Watch: Memorable ‘Conversation with the Candidate’ moments


ADAM: AS YOU SAW, THES
CONVERSATIONS GOT INTENSE,
GOT EMOTIONAL, AND THEY GOT
PERSONAL. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOMENTS
THAT OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT
SHAPED THESE CANDIDATES, WHATBRI
AND WHAT KEEPS THEM GOING EVERY
DAY.>>I WAS RAISED BY A SINGLE MOM. MY PARENTS DIVORCED IN GRADE
SCHOOL. LIVED PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. I ONLY KNEW THERE WAS A
GOVERNOR’S OFFIC
BECAUSE I DELIVERED NEWSPAPERS
TO IT. SO I’VE MADE IT FOUR BLOCKS . YEAH, SO WENT TO COLLEGE SIGHT
UNSEEN. THE IDEA OF COLLEGE WELL BEYOND. AND WORKED MY WAY THROUGH
COLLEG
I PICKED UP MY CLASSMATES’
PLATES. I BORROWED MY WAY THROUGH LAW
SCHOOL. I THINK THAT GAVE ME
PERSPECTIVE OF — BUT SOMEHOW I
STILL HAD THAT SHOT, RIGHT? GOING FROM DELIVERING NEWSPAPERS
TO THE GOVERNOR’S HOUSE AS A K
TO RAISING MY KIDS WITH MY WIFE,
OUR THREE KIDS, IN IT.>>I WOULDN’T BE HERE WITHOUT MY
MOM. FIRST OF ALL, MY MOM RAISED ME
AS A SINGLE MOTHER, MY B
AND ME. SHE WORKED VERY HARD TO SUPPORT
US AND SUPPORT HER MOM, MY
GRANDMOTHER. MY MOM WAS THE FIRST IN HER
FAMILY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH
SCHOOL AND THEN GET TO GO ON TO
COLLEGE. SHE WAS ALSO A HELL-RAISER. SHE WAS INVOLVED IN WOMEN’S
EMPOWERMENT ISSUES AND HISPANIC
ISSU
SO SHE RAISED MY BROTHER AND ME
TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN MAKE
DIFFERENCE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCES
THAT I GREW UP WITH THE MOTHER
THAT I GREW UP WITH. AND I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER T
LESSONS THAT SHE TAUGHT ME IF
I’M PRESIDENT.>>YOU EITHER GIVE UP IN THE
FACE OF THE KIND OF TERROR THA
WE SAW IN EL PASO COME IN THE
CITY THAT LOSES 18 PEOPLE IN
GIVEN YEAR. YOU’RE EITHER CONSUMED BY THE
SUFFERING AND THE TRAGEDY OF IT,
YOU EITHER ACCEPT IT AS AN ACT
OF GOD OR OU
FATE, OR YOU STAND UP AND DO. AND I FEEL SO COMPELLED TO DESPE
WHERE THIS COUNTRY IS AND WHAT
WE SAW IN EL PASO, ESPECIALLY
GI
JUDGEMENT I FEAR MOST IS MY
CHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDRENRIGHT NOW TO DO THE RIGHT THINIEVES IN
MORE IN COMMON THAN WHAT
SEPARATES US. I HAVE THE 3:00 A.M. AGENDA. 3:00 A.M., SOME PEOPLE CALL
THE WITCHING HOUR. WHEN WE WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE NIGHT WITH
HAS BEEN WEIGHING ON US, FOR T
VAST MAJORITY OF US WHEN WE WAKE
UP THINKING THAT THOUGHT IT HE L
WITH WHICH WE ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE.>>WHEN MY SON BEAU DIED, HE W
MYSE SOUPIECE OF IT WITH BEA
BECAUSE YOU GONE THROUGH IT AS A
KID WITH ME AND HE KNEW HE WAS
DYING,
THAT IS WHY I WROTE THE BOOK ABOUT MY SON. HE SAID, “PROMISE ME, DAD.”
HE SAID, “I’M GOING TO BE OK NO
MATTER WHAT HAPPENS,” AND HE
KNEW HE ONLY HAD MONTHS. HE SAID, “PROMISE ME YOU AG TO B
>>IT BREAKS MY HEART TO SEE –
AND I KNOW PEOPLE WHO I’VE
SERVED WITH. ONE OF MY SOLDIERS DURING
SECOND DEPLOYMENT DEPLOYED MANY
TIMES, CAME HOMEAT HOME
AND TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. SO THIS HITS CLOSE TO HOME A
DEAL WITH THE STIGMA AND TO
DEDICATE WHATEVER RESOURCES ARE
NECESSARY.>>UNTIL VERY RECENTLY, WE
THOUGHT MY GRANDFATHER HAD DIED
FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. T FOR 20 YEARS. HE IS THE GRANDPARENT IIER WHO H
FROM POLAND. NOW WE ARE UNSURE IF IT
BECAUSE OF ALZHEIMER’S OR
BECAUSE TH
DURING WORLD WAR II. IN ANY EVENT, THE OUTCOME WATHE
BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERIENCE AND MY
FAMILY’S OWN EXPERIENCE, I HAVEV
FUNDING OF ALZHEIMER’S AND
INCREASED FUNDING FOR
ALZHEIMER’S EVERY YEAR I’VE BEIN>>PROBABLY THE MOST CHALLENGING
TIME IN MY LIFE WAS EARLIER THIS
THE WHE PROCESS WAS ONE WHERE,
I MEAN, HE GOT EXCELLENT MEDICAL
CARE. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT, THOUGH. I MAKE DECISIONS FOR A LIVING,
BUT NOTHING COULD HAVE PREPARE F
DECISIONS THAT OUR FAMILY FACED. ONE THING I LEARNED ABOUT IT WAS
THE CLOSENES
I’M SORRY, YOU’RE TAKING ME TO A
TOUGH PLACE. THE IMPORTANCE OF MY MARRIAGE. MY HUSBAND ABSOLUTELY JUST
PROPPED OUR FAMILY UP. HELPED MY FA
DAYS, HELPS MY MOTHER RIGHT NOW,
HELPS ME.>>I’M THE SON OF AN IMMIGRANT. MY FATHER CAME TO THIS COUNTRY
WITHOUT A NICKEL IN HIS POCKET. NEVER MADE MUCH MONEY. BUT HE CAME FROM POLAND
AGE OF 17 AND BECAME THE
PROUDEST AMERICAN THAT YOU EVER
SA
THIS COUNTRY ENABLED HIM TO
RAISE TWO KIDS, AT LEAST WITH A WORKING-CLDARD OF
LIVING. SO I KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE
EXPERIENCE OF IMMIGRANTS.>>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AN UNDERDOG. BEING THE SON OF IMMIGRANTS, MY
PARENTS CAME FROM JAMAICA, MY
ACT SUGARCANE
CUTTER, MY MOTHER WAS A COOK
THAT USED TO GO OUT IN THEELDS T
YOU KNOW, I WAS NEVER EXPECTED TO GO TO FLORIDA STATE
UNIVERSITY, TO PLA
LEGENDARY COACH BOBBY BOWDOIN,
MUCH LESS WIN A NATIONAL WEAR AN
MAYOR OF A VERY DIVERSE CITY,
ONE OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN TVE CONTEMPLATED AS PRESIDENT. SO I’V. I’VE BEEN THE DARK HORSE ALL M
I AM SOMEONE WHOSE WORK HAVI
FOUNDED AIDS ORGANIZATIONS
HAVING FOUNDED PEACE
ORGANIZATIONS, AND HAVING WORKED
ON ANTI-POVERTY EF THROUGHOUT MY ADULT CAREER. I’M A VERY PRACTICAL WOMAN. I DON’T JUST TALK. YOU DON’T SEE
YOU KNOW? I’M NOT JUST PINK PAINT AND
CRYSTALSM INTO GETTING THINGS DO
>>WE COME FROM A BELOVE
COMMUNITY. THAT’S OUR HISTORY. WHEN WE STAND UP FOR EACH OTHER,
WHEN WE
OTHER — PATRIOTISM IS LOVE
YOUR COUNTRY UNLESS YOU LOVE
YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND
WOMEN. WE MAY NOT AAT IF YOUR KIDS
DON’T HAVE A GREAT PUBLIC
EDUCATION, MY KIDS ARE WORSE
OFF. IF YOU CARE, THEN MY FAMILY IS
LESS SECURE. THAT INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A
THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE
LOVE IS NOT A SENTIMENT, IT IS
DEMANDING, IT IS SACRIFICES,
ACTION
NOW, I’M SORRY, THIS MAY NOT BE THE WORD YOU WANT TO HEAR IN A
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,NEED MORE
>>I HAVE PROPOSED THIS BECAUS
OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE MYSELF
WITH MY DAD WHO STRUGGLED WITH
ALCOHOLISM MY WHOLE LI HE HAD TWO DUI’S WHEN I WAS
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HE HAD HIS
THIRD WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO GET
MARRIED IN THE 1
THAT IS WHEN THE RULES CHANGED
AND YOU COULD CHOOSE BETWE JAIL OR TREATMENT AND HE CHOSE
TREATMENT, AND I TOLD HIM WHAT
IT WAS LIK
HAD TO TAKE THE KEYS AWAY FROM
HIM AND HE WAS DRIVING DRUNK, OR
WHEN HE WASN’T THERE FORO MY DAD. I THINK IT HAS MADE ME A BETTE
LEGISLATURE BECAUSE OF THAT AND
A BETTER PRESIDENT I WILL BE.>>I GREW UP — FAMILY
WASN’T POLITIC
EVEN AS AN ADULT, WITH KIDS AN
TEACHING SCHOOL AND DOING MY
RESEARCH, POLITICS WAS
AND CENTER FOR ME.AN T UNDERSTAND WAS THROUGH MY
RESEARCH. MY RESEARCH WAS ON M
GO BROKE, FY FAMILIES GO BROKE
AND WHY AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLAOUT.>>I NEVER KNEW WHETHER MEMBERS
OF MY CABIRO-CHOICE OR
PRO-LIFE. I DO SEE BOTH SIDES OF THAT
ISSUE. MY WIFE AND I HAD THAT ISSUE
ME UP ONCE WHERE ONE OF OUR
KIDS, IT WAS NOT A PROBLEM
PREGNANCY, BUT THERE WAS ATING R
WAS SOME SUGGESTION FROM THE
DOCTORS AND THE MEDICAL PEOPLE HANDLING THE CASE THAT MAYBE WEO
PREGNANCY, AND WE SAID, ARE YOU
KIDDIN
THE REASON FOR THAT IS THAT WE
DIDN’T WANT THEM MAKING THAT
DECISION, WE WANTED TO MAKE TH DECISION, AND THAT’S THE BASIS
FOR MY LONGTIME-HELD PRO-CHOICE
>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU M
KNOW ABOUT ME IS THAT MY DAD WAS
A LAWYER WHO INTERRUPTED HIS LAW
PRACTICE TO GO IN THE NAVY WORLD WAR II AND PROSECUTED THE
NAZIS AT N
SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT T
UNITED STATES TRADITIONALLY
STANDS FOR, WE STAND FOR MORAL
LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD. WE ALWAYS HAVE. THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE POINT O
THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN, WE STARTED OUT BEING FOR
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE.>>I WAS HERE JUST A COUPLE OF
WEEKS AGO AND I WAS DRIVING, AND
YOU HAD A SNOWSTORM, AND I WJUST
PICTURES AND I WAS JUST SENDING
IT TO MY TEAM, I WAS LIKE, IT
DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN CAMPAIGNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
WITH SOME FRESH SNOW ON THE
GROUND. ADAM: WELL OVER 200 TOWNS HE LAT
GREAT SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN ONCE
SAID, EACH TOWN IS ITS OWN
POLITICAL UNIVERSE.>>WELL, YOU DO HAVE A V
UNIQUE POLITICAL SYSTEM HERE. SOMEONE HERE DIDN’T TRUST
[LAUGHTER]
RIGHT? BECAUSE THEY CREATED A SYSTE
THAT HAS A LOT OF CHECKS AND
BALANCES CAN LET’S PUT IT THAT
ADAM: YOU WENT TO PHILLIETER ACA
HAMPSHIRE.>>YES, I DID. ADAM: WHAT IS YOUR FONDE
MEMORY OF THE GRANITE STATE,
HAVING SPENT A FORMATIVE PART OF
>>I LEARNED TO SKI AS A JUNIOR
IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND I HAD NEVER
SKIED BEFORE. LIKE, A SKI TRIP AT EXETER, AND I WAS LIKE,
I GOING TO LEARN TO SKI. AMAND SO I GOT ON THAT BUS. AND IT WAS A PAINFUL DAY. [LAUGHTER]
IT WAS A PAINFUL DAY. BUT THEN I WAS VERY PROUD OF
MYSELF THAT I MANAGED TO C
SLOPES BY THE END OF THE DAY. ADAM: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORING HER
FRANKLIN PIERCE LAW SCHOOL?>>THE FALL. I MEAN, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN IT TO
PEOPLE. WE HAVE ON OUR TV SET AT HOME,
YOU KNOW WHEN IT GOES QUIET, AND
THEY START FLASHING PICTURES. AND ONE OF THE PICTURES HAS
GOT TO BE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. I MEAN, THE LEAVES ARE VIVID. AND I WOULD TELL MY WIFE, THAT’S
GOTTA BE NEW HAMPSHIRE. THE FALL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, O
NO

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