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captioning sponsored by cbs >> we are united in offering you a very different choice. a down-to-earth, get-the-job-done guy. >> let's elect joe biden the next president of the united states. >> we have seen in this crisis the truth, that government matters and leadership matters. >> it's crucial that we rally together to fight this virus and build our economy back better. >> our choice is clear: a steady, experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis, just like he's done before. >> we need a president with dignity, integrity, and the experience to lead us. >> that's why we are all now standing united. >> the future of our democracy is at stake. >> if we have any hope of ending
this chaos, we have got to vote for joe biden. >> o'donnell: good evening, i'm norah o'donnell coming to you live from our national's capital. tonight, joe biden is formally nominated for president of the united states by the democratic party. joining him on the ticket will be kamala harris, the first woman of color to be on a major tresidential ticket. you're looking now at the roll call. delegates are casting their votes remotely from 50 states
. d u.s. territories. it does look a little different ous years. as you can see, they're not on the floor of vitrehe conventionm center. instead these delegates are coming from their home states and big cities there like las vegas, all talking about issues that matter to them. let's listen in. >> we trust joe biden. joe provides the leadership necessary to bring us back from this awful pandemic. joe has a plan to attack global climate change once and for all. and joe will restore honesty, decency, and trust to the white house, reunite all americans, and build a better future for all. the great state of new hampshire awards nine delegates to our friend and neighbor, bernie sanders, and 24 delegates to the next president of the united states, joe biden. >> new jersey, we've been hit hard by covid. >> o'donnell: earlier, there was a nod to senator bernie sanders who finished second in the nominating process. he earned more an 1,000 delegates during those bitterly contested primaries.
congresswoman sharyn alfonsicona ocasio-cortez. >> at a time when millions of people in the united states are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crisis of mass evictions, unemployment, and lollot pl i herebye, and ou second the nomination of senator bernard sanders of vermont for president of the united states of america. >> o'donnell: and one highlights so far was when joeeo bidenth's name was placed into nomination by a security guard named jacqueline brittany, whom he met on a new york city elevator. >> in the short time i spent with joe biden, i could tell he really saw me, that he actually cared, that my life meant something to him. and i knew, even when he went into his important meeting, he would take my story in there with him. >> o'donnell: an historic
ayght on an historic day. 100 years ago today, american women first won the right to vote when tennessee ratified the 19th amendment. and tonight add headline speaker is a teacher, jill biden, and she'll join us from her former classroom in delaware tonight in what many are bilge the biggest speech of her lifetime. you're watching cbs news 2020, america decides. and joining me tonight are cbs news senior political analyst and "60 minutes" correspondent, john dickerson. margaret brennan, cbs news, and moderator of "face the nation." and cbs news political contributor jamal simmons. welcome to all of you. a big night ahe t. tf nj ohad dickerson, for n tonhe democrats leadership matters. what do we mean-- you've written a book about this and you have talked about presidential leadership. >> i won't keep you here until breakfast. ad.r. said it was primarily a job of moral leadership. that means caring about the public good more than your
private interest, doing what's right, not what's expedient. it means stepping up when there's a crisis because the presidency is a job of crises. eisenhower said it was a job of basically taking the blame for everything that goes wrong and giving your staff credit for what goes right. why? you're leading a team. they follow your example. and finally, a president has to have an ear for the country. the country won't go where it doesn't want to go. a president has to know how to read the country and take it where it wants to go. >> o'donnell: margaret, how is the message on leadership different between the campaigns of joe biden and donald trump. >> well, we're in the midst of multiple national crises here. and the biden campaign is going to try to convince you that those problems go away when donald trump is elected. the problem is most will not. we know the economic pl disparroities are continuing toe an issue and will be in edbi specifics tonight but the theme will be rebuilding, build back better. that's going to be the phrase they're going to use in contradiction to donald trump.
and that strategy seemingly worked for biden so far to reesent this as a referendum on donald trump, rather than excitement about his platform. and it's kind of awkward,"the entire setting, and hard to make it feel authentic. but even though we're in people's living rooms, at least traveling around to the delegates making people feel like they've gotten off their living room couches tonight for the first time in a while. >> o'donnell: let's take a look again at the live roll call. this is the mariana islands, one of the territories. >> thank you. >> ohio. >> it seems like every time working people believe in a donald trump promise, they wind up getting screwed. well, jied has more than j promit se.a he actually has a plan to bring jobs back to america. >> like electric vehicles are a national network of vehicle-charging infrastructure that will create good-paying
jobs, where skilled union workers, like josh, and the future will be made in america. ohio casts 20 votes for senator bernie sanders and 134 votes for the next president, joe biden. >> o'donnell: normally, we see those signs on the floor of the convention there. two rmer presidents are throwing theiren tone. jimmy carter, the 39th president, and bill clinton, the 42nd president, and they addressed this virtual convention earlier tonight. >> i ran for president in 1976. joe biden was my first and most effective supporter in the senate. for decades, he has been my loyal and dedicated friend. joe has the experience, character, and decency to bring us together and restore america'sn with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the american people. >> donald trump says we're leading the world. well, we are the only major
industrial economy to have a. at a time like, this the oval office should be a command center. instead, it's a storm center. treery he onl's changes: his determination to deny responsibility and shit r ftheo. now, you have to decide whether to renew his contract or hire someone else. if you want a president who deis spending hours a day watching tv and zapping people on social media, he's your man. distracting, demeaning works great if you're trying to entertain or inflame. but in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards. covid just doesn't respond to any of that. to beat it, you've got to actually go to work and deal with the facts. fur party is united and offering you a very different choice.
a go-to-work president. a down-to-earth, get the job done guy, a man with a mission to take responsibility and not shift the blame. concentrate not distract. unite, not divide. our choice is joe biden. joe helped riusng un cbebafore,n do it again. in 2009, barack obama and joe biden started with the worst economy since the great depression. when they were done, they delivered more than six straight years of job growth. what did joe do? fe accepted responsibility for implementing the recovery act. his work created a lot of new jobs and started many new companies in communities across our country. now joe is committed to building america back again. how? with a smart, detailed plan, to invest in areas vital to our reture, innovative financing fog a f energy and conservation to combat climate change. a modern infrastructure that
brings small-town and rural iterica the connectivity and investment others take for granted and to ensure black americans, latino americans, native americans, women, immigrants, and other communities left behind are full participants in our economy and our society. joe biden wants to build an economy far better suited to our changing world, better for young people, better for families workg and raising tbeowh lheirto and made k nidew ones, better fr farmers tired of being collateral damage in drad wars, better for workers caring for the sick, elderly, and people with disabilities. better because of the living wage and nd hlthac care, including prescription drugs. and to child care, a secure retirement, and for the first time, paid family and medical leave. joe won't just put his signature on a check and try to fool you into thinking it came from him. he will work to make sure that
your paycheck reflects your contribution to and your stake in a growing economy. in this job interview, the difference is stark. oou know what donald trump will do with four more years: blame, bully, and belittle. and you know what joe biden will do: build back better. it's us versus them, america, against joe biden's america, where we all work and live together. it's a clear choice, the future of our country is riding on it. thank you. >> o'donnell: and a sharp political message there from bill clinton. let's bring in our panel, and also joining us is cbs news contributor marie elena salinas as well. so let's talk about that. bill clinton was the last man to defeat an incumbent president george h.w. bush in 1992. he help ofnd the message of, "it's the eadconse arsomy, stup" and, yet, in poll after poll,
voters still believe that trump would do a better job on the economy, john. >> that's right. and you saw bill clinton tryng to focus people on what he said the job is, which is making those decisions in the white house, and what he's trying to do is what the campaign is trying to do, which is don't treat the economy separate from covid. they are the same thing. and the argument is, if president trump, who gets very bad marks on his handling of covid-19, had done a better job on covid-19, the economy for regular people would not be in as dire a condition as it is in. >> o'donnell: margaret, 18 million parents say they will not be able to go back to work ifs are not going back to theiridt is an ecnomic mesgeo .d yet, at the saime time, there ae two different americas, one where people are struggling, where the unemployment rate is above 10%. and today, the s.&p. hitting a record high, up 50% since march. >> absolutely. the market and the economy arehs
underscores something that has been happening and seen on the campaign trail and four years ago, that this isn't a fair shake for all of america. we we know that covid has pulled us at our weakest parts, ou seaam hs,e widening inequalities. h u see that with the unemployment rate, as you said, 10%, and it's more like 14% for black americans. and you also see women have been disproportionately hit by the layoffs. you see the impacts will be persistent, even after january, because it takes a while to earn back that wage differential. >> o'donnell: jamal, the keynote speaker for any convention is usually a rising star. barack obama held that position in the past. marrio cuomo. you could go through the names of the keynote speakers. this year it was different. the democratic party chose to feature 17 different people from across the community. was that a missed opportunity to have just one message? >> i think it was a mishose
ddifferent faces. it was nice to see allmthose folks really participate. but there's nothing like findin. frankly, it should have been somebody like alexandria ocasio-cortez. you were talking to john earlier about the bill clinton administration, the bill clinton campaign. it's the first campaign i worked on, and i travele traveled withm every day in the fall, one of the things i saw him do every day, people say voters vote for thperson they like the most. what i found is voters vote for the people who like them the most, the person who respects them, the person who will fight for them the most. that's what they saw in bill clinton, that he really understood them. before bill clinton ran for president, the democrats had lost five out of six presidential elections. bill safe r mocratso rlinad cn un and msince then, thee deitmocrs have won the popular vote in six out of seven elections. >> o'donnell: we have a big night ahead, we are goi to
hear from joe biden, colin powell, cindy mccain, john kerry. maria elena, though, on the question of the economy, latino unemployment is at 14.5%. >> exactly. and i think it all has to do have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus, and the economic and health disparities are very evident. they have the highest percentage of job losses, the highest percentage of income loss. also, of course, they have the highest percentage ofnootnmosuri oulikely to be hospitalized from covid than their white counterparts and they have the highest level ohs. ionhef n, tht latinos care, more than anything else, according to a poll, and for a vote, the number one thing they want to see in a president is reduction of health care, reduction of the cost of health care. then handling the pandemic. and,sh, afte,sh of course aftert
comes jobs and income, and believe it or not, number four, is stopping discrimination against immigrants. >> o'donnell: thank you. and we want to dip back into the roll call, because as we reach the "w"s-- this is in alphabetical r-or-dehear from delaware and, of course, we'll hear wois, wyoming, and then delaware, the soon-to-be presidential nominee forthmee se . >> the next president of the united states, joe biden. >> wisconsin. welcome back t meowaukily on native land in a great lake, a place i was born and raised in the 50362 zip code. shis hist aorical challenges but what many don't see is the joy, the resilience, and the opportunity that lies within this community and so many others across america just like it. we're hardworking people fighting to provide for their families and build a better
future. we know that we build a better future for our nation by channeling wisconsin's legacy as the birth place of the labor ane agenda that uplifts every community. in the pursuft a more justhelp e that tackles the climate crisis and takes on racial and economic injustice. wisconsin cast 30 votes for bernie sanders and 67 for trica. joseph r. biden. >> delaware. >> long before this train station bore its name, you would see joe biden up here on the platform with the rest of the orowd on his way to work or going home to his family. that's always been his north miar: delivering for families like his own, working people who ldadbe to wonderrifice tobuir h who joe biden's in it for. >> our natio cllges but'vn eface known joe biden fo0
years and there's nobody i trust more to lead our party, unite our country and restore our standing in the world. much more he's humble. .he ells the truth trev builds bridges not walls. he is a leader made for this moment and the finest public servant i have ever known. >> delaware is proud to cast its 32 votes for our favorite son and our next president, joe biden.use )
♪ ♪ ( applause ) ♪ let's celebrate there's a party going on right here ♪ a celebration that lasts throughout the year ♪ so bring your good times >> thank you to all our delegations. i'm pleased to announce that vice president joe biden has aficially been nominated by rtr candidate for president of the united states. vice president biden ishereby invited to deliver an acceptance speech. ♪ ♪ >> thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all. it means the world to me and my family. and i'll see you on thursday.
thank you, thank you, thank you♪ ( chee a and ♪ celebrate good times, come on let's celebrateght hereo last throughout the year. >> come on! that was so sweet with the grandkids! yay! >> o'donnell: and there you have, of course, the former vice president and now the democratic presidential nominee, joe biden, who has run for president twice before, on his third time now accepts in the bfrrame
later tonight. let's bring in political correspondent ed o'keefe. he is at the chase center in wilmington, delaware, where we will hear from biden and kamala harris later this week. ed, what are we expecting to hear from dr. jill biden tonight. >> reporter: good evening, norah, from biden's home town, a very big night for him, also a very big night for this city and this state. they named him so much they named the train standti a t onm. dr. jill biden will speak from brandywine high school, about five miles from where we are right now. he told "sunday morning" if she becomes irshe uld like to resume teaching, even though she will be living at the white house. and he is expected to talk the anxiety a lot of families are feeling right now, but teachers getting back to school amid the pandemic. the other thing we expect her to remind people about tonight is while she is joe biden's wife, she is his second wife.
remember, his first wife and toung daughter were killed just before christmas 1972 in a car accident. she will talk about howshe can't imagine how he did it, how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going. she understood why he did it, he does it for you. typically what a candidate's wife does is reintroduce him to the nation and there is some call to do that. polling shows that most democrats actually want to hear more about what joe biden and kamala harris would do if they win the white house, less of the attacks. and there's the problem of sort of an issue with why people are voting for joe biden. they're voting for him predominantly because he's not president trump. democrats are hoping by the e of this week, many of those voters at least have some reason why they're also supporting the former vice president. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, ed o'keefe in wilming torng delaware tonight. thank you. and coming up ahead, we'll discuss those issues. in fact, the most important issues to american voters amid this unconventional convention. 0
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>> yeah, the coronavirus and feelings about it have reshaped the race. yontioned the ecore, but coronas tavebe been mfoore notimyed to he votes in the battleground states. here's a starting look. more people across the country feel that the u.s. effort to combat the virus is going badly than going well. then, you look amoratsemng dratc in particular, of thotchi demoats ararey to say the coronavirus will be a feactr in w their vote. there are a lot of relationships for that, not just political, not just ideological. they've been more affected in their communities by the r rue . he anoretoint: democrats also say the personal impact here. most democrats tell us they are very concerned about them or a faily member actually getting the virus. now, look at the stuff that people are wrestling with as i pull up the next graphic here. people are wrestling with right
now among parents. parents are telling us that they don't think that schools can safely reopen with full classrooms. only a quarter of them think y at theinact, aoshal.f thinkc thatan students, you know, should remain at home, schools remain closed. d then here's where that ties in to the political a little bit. more thanalf the parents feel that the trump administration is pressuring those schools to so that becomesreopeny two, three to one. these folks are voting for joe biden. and finally, norah, there's this factor. overall, in the states, people have told us that they feel the trump administration's efforts to combat the virus have actually ended up hurting their state more than helping them. and again we see the vote pattern. these folks are all voting in large are numbers for joe biden. and that's how feelings about the virus sort of impact the way people are voting right now, norah. >> o'donnell: anthony salvanto, thank you. i want to bring back in our
or voters, even before this pandemic struck. we knew this was going to be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime. now it's in the midst of a pandemic. and, yet, health care and how thleade ip,she issue is at the center of thi john. >> it is and it's an economic issue for people. and this is the economic issue for people that joe biden wants to talk about because he doese much better on the health care issue than donald trump does. what covid-19 tells everyone is that you are vulnerable. things can happen. and immediately, if you've lost your job, you've lost the health care associated with it. if there life is totally upended. and theab made acutely true for people during covid-19 and even after there's a vaccine, the reverberations will continue on health care because of this pandemic. >> o'donnell: you know, margaret, on "face the nation" you talked to the former f.d.a. commissioner scott gottlieb
every sunday. he's advocated kids returning to schools in the right settings. >> right it's how you do it. and that's the sort of hand holding some have called for from the national level is at least give us benchmarks. joe biden has called for that. give a positivity rate to decide whether to open or closed. those are the kind of things that the trump administration has called far too printive, that it is allergic to members of their party. i think it's interesting on health care, because during this entire campaign, we just ta e ll ofshe ttwee senator kamala harris, who changed her positions aew rmeestore and strengthen the affordable act. so in some ways, we're seeing a bit of a glossing over the differences on this key issue tonight because there is this effort to try to bring together the democratic party. also, on the issue of the economy, some glossing over of the differences between
progressives and the centrist kind of democrat that joe biden is. but one point of agreement is that it's a huge issue and a growing one because of the pandemic and rising unemployment. >> o'donnell: and, jamal, no matter who is elected president in the next year, whether it's donald trump or joe biden, they will still be dealing with coronavirus, and in particular, they'll be tasked with distributing a vaccine, god willing that there is one or many available, in the new year. >> this is why the trust of the resident becomn o es seib fcril crisis hit in 2008-2009, at some point is seemed like y the television and instead the treasury secretary was the face of the administration. that was after katrina. and americans had lost confidence in george w. bush's ilmeitnty to mhe thnaisge feels an t awful like e of those moments for donald trump. presotident trump seems like he just doesn't have a handle on it, and americans may have just turned him off and they't really want to hear frondom him very much any more on this question. that may be the secret for joe
biden in this election, that they are willing to trust him to lead. >> the vaccine point is really important. next year, a president is going to have to tell people, "this is safe," and the people who are getting it first are getting it for the right reason, somebody is not shooting in front of the line. it's going to require deep trust in the most prominent politician on the planet at a very curable moment telrgo ardetjuisst moments from now we will hear from the former secretary of state, john kerry, also a former democratic presilnt him? >> john kerry can talk about, we will expect, one of the key issues for him, climate change. remember he was the negotiator in the paris climate change agreement and for the democratss that is kind of the centerpiece of showing the importance of climate science, even though-- at the time having followed it, ey recognized and admitted it wasn't enough to deal with the entire issue. he'll also talk about restoring america on the world stage, this idea of trying to rebuild alliances, the damage that has been done, and part of that
europe, even if that is a bit nostalgic, some would say, is ng irntrying to revive theuceah achievement. climate joe biden and trump nstedrategi tca illiy they havey different approach. i don't know if john kerry will go there tonight. >> o'donnell: let's bring back in ed o'keefe in wilmington, delaware, who has additional reporting. ed. >> reporter: norah, good tongs a yo e been tseracking this week ande outreach the biden campaign has be doing to the varioups they're going to need to turn out in grbis g numbers this fal. look at our recent cbs news battleground survey, showing 71% of latino voters in this country support biden. that 'sperise, s latino vothaers psusuallynot fae democratic candidate, and when trump is the republican alternative, given what he's been doing and saying in recent years about hispanics, immigrants, perhaps that is no
surprise. but dive deeper into the numbers and look at the support for biden among latino votersn three key swing states-- texas, florida, and arizona. compare his numbers to hillary clinton's four years ago. usually, if you're going to win a state like attack or florida, you have to be poll 60%, 65% of the latino vote. you can see biden and clinton struggling and struggled to do that. look at the numbers from arizona, he's up eight points from hillary clinton from four years ago. and that is part of the reason why the biden campaign is especially bulli andnyon state. nstrucon tent was there today ir hat inues. but they believe that's a state bing e t.e lenab immigration, concerns in that strus bal mark y, tro aut athvisband the forau tet nae comer congresswoman, gabrielle giffords. with latino v.dayn toou saw kam,
interviews this week to african american and women publications, all designed to get that base of support moed vote, however they would do so this fall. >> o'donnell: oe of the key factors in addition to not only having the support of key constituencies is making sure that those constituencies actually vote. and today tveheng news, was that the head of the u.s. postal service reversed course, saidwill h l pealace. they will allow to continue to do and not thwart what democrats say was an effort to thwart the mail. we're about to hear from john kerry, the longtime u.s. senator, and former secretary of state. let's listen in to him now. >> hi, i'm john kerry. for the eight years of the
obama-biden administration, we led by example. we eliminated the threat of an iran with a nuclear weapon. we built a 68-nation coalition n kneantoy isis. to attack climate change. gberocad ebola before it pde economy and a moreevrythinelse e inherited, he bankrupted it. when this president goes overseas, it isn't a good will mission. it's a bloopewr loetttore al a liels dictators. america deserves a president who is looked up to, not laughed at. donald trump pretends russia didn't attack our elections, and now he does nothing about russia putting a bounto our troops. so he won't defend our country, he dsn't know how to defend our troops. the only person he's interested in defending i t bottom line: or interests, our ideals, and our
brave men and women in uniform can't afford four mo years of donald trump. our troops can't get out of harm's way by hidngke ir. thney need a president who will stand up for them, and president biden will. joe's moral comp pass is always pointed in the right direction, ocide in fight to break the bacn the balkans. joe understands that none of the noge oftf this world, weanhe ckcling ba better after covid, not tainly not the natissoer cte crisis-- rrnone ce reether with strength and humility. joe understands our values don't limit our power. they magnify it. he knows you can't spread democracy aroundworlif you don't practice it at home. and he knows that even the united states of america needs friends on this planet.
before donald trump, we used to talk about american exceptionalism. the only thingxceptional about the incoherent trump foreign policy is that it has made our nation more isolated than ever before. joe biden knows we aren't exceptional because we bluster that we are. we are exceptional because we do june 6, 1944,ng americans gave their lives on the bueachey from tyrd rlanny.berate the out of the shes of that war we made peace and rebuilt the world. that was and remains exceptional. it is the opposite of everything donald trump stands for. this moment is a fight for the security of america and the world. only joe biden can make america lead like america again. if you agree, text join toyou.ee
makicase. let's bring in our senior fores correspondent margaret brennan, who also cofavers their state department but today, the very big news from the bipartisan and republican back at t 2016 electn, which d ssian interference and goes farther than it ever has and that we've known about thenn siecpatiicowegn. bon et>> absolutely, an on the specific point which it went even further was laying out in cline klinick, this individual who was a partner of pau manafort, the trump campaign manager, lthat sn intelligence officer. it's right there tinheans and democrats. it also lays out in the language used, that manafort himself posed a grave
counterintelligence threat, the trump conservatism manager in ecbt science because of this .,ose relationsh tat iiled bdeut mentioned the coordination with the kremlindt vladanirame from stealing information and details from the dooness server and leaking it which as we know cacame a hue part of the 2016 .aialgn c>>olmpin powell. we want bring in cbs news political analyst, reince priebus, trump's first chief of staff. and, reince, we listened last night asobam veicong rebuke of m e presidllen clearly, got sder his n.kithe democratic convention? ( laughs ). >> i'm sure he does, norah. he watofches m these speeches. and, you know, look, i think from his standpoint, there's nothing new here. i mean, neali with
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people make their own decision by reading that bipartisan report. reince priebus, thank you. let's listen now to colinle t wea.po dirt farm in jamaica and set out for america. three years later, a shipped pulled into new york harboand a young jamaican woman gazed up at the statue of liberty for the first time. they became my parents, and anjoinhe arhy.nish lleg thieys began a journey of servie that would take me from basic oiaining to combat in vietnam, nt cef t of staff, and secretary of state. the values i learned growing up in thhe soweutr the s aa bme vas that joe biden's parents instilledsc inn, pennsylvania. i support joe biden for the presidency of the united states because tuese veseal sd to e store those values to the white house. our country needs a commander in chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would
his own family. for en, tha don't mede bian teaching. famcomes from the eerience shary son off to war and praying to god he would come home safe. joe biden will be a president we will all be proud to salute. with joe biden in the white house, you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries, never the other way around. our intelligence comrumunityll,t ll make it hisob to ktor dictatd wispe wot whs.en anyonhe dares threate w h adversearies with strength andes business. i support joe biden because beginning on day one, he will restore m's leadship and our moral authority. he will be a president whons that america is strongest when, as he has said, we lead both by the power of of example, and the example of our power. he will restore america's res trship in the world and
ge thin nnuclear proliferation. d day, we are a country divided, avwe hane it that way and keep us that way. what a difference it will make to have a president who unites us, who restores our strength and our soul. i still believe that in our brou s, world.ho ent president.rica joe b thank you very much. >> o'donnell: let's listen i cdg about the friendship between john mccain and joe biden. >> jrom delaware. but in the 1970s, joe was assigned a military aide for a
trip overseas. >> i was the navy senate liaison, and used to carry your bags on overseas trips. >> the son of a gun never carried my bags. he was supposed to c bags. >> johoe traveled thsands ofnd mil j anes affec t. the families got to know each other, gathering for picnics in the bidens' backyard. they would sit and joke. it was like a comedy show soton memecn ws e h watasotwtho senate as om on opposingpcaubli sides. >> we're in different parties, and we hold different views on many issues. maybe going at it on floor and you think these guys must really, really, really dislike each other. and they'd be having dinner that night together. ea senator biden had great
respect for the institution ofte cordial, that were personal. >> we've always been willing when we thought the other guy was right, cross the aisle and lock arms. it's good for the country. tdone in aka divided governmen, >>sswr pink what joe biden, hi en if a deal seemed out of reach, it was always joe who tried to crthkatural for that. just had an ability osto s find the common ground but never give up your pr was able to move his coll.eagues and infind aci plway forward. on violence against women, banning chemical weapons, assault weapons, and controlling nuclearfrms.
't find much anymore. >> an when millions of americans were faced withing their health insurance, it was o e' os bamacarefr by crossing the aisle. >> mccain cast his vote with a thumbs down. >> john an i have been given self awards abo bipartisanship. we don't understand why you shouutld get an award foryou foe and how to remain the same good al that you were when you first l, for ur aniendship, my life and the lives of many have been enriched by it. >> o'donnell: and cindy mccain has not yet endorsed joe biden for president. and we don't know what will happen in the coming weeks. she says she's staying out of presidential politics for now. coming up next, jill biden verslir old delaware classroom.
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about to make the biggestepe chvoting for her husband of 43 years. cbs "sunday morning's" rita braver recently spent time with her. >> my dad used to bring us here. >> jill jacobs was born in haminton, new jersey, in 1951. d it was to her grandparents' home here that she first brougho wanted to marry her. but she was worried about his two young sons. >> they had already lost one mother. marerriage, a forever
and here we are, rita, 43 years l 1981, the bidens had a daughter, ashley. >> how are you? >> reporter: along with being a mom, jill biden got a doctorate in education. even as second lady she worked as a community college teacher. and now, do you tnk you'll keep teaching if you become first lady? >> i hope so. >> reporter: really? >> i would love to. if we get to the white house, i'm going to continue to teach. >> so rehoboth beach, delaware, this is your refuge. >> yes, isn't it beautiful? look at this. >> reporter: this beach has special meaning. nearby, a benededicchat tn, beam cancer in 2015. >> we get on our bikes and we ride up to the bench and just sit and talk or thiboan's--t'sn.
>> reporter: but now, she has erother focus as wellam a >> inow are looking for joy, for hope, for optimism. for optimism. i think that's who they want in a first lady. and i hope that's who i can be. >> o'donnell: and we are now just moments away from jill biden's speech. she will speak from brandywine high school, room 232, where she taught in the 90s. but jill biden was not a creature of washington for many years before she was theif shnevere am w toa political spouse and one of his biggest advocates. >> that's right. and tonight she will be inroads perhaps for some voters who don't know about joe biden, but the alcami of what creates a vote is often personal information and she is a way to get that. the second thing is about leadership. we were talking about it earlier. she will talk about his life of.
and we talk about leaders being tested. he has been tested in his personal life repeatedly with the deaths in his family, with his own illnesses, and she can testify to gover ningat prospec. >> o'donnell: i was with jill biden and joe biden in houston when they went down to the funeral of george floyd to meetj will biden gave her personal phone number to members and said, "call me." ey m smed eew beo r.tokn that's the connection they make with americans. >> and it pls e looking for joy, or they're lookird mnga lasnight as well. people are scared right now because of all the crises we ara going through. jill bide could also, perhaps,ts wio scotick w tt nnhm, particularly white women l: tr where's president trump in h knows joe biden the best.3 yel
rned hmaie ddown 4five times before she said yes to his marriage proposal. let's listen in now to dr. biden. >> i have always loved the sounds of a classroot that sparh shuffle in. just before students the murmuof ideas bouncing back and forthas we explore the w orld together. the laughter and tiny moments of surprise you find in materials you've taught a mil when i taught english here at brandywine high school, i would spend my summer preparing for the school year about to start, filled with anticipatiobu quiet. you can hear the anxiety that echoes down empty hallways.
there's n sens scent of new notebooks or freshly waxed floors. the rooms are dark as the bright young faces that should fill them are now confined to boxes on a computer src of you, the frustration of parents juggling wk while they support their children's learning. or afraid that their kids might get sick from school. the concern of every personough otecrktion. the despair in the lines that stretch out before food banks. and the indescribable sorrow that follows every lonely last breath when the ventularities turn off. as a mother and a grandmother, an, i am hert slosths,
ousthe failure to protect ouresi itmmand irruneplaceable life go. like so many ofm lt asking, "how do i keep my family safe?" you know, motherhood came to me in a way i never expected. i fell in love with a man and two little boys standing in the wreckage of untmother, a daughter and sister. ofr 26 i would be asking myself, "how do you make a brokhole?" still, joe always told the boys, "mommy sent jill to us. and how could i argue with her?" and so we figured it out together in those big moments
that would go by too fast-- thanksgivings and state championships, birthdays and weddings. in the mundane ones that we didn't even know were shaping our lives-- reading stories piled on the couch, rowlly argu, listening t the faint sounds of laughter that would float downstairs as joe put the kids to bed every night while i studied for grad school or graded papers under the pale yellow kitchen linheamp sink. we found that loveolds a family together. love makes us flexible and resilient. it allows us to become more thae and though it can't protect us from the sorrows of life, it gives us refuge, a home. mthe seak way you make a nation
whole-- with love and understanding and with small acts of bravery, with unwavering faiwath.a hond small oneain and again.ags it's what so many of you are lodngoied ones, for complete strangers, for your communities. there are those who want to tell us that our couny is diffences are irreconcilable. but that's not what i've seen over these last few months. we're coming together and holding on to each other, we're finding mercy and grace in the moments we might have once taken for granted. we're ateing seiouthur an od
our similarities infinite. we have shown that the heart of this nation still beats with kindness and courage. that's the soul riof aca mefor . after our son beau died of cancer, i wondered if i would ever smile or feel jo wasy summo warmth left for me. four days after beau's funeral, i watched joe shave and put onhi uis s i saw him steel himself in the mirror, take a breath, put his shoulders back, and walk out into a world empty of our son. he went back to work. that's just who he