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So it turns out that Trump has a secret server.  The FBI probably knows this, but Director Comey resists releasing any information about the Trump-Russia investigation while being all to willing to make statements and write letters to GOP committee chairs about the FBI investigation of Hillary’s emails and server.

Comey is the subject of a Hatch Act violation complaint submitted by Richard Painter, George W, Bush’s ethics counsel.  See the bottom of this page.

Statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia

In response to a new report from Slate showing that the Trump Organization has a secret server registered to Trump Tower that has been covertly communicating with Russia, Hillary for America Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement Monday:

“This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow. Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.

“This secret hotline may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Russia. It certainly seems the Trump Organization felt it had something to hide, given that it apparently took steps to conceal the link when it was discovered by journalists.

“This line of communication may help explain Trump’s bizarre adoration of Vladimir Putin and endorsement of so many pro-Kremlin positions throughout this campaign. It raises even more troubling questions in light of Russia’s masterminding of hacking efforts that are clearly intended to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We can only assume that federal authorities will now explore this direct connection between Trump and Russia as part of their existing probe into Russia’s meddling in our elections.”

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On her travels through Ohio today, Hillary stopped off at Angie’s Soul Cafe in Cleveland and held a rally at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati where Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords joined her onstage.

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Yes, that is Hillary Clinton in the mouth of The Great Pumpkin.  You know what President Obama say!

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Hillary spoke out today on the issue of the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s Russian relations.  What?  You didn’t know the FBI was investigating Trump?  Could that possibly be because Director Comey is applying a double standard by sending a letter to GOP committee chairs about an investigation related to Hillary’s email while refusing to speak about the investigation of Trump’s Russian ties? (I don’t mean neckties made in Russia.)  Hillary told the audience that it is important to choose the candidate who knows the difference between our allies and our adversaries.

FBI’s Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing: Source (via )

In Kent, Clinton Says Trump Cannot Be Trusted With Our National Security, Lays Out Vision for An America That is ‘Stronger Together’

In a speech in Kent, Ohio on Monday, Hillary Clinton continued to highlight the stakes on this election, making the case that Donald Trump is not only unfit to be commander-in-chief but also a clear danger to our national security. Trump cannot be trusted to command our nuclear arsenal, would lose his cool during a national security crisis and has a foreign policy vision contrary to America’s values and geopolitical goals, Clinton said. Trump also has a history of praise for dictators like Saddam Hussein and ties to strongmen like Vladimir Putin, she added, whose government is trying to influence our election and put its thumb on the scale for Donald Trump.

Clinton was introduced by Bruce Blair, a former U.S. Air Force Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile launch control officer who appeared in an ad for her campaign. The ad, titled “Silo,” highlighted the solemn responsibility of commanding our nuclear arsenal — all the more reason Donald Trump can never sit in the Situation Room.

Clinton laid out a different vision that is “about lifting people up, not tearing each other down” and “says we’re stronger together.” She added, “Millions of people across our country are standing up and saying: We believe in an America that is great because it is good. That is Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Because we believe in an America where women are respected. An America where veterans are honored, parents are supported, and workers are paid fairly … an America where marriage is a right and discrimination is wrong…. an America that leads in the world and lives up to our values… where everyone counts and everyone has a place. Where the American dream is big enough for everyone. This goes way beyond policies and partisanship.  We’re talking about what it really means to be an American in the 21st century. About the basic lessons we want to teach boys and girls, kids and grandkids.” Clinton closed by asking attendees to safeguard our future, security and values by voting early and helping to ensure the largest turnout in our nation’s history. Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: “Hello, Kent State! And Happy Halloween everybody! It’s great to be back in Ohio – even if, even if the World Series is making life very stressful for Cubs fans everywhere. I want to thank Bruce Blair for that introduction, and for his service to our nation.  I think every American should hear your story over the next 8 days before they vote. I also want to thank everyone who was part of the pre-program. In particular, let me thank Senator Sherrod Brown, such a great senator, my dear friend and great congressman Tim Ryan, State Representative John Boccieri, State Representative Kathleen Clyde, and let me thank the Kent Clarks, the acapella group that sang during the pre-program! My friends, we are about to enter the final week of this election, so I wanted to come back to Ohio, one of the most competitive and consequential battlegrounds in the country, to talk about what’s at stake in this election. But let me start with this.  I’m sure a lot of you may be asking what this new email story is about and why in the world the FBI would decide to jump into an election with no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go. That’s a good question! And first of all, for those of you who are concerned about my using personal email, I understand and as I’ve said, I’m not making excuses. I said it was a mistake and I regret it and now they apparently want to look at emails of one of my staffers and by all means, they should look at them. And I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year. There is no case here. And they said it wasn’t even a close call and I think most people have decided a long time ago what they think about all of this. Now what people are focused on is choosing the next President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. And did any of you see the debates? Well, I think it was important because I had a chance to talk about my 30 years of public service and my plans for our country. And then people could weigh that against what my opponent has done and said. I am running against a man who says he doesn’t understand why we can’t use nuclear weapons. He actually said, ‘Then why are we making them?’ And he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons. Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia.  Imagine nuclear weapons smack in the middle of the Middle East. And if you’re telling yourself he’ll surround himself with smart people who’ll stop these crazy ideas, remember this: When he asked who he consults on foreign policy, Donald Trump said he didn’t need to consult because he said and I quote, ‘I have a very good brain.’  He said he knows more about ISIS than our generals do. No, he does not. And of course, the people Donald Trump has had around him include two men whose activities are reportedly being investigated for their ties to Russia — Vladimir Putin and Putin’s allies. So, in these last days, let’s not get distracted from the real choice in this election and the consequences for your future. I started saying last June, I believe, that Donald Trump has proven himself temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. And I’ve got to tell you, I did not take any pleasure in saying that. I have known, I have known for years now people who ran for President, Republicans and Democrats. And I had my differences with Republicans and even with Democrats, but I never doubted their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different. That’s as serious as it gets. So today, I want to talk about our national security. Because when the election is over and people wake up on November 9th, we will have picked the person who will carry the responsibility for all these weighty decisions. And that should really convince anyone how high the stakes really are in this election. And I just want to focus on three of the most crucial questions facing the next President: Can you be trusted to command our nuclear arsenal and make literally life and death decisions about war and peace? How do you handle a crisis? And do you know the difference between our allies and our adversaries? We’ll start with nuclear weapons. Now, I know there are some who will say that any discussion of this topic could be fear-mongering, but I don’t think so and in part of what you just heard from Bruce Blair. When dozens of retired nuclear launch officers publicly state that Donald Trump should, and I quote, ‘not have his finger on the button,’ then this is a topic that can’t be avoided. And as I’ve said, Donald has repeatedly suggested that more countries should have nuclear weapons. He must not realize or care that the more nuclear material there is in the world, the more likely terrorists are to get their hands on it — or that someone will miscalculate and start a war that can’t be stopped. And when a few more countries go nuclear, their neighbors will feel pressure to do so as well. One of the reasons I worked so hard to impose sanctions on Iran so that we could get them to the negotiating table was so we would not have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and I am proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But even the prospect of an actual nuclear war doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump. ‘Good luck, enjoy yourselves, folks,’ was what he had to say about a potential nuclear conflict in Asia. I wonder if he knows that a single nuclear warhead can kill millions of people.  These are weapons today far more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.  To talk so casually, so cavalierly about mass annihilation is truly appalling. President Ronald Reagan once said — and he worked hard for arms control and I admired what he did working with the Soviet Union — and he once said he feared, and this is a quote from President Reagan, ‘some fool or some maniac or some accident triggering the kind of war that is the end of the line for all of us.’  That has been the fear and the commitment of Democratic and Republican presidents since the dawn of the Atomic Age. So what would he think about Donald Trump, who says he wants to be, and I quote, ‘unpredictable’ about using the most powerful weapons ever produced? And here’s the thing with nuclear weapons – as Bruce told you, when the President gives the order, that’s it.  There’s no veto for Congress, no veto by the Joint Chiefs. The officers in the silos have no choice but to fire. And that can take as little as four minutes. That’s why all those retired launch officers stepped forward and said Donald Trump should never be put in charge of our nuclear arsenal. Earlier you heard from one of them, Bruce Blair, and his story is worth remembering. In 1973, Bruce was a young military officer working in an underground bunker in Montana.  His job was to launch as many as 50 nuclear weapons if the President ever gave the order. Then one night in October, as the United States and the Soviet Union squared off over an escalating conflict in the Middle East, the emergency message he had trained for arrived: prepare for nuclear war. Like other American officers in bunkers and submarines and bombers around the world, Bruce and his colleagues started the process because that was their duty.  They unlocked the safe, took out the launch codes and the keys, and then strapped into their chairs to brace for the shockwaves that would come if a Russian warhead detonated above them. Then they waited for the final order from the President. Thankfully, it never came. But when Bruce looks at Donald Trump, and sees his hair-trigger temper, and he thinks about what it felt like inside that bunker that night. As I’ve said many times, a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. And that brings me to the second question I think voters should pose to both candidates: How do you handle a crisis? We’ve seen in this campaign that Donald Trump loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally.  When he’s confronted with his own words. So imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. Imagine his advisors afraid to tell him what he doesn’t want to hear, racing against his legendarily short attention span to lay out life-and-death choices too complex to be reduced to a single tweet. And then imagine him plunging us into a war because somebody got under his very thin skin. Now thankfully, he’s never been in a position where he had to help make life-and-death decisions for our country.  But there was one national crisis where we did get a good look at how Donald Trump handles himself.  Donald is a New Yorker, and his finest moment in this campaign was when he defended New York against Ted Cruz’s attacks in a debate. And then he invoked the days after 9/11, when New Yorkers really came together and took care of each other.  And I couldn’t agree more. That’s why it was so upsetting to learn what Donald was actually doing on 9/11. After the world watched with horror as the Twin Towers fell, he called in to a New York TV station. And even on that horrible day, when thousands of people lost their lives, he couldn’t stop himself from pointing out that now, because the towers had fallen, a building he owned was now the tallest in Lower Manhattan. What kind of a person brags at a moment like that? I’ll tell you: someone who should never set foot in the Oval Office and serve as Commander in Chief. For me, I take this very personally, my friends.  Because I was one of New York’s senators along with Chuck Schumer on 9/11. He and I were on the ground the very next day, meeting with the Governor, the Mayor, emergency officials. And I will never forget the sight of Ground Zero. The thick smoke made it hard to breathe or see. Some of the firefighters and other first responders we met had been on duty nonstop since the planes hit the towers. They had all lost friends.  In a makeshift command center, we were briefed on the damage, and it was clear we were going to need a lot of help to recover New York, and we were going to have to really make it our absolute mission to not only rebuild New York but to keep America safe. That’s what I did for eight years as a senator. I never stopped fighting to keep our country safer and to ensure that first responders got the medical care they needed. And I think it’s important to reflect on what each of us has done in moments like that. Because a lot of the crises that come at a president are not predicted. They happen. I’ll tell you a quick story. It was after President-elect Obama asked me to be secretary of state but before the inauguration. And I got a call to come to an emergency meeting in the White House in the Situation Room. And the new Obama national security team was on one side of table, and the outgoing Bush national security team was on the other side. And the Bush Administration had gotten credible intelligence that there was going to be an attack at our inauguration. So even before we were sworn in to do our jobs, we were faced with helping to make such a consequential decision. It really matters what your experience has, what your values are, whether you can be counted on to make that decision. You learn a lot about people in moments like that. And as I sat there with the pressure on, having to think through in my own head, how we evaluated this intelligence, how we did everything we could to preserve our inauguration of our first African American president on the Mall in Washington. We made the decision to go forward, obviously. Some of you might have been there. But we also did everything we could to double our efforts to find out about the intelligence and to secure the hundreds of thousands of people who would be there. So you have to ask yourself: in a crisis, who would you trust?  Who will listen to good advice, keep a level head and make the right call?  Because that’s the person you want as our president and Commander in Chief. Now let’s get to the third question for all of the voters to consider about each of us. Do you know the difference between our allies and our adversaries? Now this may seem like an easy question. If you got it on an exam, I think you’d be able to answer it. But apparently it’s hard for Donald. He has picked fights with our friends. I mean the President of Mexico, the British prime minister, the German chancellor, pretty much the entire nation of Japan… and he even picked a fight with the Pope. And at the same time he is praising tyrants and dictators like Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Un in North Korea and Bashar al-Assad for their supposed strong leadership.  He even praised the Chinese government for massacring protesters in Tiananmen Square. Trump has repeatedly suggested he would abandon our allies in Europe and Asia. He has called NATO, quote, ‘obsolete.’ Obsolete?  NATO is the greatest military alliance in the history of the world.  And it’s based on something called Article V, which says, ‘An attack on one is an attack on all.’ And Article V has only been invoked one time: when our allies came to our defense after 9/11. We still have NATO allies fighting side by side, working side by side with American troops in Afghanistan. They joined us in going after Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Now we’re supposed to tell them we won’t have their back? And by the way—right now, our NATO allies are helping identify and track terrorists who threaten America and Europe.  They’re hosting radar and missile defense installations that protect us against potential threats from Iran and elsewhere. And as our NATO forces in Afghanistan stand shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops, they share the risks and burdens. Now they’re moving into the Baltic States to deter Russian aggression. Treating our allies like the small businesses and contractors that Trump exploited and stiffed in Atlantic City – hanging them out to dry — would make our country and our world less safe.  And it would play right into the hands of Russia and China, which are envious of our alliances and eager to see them weaken or fail. But maybe that’s the point. Because what’s most striking about all of this — and I would argue most important for voters to consider – is the relationship between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As former Secretary Madeleine Albright put it, and I quote her, ‘We have never seen a mind meld of the kind between the Russian leadership and a candidate for the presidency of the United States.’ Michael Morell, who ran the CIA and grew up just a few miles from here, has said that Putin is manipulating Donald. Putin is a trained intelligence officer from the old KGB.  He knows he can use flattery to get into Donald’s head — to make Donald the Kremlin’s puppet. And It seems to be working. Donald has signaled to Putin that he will let Russia do whatever it wants, from Ukraine to Syria and beyond. He’s even said Putin is a stronger leader than President Obama. And it gets worse. The U.S. intelligence community has now confirmed that the Russian government, which means Putin, is directing cyber-attacks against targets in the United States to influence the outcome of our election. So ask yourself, why would Putin be trying to get Donald Trump elected President?  Could it be because of all of the nice things Donald has said about him, or the fact that he’s promised to adopt pro-Kremlin policies, or maybe because of his extensive business dealings with Russian oligarchs with ties to Putin? Since Donald still won’t release his tax returns, and don’t hold your breath, we don’t the full extent of his business relationships –but what we do know is disturbing. And we know this: We are dealing with something unprecedented in the history of our country. A foreign adversary trying to influence our presidential election. That should scare everyone, Democrat, Republican, and Independent. With the election just eight days away, this can’t wait any longer. Donald Trump should immediately disclose all of his ties and connections to the Kremlin and its associates. The American people deserve to know the full extent of these links and how they relate to what the Russians are doing in our election. When you step back and take it all in, it’s no surprise that 50 Republican national security experts wrote an open letter saying that they will not vote for Donald Trump, because he would be – in their words – ‘the most reckless President in American history.’ It’s no surprise that not a single former President, Secretary of State or Defense, or National Security Advisor from either party has endorsed him. It’s no surprise that Bob Gates, who served eight presidents over 50 years, Democrats and Republicans alike, has said Trump is, and I quote, ‘beyond repair… stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government… temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform… unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.’ I hope you and voters across Ohio and America will think about all of these national security issues when you cast your vote in this election.  Think about what it takes to lead — and how we want to secure the safety of our country, our children and our grandchildren. And who is best to do that. So make no mistake, that really is what is on the ballot this year. It’s not just my name and Donald Trump’s name. It’s our future. Our security. Our values. It’s who we are as a country. Donald Trump has a dark and divisive vision for America that could tear our country apart. But the good news is: There’s another vision for America.  Instead of dark and divisive, it’s hopeful and inclusive and optimistic and unified. And it is big-hearted, not small-minded.  It’s about lifting people up, not tearing each other down. It’s a vision that says, as I believe in my heart that we are stronger together. Millions of people across our country are standing up and saying: We believe in an America that is great because it is good. That is Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Because we believe in an America where women are respected. An America where veterans are honored, parents are supported, and workers are paid fairly … an America where marriage is a right and discrimination is wrong…. an America that leads in the world and lives up to our values… where everyone counts and everyone has a place. Where the American dream is big enough for everyone. This goes way beyond policies and partisanship.  We’re talking about what it really means to be an American in the 21st century. About the basic lessons we want to teach boys and girls, kids and grandkids. It turns out, if you dig deep enough, through all the mud of politics, eventually you hit something hard and true.  A foundation of fundamental values that unite us as Americans – basic beliefs about equality and opportunity and freedom and common decency. That’s something to defend – and to build on. And, in the end, that’s what this election is all about. Here in Ohio, you can make the difference.  Early voting has already begun. So now is the time. Every phone call you make, every door you knock, moves us forward. You can go to hillaryclinton.com, and sign up to volunteer.  Or text J-O-I-N to 4-7-2-4-6 to do the same. Sometimes — if you have studied history — you know the fate of the greatest nations comes down to single moments in time. This is one of those make-or-break moments for the United States.  And it truly is in your hands, as it should be. When your kids and grandkids ask you what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I hope you will be able to say: I voted for a better, stronger, fairer America. A place where our future will be created and charted by people will have confidence that that the best days of America are still ahead of us. Particularly young people who I believe absolutely should help make that future! So let’s come together, let us make clear that we are going to stand up for an America that we believe in because that America believes in us. And we are going to prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you.”

Instead of dark and divisive, our vision for America is hopeful and inclusive. Big-hearted, not small-minded. It’s about lifting people up.

Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that more countries should have nuclear weapons. Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia.

“[Launching a nuclear weapon] can take as little as 4 minutes. 4 minutes. That’s why…Trump should never be put in charge.” —Hillary

A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.

What kind of a person brags on 9/11 that, now that the Twin Towers had fallen, a building he owned was the tallest in Lower Manhattan?

“Ask yourself: In a crisis, who would you trust? Who would listen to good advice, keep a level head, and make the right call?” —Hillary

U.S. intelligence has confirmed the Russian government is directing cyberattacks against the U.S. to influence the outcome of our election.

Why would Putin want Trump to win? The nice things he’s said about him? His promise to adopt pro-Kremlin policies? Or his business dealings?

“With the election just 8 days away…Trump should immediately disclose all of his ties and connections to the Kremlin and its associates.”

“That’s what’s on the ballot this year. It’s not just my name and Donald Trump’s name. It’s our future. Our security. Our values.” —Hillary

Sometimes the fate of the greatest nations comes down to single moments in time. This is one of those moments.

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Hillary hit the ground running today in the Sunshine State!  She began her day with a “voting brunch” at an Irish pub in Miami,  went to Sunday services at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale,  joined supporters for a bite to eat at Betty’s Soul Food, greeted supporters in Pompano Beach, and, finally, rallied voters at The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors, Florida.

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In Fort Lauderdale, Clinton Vows to Break Down Barriers Still Facing African-American Communities

At the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hillary Clinton made the case that the upcoming election is the most important in our lifetime, since “this election is not just about issues – as important as issues are […] it is also about how we treat each other and how we show respect for one another.” Clinton vowed if elected to pass end-to-end criminal justice reform, implement common sense gun reform and combat systemic racism in our society. Clinton spoke of the Mothers of the Movement, who lost their children to police-involved incidents and gun violence, and the families in Flint, who were poisoned by lead in their water, as testimony to the urgent need to break down all the barriers still facing African-Americans families, adding, “We’re going to do everything we can in the remaining days of this election, but also afterwards, to make it very clear there’s a place in America for everyone of us. Everyone deserves to have a place, and we’re not going to shy away from taking on injustice, and that includes systemic racism, sexism, prejudice against other people – because when someone is being treated with bigotry and discrimination, that opens the door for everyone, then, to be subject to the same kind of mistreatment.”

Clinton ended by urging the crowd to get out and vote and take advantage of early voting, so we can continue the progress of the last eight years and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. More than 20 million people, including 3 million Floridians, have taken advantage of early voting, Clinton said, so that America not only remains great but so that we make it even greater. Clinton added, “We cannot get distracted by all the noise in the political environment, we have to stay focused and remember what Michelle Obama taught us – when they go low, we go high! So no matter what is thrown at us, we have to stay focused on our goals.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“This the day the Lord has made. I am so honored to be here with you, and I thank, I thank Reverend Davidson for that very warm welcome, also Reverend Kennedy. I just learned you have two pastors from Alabama!

It is also a great honor to be here with my longtime friend Congressman Alcee Hastings. But the special treat is to be here with all of you, the members of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, and anyone who, like me, is visiting today can feel the warmth and embrace of this congregation. Please be seated.

I am, I am, I’m up so high. It is very kind of Pastor Davidson to put this box because he’s a tall man. But for me, it is a special, special honor. I looked into the history of this church, and for nearly a century now, you have been a source of strength and solace, not only to your members but also to the community. And that means a great deal to me because you answered the charge that Jesus gave us – to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick, and to welcome the stranger.

And as we know, we are not asked to love one another.  We are not encouraged.  We are not even urged. We are commanded. In fact, Jesus said that was his greatest commandment. And this church has answered that call – by serving our youth, providing affordable housing for families, ministering to the sick, and investing in neighborhoods neglected for too long.

So this is a remarkable faith community. Congressman Hastings, when we were talking about where we could go to church, he said, ‘This is the place. This is the place.’ But I want to just spend a minute talking about this great commandment because when I used to occasionally teach Sunday school back in Little Rock, I would talk about how we were commanded to love our neighbor as ourself. So to me, it’s really a two parts commandment. We want people to love themselves because it is out of that love and acceptance that we can go and love another. And one thing we have to do in our country now is to make sure that everyone, everyone who is equal in God’s eye is equal in our eye, right?

It doesn’t matter how much money they have or what their profession is or what their background has been. We are commanded to love one another as we love ourselves so I hope we will keep that in mind because we’re called to treat one another with acceptance because every one of us has value.

I have made kids and families the cause of my life. I want to make that the mission of my presidency where I will do everything I can if I am so fortunate enough to be elected to serve you. Every single day in the White House to think about what can be done to give every single child in America the chance to live up to his or her God given potential. I think that is what we are […].

We have to continue to knock down those barriers that stand in the way of people being able to fulfill their potential. But I know we can do this. It’s something I learned from my mother who remains my greatest inspiration and motivation.  She was abandoned by her parents as a young girl.  She was sent to live with grandparents across the country who decided they didn’t want her either. She ended up on her own at the age of 14 as a maid and babysitter in someone else’s home. When I learned about all of this as I got older and started asking my mother questions about her life, I was so struck by something she said when I asked, ‘How could you, how could you keep going?’ She said, ‘It was the kindness of strangers and people in her life who kept her going.’

The first-grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and brought enough food to give her lunch every day.  And even the woman whose house she had to work in, who knew my mother wanted desperately to go to high school, said to my mom, ‘If you get up early and you get your chores done, you can go to high school, but you’re going to have to come right back.’ Now that might sound harsh to our ears, but to my mother, it was a gift. So for four years, she got up early, she got her chores done, and she ran to high school. She couldn’t stay after school to do any activities, but getting her education was that important to her. So when I see young kids struggling against some pretty high odds, I think about my mom and I think about how she got through with the help and kindness of others to form a loving family. And I know that we have to look out for each other and lift each other up. That takes strength, that takes resilience. Everyone, everyone is knocked down in life, and as my mother taught me and showed me is whether you get back up.

And those of us who are people of faith know that getting back up is part of what we are called to do, for ourselves, for those around us. Scripture tells us to ‘rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.’

And I want all of us to look around and think about the disappointments we’ve had in our own lives and how we were able to overcome them. It is, for me, part of my mission, because I want people to understand that this election is not just about issues – as important as issues are. Not just about getting the economy working for everyone, not just those at the top. It’s not just about making college affordable for everybody and helping you pay back and pay down and get rid of your student debt. It’s not just about healthcare for everybody. It is about all of that, but it is also about how we treat each other and how we show respect for one another.

In the last year and a half, I have met so many people who have also inspired me. I’ve met women who call themselves Mothers of the Movement who’ve lost their children to gun violence or police incidents. Now they spend all of their time reaching out to others who have been similarly struck with the loss of a child but also to change what has happened to prevent other parents from experiencing the same pain.

I’ve met parents and kids in Flint who are going to schools that are falling down around them, who can’t drink the water that comes out of the taps in their communities, who wonder whether anybody really sees them or cares about them. And we’re going to do everything we can in the remaining days of this election, but also afterwards, to make it very clear there’s a place in America for everyone of us. Everyone deserves to have a place, and we’re not going to shy away from taking on injustice, and that includes systemic racism, sexism, prejudice against other people – because when someone is being treated with bigotry and discrimination, that opens the door for everyone, then, to be subject to the same kind of mistreatment.

We need to fix our criminal justice system from end to end, and I know that we will do that working together, communities and the police, because everybody is safer when the police respect the communities they protect and the communities also work with the police, right? And we’re going to fight for common sense gun safety reform to get these guns out of the hands of people who should not have them in the first place.

But it’s more than just being against things. We’ve got to be for what will make a difference. I want to end the so-called ‘school-to-prison pipeline.’ Let’s start with early childhood education. Let’s make it possible for every single child to be prepared to learn in school. Are there any educators and teachers or retired teachers who are here? I want to be your partner, but I also want to partner with the faith community and with civic and non-profit groups to reach every single family, particularly young families, to help them know how best to prepare their children to learn, to develop the skills and the vocabulary. 80 percent of our brain is physically formed by the age of three, and the more we can talk and sing and read to our babies, the better prepared they will be to actually succeed when they get to kindergarten and first grade.

And then we’ve got to do more to make sure that every school in every zip code has what they need to be able to prepare our young people for the future. We need more computer science teachers, and we need to end the digital divide. We have five million homes in America with school-aged children that do not have access to the Internet. So when the teachers here give an assignment and assume that the child is going to be able to go on the Internet to look for information, they can’t. That is wrong. That is unjust. We’re going to finish the job of making sure every single family is connected to affordable, high-speed Internet.

And we are going to make sure that we bring technical education back into high school, because we have disadvantaged a lot of our kids who have different skills. They learn differently. I want to make it possible for everyone who wants a four-year college education to be able to go and afford it, but I also want people who want to be machinists and welders and tool-and-die makers and computer coders and health aides and other worthy, important jobs to feel that they’re included, too.

And when it comes to college, I want you to know my goal is that, for every public college and university, you can go tuition-free if you make less than $125,000 a year. And I’ve got to say, that’s most people in America. But if you are among the fortunate who make more than that, we’re going to make it debt-free: which means maybe you’ve got five or five kids and you’re over that line. Pay what you can afford, but otherwise, don’t go into debt. This should be an investment that we make in the young people in America who make it possible for you to afford to go to college.

And I have a particular commitment to historically black colleges and universities. Think of all the professionals, all of the business and political leaders, people who have gone through the halls of HBCUs. I want to be sure that we continue to support them, and I will do everything I can with a $25 million fund to make sure that the facilities and the resources and the faculty are able to continue to perform this important service.

And then, if you already have debt, we are going to get your interest rates down. We are going to help you pay it back as a percentage of your income. It is just wrong. If you go out to be a teacher or a social worker or a nurse or a police officer or a firefighter and you don’t start out making a lot of money, you can barely afford to pay that. I want it to be a set percentage of what your income is, and if you’re willing to do public service in the professions I just mentioned, you should be able to get it paid down even faster. And if you do some national service, you should be able to be forgiven from the debt that comes from attending college. And I’m going to defend President Obama’s legacy. And especially his Affordable Care Act which gave 20 million people the chance to get income insurance. I know how hard it is to be president. I’ve worked through one, I live with another.

This is a tough job. I’ve said before. You’ve seen these young men, they go into office like my husband and President Obama. And when they […] they turn […] Now I’ve been coloring my hair for years and years, and you will not see me go white. But seriously, we have some big issues we have to address. And the last thing we need, is someone who is a loose cannon. I’m willing to believe the slogan of my campaign, we are stronger together. And I want to be the president for everybody. Democrats, Republicans Independents, everybody. But I can’t do that without the help of people who understand that our future is at stake in this election. My name may be on the ballot, but every issue you care about – […] and so many more […] because whether we go forward or backwards is really up to us. And I – how many of you have seen the debates, I stood next to Donald Trump for three debates – for and a half hours, proving, conclusively that I have the stamina to be president.

But in the third debate when he refused to say he would respect the outcome of the election – nobody has ever said that before. No Democrat, no Republican. It really is so troubling. We move forward – and it has not been easy, making progress in America. Moving toward a more perfect union. And we need to understand the work still to be done, but also, what we have accomplished as President Obama has said many times, we have made progress. So we have to protect that progress while we build an even better, stronger, and fairer future. So, we have nine days left in the most important election of our lifetimes. And there is some good news. With all the negativity and everything happening, 200 million people – the most in our history have registered to vote.

I think they believe there’s a lot at stake, and of that number, more than 50 million are young people. Which is really exciting. 20 million have already voted, including three million right here in Florida. And so we cannot get distracted by all the noise in the political environment, we have to stay focused and remember what Michelle Obama taught us – when they go low, we go high! So no matter what is thrown at us, we have to stay focused on our goals. We have to understand that the best way to repudiate a negative, hateful, bigoted vision is to […] as scripture tells us, where there is no vision, […] perish and I would only slightly edit that – where there is a slightly negative, hateful, divisive, negative vision, the people also perish. So we need to lift up our eyes and have a vision of what we will do and become together. No matter what is thrown our way, we will not back down. We are not going to give up. We are going to reject anyone […] and remember that […] commended to try and love each other. And as the pastor said, there’s always early voting places, all over Broward County, all over Miami-Dade County that are just waiting for you to vote.

And I always like to end with a Scripture that’s particularly important to me. ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.’ So let us, my friends, have faith in one another. I pledge to you that I will do everything I can to heal the divides, to repair the breaches that have been created. I don’t want to be the president of only some Americans. I want to be the president for all Americans. If you will give me your prayers and your support going forward, I believe that we can build on what has been accomplished by President Obama. We can go even further. We can become even greater, because we already are great – if we could just recognize that, accept that, and do our part to make it better for everyone.

And I will conclude with thanking you, thanking you for having me here with you in this church, at this point in time, and certainly for welcoming […] in my heart. And I look forward to working with you to be your partner in making America […]. Thank you, and God bless you!”

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The hottest ticket in town last night was for J-Lo’s get out the vote rally for Hillary.  Marc Anthony, who endorsed Hillary at a concert last year also showed up.

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Hillary for America has organized some helpful information-at-a-glance around Friday’s “October Surprise” from FBI Director James Comey. In addition, they offer some fact-checking around other incendiary devices aimed at igniting the Clinton campaign.

Comey Under Fire After Sending Unprecedented Letter

FBI Director James Comey is under widespread criticism for breaking department precedent by commenting on an ongoing investigation, and doing so just days before a presidential election. Indeed, the Washington Post reported this morning senior Justice Department officials made perfectly clear to Comey that he would be in violation of long-standing DOJ policy.

Moreover, according to CNN, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates both objected to Comey sending this inappropriate letter to Congress. Nevertheless, Director Comey independently decided to move forward, rattling the presidential election with a note that was heavy on innuendo and extremely light on actual information or needed details.

The result? Broad bipartisan condemnation and demands for the swift disclosure of more information:

Washington Post: Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy: “Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey’s decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Comey told Justice Department officials that he intended to inform lawmakers of newly discovered emails. These officials told him the department’s position “that we don’t comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don’t take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election,” said one Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the high-level conversations.”

CNN: Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns: “Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates objected to FBI Director James Comey’s decision to notify Congress about his bureau’s review of emails related to Hillary Clinton’s personal server, law enforcement officials familiar with the discussion said. Comey decided to disregard their objections and sent the letter Friday anyway, shaking the presidential race 11 days before the election and nearly four months after the FBI chief said he wouldn’t recommend criminal charges over the Democratic nominee’s use of the server.

New York Times: Justice Dept. Strongly Discouraged Comey on Move in Clinton Email Case: “Mr. Comey’s letter opened him up to criticism not only from Democrats but also from current and former officials at the F.B.I. and the Justice Department, including Republicans. ‘There’s a longstanding policy of not doing anything that could influence an election,’ said George J. Terwilliger III, a deputy attorney general under the first President George Bush. ‘Those guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes that makes for hard decisions. But bypassing them has consequences.’”

Politico: Comey’s disclosure shocks former prosecutors: “James Comey’s surprise announcement that investigators are examining new evidence in the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server put the FBI director back under a harsh spotlight, reigniting criticism of his unusual decision to discuss the high-profile case in front of the media and two congressional committees.”

Los Angeles Times: “The emails were not to or from Clinton, and contained information that appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered, the official said, but in an abundance of caution, they felt they needed to further scrutinize them.

Washington Post Editorial: The damage Comey’s bad timing could do: “Mr. Podesta said he is ‘confident’ full disclosure ‘will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.’ If so, the question will be how badly damaged was Ms. Clinton’s candidacy by the 11th-hour re-eruption of a controversy that never should have generated so much suspicion or accusation in the first place.”

New York Times Editorial: “But Mr. Comey’s failure to provide any specifics about a new, potentially important development, less than two weeks before Election Day, is confounding. As Mr. Comey put it in July: “The American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest.” They deserve details even more urgently today.”

Bloomberg: FBI Shocker on Clinton Fuels Criticism of Comey’s Tactics: “FBI Director James Comey is facing extraordinary pressure to explain himself after dropping a bombshell on the campaign of Hillary Clinton just 11 days before the presidential election… Former prosecutors and lawmakers from both parties expressed shock and dismay at Comey’s highly unusual decision, which flouted decades of legal custom that call for avoiding taking actions that could affect the outcome of an election.”

Washington Post: FBI Director James B. Comey under fire for his controversial decision on the Clinton email inquiry: “Nick Ackerman, a former federal prosecutor in New York and an assistant special Watergate prosecutor, said Comey ‘had no business writing to Congress about supposed new emails that neither he nor anyone in the FBI has ever reviewed.’”

Huffington Post: News Outlets Dial Back Reports Of FBI ‘Reopening’ Clinton Email Case: “The story took several other turns on Friday afternoon that complicated the early, screaming headlines, and then ensured the story would remain a topic of discussion in the days ahead. Multiple outlets subsequently reported that the new emails weren’t sent by Clinton and didn’t come from her private server.”

CNN Legal Analyst, Paul Callan: Time for FBI director Comey to go: “Comey’s public announcement in July that the FBI had concluded its investigation regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in the conduct of official State Department business and would not recommend the lodging of criminal charges was historically unprecedented in a high-profile political case.”

Washington Post Op-Ed by Former DOJ Spokesman Matt Miller: James Comey fails to follow Justice Department rules yet again: “With each step, Comey moved further away from department guidelines and precedents, culminating in Friday’s letter to Congress. This letter not only violated Justice rules on commenting on ongoing investigations but also flew in the face of years of precedent about how to handle sensitive cases as Election Day nears…. The director of the FBI has great power at his disposal…. With that independence comes a responsibility to adhere to the rules that protect the rights of those whom the FBI investigates. Comey has failed that standard repeatedly in his handling of the Clinton investigation.”

New York Times: F.B.I. Chief James Comey Is in Political Crossfire Again Over Emails: “The reaction was swift and damning, with Mrs. Clinton’s supporters and even some Republicans blasting Mr. Comey. Indeed, Mr. Comey, who was attacked this summer by Democrats and Republicans for both his decision not to bring charges against Mrs. Clinton and for the way he handled it, found himself in an even stronger crossfire on Friday.”

Los Angeles Times’ Michael McGough: FBI director should have known what his Clinton emails letter would unleash: “Having raised new doubts about Clinton so close to an election, Comey has an obligation —a moral obligation if not a legal one — to do everything he can to expedite the “additional work” required to determine whether this new information does, in fact, cast doubt on his earlier conclusion that Clinton wasn’t criminally culpable.”

Aurora Sentinel Editorial: FBI’s Comey needs to come clean on details, motivation — or resign: “If there’s damning or critical information about Clinton staff handling of email that creates the clear and immediate threat to national security that would warrant such a ploy, Americans deserve to have Clinton explain them, and Clinton must get that opportunity. Otherwise, Comey needs to apologize for his infelicity and possibly politically motivated stunt, and immediately step aside.”

Newsweek: Hillary Clinton’s Emails: The Real Reason The FBI Is Reviewing More Of Them: “Unfortunately, by trying to have things both ways – revealing the change in circumstances while remaining vague about what the agents know – Comey has created that misleading impression that could change the outcome of a presidential election, an act that, if uncorrected, will undoubtedly go down as one of the darkest moments in the bureau’s history.”

New Yorker: James Comey Broke With Loretta Lynch And Justice Department Tradition: “Coming less than two weeks before the Presidential election, Comey’s decision to make public new evidence that may raise additional legal questions about Clinton was contrary to the views of the Attorney General, according to a well-informed Administration official. Lynch expressed her preference that Comey follow the department’s longstanding practice of not commenting on ongoing investigations, and not taking any action that could influence the outcome of an election, but he said that he felt compelled to do otherwise.”

Charlotte Observer Editorial: Comey drops Hillary Clinton email bombshell; so tell us more: “But it is extraordinary for such volatile information to emerge so close to Election Day and that’s especially true given how few specifics are known. Because Comey was so vague, voters can’t know what to think. The new emails could be anything from meaningless to evidence of criminal activity by Clinton to most anything in between.”

ThinkProgress: The ‘new’ Clinton emails might all be duplicates: “So, to be clear, the FBI Director delivered a gut punch to the Clinton campaign, despite the fact that 1) he doesn’t know what he has; 2) it may be something that he already had; and, 3) whatever it is that he has, it reportedly didn’t come from Secretary Clinton, and was not sent to her.”

Huffington Post: Heat Rises For FBI Director James Comey As Both Campaigns Demand Email Answers: “Both camps demanded that FBI Director James Comey disclose more details about the emails and the bureau’s investigation, which he made known in a letter to Congress just 11 days before the election…. Many challenged the FBI director’s motives, increasing the pressure on him to comply with calls from both campaigns for more information.”

Once Again, “Bombshell” Clinton Revelation Fizzles As Facts Come Out

Yesterday, Republican Congressional leaders leaked an unprecedented letter from FBI Director James Comey, with initial reports including dire headlines for Hillary Clinton. But like most “bombshell” discoveries about Clinton over the course of this campaign, it fizzled rapidly as facts actually became available. Let’s review…

YESTERDAY’S BOMBSHELL: NBC News: FBI re-opening investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server

  • Jason Chaffetz: “FBI Dir just informed me, ‘The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.’ Case reopened”
  • GOP: “BREAKING NEWS: The FBI is re-opening their investigation into @HillaryClinton’s secret server.”

…facts emerge:

  1.       Investigation not reopened. Huffington Post: News Outlets Dial Back Reports Of FBI ‘Reopening’ Hillary Clinton Email Case
  2.      No emails had been withheld. NBC News: “the e-mails Comey announced today were NOT originally withheld by Clinton or campaign.”
  3.      Emils not from Clinton’s server. Bloomberg: New Clinton E-mails Not From Her Private Server, AP Says
  4.      Emails reportedly not to or from Clinton. Los Angeles Times: “The emails were not to or from Clinton”
  5.      No indication emails bear significance. Comey memo to employees: “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails”
  6.      Many emails likely duplicates of ones already turned over. ThinkProgress: The ‘new’ Clinton emails might all be duplicates
  7.      Comey letter violates DOJ policy. Washington Post: Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy
  8.      Comey overruled AG Loretta Lynch. CNN: “Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates disagreed with FBI Director James Comey’s decision to notify Congress about his bureau’s review…”
  9.      Former officials on both sides of aisle criticized Comey. New York Times: “Mr. Comey’s letter opened him up to criticism not only from Democrats but also from current and former officials at the F.B.I. and the Justice Department, including Republicans.”
  10.   Clinton and Trump both calling for more information. Huffington Post: “Both camps demanded that FBI Director James Comey disclose more details about the emails and the bureau’s investigation”

This is hardly the first time. It seems the script is always the same:

  1.       Bombshell allegation is made hastily without facts available
  2.      Media breathlessly covers the latest supposed Clinton Scandal
  3.      Republicans declare that this time they’ve found the smoking gun
  4.      Initial explosive reports slowly fizzle on account of facts

Here are just five of the many recent examples:

BOMBSHELL: @GOP, 8/30/16: “BREAKING: State Dept discovered 30 emails recovered from Hillary Clinton’s private server that discussed Benghazi.”

…facts emerge: Los Angeles Times, 9/7/16: “There appears to be only one new communication related to Benghazi… a complimentary note from a diplomat to Clinton, praising how she handled herself before a Senate panel investigating the matter.”

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BOMBSHELL: @GOP, 5/5/16: “Hacker ‘Guccifer’ told news outlets that he repeatedly accessed Clinton’s unsecure email server & that ‘it was easy’”

…facts emerge: FOX News, 7/7/16: Comey: Hacker ‘Guccifer’ Lied About Accessing Clinton’s Emails

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BOMBSHELL: @AP, 8/23/16: “BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation.”

…facts emerge: Vox, 8/24/16: “Except it turns out not to be true. The nut fact that the AP uses to lead its coverage is wrong, and Braun and Sullivan’s reporting reveals absolutely no unethical conduct….  the AP excluded from the denominator all employees of any government, whether US or foreign.”

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BOMBSHELL: Washington Post, 8/22/16: The FBI found 15,000 emails Hillary Clinton didn’t turn over. Uh oh.

…facts emerge: CNN, 10/7/16: “Okay, so what’s in this latest batch? Short answer: No bombshells. More than half of the emails are these so-called “near duplicates” of previously released emails… There are also a number of emails between Clinton and her close aides in which they discuss scheduling matters – timing for phone calls, meetings, etc…. None of the new emails contained information marked as classified or upgraded to classified.”

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BOMBSHELL: The Hill, 7/5/16: FBI director: Clinton emails were marked as classified at the time

…facts emerge: MediaIte, 7/7/16: FBI Director Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Were Not Properly Marked Classified

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The campaign and the DOJ are treading carefully.  AG Loretta Lynch has referred to a break in tradition.  No official has yet mentioned the Hatch Act of 1939 (tweeters have), but it appears there could be grounds for a complaint.  Looking at this poster from the Office of Special Counsel, you can see the FBI clearly listed among the restricted agencies on the bottom left and, on the right, the second may not involves use of official authority to interfere in an election.

There is no better time than right now to make a donation to help Hillary secure the White House and Dems to capture seats in the Senate, House, statehouses, and assemblies.  Let’s not let this slip through our fingers.

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New UPDATE!  Harry Reid’s 10/30 letter to Comey.

“Through your partisan actions,” he tells Comey, “you may have broken the law.”

The Hatch Act is what prevents members of the US military from attending political rallies in uniform, or government workers from wearing campaign pins to work. In other words, it applies to activity that’s a lot less significant than what Reid is accusing Comey and the FBI of: selectively telling the public about information that could be damaging to one candidate, while not telling it about information that could be (much more) damaging to her opponent.

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… on Saturday, I filed a complaint against the F.B.I. with the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations, and with the Office of Government Ethics. I spent much of my career working on government and lawyers’ ethics, including as the chief White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush. I never thought that the F.B.I. could be dragged into a political circus surrounding one of its investigations. Until this week.

(For the sake of full disclosure, in this election I have supported Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Hillary Clinton for president, in that order.)

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Hillary was all smiles in the Sunshine State today.  She stopped by a tailgate party to greet folks at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach before moving on to a canvass kick-off rally at the Dickerson Center there.  She will be at J-Lo’s concert tonight in Miami.  Got your tickets?

In Daytona Beach, Clinton Urges Floridians To Take Advantage of Early Voting, Reject Donald Trump’s Divisive Campaign

At a canvass kickoff in Daytona Beach, Hillary Clinton laid out the stakes in this election and encouraged voters to take advantage of early voting in Florida. She also asked FBI Director James Comey to release more information about why the FBI is continuing their investigation of her emails, so the American people get the full facts and fear-mongerers like Donald Trump stop making false allegations. Clinton also vowed to stay focused on what she will do for Americans as president and said the stakes in this election are too high to hand over the White House to someone so unfit for the job as Donald Trump. Clinton added, “What I worry about are the problems that keep you up at night, and I’m going to stay focused on that, because you know on November 9th that’s what’s going to matter. We can’t let this election in the last 10 days be about the noise and the distractions. It’s got to be about what kind of country we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren – and who can help take us there as your president. Now, I think you and I agree the choice is pretty clear between a president who’s ready to bring us together, keep us safe, and make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, and someone who is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified for the job.”

Donald Trump’s troubling campaign strategy is to keep women, minorities and people of color away from the polls, Clinton said, and his campaign rhetoric is full of attacks on our democratic institutions. Thankfully, Clinton said, more than 16.5 million people have already voted in this election, including 3 million Floridians, in order to reject Trump’s divisive campaign.

Clinton asked Floridians to keep turning out to elect Democrats up and down the ticket, including Patrick Murphy for Senate, so we can continue the progress of the past eight years.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Go, Daytona Beach! Wow. Thank you. Thank you so much. [Chants of “Hillary.”] Thank you, all. Wow. Thank you. Thank you. I am just thrilled to be here. Are you I’m ready to canvass? Well, we need your help in these last 10 days until the election.

I want to thank Leslie Pearce for that introduction and her lifelong work on behalf of children. I want to thank State Representative Dwayne Taylor and Mayor Derrick Henry for being here with us. And to all of the elected officials, all of the organizers and the volunteers, I am thrilled to have this chance to come by and talk with you for a few minutes about what’s at stake in this election because this may be one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. And we cannot take anything or anyone for granted.

I was just over at BCU for their homecoming celebration. And a lot of people told me they had already voted, but I said, ‘Get your friends. Get your family. Get everybody you know to vote’ because you’ve got early voting here in this county, in Volusia County, until November 5th. No excuses. Everybody’s got to get out and vote. And that’s what this canvass is meant to make sure we do. Right?

Now, I’m sure that some of you may have heard about a letter that the FBI director sent out yesterday. Well, if you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it. It is pretty strange. It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election. In fact, in fact, it’s not just strange. It’s unprecedented. And it is deeply troubling because voters deserve get to full and complete facts. And so we’ve called on Director Comey to explain everything right away, put it all out on the table. Right?

Now, of course, Donald Trump is already making up lies about this. He is doing his best to confuse, mislead, and discourage the American people. I think it’s time for Donald Trump to stop fear mongering, to stop disgracing himself, to stop attacking our democracy. We can’t let him get away with this, can we?

Now, like any campaign, there have been ups and downs and ups and downs, but I’ve got to tell you I feel so motivated, so excited, so ready because I’ve always stayed focused on one thing: you and your families. What I worry about are the problems that keep you up at night, and I’m going to stay focused on that, because you know on November 9th that’s what’s going to matter. We can’t let this election in the last 10 days be about the noise and the distractions. It’s got to be about what kind of country we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren – and who can help take us there as your president. [Chants of “Hillary!”] Now, I think you and I agree the choice is pretty clear between a president who’s ready to bring us together, keep us safe, and make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, and someone who is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified for the job.

Now, I promise you this: I will never stop working for you every single day as a candidate and most importantly as your president. That’s how I was raised. When I was over at B-CU I met one of the Methodist ministers because B-CU is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and I felt right at home. And my mother – my mother taught me to never, ever quit. Now what does that mean? Well, that means everybody gets knocked down. What matters is whether you get back up. And I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life, and I’m not stopping now. We’re just getting started.

And let’s always remember what our wonderful First Lady told us: ‘When they go low, we go high.’ So no matter what they throw at us in these last days, we’re not going to back down. We’re not going to get distracted. We’re not going to get knocked off course. Because we know how much the election matters. We know how many people are counting on us. And that’s why we’re going to reject Donald Trump’s dark and divisive vision about America.

We are going to stick together and we are going to win on November the 8th. Right? Because Donald Trump’s strategy is pretty simple. They’ve even said it in his campaign. It’s to get women to stay home, get young people to stay home, get people of color to stay home, and get a lot – get a lot of smart, intelligent men to stay home too. Now, this is all part of his scorched earth campaign. It goes against everything we stand for. And you know how we stop him? By showing up with the biggest turnout of voters in American history.

We need more of everybody to vote – more women, more young people, more people of color, more African Americans, more Latinos, everybody. Let’s break every record that we’ve ever had for voting. Let’s make that the story of this election. And here in Florida you can, as you often have, make the difference. Right, Florida? If you all vote and you get everybody you know to vote, if you go out and talk to people today and every day about what’s at stake in this election, then we will make history. We will win up and down the ballot. And I feel strongly about this, because we need people in Washington who are problem-solvers, not problem-makers. That’s why I hope you’ll vote to send Patrick Murphy to the Senate. He will be an independent voice for Florida families. And this is important: Unlike his opponent, Patrick has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.

Now, here’s some really good news. We just reached a milestone. More than 200 million Americans are registered to vote. That is the highest number ever. And that includes 50 million young people. That’s the most in history. And you know what else? More than 16.5 million people have already voted in this election. And more than 3 million of those votes have been right here in Florida. Now, you only see numbers like we’re seeing here in Florida when people are standing up for what they really believe in. Americans are coming together, and I know because I hear from people who are Republicans and Independents who are joining us to reject hate and division, rejecting Donald Trump’s demeaning treatment of women, his plans to break up immigrant families and deport millions of people, his lie that President Obama wasn’t born in America.

I’ll tell you, we have learned who Donald Trump is. Now it’s up to us to show who we are. And the energy that we are seeing is not just about what we’re against, it’s about what we’re for. It’s about a common vision that we share for a hopeful, dynamic, unified America where everyone counts, everyone has a place, everyone willing to work can get ahead and stay ahead, where women are respected – where veterans are honored, where workers are paid fairly, where marriage is a right and discrimination is wrong.

So my friends, it is not just the fact that my name will be on the ballot. Everything we care about is at stake – your future – making college affordable, helping you pay back your debt – the cost of prescription drugs down – protecting and defending Social Security and Medicare from privatization and Wall Street schemes. Fighting climate change is at stake. LGBT equality is at stake. Equal pay for women is at stake. In the end, we know that American dream itself is at stake.

Now, did any of you see the debates?”

AUDIENCE: “Yes.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, I’ll tell you, I stood next to Donald Trump for three debates, four and a half hours, proving conclusively I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief. But I have to tell you, he said a lot of things that were troubling. But in that last debate, he said something that was truly horrifying. He is the first person of a major party, Republican or Democrat, ever to refuse to say he would respect the outcome of the election. Now, we can think about every issue we care about, but after attacking women and African Americans and Latinos and people with disabilities and Muslims and POWs and everybody, now he’s attacking the institutions of democracy. And so it comes down to this. When your kids and grandkids ask, ‘What did you do in the 2016 election when everything was on the line,’ I want you to be able to say you voted for a better, fairer, stronger America.

And the way we’re going to do that: We’re going to turn everybody out. Early voting has begun right here in Volusia County. Every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until November 5th you can vote. The nearest early voting site is just one mile away from here at the Volusia County Library Center in City Island. So don’t wait one more day. Go vote, and then help us get everybody else out to vote too.

Now, I know – I know that we’ve got our canvass organizers up here. I don’t want to take too much of their time because they are workers, they are organized, they are focused. I’m so grateful to them and to you, and we need you. We need you. Stakes couldn’t be higher. We got to do everything we can. I don’t want anybody waking up on November 9th and saying, ‘Oh, I wish I had just done a little more.’ So help us knock on doors, make phone calls, talk to voters, and ask them, ‘When are you going to vote? Do you know where you’re going to cast your ballot? Who will you take with you?’ And make sure they know about early voting, already begun here in Florida. And then if you need to, sign up yourselves. We have signups for three more shifts between now and Election Day. And this is going to be a close election; they always are these days. And we’re going to win because of you, because of hardworking volunteers like you. And if you know anybody thinking about voting for Donald Trump, stage an intervention. Remember, friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.

And think about it this way. On January 20th, we’re going to have a new president. And I’ll tell you what, I will be proud to build on the progress we’ve made under President Obama and go even further. But I can’t do any of the things that I’m talking about, any of the plans that I have, unless you help me. So that’s what I’m asking you. That’s why I came to Daytona Beach today. I came to ask you to help me in these last ten days. Let’s give every American a chance to chart their own future, make their own contributions. Let’s build a future we can all be proud of, and let’s make sure we prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you.”

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