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Standing by for Bernie Sanders Speech After Hillary Clinton's Victory Speech; Clinton And Trump Trade Jabs In Victory Speeches; Sanders Addressing Supporters In California; Sanders: Next Tuesday We Continue The Fight. Aired 1-2a ET

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[01:00:36] WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Wolf Blitzer in the CNN Election Center.

It's one of the biggest nights of the 2016 presidential campaign and a night for the history books. Hillary Clinton has already made history tonight, becoming the first woman to claim a major party's nomination for president.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by, and we need to make sure that they can be proud of us.

The end of the primaries is only the beginning of the work we're called to do. But if we stand together, we will rise together. Because we are stronger together. Let's go out and make that case to America.


BLITZER: Clinton tonight acknowledged Bernie Sanders for running a strong campaign and made a pitch for unity. And she slammed Donald Trump once more calling him unfit to be president.

Clinton tonight won New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Bernie Sanders won North Dakota. And voters are being counted now in Montana and in tonight's delegate jackpot, the hotly contested state of California.

Let's take a look at the numbers right now. In Montana right now Bernie Sanders is slightly ahead, 49.4 percent to 46 percent for Hillary Clinton. He's up by 3100 plus votes. 45,738 to 42,557, 62 percent of the vote in Montana is in.

In California 34 percent of the vote is in. Hillary Clinton maintains very impressive lead by almost 400,000. She has 61.8 percent to Bernie Sanders' 37.1 percent. 475 delegates at stake in California. More than a third of the vote is now in. Hillary Clinton maintaining an impressive lead there.

We're waiting, by the way, for Bernie Sanders to speak momentarily. Will he stick to his earlier combative tone and take his fight all the way to the convention in Philadelphia? Or will he start moving toward uniting Democrats against Donald Trump?

The White House says President Obama has called both Clinton and Sanders tonight, congratulating Hillary Clinton and thanking Bernie Sanders for, in his words, "energizing" millions of voters. Sanders will meet, by the way, with President Obama Thursday in Washington.

Mired in controversy since he locked up the Republican nomination, Donald Trump took a more measured tone tonight. He steered clear of his recent attacks on a Latino judge which have horrified a lot of the party leaders. And in a rare scripted speech Trump said he understands his responsibility as the new Republican standard bearer but he warned that he'll be relentless and combative on behalf of the United States.


DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: My goal is always again to bring people together. But if I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never ever back down and our country will never ever back down.


TRUMP: Thank you. I fought for my family. I fought for my business. I fought for my employees. And now I'm going to fight for you, the American people.


TRUMP: Like nobody has ever fought before.


BLITZER: And then Trump launched into a fierce assault on Hillary Clinton, signaling there will be much more to come as the campaign enters, he says, a new phase.

We're waiting once again to hear from Bernie Sanders momentarily. We'll have live coverage, a very important speech by the Vermont senator coming up. We'll hear from him momentarily.

In the meantime, let's go over to Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

Donald Trump says as early as Monday he's going to deliver what's going to be presumably a blistering direct attack against Hillary Clinton but right now we're waiting for Bernie Sanders to see what he says.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: Hillary Clinton is very eager to have the fight be one-on-one but she still has the issue of Bernie Sanders and his very, very enthusiastic die-hard supporters. We see many of them in the room right now.

Let's go to Brianna Keilar.

Brianna, Senator Sanders expected to come out any minute, talk to his supporters, talk to his backers.

[01:05:05] What more are you learning about what he might say? And tell us a little bit about the room you're in.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we are understanding, Jake, that he is running a little bit late. Maybe 20 minutes or so late to speak before this crowd here in an airport hangar at Santa Monica Airport. An airplane hangar.

This crowd is a very good example of some of the difficult that Hillary Clinton will have trying to bring many of Bernie Sanders supporters into the fold.

We do not know what he is going to be saying tonight, if he is going to be more conciliatory towards Hillary Clinton. The "New York Times" reporting that the end appears to be near at least for the Bernie Sanders campaign apparatus. That there will be large layoffs, significant layoffs tomorrow.

We know that the campaign managers of both campaigns are talking with the goal, I'm told by one source, of being unified and defeating Donald Trump. But it's unclear if that's going to be enough to win over folks here. We've been hearing them booing. They're very unhappy with the results that they're seeing come in. They're happy with North Dakota, of course, but when they see these earlier returns coming in from California they have been very upset, chanting, yelling, BS, not abbreviated, when they're seeing those results come in.

So it's just an example that even though you're seeing some of this bridge building behind the scenes between the Sanders campaign and the Clinton campaign, it's still a very different story for these die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters.

TAPPER: All right, Brianna Keilar, in Santa Monica, thanks so much.

And Dana, one of the things that's so important is that one of the things that these supporters are doing is when you and I or our competitors at other channels come on the television and deliver any kind of news that they don't like, they've been booing us, and part of the message that Bernie Sanders has been delivering not just since he's been a presidential candidate but since he's been in public life, is how corporate the media is, how we don't tell people what's actually going on. We're part of this rigged system.

This is going to be one of the challenges Hillary Clinton has trying to convince people who think that the entire system is against them that they should come and join her when he has been -- Bernie Sanders has been saying she is part if not a leader of this rigged system.

DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right. Especially when they're chanting BS and it's not for Bernie Sanders.

TAPPER: No, I believe -- I believe that is correct. It is not standing for Bernie Sanders.


BASH: But look, I think you're absolutely right that this crowd and Brianna, of course, laid it out beautifully that the way this crowd is incredibly angry is the perfect illustration of the challenge that Hillary Clinton has which is why what Bernie Sanders says tonight, the tone that he takes, his message to them about going forward is so incredibly critical.

Now we should also underscore, the people who are at Bernie Sanders rally, especially at this point in the campaigns are die-hards. I mean, they just are. I mean, there probably are plenty of people who are home and obviously we know there are, who voted for him, who still love him but might not be as, you know, enthusiastic and as angry as the people who wait in line to show up at a huge airport hangar.

Still, that is why he has a very, very -- he's got a tightrope to walk, basically, right now when he gives his speech.

TAPPER: Well, and one of the things that's important is obviously anger is one of the emotions that they're demonstrating whenever -- I think it was you. I don't think it was me. But when you came on television and they started booing, because --

BASH: No, I'm actually pretty --

TAPPER: Because they love me.

BASH: You know, I'm actually pretty sure it was you.

TAPPER: It was me.

BASH: Yes.


TAPPER: Well, Brianna will tell us later. I'm pretty sure she had sent an e-mail it was you they were booing. But that's a different story.

Is the idea that this passion for Bernie Sanders and distrust of Hillary Clinton and the media, a lot of it is they see Bernie Sanders as somebody who represents a break from politics as usual.

BASH: Yes.

TAPPER: Somebody who represents something different and they don't see Hillary Clinton as that. They see her as part of the establishment that gave the bad trade deals that he assails, that is part of the money in politics system that he assails. So it's not the case of lesser of two evils for them.

BASH: Right.

TAPPER: They think that the system is broken. They don't want any part of it. Bernie -- they say if they can't have him.

BASH: Exactly.

TAPPER: They don't want anyone.

BASH: That's exactly right. And, you know, if enough of the Bernie Sanders supporters just say, you know what, forget it, I'm staying home, or even worse for Hillary Clinton, they say, oh, maybe Donald Trump is on to something, that's -- you know, the nightmare scenario for her which is why again this speech tonight, the next several days where he goes back to Vermont, more importantly he comes here to Washington, meets with the president, meets with his Senate leader on Capitol Hill, tries to start the negotiations and kind of to unravel and figure out what he wants to get not just for himself but for the supporters is so critical.

[01:10:12] TAPPER: That's very interesting.

And, Wolf, one of the things that remains to be seen is just how sophisticated a voter (INAUDIBLE) operation Donald Trump will have when trying to win over the people in that airplane hangar.

BLITZER: And if you look at the faces, and I'm just looking at those places, a lot of young people are there. Major supporters, clearly, for Bernie Sanders.

All right. Let me walk over to John King. Take a closer look at California right now, 34 percent, John, of the vote is now in. Take a look at this. Hillary Clinton is now ahead by more -- more than 400,000 votes with 34 percent of the vote in. That's an impressive, impressive lead. She now has a million, 10,000 votes. He has 608,000, almost 609,000.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It is a very impressive lead. And all -- by all indications you look at that and you would think wow, why can't you call this race? Well, we can't call this race because we've been stuck here for a long time. What is not impressive is the pace of counting in California tonight, we've been stuck between 32. In the last half-hour we've gone from 32 to about 34 percent.

The polls have been closed for quite some time. And we know a lot of this. Not all of it. And I can show you a few counties to show you what I mean. We know a lot of this is the early absentee voting. So we're trying to get more, especially in the large areas, of today's vote to be counted. And you come down here to Los Angeles County, and last time you were here, which is sometimes ago, was 8 percent. We're now up to 9 percent.

Now Hillary Clinton has a big lead here. This is a place she expects to win big. But we would like to get more than 9 percent of the vote. We'd like to get 20 percent, 25 percent of the vote to get a better flavor of do things stay the same as the count votes. You move over to some of these other counties, Ventura County, we're

up to 38 percent of the vote. Well, you see it now, she's ahead here but it's closer than in the statewide numbers there. So you want to see more votes come in.

Let's move over, go straight out to the coast. Santa Barbara County, 20 percent, Clinton holding a lead. So you see some of these counties where you're getting into double-digits or higher. Then you're obviously counting some of the votes from today, but you come up here in Sacramento. Clinton leading at the moment, quite healthy but still zero percent. This was an area Barack Obama won in California even though Hillary Clinton was winning the state.

So we're looking -- as you look back in, now we're up to 35 percent. So we're beginning to get a trickle. And as we move, this is significant. As we move, if this stays, you know, obviously, that's a big number. My bet would say what -- let's let this get to 50 percent. You know, let's let this get higher and see if the trends continue because now we're starting to get a bunch of votes that we know were cast today as oppose to absentee ballots, and we do know the Clinton campaign had a very good mail, absentee and mail ballot operation.

But if you look through this, these are healthy leads. I'm not discounting. This is a very significant, a very convincing lead she has at the moment. Let's just think that if you're sitting -- if you're a Bernie Sanders supporter and you're saying is this possible, I would say, you know, let's just stay tuned a little bit longer until we can get above 50 percent of the vote statewide. But as you move around, just about ever where you go, 32 percent here, very healthy Clinton lead.

Still zero percent here, small county. Let's move -- bring up some of the Sanders vote here when we come through this part of the state where he is winning. It's much closer in most cases. But again, we're waiting for real votes to come in there. Let's move up the map a little bit, 8 percent as you move up here. Again, these are very small rural areas of the state. So this one's 100 percent in.

So if you're looking at this now, yes, if you're on a late flight from L.A. to Vegas, you'd be going and put your money on Hillary Clinton but I would like to see the state count the votes a little bit faster. Get us above 50 percent, you'd feel a lot more confident about that.

BLITZER: If she's at that margin, with above 50 percent, then there's virtually no way he's going to be able to overcome right now 400,000 lead.

KING: Right. You want -- you just want it to go up a little bit. And Wolf, just again.


KING: To put it into context, let's make sure we reinforce this because earlier Secretary Clinton was in the lead. It looks like Bernie Sanders is starting to stretch it out a bit more in Montana. They still have, you know, about a third of the vote to count. A little more than to count. But he was behind here early and he's progressively growing. Some modestly but he's progressively growing there. So you're confident about that. You have North Dakota.

But if you're the Clinton campaign, you won New Jersey in a landslide. You won New Mexico comfortably. You eked out a win in South Dakota that you didn't think you were going to get. That's a big bonus for the Clinton campaign tonight. That's one, two, three. This is the biggest trophy of all. It would give you four out of -- it would give you four out of six on this big night including the three biggest delegate prizes, California, by far number one. New Jersey number two, New Mexico number three.

This is -- this would be the giant exclamation point Hillary Clinton wants.

BLITZER: Yes. We still got two-thirds of the vote out there so let's wait and see what the numbers come in.

KING: Right.

BLITZER: But right now a very impressive lead for Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders.

All right. Let's talk a little bit of the general election map right now. The general election contest, we now know, is going to be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

KING: So you bring up this map. And you start here. If you're in the new campaign, you look at the last campaign. In the last two presidential elections, the Democrats have won very convincingly when it comes to the electoral college. This is the 2012 map, in 2008 then Senator Obama became President Obama. Also won Indiana and North Carolina.

[01:15:07] Mitt Romney took those back last time. So if you're Donald Trump and you're looking at this map you're saying, how do I win. If you're Hillary Clinton you're looking at this map and saying, I'm going the defend this. And if you saw that video they played tonight, the women, African-Americans, Latinos, that video was aimed at the Obama coalition. Essentially this is how we win, let's protect it.

So if you're Donald Trump, how do you do it? We do know, if you look at Trump's at the moment, he has five months but he is in a deep ditch with Latino voters. He is in a deep ditch with African-American voters. His strategy, if you talk to people inside the campaign, they think they can turn Pennsylvania. Heavy lift. Hasn't been done since 1988. But that's what they think, they can turn Pennsylvania. They know as Republicans they need to win Ohio.

This is where they start here. And then they think -- and you could talk to our congressional reporter. And I know as well a lot of Michigan Democrats have gone to the Clinton campaign in recent days, in recent weeks, saying, you guys better understand you got a tough fight out here even though Michigan has been blue for a long time in presidential politics. So if you do those three, again, it's not easy. But it's just three states, heavy lifts.

Then Donald Trump's in play, 278-260, he's suddenly in play. Where do you find the fourth one? The Trump campaign thinks it's here. Tough state. Especially with those Latino population that's growing. It's a swing population. The Asian population is growing in the last two presidential elections. The Asian population has matched almost exactly the Latino population. So that would be a heavy lift for Donald Trump.

But this is what they think that a state that has been traditionally red state is now leaning blue in presidential politics. That's how the Trump campaign thinks you turn four states and you win the White House. So if you take this one away, put it back into the Democratic column, where else do you look? Then the map gets a little more interesting. Very hard right now. Colorado's a swing state. But again, the Latino voters in the Denver suburbs, hugely important in that state.

Almost impossible to see Donald Trump win what used to be a swing state, where? Out here. So you look to Iowa, you look to New Hampshire, you look maybe to Wisconsin if you're the Trump campaign. If you're the Clinton campaign, though, Wolf, you just start by looking at this and you say defend, defend, defend, and knowing Trump has to do it up here, Paul Begala and his Super PAC will pour money into these states to try to build a fortress.

BLITZER: And we know Hillary Clinton is going to have the president of the United States creating -- helping to create that coalition that got him twice elected.

Bernie Sanders' supporters are anxious to hear from him. What will he say? We're about to find out. Stay with us.



[01:21:48] BLITZER: Let's get a key race alert right now. California, more than a third of the vote is in. 35 percent. Hillary Clinton still has a very impressive lead, 61.6 percent to Bernie Sanders' 37.3 percent. She had more than a million votes, 1,019,000. Bernie Sanders has 618,000 votes. Right now she is ahead by 401,000 votes.

You saw it just changed a little bit right there but very impressive lead. We'll see what happens in California. The biggest prize of the night.

Montana, Bernie Sanders has expanded his lead. He has 49.9 percent to Hillary Clinton's 45.6 percent. His lead 4,410 votes. He has 50,526 votes to Hillary Clinton's 46,116 -- well, it's just changed now. 53,265 for Bernie Sanders, 47,463 for Hillary Clinton. His lead has gone up, though. 5,802-vote lead for Bernie Sanders in Montana with 70 percent of the vote in.

Once again, we're standing by to hear from Bernie Sanders. He's getting ready to address a very enthusiastic crowd that has gathered in Santa Monica, California. Momentarily he'll be speaking. We're all anxious to hear the tone, what he says, in the face of Hillary Clinton's now becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee -- Anderson.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, Wolf. Hillary Clinton tonight praised Senator Sanders' campaign and made a direct appeal to his supporters. So I want to play some of that.


CLINTON: I want to congratulate Bernie Sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run.


CLINTON: He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and he's excited millions of voters, especially young people. And let there be no mistake, Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.


COOPER: Secretary Clinton earlier this evening.

Dave Chalian, you're just joining us. There's an interesting article in "Politico" tonight essentially with a lot of people from the Sanders' campaign anonymously commenting -- essentially saying that Bernie Sanders himself was behind a lot of the rhetoric against Secretary Clinton particularly of late and that there's essentially some deeply held sort of bad blood.

DAVID CHALIAN, CNN POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Yes, and it described him as sort of being on edge about this. And I think the nature at times as it happened, the article describes as being driven by Senator Sanders himself.

But, Anderson, I just want to say what I think is so important in there and actually goes to that article you're speaking, but as well as what Secretary Clinton said there. Obviously praise worthy comments are helpful and all that. But what she ended with there about the debate overall, this vigorous debate, has been good for the Democratic Party, I think it was a warning to all of her surrogates, all of her supporters that there -- that they are not to say that Sanders' presence and continued presence, giving him a little space, is damaging the party, damaging her chances of defeating Trump.

[01:25:14] I think she was really clear about that and I think that line is designed to give him some breathing space here to unwind.


RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: The center of gravity has shifted in the Democratic Party. Like unquestionably. And you saw it in this election. In fact the same phenomenon really in many ways drove both primaries this year. You saw blue-collar whites over the past several decades have moved out of the Democratic Party, into the Republican Party. They have been replaced by millennials and minorities in the Democratic side. And what that's produced is a Republican Party that's more populist, which helped explains how you get Donald Trump, and a Democratic Party that's more consistently liberal, which helped explains how Bernie Sanders, as well, his share of Democrats who identify as liberals is double what it was in the 1970s.

And I think, you know, the real -- I think the real lasting impact that the Sanders campaign will be both that, but also the political coming of age of the millenial generation who this year for the first time will equal baby boomers as a share of all eligible voters, by 2020, they're probably be more actual voters than the baby boomers. And Sanders, I think, showed that they were open to a politics that goes beyond what the Democratic Party is --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When he starts spewing statistics at 2:00 in the morning.

GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST: What Hillary -- what Hillary Clinton has to do and what that sentence in her speech showed is that she understands that she has to mobilize these voters. You know, this election is about getting out your voters, not so much persuading people who hate you to vote for you.


BORGER: It's more about mobilization. And she needs Bernie Sanders to do that. She can't alienate these voters. If she's going to get these younger voters -- and I believe they're very gettable because I don't think they're naturally Donald Trump constituents. So she was extending the olive branch. What we're going to look for tonight is any hint from Bernie Sanders and as this "Politico" piece pointed out, he's still angry about her attacks on him on guns, for example, and that's one of the reasons he may have been prompted to go very hard on her on Wall Street. We have to see how Sanders is reacting to her kind of olive branch.

COOPER: And we are waiting him. Any moment now. There's a lot of anticipation right now as we wait for Bernie Sanders to talk about his next step for the campaign. You can bet the Clinton camp will be listening very carefully as well.

We'll hear from Sanders at any moment. We'll be right back.


[01:31:37] COOPER: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hammered each other in separate speeches. Obviously, you're looking right there at a live crowd, waiting to hear from Bernie Sanders, as are all of us here. We're obviously going to bring those comments to you live. Donald Trump earlier and Hillary Clinton were both in full attack mode. Take a look.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The last thing we need is Hillary Clinton in the White House or an extension of the Obama disaster.

CLINTON: He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds and reminding us daily just how great he is.

TRUMP: Recent polls have shown that I'm beating Hillary Clinton, and with all of her many problems, and the tremendous mistakes that she's made -- and she has made tremendous mistakes -- we expect our lead to continue to grow and grow substantially.

CLINTON: When Donald Trump says a distinguished judge born in Indiana can't do his job because of his Mexican heritage -- (booing) or he mocks a reporter with disabilities (booing) or calls women pigs (booing), it goes against everything we stand for.

TRUMP: Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund. The Russians, the Saudis, the Chinese, all gave money to Bill and Hillary and got favorable treatment in return.

CLINTON: When he says, let's make America great again, that is code for, let's take America backwards.


COOPER: And there are months to go before the election. It is -- it's only going to ratchet up from here. No doubt about that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you sure of that?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The most amazing thing tonight is that this Democratic race has not changed much. Sings the beginning, I've been saying -- since before South Carolina, I'm saying, this race is going to come down to demographics. Tonight, Hillary Clinton went out and did very well in very diverse areas. She did very well in New Jersey, did very well in New Mexico, and is doing very well in California. That is going to play well moving forward into a general election against Donald Trump. I think you can make those very clear lines. And when you're talking about millennial voters, people overlook the fact -- and Ron just clarified me because I got my statistic off slightly, he's the guru over there -- but 42 percent of all millennials are voters of color. And we have a different outlook on the world, just to hearken back on what Ana was saying. We don't necessarily have to live under those same auspices of oppression and segregation that my father and grandfather had to live under. We live in a community where we're so brought together in this network of mutuality, and Donald Trump's comments -- for example, I'll give you a perfect example. Tonight, Donald Trump said, and we're going to take care of our African-Americans. And I don't think that he understood that he doesn't know, at 60-some odd years old, how to talk to people of color.

[01:34:59] It's nothing big, but it's tone, and it's the way that he portrays a message. And I think, before you can start talking about jobs or anything else, you have to start talking to people with some human dignity. And if Donald Trump can't do that, then Donald Trump's not going to make any inroads in this mid-region that he needs to win.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He has to remember the other day, too, at the rally where he said, oh, there's my -- that's my African-American.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And that's my point. That's not saying that Donald Trump is racist or anything of the sort, but Donald Trump simply does not know how to talk to black people or Hispanics or voters of color, and that is coming out and that is going to be a problem.

BILL PRESS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: So bring it on. We saw with those clips there back and forth, that this campaign is going to be a very intense one. But to me, the big difference still is that I know what Hillary Clinton stands for and what she wants to do and what she would do as president. I have no idea, other than building a wall or banning all Muslims from coming in this country, what Donald Trump stands for other than, he's won the primary on a cascade of personal insults. I don't believe you can win a general election on that.

JEFFREY LORD, TRUMP SUPPORTER: But that, Bill, in essence, I think, is his asset. In other words --

PRESS: In a general election?

LORD: Yes. She is so well known, for better, and I would suggest worse, that you are going to have a lot of people who are going to look at her and go, my God, I couldn't possibly deal with this for another four years, precisely because she's been around so long. And what they want is the alternative, whatever that -- the change.

PRESS: He's not exactly a young pup.

LORD: No, no. But I'm not talking about age. I'm talking about difference in approach.

PRESS: But do you think these millennials -- do you really think these millennials worry about Whitewater? You mentioned Whitewater earlier. I mean, Jeffrey --

LORD: No, no, no. It's judgment. It's the issue of judgment. All these things are synonymous with her bad judgment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But you cannot encapsulate that argument in xenophobia. That's my only point. If you want anyone in this country, especially young voters, to hear a message about jobs and trade, then you can't encapsulate that in bigotry and xenophobia. And you just can't -- LORD: And of course he isn't, but then we've litigated.


RON BROWNSTEIN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: The other point is, they're not starting on an even playing field. Mitt Romney, in 2012, won a higher share of white voters than Ronald Reagan did in 1980, and he lost by 5 million votes, which means there aren't as many -- and there will be less in 2016. So even if Donald Trump was able to hold constant the Republican share among minority voters, he'd have to improve the share that he wins among white voters to what Ronald Reagan won in 1984, and what Republicans are worried about is that that minority vote, which has been very constant, right around 80 percent for Democrats since 1976, will go even further in that direction, which would mean that he would probably have to win over 65 percent of whites if he loses ground among minorities, to get to --


BROWNSTEIN: To me, that is a big hill.

COOPER: We got to take a break. But Jeffrey, just quick, I want you to be able to respond to that.

LORD: All I can hear is my friend (ph) Van Jones sitting here and saying how worried he is that Democrats don't understand the appeal that Donald Trump has for enough of the minority community to get him over the top.

COOPER: Bernie Sanders is about to deliver an important message to his supporters and to Hillary Clinton. We'll carry it live.


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COOPER: And the crowd is very excited. We cannot see candidate Sanders -- yes, there he is, actually, our first glimpse right there. Senator Sanders, his wife Jane, it looks like as well. Yes, there she is. Let's listen in.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: (cheers and applause) Thank you. Thank you, L.A. Thank you all. [01:45:04] Let me thank -- let me thank all of you for being here tonight. And let me thank all of you for being part of the political revolution. I especially want to thank the tens of thousands of volunteers here in the State of California (applause) and I want to thank the people of California for their incredible hospitality. It has been one of the most moving moments of my life to be out throughout this state in beautiful evenings and seeing thousands and thousands of people coming out -- people who are prepared to stand up and fight for real change in this country. All of you know that when we began this campaign a little bit over a year ago, we were considered to be a fringe campaign. But over the last year, I think that has changed just a little bit.

By the end of tonight, we will have won, I believe, 22 state primaries and caucuses. We will have received well over 10 million votes, and what is most extraordinary to me is the fact that in virtually ever single state, we have won by big numbers the votes of young people. Young people understand that they are the future of America and they intend to help shape that future. And I am enormously optimistic about the future of our country when so many young people have come on board and understand that our vision, a vision of social justice, economic justice, racial justice, and environmental justice, must be the future of America. Our vision will be the future of America. (cheers and applause)

Our campaign, from day one, has understood some very basic points, and that is, first, we will not allow right wing Republicans to control our government. And that is especially true with Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. The American people, in my view, will never support a candidate whose major theme is bigotry. (cheers and applause)

[01:50:05] Who insults Mexicans, who insults (booing) -- who insults Muslims and women and African-Americans. We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States. (cheers and applause) But we understand that our mission is more than just defeating Trump. It is transforming our country. The vast majority of the American people know that it is not acceptable that the top one tenth of one percent owns almost as much as the bottom 90 percent. We're going to change that. And when millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages, we will not allow 57 percent of all new income to go to the top 1 percent. And we will end a corrupt campaign finance system. Democracy is not about billionaires buying elections. And we will end a broken criminal justice system. And we will break up the major banks on Wall Street. And we will join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare for all people as a right. (cheers and applause) And we will bring about real immigration reform and a path toward citizenship.

And we will -- and we will tell the billionaire class and corporate America that they will start paying their fair share of taxes. And what we understand, and what every one of us has always understood, is that real change never occurs from the top on down. Always from the bottom on up. That is the history of America, whether it is the creation of the trade union movement, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the gay movement. And that is what our movement is about. (cheers and applause)

CROWD CHANTING: Bernie! Bernie!

[01:54:57] But you all know it is more than Bernie. It is all of us together. It is -- what this movement is about is millions of people from coast to coast standing up and looking around them and knowing that we can do much, much better as a nation. That whether Wall Street likes it, whether corporate America likes it, whether wealthy campaign contributors like it, whether the corporate media likes it -- we together, together we know what our job is, and that is to bring the American people together to create a government that works for us, not the one percent. (cheers and applause)

Next Tuesday, we continue the fight in the last primary in Washington, D.C. We are going -- we are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to Philadelphia! (cheers and applause)

I am pretty good in arithmetic and I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate we can get. (cheers and applause) Tonight, I had a very kind call from President Obama and I look forward to working with him to make sure that we move this country forward. And tonight I had a very gracious call from Secretary Clinton and congratulated her on her victories tonight. (booing) Our fight is to transform this country and to understand -- and to understand that we are in this together. To understand that all of what we believe is what the majority of the American people believe, and to understand that the struggle continues.