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Steve Bannon may be gone from the Oval Office, but Breitbart, where he landed on his feet, loomed large in defeating our Hillary Clinton online offensive in 2016. Those of us on the social media campaign bus tried our best to get Hillary Clinton’s message out. When you look at the first few graphics in this report, you may be stunned, as I was, at how little media attention her issues received.

The study illuminates the degree to which opposing sides used social media differently – and postulates as to why. It also shows which major media sources played important roles and how we, the electorate, used them. That Breitbart even figured in as “major” came as a surprise to me.

I am neither a data analyst nor a campaign strategist. I am not sure what we could have done differently based on the results of this study. What I do see is that we failed to battle the Breitbart offensive effectively. It was astoundingly successful. Click on the upper right link on the page to download the full pdf text.

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Title: Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Author: Benkler, Yochai; Roberts, Hal; Faris, Robert M.; Etling, Bruce; Zuckerman, Ethan; Bourassa, NikkiNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
Citation: Faris, Robert M., Hal Roberts, Bruce Etling, Nikki Bourassa, Ethan Zuckerman, and Yochai Benkler. 2017. Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Paper.
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Abstract: In this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. We document that the majority of mainstream media coverage was negative for both candidates, but largely followed Donald Trump’s agenda: when reporting on Hillary Clinton, coverage primarily focused on the various scandals related to the Clinton Foundation and emails. When focused on Trump, major substantive issues, primarily immigration, were prominent. Indeed, immigration emerged as a central issue in the campaign and served as a defining issue for the Trump campaign.

We find that the structure and composition of media on the right and left are quite different. The leading media on the right and left are rooted in different traditions and journalistic practices. On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism.

Our data supports lines of research on polarization in American politics that focus on the asymmetric patterns between the left and the right, rather than studies that see polarization as a general historical phenomenon, driven by technology or other mechanisms that apply across the partisan divide.

The analysis includes the evaluation and mapping of the media landscape from several perspectives and is based on large-scale data collection of media stories published on the web and shared on Twitter.

Read the full report – click the Download Full Text link >>>>

There were stories here that I never encountered, e.g. the one about immigrants with “blistering STDs.”

There are lessons here. Maybe our team did not spend enough time in the slime of the opposition websites to battle their disgusting lies. We thought the opposition, like us, actually accessed traditional sources, which, as the study shows, did not give Hillary’s issues any kind of fair hearing because, you know, her emails!

I must thank Jen Michigander for sharing this study with me. She is the intrepid one who has spent a lot of time moving among the shadows at the opposition pages.

 

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Hillary and Tim forged ahead in what promises to be a whirlwind of campaign stops in battleground states over the next two weeks.  Today they rallied voters at the Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.  They enter around the 32 minute mark.

In Pittsburgh, Clinton and Kaine Call on Americans To Reject Trump’s Disdain for Our Democracy and Divisive Rhetoric

At a rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s recent refusal to commit to accept the results of the election unacceptable, saying “We know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? The peaceful transition of power is one of those things that sets us apart. And whether you support me or you support my opponent, together we must show that we support American democracy.” Clinton said Trump’s disdain for our democratic decisions dovetails with his divisive rhetoric against women, minorities and immigrants, as well as his policy proposals that favor the wealthy over working families. Clinton contrasted Trump’s plans with her and Tim Kaine’s commitment to build an economy that works for all, not just those at the top. She added, “We’re going to grow this economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. And we’re going to make sure we produce enough good jobs with rising incomes so that every single person, especially every single young person, in America can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.”

Clinton also asked Pennsylvanians to send Katie McGinty to the U.S. Senate to be her partner in Washington, D.C. The daughter of a police officer and one of 10 children, McGinty would be a steadfast ally to working families there, Clinton said.

Tim Kaine criticized Trump for his praise of authoritarian leaders, use of Chinese steel and aluminum instead of American-made metals and attacks on our military even though he paid no federal income taxes for years to support it. Kaine also reflected on why Clinton’s historic candidacy resonates with him personally, saying “I wouldn’t have gotten very far – in fact, I wouldn’t have gotten into my first office – without a whole lot of really amazing women who have lent me their strength along the way so that I could be the candidate. […] that’s why I’m just so proud to be a strong man supporting a strong woman who will be the next president of the United States.”

Clinton and Kaine’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: HILLARY CLINTON: “Thank you! Thank you all so much! Wow. Oh, man, I’ll tell you, it is so great to be back here in Pittsburgh. I don’t think it gets any better than to be accompanied out onto the stage by Dan and Pat Rooney. I am a big admirer of the Rooney family, and I was so honored to serve with Dan when he was our ambassador to Ireland. And the Rooney family commitment to Pittsburgh is really extraordinary, and it’s not just the amazing commitment to the Steelers, as special as that is, but to their roots, what they believe in, their values and their deep concern for future generations. So I am incredibly humbled to be supported by Dan and Pat and the Rooney family. It means a great deal to both Tim and me.

I also want to thank Congressman Mike Doyle, who is here with us. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who is here; Mayor Bill Peduto; Mayor John Fette; Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer; and all the other elected officials. It means a lot for you to be here with us. If all goes well, in 17 days we are looking forward to working with you on behalf of Pittsburgh.

Some of you know that I have a special place in my heart for Pennsylvania, and I am excited about helping in any way that we can for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Western Pennsylvania to keep moving forward with confidence and optimism about what’s possible for the future we want to create together. And I am thrilled to be here with Tim Kaine. I asked him to be my running mate because I knew he would be one of the smartest, toughest, most qualified vice presidents we have ever had. And I also knew he had never lost an election. I kind of figured that might rub off on me a little bit. And now that I’ve gotten to spend more time with him and with his wonderful wife Anne and their family, I’m even more confident that he will be such an extraordinary leader for our country. He’s not just smart and tough and qualified. Tim Kaine is as good and decent a person answer you’ll ever meet. And I am deeply honored to have him by my side in this campaign.

Now, Tim and I are excited by all the energy and enthusiasm that we’re seeing across the country, and particularly here in Pennsylvania. But both of us, both of us, unlike our opponent, do not believe we can do this alone. We believe that we’re going to do this by working with all of you, and that we’re going to come together in the next 17 days and convince everybody you can to get out and vote because whatever issue you care about, it’s going to be on the ballot. It may not be listed, but it will be on the ballot. Whether you care about new good jobs with rising incomes, or you care about better education, or you care about what we can do to get the cost of prescription drugs down – whatever it is you care about, it’s literally going to be on that ballot. Now, my name and Tim’s name may be the ones on the ballot, but we’re going to be representing everything that you and we hope we can do together in our country.

And we’re going to need help doing that after the election, and that’s why I hope you will do everything you can to elect Katie McGinty your next senator. Katie is the daughter of a Philadelphia police officer. I think she’s one of 10 children, right? One of 10 children. She has devoted her professional life to protecting working families. I’ve known her now for more than 20 years, when she was really young, and I’ve seen that same can-do spirit. She just gets up every day and says what can she do to fight for healthier neighborhoods, to keep our kids healthy, to fight for cleaner air and cleaner water, to really help people make the most out of their own lives.

And now she’s running for the Senate because, like Tim and I, she believes our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top. Katie is exactly the kind of partner we need in the Senate, but more importantly, she’s exactly the kind of senator that Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania need in the Senate. We have got to get things done for the people of Pennsylvania and America, and Katie will help us break through the gridlock, actually make a difference in people’s lives, help us create more good jobs with rising incomes, guaranteeing equal pay for women, defending Planned Parenthood.

And I think it’s pretty clear, when you look at Katie’s opponent. He still refuses to stand up to Donald Trump. Now, a lot of Republicans have. They have had the grit and the guts to stand up and say, ‘He does not represent me.’ But Pat Toomey heard Donald attack a grieving Gold Star family who lost their son in Iraq. He heard Donald call Mexican immigrants rapists. He heard him say terrible things about women. He heard him spread the lie that our first black President wasn’t really born in America. Now, how much more does Pat Toomey need to hear? If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump after all this, then can you be sure he’ll stand up for you when it counts against powerful interests?

So when I look at this, I’m thinking to myself, ‘We’ve got work to do in Washington.’ And I know it’s not easy. I understand we’ve got some real challenges. I believe we can do it. I wouldn’t be standing here. Tim wouldn’t be with me. But we need people in Washington who put you first, who get up every day thinking about middle class families, who worry about where you’re going to get the money to send your kids to college, how you’re going to take care of your mom or dad because they’re failing and what are you going to do for them, how are you going to be able to deal with all of the challenges. That is what I have tried to do my entire life. That is who you should be electing: people who care about you, care about your families, your children.

Now, as Tim said, he asked if any of you watched the debate on Wednesday. Well, I’ll tell you that was the third and last time I will ever have to debate Donald Trump. I mean, think about this. I have now spent four and a half hours on stage with Donald, proving once again I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief. And after every one of those debates, people have said, ‘How did you do that?’ And, really, you just have to be of good cheer when you find yourself in a situation like that. You’re in front of 50, 60, 70, 80 million people. And so, no matter what he was saying, I just kept thinking of all the people I’ve met throughout this campaign.

Just earlier today, I met Henry, who is over there. Henry is on top of his dad’s shoulders. And Henry gave me a note saying he hoped I’d be president. And I really want to be president for all of the kids in America to do everything I can to help you.

I also did have a chance to talk about some of the important concerns that people have shared with me. From the very first day I started this campaign back in April of 2015, people have been telling me what’s on their minds. And it is one of the greatest honors. Sometimes it’s just fleeting. I’ll be in a coffee shop shaking hands or I’ll – later on, I’ll come down and shake hands on a rope line or just running into somebody. And that person, that man or woman or that young person, takes a moment to stop, looks into my eyes. I can tell they’re trying to take my measure. And I am grateful that they take their vote, their choice so seriously. And then they might say something like ‘I have a really terrible problem in my family. My son’ or ‘my daughter has gotten addicted to opiates’ or ‘to heroin. What are you going to do about it?’ or maybe they’ll say, ‘My brother has schizophrenia. And we can’t afford to get them – get him the kind of consistent care he needs’ or maybe they’ll say, ‘I am a diabetic. And the drug company has just raised the cost of insulin. And I can’t afford it. What are you going to do about it?’ That is the right question to ask anybody running for president because at the end of the day, this is about you.

As I said the other night, we’re going to invest in the middle class. We’re going to grow this economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. And we’re going to make sure we produce enough good jobs with rising incomes so that every single person, especially every single young person, in America can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.

Now, I’ve got to say I believe in hard work. That’s how I was raised. I believe that you’ve got to work for what you get in life. But I think we’ve got to knock down some of the barriers that stand in the way of people getting ahead and going as far as they should. And for me, that starts believing – by believing in our country. There has been no other place in the history of the world that has given so much opportunity to so many. Do we have problems? Yeah, we have problems. Do we have challenges? Of course we do; we’re human beings. But boy, there is no more blessed place.

And Donald Trump did something the other night no – no other presidential nominee has ever done, of either party. He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, make no mistake about this, my friends. He is threatening our democracy. Look, I’ve lost elections. You don’t feel very good the next day, believe me. But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? The peaceful transition of power is one of those things that sets us apart. And whether you support me or you support my opponent, together we must show that we support American democracy. And I believe both Donald Trump and I should be grateful for the opportunities that our country has given us. And the best way to demonstrate that we support our democracy is to turn out and vote.

And there is an inspiring story being written by people across America right now. We have just reached a milestone: more than 200 million Americans are registered to vote in this election. And you know what, that includes 50 – more than, actually – more than 50 million young people. More than ever before. I find that a very hopeful sign. And here in Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of more voters are registered than were in 2012.

So what does this tell us? I think it tells us no matter how much negativity is out there, something exciting is happening right now. People are coming together, Democrats, Republicans, independents, all to reject hate and division. And in the states where they can, people are motivated to vote early to defend core American values and embrace a future where every person counts, everyone has a place, everyone can contribute. Because, you see, despite what Donald Trump may think, most Americans really believe that we can do better. Most Americans really believe women should be respected. Most Americans really believe that workers should be paid fairly. Most Americans believe that the United States should work with our allies to lead the world and keep us safe.

So the energy we are seeing in the final weeks of this campaign is about more than winning an election. It is about standing up for the kind of country we want for ourselves and for our children. And it’s about the lessons we want to teach our sons and daughters. I want all of you to know that if Tim and I are fortunate enough to be your president and vice president, that we will work with everyone. Now, I imagine here in Allegheny County, and if you’re from further west, you probably know people who are thinking about voting for Donald Trump, and here’s what I want you to tell them. I want you to tell them that I understand that they need a president who cares about them, will listen to them, and I want to be their president too.

Because whether you agree or disagree with me, whether you vote for me or vote against me, I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. I’ve seen that. I know it can happen. And I know there are a lot of people right here in Pennsylvania who have a lot of questions. They want to know, how do we move forward better? They want to know what’s going to happen to their town where there used to be a lot of jobs and there aren’t as many anymore. They’re upset about what they see happening around them. I get that. But anger is not a plan.

And we need to work together. We need plans that will help us deal with the legitimate concerns and questions that people have here in Pennsylvania. I think that’s what our whole country needs right now. That’s what I will try to do. I’m not going to pretend that we can just snap our fingers and solve our problems. That doesn’t happen in the real world. But I know we can make progress together. And the choice we face in this election is stark, especially when it comes to the economy.

Tim and I believe that when the middle class thrives, America thrives, and when we invest in working families, in the middle class, in small businesses, we can make the economy work again for everybody.

Now, I think it’s fair to say that both Donald Trump and Pat Toomey have a different perspective. They believe – and they believe this – that if you give trillions of dollars, that’s trillion with a ‘t,’ trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy, to millionaires, to billionaires, to corporations, it will all trickle down to everybody else. Hasn’t worked before, and it’s caused us a lot of messes that we’ve had to clean up. And I’ve been privileged to see presidents up close and personal, right? Married to one. That’s right. Worked for one. And here’s what I know. That when you focus on helping the middle class, you end up lifting everybody. When you focus on helping the top, you help the top. That is not good enough.

Donald likes to say he’s on the side of American workers, but his actions tell a different story. Yes, he’s bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum for his construction projects. He should be buying good American-made steel that supports good American jobs. I’d like to hear Donald explain to American steelworkers filing for unemployment why he put Chinese steelworkers to work instead of steelworkers here in Pennsylvania. And for all of his talk about putting America first, he’s made many of his products in 12 different countries. So if he wants to make America great again, why doesn’t he start by making things in America again?

And we now know he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income taxes for years. He says that makes him smart. Well, I don’t know how smart you have to be to lose a billion dollars in a year in the first place. Especially answer me this: How do you lose a billion dollars when you’re in the casino business? Never could figure that out. But what it means is that every one of us here has paid more in federal income taxes than a billionaire has. That is wrong, and we’re going to end those kinds of loopholes and gimmicks.

I’ll tell you what, it also means that Donald has contributed zero – zero for our military, zero for our vets, zero for Pell Grants to help young people go to college, zero for our highways, zero for everything. And yet he stands up on the stage and he criticizes America. Well, it’s unfair and it’s wrong. With your help, we’re going to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II – jobs in infrastructure. Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems all need help, and those are a lot of good jobs waiting to be done – jobs that can’t be exported out of Pennsylvania.

I believe we can bring advanced manufacturing back to the United States. That’s why we will invest $10 billion in make it in America partnerships that bring together workers and unions and businesses, universities and community colleges. Some country is going to take the lead with precision machining. Some country is going to take the lead with 3D printing. We invented both of those technologies. We should take the lead and we should have the jobs.

We’re also going to fight climate change with clean, renewable energy jobs. And we’re going to help small businesses which will create two-thirds of all the new jobs in America. And we’re going to defend your right to organize and bargain collectively for higher wages and benefits. Don’t let anybody fool you, my friends; assault on worker rights and on unions is an assault on the middle class. It is time to say loudly and clearly right to work is wrong for workers and wrong for America.

So I’ve set some big goals. I’m excited about what we’re going to do, and it’s all going to put people to work right here. And sometimes folks say to me, ‘Well, how are you going to get that done? You go to the Congress.’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, I hope we’re going to elect some more Democrats.’ That would be number one. But number two, I think it’s going to be a very simple question: Are members of Congress, members of the Senate, going to be on the side of the rich, the powerful, and the wealthy, or on your side? And you know what? They’re going to have to answer that question. Because if they stay beholden to the special interests, if they continue to do the bidding of the lobbyists and the lawyers and others who stand there outside their doors – I’ve been in the Senate, I’ve seen it, I know it – if they’re going to continue to do the work of those who are already privileged in America, then I want to make sure that they don’t come back to Washington after the next election.

And look, we’re in a great, great high school here, and I’m so proud to be here. And so we’re going to do more to be a good partner with education, especially with educators. We’re going to start with universal pre-K, we want good schools with good teachers in every zip code so every kid gets a world-class education. And I want us to bring technical education back to high school. I think it was a mistake when we took it out. There are a lot of good jobs that you can be prepared for in today’s economy coming out of high school, maybe going to community college, going into an apprenticeship program, and I want to lift up that work.

A four-year college degree should not be and is not the only way to have a good job with a rising income and a satisfying life. We’re going to make public colleges and universities tuition free for any families making less than $125,000 a year. And we’re going to help you pay down your college debt. It’s going to be great to help you pay it back as a percentage of your income at your job so you’re never on the hook for more than you can afford. I worked on this with Senator Bernie Sanders, and it’s going to help to save. It’s going to help save people thousands of dollars. In fact, after here, or maybe while you are here, you can go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you and your family can save. We want you to know we’re going to deliver results for you.

I mean, ultimately, it’s pretty simple. I think the American dream is big enough for everybody and I want everybody to have a chance to get your piece of the American dream. So there’s a lot of work we’re going to be doing. We need to raise the national minimum wage. People who work full time should not be mired in poverty. We are, as Tim said, going to guarantee equal pay for women. Look, it’s not just a women’s issue. If you have a mother, which all of us do – if you have a mother, a wife, a daughter, or a sister who’s working, it’s your issue. It’s good for the entire family. It’s good for our economy.

So my friends, there’s a lot for us to do in the next 17 days, because we’ve got to get the word out. We’ve got to tell everybody what we’re doing and why this election is so critically important, and that’s where all of you – all of you – come in. If you do know people who are thinking about voting for our opponent–”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Nope.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “– well, you may – I hope you will stage an intervention – and I do hope you’ll talk about the reality versus the demagoguery of what we’ve seen in this campaign. We need to come together around all of the issues that are important to everybody, and as I said in the beginning, whatever issue you care about, it’s going to be on the ballot. I care a lot about making sure that women and girls are treated with dignity and respect that they deserve in our country. I care a lot about making sure that we save Social Security and we ensure that everybody has the benefits that they need in order to be able to live a decent life in retirement.

And boy, do I care a lot about our Constitution. And maybe it’s because on your behalf I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State – and I met a lot of people who envy us because we’ve been so steady and so committed to our constitutional system and our values. And what I hope is that you care as deeply as our founders did, as our parents and grandparents did, because maybe they came from somewhere else where they weren’t treated right, maybe they saw firsthand what it meant to be deprived of the rule of law.

Every time Donald Trump says he wants to jail his opponent, meaning me – I think to myself, we don’t do that in America. We actually have laws and courts and an independent judiciary. Or when he blows up at a journalist or criticizes the press and goes on and on and on. I get criticized by the press. I know that’s part of our democratic system. We believe in a free press, and boy, if you go to countries where there isn’t one, you will understand why that is so important.

And when he says there should be a religious test, a religious test for people at our borders – a country founded on religious freedom – you have to ask yourself who’s going to conduct the test. Are we going to get a quiz? And what if the border security official doesn’t believe you? Who gets to decide whether you come in or out based on your religion? And if you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you will go and look at the extraordinary statement by Mr. Khan on YouTube in a new video that we have put out. You remember he pulled out a Constitution at our convention. And he reveres our Constitution, and for good reason, because he too came from a place where there was no rule of law to speak of.

So whatever issue you care about, this is an issue that will be decided by this election, and that’s why I’m reaching out to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, everyone. I know that if we bring our talent, our energy, and our ambition to the work of building our country, we’re going to see the best days of America ahead of us. And when your children and your grandchildren ask what you did in 2016 when everything was on the line, I hope you’ll say you voted for a better America.

So here’s we go. Just remember you got to get out and vote. You got to get everybody you know to get out and vote. If you don’t know where you’re supposed to go vote, please go to iwillvote.com. You can put your information in and it’s the magic of the internet; they’ll tell you where you’re supposed to vote. You can go to hillaryclinton.comand sign up to volunteer, or you can take your phone out right now and text J-O-I-N, ‘Join,’ to 47246.

And if we can get all of you and everybody you know involved in these next 17 days, I will tell you this. It’s easy to forget how far our country has come. There are a lot of people here, as I said, whose parents and grandparents came as immigrants. My grandfather, Hugh Rodham, came as an immigrant as a young boy and settled in Scranton. And he went to work in the Scranton lace mills; went to work when he was still in his teens. He worked there until he retired at the age of 65. He believed in our country. He believed in the kind of future that he could get through his hard work.

That’s what I want everybody in our country to believe again. We’re going to unleash the talents, the innovation, and the energy that brought people like my grandfather here, but which we will harness for the future. Don’t let anybody tell you America’s best days are behind us; don’t believe that for a minute. We’re going to pull together. We’re going to make it clear that confidence and optimism, respect for each other, bringing folks together who may disagree but can begin to try to find common ground, is what’s always worked and it will work again. Help us. Help us create that kind of future and help us prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you all.”

TIM KAINE:

“Hillary, this energy must be a Pittsburgh thing. This just must be a Pittsburgh thing. Hillary and I are so glad to be with you this afternoon. We came right out of that great convention in Philadelphia and did a – and did a huge rally here right at the beginning of August. It is so great to be back together with 17 days to go to a wonderful victory.

We are not taking anything for granted in the next 17 days. And one of the things we want to do is ask for volunteers. Who is already volunteering for the campaign? All right. If you are not volunteering yet and you just have a whole lot of free time in the next 17 days, there are folks going around with clipboards. You can sign up. And you can also text TOGETHER to 47246. And they will bring you on board as we make history by electing Hillary Clinton as our president.

Hey, can I – can I just ask you guys, how fantastic was Hillary in the last debate?”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “All the debates.” TIM KAINE: “You’re right, not just the last debate, all three debates. All three debates.

Donald, Donald Trump, had been talking a lot about stamina. But, boy, at the end of those debates, he really looked like he was on the ropes. And Hillary looked like she would have said, ‘Yes.’ If they had said, ‘Why don’t we do five more debates?’ She would have said, ‘All right. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to go right now.’ When the – when the debate finished, Hillary was excited to get out and keep talking about her plans and her vision for this country. And Donald just couldn’t wait to get back to start tweeting out more insults. That’s what – that’s what he was focusing on.

Those debates showed so much. They showed Hillary’s preparation and her experience and judgment. But I think what they really showed was the temperament and the compassion and the grace and the poise that we want to see in our next president. In fact, I think if you had even watched those debates with the sound off, you still would have known there is only one person on this stage that we want to be president of the United States.

Now, you guys all know that Pennsylvania doesn’t vote until Election Day, but – but I want to tell you this. In states where early voting has already begun, we’re already seeing huge spikes at the polls in activity behind our ticket. Support for the Clinton-Kaine ticket is surging, even in red states like Arizona, because Americans have locked on and know that this election is about what kind of country we want for our children and they trust a stronger together vision that Hillary has laid out throughout this campaign. And they have also seen the kind of campaign that Donald Trump has run. And they’re wondering how somebody who wants to be president of the United States is running a campaign that demonstrates almost every day what a low opinion he has about the United States and about the voters of the United States.

I’m a – my wife, Anne, and I have a boy in the Marines. Donald says our military is a disaster. But Hillary got him to admit, Hillary got him to admit, basically on the stage of the first debate that he doesn’t even pay federal income taxes to support America’s troops.

Donald likes to trash-talk where the economy is, but we found out that he makes all of his products overseas. And he’s bought Chinese steel and aluminum to build his hotels, instead of buying American steel right here in Pennsylvania.

For some bizarre reason, for some bizarre reason, he praises authoritarian leaders, like Vladimir Putin, every chance he gets. And he even promises that he will seek political and legal retribution against his enemies if he is president. He shouldn’t –”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “He’s a loser.”

TIM KAINE: “Well, maybe – maybe he’s running for something else. And – and during the last debate, he even warned that he might not accept the results of American democracy. Folks, it was – it was like he ran a campaign and started and he insulted every group he could: Mexican Americans; immigrants; African Americans; Muslims; women; POWs, for gosh sake; Gold Star families. And he’s gotten to the end of campaign, and he’s insulted every possible group. Who’s left to insult? What he’s decided is, why don’t I insult the pillars of American democracy? We cannot let this guy be president.

And I don’t know if you’ve – if you’ve heard this thing because he seems to really like to say this thing, especially when he’s in Pennsylvania, that the election is going to be rigged. He’s losing, and he knows it. And he’s not a guy who would ever accept responsibility and say, ‘Oh, I lost an election because I ran the most divisive campaign in American history.’ He’s not going to accept responsibility. So it’s got to be somebody else’s fault, just like when The Apprentice didn’t win an Emmy award one year. And he said it was clearly rigged. This guy can’t take responsibility for anything, anything.

I think it proves that Mr. Khan, the Virginian from Charlottesville, the father of Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed as he protected the lives of his comrades-in-arms, Mr. Khan was right to ask the question, has Donald Trump even read the United States Constitution?

Now, I know we all think this has been a long election season and you can hear from my voice that it has been a long election season. And I only joined in the last 100 days. She’s had to do it for two years. Right? And I know that sometimes – and this is unfortunate, and this is a challenge that we have to embrace should we – should we have the honor of winning and serving. Sometimes it can seem like during this election cycle that we’re seeing the worst that our country has to offer. But let’s remind ourselves and feel good about that we’re also seeing something special, something good about our country. And that’s what brings you here tonight, something that – we’re seeing – we’re seeing something that doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough. It was right here in Pennsylvania that Hillary and I accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. You guys put us on our way with a fantastic convention. And – and after she finished her acceptance speech on that Thursday night, that powerful night, the Clinton and Kaine families, we walked out on the stage together as that massive –” AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Balloons.” TIM KAINE: “– group of balloons – yeah, the balloons. We had a – we’ve got some fans of the balloons here. And as we were standing out on that stage with our spouses and kids and nieces and nephew and kind of trying to absorb what it meant, I saw my 21-year-old daughter, Annella, trying to kind of take in what it meant. I saw my wife Anne, wife of 32 years come November 24, who’s been with me – been with me through thick and thin, trying to take it all in. And then my mom, Kathy, who’s 82, who was standing onstage with me and turned to me as the balloons were coming down and said, ‘Tim, this is the best night of my life.’ Hey, at least – at least for the next day and a half I got no criticisms or suggestions. I bought myself a little window that night.

And as I was standing there with Annella and my mom and so many others, something really started to hit home. Really started to hit home. And I’ve been thinking about this the whole campaign. I’ve been in public service for 22 years, since I ran for the Richmond city council in 1994 and won my first race by the landslide of 97 votes. And let me tell you something, I wouldn’t have gotten very far – in fact, I wouldn’t have gotten into my first office – without a whole lot of really amazing women who have lent me their strength along the way so that I could be the candidate. I could have my name on the bumper sticker or on the yard sign or on the ballot.

And that night – and that night in Philadelphia, that city of history, I wasn’t just thinking about the love and support of the strong women in my family. I was also thinking about women campaign managers and cabinet secretaries and agency heads and staff and volunteers and donors. And I was thinking about women voters who have enabled me to serve because let’s not forget, beginning with the presidential election of 1964, in every presidential election, women have made up the majority of the American electorate.

In other words, while I’m probably no more free of patting myself on the back than anybody in politics, if I really think about it I know that I’ve only gotten the positions of leadership and responsibility because I’ve had a lot of strong women who were willing to support me so that I could be the person getting the headline and doing the job. So when Hillary asked me three months ago today, the 22nd of July, if I would be her running mate, I was honored to have the chance to play the role for her that so many strong women have played for me.

Now, make no mistake. Women in America have come an awful long way. Even 50 years ago, women couldn’t get a credit card – couldn’t get a credit card – without a man to cosign for them. They needed a husband’s permission to start a business. They needed a husband’s permission or cosigner to rent an apartment. And in some states in our lifetime, women were even barred from serving on juries. So we’ve come a long way, but so much of the progress that we’ve made, progress that we should feel good about, is at stake in this election.

Instead of turning back the clock on women like Donald Trump wants to do, we should be doing everything we can possibly do to keep pushing forward because, folks, it’s 2016. Isn’t it time that women were paid the same wages and salaries as men? Isn’t it time that women should be able to take off work to care for a child or relative without losing their job? I didn’t tell Hillary this – Hillary, I went out and shook some hands with some folks who weren’t able to come in because you guys turned out in such numbers that some were outside.

And a woman holding a 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter in her arms, I said, “Tell me about your son” – it was a daughter – ‘Tell me about your daughter.’ And she said, ‘When my daughter was born, when I was at the hospital I got fired from my job. I got fired from my job because there was no maternity leave.’ And she started to cry. This was 3 and a half years ago. And I said, ‘Well, we’ve made a commitment that we’re going to do somebody about that, and not just for women, either. Women and men ought to be able to take off time when their kids are born or to care for a sick parent.’ And I told her, ‘You may not be able to get into the rally, but because you said that to us, Hillary and I will even have more energy because this is one of these things that we need to fix. It’s about time.’

And how about this: After 240 years of American history, isn’t it about time that a woman can serve as president of the United States and commander-in-chief? Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Well, I think you can tell from the reaction that it’s not only strong women but also strong men who feel that now is the time. Now is the time. Now is the time.

Is there anybody out in this audience – is there anybody out in this audience who’s tried to do something for the first time? In your house, in your family, in your neighborhood, maybe in your workplace, in the school, tried to do something that hasn’t been done before? And you know how hard that is? Is there anybody out there that when you’ve tried to do that or tried to do something hard, you’ve had people say to you, ‘Hey, I don’t think that’s going to happen,’ or ‘I don’t think the time is right for you,’ or ‘Somebody else is probably more qualified,’ or ‘Somebody else is ahead of you?’ And sometimes the voice that says that to you is the voice of an adversary who wants to get in your way. And sometimes it’s the voice of a friend who says, ‘Don’t get your hopes up. I don’t want you to be disappointed.’ And sometimes that voice isn’t even an external voice. It’s a voice inside because let’s face it, we all carry a little bit of doubt inside of us. And at that moment when we’re most going to reach for our dreams, that headwind, that voice that you can’t do it or it’s not your time, whether it’s from the outside or the inside, kicks in. Everybody knows this. Everybody’s experienced this.

Let me tell you something about Hillary Clinton. She has heard that her entire life. She’s heard it her entire life that maybe the time isn’t right, or if you’re going to be in this profession, no, that’s more for guys than – she has heard this her entire life. She’s heard it repeatedly during this campaign. She’s heard it during this campaign. But guess what? Hillary Clinton has never let that voice stand in her way. She’s never let it stand in her way. Never let it stand in her way. And as your next president, Hillary Clinton is not going to let anyone stand in your way. She’s not going to let anybody stand in your way. Just think about this. Just think about this. Hillary’s mom was born before women had the right to vote. And Hillary’s daughter Chelsea will now get to vote for her mom to be president. That’s the kind – that is the kind of generational progress that this country holds for all of us when we do our best work.

So that’s why we’ve got to do our best work for the next 17 days because in just 17 short days, we can forever – and I mean forever – change the way little girls and little boys look at their future in this country. Because if you can be president of the United States, you can do anything. And that’s what Hillary Clinton’s election – that’s the message that her election will send.

So Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, my friends here, that’s why I’m just so proud to be a strong man supporting a strong woman who will be the next president of the United States. And she will show that in America, we really are stronger together. Please join me in welcoming our next president, Hillary Clinton.”

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In other news: You may have encountered what was variously being touted as “Trump’s 100 Day Speech” and “Trump’s Gettysburg Address.”  On Gettysburg’s hallowed ground, Trump vowed to prosecute his accusers (a new one surfaced after the speech),  remove environmental regulations, abolish Obamacare (of course), and impose term limits on members of Congress.

Christina Reynolds at HFA offered this statement.

HFA Statement on Trump’s Closing Argument

HFA Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds offered the following statement on Trump’s “closing argument” speech today in Gettysburg, PA:

“Today, in what was billed as a major closing argument speech, Trump’s major new policy was to promise political and legal retribution against the women who have accused him of groping them. Like Trump’s campaign, this speech gave us a troubling view as to what a Trump State of the Union would sound like—rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media, and lacking in any real answers for American families.”

Trump’s plan ignores the fact that the USA shares the earth with other countries.  Whatever pollution his deregulation releases into the atmosphere endangers all life on earth.  We only get one earth.  This is it. This is the one planet we get.  We are the stewards not the owners. It is among the more troubling aspects of the Republican attitudes and policy planning.

Trump’s vindictive agenda in his own name and paltry menu for the American people is in stark contrast to Hillary’s plans.  On the tarmac in Pittsburgh prior to leaving for Philadelphia, Hillary and Tim held a press gaggle in which they both discussed Trump’s self-centered, mean-spirited postures.

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After her Cincinnati rally with Tim Kaine today, Hillary boarded Hill Force One and took questions from her traveling press corps while in flight to Hampton, Illinois for the 49th Annual Salute to Labor there.  Look for Hillary around the 20 minute mark.

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Here is the message Hillary would like to share on Labor Day.

On Labor Day, we celebrate American workers and all that the organized labor movement has done for us — from bringing us a 40-hour work week, the weekend, and overtime pay to securing limits on child labor. Hillary’s got plans to strengthen organized labor and help workers around America enjoy the benefits of good-paying jobs — including a living wage, the ability to raise a family, the flexibility to balance work and life, and a sense of dignity and pride in one’s work. You can dive into the details below, but here’s the gist:

  • Hillary will increase access to work training, apprenticeships, and entrepreneurial opportunity, invest in new, good-paying jobs, and create incentives for those jobs to remain in America.
  • Hillary will fight for higher and fairer pay overall, ranging from raising the minimum wage to encouraging profit-sharing by employers.
  • Hillary will fight for policies that support workers’ financial and logistical needs at every stage of life, giving Employer Law Advice so those who are raising a family or preparing to retire can do so without any worries.

It’s important to remember that while Hillary fights to make life better for workers, Donald Trump and Mike Pence are doing the opposite: Trump wants to eliminate the federal minimum wage, made Trump-branded products overseas, stiffs the small business owners and contractors who work with him, and has hired union-busting firms to stop his own workers from organizing. Mike Pence pushed to undermine Social Security, and both Trump and Pence support so-called “right to work” laws which make it much harder for workers to bargain for better salaries.

As the granddaughter of a factory worker and the daughter of a small business owner, Hillary knows that our workers have the right to fair wages, safe working conditions, and reasonable hours. Here’s the rundown of what Hillary’s got planned once she’s president:

Protecting American workers

Hillary has specific plans for job creation and economic policies that will increase the number of good-paying jobs and trained workers here in the United States while protecting workers from exploitation and outsourcing. In fact, she plans to make the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II.

  • In her first 100 days, Hillary will invest over $275 billion to spur the creation of good-paying jobs in infrastructure, and invest further in clean energy, research and technology, manufacturing, and the small business sector.
  • She’ll help small businesses create good-paying jobs by cutting red tape, providing tax relief and increasing access to capital.
  • She’ll invest in high-quality training, apprenticeships, and skill-building for all workers, including free community college and improved access to vocational education.
  • She’ll pull back tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and reject global trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that do not meet a high bar of creating good-paying jobs and raising pay.

Higher and fairer pay

Workers should be paid fairly for the time they put in on the job, and Hillary will fight for employees to take home every dollar they worked for.

  • Hillary supports a federal $12 minimum wage, and supports prevailing wage laws and the “Fight for $15” where economically feasible.
  • She’ll support collective bargaining rights for unions and make it easier for workers to choose to join a union and bargain for better wages and benefits.
  • She’ll reward companies that share profits with their workers by awarding a two-year tax credit equal to 15% of the profits they share (with a higher credit for small businesses).
  • She’ll fight for equal pay for women, especially women of color (the most frequent victims of the gender pay gap), including through passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act (which she introduced three times as a senator).

Work-life balance: a fairer, more flexible workplace

Jobs should provide not only wages, but humane working conditions, reasonable hours, and a sense of dignity and pride. 21st-century families face unique challenges — more dual-income families, more female heads of household as breadwinners, and a health care system that still places undue burdens on family caregivers (a quarter of American women return to work just 10 days after having a child). In response:

  • Hillary will continue the fight for paid family and medical leave, with a goal of guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid leave to care for any family member (not just a newborn).
  • She will work towards universally affordable childcare that caps fees at 10% of a family’s income.
  • She will defend and expand Social Security, especially for widows and those who took time out of the workforce to care for family members, and fight pension cuts and other attempts to undermine retirement benefits.

Whether they report to a factory or a classroom, work at computers or behind cash registers, or make careers of caregiving and social service, our economy — and our families — depend on American workers. Their dedication deserves all the appreciation and gratitude in the world — and they deserve to be properly compensated for it. Hillary has detailed plans to help labor and working families, and you wonks are the best at helping people understand those fine details! Share her plans and start as many conversations as you can.

In the Quad Cities, Clinton Champions America’s Labor Unions and An Economy That Works for Everyone

At the 49th Annual Salute to Labor Picnic in Hampton, Illinois on Monday, Hillary Clinton reiterated her belief that we are stronger together, and explained why America’s labor unions reflect that. Labor unions are also crucial to Clinton’s plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, she said, given their fights for fair wages and safe working conditions that built the world’s largest middle class. Unlike Donald Trump, who led a union-busting campaign against his employees and said he thinks wages are too high, Clinton will make sure unions always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House. Clinton said, “I am going to say no to attacks on unions, I am going to say no to rolling back collective bargaining, I am going to say no to unfair trade deals like the TPP […] But I will say yes to the American dream. And here’s what I believe. The American dream is big enough for all of us. If we build it, we will expand it and create more opportunities. And as we run this campaign on issues, our most important goal is getting the economy to work for everybody.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello! Wow, thank you all. Thank you. Thank you so much. And it’s wonderful to be back. I had such a good time last year, I said, ‘Put that back on my calendar for Labor Day. I want to be on the banks of the Mississippi with friends from Illinois and Iowa, talking about how we’re going to make this economy work for everybody, not just those at the top.’ And it gives me such a great sense of real privilege and honor to be up on this stage with the people you see before you, starting with my friend and former colleague, the great senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, who has been – in so many ways the conscience of the United States Senate. You heard him say he comes from a union family, he knows what hard work is. He stands up every day in that Senate – I hope you get a chance to watch him on CSPAN some time, because he carries such passion and conviction in his voice about everything that he’s fighting for. So thanks to our friends from Illinois for sending Dick Durbin to the Senate for all the years – and for however long he wants to be there.

And please be sure he is joined by Tammy Duckworth as your next senator. Dick reminded me that I endorsed Tammy here last year. I was looking for the right occasion to do that, and I figured right here in her state would be the perfect opportunity. I just can’t tell you how much I admire this brave woman. And she’s going to bring so much to the Senate, to our national debate about issues that are critical to America’s future. So please do everything you can to make sure that Tammy is in the Senate.

And let me also recognize and thank your congresswoman, Cheri Bustos. Thank you. Cheri has already made a great impression in the Congress, and she is working hard every day. She’s another keeper. She’s somebody who will only do more and more as she is there longer and has the chance to really make things happen for her constituents.

I also want to recognize my friend, Congressman Dave Loebsack from across the river who was here earlier. I don’t think I need to remind everybody from Iowa, but please turn out and vote not only for Dave, but vote for Democrats. Vote for Patty Judge for Senate. Vote for other Democrats for Congress.

And it’s a thrill to be here with three great union leaders, people who I admire and really appreciate the chance to work with and look forward to working with as president. The UAW president, international, Dennis Williams; IBEW international president, Lonnie Stevenson; and of course, president of the NEA, for the educators, Lily Eskelsen. Now, each of these leaders are pretty special people, and I think you know, Doug was pretty happy that they’re here. He told me, ‘We’ve got three international presidents here.’ And I said, ‘Knowing these three, they’re happy to be here.’ This is not some kind of Labor Day obligation; they are with their members, they’re working on behalf not only of those in the union, but we know – it was just proven again last week – that unions not only raise incomes and provide benefits for union members, but because of unions, everybody is better off. And that’s a message I’m going to talk about every single day in this campaign.

Now, this is such a beautiful day, and you all came out here to celebrate Labor Day with all of us. And I am thrilled that I have a chance to just say a few words.

I really believe we are stronger together. That was the theme of our convention. And coming out tomorrow, Tim Kaine and I have a book called ‘Stronger Together,’ and – I’ll tell you why we did this book. I think if you run for president, you ought to tell people what you want to do. Right? And what I’ve tried to do in this book – and it’s so great having Senator Kaine by my side now – is to lay out a blueprint for America’s future. How are we going to get more good jobs, infrastructure jobs, advanced manufacturing jobs, clean renewable energy jobs? How are we going to make sure that the economy not only is growing and producing more jobs with rising incomes, but is being fair so that people are treated fairly? That’s why we support raising the national minimum wage so that you’re not living in poverty when you work full-time.

My opponent thinks wages are too high. I don’t know who he talks to – but he actually says that and he doesn’t believe in raising the national minimum wage. I also believe in doing more to support small businesses. My dad was a small businessman; I believe that we need to do everything we can to help small businesses succeed.

Tim Kaine and I were together in Cleveland earlier; we talked about that. Tim’s dad ran a union shop, ironworkers, and he’s proud of that, that he had a small business father who ran a union shop and employed union workers, providing good products. I also believe that we have got to finally guarantee equal pay for women’s work. And that’s because I believe in fairness. I don’t want to see anybody treated unfairly and discriminated against. I don’t care who you are. If you’re willing to work and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. That is the basic bargain of America.

So if you look at this book, which I hope you will, it stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump. He says, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Now, the folks I have met during this campaign, and for many years before, know that we have challenges, know we’ve got to come together, and believe we have to work together to fix what our problems are. That’s my view. I want us to bring people together just the way unions do. Just the way people and communities do. And here in the Quad cities, and across the country, we can see proof every day that we have to come together to meet our challenges.

So I’m going to continue to emphasize that we want to be the uniters in this campaign. We believe that America is already great and that we can become greater if we do our part. When somebody says, ‘I alone can fix it,’ think of the people he’s leaving out. Everybody else. Leaving out our troops on the front lines, leaving out firefighters and police officers who run toward danger, leaving out teachers and educators who do their best to change children’s lives, leaving out everybody else. That is his campaign in a nutshell. And what we’ve got to do in the next 63 days is to present the vision of America we believe in.

So we’re going to continue to say, we’re stronger together, we’re going to work together, we’re going to run a campaign of issues, not insults. And we are going to be absolutely strong in our support for unions. Because we know nobody gets through life alone. Unions helped build the largest middle-class in the history of the world, in our country. They fought for fair wages, safe working conditions, they’ve helped so many people get on that rung to the middle class, and their kids, like Dick Durbin, go even higher. So I am going to say no to attacks on unions, I am going to say no to rolling back collective bargaining, I am going to say no to unfair trade deals like the TPP, I’m going to say no to pension cuts that deny you the secure retirement that you have worked for, and I’m going to say no to Right to Work. It’s not right for workers, and it’s not right for America.

But I will say yes to the American dream. And here’s what I believe. The American dream is big enough for all of us. If we build it, we will expand it and create more opportunities. And as we run this campaign on issues, our most important goal is getting the economy to work for everybody. There’s nothing more important. And how do you do that? By creating more jobs. And what are some of the areas that I think we can really emphasize? Infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports. Also, what we can’t see – our water systems – our sewer systems. We also need a new electric grid, a modern electric grid, to be able to take and distribute clean renewable energy. I have a goal for us to install a half a billion more solar panels by the end of my first term. It takes a lot of – a lot of jobs, a lot of people working to do that. And then enough clean energy to power every home by the end of my second term.

I also want to finish the work of broadband interconnectivity. We have places in our country that still have dialup. We have places where kids can’t do the homework assignments their teachers give them because they don’t have access to the internet. That is so unfair. Think of all the jobs we’ll create when we finish that off.

And then let’s look at advanced manufacturing. I believe we can compete with anybody if we put our minds to it, and I’m going to have a manufacturing renaissance policy – that will put people to work. I am so proud that Dennis and Lonnie are here because they have been doing so much to really create the new industries in autos and what the IBW does in so many important areas of our economy. I want to be your partner.

And I think it’s especially important to recognize that when the chips were down and the auto industry was on its back, President Obama did the right thing. He saved the American auto industry. I supported him then, and I support him just as strongly now. The American auto industry just had the best year it has had in a long time, and that was because of the teamwork and the partnership that we had between the companies, between the union, and because the President of the United States knew we had to save the auto industry. Donald Trump basically said he didn’t care, didn’t matter to him; just shows you how he doesn’t understand or care about the real jobs that put bread on the table and give people a sense of purpose and dignity.

Well, you won’t have to look far to find me in the Oval Office if I’m fortunate enough to be your president to do everything I can every single day to create more jobs, to save jobs, to bring jobs back from overseas. And if you contrast that with Trump, his track record – his track record is just the opposite. He actually hired a union-busting firm for one of his hotels in Las Vegas. He built a career out of not paying workers for the work they did. We’re talking painters, plumbers, electricians, people who thought it was a big deal working for Donald Trump, one of his resorts, his casinos. He stiffed them. He stiffed small businesses.

Like I said, my Dad was a small businessman. He printed drapery fabrics. He’d get an order, he’d buy the material, he’d get the silkscreens made. I would go sometimes to help him in his print plant. He’d have these long tables. The fabric would be laid out. You would take the silkscreen, you’d put it down, you’d pour the paint in, you’d take the squeegee, you’d push it across, you’d lift the screen up, you’d go all the way down, get on the next table, all the way back. Took a lot of time. Took a lot of hard work.

When he finished, he’d load up the fabrics in his car and he’d go deliver them. I am so happy he never got a contract from Donald Trump. I don’t know what my family would have done if my Dad did business with people like Trump who has told hundreds and hundreds of small businesses – he has been sued 4,000 times for not paying the bills that he owes – if my Dad had been told, ‘Sorry. Just kidding. We’re not paying you.’ This is a man who wants to be president of the United States? This is someone who doesn’t even honor contracts?

That’s what is so dangerous about this election. When Donald Trump says what he says about the economy, you know, that he knows how to create jobs, he had six bankruptcies. In one bankruptcy alone, 1,000 people lost their jobs. The numbers add up.

He talks about wanting to protect jobs in America, but everything he makes he has made overseas. He could have made suits and ties and furniture in the United States, but, no, he made it overseas. He even hires workers from overseas, and he tells people, well, he couldn’t find Americans who wanted to work in the heat. You can’t make this stuff up, can you? It is truly unbelievable.

But what’s even worse is what he says about foreign policy. As bad as he is about our economy, he has insulted our allies, he has made common cause with dictators, he has basically endorsed Vladimir Putin and his policies. When he says, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals,’ when he claims our armed forces are a disaster, or he insults a Gold Star family, that’s not just offensive; that’s dangerous.

And just today our intelligence professionals said there is credible evidence for them to pursue an investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election, hacking the Democratic National Committee. And when Putin was asked about it, didn’t deny it; in fact, he said it was probably a good thing it happened. And this is the person that Donald Trump praises.

We saw even more evidence last week that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president. In just a few hours, he managed to turn his trip to Mexico into an embarrassing international incident. I mean, just look at what happened. He got into a Twitter war with the president of Mexico. And why? Because the president of Mexico said, ‘I told him in the meeting we weren’t paying for that wall.’

So not only did Trump mess up his first international engagement, he choked. He couldn’t even bring himself to tell the president of Mexico one of his very few policy demands. I mean, he went back to Arizona and gave another hate-filled speech about rounding up and deporting 16 million people. Even some of his own advisors are having a hard time explaining that away. So he’s going to try to distract and divide. He’s going to hope that we don’t pay attention to what he has been saying for 14, 15 months, that we just tune in now these last two months, that he is somehow softening his positions, that there is really another Donald Trump out there?

Well, you’ve got to ask yourself, if you can’t even go to a friendly foreign country without getting into a fight – can this person even claim to have the temperament to be in the Oval Office and deal with real urgent crises? As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, a man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not be anywhere near nuclear weapons.

But we have a lot of work to do. I think every election is close and tight and tough. That’s why we have to work as hard as we can between now and when the last votes are counted, and that’s why I need your help. I want to get the economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. I want to be sure that we lead the world with strength and steadiness and that we protect America here at home and around the world. And I want to unify our country. I believe with all my heart – that every American must vote. Must vote.

I see a woman holding a sign, ‘You must vote. Please, it will make a difference.’ And then she says, ‘I am a Gold Star daughter.’ God bless you. God bless you.

I’ve spent my life fighting for kids and families. I don’t give up. I don’t quit. When we didn’t get healthcare reform, I went to work with Republicans and Democrats. We passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program that insures 8 million kids every year. As Dick said, after we were attacked on 9/11, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to make sure we could rebuild New York and the Pentagon, and make sure we were as safe as we possibly could be.

This election will determine so much about our future. And one thing I know for sure is we have to start listening to and respecting each other again. We may have differences; that’s the American way. But we are stronger together. We can do anything if we put our minds to it. I saw the picture of Mother Teresa that was being held up here, and I was fortunate enough to know Mother Teresa. I was fortunate enough to actually work with her. We didn’t agree on everything, but we found common ground.

She asked me, when I was First Lady, to get a home for babies started in Washington so mothers who couldn’t care for their babies could take their babies to a safe place and those babies could be adopted. And when Mother Teresa asked you to do something, the only answer was, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ And I started working. And she would call me. She’d call me from India. She’d call me from Vietnam. She called me from everywhere. She’d say, ‘Where’s my home?’ And I’d say, ‘Well, Mother, working with the Washington, D.C. zoning department requires divine intervention.’ And so she did, and we got it done.

Here’s what I hope you will do. I hope you will get involved in this campaign for these last two months. I hope you will go to hillaryclinton.com and see how you can work, in Illinois, in Iowa. I hope you will text ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, and go to 47246, to see what you can do. We need everybody involved. There has never been a more important, consequential election in our lifetimes. And we need to elect progressive leaders like Tammy and Sherry and Dave Loebsack and others who are on the ballot as well.

I am confident and optimistic about America’s future. When I listen to Donald Trump, when I watched his convention, I honestly did not know what country he was talking about. It was so dark, so dire, so depressing. That’s not the America I know. It’s not the America that I see. I don’t deny that we have problems. Of course we do. We’re human beings. But my goodness, would you live anywhere else? Would you give up our freedom, our values, our opportunity, for anywhere else? I traveled to 112 countries as your Secretary of State, and every I went, I was so proud to land that plane which said the United States of America on it and to come down those stairs and begin to meet on behalf of our values, our interests, and our security. And there is not a place, despite what they say, that doesn’t envy who we are and what we have. We cannot put any of that at risk, my friends.

So for these last two months, join this campaign. Help us make history. Make sure that we are continuing to be not just great but even greater, and that we’re creating opportunities for the next generation, like my grandchildren. That’s what we can do together if we remember we are stronger together. God bless you!”

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Hillary Clinton Announces Aggressive New Plan to Respond to Unjustified Price Hikes for EpiPens and other Long-Available Treatments

Today Hillary Clinton is announcing a new plan to protect Americans from unjustified price hikes of long-available prescription drugs with limited competition, like EpiPens and pyrimethamine, the drug for a disease related to AIDS that Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of by more than 5,000%.  After speaking out against excessive prices for prescription drugs throughout the campaign and, last week, calling for Mylan to lower its EpiPen price, Clinton believes that Mylan’s recent actions have not gone far enough to remedy their outrageous price increase. Looking at Kombiglyze lawsuit as precedence the decision was made. So today, Clinton is proposing a new set of strong tools that will let the government take effective action in such cases where public health is put at risk by an unjustified, outlier price increase for a treatment long available on the market with limited competition.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen far too many examples of drug companies raising prices excessively for long-standing, life-saving treatments with little or no new innovation or R&D,” Clinton said. “It’s time to move beyond talking about these price hikes and start acting to address them. All Americans deserve full access to the medications they need — without being burdened by excessive, unjustified costs. Our pharmaceutical and biotech industries are an incredible source of American innovation and revolutionary treatments for debilitating diseases. But I’m ready to hold drug companies accountable when they try to put profits ahead of patients, instead of back into research and innovation.”

Today, building off the comprehensive plan she offered earlier in the campaign last year, Clinton is calling for action to protect consumers from unjustified prescription drug price increases by companies that are marketing long-standing, life-saving treatments and face little or no competition, she wants more companies to start working with someone like phoenix seo expert to be able to deliver what people are looking for. She’ll start by convening representatives of Federal agencies charged with ensuring health and safety, as well as fair competition, to create a dedicated group charged with protecting consumers from outlier price increases. They will determine an unjustified, outlier price increase based on specific criteria including: 1) the trajectory of the price increase; 2) the cost of production; and 3) the relative value to patients,among other factors that give rise to threatening public health.

Should an excessive, outlier price increase be determined for a long-standing treatment, Clinton’s plan would make new enforcement tools available including:

  • Making alternatives available and increasing competition: Directly intervening to make treatments available, and supporting alternative manufacturers that enter the market and increase competition, to bring down prices and spur innovation in new treatments.
  • Emergency importation of safe treatments: Broadening access to safe, high-quality alternatives through emergency importation from developed countries with strong safety standards.
  • Penalties for unjustified price increase to hold drug companies accountable and fund expanded access: Holding drug makers accountable for unjustified price increases with new penalties, such as fines – and using the funds or savings to expand access and competition.

Her plan will establish dedicated consumer oversight at our public health and competition agencies.  They will determine an unjustified, outlier price increase based on specific criteria including: 1) the trajectory of the price increase; 2) the cost of production; and 3) the relative value to patients, among other factors that give rise to threatening public health.

In combination with her broader plan – which addresses the costs facing consumers from both long-standing and patented drugs – these new tools to address price spikes for treatments available for many years will lower the burden of prescription drug costs for all Americans.

This plan would impact the many examples we’ve seen over the past year of drug companies raising prices excessively for drugs that have been available for years – from Turing raising the price of pyrimethamine for AIDS patients by over 5,500 percent, to Mylan raising the price of the EpiPen by more than 400 percent. This is not an isolated problem: Between 2008 and 2015, drug makers increased the prices of almost 400 generic drugs by over 1,000 percent. Many of these companies are an example of a troubling trend—manufacturers that do not even develop the drug themselves, but acquire it and raise the price.

The immediate protections she is offering today build on her broader plan to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans that she released last year.

The full fact sheet is available here.

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Hillary Clinton Releases New Comprehensive Mental Health Policy Agenda

Today Hillary Clinton announced her comprehensive plan to support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses. Recognizing that nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States — more than 40 million people — are coping with a mental health problem, Hillary’s plan will integrate our mental and physical health care systems. Her goal is that within her time in office, Americans will no longer separate mental health from physical health when it comes to access to care or quality of treatment. Hillary has been talking about mental health policy throughout her campaign, since hearing directly from American parents, students, veterans, nurses, and police officers about how these challenges keep them up at night.

Hillary will convene a White House Conference on Mental Health during her first year as President. In addition, her comprehensive agenda on mental health will:

  • Integrate our nation’s mental and physical health care systems so that health care delivery focuses on the “whole person,” and significantly enhance community-based treatment opportunities.Hillary’s plan will foster integration between the medical and behavioral health care systems (including mental health and addiction services), so that high-quality treatment for behavioral health is widely available in general health care settings. Hillary will expand reimbursement structures in Medicare and Medicaid for collaborative care by tasking the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to create and implement new such payment models.
  • Promote early diagnosis and intervention, including launching a national initiative for suicide prevention. The overall rate of suicide increased by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, and is now at its highest level in 30 years. Hillary will direct all relevant federal agencies, including Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Education, to research and develop plans for suicide prevention in their respective settings, and create a cross-government initiative headed by the Surgeon General to coordinate these efforts. She also believes we must redouble our efforts around early screening and intervention – and that means training pediatricians, teachers, school counselors, and other service providers throughout the public health system, to identify mental health problems at an early age and recommend appropriate support.
  • Enforce mental health parity to the full extent of the law. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which Hillary co-sponsored, requires that mental health benefits under group health plans be equal to benefits for other medical conditions, and the Affordable Care Act requires insurance plans in the individual and small group markets to offer mental health coverage as an essential health benefit. But while the right laws are on the books, they are too often ignored or not enforced. As part of her commitment to fully enforcing the mental health parity law, Hillary will launch randomized audits to detect parity violations, and increase federal enforcement. She will also enforce disclosure requirements so that insurers cannot conceal their practices for denying mental health care and strengthen federal monitoring of health insurer compliance with network adequacy requirements.
  • Improve criminal justice outcomes by training law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, and prioritizing treatment over jail for low-level offenders. As many as 1 in every 10 police encounters may be with individuals with some type of mental health problem, and our county jails today house more individuals with mental illness than our state and local psychiatric hospitals. She will dedicate new resources to help train law enforcement officers in responding to conflicts involving persons with mental illness, and increase grant funding to support law enforcement partnerships with mental health professionals. She will alsoincrease investments in local programs such as specialized courts, drug courts, and veterans’ treatment courts, which send people to treatment and rehab instead of the criminal justice system, and direct the Attorney General to issue guidance to federal prosecutors, instructing them to prioritize treatment over incarceration for low-level, non-violent offenders. Finally, she will work to strengthen mental health services for incarcerated individuals and ensure continuity of care so that they get the treatment they need, which will improve outcomes for them after they reenter society and will reduce recidivism.
  • Improve access to housing and job opportunities. As president, Hillary will expand community-based housing opportunities for individuals with mental illness and other disabilities. Hillary will launch a joint initiative between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HHS to create supportive housing opportunities for thousands of people with mental illnesses and disabilities, who currently reside in or are at risk of entering institutional settings. The employment rate for people with serious mental illness is below 20 percent, even though many of these adults want to work and more than half could succeed with appropriate job supports. Hillary will work with private employers and state and local mental health authorities to share best practices around hiring and retaining individuals with mental health problems, and in adopting supported employment programs. She’ll also expand HHS’s “Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment” program, which already assists states and communities in providing supported jobs to people with mental illness.
  • Invest in brain and behavioral research and developing safe and effective treatments. Hillary believes we need a pioneering, multi-sector effort to transform our knowledge of this field—from mapping the human brain to generating new insights into what drives our behavior to investing in clinical and services research to understand the interventions that work best and how to deliver them to patients. As president, Hillary willsignificantly increase research into brain and behavioral science research. She will provide new funding for the National Institutes of Health; build on cross-collaborative basic research efforts like the BRAIN initiative; scale up critical investments in clinical, behavioral, and services research; and integrate research portfolios with pioneering work on conditions like PTSD and traumatic brain injury already underway at DoD, the VA, and HHS, having a injury attorney step in. She will develop new links with the private and non-profit sectors to ensure that federal government efforts are aligned with those of other sectors to ensure that progress occurs as quickly as possible. She will also commit to brain and behavioral science research based on open data.

The full comprehensive proposal is available on HillaryClinton.com here>>>>

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The Stronger Together bus pulled up in front of the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon, and the candidates emerged and fired up the waiting crowd.  WJC was MIA.

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The Stronger Together bus convoy rolled across the state line last night and into Youngstown, Ohio. There is something that struck me in the course of yesterday’s rallies.  A former Trump associate mentioned in a recent article that Trump wanted his name in very large print on a book cover.  We have all seen his private plane.   I suppose Hillary could have put her name on her bus, but she chose instead to put her unifying slogan.   That says a lot about who she is and why she is running.

The photo is from this behind the scenes peek at the bus tour.  There are more great pics here >>>>

 

 

In Youngstown, Clinton & Kaine Complete Second Day of Jobs-Focused Bus Tour Calling Trump Unfit to Be President

At a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday night, Hillary Clinton closed out the second day of a jobs-focused bus tour touting her “100 Days Jobs Plan,” the largest investment in American jobs since World War II they would make in their first 100 days in office. Clinton criticized Trump after he called General John R. Allen, who served with courage and honor, a “failed general.” Clinton also pointed to Trump’s volatile temperament as proof that he is unfit to be President. As Clinton said, “Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing. I don’t know what it is.  I’m not going to get into that.  But yesterday he attacked a distinguished Marine general, John Allen. He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Captain Khan.  He’s attacked immigrants and women.  He’s attacked people with disabilities.  It’s a long list, my friends. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t have anything positive to say […] I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief.  And as I said Thursday night, someone who can get provoked by a tweet should not be responsible for nuclear weapons..”

Kaine called Trump’s aversion to policy specifics unacceptable and asked, “do you really think that there’s nothing wrong with his tax returns? Do you think Donald Trump, if he wants to be president, should do what every presidential candidate in modern history has done and show his tax returns to the American public? […] We are too great a nation to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, self-promoting, empty-promising, one-man wrecking crew.”

Clinton and Kaine’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: 

TIM KAINE:

“Hey, guys.  Man, this is great.  Wow.  This is great. Hey, were we worth the wait?  Were we worth the wait?  Yeah, absolutely. It is – thank you for giving us this great shot of energy.  Hello to the Valley.  Hello to Ohio.  We’re so glad to be here on our bus tour. We’ve come out of a spectacular Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, and we’re glad to be in Ohio. There’s a reason why traveling through Pennsylvania and Ohio comes first.  It’s because you guys are so critical to the outcome of this election.  And I can’t tell you how proud we are to be here with you.  Thank you for this warm, warm Ohio welcome. We had great UAW introducers, Glenn and Robert.  We are so glad to be here with your formed governor and future senator, Ted Strickland.  We served together; he’s a huge, huge hero of mine. You’ve got one of the best congress members of the United States Congress, Tim Ryan.  Give it up for him.  Give it up for Tim. And then your state senator, who is the lead Dem in the Ohio legislature, who told me that he was going to get us the best pizza in Ohio for the bus on the way after tonight.  Give it up for Joe Schiavoni.

This has been a long day and a fun day, and I am so glad to be here with my wife, Anne, who until a few days ago was the secretary of education in Virginia.  But my wife Anne walked into the office Monday, before we went to the convention, and resigned so she could be full-time on the trail to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected our next president. And how great is this to be campaigning with President Clinton?  I mean – I started my career in elected office 22 years ago, and I’ve learned more on the bus in the last eight hours – about politics than I’ve learned in 22 years.  We have had a wonderful, wonderful time.

It has been a great week, and I tell you, when Hillary Clinton called me at 7:32 last Friday night – I mean, who’s counting? –7:32-ish last Friday night and asked if I would be her running mate in this history-making campaign in an incredibly important time in our country, I just can’t tell you how humbled it made me – excited, but humbled too.  I mean, this is just a remarkable woman, a remarkable leader, the most qualified person. As President Obama said the other night when he spoke – wasn’t his speech fantastic Wednesday night? As he said the other night when he spoke, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to head a ticket of any party for a long time, and probably ever. And so of course I was honored; as somebody who’s been a mayor and a governor and Senator, I was honored to say I would love to be on this ticket to help this most qualified person be the next president and to help tackle one challenge after the next and keep America moving forward with an optimistic and patriotic view of this country.  Of course I’m going to do it.

But there was one other reason that made me very, very excited.  As we stood out on the stage  together on Thursday night after she gave that magnificent speech following that fantastic introduction by Chelsea – as we stood out on that stage together with balloons falling and the history of electing – nominating the first woman of a major party to be our nominee, my 81-year-old mom, Kathy, was with me out on stage; Anne and my whole family, my mom and dad were there.  And my mom looked at me as the balloons were falling and said, ‘Tim, this is the best night of my life.’  And I’ll tell you why.  We’re backing Hillary because she’s the most qualified person to be president, but we can add to our excitement a little bit because I just was reflecting, as my mom said that, the number of strong women who have supported me through my 22-year political career – Anne supporting me just as I’ve supported her in her career. But think about – thinking about all the campaign managers and volunteers and finance directors and staff and voters, and the majority of the American electorate is women, and by far the majority of the electorate to vote for Democrats is women, and I have always been able to be in leadership positions because strong women were willing to support me.  And I think it’s just about time, after like 240-plus years – after about 240-plus years. I think it’s time.  I think it’s time.  I think it’s time for strong men to show that they can support strong women in leadership positions, including the president of the United States.  It’s just about time. It’s just about time.

So everything about this week has been great except one thing.  Now, I mean, everything’s been great.  Until I joined the ticket, I was under the radar screen and Donald Trump wasn’t saying anything bad about me. I mean, he wasn’t threatened by me, so he didn’t have to say anything bad about me.  But as soon as I got onto the ticket, Donald Trump had to come up with something to blast me about.  So let me tell you what he said.  The morning after I accepted the nomination of our party, the oldest party in the world, the Democratic Party, to be vice presidential nominee, Donald Trump said about me, ‘That Kaine, he was a lousy governor of New Jersey.’  I mean, I guess I was a lousy governor of New Jersey.  I mean, I don’t have the thick skin that Hillary Clinton has built up during the campaign, so that kind of affected me.  I was kind of feeling bad about it, and then I realized, wait a minute, I was never governor of New Jersey. I’ve never lived in New Jersey.

But look, you’ve got to give Donald a break.  He’s new to this thing.  So 50 states, and Virginia is different than New Jersey.  I mean, okay, so he doesn’t understand much; this whole thing is a big civics lesson for him. But he wants to be president, so go figure.  I mean, go figure.

We have been on this tour because what we want to do is talk about something really important: how to make sure that our economy grows and […] for a few, but for everybody.  Now, you all […] this. Hillary Clinton and I both grew up in small business families.  She’ll probably talk about her dad’s business, a drapery and printing fabric factory in Chicago.  I grew up working in my dad’s manufacturing business, an ironworker-organized union shop in the stockyards of Kansas City – welding and ironworking. And it was five employees in a bad year, eight employees in a good year, plus my mom, plus my brothers and me.  The old thing, if you’re in a family business, if there’s an order that has to go out then the kids are working on weekends or the kids are coming in on holidays or summers, and that’s what we did.  So we come out of a small business background, though, and that’s where jobs get created.  And we’re here to talk about – in Youngstown and in Pennsylvania earlier today and yesterday – how to grow the economy for all.

And this is – on the economy, this thing is super simple.  Super simple.  Do you guys want […] a ‘you’re fired’ president or a ‘you’re hired’ president?  I thought so.  I thought that would be the answer.  I mean, you know that Trump’s the ‘you’re fired’ guy.  These are the two words that he is most known for.  And I’ve got a prediction: after this whole campaign is over and after Donald Trump has lost and after people have forgotten everything about the race he ran, the two words they will remember about Donald Trump is, ‘You’re fired!’

Hillary has been just laying out the details and talking about a ‘you’re hired’ economy, a job-growth economy.  So it’s skills training, and it’s tax reform.  Right now we have a tax code that loves investors and hates workers.  We’ve got to flip that around.  I like investors; that’s great.  But we’ve got to love workers as much or more, and that’s what she’s talking about.

We have to promote manufacturing.  We’ve got to promote research – this great innovation.  We have to promote – I mean, what about, like, wages?  I mean, a minimum wage so you’re not under the poverty level.  Or what about the radical notion that women should make the same salary and wages as men?

One of the best lines in my opinion that – from Hillary’s speech the other night – she had a lot of great lines, but one I really liked because I’m kind of a – look, I was a mayor, I was a city council person, I was a governor.  I kind of like the details about things.  You know, it’s not just pie in the sky.  You’ve got to tell people how you’ll do it.  And Hillary Clinton said the other night, ‘I’ve got a lot of plans with some details to it.  I feel like I ought to tell you what I’m going to do.’  And some give me grief about that, but if it’s your kid or your business, it’s not just details.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Right?  I mean, you’re entitled to know what your president wants to do before you cast a vote in the ballot box, and that’s one of the things that I love about Hillary Clinton. The details matter.

If you want to, go home and go on hillaryclinton.com, and you can see how she’ll make college debt-free, and how she’ll invest $10 billion to regrow advanced manufacturing, and how she’ll make sure that we combat bad trade deals and only accept trade deals if they’re really good for American workers, and how we’ll get to pay equity, and how we’ll raise the minimum wage.  You go on that web page, you will know how she’ll pay for it and how we’ll benefit by it.  And that’s what a presidential candidate ought to do.

On the other hand, on the Trump side, he doesn’t give any details, folks.  You’re not getting any details.  I mean, when he tells you, ‘We’re going to be rich,’ and you ask why and he just says, ‘believe me.’  Or, ‘We’re going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, believe me.’ Well, wait a minute.  ‘Believe me.  We’re going to defeat – believe me.’ ‘Don’t worry, there’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns, believe me,’ Now, I know something about Ohio folks.  I know you ain’t gullible.

Do you really think that there’s nothing wrong with his tax returns?  How about this:  Do you think Donald Trump, if he wants to be president, should do what every presidential candidate in modern history has done and show his tax returns to the American public?  Absolutely.   Because what we’ve seen, and the convention laid this out, is Donald Trump has said ‘believe me’ to a lot of people.  Now, he’s saying it in 2016 to the American voters.

But let’s just go back before the election.  He said ‘believe me’ to a bunch of contractors who have done work for him, and then he stiffed them on paying their bills.  He said ‘believe me’ to a bunch of employees at his companies, and then he outsourced their jobs and laid them off.  He said ‘believe me’ to retirees who gave him money because they wanted to live in a condo community in Florida, and then they ended up losing their money, they didn’t get their condos, and Trump walks away with a lot of dough.  He said ‘believe me’ to thousands of students of Trump U. and what did they get?  They lost their dough, and they got a certificate that wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.  When Donald Trump says ‘believe me’ and you believe him, you’re going to get hurt.  You’re going to get hurt.

And I just think we are too great a nation to put it in the hands – to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, self-promoting, empty-promising, one-man wrecking crew.  We just can’t do it.  we just can’t do it.  So can I ask you, is there anybody here in this place who believes Donald Trump? The guy who co-wrote his autobiography says about Donald Trump recently, ‘Lying is second nature to him.’ So when he says ‘Believe me,’ I got this question – well, here’s my attitude:  I ain’t believing you.  I ain’t believing one word.  Not one word, folks.  Not one word. Not one word. Not one word.  Not one word.  Not one word.

Not one – but we can believe somebody who has been about helping others since she was a teenager, a Midwestern Methodist Church kid growing up inspired by a wonderful youth pastor in her church in suburban Chicago who opened up the fact that in this broad world, there are a lot of folks who need a voice, who need a friend, who need a hand.  And from that early moment, Hillary Clinton has been battling, and battling hard, for families and kids, long before she was in office.  Long before she was in office.

So I said to you, do you want a ‘you’re hired’ president or a ‘you’re fired’ president?  And you answered right.  But I’m going to bring up Hillary Clinton now and say the real issue is– the real issue is, with Donald Trump, you get a ‘me first’ president.  With Hillary Clinton you get a ‘families and children first’ president.  And Ohio, I know how you’re going to pick.  We got work to do..  Let’s bring a warm Ohio welcome to the next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton!”

HILLARY CLINTON:

“Thank you! Thank you so much! Thank you all!  Thank you!  I got to tell you, it is so great, so great being back here with you.  I am excited about our bus trip, which started in Philadelphia, and we’ve gone across Pennsylvania, and now we’re in the great state of Ohio, starting in the Mahoning Valley!  I apologize for us being late.  We ran into a lot of thunderstorms, and it slowed us down.  I really appreciate all of you waiting.  It means the world to us to be here with you tonight. And there’s a big overflow crowd, and I understand they can hear us, and I want to thank them for being here as well.

I want to thank Glenn Johnson and Robert Morales for being up here to introduce us to the stage.  I am very proud to have the support and the endorsement of the UAW. I’m also very pleased to see our long-time friend, your former governor, Ted Strickland, a decent, hard-working, committed man who I hope you will send to the United States Senate in November. I appreciate State Senator Joe Schiavoni, and Joe, we do want that pizza.  We need that pizza.

And finally, I got to tell you, I am just the biggest fan of your congressman, Tim Ryan. How many of you saw him speak at the Democratic Convention?  Wasn’t he terrific?  Tim and I have a lot in common.  I started the Manufacturing Caucus in the Senate when I was there.  He has led the House of Representatives Manufacturing Caucus.  We are both commit to bringing manufacturing back so that there is a real path to the middle class for people who help to actually make things in America again.

Tim and I also share a love for hot sauce.  And he told me there would be one up here, but Tim, somebody got to it.  It’s gone. So I’m going to hold you to it.  I understand there’s kind of a special hot sauce that’s made right here.  Right?  Hot peppers! […] Yes, I want to try that. I told Tim some years ago that when Bill ran for President in 1992, I read an article which said that if you ate hot peppers, it would build your immune system.  I figured, well, it’s worth a try.  I started heating hot peppers back in ‘92.  I’m still eating them.  And I’m still standing.  And I’m still ready to go to the White House!

Now, we’re on this bus tour to highlight what our plans are to create more good jobs and raise incomes.  And we wanted to come to Pennsylvania and Ohio because these are two states where people still make things, where people believe that it’s possible to be a builder, to make a contribution, to have a good life for your family.  So we’ve been visiting factories.  We’ve been talking to folks, getting ideas.  And here’s what I think.  I think that if you agree that our major challenge economically is to create more good-paying jobs with rising incomes and good benefits so that more people in America – right here in the Mahoning Valley, across Ohio, and across our country – have a chance to get ahead and stay ahead, which is the basic bargain of America that joined this campaign.

I started that Manufacturing Caucus back in the Senate because I represented New York.  And in Upstate New York – some of you know because you may have traveled through there – we had a lot of hard-working people who got caught up in technology, with automation, with jobs being moved out of our country.  And they deserved better.  And we began to put together plans, and that’s exactly what I will do as your president.  We’re going to have the biggest job creation program since World War II. And we’re going to invest in infrastructure, we’re going to build and maintain our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems. There is so much good work to be done in America.  And it’s not just what we can see; not just the physical infrastructure, which is critically important.  We need a new electric grid.  If we’re going to be creating renewable energy, we’ve got to be able to distribute it.  We need to make sure every person, every home, every business in America has access to broadband.  Internet connectivity that will give them a chance to compete and win in the economy.

I said in Harrisburg Pennsylvania last night that that’s what I wanted to do, and I told folks that teachers had told me, just recently, there was a big national survey of teachers – and you know I love teachers.  And so these teachers that were telling me that after they did this survey, they found that about 70 percent of our nation’s teachers assign homework that requires kids to use the Internet.  And I see some teachers’ heads nodding.  Well, that makes perfect sense because we want our kids prepared for the future.  They’re going to live in the information age, and goodness knows, it’s going to be moving even faster.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is, there are 5 million kids in America who cannot access the Internet from their homes when they’re supposed to be doing their homework.  And there are parts of every state – because when I finished speaking last night, I went out, as I will later, and meet everybody, shake your hands – and some of the people there told me, they said, you have no idea how bad it is in places in Pennsylvania.  We still have dial-up.  A lot of places, we can’t get access.  That is unacceptable.  It is 2016.  We are going to finish providing broadband Internet connectivity to every place in America.

We are also going to invest in advanced manufacturing.  I can’t wait until I get to work with Tim Ryan and Ted Strickland and Sherrod Brown about how we’re going to do this. We’re going to invest, we’re going to work the public and the private sectors to make sure, number one, that businesses get the support they need in order to have the kind of plant and equipment that will enable them to be more competitive.  We are going to make sure that people have the skills that they can immediately put to work.

I am a strong believer is that, yes, it’s great to get a four year college education, and we’re going to make that debt free.  But I don’t believe that a four year college education should be the only path for people having a good middle class job, and a future that gives them and their kids better opportunities. We were in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and we were meeting with the management and the Steelworkers Union, a unionized plant, and they helped to train their people.  And then their workers are making, on average, $70,000 a year.  I’m telling you, we can do this.  Because there are now million jobs in America that are not being filled.  We don’t have enough machinists, tool and die workers, welders, coaters.  We need more skilled people in the trades. I’ve got a plan to encourage businesses to pay to train people, and to support union apprenticeship programs so that we get those skills and get ready to make a good future.

And, you know, I believe strongly that some nation is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.  I want it to be us.  Because there are millions of new jobs and businesses if we do this.  So we are going to grow the economy.  I’m going to invest $10 billion in manufacturing communities like those in the Mahoning Valley. And I’m going to do it by defending American workers.  We are not going to let Republican governors and Republican legislatures undermine the right to join a union, undermine the right to bargain collectively. I believe Right to Work is wrong for America, and I will stand against that effort.

And we are going to say no to unfair trade deals.  I’m going to appoint a special trade prosecutor to go after companies and countries that undercut our businesses and are unfair to our workers. We’re going to enforce rules of origin.  We saved the American auto industry from a certain demise.  And I’ll tell you, it was the Democrats who did it, wasn’t it? And it was the right thing to do.  The American auto industry just had its best year ever last year. Well, we’re going to keep that going.  And the way we are is, we’re going to stand up for our companies and our workers, and we’re not going to let China continue to dump cheap steel into the American market.

Another way we’re going to grow the economy is by supporting small business.  You heard Tim say his dad was a small businessman.  So was mine.  My father had a small business that printed fabric for draperies.  He had a – what we called a print plant.  It was a kind of low ceilinged, kind of dark place in Chicago, with two really long tables.  And the way you did this – because I helped him when I had to, and he needed the help – you would take the fabric, you’d put it on the long table, then you’d take what’s called a silkscreen, and you’d put it down, and then you’d take the paint – you’d pour it into the silkscreen, then you’d take the squeegee and you’d go from left to right, then you’d lift it up and you’d keep going down the table.

I know how hard he worked.  And I know how many opportunities that hard work gave my family.  That’s why I take really personally what Donald Trump does to small businesses.  This is not just a campaign talking point.  This is personal.  You know, because my dad did all that work – he would get contracts, he’d load the fabrics into the car, then he’d take them – he’d provide them to the hotel or the restaurant, the office – and then he expected to be paid.  I mean, that’s the way we do business, isn’t it?  I mean, my first job is I babysat.  I expected to be paid.  Every job I’ve had since, I expected to be paid after I did the job.

Well, apparently Donald Trump thinks he’s immune from all of those rules and requirements.  And so, person after person has come forward to say the same thing: I got the contract, I did the work, he wouldn’t pay me.  I’m talking about plumbers and painters, glass installers, marble installers, all kinds of people.  And then what happens is, you know, they do the work, they go to get paid – he or his minions say, no, we’re not going to pay you.  And, you know, it’s a kind of – like, a shock – what do you mean you’re not going to pay me?  They say, if you don’t like it, go sue us.  Well, if you’re a small business person, you can’t afford to sue a guy who puts his name on big buildings all over the place, has a battalion of lawyers.  This man has been sued 3,500 times.  He plays the odds.  ‘A lot of people won’t sue me.  A lot of people will give up if they try.  So maybe at the end we’ll have to pay them 50 cents, 30 cents on the dollar.’  That is so wrong, and it is something – it is something that people who have been treated like this are coming to the forefront to speak out about.  Because, you know what?  They don’t want America being treated by Donald Trump the way they were treated by Donald Trump.

I looked it up: nearly 98 percent of businesses in Ohio are small business.  So again, I take this personally.  We’re going to help small business.  We’re going to help get you more access to credit, cut red tape, remove obstacles so that small businesses can thrive.  But we’re not only going to grow the economy, we’re going to make the economy fairer.  Because the economy needs to work for everybody, not just those at the top.  And we need to be doing everything we can to lift more people up.  So we’re going to raise the national minimum wage.  We’re going to make it a living wage that can produce a good, solid, middle-class life.

And the fastest way to increase family incomes is to make sure women get paid for the work that we do. Now, I’ll tell you, this is not a woman’s issue.  It’s a family issue.  If you have a working mother, wife, daughter, or sister, it’s your issue.  And so therefore, finally, we’re going to put this right.

So I’m excited about what we’re going to do to create jobs, raise incomes, grow the economy, make it fair.  And we’re going to pay for everything, I’m telling you, and I’m telling you how I’m going to pay for it.  It’s pretty simple.  We’re going to increase taxes on corporations, Wall Street, and the wealthy in America.

Now, that is not because I’m against success.  We don’t resent success in America.  But it’s because that’s where the money is.  90 percent of the income gains have gone to the top 1 percent of Americans.  So it’s like that movie.  You want to know what we’re going to do?  We’re going to Follow the Money, and the money leads to the super wealthy and corporations and Wall Street, who need to be paying for the benefits that they have received from living in the greatest country in the world.

So as you can tell, I’m pretty excited.  It may be late, but I’m really jazzed up about what we’re going to do. And I don’t think the stakes could be higher.  Tim told you some of the reasons why Donald Trump is offering empty promises and totally at odds with what he’s done in business, how he’s treated people.  Well, let’s just take one more example.  He talks about let’s make America great, right?  Well, he talks about putting America first, right?  Well, then why does he make Trump suits in Mexico instead of Brooklyn, Ohio?  Why does he make furniture in Turkey instead of Cleveland? Why does he make barware in Slovenia instead of Jackson, Ohio?

Well, if you saw your great senator, Sherrod Brown, at the Democrat convention – he was great.  He said he bought his suit not far from where he lives in Cleveland, bought his tie in Ohio, bought his shirt in Ohio.  Now, I don’t want to stir up any rivalry with Pennsylvania but – my husband is wearing a shirt that was made in Reading, Pennsylvania. So if we’re going to make America great again, Donald Trump ought to start making things in America again.

This is going to be a very intense campaign, right?  One hundred days from today, people are going to go vote. Tim and Ann and Bill and I and everyone working with us, we’re going to work our hearts out, because I have to tell you this is not a normal election.  Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing. I don’t know what it is.  I’m not going to get into that.  But yesterday he attacked a distinguished Marine general, John Allen. He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Captain Khan.  He’s attacked immigrants and women.  He’s attacked people with disabilities.  It’s a long list, my friends.  I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t have anything positive to say.

But when you run for president, it’s kind of like a giant job interview.  If you were interviewing somebody to hire and that person came in to see you and that person spent all of his time insulting and scapegoating and blaming other people, and then got up and left your office, you’d be kind of wondering what does that person do.  I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief.  And as I said Thursday night, someone who can get provoked by a tweet should not be responsible for nuclear weapons.

So here’s what I’m asking you.  We’re going to be back.  We’ll be in the Mahoning Valley.  We’ll be all over Ohio.  Because I want people to understand what the choice is and how it will affect you, your job, your future.  And just yesterday, the Republican economist who advised Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008, he looked at the plans that I’ve put forth and he’s looked at what Donald Trump has said he wants to do, and here’s what he concluded: Under my plans, America will create at least 10 million new jobs in the first four years. And this is not me saying it.  This is not me saying it.  It’s not even a Democrat saying it.  But then he goes on and says under Trump’s plans America will lose 3.5 million jobs. So this is serious business.  Yes, don’t boo.  Vote.

So here’s what I’m asking.  I am asking for your help in this campaign.  I want you to talk to your friends, your neighbors, your family members.  I know that there are people here in the Mahoning Valley who think they want to support Trump.  I just want you to try to have a conversation with them.  I want you to ask them please to look at the facts.  I want you to ask them to look at the stories that are coming out in the press every day about people who were stiffed, mistreated.  I want you to look at the stories of all the foreign workers that he hires.  I want you to look at where he makes the things he sells.  And then I want you to ask your friends and neighbors, ‘Is this somebody who really cares about the people of the Mahoning Valley, the people of this great state?’

And I want you to join the campaign.  Here’s what you can do:  Text JOIN, J-O-I-N, to 47246 or go to hillaryclinton.com.  And by the way, we are hiring organizers in Ohio, so if you’re interested, go to hillaryclinton.com and look for where we’re hiring, because we are going to reach out.  We’re going to register 3 million more people.  We are going to turn everybody out to vote.

Because like I said, I want you to know what my plans are as your president and I want you to hold me accountable.  I’m not going to sit in the White House.  I’m going to keep traveling around America.  I’m going to come back to the Mahoning Valley.  I’m going to sit down; I’m going to ask you what’s working, what’s not working.  As you heard in the convention, when I tell you I will try to help you, you can count on it, because I will do everything I possibly can to deliver results for you.

So I know the hour is late.  I know you have been incredibly patient.  But I am so excited to be back here.  I will be back.  My team will be back.  And we want you to be part of winning this election and moving our country into the future with optimism.  Thank you.”

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