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i want to say of all the people who went to college, myself included, no one does what they majored in, because it is not about the coursework. it is more about -- heavenly father, we gather in philadelphia, the birthplace of america, the city of religious freedom, motherly love -- brotherly love, and sisterly affection, and future home of biden for president. [applause] [inaudible] president of next these united states of america. [applause] historically, [inaudible] of this republic that we owe the with the grace and
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wisdom to draft our declaration of independence, which is a living and viable document that guides us and gives us the resolve to bless all persons with the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [applause] as we gather in this place at this time to bless vice president biden and his campaign , let us people recommit to the upliftingmbracing and -- in the old testament. the love firstly and walk calmly with your god. [inaudible] encourage the oppressed. god, we are uniting together to stand with you and provide protection.
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as he embarks upon his new journey in this uniquely american experiment of democracy. and justice for all people. for our spanish brothers and sisters, we will say [speaking spanish] si se puede! [applause] >> we want joe. dawsonse welcome sydni
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to give the pledge of allegiance. [applause] >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic or which it god,s, one nation, under indivisible, with liberty and dust is for all. [applause]
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>> we want joe. we want joe. we want joe. [inaudible] chanting] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome carmela green to sing our national anthem.
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♪ >> o say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
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gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? ♪ [applause] [crowd chanting "usa"]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the john's baptist church choir.
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>> amazing grace how sweet the sound met saved a wretch like once was lost was --nd found seeblind but now i
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t'was grace that taught my heart o fear and grace, my fears relieved how precious did that grace appear the hour i first believed amazing grace, how sweet the
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sound that saved a wretch like me i once was lost, but now am found t'was blind but now i see ♪ applause]d
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[applause] [chanting "we want joe"] [applause]
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[applause] [indistinct conversations] please and gentlemen, welcome kathy masto -- kathy. >> hello everyone. my -- finished my year at at the university of --
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university of pennsylvania. i am a founding member of penn students for biden. -- i am the9, i am first generation of my family to go to college. i am from phoenix, arizona, and my dad's family has lived there from dutch for three generations. my mother is the first generation to live here. most of my mom's family is back in the country. president biden will offer an equal opportunity to them all -- to us all. [applause] he will be treating everyone with dignity and the diversity of our country makes us stronger. biden work shoulder was
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shoulder to pass the affordable care act. worked showed -- shoulder to shoulder with president obama to pass the affordable care act. it expanded health care to 20 million americans. [applause] i am studying health quality. joe biden believes that high-quality affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege. he fights for all of us, and he needs our help by voting for him in this election. it will take all of us, a real grassroots effort and hard work to get joe biden elect to do. it will take all of us having real conversations, making calls , sharing our stories, and doing the work.
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there is a primary on tuesday for your local elections in philadelphia. make sure you get out there and vote. there are great candidates who are going to fight for us here locally. you have taken your first action i coming here today, and we need you to keep going until we win this thing in november 2020. so, pull out your phone and text 0.ited to 3033 to tell us that you are registered to vote. let us go out and win this thing. [applause] ♪
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usa" playing] >> ♪ born down in a dead man's town. the first kick i took was when i hit the ground. and up like a dog that has been beach too much until you spend half the life -- your life just covering it up. born inthe usa, i was the usa. born in theusa, usa. hometown jam, so they put a rifle in my hand. land,e off to a foreign to go and kill the yellow man.
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born inthe usa, i was the usa. usa, born in the usa. refinery,home to the hiring man said son as it was up to me. v.a. man, hesee my said son, don't you understand. ♪ i had a brother at ke sahn, fighting off the viet cong. they are still there, he is all gone.
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he had a woman he loved in saigon. i got a picture of him in her arms now. down in the shadow of the penitentiary, out by the gas fires of the refinery. i am 10 years burning down the road. ain't got one and i nowhere to go. was -- the usa, i >> we are waiting for joe biden to enter the stage at philadelphia. he entered the race in april and has held campaign events. according to his campaign, this will focus on his vision for unifying america with respective leadership and if i'd leadership at home.
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[applause] words of7 the first the united states constitution worlds written. we the people of the united states. it was a statement of unity, of purpose, of coming together. asbound ourselves together one people, and one nation, one america. probable moment, this ragtag nation has dared to break from the most powerful
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empire on the face of the earth and embark on its journey to become the greatest nation this planet has ever seen. today, we see so much division, so much anger, our politicians have become so paid, so personal, so negative, it is as if we cannot help ourselves. we need to help one another, to , to become again our best self. running, thate is is why we are going to philadelphia. [cheering] other --o listen listen to one another, work with one another, respect one another, to come together once
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again be more america. we are the united states of america. [cheering] [applause] gentlemen, please welcome joe biden. ♪
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[cheering] >> wow. philadelphia. it is so great to be home. as many of you may know, i grew up right back there. [applause] weekend,, every single my sister and i would pile into our family station wagon and come up to the bridge to go in see my grandparents in southern jersey. [cheering] my summers were spent watching the phillies with my dad. [cheering]
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the parade and took class trips to the planetarium, the benton the williams house, and the liberty bell. [cheering] street 10 miler and forever, fly eagles, fly. so i can say this city is part of who i am, and no matter where i go, or where i am, i will always and forever be a philly girl. [applause] years, so manywo of you have come up to me at a
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bank, and airports, in the grocery store, and even on the street and said the same thing. please tell joe he has to run. [applause] people have said, that they missed his statement ship, his ability to find common ground. diplomacy, and his experience working with our allies around the world. [applause] they missed his courage to whenont issues that matter no one else seems to care. work on thefesaving violence against women act. [cheering] [applause] not just that they missed
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his leadership, they missed his kindness, the way he inspires us to keep believing that the best things are ahead of us. [applause] his ability to face tragedy, and never give in or up. his character, his love of our nation. again and again, people have told me, joe is the one who can move us forward. joe is the one who can bring us together. we need him. [applause] you know what? i agree. hope, andt feeling of optimism. you know what? today we begin to restore that
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feeling. [applause] this moment defines who we are. it is a moment that we need to hear your voices, a moment when we need leaders with vision, and character. it is a moment for someone who can bring us together, a moment for joe biden. [applause] we are starting an enormous journey today, the biden family is ready. we will do this, as we always have, as a family. we know that all of you are with us too. [applause] we know that every person who
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told me that they wanted joe to run will do their part. you are going to talk to your neighbors, text your friends, knock on doors, get them to the polls. we need you. [applause] all of those little things add up. together, we will build this movement, and together we will win. [applause] for as long as i have known him, joe has never given up, never failed to see the possibility, and never had any doubts on who he is fighting for. as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know, from the bottom of my heart,
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that he will continue to fight for you every day, so let us do this. [applause] please welcome, my husband, joe biden. [cheering] ♪ [applause] [chanting "joe"] ♪
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joe: thank you. thank you. thank you. [applause] ]chanting"joe" sen. cassidy: thank -- joe: thank you. [cheering] everyone knows that jill is a philadelphia girl. she loves the city, i do too.
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this, because when i die, philadelphia will be written on my heart. [applause] folks, i think she made a great second lady and she will make one heck of a first lady. [applause] weeks i havefew been all across america. today, philadelphia. this is just getting started. one is going to work longer, campaign harder to win your hearts, trust, and support. [applause]
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pick up your phone, now. send a text to -- with the word 330.ed to the number 30 that is united to 30330. either way. you've got it. look, a lot of people ask why we begin this journey in this place. let it go. we are not going to do it. [applause]
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i made a pledge that you will not hear me speak ill of the other democrats. [applause] in the literal sense, this was the birthplace of our democracy. is two ofe, the fact the most important documents in the history of the world were written here. 17 76, the declaration of independence. we hold these truths to be self-evident. these words are the american creed. equity, fairness, decently, that promiseup for most of the people most of the time. we were born of the idea that
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every single, solitary person should have a chance. there is not a single thing they cannot do if they work at it. [applause] an eight -- in 1787, the united states constitution, we the people. this word changed everything. peoples represents the not the government. freedom of speech to criticize the government, all protected. we became the model for the world. both documents there is a singular word. we. we hold these truths to be self-evident. we, the people. both were statements of a common purpose. a purpose of one people, one nation. our constitution doesn't begin
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with the phrase we the democrats, we the republicans. it doesn't begin with the phrase we, the donors. thatgan with the phrase stands for walk -- we are all in this together. remember that. i do more than any time of our career. our politics have become so angry. unproductive, instead of debating we demonize. instead of questioning judgment we question their motives. instead of listening, we shout. we look to score political points. but, no more. [applause] this politics is pulling us apart and ripping this country apart at the seams.
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politics in today traffics in division and our president is the divider in chief. he is not the only one, far from it. he practices the worst politics that scapegoats and demonizes. he holds out the others as a source of all our problems. anyoneigrants, muslims, different in creed and color. used by been a scheme politicians for decades. gigantic cost. ns us, distracts us and divides us. it causes us to lose credibility around the world. it solves nothing. this is not who we are. i absolutely reject it. [applause]
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in this country we are all together in this great experiment for equality and decency. we have not lived up to it, but we have not given up on it. -- that is why we are a beacon of hope. that is why the world has always looked at us, unless we have burned something. america is unique in all of the world. idea, an idea is stronger than any armies, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator in china. it offers hope to the dying, the poor, the hungry masses. it was written on the statue of liberty. we seem to have given up on it. america guarantees everyone treated with dignity.
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america gives hate no safe harbor. [applause] is what we believe, and that is who we are. i believe america has always been special. america has always been best when it has acted as one america. one america might be a simple motion, does -- it does not make it any less profound. it has to come together. campaign, i said i was running for three reasons. the first is to restore the soul of the nation. [applause] we need to rebuild the backbone of this nation. the third, to unite this nation. one america. [applause] i know some of the really smart folks said that democrats do not
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want to hear about unity. the democrats are so angry, the angrier that candidate could be the better chance to win the nomination. i do not believe it. democrats want to unify this nation. [applause] the american people -- if america wants to add more divisions, to demonize your opponent, they have got president donald trump. [applause] i am not taking the country back to a past that never was, but a future that filled its full potential. people are saying that biden
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does not get it, he cannot work with republicans anymore, that is not the way it works. i'm going to say some thing outrageous. i know how to make government work. [applause] because i am talked or tweeted about it, but because i have done it. i helped make government work. i can do that again and here is how. compromise it self is not a dirty word. consensus is not a weakenss, it to work with the government. it was designed in the constitution requires consensus. i didn't when i was a senator. it was what i did as a vice president. [applause]
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if i am elected president, i am going to do whatever it takes to make progress on the matters that matter most, civil liberties, voting rights, civil rights, women's right to choose. a climate change policy that will save our children and grandchildren. [applause] i know that there are times only a fairis amount of work will do. we have to ask republicans to ask -- to do what is right. we have to pass the affordable care act. [applause]
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sayh reminds me, we need to something that we do not often say enough as a nation. barack obama was an extraordinary man. [applause] he is a president that are children dead and -- our c hildren did and should look up to. [applause] other administrations have not been able to do it, it was done by barack obama without a single republican vote. [applause] go toe to toe with the gop, but it does not have to
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be, and it cannot be on every single issue. look at the recovery act. the economicne of crisis. it is a big reason that we have 10 years of uninterrupted economic growth. [applause] we needed republicans to get it passed. it was my job to find them, persuade them. the countrydid, and was better than ever. [applause] president has taken -- those are the facts, not the alternative facts. president trump is hurting the
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theomy, -- inherited economy from the obama administration. [applause] [applause] the creperie act -- the recovery act saved the states. work done, we the had to bring republicans a wrong -- along because if we had not done it we would have had another great depression. so, folks working together matters. it matters. the american people want government to work. i know some people think that it cannot be done. let me tell you something, and make sure that they understand this.
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the country is sick of division. [applause] they are sick of the fighting. they are sick of the behavior. all they want is for their president, senators, and representatives to do their jobs. [applause] folks, above all, to have a president who measures his or her days i the people he brings heether -- by the people brings together rather than the division that he sows. you know there is serious work that has to be done, but it is not being done by a president who wakes up in the middle of and wakes the world like the guy with the whistle back there.
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his clinical opponents know his personal grievances. the rest of the world is not buildingeriod china is 5g, and mastering ai. they are rewriting the rules of the internet. they are moving into areas that should not be abandoned by us. the rest of the world has not given up on the paris climate accords. they are pushing it. [applause] the greatest challenge we face technology, clean energy, a warming planet. there is not a single thing that building a wall can address in any of this. [applause]
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centurythe 21st step -- strategy for america. everything donald trump uses is out of the past. we have to get focused. focused on the future. the only way we will make that is to give people the education they need in the 21st century. country that out educates us will outcompete us. [applause] that is why i will give free community college. [applause] they can do so much more. we know we have to. so i will try to fix it. [applause]
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[chanting "we want joe"] joe: parents who could not afford to take care of their children's health care. now we need to go to this. we should not tear it down. american should have the right to choose the best way to get health care. [applause]
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it is the only way we are going only able to build not greener roads and highways, but tweedy's -- but treaties. we can do it more rationally. we can do a lot. [applause] we need to protect the nation from cyber attacks. energy solar and wind across those same lines. you know what we have to do, and that is why i am running. let us start -- stop fighting and start inking. we can only do it together. [applause]
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there is not much time left, we need a green energy revolution and we need it now. we need to start now. [applause] people say jobs and green energy do not go together, but they do. [applause] we have to work together to get it done. even now, some of those special interests are realizing, the gas, oil industry, they are president -- they say we are going to be underwater. not a joke. oil industry said -- agreed. they did not even --
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who is he trying to please. we need a president who is going to lead. [applause] we need to get things done. that is what we need to accomplish to defeat donald trump. [applause] [chanting. if you want to know the first
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and most in third -- important thing, beat from. -- trump. [applause] everything i just said, education, infrastructure, there is an overwhelming hope for american people. that is what should be done. the people are not divided. gap is giving ride to the worst elements on either side. people come out from under rocks it would not be as bad as two years ago. our democracy is a mistake. no more. our democracy is real.
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i am not joking. there are so many divisions. they are undercutting everything that was designed. order to solidify his base and expand his power. just think about it. press,acks on the free it is nothing that is cents. they are tired -- tyrants are using the same language, and he used it to solidify his own power. he is saying you cannot trust because --
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i am saying that cannot be america. it is a constitutional responsibility to engage in oversight, placing him a but of the law. without a whimper from the republican congress who should know better. [booing] [applause] they undermined our standing in the world. everything that we have done has made america america. believesnation that ande is a moral privilege encourage those like the nazis.
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trump does. believes weion who should tear children from the arms of parents. we do not. but trump does. every day we are reminded about what these elections are about. we have to remember who we are. that day we are reminded we have to fight for it. we have to earn it. [applause] we are only 140 miles from gettysburg. perhaps one of them boast --
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addressettysburg lincoln had a message for the living. said this will be dedicated to the great men. and bygovernment of, the people. [applause] this has gone down to every generation of americans. it is the best above all others, that generations of americans -- we will not let the government of, by, and for the people perish. will you let that happen? i will not, you will not.
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[applause] it will not be finished on my watch, or yours. [applause] we are facing the biggest threat any of us has faced. we have never had a future that is more promising. [applause] are better than he is. we need to be in the 21st century.
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other world leaders know it. but not -- but not us. our workforce is three times as productive. we have the biggest economy in the world. we have the strongest military in the world. we have more great resources in this study, in this state -- this city and this state they and all of the world combined. [applause] no other nation can match us. example, lead by our the only thing that can tear america apart is america itself. we will not let that happen.
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we will let them know who we are and what we stand for. unity over division. [applause] we are the united states of america. [applause] a single thing we cannot do if we do it together. [applause] ♪ [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national
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>> coming up on c-span, wrote to the white house coverage continues with several more candidates in the democrat field next, montana governor steve bullock meets with voters in iowa. then, south bend, indiana mayor pete buttigieg is in chicago. ater, we will take you to town hall meeting with massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. >> on monday, president trump
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will be in montoursville, pennsylvania for a rally. live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2, online at, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. [engine noise] >> to the city of milwaukee, harley davidson is i think more than just a motorcycle company. in a lot ways, harley davidson really captured that arrival of milwaukee of how machines are built and made. "iconic" isord sometimes overused, but it is the tangible expression of an ethnic and economic legacy that was really important here and remains important in the presence. >> c-span cities tour is on the road, exploring the american story. this weekend, we take you to know, wisconsin with the help of hours victim cable partners.
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located on the shores of lake michigan, this city has one of of highest concentrations german ancestry. it is also here where the socialist movement got its start. >> milwaukee was the machine shop of the world, so you have this huge pool of largely immigrant workers who were very thattive to a message promised to benefit the working and we will visit america's black holocaust museum to learn about james cameron, a survivor of an attempted lynching. of the story was so imported and reason that he wanted it public is because he realized that lynching was such an important part of american history and it are american his re-that is never taught in toool, so he wanted people get an eyewitness account of a survival of a lynching to see exactly what the dynamic of a lynching exactly was. >> what c-span cities tour of
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milwaukee, wisconsin today at five p.m. eastern on c-span & 2:00 p.m. on american history tv on c-span3, working with our cable affiliates as we explore the american story. sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, historian david mccullough discusses his book "the pioneers: the ar heroic story of the settlers who broke the american story to the wild, wild west." david: to me, it is like a detective case. that is the adventure. i try to look at it with a fresh eye, and i have never not found somebody who had either been ignored or had not known about the discoveries yet. in this book of the pioneers who established the first settlement
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in the territory is all material that nobody knows much of anything about, because it has never really been talked about. >> david mccullough sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> more road to the white house now. montana governor steve bullock is the 21st democrat to enter the presidential race. on thursday, he met with constituents in iowa, where the state attorney general endorsed him. this is one of three events in iowa. this is just over one hour. [applause] thanks for that wonderful, wonderful introduction, and thank you all for helping me so many times to elected. to be


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