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would another week? theer: that is what republicans will say. mcauliffe had been ahead by quite a bit. mean, consistently ahead since pointsy, six to eight and it went up with a set down -- with the shutdown. it seems to have narrowed at the end. my understanding is it is one point and what i was saying but almost all the outstanding votes were coming from the very democratic, call of precinct so who knows. but it is hard to tell. it might have gotten narrow and that would spur more democrats to come out and vote.
>> this is the headline. terry mcauliffe winning. and the blue areas in northern virginia and along the tidewater, virginia area. the one name that was not on the ballot was hillary clinton. she had one public appearance and a number of fundraisers for terry mcauliffe. how much was this a repeat of the scenes if hillary clinton runs in 2016? uest: he got a lot of republicans. he featured them a lot in television ads. that is an emphasis that he tried to make. that is something hillary
clinton is considering. she wants to run the way obama did. remember his famous speech in 2004 at the democratic convention when he's -- when he first sprang to attention on the national stage. america, andre one hillary clinton wants to run on that same kind of theme and in that sense, this was a road test for that. is close to the clintons. he came to prominence as a hugely successful fundraiser for them. he is closely associated with both bill and hillary. the networks calling terry mcauliffe the winner. as he wins the race and the commonwealth of virginia. as you look at this map on your describe especially
those listening on c-span radio, what it tells you. >> the map is not that surprising. mapsoks the ways the always look in virginia. you have a heavily blue, northernc coloring in virginia close to washington, d.c.. that is the washington, d.c. suburbs and the closer into washington, d.c., the more blue and the more democratic it is. unless you get out further it gets a little less blue and ultimately becomes red. you also have blue areas in areas around richmond and the tidewater area around norfolk, hampton roads, where you have a lot of minorities and -- especially a lot of minorities but union people and that -- those are the democratic strongholds. the rest of the state,
especially all the rural parts of the state, rural for genia in the south-central. -- in virginia in the south- central. most of the valley is very conservative. evangelical christian, tea party all the way. they have a lot more geographical territory, the republicans but the democrats have a lot more heavily populated areas. if you look at it map that looks overwhelming and -- overwhelmingly red. democrats are more heavily ovulated. it is the ratio of red to blue in the suburbs of northern virginia outside of washington. the ratio in the more congested areas on the edges of norfolk and the richmond area.
joining us live from "the washington post." is a stranger to many democrats. never held elected office. >> he is a national figure. he has never held elected office anywhere. he has done virtually nothing until he ran for governor. whomped andant -- was sort of humiliated. to his credit he went out and traveled around the state and spent four years getting to know people, schmoozing people, le, drumming up support. by the time he ran again no one ran against him.
park,are going to asbury new jersey. from asbury park as family members of chris christie on hand for a victory celebration for the new jersey governor. harder in school, on the field, and hopefully someday find a job that i am as passionate about as they are about theirs. [applause] here's my sister, bridget. >> my mom and dad always made time for us. even though they have really busy jobs, mom still has time to do homework with me every night and dad comes to my soccer games to cheer me on. here is my brother, patrick.
>> when your dad is the governor, you get to do lots of cool things. i know i'm really lucky because how many 13-year-old get to go to the rangers game and see the --nts and the super bowl and at citi field. not many. thanks, dad. [applause] no matter what has happened in our lives, it has always been about our family. from the first moment after our we havefour years ago, been on this amazing ride together and we cannot be more proud of our dad's time as governor. let's take a look back at our family and our dad's career, and our shared love of new jersey.
>> what is your favorite thing about being governor? >> everyday get a chance to do something great. i do not do something great every day but i have a chance every day to dig -- do something great. >> what you see is what you get. >> high level of integrity. >> there is no one above the law. there is no one them into the law. >> i was a prosecutor for seven years in this much i know. i don't pretend i have all the answers but i know how to make decisions and learn how to make things happen. >> we have not done as well as we should.
>> chris christie has done a remarkable job. he has state -- taken the state that has gone downhill and brought it back. people are talking well of new jersey. chris christie gets a lot of the credit for that. >> thank you for giving me the greatest privilege ever in my life. that is to be the governor and the place where i was born and raised. how did this happen? times" calledrk you one of the most intriguing figures of our time. >> go figure. >> i got sent here to do a job. know how to do. one promise ily
can make that matters. that i will not let anyone or anything, not the government, not any business, not anyone getting between me and the completion of our mission. my mother had a very direct way about her. one of the things she's to say to me all the time is just be yourself. because tomorrow you're not going to have to worry about remembering who you pretended to be yesterday. -- be whoes people you are. this is who i am. [applause]
born in newark, raised in livingston. wife in pennsylvania, a real jersey girl and raised our family rate here -- right here, right here in this amazing state. i love just as much as my mother and father raised me to love it. you see, what people have never understood about us is that i did not need the introduction to all of you. i know you because i am one of you. [applause] tonight, first and foremost, i want to say thank you, new jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the world. [applause]
and the only greatest honor and privilege of being a one term governor in new jersey is to be a two-term governor in new jersey. he got to meet my kids again tonight. we are so proud of them. over the last four years but especially this year, new jersey first know what a special lady they have. i love you, mary pat. i spoke to senator barbara buono a while ago. her for a spirited campaign and for her 20 years of public service to the state.
[applause] now we came to office four years ago, we stood behind a podium like this and said that people were tired of politics as usual. they wanted to get things done. we promised we were going to go to trenton and turn it upside down and i think we have done just that. [applause] the people of new jersey four years ago were downhearted and a spirited. they did not believe that government could work for them anymore. in fact what they thought was that government was just there to take from them but not to give to them. not to work with them, not to work for them. four years later, we stand here tonight showing that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together
first, to fight for what you believe in and yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you. [applause] i have learnedng over the last four years about leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening. thet ridding people around table, listening to each other, showing them respect. doing what needed to be done. to be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve, to move our state forward. now listen. thisw that if we can do and trenton, new jersey, maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in their tvs right now to see how it is done. [applause]
listen. we are in new jersey. we still fight. but when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter. in people's lives. while we may not always agree, we show up. we showed everywhere. we do not just show up in the laces that vote for us a lot, we show up in the places that vote for us a little. we do not just showed in the places where we are comfortable. we show in the places where we are uncomfortable. when you lead, you need to be there. he -- you need to show up. you need to listen. then you need to act. [applause] and you do not just show up six months before an election. you show up for years before
one. -- four years before when. you do not take no for an answer. you keep going back and trying more because when i was elected four years ago i was not elected just by the people who voted for me. i was the governor of all the tonight,nd overwhelmingly, those people have said, come on board, it is fine here. let's have more people support the governor, and now we have a big, big win tonight. [applause] what people have told me is they want the truth. some folks do not agree with some of the folks i do and certainly they do not agree with some of the things i say sometimes. they know they never have to wonder.
they never have to wonder. when they walked into the voting booths today, they did not say, i wonder who this guy is. and what he stands for. what he is willing to fight for. what he is willing to do when the chips are down. you can agree with me, you can disagree with me. i will never stop leading the state i love. [applause] people across the country of asked me how it is we have been able to do what we have achieved. i am reminded of the story that was told one week ago today. on the one-year anniversary of hurricane sandy. he called what had happened in new jersey last year the spirit
of sandy. he said when the lights went out no one cared what color your skin was. he said when you did not have any food, no one cared whether it was a republican or democrat offering you the food when you did not have a warm place for your family a cousin what happened in the storm. you did not care if it was someone who thought that government should be big or small. at that moment, the spirit of sandy infected all of us. reverend carter was right. and he prayed that they that the spirit of sandy would stay with the days that the recovery will take. i pledge to you tonight that i will govern with the spirit of sandy. [applause]
it's true of new jersey and all the people who live here. they are ready to live that way too. as your governor it never mattered to me what -- where someone was from, whether they voted for me or not, what the color of their skin was, or their political party. for me, being governor is about getting the job done first. that doesn't mean that we do not have principles, we have many of them. we have stood and fought every day to cut taxes, to reduce the size of government spending, to reform tensions and benefits, to reform a broken education system and to make sure that we create opportunity again for new jerseyans. [applause] for the next four years we will fight to make those changes
permanent and we will fight to make them bigger. term tot seek a second do small things. i sought the second term to finish the job. now watch me do it. [applause] i want to thank a few people in addition to my family before we go tonight. i voer the -- over the last year have had the greatest campaign team any government -- governor could ask for. [applause]
i want to thank my cabinet and especiallytaff, who, over the last year have worked tirelessly with me to help bring back -- bring back the great state of new jersey from the second worst national disaster to ever hit this country. [applause] and i want to thank the second woman who said yes to me when i asked. new jersey's great lieutenant governor. [applause] i is to tell folks all the time
-- i used to tell folks all the time that i had the greatest job in the world. that for jersey kid to be elected governor of the state where you were born and raised, it is the greatest job that you could ever have in your life and i love it. every day. i would get up and know that i had a chance to do something great. i did not do something great everyday, but i had a chance every day to do something great for people that i would probably never meet. and surely never know. on october 29, the last year, that job changed. it is no longer a job for me. different from a job. a mission is something that is sacred. it is a sacred trust. that was thrust upon me and you. that mission is to make sure that everyone, everyone in new jersey who is affected by sandy is returned to normalcy in their
life and i want to promise you tonight. anything, let anyone, any political party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission. [applause] for those veterans out there tonight, you know how sacred a mission is. the sacredness of the mission of a soldier is that no one ever is left behind. no one is ever left behind on the battlefield, and on the battlefield that sandy turned to the state into, new jerseyans will never leave any new
jerseyan behind. [applause] i am resolved to complete this mission not because of me, but because of you. for the last year i've had a lot of people ask me for hugs. a lot of people. you will get your hug later, brother. can tell you this. i guess there's open bar tonight. welcome to new jersey. people ask me for hugs to come
for them. people asked me to make sure i would not forget them. people asked me for hugs just to know that the leader of the state cared about them and people came up to me all the time in the aftermath and said to me, governor, where did you get the energy, where did you get the energy day after day to do that? and i told them, you do not understand, do you? gave more to me than i could ever give back to them. and give me hope and faith optimism for our future. [applause] haveeople of new jersey given me much more than i could .ver hope to get back to them
they have given me hope. they have given me faith, they have given me the trust and it is with that hope, without optimism, that phase, and that frontthat we together can the next years of opportunity for our state. i know that tonight dispirited america -- a dispirited america, angry with their dysfunctional government in washington -- applause goes } looks to new jersey to say is what is happening really what is happening? w are we really -- are we really working, african-americans and hispanics, suburbanites and silly jewelers, farmers and teachers are we really all working together, let me give
the answer to everyone who was watching tonight. under this government, our first job is to get the job done and as long as i'm governor, that job will always, always be finished. [applause] i think tonight most particularly, i know my dad and brother and sister who are here tonight with me share this same view. protect --ight must most particularly about my mother. all of you who have heard me over the last four years know that she was and still is the dominant influence in my life. video, as i the
said on the video, my mom used to say to me all the time, christopher, be yourself. because then tomorrow you do not have to worry about trying to ramp or who you pretended to be yesterday. from a woman who i miss every day. knowonight, tonight, i that my mom is looking down on new jersey and saying to me, i can feel it. she is saying to me, chris, the job is not done yet. get back to work and finish the job for the people of new jersey . that is exactly what i will do. i love you, new jersey. thank you very much. [applause] ♪
>> you can tell by my voice that not all of me got all the way through the race. but i would like to recognize also the members of my family and many dear friends here tonight. this has been a long journey for my family. i do not mean this race. i mean the whole battle. the battle goes on. [applause] and i am grateful to my family and our friends, our many new friends they make and find, some in the most unlikely of places all across virginia. that support has gotten us through. that support has gotten us
through. i hope you know the how much i appreciate each and every one of you. i have a special place in my heart for those folks that i have worked with on behalf of virginia for four years. .hey have sacrificed much thank [inaudible] [applause] one more example that all men marry up. without her love and support, i could not have made it through this campaign or any of the four previous ones. as i have told many of you many times, she works a lot harder than i do. i know it when i say we homeschool. i am the dean of students. [laughter]
load andarries her half of mine and has four dozen years, so that we could fight for the first principles that we share on behalf of all of you. [applause] now, i have always said that the worst thing that happens to me in an election is that i lose and get to spend more time at home. i like going home. and i am looking forward to spending more time with her and these wonderful children. my parents are here as well. -- toeployed fort virginia a month ago and my father has blazed a single- handed campaign trail across the commonwealth and many of you have met him. my mother has helped us when we
thought the pedal was always -- already to the metal to do a bit more. i will spare you the stories and all the jokes. we will share them 500 times in our own family. being half irish, it will be funny retirement. with my brothers are here. doctor came in and he was an interesting addition to the campaign. he got to bracket the president along his arrival. he was a great help in that respect and has been a great supporter and one family member who can vote for me, chris, was here in working and doing every little thing for so long and through many races and i rubber -- remember the first one when he slept in our living room while he carried that race on.
i have aunts and uncles here, i have my cousins here. so much family that did more than they have ever done before. some of them have been engaged in helping us one way or another. it is -- it has been a great testament just to family itself. [applause] i also want to thank my great campaign team. sacrificedhard and an awful lot. two headquarters and out in every community in virginia, i want to thank all of you for burning the candle at both ends as you all did and to our thousands of volunteers who even
made this race possible. you all were the backbone of this race and i will take you back five years to a conversation we had before we finally decided to get in the attorney general's race in march of 2008. we took the view and remember what march of 2008 look like for republicans. it was a grand time to get in the race. decided that first of all, we knew what kind of race we would run. the same first principles i am talking about tonight have animated every campaign we have ever run. the foundation starts as it always should with proper campaigns in america with first principles. and we understood and we said it out loud, if there are enough
people in virginia who share our commitment to those first principles, we cannot lose. not, especially in that kind of environment, we cannot win. we have more votes for attorney general than ever before. still cherish the first principles that virginians brought forward to the whole world. they do. [applause] constitutional conservativism and free-market ideas are alive in virginia, and the more virginians see their liberty eroded through bigger government and an out-of-control health care law which is the leading example of it right now, the more readily, not the less brightly, the more brightly that
flame of liberty is going to burn in virginia. that is why this battle is not over with this race. it goes on and it will continue to go on. our campaign was focused on the guiding principle that our commonwealth and our country are at their best when we remove government barriers to innovation, ingenuity, and individual freedom. [applause] principles that i have worked for every day of my life in public office. and for which i will continue to work, whether or not i am in public office. it all starts with remembering our founding ideals. the same ideals that patrick henry and james madison and thomas jefferson stood for and that george washington fought for. these principles are why i entered a look office, public
service, they are why i entered this race for governor. to fight and preserve our -- alls for all of virginians now and into the future. they were delivered to us as a blessing and they are a burden to us to deliver it to the next generation and the one after that. i want to thank you all for your loving support. i am grateful to god for the opportunity to represent all of virginians. million nominee butublican also as your attorney general and before that in the state senate. and for all the great virginians i met traveling throughout the commonwealth. the greatestve resource we have in virginia is virginians. and no election can change that. thank you all very much. god bless you.
god bless virginia and america. good night. [applause] [indiscernible] host: terry mcauliffe declared the winner and moving ahead. let's go to "the washington post" website where they have broken it down county by county. area that he did particularly well. and richmond and the tidewater region and norfolk, i heavily
democratic area. terry mcauliffe winning with over one million votes for the chair. in case you're interested you can log on and see returns from the lieutenant governor's race as well. there has been some attention on the attorney general's race in virginia as well. the republican candidate and the democratic candidate. if these numbers hold true it is not a democratic sweep. one of the questions we asked was whether or not terry mcauliffe would have coattails of the race. the results from the commonwealth of virginia showing terry mcauliffe winning but march -- a much closer margin. one poll had terry mcauliffe off a week ago -- up a week go by 12 percentage points.
this is the scene inside tysons corner, virginia. we will listen in and we expect andear from terry mcauliffe just a moment. let's take you there live. >> thank you. much.you so the energy here tonight is the energy that i saw in every corner of the commonwealth over the last 10 months. the volunteers, team leaders,
and staff that work to their hearts out made the difference in this race. and you are an inspiration to terry and to me. the numbers are truly staggering. over 2 million doors knocked. and a lot of phone calls made. energetic and engaged group on this campaign. they were democrats, republicans, and independents who believed passionately that every virginians should have the opportunity to succeed regardless of their gender, where they were born, or who they loved. they were from every part of the
commonwealth and women for terry . you made it possible i know firsthand that terry was the most excited during this campaign after he had earned the support of a prominent republican. and after a lot of hard work, that happened a lot. assembling a diverse mainstream coalition was the goal of this campaign and it will be his goal is governor. he truly believes that the best fromts for virginia come -- when we come together to find consensus. because the truth is that our common interest in virginia are much greater than our differences. we all care deeply about providing our children a better future and making sure that all families have an opportunity to
succeed. most truly is the optimistic and open-minded person i know. he is a unique combination of exuberance and intellect rarely seen in college -- and politics these days. it has been said that he has upugh energy to/-- to light a small city and he is light of my life. through 25 years of marriage together, i have seen his boundless energy inspire our children, our friends, and all those he has worked with over his long career in business and in fighting for the middle class values he was taught by his parents, melanie and jack. he cares deeply about people and about virginia.
he wants everyone to have the opportunities he had to succeed who middle-class kid started a driveway paving company to help pay for college create i know that his positive energy is going to make virginia a stronger commonwealth. virginia, thank you for this honor. i am so proud to the next my husband governor of the commonwealth of virginia, terry mcauliffe. [applause]
[applause] us are soof incredibly grateful to the most amazing volunteers and team leaders ever assembled in the history of the governor's campaign. [applause] just as i walked appear, they gave me the final numbers. asce january, you have not you have not gone 2.5 million doors of the commonwealth of -- you have knocked on 2.5 million doors of the commonwealth of virginia. i got a lot of my energy from seeing you work so hard. i saw so many of you, i tell
you, it fired me up and kept me going 100% during those 16 hour days so thank you. we love you, and you are spectacular. [applause] i know all of you gave up time from her family -- your family because you believed this election was so important and thank you so much and i want all of you here who worked so hard since this campaign began to give yourselves an enormous round of applause. i want to thank and i do not have words to express but i want to thank my extraordinary campaign staff, particularly the field team for what they did to break records all over virginia. give yourselves and the campaign a great round of applause. [applause]
this. say i also want to thank the absolutely historic number of republicans who crossed re: lines to support me. you were powerful messengers -- crossed party lines to support me. you were our full messengers. thank you. importantly, i want to thank the voters of virginia who went out and voted for us today. from lee county to virginia beach, to winchester, thank you for what you did to help us get governor of the commonwealth of virginia. i know this has been a hard- fought race. part of that is the nature of politics. the attorney general and i had some very big differences on
some very important issues. let me say this. i think every single person in virginia is glad that the tv ads are now over. and i know that passions are high but i think it is important while theze that attorney general general and i had a lot of differences, he is a principled man who has sacrificed and numerous amount of time away from his family. thank ken cuccinelli for his dedication to the commonwealth of virginia. america have seen contentious races before and we end up coming together to pursue the common good. one particularly famous virginian confronted a bitterly
divided electorate after the presidential election in 1800. but instead of relishing his victory, or governing only for his supporters, thomas jefferson devoted much of his first inaugural address to bridging partisan divides. " every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. by differentd names brethren of the same principle. opinion areces of still often not a difference of principles or goals." over the next four years most democrats and republicans in arginia want to make virginia model for pragmatic leadership that is friendly to job creation.
a model for strong schools that prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. a model for welcoming the best and brightest scientists and innovators, no matter your race, gender, religion, or whom you love. [applause] and a model for an efficient transportation system that reduces gridlock for our families and business. when all , if virgin youe is also the model for bipartisan that is a viewd that i share with the next the tenant governor of the .ommonwealth of virgin you
-- virginia. [applause] while there are a lot of proud eurocrats -- democrats tonight, aren't we proud? to welcome all the republicans that are here tonight. give them a great round of applause. the truth is if this election was never a choice between democrats and republicans. it was a choice about whether virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade. at a time when washington was often broken. just inc. about what virginia has been able to accomplish -- think about what virginia has been able to accomplish. we preserved our aaa bond rating and he made the single largest investment and k-12 education in
virginia history. [applause] kaine, wernor tim were honored as the best state to do business, the best managed state and he prudently guided us through the great recession. [applause] and let me say this. mcdonnell,nor bob our unemployment is one of the lowest on the east coast and we passed the first transportation funding and 27 years with bipartisan support. four years,the next it will be my obligation and honor to continue that tradition and to get started over the next three months, i am going to work hard to reach out to every single republican in the general assembly. i want to listen to them, and i
want to work with them so we get -- we can advanced our -- we can advance our shared goals. [applause] the economic challenges facing virginia are daunting. sequestration for another year, and or federal budget cuts on the horizon. for those of you who know me well, i believe that a daunting challenge is always a great opportunity to meet. -- to me. working together, we will protect the jobs that we have but we will work to diversify our economy. first is workforce training. the best part of this campaign i was able to visit every single, all 23 community colleges in the commonwealth of virginia. he made people of all ages who are gaining new skills for new economy. and fighting opportunity to simplify and do what we need to do to make sure we have those
jobs of the 21st century. they are our true engines of workforce development and we have reduced funding over the last couple of years by 40%. we need to make sure we are investing in our education system. when you take average of virginia hey, we win. we need to work together to pay our teachers what they deserve in the commonwealth of virginia. the brain develops a tween [inaudible] we need to make sure we are investing in early childhood development. the passage of a funding bill is always the first step in addressing the critical transportation problems that we face in virginia. over the next four years, we have to prove to the taxpayers
that we can spend their money effectively and efficiently to reduce congestion and create economic activity. and in the coming months, we face a critical moment on the medicaid expansion. it was perhaps the clearest issue that voters had during this election. but again, this wasn't really a partisan choice. instead, a bipartisan coalition of democrats and republicans, business groups and hospitals, have said that we need to accept the medicaid expansion and bring virginia's taxpayer money back to virginia. throughout this campaign, i have listened to the concerns of republican friends. that's why i'm committed to finding consensus on how to reform and expand medicaid.
and whether it's education, transportation, or health care, it is critical that we move forward in a way that's fiscally responsible. virginia has a national reputation for strong fes call manage and that's something i'm deeply committed to sustaining. finally, i want to say something hundreds of to the ousands of supporters of ken cucinelli and mr. sardis and i know that the hundreds of thousands of you that you worked so hard and i know tonight is not easy. i've been involved in a lot of companies that didn't succeed. including my own race for governor in 2009. i understand that emotions are raw. i have been there.
i get it. so while i promise you tonight that i will be a governor for all virginians, the real test is my actions when i take office. i expect you to hold me to my pledge to work with both sides hope ope that once -- i that once we have started to make bipartisan progress on critical issues leek jobs, education, that i can earn your trust. virginia, thank you for the honor of electing me to serve as the 72nd governor of the commonwealth of virginia. thank you, god bless you, god bless the commonwealth of virginia and the united states of america. thank you.
>> c-span continuing coverage of election results, terry mcauliffe elected governor in virginia. he's a longtime friend of the clintons. he works the crowd in tyson's corner. he race closer than expected on by just 2%. and robert sarvis with just under 7% of the vote, 14 ,000. we'll continue to look at the scene inside tyson's corner and get your calls and comments about the returns both in
virginia and in new jersey, also deblasio k city, bill easy winning as new york city mayor, first time the new yorkers have elected a democrat since 1989. in virginia, it's the first time since 1973 that the winner of the white house and the winner of the virginia governor's race is from the same party. what's been happening since then is if a republican is in the white house a democrat wins the governorship. we have a call from louisville. caller: i'm glad to see chris christie got his win tonight. i want to say congratulations to mr. call. i also just wanted to say i have a huge -- on tv. host: another caller. ller: i'm watching this, i'm
looking at all of this, 10-1 that's just what's above the table. ou got a third party candidate deciding votes, which is always he case. they're going to call this a mandate but this is like a basketball team having to play with one less player and the officials all on one side. i think the media is doing is disservice by reporting the score but not talking about the political machinations that allow this kind of crap to happen. that's basically it. host: ok, thanks for the call. a caller from richmond, virginia. caller: i am so glad terrir mcauliffe did win. i'm a staunch democrat. with all the shutdowns and everything, that plays a big part in why we got so many
people that came out and really voted. i am so glad and thank for letting me speak. host: thanks for the call. we have returns from the special election in alabama, bradley burn who is viewed as the establishment candidate, mean manager support from business groups, winning against dean young, another race to keep in mind because dean young, a tea party favorite in that alabama special election. saw the announcement from the bottom of the screen. and in new york city, bill deblasio winning in that new york city race. we have a call on our in dependent line from joe in new jersey. caller: hello, i'm so glad to be with you. despite governor christie's big win i'm glad we don't have to ontend with, you know, the gay
marriage issue because we won this overwhelmingly and we'll have to deal with him for a few year bus progress is have to lick their chops and pick up the pieces. we're looking forward to that. host: ok. thanks for the call. from "the washington post" website, chris christie win regular election in new jersey. we'll have his speech nits entirety in a couple of minutes, on the possibility of running for president in 016. we're also getting your comments on our c-span twitter page, with the hash tag #cspanchat. host: next, grover joining us from california. caller: the only thing i've got to say is the race for governor in west virginia, i demand a recount.
have a good day. host: judith is joining us from auburn, virginia. good evening you. judith, go ahead. caller: sorry. i was about to say, i'm a young democratic voter, i've always voted democratic and i was very excited to vote this year. however, i was a little bit offput by the debates with mcauliffe. however, i feel -- i still voted for him because of social issues and his remarks when it comes to cuccinelli, that's the reason why i voted for cuccinelli. but i'm hoping for a great future for verge. host: thanks for the call. from our c-span facebook page, this is from aaron, people are clearly not paying attention to what's going on or just don't
care. host: share your thoughts at facebook.com/c-span. next to scott from winchester, tennessee, independent line. caller: yes. i am calling to comment on the chris christie race. i am fairly certain he stands a good chance in 2016 because he actually brings together the moderate and the republicans, as an infeint i look at him as somebody who can bridge the gap between the extreme right-wing republicans and the left-wing liberals. he kind of stands a middle ground, especially on the gay marriage issue, which i'm glad he didn't have to tack in the governor's race but 2016 will be a different story for him.
host: and to our republican line. your reaction to returns in the governor's race? caller: like one of your callers said, mcauliffe money raised money a lot from out of state and outspent cuccinelli $34 million to $19 million. the independent in virginia got 6% of the vote and buzz bankrolled by an obama funder out of texas. so this was -- cuccinelli also overcame the republican party in virginia. so it was quite a performance in light of all the odds stacked against him. host: we welcome our listeners on c-span radio. in new jersey, governor christie winning big, declaring victory. the democratic candidate conceding the race at about :45 eastern time in virginia. than many lli closer expect bud losing to terry mcauliffe who ran four years ago
and failed to get the democratic nomination. the lieutenant governor candidate also inwinning as a democrat but the reas still close with the republican candidate ahead in the attorney general's reas. debra is joining us from oshkosh, wisconsin. your comments on all of this. caller: hi, there. host: good evening. terry's was watching campaign thing, she is trying to get some medicaid money coming back to their state. host: right, he just said that a short while ago. caller: see our state, in wisconsin, is refusing to take no medicaid money. host: governor scott walk was campaigning with ken cuccinelli in virginia. caller: but he's refusing that
in our state. host: all right, thanks for the call. next, devon from michigan. you with us? to david from hyattsville, maryland. caller: i want people to understand those who constantly undermine the president regarding his election, that republicans had an opportunity to vote obama out in his second term and it did not work. it's a clear indication that the american people are behind this president. so what we need to do is stop the bickering and divisiveness and acknowledge that people, for whatever reason, will disagree with the republican party, doesn't make them bad, it just -- you have to understand that what has transpired in this country was truly a detriment to the country in terms of the shutdown, in terms of not being honest with the american people,
but stirring up the right wing part of the country to a point where people realy did not have a clear clue about the president. but yet the president was still able to win and this is a continued divisiveness is not going to be -- it's not going to ork in this country. you can understand, the republican party or democratic party or libertarian, here's one thing for sure. if we do not come together as a country, we are in a lot of trouble. you can believe that. host: ok, thank you. our last call is from san diego, california. joe an, good evening. -- joanne, good evening. caller: good evening. the 2% is a victory because monday was 14%. i feel badly for the people of virginia. they're going to suffer what we do in california, the former
golden state, we've been beaten down by left wing poll techs and unions and maybe governor christie who has fought the unions in his state, can do something in 2016. maybe if he's a vice president candidate he could have won and we wouldn't be in this tragic situation of this obamacare which affects the liberty of every single american. host: joanne, thanks for the call. the results from new york city, bill de blasio, the first time since 1989 a democrat has won in the new york city may i don't recall race. the results from virginia, where terry mcauliffe edging out a win over ken cuccinelli by a mar yen of two percentage points. the final tally is still to be tabulated. the turnout estimated at about 40% to 4 %. fewer than half of virginia voters going to the polls in this election. in new jersey a lot of attention on governor chris christie, lected four years ago, seeking a
>> well, well, well, how about this, new jersey! [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, tonight i stand here as your governor and i am so proud to be your governor. [applause] born in newark, raised in livingston. made my wife from pennsylvania a real jersey girl. and raised our family right here, right here in this amazing
state, i love just as much as my mother and father raised me to love it. you see, what people have never understood about us is that i didn't need any introduction to all of you. i know you. ecause i'm one of you. so tonight, first and foremost, i want to say, thank you, new jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the world. and the only greatest honor and privilege -- greater honor and privilege of being a one-term governor of new jersey is to be a two-term governor of new jersey. you got to meet my kids again tonight. we're so proud of them, andrew,
sara, patrick, bridget, i love you all. over the last four years, but especially this year, new jersey got to know what a special first lady they have. love you, mary pat. i spoke to the senator a while ago she congratulated me and was very gracious. very gracious in her congratulations and i thanked her for a spirited company and for her 20 years of public service to the state. [applause] now, we came to office four years ago we stood behind a podium like this, and said that people were tired of poll techs as usual, they wanted to get things done and we promised we were going to go to trenton and turn it upside down and i think
e've done just that. the people of new jersey four years ago were down hearthed and dispirited. they didn't believe that government could work for them anymore. in fact, what they thought, what they thought was that government was just there to take from them but not to give to them. not to work with them, not to work for them. well, four years later, we stand here tonight, showing that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you. the biggest thing, the biggest thing i've learned over the last fur year -- four years about
leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening. about bringing people around the table. listening to each other. showing them respect. doing what needed to be done. to be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve to move our state forward. now listen, i know that if we can do this in trenton, new jersey, maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in heir tv's right now. [applause] listen, we're new jersey. we still fight. we still yell. but when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter in people's lives. and while we may not always agree, we show up.
we show up everywhere. we don't show up just in the places that votes for us a lot, we show in the places that vote for us a little. we dent just show up in the places where we're comfortable, we show up in the places where we're uncomfortable. because when you lead you need to be there. you need to show up. you need to listen and then you need to act. you don't just show up six months before an election. you show up four years before one. and you don't just take no for an answer the first time no happens. you keep going back and trying more because when i was elected four years ago, i wasn't elected just by the people who voted for me. i was the governor of all the people. and tonight, overwhelmingly, those people have said, come
onboard, it's fine here, let's have more people support the governor and now we have a big, big win tonight. what people have told me over the last four years is more than anything else, they want the truth. they want the truth. you know, we don't always agree with each other, new jersey. some folks don't agree with some of the things i do. certainly they don't agree with some of the things i say sometimes. but they know, they know they never have to wonder. they never have to wonder. when they walked into the voting booth today, they didn't say hey, i wonder who this guy is. and what he stands for. what he's willing to fight for. what he's willing to do when the chips are down. you can agree with me or disagree with me. but i will never stop leading he state i love.
people across the country have asked me how it is we've been able to do what we've achieved. i'm reminded of a story that pastor joe carter of the new hope baptist church told just one week ago today on the one-year anniversary of hurricane sandy. he called what had happened in new jersey the last year the spirit of sandy. he spoke about people coming together. he said, when the lights went out, no one cared what color your skin was. he said, when you didn't have any food, no one cared whether it was a republican or a democrat offering you the food. when you didn't have a warm place for your family because of what happened in the storm, you didn't care if it was someone
who thought that government should be big or small. at that moment, the spirit of sandy infected all of us. reverend carter was right. and he prayed that day that the spirit of sandy would stay with us well beyond the days that the recovery will take. my pledge to you tonight is that i will govern with the spirit of sandy. it's true of new jersey and all the people who live here, they're ready to live that way too. as your governor it's never mattered to me where someone was from, whether they voted for me or not, what the color of their sken was or their political party. for me, being governor has
always been about getting the job done, first. that doesn't mean that we don't have principles. we have many of them. and we have stood and fought every day to cut taxes, to reduce the size of government spending, to reform pensions and benefits, to reform a broken education system, and to make sure we create opportunity again for new jerseyans. and for the next four years, for the next four years, we will fight to make those changes permanent and we will fight to make them bigger. i did not seek a second term to do small things. i sought a second term to finish the job. now watch me do it.
i want to thank a few people in addition to my family before we go tonight. i want to tell you that i, over the last year, have had the greatest campaign team any governor could ever ask for. they ran a flawless campaign and i thank them for it. and i want to thank my cabinet and my senior staff who especially over the last year have worked tirelessly with me to help bring back -- bring back -- the great state of new jersey from the second worst natural disaster to ever hit this country.
and i want to thank the second woman who said yes to me when i asked. new jersey's great lieutenant -- governor. [applause] i used to tell folks all the time, that i have the greatest job in the world. that for a jersey kid to be governor of the state where you were born and raised is the greatest job you could ever have in your life and i loved it, every tai, i would get up and know i had a chance to do something great. i didn't do something great every day, but i had a chance every dito do something great
for people i would probably never meet and certainly never know. but on october 29 of last year, that job changed. it's no longer a job for me. it's a mission. you see a mission is different than a job. a mission is something that's sacred. it's a sacred trust that was thrust upon me and you on october 29 of last year. and that mission, that mission is to make sure that everyone, everyone in new jersey who is affected by sandy, is returned to normalcy in their life and i want to promise you tonight, i ll not let anyone, anything, any political party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission. [applause]
you see, for those veterans out there tonight you know how sacred a mission is. sacredness of the mission of a soldier is that no one ever is left behind. no one is ever left behind on the battlefield. and on the battlefield that sandy turned this state into, new jerseyans will never leave any new jerseyan behind. i'm resoed to complete this mission, not because of me. but because of you. for the last year, i have had a lot of people ask me for hugs. a lot of people.
you'll get your hug later, brother. -- i an tell you this guess there is open bar tonight, huh? welcome to new jersey. [applause] people asked me for hugs to comfort them. people asked me for hugs to make sure i wouldn't forget them. people asked me for hugs just to know that the leader of the state cared about them. and people came up to me all the time in the aftermath and said to me, governor, where did you get the energy? where did you get the energy, day after day after day to do
that? and i told them, you don't understand, do you? those hugs gave more to me than i could ever give back to them. they gave me hope and faith and .ptimism for our future the people of new jersey have given me much more than i could ever hope to give back to them. they've given me hope, they've given me faith, and they've given me their trust. it is with that hope, with that optimism, that faith, and that trust that we together confront the next four years of opportunity for our state. know that tonight, a
dispirited america, angry with their dysfunctional government in washington -- [applause] looks to new jersey to say, is what i think happening, really happening? are people really coming together? are we really working, african-americans and hispanics, suburb anites and city dwellers, , farmers and teachers? are we really working together? let peme give the answer to everyone watching tonight, under this government our first job is to get the job done and as long as i'm governor that job will lways, always be finished. [applause]
i think tonight most particularly, and i know my dad and my brother and sister who are here tonight with me share this same view, i think tonight, most particularly about my mother. all of you who have heard me over the last four years know that she was and still is the dominant influence in my life. as i said on the video -- [applause] as i said on the video, my mom used to say to me all the time, christopher, be yourself. because then tomorrow, you don't have to worry about trying to remember who you pretended to be yesterday. powerful words from a woman who miss every day, but tonight,
concession speech. >> all right, that's better. good evening, everyone. [applause] i just got off the phone with governor christie and i congratulated him on his re-election. now i know we have our differences but the truth of the matter is, when it comes down to it, we're -- we both want the best for our children's future. and we both take pride in the fact that -- can you hear?
i can project, i've got six kids. you can't hear me? don't tell me you can't hear me, david. i know you can. but i'll wait so they can record it. ell me when. yes? o. say when? all right, that's better. good evening, everyone. as i just said, i got off the phone a few minutes ago with governor christie and i congratulated him on his re-election. now i know we have our differences, but when it comes down to it, we're just two parents who want to see the best for our children's future. and we both -- and we both take pride in the fact that we live in a nation where we can all
respect and uphold the democratic process. thank you all for being here tonight. thank you for standing with me for the last 10 months, for coming in, for making calls, even after long days at work in the sweltering, sweltering rooms here in new brunswick when our air-conditioning didn't always work the way it was supposed to and for the cold days of the last few weeks knocking on doors. thank you. thank you for holding fundraisers, for putting a dollar or two away every week, at the end of the day, and thank you for having faith. having faith in grass roots empowerment and believing that just a little bit from a whole lot of people can go far. thank you for welcoming me into your homes, into your lives, and for believing in the vision of new jersey of hope and
opportunity. -- nowbegan this journey look. don't look glum. we began this journey, we knew it wasn't going to be easy, right? we always knew that. but each and every one of us believed it would be worth it. and was it worth it? yes, it was. like me you saw another new jersey, where 400,000 people out of work, where millions are living in poverty, where gun violence plagues our communities, where our women and our students and our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters have been left behind and you, my friends, you decided to fight for them. it was never about a party, it was never about the pundits or the polls. it was always about the people, wasn't it? and it always will be.
to our working parents -- [applause] it's about working parents like melissa jones who works hard day in and day out, working two part-time jobs, making a little over the minimum wage to try and make it and put food on the table and a roof over the head of our child tiana. we fight for her because we believe in the american dream that if you work hard enough, it ought to pay off. we fight because of the 33,000 women who are now going out with cancer screenings because of cuts. we fight for our students, our young people with dreams like the ones i met at trenton central high school. we fought for them because of our collective belief that education is the great equalizer. we fight for them because we believe they deserve better.
they deserve better. they deserve better than a school with crumbling ceilings, moldy walls and floors deemed structurally unsound. they deserve better. it's about our dreamers. our brilliant young women and men, like rodrigo, who want nothing more than a shot, just a fair shake, just like i had when i had in-state tuition at montclair state and rutgers -- and ruck -- and rutgers law school. this is about richard and david. richard and david we so jubilantly vell celebrated their weding in new jersey just a few weeks ago. [applause] yes, this campaign has been bout chrisy and paul and leann
and joyce and andrea and all the families still living in trauma, in trailers, displaced, a year after superstorm sandy. this campaign has been about our police officers and our firefighters, our educators and our public workers. that's who this campaign has been about as well. this was their election. this was their term. for them, we took on the bosses in the political -- and the political machine that was defined new jersey politics for ar too long. for them, we rose above the political system that too often requires surrendering one's values, a system where back room deals fueled by greed and self-interest are just the order of business. the democratic political bosses,
some elected and some not, made a deal with this governor, despite him representing everything they're supposed to be against. they didn't do it to help the state. they did it out of a desire to help themselves politically and financially. but we did it our way and i'm proud of that. new jersey represents the last vestiges of the old boy machine politics that used to dominate states across the nation. and unless more people are willing to challenge it, new jersey's national reputation will suffer among families who might otherwise move here, among businesses who otherwise might locate here. and among those qualified and honest candidates who might come here and run for office.
[applause] tonight may not have ended the way we wanted it to but let us never look back with regrets. let us not for a single moment allow one night to define what we did here or to deter us from the momentum that we have built. there is still so much work to do. to be the first woman to represent the democratic party as new jersey's candidate. [applause] to be the first woman to represent the democratic party as new jersey's candidate for governor has been an incredible honor but i was only one-half of that team.
one-half of the third ever all-female ticket in american history. [applause] millie saba, my friend mitigating circumstance partner in this case was everything i could have ever asked for in a running mate. her sincerity and her -- [applause] millie's sincerity and determination astound me still and just to explain to you, just to give you a little hint of the millie that i've come to know, i texted her a few days ago and said, so how is it going? she texts like these long texts, i'll give you an excerpt, she said, all caps, so honored that you took a chance on me. the guys would never ask me.
alas, we are seen as a threat to the status quo. [applause] proud to share sisterhood with you. end quote. millie silva. this was millie's first political venture but we know it etter not be her last. because new jersey would be better served with talented, brilliant young women like this taking them into the fold, right, young women? [applause] and none of this would have been possible without a dedicated campaign staff bhoff made this election their top priority since day one. they are some of the hardest working smartest young people --
ever met and i look forward to watching each and every one of them become leaders in this party and in the nation. jonathan, my campaign manager. my campaign manager who is as tough and smart and loyal as they come and i have a renewed respect for the great state of georgia that produced him. cries tina, my political director, who has -- [applause] who has faith in what we were trying to accomplish from the very beginning. her enthusiasm and her work ethic define her. david turner a little prickly around the edges, but that gos with the territory of being
communications director. he's talented, hardworking and loyal. am, liz, pae -- perano, craig, sheryl, stephanie. [applause] sara, missy, wendy, elizabeth, carlos, joseph, and so many others who withstood the onslaught of betrayal from our own political party. but you stayed the course. but you stayed the course because you believed in the mission. you believed in the mission. and my sister.
lisa cato. speaker oliver. regina thomas. ajority leader wineberg. joe, john mckee and brendan gill, don curry, nellie poe, bob ith, mila, pat reck, peg chafer, wyatt erp. but the one regret i have is that jason o'donnell, who was my choice for the state party chair, suffered as collateral damage from treachery within the democrat exparty. we know that the political bosses could not suffer his presence as a leader of the party because they could not control him, a trait we both share. at the time, the party seemed about to implode and so even though we had the votes to elect
jason as state party chair of the democratic party, i decided that in winning the battle, we would have lost the war as i believe the party was cannibalizing itself. so i took one for the team. the only problem -- i realized too late there was no team. to my husband, my husband martin, one of a kind. i often say that -- [applause] i often say that if he ran against me for anything, he would beat me. i thank you for your support and your love and your encouragement. to my children, i know ariella is here mitigating circumstance family and friends. i thank you for my unconditional -- your unconditional love and patience throughout this process. and to the next generation of
women, thank you. i always tell you that you nspire me, you inspire me. the women from my young women's leadership internship program. the aspiring engineer i met at a deaner in the little falls diner. the girl scouts who volunteered here at the campaign headquarters. and so many other young women. oh, my god, you are just so far beyond where i was at your age. i'm so in awe of you. your tenacity and your resilience through your simple refusal to take no for an answer. you inspire me. as you grow, and you mature, you will be confronted by many who will question your intelligence, your athleticism, or your qualifications.
who question your ability to compete and potentially surpass others. but i want you to remember this -- in the face of great odds, sometimes insurmountable, stand up to the name calling and the objections founded not upon who you are but what you are. look them dead in the eye and declare firmly and confidently once and for all, enough is enough. [applause] their attempts to marginalize or dismiss you is never an excuse. never an acceptable excuse to back down. view it as a cham. view it as a call to action, a call for you to stand up and fight for what you believe in. i saw this in my first political
heroine, shirley chisholm, the first african-american woman elected to congress who said when she ran for the presidency in the face of hopeless odds, to demonstrate and listen closely to this, the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo. words to live by. many of you saw that spirit in 2008 as you watched hillary clinton drop 18 million crack into the glass ceiling. tonight, in spate of all else, i believe that spirit is alive and well. we knew they weren't going to let us into the all boys' club so we just decided to kick in the door. [applause] throughout this race, we didn't exactly fit the mold or play by the rules, but as the many who
came before me observed, well-behaved women rarely mick history. so yes, i will continue to stand up and speak out. in this moment there is too much at stake to do otherwise. yes, i will continue to hold elected officials accountable, as we all should, and i will continue to defend the downtrodden and disenfranchised and at the end of the day, at my very core, i am still the daughter of an italian immigrant butcher who dropped out of high school, whose memory still fuels me to this day, who believed in our working families, for them, i will continue to fight, no matter the cost or the consequences. that's who i am, that's who i o. [applause]
now i really do hope this journey will inspire more women to take that leap of faith and make it easier for them to challenge the status quo. shirley chisholm once said, at present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. now that was more than 40 years ago. but the sentiment couldn't be truer today. tonight, a campaign ends, but tomorrow morning, our ideals, our purpose, our mission we began 10 months ago, will still stand. and so, for the sake of equality, of fairness, of justice, of opportunity for all of our residents, we will continue the struggle. thank you so much. [applause]
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