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41 years ago I married my best friend and the finest changemaker I’ve ever known. And yes, I’m still in awe of her!

Hillary was in battleground Ohio today for a rally in Columbus on Columbus Day!  At Ohio State University, it was her biggest rally yet.  The Secret Service set attendance at 18,500!

In Front of Campaign’s Largest Crowd to Date, Clinton Urges Ohioans to Register to Vote Before Tuesday, Contrasting Her and Trump’s Vision for the Economy

At a voter registration event in Columbus on Monday, in front of a crowd of 18,500, Clinton laid out her plans to create good-paying jobs through investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, make education more affordable from early childhood through college, and rewrite the rules of our economy to create more fairness and growth. Clinton also made clear that Donald Trump represents what is broken in our economy. She said that when billionaires like Trump turn their backs on American workers and companies, it kills good jobs in communities like Lorain, Youngstown, Warren, and Columbus. Clinton cited Columbus Castings, which filed for bankruptcy and whose 800 workers were laid off because China has been illegally dumping cheap steel into our markets and people like Trump have chosen to buy it.

Clinton, who increased U.S. exports to China by 50 percent during her tenure as Secretary of State, contrasted Trump’s record with her own history fighting on behalf of U.S. steelworkers and manufacturers. Clinton said, “For all his talk about putting America first, he’s made his products in at least 12 other countries. Trump’s suits and ties were made in Mexico and China. They could have been made right here in Ohio […] So we’ve got to figure out how we have an economy that really does produce growth and rewards companies that do the right thing. And that for me means we need to have a tax system that rewards investment in our country, investment in workers, investment in plant and equipment, investment in research and development, and give the good guys a chance to get ahead instead of being taken advantage of by Wall Street and others.”

Clinton also urged all Ohioans to register to vote before the deadline on Tuesday, and then to vote early starting this Wednesday October 12th.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: “It is a glorious night here at the university, in Columbus, in the great state of Ohio. And I am thrilled to be here with all of you. And I want to thank Tony for his introduction. He made the greatest case against my opponent, didn’t he? Thank you, Tony. And thanks to Mayor Ginther and Congresswoman Beatty and to my great friend, your former governor, and with your help, the next senator, Ted Strickland.

Any of you see that debate last night? I’ll tell you what, I’m not sure you’ll ever see anything like that again. At least I hope you won’t. It was such a clear display of what’s at stake in this election. And I am thrilled to have the chance to talk with all of you about what we can do together, because I truly believe we are stronger together. To move our country forward.

Now, the one thing I thought about last night and said was, as I was standing there on the stage with my opponent, was to remember what Michelle Obama had said. To paraphrase her, one of us went low and one of us went high. I want you to understand, I want to be a president for all Americans. I think the American dream is big enough for everybody. And I am honored to have support, not just from Democrats, but from independents and Republicans, because we’ve got to pull this country together if we’re going to move into the future together, creating what we need for ourselves and our children.

Now, I got to tell you, tomorrow is a big day in Ohio for this election because tomorrow, October 11th, is the last day to register in Ohio. And I hope every one of you will take your phones out, go to iwillvote.com, to confirm that you are registered. Because we want everybody to vote and we particularly want young people to vote because this is your election more than anybody else’s.

When I think about the challenges that we’re facing, I don’t think any one person has all the answers. I think we have to listen to each other and respect each other and celebrate our diversity, because that makes us smarter as well as stronger.

Donald Trump spent his time last night attacking me when he should have been apologizing. We all heard on that tape what he thinks of women and how he treats women. And last night he doubled down on his excuse, saying that, well, it’s just locker room banter. You know what’s happened today, which is so interesting, is that a lot of athletes and coaches from the NBA, from Major League Baseball, from the NFL and more, have been coming forward, tweeting, they’ve been saying, no, that’s not what happens in our locker rooms. And I just happen to think that our athletes and our coaches know a lot more about what happens in locker rooms than Donald Trump does.

But it wasn’t just this one video that was so disturbing, even shocking. We have seen this kind of behavior throughout this entire campaign, and it’s not just about women. Yes, he’s insulted and demeaned women; we’ve seen it over and over again. But he has targeted others as well. He’s disrespected and denigrated African Americans and Latinos, Muslims and POWs, people with disabilities and immigrants. He is an equal-opportunity insulter if there ever was one.

That is not what we are in America. And it may be who he is, but this election is our chance to show who we are. We are better than that. We are bigger than that. And I want to send a message to every boy and girl, every man and woman in our country, indeed, to the entire world, that that is not who America is. And we can do that by making sure that we turn out in the biggest numbers ever. Some analysts are saying we may have the biggest presidential election than we’ve had in a really long time. And the main reason is because your generation, the young people of America, are the most tolerant, open and generous generation in American history.

You know what’s at stake, but you also know what you believe. And you don’t want someone who says that he’s going to appoint Supreme Court justices who will reverse marriage equality; who will – who will keep Citizens United, one of the worst decisions ever made, that allowed dark, unaccountable money in our electoral system; that will reverse a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions; who will defund Planned Parenthood. You know better than that. You are helping us move toward a more perfect union. That has been the story of America at our best. We keep widening the circle of opportunity and inviting more people in. If you’re willing to do your part, you’re willing to make your contribution, there is a place for you in this nation of ours.

We don’t have to make America great. We’ve got to do what we can to make sure it remains great and it becomes greater because we keep broadening that circle of opportunity.

And please, never forget America is great because America is good, and if we deviate, if we deviate from our fundamental values – and that’s indeed the kind of campaign my opponent has run. He has said he would order our men and women in uniform to commit war crimes. He has said he would impose a religious test on who could come into our country – a nation founded on religious freedom and liberty. This is turning the clock back, not just a few years, but centuries. The only way to rebuke this is to vote. Use the single most important, fundamental right you have as citizens of America.

And when you do, I want you to know what you’re voting for, because I don’t want you just to vote against something. I want you to vote for something. And here’s what we’re going to do.

I believe our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top. So I am ending this campaign the way I started my career all those years ago when I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. As soon as I got out of law school, I said, I don’t want to do anything else other than work hard and advocate for kids and families. So I was fortunate to have the chance to be really on the front lines of a lot of change, helping to get the law that enabled people, kids with disabilities, to go to school. Now, most of you may not have any reason to remember this because you weren’t born, but – there was a time in our country not so long ago when if you had a disability, if you lived in a school district, there was no requirement that they make accommodations for you. And literally millions of kids were denied an education. I went door to door getting information about what was going on with these children so that I could contribute a report to a big national effort to go to the Congress and say, this is wrong – in America, we’re better than this. Open the doors of our schools to kids with disabilities.

And then I was privileged to work to make sure that we got young people out of adult jails and prisons where they had no reason to be in the first place.

So when Donald Trump talks about what I’ve been doing for the last 30 years, I welcome that. I welcome it because in the 1970s, I was working to end discrimination and he was being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination against people in his apartments. And in the 1980s, I was working to improve the schools in Arkansas to make sure that teachers were well paid and that the coursework was going to prepare kids for the future, while he was getting a loan for $14 million from his father to start a business. And in the 1990s, I went to the UN Conference on Women and said women’s rights are human rights – while he was insulting Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. And on the day – on the day that I was in the Situation Room watching the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting Celebrity Apprentice. So if he wants to talk about what we have been doing the last 30 years, bring it on.

So we’ve got to make up our minds about what kind of economy we want. And I’m pretty clear about that. I think we want new jobs with rising incomes. And I want us to have the biggest new jobs effort since the end of World War II. And I have some specific ideas in mind. We are going to have a big investment in infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems. They need to be upgraded and maintained and built. That is a question of competitiveness. We have to have a competitive economy. Our airports are so rundown we don’t even have one airport in our entire country in the top 25 in the world because we’re not using the newest technology. We’re not really prepared to do what we need to to invest in you and invest in those new jobs.

I do want to bring advanced manufacturing. I heard Ted Strickland talking about that. I think we can have a manufacturing renaissance. There is no reason that we cannot own new manufacturing. I’m not interested in a race to the bottom, in competing for low-wage jobs. I am interested in competing for the high-wage jobs. So let’s lead in precision machining, 3D printing.

And let’s be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Some nation’s going to have that title. I think it’s either going to be Germany or China or us. It should be us. No question it should be. We’re going to fight climate change. And we’re going to lead the world in fulfilling the requirements of the Paris agreement.

I’m running against somebody who doesn’t believe in climate change or at least he says he doesn’t, who has even said he thinks it’s a hoax created by the Chinese. Well, right now the Chinese have twice as much renewable energy as we do. So maybe they think it’s a hoax, but they’re investing. And they’re creating. And they’re going to want to export. And what a shame it would be. We have innovated. We have made the technology that could bring us into the forefront of this. And we’re going to do it.

When I am president, I want all of you who care about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, I want you to be part of it. And while we are growing the economy, we are going to make it fairer. We are going to raise the national minimum wage because no one who works full-time should be left in poverty. And don’t you think it is finally time to guarantee equal pay for women’s work?

You know, back in the spring, I was at a town hall in Las Vegas. And the little girl raised her hand. And I called on her. And she said to me, ‘If you’re elected president, does a girl president make the same as a boy president?’

I said, “Well, that’s one of those jobs where they have to publish what you make.” So we’re going to have more transparency so people have more incentive to make sure that everybody is treated fairly.

And I’ll tell you something else. I want to do more to promote profit-sharing. If you help to make the profits, it shouldn’t all just go to the executives and the shareholders. You should be able to share in that.

Now, there’s a lot we can do. And people say, ‘Well, how are you going to pay for it?’ Well, I’m going to go where the money is. And all the money is going to the wealthiest in our country. I have made a pledge, and you can hold me to it. I will not raise taxes on the middle class. Nobody who is working hard to get ahead should be asked to pay more in taxes when we have so many people who have done so well and are not paying their fair share.

Now, Donald Trump is the poster child for this. Last night he finally admitted he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income tax for years. Now, he claims that’s because back in the early 1990s, he apparently lost a billion dollars running casinos. Who loses money running casinos? Really. Now, one of his supporters said, ‘Well, the fact that he lost a billion dollars and that meant he didn’t have to pay taxes made him a genius.’ Well, I guess you do have to be a genius to lose a billion dollars in a year. But I’ll tell you what. What that meant was he paid zero, zero for the military, zero for our vets, zero for Pell Grants to help a lot of you afford college and get through college.

And then he did something that, in retrospect, seemed both odd and not very smart. He brought in Warren Buffett. He said, ‘Well, everybody does this. Warren Buffett does this.’

So Warren Buffett, who, by the way, is a real billionaire, Warren Buffett, heard that, pretty hard to miss. And so he put out a statement today. And here’s what he said. He said, ‘I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13.’ He said, ‘I have copies of all 72 of my returns. And none uses a carryforward.’ That was the gimmick Trump used to avoid paying his fair share. And then Warren Buffett ends by saying, ‘Finally, I have been audited by the IRS multiple times and am currently being audited. I have no problem releasing my tax information while under audit.’ ‘Neither would Mr. Trump. At least he would have no legal problem in doing so.’ Well, if you take a shot at Warren Buffett, you’d better be prepared.

And in fact, Warren Buffett actually agrees with me that wealthy people ought to pay more. He says no person in his fortunate position in life should be paying a lower tax rate than people who work for him. And he has proposed what’s called the Buffett rule, and I am absolutely behind that, and I’ve said that’s one of the changes I want – so that the wealthy have to pay their fair share.

Now, there was a lot about last night that was hard to believe. And so, don’t. But one of the things that really struck me was he had not answer. You know, he’s not usually tongue-tied, but he had no answer when confronted about the report that he’s been buying cheap Chinese steel for his construction projects instead of American-made steel that supports good American jobs. Now, I know you’ve seen reports and you’ve probably seen a lot of the visuals coming out of his rallies. He’s had a lot of them across Ohio. He claims to be on the side of workers. He especially likes to talk about how he supports American steelworkers. He even had the nerve – this is what kills me about him – he even had the nerve to brag about how American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring. And the whole time he was hiding the truth. Hiding the fact that he chose to buy illegally-dumped Chinese steel instead of American steel.

You know, when China illegally floods our market with steel at below-price, and people like Trump buy it, that kills jobs. It kills jobs in this state, including right here in Columbus. This May, Columbus Castings, the biggest single-site foundry in America, just seven miles from where we are tonight, filed for bankruptcy and announced that 800 workers would be laid off. Now, when I think of that and I think of the way Trump has been playing people, it really – it really gets me upset. There’s no justification for it. But it fits him to a T. For all his talk about putting America first, he’s made his products in at least 12 other countries. Trump’s suits and ties were made in Mexico and China. They could have been made right here in Ohio. In fact, he could have made his ties three miles from the Trump Tower in New York.

So we’ve got to figure out how we have an economy that really does produce growth and rewards companies that do the right thing. And that for me means we need to have a tax system that rewards investment in our country, investment in workers, investment in plant and equipment, investment in research and development, and give the good guys a chance to get ahead instead of being taken advantage of by Wall Street and others.

We are going to end the cowboy culture on Wall Street and what happens in too many boardrooms. We’re going to defend the tough new rules on Wall Street that President Obama got passed, the Dodd-Frank rules. Trump wants to do away with those. He also wants to do away with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, something that was designed and created by my friend Senator Elizabeth Warren to protect consumers. He wants to do away with that. And yet he claims to be on the side of working people and the middle class.

Well, we’re going to crack down on corporate fraud, like we’ve seen at Wells Fargo. We’re going to crack down to make sure that Wall Street can never wreck Main Street again. And we’re going to do it in part by imposing some penalties on companies that try to pick up and leave America. If they try to leave, we’re going to slap an exit tax on them and make them pay back every single penny they ever got in tax benefits from anybody in America.

We’re also going to end the carried interest loophole. I’ve been trying to get that done for years. We’re going to get it done. We’ve got a couple of different ways of doing it. I hope that Congress along with us, but if they don’t, we’re going to figure out a way to finally put an end to what is one of the most unfair parts of the whole tax code, hedge fund managers and others paying a lower tax rate, not for investing but just for moving money around. That’s going to end. I want to reward the productive economy. I don’t want to keep rewarding the financial economy. That is not the way we’re going to grow new businesses, and create new opportunities and more jobs for Americans.

Now, people in Ohio often ask about, ‘Well, what are we going to do about trade?’ Well, we’re going to have smart and fair trade. That’s what I love about your Senator, Sherrod Brown. He is one of the best advocates for the kind of trade deals we should have. Look. We’ve got to trade with the rest of the world. We’re only 5 percent of the population of the world. We’ve got to trade with the other 95 percent. When I was Secretary of State, we really bore down on this, and we increased American exports 30 percent, and in particular, 50 percent to China, because we stood behind every American business. We helped them knock down every barrier so that they could get into those markets and sell.

And I’ve gone toe-to-toe with the Chinese over trade. They have tried to slap unfair tariffs and prevent American companies from doing business without having to pay some kind of big fine or make some big deal. So we’re going to stand up. I’m going to have a trade prosecutor who will report directly to me to make sure every trade deal we’re already in is absolutely followed to the letter so nobody takes advantage of us.

And I’ve always had three tests for trade deals: Does it create American jobs? Does it raise American incomes? is it good for our national security? And when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the TPP, it fails my tests. Once it was finally negotiated, I don’t think it will do what I want it to do, so I oppose it. I oppose TPP now. I’ll oppose it after the election. I’ll oppose it as president. But I’m going to keep fighting to open markets so that we can get more jobs and rising incomes by exporting into those markets and doing business with the rest of the world.

I also saw a sign or a t-shirt out here about Social Security. And that may not always be something that people on a great university campus think about, but I’ll tell you what. I am never going to let anybody privatize Social Security. That is off the table forever.

So let’s say yes to good jobs, but here’s what else we need to say yes to. Let’s say yes to good education from preschool all the way through college and university. I want every kid to be able to attend this great university to do well. And for a lot of kids, they’re not prepared when they get to kindergarten and first grade. There’s an achievement gap already. There’s also a digital gap; we have five million homes, mostly poor homes, without access to the internet, so they’re behind. I want this to be a true meritocracy. I’m tired of inequality. I want people to feel like they can get ahead if they work for it.

So I want to have universal pre-kindergarten so every child can be prepared to be successful. I want good schools and good teachers in every zip code so every child has the best possible public education. And I think we made a mistake when we took what used to be called vocational education out of high school. We need technical education for more young people. Not everybody needs to or wants to go to a four-year college, but everybody should have the opportunity to get the skills that he or she needs to get ahead and be successful. I want us to have our community colleges working with our high schools and our businesses. We have a lot of job openings for machinists and tool and die markers, for coders, for all kinds of skills.

And then when it comes to college, I want everybody who goes to a public college or university to understand what I am proposing that is a joint proposal from Senator Sanders and myself. We both remember that college was affordable. And it isn’t for a lot of people now, and a lot of states have disinvested in their great public colleges and universities. So here is our proposal.

We want anyone from a family that makes less than $125,000 a year to go to Ohio State University tuition-free. And for families over that line, we want you to go debt-free. So yes, you pay what you can afford, but you don’t have to go into debt to go to Ohio State. And I’ll tell you, the other big problem – how many of you already have student debt? Oh, wow. Practically every hand. Well, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make it possible for you to refinance that debt. If you can refinance your home mortgage, your car payment, or if Donald can refinance his airplane, you ought to be able to refinance your student debt.

And then we want you to pay it back as a percentage of the income you make, and have a limit on that, 10 percent, so that – I feel personally about this because that’s what I did after law school. My dad was a small businessman, and he really was a saver. He didn’t even have a credit card. Didn’t believe in that. So he saved the money for me to go to college. I had to work if I wanted to buy a book, but that was okay. That was the arrangement. And then I told him I wanted to go to law school. He said, ‘You’re on your own. I don’t have any money for that.’ So I worked, I got a small scholarship, and I took out loans. But boy, was I lucky, because I got into one of the earliest income repayment programs. In other words, when I got out of law school, I could go to work for the Children’s Defense Fund and make, I don’t know, $14,000 a year because I could pay it back as a percentage of my income, not on an interest rate of 8, 10, 12 percent like I see from young people across America.

So that’s what I want, but I also want to make it possible, if you do public service or national service, to have a lot of your loan, and maybe all of it, forgiven because you’re going to be paying back to our country. And I’ve got this idea about something I’m calling the National Service Reserve. It’s kind of like if any of you have ever been in the military reserve. You get the training and you’re kind of on call and you practice and train. And then if you’re needed, you’re called up. I want a civilian national reserve, and I want people of all ages in it. And we would train you so that if there’s a natural disaster or some other problem that has to be dealt with, we could call you up to go do that. And it’s a way of making sure that people are giving back all the time to this country because that’s how we build solidarity. That’s how we get to know each other better.

So I’m pretty excited about what we’re going to do together. And I can’t do any of this without your help. I really am asking you to do everything you can to make sure you’re registered, to tell your friends and anybody else you can talk to make sure they’re registered. As I said, go to iwillvote.com. You can find it out right there on that site. And we’d love to have you be involved in the campaign because I know that if we win in November, we can summon the positive spirit of our country back again. I think I have to do everything, everything in my power to bring people together, and I will.

It’s really important to me that you know that I want to be your president whether you vote for me or not. Obviously, I hope you do, but I will be your president, and I will stand up for you, and I will work for you, and I will fight for you. So please, if you’re not registered, get registered by tomorrow, and then you can start voting October 12th. And whatever issue, whatever issue you care about, imagine that that is on the ballot. Imagine if you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage, if you believe – if you believe that we finally should have paid family leave in this country like every other advanced economy, if you believe climate change is real and we could save our planet by creating a lot of jobs at the same time, if you believe diversity is America’s strength, not a weakness, if you believe women should be able to make our own health care decisions and that LGBT Americans should be treated equally across America, and you should be able to live up to your potential, no matter who you are or where you come from, then start voting October the 12th!

And I promise you this. Together we’re going to prove that we can make the future what it should be for all of you; that there is a positive, optimistic, confident America out there; that America’s best days are ahead of us, not the dark and divisive vision of my opponent, but one in keeping with what I see as I travel across America – the energy, the dynamism, the entrepreneurial spirit of all Americans, but particularly young Americans. So please, join this campaign. Be part of it for the next 29 days. And together we will prove that we can have the future that we want and that yes, love trumps hate! Thank you, Ohio State!”

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Foreign Policy Magazine has never endorsed a presidential candidate.  The dramatic contrast between the 2016 major party candidates has impelled the editors to break tradition.  H/T to our pal “sam” for sharing this one.

Hillary Clinton for President of the United States

A Donald Trump presidency is among the greatest threats facing America, and the Republican standard-bearer is the worst major-party candidate for the job in U.S. history.

By The Editors of Foreign Policy

In the nearly half-century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication’s independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our readers, regardless of political orientation.

It is for all these reasons that FP’s editors are now breaking with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.

Our readers depend on FP for insight and analysis into issues of national security and foreign policy. We feel that our obligation to our readers thus extends now to making clear the great magnitude of the threat that a Donald Trump presidency would pose to the United States. The dangers Trump presents as president stretch beyond the United States to the international economy, to global security, to America’s allies, as well as to countless innocents everywhere who would be the victims of his inexperience, his perverse policy views, and the profound unsuitability of his temperament for the office he seeks.

The litany of reasons Trump poses such a threat is so long that it is, in fact, shocking that he is a major party’s candidate for the presidency. The recent furor over his vile behavior with women illustrates the extraordinary nature of his unsuitability, as does his repudiation by so many members of his own party — who have so many reasons to reflexively support their nominee.

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Foreign Policy is very familiar with Hillary Clinton’s qualifications having published about her regularly during her tenure at the State Department.

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Hillary was at Wayne State University in Michigan today rallying a wildly enthusiastic audience and encouraging them to register with volunteers in the venue if they had not already done so.  The deadline for voter registration in Michigan is tomorrow.

Look for Hillary around the 1:12 mark.

In Detroit, Clinton Calls Trump Unacceptable for Working Families

At a voter registration event in Detroit, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump the wrong choice for working families and their jobs, citing a report on his use of Chinese steel and aluminum for his construction projects, opposition to the auto bailout and statement that Americans’ wages are too high. Clinton said that Trump made money on the backs of the middle class, paying no income tax for years and gaming the system while she is committed to building an economy that works for all, not just those at the top. These policies are unacceptable to American workers, Clinton said, adding, “I do have some advice for Donald. If he wants to make America great again, start by buying American steel for his construction projects.”

Clinton offered a different approach, highlighting her plans to make public colleges tuition-free for working families and debt-free for everyone, reform Wall Street’s “cowboy culture” and force companies shipping jobs overseas to pay an exit tax.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Thank you! Thank you so much. Wow. Sounds like we’ve got some Wayne State Warriors here today.  I am so excited, so thrilled to be here. Did anybody see that debate last night? Well, you never saw anything like that before.

It is great to be here with so many wonderful officials. I want to thank them. I know they’ve been out to talk with you. I appreciate the introduction that Jim Allen gave me, and I’m proud to be introduced by the president of the steelworkers.  I want to thank your senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, our members of Congress, John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence and Sandy Levin.  I want to thank your wonderful mayor, Mike Duggan.  I want to thank County Executive Warren Evans.

It’s exciting to be here for so many reasons – to be back here in Detroit, to be at Wayne State.  I thought President Obama was pretty accurate when he was talking about how Detroit is coming back.  And that’s thanks to a lot of people. And it’s going to really depend upon the young people of this university and this city to build a future that we can all not only be proud of but be part of. And I will tell you this: If I am so fortunate enough as to be your president come next January, I will be your partner!

But whether or not I get that chance really depends upon all of you, and we’re coming up to an important day. Tomorrow,October 11th, tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in Michigan. So I’m hoping that all of your either are registered or you will before the deadline. And we have people all over the crowd with clipboards. We’ve got clipboards who can help you register to vote. If you’re registered but you have friends and family who aren’t, I need you to convince them to register, go to their local clerk’s office. If you’re not sure if you’re registered or if you’ve moved recently and you want to make sure, go to iwillvote.com.  It’s amazing. You can put your name in and your address to make sure you’re registered. So, please do that.

If you have an absentee ballot sitting at home, I hope you will fill it out and mail it in right away. Don’t put that off. There are a lot of important races down-ballot as well. But that’s how we’re going to win – by the biggest turnout that we have seen in a really long time.  And the reason why it’s going to be a big turnout is people really know what’s at stake in this election. They are concerned. As you heard Jim say, the differences between me and my opponent are pretty clear.  To paraphrase my friend, Michelle Obama: one of us went high, and one of us went low!  And I’ll tell you, what’s exciting to me is that we’re getting more and more support not just from Democrats but from independents and Republicans.

Now, I believe you deserve something to vote for, not just something to vote against. So last night, when I got a chance, I tried to speak directly to the questions that are on people’s minds and to share my vision of what we can do together. And I’ll tell you what, Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing.

Now, there are a lot of things he should apologize for, right? And on Friday, the whole world heard him talking about the terrible way he treats women.  And last night, when he was pressed about how he behaves, he just doubled down on his excuse that it’s just locker room banter. Well, I’ll tell you what, women and men across America know that is just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people.

Now, I got to tell you, though, we’ve seen this kind of behavior all through the campaign from my opponent, and unfortunately some people don’t want to face it. But here’s a man who has insulted not just women but African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, Muslims, POWs, and so many more.

So I do hope somebody follows that gentleman out and stages an intervention. He clearly has not been following this election very closely.

But hey, folks, we now know – we now know who Donald Trump is. But the real question for us is who are we? Right? I would argue we are not who he is.  Here in America, we are taught to and we should respect each other, lift each other up, celebrate our diversity.  That’s the country that I know and love, and that’s the country that this generation of young people are going to make even stronger, more open, more tolerant.

I believe that we can do this. ‘Stronger Together’ is not just a slogan for me, it’s a blueprint for our future.  I believe our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top.  And I’m closing my campaign the way I started my career, fighting for kids and families to make sure every single person in this country has the chance to go as far as your hard work and your talent will take you.

You see, I believe the American Dream is big enough for everybody.  That’s been the cause of my life. That will be the mission of my presidency, working to make your life better, investing in you, focusing on those kitchen table issues that keep families up at night. You know what they are – the cost of college, the cost of childcare, which in lots of places is as much as college, paying for health care, especially prescription drugs.  How many of you – how many of you already have student debt. Well, that is going to be one of the first things I address.

I got to tell you, I am very proud of the plan that Senator Bernie Sanders and I did together. Senator Sanders and I ran a campaign on issues, not insults, and I’m very proud of that.  And when it was over, we got together and we joined our ideas and we said, okay. Number one, we’re going to help everybody who already has debt to refinance your college debt.  That will save you thousands of dollars. It will enable you to use some of your money for other things – wouldn’t that be nice, right? – and we’re going to make college affordable.

Now, I got to tell you, we don’t really get any ideas that will help anybody else from my opponent. Last night he admitted he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income tax for years.  Now, apparently the reason for that is he lost a billion dollars in a single year on bad investments and failing casinos.  How do you lose money running casinos? And you know, somebody then said, ‘Well, that just shows what a genius he is.’ Well, it does take a certain kind of genius to lose a billion dollars in a single year.

But seriously, you know what that means? That means zero, zero, for Pell Grants. Zero for the military. Zero for our vets. He hasn’t contributed his fair share by any stretch of the imagination to support our country. He’s been taking from America with both hands and sticking the rest of us with the bill because I believe that every single one of us in this room today has paid more in federal income taxes that Donald Trump has.

Now, last night he tried to drag Warren Buffett in it. You remember that? It was like, ‘Oh, yeah. Well, maybe I’ve never paid income tax, and maybe somebody else hasn’t, either,’ and he mentioned Warren Buffett.

Well, today Warren Buffett put out a statement.  Well, for starters, Warren Buffett is real billionaire.  And he put out a statement, and it said this: ‘I have paid’ – this is Warren Buffett talking – ‘I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13 years old.’  He says, ‘I have copies of all 72 of my returns, and none uses a carry-forward,’ which was the gimmick Trump used to avoid paying taxes. And then, I love this, his last paragraph: ‘Finally, I have been audited by the IRS multiple times, and am currently being audited. I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit.’  And then he concludes by saying, ‘Neither would Mr. Trump. At least he would have no legal problem.’ So if you’re going to call out Warren Buffett, you better be prepared for him telling some good, old-fashioned, Nebraska honest facts about what the truth really is.

And the other thing about Warren Buffett is he agrees with me. Rich people ought to be paying more federal income taxes to pay their fair share for our country.

Also last night, Donald had no answer when confronted by the report that he’s been buying cheap Chinese steel for construction projects instead of good American steel that supports good American jobs. Now, look, he’s gone all over Michigan claiming to be on the side of workers, right? You’ve seen that, you’ve heard that. He especially likes to talk about how he supports American steelworkers. He even had the nerve to brag about how, and this is a quote, ‘American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring.’ And all the while, he was hiding the truth. He went to great extremes to hide the fact that he chose to support Chinese workers, not American workers.

Now, you in Michigan, like a lot of places in our country, know that China has been dumping – dumping – cheap steel into our markets for too long. And you’ve seen the consequences up close, because when China illegally floods our markets with cheap steel and people like Donald Trump buy it, then it kills good jobs – kills jobs here in Wayne County, kills jobs across Michigan and lots of other places. That’s why Jim was out here introducing me, because the steelworkers, they know that this is a big, big deal.

And how does Trump look at these workers in the eye, how does he brag about big tall buildings when he’s putting American workers out of work and he’s shutting down steel mills? Well, he needs to try to explain that, I think. And like everything else, it’s not likely that he will. He’ll go on saying the same factually untrue things. Well, I do have some advice for Donald. If he wants to make America great again, start by buying American steel for his construction projects.

But here’s the other thing you need to remember, because I know – I assume some of you know people who might be thinking about voting for Trump.  And – I know. But you do – you do have to try. Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump. That is exactly the case, right?  So if people aren’t worried about the fact he pays no income tax, and if they’re not worried about how he’s mislead people about where he gets his steel, point out to them that he actually stood on a debate stage during the Republican primaries and said wages in America are too high.

I love it; he keeps denying these things, and he must forget that we do have video and audio in 2016 and you can actually pull it out again and show people.

Now, last year he even suggested that U.S. automakers – remember, automakers and related industry employs 1.1 million people in Michigan, right? He even suggested that U.S. automakers shift production away from Michigan to communities where workers are paid less.  But nobody should be surprised, because back in the Great Recession when millions of jobs across America hung in the balance, Donald Trump said, ‘Rescuing the auto industry didn’t really matter very much.’  He said, and I quote again, ‘Let it go.’

Now, I can’t imagine that. I supported President Obama’s decision to rescue the auto industry in America.  And just look, last year in 2015 the auto industry had its best year ever.

So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to stand up against unfair trade practices like dumping illegal steel. We are going to stand up for the proposition that investing in American workers is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.  We’re going to have – we’re going to have the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II in infrastructure – I saw some laborers back there – our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems like in Flint.

We are also going to invest in advanced manufacturing. I believe we can take jobs – good-paying, value-adding jobs away from not low-wage competitors but high-wage competitors like Germany. If we put our minds to it, we could be the center of precision machining, 3D printing. We could make a real difference in creating advanced manufacturing – a manufacturing renaissance.

And I think we can become the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.  Clean, renewable energy jobs, building a new, modern electric grid to be able to take in and distribute clean energy. We can do this. Let’s finish the job of connecting the entire country to the internet. There are too many places and too many poor families that are still not connected. Let’s do more to support small businesses. That’s where two-thirds of the new jobs will come from.

And because of the plan that Senator Sanders and I have worked on, we’re going to make public colleges like Wayne State tuition-free for working families.  If your family makes less than $125,000 a year, it’ll be tuition-free. If it’s over that, it will be debt-free so you only pay what you can afford without going into debt.  And if you already have student debt, we will help you refinance it and pay it back so you never have to pay more than you can afford. And you can actually see how this would affect you if you go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator because we have calculated how much money you individually can save under our plan.

I am really excited about this. We’re going to rewrite the rules of our economy to create both more growth and more fairness so it’s more broadly inclusive because, in addition to creating jobs, I want to raise the national minimum wage so if you work full-time, you’re not in poverty.  I want to finally guarantee equal pay for women’s work.  And I want to do more to incentivize more companies to share their profits with their employees.  If you help to make that profit, it should not be just the executives who get to share in it.

And we will end the cowboy culture on Wall Street and the quick-buck mentality in corporate boardrooms. We’re going to defend the tough rules, the Dodd-Frank rules, on Wall Street. We are going to defend the Consumer Protection Bureau, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that was envisioned and largely created by my friend Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Donald Trump wants to get rid of the new rules on Wall Street, and he wants to get rid of this agency that protects consumers from being cheated. That is just so backward. And if companies try to ship jobs overseas, we’re going to make them pay back every penny in any tax benefit they ever got.

And how are we going to pay for it? Well, we’re going to pay for it by getting people at the top to pay their taxes. And  – and we know how to do this. And we had quite a back-and-forth last night because it was bizarre. Donald Trump’s proposals have been independently analyzed. They will only help people like Donald Trump. They are the biggest tax breaks for the wealthy ever. They will raise taxes on millions of middle class families. And that doesn’t work. That’s called trickle-down economics. It doesn’t work for the vast majority of Americans. We’ve got to make it clear, as I have, I am not raising taxes on middle class families, period.

So there are so many contrasts between Donald and me that it’s almost hard to keep track of all of them. That’s why I hope you’ll go to my website, hillaryclinton.com. Any issue you’re interested in, we do have our ideas there. But we welcome people. We’ve had people literally contact our campaign on the website and say, ‘I read your policy about this issue.’ And I think I’ve got a good idea. And we pay attention, and we contact people. We want the best ideas we could get from across America to make our country all we can be together.

So there is a lot of work to be done. But this is – this is a time to come together in these last 29 days. We know very well that we’ve got to make good things happen in our country. And I believe that with all of my heart.

I had a very blessed life. And I am grateful for everything my family did for me. But I will tell you this. It wasn’t easy. My grandfather on my dad’s side was a factory worker. My dad was a small businessman, worked really hard. My mom was abandoned and neglected as a child. And it was really only through the kindness of people that she got through her childhood. And then she was working as a maid and a babysitter by the time she was 14. So I take none of this at all for granted.  And I believe America is an exceptional nation. We have so much to be grateful for.  But we each have to do our own part. And we each have to reach out with more kindness to others.

I know there’s been a lot of negativity. And it’s easy to get cynical about politics, but I’ll tell you what. That’s what the other side wants you to feel. They want you to just say, ‘Well, I’m not going to vote because it’s so nasty.’ That’s the main reason to vote: to make it clear we’re not putting up with that kind of attitude.  And I am going to reach out to everybody because the next 30 days will shape the next 30 years.

And we hope that, we really hope that, young people will represent the biggest voting group in this election ever. I spend a lot of time talking with and listening to young people. And I know that it is sometimes a little bit challenging to figure out what is going on. Who should I believe? What do I need to know? But trust your heart. Trust your heart because if we work together, we can make this country what we know it will be and should be.

So please help me. Make every phone call you can. Know on every door you can. Go to hillaryclinton.com and volunteer. Text JOIN, J-O-I-N, to 47246. We’re going to prove to the world we are stronger together. And, yes, love trumps hate.  Thank you.”

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The talk today, of course, was all about last night’s debate.  It really doesn’t matter what the polls say.  The only poll that matters is the election. Regardless of polls, we have to work until every last vote is cast.  If you are with Hillary, show her your support by chipping in if you can.

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There is no sense in trying to analyze this one based on content.  Trump’s strategy was to deflect every question to prepared and overworked talking points.  The pictures, however, say it all.  The kinesics and proxemics in this debate were everything.

Things began by looking pretty normal for a town hall format.  Hillary looked very executive.  By that I mean Chief Executive.  She also looked beautiful. I know that is shallow, so shoot me. It’s been a long night of looking upon the very unpleasant countenance of Trump.  Hillary’s appearance was a form a refreshment in a desert of suits made in Mexico and ties made in China.

Look. Pictures are worth thousands of words.

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When Trump was talking Hillary remained seated and engaged.

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When Hillary was speaking, Trump remained standing.

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Hillary seated.  Trump standing and speaking.

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Hillary speaking.  Trump standing and looking challenging.

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Even when he is pointing at her (rudely) she remains seated.

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She also smiled a lot. Her face remained pleasant.  She stayed composed throughout and her demeanor was always appropriate.

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Then Trump began doing the most bizarre thing. He stood behind her in a way that came on the TV screen like a Jennifer Lawrence photo bomb.  It appeared on TV screens as threatening, stalker-like behavior.

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She talks.  He stalks.

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She was talking and he interrupted.  The appearance is that of a duet.  But it was her turn.  He was told several times not to intrude on her time.

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He scowled.

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What is this?  She was speaking to the person with the question.  He had apparently lost interest.  He walked around like a bored teenager waiting for the ticket window at the rock fest to open.

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Look at his face when she is speaking.

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What’s this?  Leaning on his chair?  Where is the stamina?  But he would not sit.  Must maintain the advantage of his height.

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Maybe he thought it looked presidential.

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In Trump’s case, the chair was holding him up. Why didn’t he just sit down?  At least in 1776 when the founding fathers sing “Sit down, John,” John Adams was actually speaking and making sense.  Trump just seemed to need a respite.  She was talking.

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Debating the first woman nominated by a major party for president.

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While Hillary sat attentively when he had the floor.

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Like a two-year-old.  “My back is turned.  You can’t see me.”

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Lurking.

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Mussolini face. Il Duce lives!  Viva!

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Such a sourpuss.

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Even when he tried to smile the scowly face came through.

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Smirking.  The attempts at smiles looked more like mugging.

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But Hillary remained composed, pleasant, and presidential throughout.

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As far as content went, this debate was a spider’s web.  Trump spun off questions into so many unrelated topics that Twitter was rife with people asking what he was talking about.  For Hillary even to attempt to refute the unrelated kitchen sink of statements would have taken far more than the two-minute allotments.  She was onto his game and said she knew he was “into big diversion” to get away from how his campaign was going.  Not only was his body language menacing, Trump threatened her with a special prosecutor to “look into her situation” (whatever that is supposed to mean) should he be elected.

This was far from an informative debate, no fault of Hillary’s.  Trump was so contentious that at one point he switched to debating moderator, Martha Raddatz, who actually has been in war zones, as Trump has not, and knows something about military strategy while Trump does not.  Trump drove so many ersatz topics onto the floor in tiny time capsules that there was no way for Hillary to load on with refutation.  She let him have his head because that’s what you do with a mad, feral animal which is what Trump was.  He huffed and puffed like the wolf in The Three Little Pigs – or was that more sniffing?  He is completely undisciplined, untamed, and lacks all capacity for improvement. Not redeemable.

Visually, there were times when Trump appeared to be stalking Hillary.  Pacing back and forth while she spoke. It was most unsettling.

This was not the best presidential debate in our history.  In fact it was creepy.  None of that was Hillary’s fault. She tried her best to keep this on topic and on issue.  Trump used every distraction in opposition to her attempts.  How we score winning and losing should not be based on whether his tactics succeeded. It should be based on which candidate answered the questions and did not drive the car into a ditch.

Here’s the video.

Here is the transcript >>>>

It was difficult to keep up with the incohesive barrage of buckshot Trump sprayed far and wide, but the infinitely patient fact-checkers at The Briefing offer this.

Do you think Hillary did a great job last night?  Give her a boost!  Chip in!  She has your back.  Let her know you have hers!

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If you are an avid Hillary supporter and grassroots volunteer, you get many emails in the course of the day from various arms of the campaign asking for specific help on a variety of tasks.  One thing you are never asked to do is help Hillary prepare for the debates.  Nevertheless, I do receive random emails and messages offering exactly that kind of unsolicited assistance.  Hillary does not need our help with that.  Buzzfeed‘s Ruby Cramer‘s latest opus explains how Hillary goes on the debate stage loaded for bear, and why nothing the average or even above-average supporter could never come close to the kind of ammunition Hillary has in her arsenal.

The article treats one characteristic of Hillary’s that I like best.  It is the reason why I think she will be an awesome president: she is diligent, assiduous, leaves no stone unturned, and has a mind like a steel trap!  Read this, then watch the debate tonight.  Trump will not be ready for the incoming.  Enjoy! Be prepared to cheer!

Hillary Clinton Already Knows The Bad Thing You Said

It’s no accident that Hillary Clinton throws obscure facts, names, and comments at opponents during debates. She loves opposition research. She delights in it, personally reading every detail and methodically storing it away — part of what makes Clinton, whether in debates, or day to day on the campaign trail, “obsessive” when it comes to being prepared.

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It was November in Iowa, and Martin O’Malley was polling at 4%.

This was not, however, about to stop Hillary Clinton from ensuring that if and when the little-known Maryland governor attacked her ties to Wall Street on the debate stage, which he did, she would be ready with a perfectly tailored response, which she was.

“Well, you know, governor,” she said, “I know that when you had the chance to appoint a commissioner for financial regulation, you chose an investment banker in 2010.”

It was with the same specificity and ease that Clinton landed one hit after the other on Donald Trump in the first debate, weaving into nearly every exchange a dredged-up quote or damning data point from nearly every period of her opponent’s life.

“And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said by the end of the night, introducing the world to Miss Universe 1996, whom Trump once criticized for gaining weight. “He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping.’”

“Donald,” Clinton said, ready with the line. “She has a name.”

Trump put his face to the mic. “Where did you find this? Where did you find this?”

“… Her name is Alicia Machado.”

“Where did you find this?” Trump asked Clinton a third time.

The question has perplexed her opponents on the debate stage before. But for the aides who have worked with Clinton in close proximity on campaigns, the hyper-specific and obscure jab, delivered with on-the-spot precision, is their boss’ trademark. As described by current and former staffers, Clinton is a candidate who insists on being “humongously prepared,” who consumes research with “obsessive” rigor — and who, perhaps more than most elected officials, delights in the art form known by political professionals as “oppo.”

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