msnbc | October 28, 2012
>>> want to get back to toll ticks now, joined by civil rights legend, if you will, congressman representing georgia's fifth district john lewis . good to see you as always, congressman. you're on stage addressing the crowd here in florida just a short time ago for our viewers who could not see or hear you. what did you tell folks here?
>> i told the people here that they must never, ever forget our history, that people struggled for the right to vote, that people died and that some of us gave a little blood to make it possible for people to participate in the democratic process . they must vote like they've never voted before. people all across the state need to be prepared to get out and do what they must do.
>> do you think some of the attempts to curb early voting , some of the attempts to require photo identification at the polls, do you think some of those attempts have perhaps had an adverse effect?
>> i'm convinced that some attempt to circumvent the voting rights act of 1965 to make it hard and difficult for people to participate. it's had an unbelievable countereffect. it said to people we're not going to let anybody or anything lock us from going to the polls. being in this state all day today, i tell you, people are fired up and they're ready to vote and they're voting. earlier today i visited two sites and there were very, very long lines. i spoke at four churches earlier. i have seen this period in a long time. it reminded me of the early days of the civil rights movement .
>> really? that level of excitement, that level of enthusiasm?
>> the people are excited. they're bringing their children. i heard several young people say this is my first time voting and i said thank you, bless you.
>> one of the things that has happened here and i saw this yesterday in miami as well. the ground game that the obama campaign seems to have launched -- some have argued it's the ground game that's been in place four years ago. how would you describe the ground game?
>> the ground game of the obama campaign is well organized. it is from the ground up, not from the top down. and the people have been on the ground, some for a long time, for many months and some for years. these young people and people not so young, they know what they're doing.
>> what do you think the likelihood is this thing won't be over on election nights, we still might be counting ballots from cuyahoga county , from down here in florida?
>> it is possible. it's really conceivable that it may take a few days after november 6th . i think a great majority of us will like to see it over on november 6th . i think we're going to see a number of people turning out that people never thought, never had any idea this many people would be showing up.
>> congressman john lewis , always a pleasure, sir. as i told you off camera, you look and sound great. it's like you don't even age.
>> thank you, sir.
>> congressman john lewis here, one