COOPER: Wait, I got to interrupt. This is a video by Funny -- produced by Funny or Die. Let's watch.
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KEN JEONG, COMEDIAN: Hi. I'm comedian Ken Jeong. I once jumped naked out of a car in a movie.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, FMR. CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL OF ECONOMICS ADVISERS: And I'm Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of President Obama's cabinet.
JEONG: So are you on the Trump train now?
GOOLSBEE: No, Donald Trump is a complete ...
JEONG: Shhh, Donald's talking.
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: That's when we used to have made in the USA, right? When was the last time you've seen ...
JEONG: Yeah, you make stuff right here. What?
GOOLSBEE: He didn't do that.
JEONG: What do you mean he didn't do that? There's all kinds of Trump stuff, hotels, suits, ties, furniture, glassware. Look at this Trump shirt, made in good old Bangladesh. Yeah. Trump tie, probably made in Pennsylvania -- China? Mexico? How about the Trump cufflinks?
JEONG: Trump vodka?
GOOLSBEE: The Netherlands.
JEONG: Trump crystal barware?
JEONG: Holy Melania.
[20:35:01] GOOLSBEE: I'm sorry.
JEONG: Calm down. Calm down. Calm down for America. So, Austan, if that is your real name, Donald Trump says he will bring back jobs to America when he, himself, made millions outsourcing his own Donald Trump stuff to be made everywhere else?
GOOLSBEE: That is a pretty astute observation, Ken.
JEONG: I think I was great. Did we get -- yeah, we got everything we needed. That's awesome. When is he going to jump out of a trunk naked?
GOOLSBEE: We are not having this conversation again.
JEONG: ... and you agreed.
(END VIDEO CLIP) COOPER: Coming up right now is former Senator -- or Senator -- U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania since 2007, Bob Casey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania.
SEN. BOB CASEY, (D) PENNSYLVANIA: Welcome to Philadelphia, the place where American independence began and where our Constitution was born. Since the time of William Penn, Pennsylvania has been a commonwealth of creators, of makers, of builders who, every day, invent the future.
My father, Governor Casey, believed that we must never forget that "the sweat and blood of working men and women who built Pennsylvania forged the industrial revolution in our country and out produced the world."
With family roots in Scranton and her many visits to the state over the years, Hillary Clinton understands this. She'll work every day to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
But what about Donald Trump? Donald Trump says he stands for workers and that he'll put America first, but that's not how he's conducted himself in business. Where are his "tremendous" Trump products made? Dress shirts, Bangladesh. Furniture, Turkey. Picture frames, India. Wine glasses, Slovenia. Neck ties, China. China.
Why would Donald Trump make products in every corner of the world, but not in Altoona, Erie, or here in Philadelphia? Well, this is what he said, "outsourcing is not always a terrible thing." Wages in America "are too high."
And then he complained about companies moving jobs overseas because "we don't make things anymore."
Really? Well, tell that to the union workers at All-Clad in Canonsburg, who make the pots and pans found in many of our kitchens. Tell that to the employees of K NEX in Hatfield, who create toys that teach our children about engineering and architecture. Tell that to the robotics students at Carnegie Mellon, who are building 21st century robots and cars that drive themselves.
Donald Trump hasn't made anything in his life except a buck on the backs of working people. If he is a champion of working people, I'm the starting center for the 76ers. The man who wants to make America great doesn't make anything in America. And it's insulting that he has no plan, no plan to support the men and women who are manufacturing products here at home. All he has are empty promises, like so many he's made and failed to follow through on before.
If you believe that outsourcing has been good for working people and has raised incomes for the middle class, then you should vote for Donald Trump.
I'm voting for Hillary Clinton. She believes -- Hillary believes we need an economy that works for everyone, not just Donald Trump and those at the top. We need to commit ourselves to making good-paying jobs here at home, so that everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay there. That's why in her first hundred days in office, President Hillary Clinton will put forward the largest investment in good paying jobs since World War II.
As president, she'll reward businesses that share profits with their employees. She'll slap a new exit tax on companies that move overseas while rewarding companies that invest here at home. And she'll strengthen our economy by investing $10 billion in new advanced manufacturing jobs that can't be sent overseas.
[20:40:09] This November, we have a choice. You can choose a candidate who's only out for himself, who wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage, and who would cut taxes for the richest Americans at the expense of the middle class. Or you can choose Hillary Clinton, a leader with a proven track record of fighting for an economy that works for all of us. If you're with her like I am, sign up and volunteer at hillaryclinton.com. Thank you.
COOPER: Still ahead, Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren. More convention coverage after a short break
COOPER: And welcome back to the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Two senators coming up, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, who took over Secretary Clinton's seat when she became secretary of state, also Senator Al Franken from Minnesota will be coming out shortly as well.
[20:45:03] Van, we jump in on you earlier ...
JONES: Well, I was just saying, you know, if I were a conservative sitting at home and I'm watching this, you know, I think it doesn't always translate easily. And I think that what we've got to be able to do is say, look, there's a deep patriotism here. When we talk about the Statue of Liberty, we talk about give me your tired and give me your poor, the Democrats are in that tradition. Because we have not done well -- you got (inaudible) for so long, we now got a backlog of 11 million people, but bringing them in is what Americans do, also this idea of liberty and justice for all.
When you have people standing -- talking about LGBT rights that may seem new, but it's just basically saying liberty and justice for all, it was never a liberty and justice for all except for the gay folks. It was never that.
And so, I think that what you're seeing is an America that some of us feel very comfortable with beginning to speak to the country.
COOPER: And here's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, (D) NEW YORK: Some people know me as a United States senator from New York, but during school drop off and pick up, I'm better known as Theo and Henry's Mom. Like most working parents, my husband and I juggle a lot. We're fortunate to have flexibility, but some days, we still barely keep it together. The vast majority of working parents have it much tougher. They're struggling with too little time, too little money and too little support. And Washington hasn't caught up to their reality. Families today look almost nothing like they did a generation ago. Eight in 10 moms work outside of the home. Four in 10 moms are the primary or sole breadwinners, and many are single. Thanks to marriage equality, more children grow up with two moms or two dads. Yet today, our policies are stuck in the "Mad Men" era.
We are the only industrialized nation that doesn't guarantee workers paid family leave. Many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth. Most parents work outside the home, yet child care can cost as much as college tuition. Families rely on women's income, but we still don't have equal pay for equal work. This makes no sense, because we know that when families are strong, America is strong.
Hillary Clinton gets it, not just because she's a working mom, and Charlotte and Aidan's grandmother, but because for her, it's about her core values, the idea we have that we have a responsibility to one another. It's about who we are as a nation.
It's why after law school, she could have gone to a fancy law firm, but she chose to work at the Children's Defense Fund, where she advocated for children with disabilities.
Its why as America's first lady, she helped create a health insurance program for children so that 8 million kids could get the care they need.
And its why, as secretary of state, she helped women and children to escape violence and poverty, to attend schools, support their families and reinvest in their communities.
And it's why as president of the United States, she will bring our workplace policies out of the dark ages and always, always put families first.
You see, Hillary Clinton's life, Hillary Clinton's life's work has been defined by one question, "How can we help those who need it the most?" Donald Trump has been defined by a very different question, "How can I help myself the most?"
[20:50:02] Donald Trump actually stood on a debate stage and said that wages are too high. Hillary knows that in the richest country in the world, it is unacceptable that a mom with two kids working full-time still lives in poverty.
Donald Trump says that when it comes to paid family leave, you have to be careful of it. Hillary knows that it's long past time to have guaranteed paid family leave.
Donald Trump thinks that women should just work harder because -- and I'm quoting, "You're going to make the same if you do as good of a job." Every woman in America knows that is not true. Hillary believes women deserve equal pay for equal work. The choice in this election could not be clearer. If you believe in the values that have always made us great, if you believe in keeping America great, then support Hillary Clinton.
Thank you and God bless this great nation.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please welcome United States Senator Al Franken from Minnesota.
SEN. AL FRANKEN, (D) MINNESOTA: Hi, everybody. Hi. Save it for the end. I'm Al Franken. I'm Al Franken, Minnesotan, Senator, and world- renowned expert on right wing megalomaniac, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and now Donald Trump.
Now, a little about my qualifications. I got my doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University. Sure, I had to empty out my 401(k) and take a reverse mortgage on my house to pay tuition. But Mr. Trump or, rather some people who said they once met him, convinced me that it was worth it.
And frankly, as a proud alum of Trump U, I think we may be underestimating Donald Trump. Sure, he's scammed a lot of people. But did you know that Trump University's School of Ripping People Off is ranked second in the nation, right behind Bernie Madoff University. That is no mean feat.
And Trump University is about more than just bilking people. Although, trust me, you will get bilked. It's also about learning directly from success experts like Scott Baio, Mike Tyson, and, of course, a life-sized cardboard cutout of Mr. Trump himself.
Now, of course, Trump University wouldn't be Trump University without its business school. Their bankruptcy program in particular is known throughout the real estate, investment community for its creativity. The most popular course, Bankruptcy 101, "How to Leave Your Partners Holding the Bag," is taught by the cardboard cutout itself.
The pride of Trump University, of course, is its library located on a shelf in a closet on the third floor of Trump Tower. All of Mr. Trump's bestsellers are available for sale at a special rate for student, which is 10 percent higher than the retail price.
[20:55:12] Clearly, Donald Trump's enormous, dare I say huge, success as a businessman qualifies him to be president. And if you believe that, I've got some delicious Trump Steaks to sell you.
In all seriousness, I think rather than voting for someone who's never done anything for anyone other than himself, maybe we should go with a candidate who's spent her entire life working to get important things done for the American people.
I've known Hillary for almost a quarter century. I've never met anyone smarter, tougher, or more ready to lead us forward. I am proud to call Hillary Clinton my friend. And I can't wait to call her Madam President. Now, we're going to have a lot of fun this week. We're going to have a lot of fun this week, but when we wake up Friday morning, there will be just 102 days left until the election. And what you, yes, all of you, what you do in those 102 days could determine who wins. And I mean, that literally. I won my first race for the Senate by 312 votes.
Where's my Minnesota delegation? There are people up there who contacted more than 312 people themselves and literally, I would not be here. The reason I'm -- they are -- each of them, individually, the reason I am giving this speech here and not into my bathroom mirror.
My friend, my friend Paul Wellstone -- my friend Paul Wellstone used to say, "The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard." This week is about passion. But starting Friday morning, it's al about work -- hard work.
Now, many of you have jobs. Many of you have families. Ignore them. Let me tell you something, kids love it when their parents aren't home, they love it. And let me tell you something else, an 8-year-old kid knows how to use a microwave oven. And let me tell you something else, an 8-year-old kid can teach a 4-year-old kid to use a microwave oven. It's just scientific fact.
Don't worry about your kids. They'll be fine. You have work to do. Get on those phones. Knock on those doors. And tell them Al Franken sent you.
COOPER: Senator Al Franken from the State of Minnesota. I mean, each of these speakers has been trying to -- I mean, it's very short and systematically cover a number of bases with what the Democrat Party certainly feels are weaknesses in Donald Trump.
BORGER: Sure, I must say also, we never hear Al Franken joke around anymore.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
BORGER: You know? This is the first time I've actually heard him be funny since he's joined the Senate.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right.
BORGER: He was great at it. And you know, Kirsten Gillibrand was talking about working mothers. They have to say so far, there are a lot of anti-Trump attacks. They seem to be falling a little flat.
[21:00:00] I think what we are waiting for is Elizabeth Warren first because when she starts taking on Trump, this audience in particular is going to respond to it. I mean it's just hasn't -- I don't know if you agree, but it hasn't kind of caught on with this group yet. COOPER: David.