Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Tom Hayden

Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of Tom Hayden. His eventful life in pursuit of peace and justice ran the gamut from protesting to legislating, with lots of writing and teaching along the way. Attacked first by the right as a dangerous radical, then by the left for his willingness to compromise, Tom always marched to the beat of his own drummer, doing what he thought at any given time would advance his lifelong goals. Hillary and I knew him for more than thirty years and valued both his words of support and his criticism. His intelligence, intensity, and willingness to put himself on the line was uniquely American. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and his children.


Hillary departed White Plains this morning headed for New Hampshire where she met up with Liz Warren and Maggie Hassan for a massive campaign event.

It did not take a wizard to figure out that #MouthfulOfTicTacs was going to trend on Twitter today.






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Joined by Warren in Manchester, Clinton Contrasts Her Plans to Confront Our Country’s Challenges With Trump’s Reckless Remarks

At a rally in Manchester on Monday, Hillary Clinton contrasted her concern for the issues that keep working families up at night with Donald Trump’s disdain for our democratic traditions. Both Democrats and Republicans, including 150 Republican leaders in New Hampshire, are uniting to reject Trump’s unprecedented statements: his refusal to commit to accept the results of the election on November 8th, his declaration that the mission to displace ISIS from Mosul is a disaster just as it’s starting and countless statements belittling and demeaning women. Clinton also highlighted reports today of a suit against Trump’s New Jersey golf club by a former employee, alleging a hostile workplace where he experienced both physical and verbal harassment because he is gay.

Clinton hailed the strong early vote numbers favoring the Democratic ticket as proof that most Americans believe we are ‘Stronger Together.’ Our country needs a president ready to deal with our country’s biggest challenges and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top Clinton said, adding, “to me, and I hope to you as well, this is about more than winning an election, it’s about the kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what this has to be about. It’s about the lessons we want to pass on to our sons and our daughters.”

Elizabeth Warren called Donald Trump unqualified to be president on the basis of both his business record and his past statements demeaning women and insulting minorities. Hillary Clinton is the best candidate by far to face down Donald Trump’s dangerous vision for America, Warren said, adding,”She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter at 3:00 a.m. to call her opponents losers or dummies. She doesn’t even cry that the election is rigged. Nope. Hillary is the kind who just gets up every day and she keeps on fighting – fighting for children, fighting for women, fighting for families, fighting for health care, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field. Hillary fights for us. That’s right.”

Both Clinton and Warren urged Granite Staters to get out and vote, not only for Clinton but also for U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan and Gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern.

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


“Thank you – Wow! I don’t know about you, but I could listen to Elizabeth Warren go on all day! It is so great to be back here in New Hampshire! I am one of the significant groups of women who went to […] back here.

Oh, it is so wonderful to be here on this college campus, and to see so many young people here as Maggie and Elizabeth and I were walking up to the stage. And a lot of people were hanging out of the windows, and we’re glad that you’ve got the best view of what we’re doing here. It’s also exciting to be here with two weeks left because this is the most consequential election of our lifetime, and to see the energy and enthusiasm that this crowd displayed – I saw it yesterday in North Carolina, I saw it the day before in Ohio, it really does demonstrate that Americans are really looking at what’s at stake and are coming to the conclusion that we all have to be involved in the remaining days of the campaign. And that everyone needs to turn out to vote.

In New Hampshire, you have a lot of reasons to vote – you’ve got great candidates for Congress, Annie Kuster and Carol Shea Porter, who deserve your support, and you’ve got a great candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, thank you!

I know that Maggie, Elizabeth and I have been out here giving the full […], but I hope that you will know what is at stake in the governor’s race, and in sending these two extraordinary women to the House, and boy, it is exciting to be here with Maggie and Elizabeth. They are people who fight for you every single day. I know these women, and it is a privilege to be on this stage with them.

Now, Elizabeth Warren has a track record of making it her mission to stand up to Wall Street. And she is going to make sure that Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again! But you may not know that she was the person behind setting up the agency that protects consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and it was set up to stand against and to do something about the kinds of fraud and abuse we’ve seen from Wells Fargo. And they are on the frontlines of returning billions of dollars to Americans who have been cheated and defrauded by big companies, by banks and others. In fact, I think it is fair to say some of the best TV that you can see is on C-SPAN when Elizabeth is going after a bank executive or regulator. She is refusing to let them off the hook, and she is not just speaking for herself, is she? She is speaking for every single American who is frustrated and fed up. And I am so looking forward to working with her to rewrite the rules of our economy to make sure we both grow it and make it fairer for every single person working hard here in America.

I know we are up here without our phones so we cannot check tweets but – I kind of expect if Donald heard what she just said, he is tweeting away. She gets under his thin skin like nobody else. She is calling him out of his mysterious tax returns. She exposes him for what he is – temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States. And Maggie is going to be a great United States senator for New Hampshire. You do not have to take my word or Elizabeth’s word. Look at what she has already done. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country.

During her governorship, it was ranked as the best state in the country for business, and she has done it the New Hampshire way. She has brought people together, Democrats and Republicans, and Independents, and I think she has the biggest legislature, probably in the world, that she has to deal with. So she has really horned her skills – listening and trying to work with people, and she has taken issues that do keep families up at night. From the sky rocketing costs of college and prescription drugs and helping students to figure out ways to afford to get their education to helping those suffering from addiction or mental health or raising wages for hard working families. What I love about Maggie is that she is independent, she knows how to find common ground, and how to stand her ground. And that is exactly the kind of leader we need in the United States Senate.

Because we’ve got to break through the gridlock and dysfunction that has unfortunately […] Washington. We have to get back to listening respectfully. We can disagree without being disagreeable. That is why we need leaders like Maggie, and unlike her opponent, she has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.

She knows he should not be a role model for our kids or anybody else for that matter. So I hope in these next 14 days, you do everything you can to support her. And I want to say a word about Colin, who I have also known for a number of years now. Maggie is leaving some big shoes. She does not look like it, but she is leaving some big shoes to fill as governor. Colin is the person for that job. You know as a member of Executive Council, and I remember this because it took a lot of guts.

He helped lead the fight for funding Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire against his opponent by the way, and he has showed that he will stand up for women’s health 100 percent of the time, not just when it is politically convenient. He also worked with Maggie to cross party lines to help expand Medicaid to more than 50,000 granted […]

And Colin wants to do more to invest clean energy like wind and solar to hold down energy costs here in New Hampshire and to protect the beautiful environment of this state. And he will fight to put into action the promise of higher education within reach for more families. So please during these next days, make sure you’re doing everything you can for Colin, for Carol, and for Annie. Now did anybody see the last debate? I stood next to Donald Trump in three debates for four and a half hours proving once again, I have the stamina to be president. I’ve tried to use the time I had in all three to talk about what people talk to me about, starting here in New Hampshire and going across the country, because I take it really seriously.

I think the problems that keep you up tonight, that stand in the way of your getting ahead and staying ahead, of providing the best opportunity of a good middle class job with a rising income for you and your kids, those are the problems that someone running for president should actually listen to, pay attention to and come up with solutions for.

So I do have a lot of plans, I do. And I get criticized for having so many plans. Tim Kaine and I have actually written a book – oh, there’s one copy right there! It’s called – oh, another copy! It’s called ‘Stronger Together,’ and we lay out all of our plans for what we want to do if we’re so honored as to be president and vice president. And I do have this old-fashioned idea that if I’m here asking for your vote to be your president, I should tell you what I’m going to do, and maybe, as I said yesterday in North Carolina, maybe it’s a bit of a women’s thing because we make lists. We do, we make lists and we try to write down what we’re supposed to do and then cross them off as we go through the day and the week. And so, I want you think about our plans are as our lists – our lists as a country.

We are going to get our economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. We are going to make college affordable. We are going to lower prescription drug costs, and we’re going to do everything we can to keep faith with what we have said we’re going to do. What a novel idea! We’re actually going to try to deliver results for you.

But I got to tell you. During that debate, Donald said something. Well, he said a lot of things that were troubling, but he said something truly horrifying. He became the first person running for president – Republican or Democrat – to refuse to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, that is a direct threat to our democracy. I’m not going to try to call it anything else because that’s what it is. All this talk about the election being rigged, trying to stir up people who are supporting him at his rallies, that is a direct threat to our democracy. And I got to tell you – as your secretary of state, I went to 112 countries and I went to countries where people were jailed for being political opponents, where they were exiled, where they were killed. I take this really seriously.

And for me, the peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes our country great – something that – something we can’t lose, something we shouldn’t ever doubt. We cannot give in to cynicism, and I don’t think we are. I’ll tell you what’s exciting to me is across this country, at the very moment Donald Trump is making this unprecedented attack on our fundamental values, our institutions, millions of people are standing up for democracy, registering, volunteering, voting early.

So when you get a little discouraged or you get frustrated by what you see in this campaign, think of this: we have just reached a historic milestone. More than 200 million Americans are now registered to vote. And most exciting, that includes more than 50 million young people, the biggest number ever. Now you only see numbers like this when people are standing up for what they believe in and I’m proud to see Americans coming together – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to reject hate and division. And we’re seeing that in New Hampshire, too.

We are more than our disagreements, we Americans. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. I’m proud to have the support of more than 150 Republican leaders in this state who put country before party. But this energy we’re seeing is not just because of what we’re against, as important as that is, it’s because what we’re for. It’s about fighting for a future where everyone counts, where everyone has a place, and no one is left out or left behind.

Because to me, and I hope to you as well, this is about more than winning an election, it’s about the kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what this has to be about. It’s about the lessons we want to pass on to our sons and our daughters. We believe we should honor the men and women who fight for our country and that America is safer when we work with our allies to lead the world with strength and intelligence. Yet my opponent attacked a grieving Gold Star family whose son died in Iraq. He has no plan to defeat ISIS. And just last night he tweeted that the new effort underway to push the terrorists out of the key city of Mosul is already, and I quote, ‘a total disaster.’ And that our country is, quote, ‘looking so dumb.’ Imagine, imagine, this is a guy who says he knows more about ISIS than the generals. I don’t think so. He’s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started. He’s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief. It’s not only wrong, it’s dangerous, and it needs to be repudiated on November the 8th here in New Hampshire and across America.

But just in case you think that this is new for Donald, it shouldn’t surprise you or anybody else, and I’ll tell you why. He has been denigrating America for decades. It started before he campaigned against me. It started before President Obama took office. In fact, back in 1987, he spent $100,000 on an ad in The New York Times criticizing President Reagan. He said, and I quote, ‘The world is laughing at America.’ Does that sound familiar? This is someone who roots for failure and takes glee in mocking our country no matter who our president is. Now that may be who Donald Trump is, but this election is about who we are. And I want us – I want us to remember, America is great because America is good, right? And as our wonderful First Lady Michelle Obama said right here in New Hampshire, ‘When they go, we go high.’

This election poses a very clear choice on the economy. When the middle class thrives, America thrives. As Elizabeth said, she is a perfect example of how that works in America. So am I. So are every one of you here. That’s what I want for every single person, especially young person, in America. With your help, we’re going to not only have Elizabeth back in the Senate, but send Maggie, send Carol, send Annie and then make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II.

What does that mean? That means jobs in infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our mass transit, our water systems. There is a lot of great work to be done here. And guess what? Those are jobs that can’t be exported. They’ve got to be done, right here in New Hampshire and across America. I want us to invest in advanced manufacturing, and there are, I know, a lot of skeptics about that. They say, ‘Well, we can’t compete in manufacturing anymore.’ Well, I’ll tell you what. I don’t want us competing with low wage jobs. I want us competing for the high wage jobs. Germany is a major exporter of advanced manufacturing products. I want to compete with Germany and countries like that, precision, machining, 3D printing.

I want us to invest more in technology, innovation and research and yes, in clean energy, because we’re going to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. I think we can deploy a half a billion more solar panels within the first four years and enough clean energy to power every home by the end of 10 years. That’s what I want people to be working on and thinking about and striving to achieve.

And I am really excited about what we can do to make sure every young American is prepared. I want to start in the early years of life in early education, universal pre-K. I want kids to be prepared to succeed. Because we are in a competition, and you know what? I want us to step up and compete and win. And I want our schools – I want kids to have good teachers and good schools in every zip code, and I want to be a good partner with our teachers and our educators here in New Hampshire. And I want to bring back technical education to high school. I think we really – we really shut the door on too many young people who could’ve gotten skills that would’ve given them the chance to get ahead.

And working with our community colleges, we need to make sure that every young person and every person coming back to upgrade or change skills can go to a community college. And yes, we are going to make four-year college affordable. Just this week, a new report came out showing that New Hampshire students have very high levels of debt, and I know Maggie has been fighting that. And she’s had a moratorium, and she’s done what she could at the state level. But we got to work together at the national level to make this happen for students in New Hampshire, families in New Hampshire.

So after our primary was over – and you know what, I was really proud – I was really proud of the campaign that Bernie Sanders and I ran. And it was a campaign – it was a campaign about ideas, not insults. And that’s what campaigns should be about. And after it was over, Bernie and I got together. We put our heads together. And we came up with a plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free for any families making less than $125,000 a year. And if you make more than that, it will be debt free. In other words, pay what you can, but let’s not have kids and families going into debt to get an education. This should be an investment that we make on behalf of them and our country’s future. And no matter where you go, to a great school like this, or anywhere else, we will help you pay down your student debt.  We will make is easier, because we a re going to make it as a percentage of you income, so you will never be on the hook for more than you can afford. And if your interested to see how much you and your family can save, you can actually go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you can save under this plan that we are proposing.

Now, I think in addition to growing the economy, we need to do a lot more on small business. Two-thirds of new jobs will come from small business so we are going to be just focused on how we are going to be able to start and grow your small business. And then we do have to make the economy fairer, and that starts with raising the national minimum wage, because if you work full time, I am talking about full time workers, you should not still be in poverty at the end. Work should provide a ladder of opportunity for people willing to work for it to climb. Right?

We are going to guarantee equal pay, we are going to make affordable child care so nobody pays more than 10 percent of your income for childcare. We are going to work for paid family leave. Because this is the way families are today. We are not living in the 1950s. Families are under new stresses and strains, and I meet so many who are really just at the edge. They are making all they can make. One parent working full-time, two parents working full-time, sometimes part-time on top of full-time.

The other day, Tim Kaine and I were in Pittsburgh. There was a long line of people, big overflow, which we couldn’t get into the main room where we were. So, Tim was talking to the families there, and there was a woman holding her three-year-old child, a daughter, I think. Tim was shaking hands, and the woman looked and she said, ‘I came here hoping that I could tell you or Secretary Clinton that I had my baby three years ago, and the day after, I had my baby, I was fired because I called and ask if I could have a few weeks because it had been a difficult pregnancy. But my baby was fine but not all that she needed to be. I got fired.’ And Tim came in, and he is such a wonderful man. What a fine human being. And he said, ‘To be there are the reasons everyday why I get so motivated in this election, and I just have another reason.’ He told me that story. I think your president should care about that. I think your president should wake up everyday thinking, ‘Okay, how do I help empower the most people to make the most out of their own lives, how to break down the barriers that give you the chance to go as far as your hard work and talent will take you?’ Sometimes people say, ‘How are you going to get all this done?’ I have proposed plans that do not add a penny to the debt because I see some of my long time friends who back in the 1992 campaign – where my husband ended up, we had a balance budget and a surplus, and actually, we were on the way to paying down the national debt, but here is what happened.

What happened is trickle-down economics came back. So here is what I am going to do. We are going to ask the wealthy to finally pay their fair share. We are going to – we are going to close the loopholes, we are going to end the fact that millionaires can pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a teacher or a police officer. We are going to make big banks pay for the risks they pose to our economy because Elizabeth is absolutely right. No – no bank is too big to fail, and no one should be above the law, and we are going to enforce that and contrast that with Donald Trump. He believes that if you give trillions and that is trillions with a ‘t’ in tax cuts to the wealthy millionaires and billionaires and corporations, and everything will work out.

Well, it will for him. That is trickle down economics on steroids. And he would wipe away the tough new rules that President Obama imposed on Wall Street. He would eliminate the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau that Elizabeth did so much to create. And you know that was bad enough, but then in the debates, we learned he hasn’t paid any income tax for years. So he hasn’t paid a penny to support our military, our veterans, Pell grants for kids to get an education, health or anything else. And his explanation was he lost a billion dollars in a year. Now, I’ve pondered this. I’ve really pondered this. He actually said it made him smart not to pay income taxes, but how smart are you to lose a billion dollars in a year?

Has anyone here been to a casino? He lost a billion dollars running casinos. Who does that? I’ve never heard of anybody. So, we’ve got to make it clear that Donald is not on the side of America workers or American families. For all of his talk about putting America first, he makes his products in at least 12 other countries. He stiffs small businesses, mom and pop contractors who work for him. My dad was a small business owner. He worked really hard. I’m just glad he never got a contract from Donald Trump because it was hard work, and people who do that work should be rewarded, not taken advantage of.

So we know a lot about how Donald Trump works, and today, today, we heard yet another story. It’s about a maintenance worker at one of his golf courses. This maintenance courses told his co-workers he was gay, and they started harassing him. They used anti-gay slurs to his face, they threw rocks and golf balls at him, his supervisor saw it and did nothing, and it got so bad, he wound up in the hospital. Finally, he went to the police for help. He couldn’t go back to work because he was too scared for his safety, and then he was fired by Trump’s golf club. Now, this is a heart-wrenching story on a lot of levels. For starters, it’s a painful reminder of the harassment, violence, and discrimination that too many LGBT Americans still face every day. And it is deeply disturbing that instead of stepping in to stop the tormentors, Trump’s golf club turned on the victim for coming forward. If that’s how Donald Trump runs his business, what does that say about how he would run our country?

So my friends, there are lots of reasons, so many, to take this election seriously. But here’s what I want you to know: of course, I want you to vote for all of us, but more than that, I want you to vote for yourselves, and for your families, and for your hope for our future together. Because if you believe women and girls should be treated with dignity and respect and women should be able to make our own health care decisions, and marriage equality should be protected, and that we have to take on the epidemic of substance abuse, disorders, and addiction. If you believe in a foreign policy where we work with our allies, not insult them, and achieve common goals towards peace and prosperity, then you have to vote. All of these issues are on the ballot this November, and I believe with all of my heart, that we will after this election, get together to help heal the divides that have sprung up and are so painful among us.

So please register and vote on the same day. Go to iwillvote.com to confirm your polling place. Come help us these last two weeks. Go to hillaryclinton.com, sign up to volunteer, take out your phone, text ‘JOIN,’ J-O-I-N to 47246 and get everybody you know to come out and vote. I think this election is going to turn on who is motivated to vote so we need each and every one of you to do everything you can to make it clear to everybody you know that our future is at stake. If you ought to be part of a positive, optimistic, confident, unifying future, please come out to vote on November 8th here in New Hampshire, and prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you all!”



“Whoa. Hello, New Hampshire. Hello. Oh, man, I love coming to New Hampshire. You know, this is like getting to hang out with your next door neighbors. It’s true, it’s true. We’ve got Maura Healey and Katherine Clark here from Massachusetts. Hanging out with our neighbors. You know, I’ve been traveling all around the country for Hillary Clinton and for our Senate candidates. I’ve been to Missouri and Ohio and Wisconsin and Colorado and Pennsylvania, and I’ve got to say, it is good to be in a place where I can say, ‘Go Pats.’ Go Pats. All right.

It really is great to be in New Hampshire. It is great to be in the home state of my dear friend, and your senior senator, Jeanne Shaheen. It is great to be in the state that is going to send Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster to the United States Congress. It is great to be in the state that’s going to elect Colin Van Ostern as its next governor. It’s great to be in the state that is going to send Maggie Hassan to the United States Senate. Yes. Oh, and just one more. It is great to be in the state that’s going to send Hillary Clinton to the White House. Yes. That’s why we’re here. [Crowd chants “Hillary.”]

Okay. So I just want to be official here. I’m with her. Are you with her? Look, we’re here today with someone who gets up every single day and fights for us. Someone who has spent her life fighting for children, spent her life fighting for women, spent her life fighting for families, fighting for healthcare, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field, fighting for those who need us most. Hillary Clinton fights for us. It is now time for us to fight for Hillary.

Now, I want to talk for just a minute about values. I grew up in a family that didn’t have much. My daddy sold fencing and carpeting, ended up as a maintenance man. After he had a heart attack, my mom worked a minimum wage job at Sears to keep our family above water. All three of my brothers went into the military. Me, I just wanted to be a teacher. All my life I wanted to be a teacher. Can we hear it for America’s teachers? Yeah. I had the calling early on. I used to line up my dollies and teach school. It was tough being one of my dollies. ‘I don’t think you did your homework last night.’ It was tough. It was tough.

My parents would have given me anything they could, but they just didn’t have the money to send me to college. And the only way I could get to be a teacher is that I ended up at a commuter college that cost $50 a semester. And it opened a million doors for me. And the way I see it, I am the daughter of a maintenance man, who ended up as a United States senator. Hillary Clinton is the daughter of a factory worker – granddaughter of a factory worker, and she’s going to be elected president. We believe in that America. That is the America we fight for.

We believe, but we are worried. Worried that those opportunities are slipping away. In fact, a lot of America is worried. Worried and angry. Angry that far too often, Washington works for those at the top and leaves everyone else behind. For 30 years now, Republicans have pushed trickle-down economics, and they’ve done one thing: they’ve helped the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. And they’ve stepped on the faces of everyone else who’s trying to get a fighting chance to succeed. Donald Trump talks a big game about how the game is rigged. Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is right. The game is rigged. It’s rigged for guys like Donald Trump.

And I say it’s time to fight back. Maggie says it’s time to fight back; Hillary says it’s time to fight back. We start our fight right here on college campuses. Education builds opportunities, but not if people are getting crushed by student loan debt. Right now, it’s a one-two punch: the high cost of college and the high cost of student loans. The federal government is making billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students. It is obscene to make money off people who are trying to get an education.

But I want to be clear on this. We know where Kelly Ayotte stands. She voted against refinancing your student loans. And Donald Trump, we know where he stands too on higher education. Colleges need more money to bring down the cost of tuition. His plan is to get rid of all federal student loans, abolish the whole Department of Education – I think his plan is to set up another fake university, cut out the middleman, and cheat the students directly himself. That’s why we fight back. That’s why we fight back.

Look, college alone is reason enough to get out and vote. It is reason enough to get out and volunteer. Hillary and Maggie and I are determined to make debt-free college the law of this land. That’s where we want to go. We are determined to refinance that $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Yes. Help us do that. Help elect Hillary and Maggie, so that we can make college a pathway of opportunity, not just for rich kids, but for all of our kids. Yeah.

Look, we want to build an America that’s going to work. But that isn’t going to happen with Donald Trump. Donald Trump cheered on the 2008 financial crash so he could scoop up real estate on the cheap. He stiffed small business owners: plumbers, and painters, and construction workers when he built his casinos and golf courses. And Donald Trump disrespects – aggressively disrespects more than half the human beings in this country. He thinks that because he has money that he can call women fat pigs and bimbos. He thinks because he is a celebrity that he can rate women’s bodies from 1 to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic Tacs that he can force himself on any woman within groping distance. Well, I’ve got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you. Yeah. Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote. And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever. Yup. You bet. Yes! For more than a year, Donald Trump has made headlines almost every day. And where has Senator Kelly Ayotte been? Donald Trump called Latinos rapists and murderers. Kelly stuck with him. Trump called African Americans thugs and Kelly stuck with him. Trump attacked a Gold Star family and Kelly stuck with him. Trump compared himself to dictators and praised Vladimir Putin. Kelly stuck with him. Trump even attacked Kelly Ayotte and called her weak, and Kelly stuck with him. During a debate a couple of weeks ago when she called Donald Trump a role model for kids, you want to say – you just can’t believe this.

But now Donald Trump’s not doing so well, and Kelly is running as fast as she can away from him. Well, I will say one thing: Donald Trump sure has made Kelly Ayotte dance. Day one, she loves him. Day two, she hates him. Day three, she’s back with him. Boy, spins round and round. But one of the things I love about the people from New Hampshire is that you value guts. You make the right decision and then you stick with it. Donald Trump has right. Kelly is weak. And that’s why a tough, smart fighter like your governor, Maggie Hassan, is going to win on November 8.

Yeah. I love being here with smart, tough women, with Hillary, with Maggie, with Carol, with Annie. And with friends of women, Colin.

Just look at Hillary’s history. She’s been on the receiving end of one terrible right-wing attack after another for 25 years, but she has never backed down. She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter at 3:00 a.m. to call her opponents losers or dummies. She doesn’t even cry that the election is rigged. Nope. Hillary is the kind who just gets up every day and she keeps on fighting – fighting for children, fighting for women, fighting for families, fighting for health care, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field. Hillary fights for us. That’s right.

All right. So we’re with her. There are two things we got to do. The first one: We got to vote. New Hampshire has same-day registration at your polling locations, so no excuses, anybody. Go to iwillvote.com. Make a plan now how you’re going to cast your vote. And cast your vote for Annie, for Carol, for Colin, for Maggie, and for Hillary. You going to do that? [Cries of “Yes!”]

Second, do more than vote. Volunteer. We need you in this. Democracy needs you in this. You can knock on doors. You can make phone calls. You can monitor the polls. Lawyers can help us here. Everybody. If you have any time over the next 15 days, please volunteer. You can go to hillaryclinton.com. You can go to maggiehassan.com. And I guarantee we will use your time and we will use it well. Please, make this investment in democracy. Get out there and volunteer. We need you on that. Yes.

Okay. So it is so good for all of us to be here. This is fabulous. The way I see it, what elections are about is they ultimately come down to our values. It’s not about one person or one candidate. It’s about a movement. It’s about a strong, powerful movement to make real change in this country, the kind of change that we make together. And since we’re here together, let us remind ourselves why we get up in the morning, why we work hard all day, and why we’re still working late at night: because of what we believe.

We believe that every person should be able to get a college education without getting crushed by student loan debt, and that means refinancing our student loans and debt-free college. Yes.

We believe that no one should work full-time and live in poverty. And that’s means raising the minimum wage, and we will fight for it.

We believe that workers should be able to organize for better pay, for better working conditions. Unions built America’s middle class, and unions will rebuild America’s middle class. Yes.

We believe that after a lifetime of hard work, people are entitled to retire with dignity. And that means protecting and expanding Social Security. And we will do it.

You may have heard, Wells Fargo cheated tens of thousands of people. Giant banks brought down our economy. Well, we believe in tough rules, real accountability, and if a CEO breaks the law, they ought to go to jail just like anyone else. Yeah.

Some beliefs are controversial, so I want to throw this one out there. We believe in science. We believe that climate change is real and that we have a moral obligation to protect this Earth for our children and our grandchildren and our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Yes.

Boy, and I can’t believe I have to say this in 2016. We believe in equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to decisions over her own body. Yes.

We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage. It’s true in the workplace. It’s true for every place. And we will fight for equality for all of our people.

Donald Trump calls African Americans thugs. He calls Muslims terrorists. He calls Latinos criminals. He brags about sexually assaulting women. Well, we believe that racism and sexism and bigotry have no place in our country. We believe that Black Lives Matter and that we won’t build Donald Trump’s stupid wall. We believe diversity makes us strong. Yes. Yes.

You do know I could do this all day? But we got a great speaker here. So I’m going to do one more and then I’m going to quit.

We believe that millionaires and billionaires and giant corporations should not be able to buy our elections and our politicians. Corporations are not people. We will overturn Citizens United and bring democracy back to the people. Yes.

This is Hillary’s agenda. This is Maggie’s agenda. This is Colin and Annie and Carol’s agenda. It is a progressive agenda. It is a New Hampshire agenda. It is an American agenda. Yes! Hillary is ready to fight for us. Are you ready to fight for Hillary? Then let’s welcome to the stage Hillary Clinton, our next president of the United States!”

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Hillary and the Mothers of the Movement ended their busy day of campaigning in North Carolina at Belk Plaza, UNC Charlotte.

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Hillary Clinton is working hard to get every vote in North Carolina.  She began her Sunday at services at the Union Baptist Church in Durham with the Mothers of the Movement.

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October 31, 2016 Issue

The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton

The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we would welcome for its historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief.

On November 8th, barring some astonishment, the people of the United States will, after two hundred and forty years, send a woman to the White House. The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we will welcome for its immense historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief. It will be especially gratifying to have a woman as commander-in-chief after such a sickeningly sexist and racist campaign, one that exposed so starkly how far our society has to go. The vileness of her opponent’s rhetoric and his record has been so widely aired that we can only hope she will be able to use her office and her impressive resolve to battle prejudice wherever it may be found.

On every issue of consequence, including economic policy, the environment, and foreign affairs, Hillary Clinton is a distinctly capable candidate: experienced, serious, schooled, resilient. When the race began, Clinton, who has always been a better office-holder than a campaigner, might have anticipated a clash of ideas and personalities on the conventional scale, against, say, Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. Instead, the Democratic nominee has ended up playing a sometimes secondary role in a squalid American epic. If she is elected, she will have weathered a prolonged battle against a trash-talking, burn-it-to-the-ground demagogue. Unfortunately, the drama is not likely to end soon. The aftereffects of this campaign may befoul our civic life for some time to come.

If the prospect of a female President represents a departure in the history of American politics, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, the real-estate mogul and Republican nominee, does, too—a chilling one. He is manifestly unqualified and unfit for office. Trained in the arts of real-estate promotion and reality television, he exhibits scant interest in or familiarity with policy. He favors conspiracy theory and fantasy, deriving his knowledge from the darker recesses of the Internet and “the shows.” He has never held office or otherwise served his country, never acceded to the authority of competing visions and democratic resolutions.

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Last night, Hillary and Tim held an outdoor rally at the University of Pennsylvania’s Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.  The air was nippy, but they received warm  welcome.











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–”


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.”


“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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