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Nomination and Roll Call for Democratic Presidential Candidates. Aired 5-6p ET

Aired July 26, 2016 - 17:00   ET


[17:00:00] REP. TULSI GABBARD (D), HAWAII: Or defeated. Now on behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love, compassion, and justice for all, and dedicated to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am truly honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for president of the United States.

ANNOUNCER: Please welcome to the stage, Paul Feeney, legislative director, IBEW Local 2222.

PAUL FEENEY, BERNIE 2016 MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT DIRECTOR: Wow. Good afternoon, fellow Democrats. I am a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222 in Boston, Massachusetts.

I come from the lay of a movement so can I call you my brothers and sisters?


FEENEY: In that case, my brothers and sisters, we are at a crossroads. In just a matter of moments, we will enter a new phase in our party and chart a new course for the future of our country. As we turn the page, we must be reflective of this past year when working people across our country joined with Senator Bernie Sanders to reignite a political revolution in the United States of America.


FEENEY: Brothers and sisters, Bernie not only fought for people, he empowered people. To my brothers and sisters that have been a part of this historic campaign, I urge you to stay engaged, stay active, stay fired up because we have shown this country that people powered politics can never be defeated.


FEENEY: They say that movements -- they say that movements are made up of a series of moment. My brothers and sisters, it's moments like the one we find ourselves in right now here in Philadelphia, as we stand on the verge of nominating our candidate for president, it's moments like the one we had last night when Bernie signs filled this hall and were held up not only by Bernie supporters but by Hillary supporters, too.


FEENEY: We should be proud to not only share this moment together but to truly build this movement together. Bernie's campaign came together around a shared set of values and ideals. Values and ideals like the fight for $15, like the fight for unions, like the fight against economic inequality.

Those are central tenants of who we are as a party. But all of those things are nothing more than words on paper. Unless we decide, as Bernie asked us to last night, to join together and support Hillary Clinton in November for president of the United States.


FEENEY: My brothers and sisters, my fellow Democrats, now is the time, now is the time to stand up, to rise up, and to send a message to the rest of America that our party is united, our movement is alive, and our revolution has just begun.


FEENEY: With that, I proudly rise to second the nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. Thank you. God bless you.

ANNOUNCER: Please welcome --

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Another secondary -- a second nominating speech now from Shyla Nelson of Vermont, Bernie Sanders' home state.

[17:05:13] SHYLA NELSON, VERMONT DELEGATE: My friends, my friends. My name is Shyla Nelson and I come from the great state of Vermont.


NELSON: And I have never felt the Bern more than I do in this moment.


NELSON: Together we have worked to take our country back from the millionaires and billionaires. Together we have worked to end Citizens United and restore democracy to the people. Together we have worked for a $15 minimum wage. For debt free college. For breaking up big banks. For climate justice. And for the man who launched this revolution, Senator Bernie Sanders.


NELSON: Tonight, my friends, we celebrate the progress we have made in this campaign, and we see a course for progress that we will make when we win in November. I am so proud of us.

My friends, the millions of you who have volunteered, the millions who have donated, the millions who have stood at rallies across this great land and demanded change.


NELSON: I am so proud of Bernie.


NELSON: Our movement continues. Our revolution continues.


NELSON: We will never stop working for a future we believe in.


NELSON: We will never stop fighting for the change we need. And we will never forget the man who leads us. So with pride, gratitude, optimism, for the future we all build together, I stand before you for the purposes of seconding the nomination of our friend and hero, Senator Bernie Sanders.


BLITZER: A beaming Senator Bernie Sanders, clearly very, very pleased with the nominating speeches by Tulsi Gabbard, Shyla Nelson and Paul Feeney. There you see a huge round of applause for the senator from Vermont, Jake.

They're now going to be getting the nominating speeches for Hillary Clinton. Marcia Fudge, the chair, who's going to introduce Barbara Mikulski and John Lewis.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: And it cannot be overstated just how important this process is to Sanders supporters, to be able to express their support for Bernie Sanders, to stand up and sing his praises as the party tries to achieve unity, tries to come together.

[17:10:07] REP. MARCIA FUDGE (D), CONVENTION CHAIR: We will continue -- we will continue the presidential nominating process with nominating and seconding speeches on behalf of Secretary Clinton.


ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the podium, Senator Barbara Mikulski from Maryland.


SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D), MARYLAND: Fellow Democrats and sister Democrats, and a special hello to the state of Maryland.

Our nation was born here in Philadelphia 240 years ago. Our founding fathers gave us a great start, but it was the founding mothers who said, do not forget ladies or we will ferment our own revolution.


MIKULSKI: They started the job, but we're going to keep it going. Now yes, we do break barriers. I broke a barrier when I became the first Democratic woman elected in the Senate in her own right.


MIKULSKI: And the first to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee. So it is with a full heart that I'm here today as we nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president.


MIKULSKI: Many of you -- many of you have broken barriers. You were the first to go college, you were the first to start a business, maybe the first to be a citizen. But when you know when you broke a barrier, you didn't do it for yourself, you did it for so others who would not have barriers, only opportunities.

That's what Hillary wants to do. She wants to break barriers to opportunities so you won't have barriers. You can count on her. She will work for you. Some people wants to rant, but Hillary wants to get results. She'll fight for your day-to-day needs. And the long- range needs of the country. Will fight for the macro issues and those macaroni and cheese issues.


MIKULSKI: So you have national security and economic security. So you'll have an opportunity for a good job and a good neighborhood with a good school, and your kids will have a really good future. So you will have equal pay for equal work, living wages.


MIKULSKI: So health care when you need it. So yes, it's about the new jobs and solar energy. But it's so much, she wants that job to light up your home, light up your community, light up your life, and she wants that little light in you just to shine.

I know that Hillary listens. The Hillary I work with is duty driver, unflagging, and unflinching. She's a leader. So in behalf of all the women who've broken down barriers for others, and with the knives toward the barriers ahead, I proudly place Hillary Clinton's name and nomination to be the next president.


ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen --

BLITZER: Now John Lewis, a member of the House of Representatives, continuing the theme of barrier breakers, the civil rights icon. John Lewis will now have a nominating speech of Hillary Clinton.

[17:15:31] REP. JOHN LEWIS (D), GEORGIA: My beloved Democrats, there are forces in America that want to take us backward. They want to undo 50 years of progress that this nation has made under Democratic leadership.

We have come too far. We have made too much progress. And we are not going back. We're going forward.


LEWIS: That's why we all must go to the polls in November and vote like we never ever voted before.


LEWIS: Now, eight years ago, our party, the Democratic Party, nominated and elected the first person of color to ever serve in the White House. Not just for one term, but two terms. Tonight, tonight on this night, we will shatter that glass ceiling again. We, we are the party of tomorrow. And we will build a true democracy in America.

Now I must tell you, I have known Hillary Clinton for many years. She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for president.


LEWIS: She is a leader, sometimes against the wind to break down barriers that divide us. She is smart. Just smart. She could have done anything with her life, but she decided long ago she didn't want to do just well. She wanted to do good.


LEWIS: So she has dedicated her life to public service and building a better America for all our people, for no one would be left out or left behind. So tonight on behalf of our mothers, trying to make ends meet, and our fathers who haven't seen a pay increase in years, on behalf of the students drowning in a sea of debt. On behalf of all who suffered injustice, discrimination, because of the color of their skin, who protest for immigrant rights, gay rights, voting rights and more fairness in America.

On behalf of all of the victims of senseless gun violence, I give you're a leader, a brave leader, who can unite us as a nation and as a people. A leader who can break down the barriers and build a better future for every American.


LEWIS: She will fight for us all. With her heart, her soul, and her mind.

My fellow Democrats, I am pleased to second the nomination for Hillary Clinton as the party candidate for the president of the United States.


BLITZER: John Lewis, the congressman, seconding the nomination for Hillary Clinton. Now a very different kind of nominating speech. Na'ilah Amaro of New York won an online contest to -- to participate in the nomination. An immigrant, Iraq combat, war veteran, an adjunct professor and policy consultant. NA'ILAH AMARU, HILLARY FOR AMERICA CONTEST WINNER: I was born on a

dirt floor to a woman whose name I will never know. What I do know is that she loved me enough to give me up so I could live the life she wanted for me. A life without hunger or despair. Filled with hope and opportunity.

[17:20:06] As a baby, bundled up in the hopes and dreams of my mother, I began a new life in a far away land called America. I was raised by two women and learned early on in life about intolerance and hatred. But I also learned about the power of love, faith, and hope.

The first time I saw Hillary, she was on TV addressing a panel of men with such confidence and ownership of self. Her poise and presence fundamentally changed how I would claim my own space in the world.

I was 11.


AMARU: Seven years later, my belief in America inspired me to raise my hand and solemnly swear to defend her ideals with my life. I joined the Army as an ammunition specialist and gave the best of myself to a country that had given me so much.


AMARU: I returned from Iraq deeply committed to restoring the faith of America's promise for everyone. Tonight in the birthplace of our nation, we renew our commitment to democracy. With a historic step towards gender equality.


AMARU: Reflected in broken shards of glass, and Hillary herself, we can see the dreams of our daughters. This is America's promise.

Along my journey, I have called California, Texas, Georgia, and New York home. And I know what connects us runs far deeper than what divides us. If you can hear my voice tonight, join me and everyone in this hall by texting Hillary to 47246 as we move forward together.

I believe in America's promise where a child born into poverty can stand to nominate the woman she admired as a little girl as the next president of the United States and my commander-in-chief.


AMARU: As an immigrant, a combat veteran, a woman of color, and my mother's daughter, I am American. My story is our story. The story of America. Thank you.


BLITZER: Congressman Marcia Fudge will now introduce the roll call with the rules. She's the Democratic -- the chair of the Democratic National Convention. Let's listen in to Marsha Fudge. FUDGE: Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes the nominations for our

presidential candidates. Pursuant to the convention rules, we will now proceed to a roll call vote of the states to vote on the nominations for the Democratic Party's candidate for the 45th president of the United States.

The chair of each delegation or their designee will report the vote of his or her delegate on and following the roll call. Each delegation's tally sheet showing the vote of every delegate will be collected and all delegate votes will be counted.

With that, please welcome, our convention secretary, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, to conduct the roll call vote.

MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE (D), CONVENTION SECRETARY: Good afternoon, Delegates. Are we ready to make some history?


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: My name is Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and I am the secretary of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic National Convention. Over the last several months my office has worked diligently with each of your states and the territorial parties to certify your delegates and other official convention participants.

My sincere thanks to each state and territorial party to help -- for helping us to bring this moment, the official roll call of all of our delegation.

[17:25:11] Are we ready?


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: All right. Alabama. You have 60 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you, Madame Secretary. The state of Alabama has champions not only in football, but we have champions in civil rights, in voting rights, we have champions for equal pay. And we cast, proudly, 50 champion votes for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and we cast nine votes for Senator Bernie Sanders.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Don't you have one more? I counted that as an abstention. All right. Alabama, you have cast 50 votes for Secretary Clinton, nine votes for Senator Sanders. I'll count one of as an abstention. Thank you very much.


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Alaska. Alaska, you have 20 votes, how do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Madame Secretary, Alaska, the state that is on the front line of climate change, with our receding glaciers and our rising oceans, Alaska, which has the most diverse -- I'm sorry, native population in the United States, with 229 federally -- recognized tribes. Alaska, which makes the United States an Arctic nation, casts six votes for the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, and 14 votes for the inspiring, progressive Bernie Sanders.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Alaska, you have cast six votes for Secretary Clinton and 14 votes for Senator Sanders.


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: American Samoa. American Samoa, you have 11 votes, how do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello, fellow Democrats and fellow Americans. Madame Secretary, on behalf of Governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga and Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, American Samoa, where per capita more of our sons and daughters proudly wear the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces than any other state or territory.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Home of America's cleanest air year after year and the last place for the sun to set day after day.

Madame Secretary, American Samoa cast its votes according to the committee rules on pledged delegates, three for Bernie Sanders and eight, and if you give us more we'd cast those, too, for the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: American Samoa, you have cast eight votes for Secretary Clinton, three votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you very much.

Arizona. Arizona, you have 85 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Arizona, the beautiful state, the natural state. We are proud to say that we are the home state of Caesar Chavez, home state of many native tribes, home state of electing some of the first women leaders in this country. I am proud to be joined here by Jerry Amut (PH), age 102.

Madame Secretary, Arizona cast 34 votes for Senator Sanders.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And 51 votes for the next president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

[17:30:13] RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Arizona, you have cast 51 votes for Secretary Clinton and 34 votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you very much.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good job, Jerry. Take your time.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Arkansas. Arkansas, you have 37 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madame Secretary, I rise from Arkansas where we first learned to believe in a place called hope. Where we are equally as proud to be the home of American poet laureate Maya Angelou and civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates.

Arkansas, where its mother and first lady Hillary Clinton led the fight for access to pre-K education long before it was popular, where she led the fight for legal aid services before it was popular. Where she led the effort to establish a children's hospital before it was popular, and when she fought for our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters before it was popular.

Arkansas, where we are again filled with hope for our children and grandchildren including my five granddaughters, Caitlin, Mary Bella, Andre, and Aviana, because we know this is truly a nation that should be all equal.

Madame Secretary, Arkansas cast 10 votes for Bernie Sanders, who campaigned from his heart and who now in unity joins us in supporting Hillary Clinton because he understands what is at stake, and now Arkansas enthusiastically casts 27 votes for the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Arkansas, you have cast 27 votes for Secretary Clinton, and 10 votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you very much.

California. California, you have 551 votes, how do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: California. California. California the state with lots of energy, lots of enthusiasm, and the state that defies Donald Trump on climate change, immigration reform, and the $15 minimum wage, cast for Bernie Sanders, 221 votes. And for Hillary Clinton, the next president of the United States, 330 votes.


RAWLINGS-BLAKE: California, you have cast 330 votes for Secretary Clinton and 221 votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you very much.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madame Secretary --

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Colorado you have 71 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madame Secretary, Colorado is home to rocky mountain, Mesa Verde, great sand dunes, and black canyon of the Garrison National Parks, which are some of the world's most wondrous and diverse lands. As Colorado Democrats, we're proud to be the party that fights every day to protect these lands because they are America's lands.

Our delegation is happy to announce 41 delegates are casting their votes for Senator Bernie Sanders, 37 -- 36 delegates for Hillary Clinton, and 1 abstention. BLITZER: We're going to take a very, very quick break. You can watch

the tally at the bottom of the screen. Much more on this historic roll call right after this.


BLITZER: The historic roll call continuing. Democrats abroad now announcing their support for Hillary and Bernie Sanders. This is Bernie Sanders' brother.

LARRY SANDERS, BERNIE SANDERS' BROTHER: I want to bring before this convention the names of our parents, Eli Sanders and Dorothy Blackford Sanders. They did not have easy lives and they died young. They would have been so proud of their son. They loved him.


L. SANDERS: They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and they would have been especially proud that Bernard is renewing that mission. It is with enormous pride to have cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.

[17:40:06] RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Thank you very much. Democrats abroad, you have cast seven votes for Secretary Clinton and 10 votes for Senator Sanders.

District of Columbia, how do you cast those votes?

MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER (D), DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Madame Secretary, I'm the mayor of the District of Columbia. The best city in the world. And soon to be the 51st state of our great union. We are 670,000 tax- paying Americans just like you. And with statehood and only with statehood will we have votes in Congress just like you.

The next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will sign our admission into the United States of America as the 51st state.

Madame Secretary, we cast five votes for the honorable Bernie Sanders and 39 votes for the next president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: District of Columbia, you have cast 39 votes for Secretary Clinton and five votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you very much.

Florida. You have 246 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Madame Secretary, on behalf of the state of Florida, the great sunshine state, the home of Senator Bill Nelson, the state that went blue for President Obama, and going to go blue for Hillary Clinton, I proudly cast 72 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders and 163 votes for the first woman president of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Florida, you have cast 163 votes for Secretary Clinton and 72 votes for senator Sanders. Thank you. Georgia. Georgia, you have 117 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madame Secretary, it is an honor to present the 2016 delegation from the great state of Georgia. Our state has been and will continue to be the epicenter of self-and human rights. Home to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and where the march for social justice is carried down by civil rights legend like our own Congressman John Lewis.

And home to the 39th president of the United States, a Democrat, Jimmy Carter, and first lady Rosalynn Carter.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Georgia is a state moving forward. We forged an alliance that is shifting a deep dark state to a deep shade of blue. Our burgeoning electorate of young people and communities of color fortifies our state's standing as a beacon of progress and hope. And that serves as a celebration of the diversity that has cemented Georgia as the next battleground state in the United States.

LEWIS: Madame Secretary. Madame Secretary, Georgia Democrats are proud to cast 29 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders and 87 votes for the next president of the United States, Secretary Hillary Clinton.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Thank you so much. Georgia, you have cast 87 votes for Secretary Clinton and 29 votes for Senator Sanders. Thank you again.

[17:45:01] On to Guam. Guam, you have 12 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Madame Secretary, from the island of Guam, our remarkably diverse community and the homeland of the Chamorro people, we have travelled over 8,000 miles and through nine time zones to cast our only vote for the president and the vice president.

We want a president who is sensitive to our needs. A president that supports our rights for full self-determination and self-governance as ratified in the Democratic platform. Therefore, it is with great optimism that we proudly cast two votes for Senator Bernie Sanders, one absent, and nine votes for the next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Viva Guam.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Thank you very much, Guam.

BLITZER: We're going to take another very, very quick break. The tally of this historic roll call continues at the bottom of the screen. We'll be right back.


[17:50:56] BLITZER: The roll call continues here at the Democratic convention with Indiana.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: African-American president in 2012. We Hoosiers sent Joe Donnelly to the U.S. Senate. In three months we're going to help create a Democratic majority by sending Evan Bayh back to the U.S. Senate. John Gregg is our next governor of the state of Indiana. And Hillary Clinton as the first woman president of the United States of America.

So on this episode of the "Apprentice," we can say last week they conspired, but their ideas misfired. Their bigotry is tired. Their attacks are uninspired.

So Mike Pence and Donald Trump, you are officially fired.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Madam Secretary, this year is the 200th anniversary of Indiana's statehood, and Madam Secretary, we're giving ourselves a present. We're going to turn Indiana blue one more time.

We're going to send Evan Bayh to the U.S. Senate. We're going to elect my good friend John Gregg the next governor of Indiana. And by the way he is a governor who wants to be the governor of Indiana.

With all of that, it is my pleasure to cast one abstention, 43 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders, and 48 votes for the next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

RAWLINGS-BLAKE: Indiana, you have cast 48 votes for Secretary Clinton, 43 votes for Senator Sanders and one abstention.

Iowa. Iowa, you have 51 votes. How do you cast your votes?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Trudy (INAUDIBLE), and I am from Iowa. A state of female firsts. In 1857 the University of Iowa became the first state university to accept women into its degree program.

REP. DAVE VILSACK (D), IOWA: And I'm Congressman Dade Vilsack. Congressman from Iowa's second district where in 1869, Arabella Mansfield became the first woman in America to pass the bar and become an attorney.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My name is Dan Holm and I'm president of Ask Me, I Will Counsel 61, international president of Ask Me International. Where 58 percent of our membership is female. We believe in equal pay for equal work and dignity for all workers.

ANDY MCGUIRE, IOWA DELEGATION CHAIR: Madam Secretary, I am Andy McGuire, the delegation chair for Iowa where it all started. We proudly cast 21 votes for Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 votes for the first woman to be nominated by any party and the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.


BLITZER: Another very quick break. We'll be right back. The tally will continue at the bottom of your screen.


(COMMERCIAL BREAK) BLITZER: Welcome back in THE SITUATION ROOM. We're following this historic roll call. The presidential nomination. Maine is now voting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our traditions run as deep as our forests. We are loggers and lobstermen, farmers and fishermen, home of Acadia, Long Fellow, LL Bean and Stephen King. Maine has not voted for a Republican in nearly three decades. As Maine goes so goes the nation.