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Hillary Clinton’s Commitment: A Debt-Free Future for America’s Graduates

Education is the key to so much we want to achieve as a country:  a stronger, more equitable economy; a healthier, more vibrant democracy; a future in which we meet challenges with ingenuity and skill.  Education is also the key to our young people achieving their dreams.  It’s how we develop our talents and imagine different futures for ourselves.  So any serious plan for America’s future must include a bold plan to put quality education – including college – within everyone’s reach, no matter how much money they have.

College used to be pretty affordable.  For millions of Americans, that’s not the case anymore. Too many families in the United States are struggling with student debt, and the problem has reached crisis levels. Within the last ten years, total student debt in our economy has more than doubled and now exceeds $1.2 trillion. Nearly 7 out of every 10 new graduates of four-year colleges are in debt, and these indebted graduates carry an average balance of nearly $30,000. Student debt has surpassed credit card debt, car loan debt, and home equity lines of credit to be the second largest source of consumer debt.

And this is not just an issue for borrowers: It is holding our economy back. This debt prevents people from forming families, buying homes, and starting small businesses. It sends the wrong signal to future students whom we need to complete college to drive economic growth.

Meanwhile, for families sending their kids to colleges and universities, tuition has ballooned out of control and has become increasingly unaffordable even at public colleges and universities.  Tuition has risen 40% in the last ten years at four-year public colleges and universities, after inflation, while family incomes have remained basically flat.  And states have been cutting their spending on higher education – by roughly 20% per student since the recession – rather than expanding their investments.

Simply put, this situation has careened out of control.  Hillary Clinton has a plan to help millions of Americans with their debt right now, and a plan to make college debt-free for future generations.

Provide Immediate Help to Graduates Who Need Relief from Crushing Debt Hillary has made clear she will fight to ensure that all borrowers can:

  • Refinance their student loans at current rates, just as borrowers can refinance a car or home loan. Refinancing would help 25 million borrowers across the country, with the typical borrower saving $2,000 over the life of the loan.
  • Enroll in income-based repayment. Nobody should have to pay more than 10 percent of monthly income, and college debt should be forgiven after 20 years – and 10 years if a borrower works in the public interest. Hillary will simplify, expand and develop options for automatic enrollment in these programs.
  • Push employers to contribute to student debt relief. Employers must be part of the solution to the student debt crisis. Clinton will create a payroll deduction portal for employers and employees that will simplify the repayment process. She will explore further options to encourage employers to help pay down student debt.
  • Get relief from debt for starting a business or social enterprise.  Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to defer their loans with no payments or interest for up to three years so that student debt and the lack of family wealth is not a barrier to innovation in our country. For social entrepreneurs and those starting new enterprises in distressed communities, her plan will provide up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness.
  • Reward public service.  AmeriCorps members who complete two years of national service and a year of public service can have their loans forgiven.  Teachers who teach in high-need areas or in subjects with teacher shortages – such as computer science or special education – will get enhanced loan forgiveness.
A Moratorium on Student Debt to Get Millions of Borrowers Relief from Crushing Debt: Today, Hillary Clinton is announcing that she will take immediate executive action to offer a three-month moratorium on student loan payments to all federal loan borrowers. During this time-out from paying student loans, every borrower will be given the resources and targeted help they need to save money on their loans. With dedicated assistance from the Department of Education during this moratorium, borrowers will be able to consolidate their loans, sign up quickly and easily for income-based repayment plans, and take direct advantage of opportunities to reduce monthly interest payments and fees. Borrowers who are delinquent or in default will receive additional rehabilitation options to help them get back on their feet. Clinton will also use the moratorium to crack down on for-profit colleges and loan servicers who have too often taken advantage of borrowers – and to ensure that borrowers can resolve outstanding issues in a timely and fair manner.

Debt-Free College for our Future Students

Hillary Clinton has pledged to achieve the goal of debt-free college for future graduates, so that cost is never a barrier for young people seeking to pursue their dreams of higher education.  It’s a simple, but bold idea:  Every student should be able to graduate from a public college or university in their state without taking on any student debt.  To reach this goal, Hillary is enhancing the New College Compact she announced last year.  Her plan will:

  • Eliminate college tuition for working families. Families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities – covering more than 80 percent of all families. From the start of this plan, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to go to a 4-year public college or university tuition free. This income threshold will increase by $10,000 a year every year over the next four years so that by 2021, all students with a family income of $125,000 will have the opportunity to pay no tuition. She will also continue her commitment to ensure that community colleges are tuition-free for all working families.
  • Help students deal with all of the costs of attending college.  Hillary Clinton will protect Pell Grant funding to help low- and middle-income students pay non-tuition expenses, and she will restore year-round Pell Grant funding so that students have the necessary support they need to take summer classes and meet their goal of completing college.  She will make a major investment in HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions and other low-cost, modest-endowment private schools so that these deserving students also benefit from the lower cost of college. She will work to expand opportunities for students to earn money for expenses through term-time work and to receive college credit for national service. She will expand support for student-parents, including a fifteen-fold increase in federal funding for on-campus child care.

The New College Compact: Hillary Clinton’s plan requires everyone to do their part.  The federal government will make a major new investment to make this possible, but states will have to step up and meet their obligations as well.

States will have to commit to a combination of reinvestment and reform over the next four years and beyond to ensure that federal support is funding students and not excessive cost growth.

  • Colleges and universities will be accountable for reining in costs to provide value to their students; improving completion rates and learning outcomes; and doing more to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools they need to reach college and succeed once they get there.
  • Students will be expected to work 10 hours a week to help defray the full cost of attendance. Clinton will push to expand work opportunities that build career skills and introduce students of all backgrounds to public service careers.
  • As part of this New College Compact, Hillary will encourage and reward innovators who design imaginative new ways of providing valuable higher education to students while driving down costs.  And she will crack down on the abusive practices of for-profit colleges that defraud taxpayers while burdening students with debt for educational programs of no value.

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It was a very short ride on Air Force 1 from Joint Base Andrews to Charlotte.  From the moment they stepped out of the plane, the friendship, team spirit, and mutual respect and admiration between President Obama and Secretary Clinton were on full display.

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It’s pretty clear that Barack Obama loves campaigning.  He was having a great time.

“Someone who has never forgotten where he came from. And Donald, if you’re out there tweeting: It’s Hawaii.” —Hillary on

“It means so much to have ’s support in this campaign. He knows a thing or two about winning elections.” —Hillary

“President Obama’s job was to save us from a second Great Depression—and that’s exactly what he did.” —Hillary

“Under and , we’ve had 75 straight months of job growth. I want us to see 75 more.” —Hillary

“We’re going to make college debt-free for all…and help millions of people struggling with existing student debt.” —Hillary

We’re going to crack down on companies that ship jobs and profits overseas, and reward the ones that share profits with employees instead.

It’s wrong that some millionaires can pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and we’re going to stop it.

Our families and workplaces have changed in the 21st century. It’s time for our policies—from paid leave to equal pay—to be updated, too.

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“When I look at , I see someone who—in spite of obstruction he’s faced—still reaches for common ground and common purpose.” —Hillary

“He’s a statesman—leading not just our country but the entire world. This is a president who knows how to keep us safe and strong.” —Hillary

“The world hangs on every word a president says, and Donald Trump is…temperamentally unfit to be our Commander-in-Chief.” —Hillary

“In America, we don’t tear each other down, we lift each other up. We build bridges, not walls.” —Hillary

“I don’t know about you, but we’re fired up and ready to go!” —Hillary

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“I’m here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton. I want you to help elect her as the next President of the United States.” —

“I saw the passion that she feels for anybody who’s experienced injustice. … It was personal to her.” — on Hillary

“Let me tell you, my faith in Hillary Clinton has always been rewarded.” —

“I saw how she treated everybody with respect…that’s how you judge somebody. How they treat others when the cameras are off.” —

“I saw how you can count on her. How she won’t back down. How she won’t quit.” — on Hillary

“There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton. That’s the truth.” —

“If your concern is who’s going to look out for working families…the other side’s got nothing to offer you.” —

“She will be a stateswoman who makes us proud around the world. … She knows what it takes to be Commander-in-Chief.” — on Hillary

“Don’t boo, vote! Booing doesn’t help. You need to vote.” — on Donald Trump’s dangerous policies

“The fact is, Hillary is steady. Hillary is true. … That’s how real change and real progress happen.” —DSCN6980DSCN6981DSCN6982DSCN6983DSCN6984DSCN6985DSCN6986DSCN6987DSCN6988DSCN6990DSCN6991DSCN6994DSCN6995DSCN699707-05-16-TW-04

In North Carolina, President Obama and Hillary Clinton Share Their Vision for an America that is Stronger Together

In their first joint appearance of the campaign, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned together in Charlotte, North Carolina, and laid out their shared vision for building an America that is stronger together. Clinton praised President Obama’s accomplishments and emphasized her commitment to expanding on his progress, saying, “We’re going to build on the vision for America that President Obama has always championed – a vision for a future where we do great things together, not as red states and blue states but as the United States.” Clinton also affirmed her ambitious vision for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top—reiterating the five bold economic goals she has set out on the economy.

President Obama spoke of his friendship with Clinton—from Senate colleague, to presidential campaign rival, to partners in government—and emphasized Clinton’s readiness to serve as president, her vision for an America that works for everyone, and the economic and security dangers of a Trump presidency. As President Obama said, “She is and will be a stateswoman who makes us proud around the world. She’ll deploy diplomacy whenever possible, but she also knows what it takes to be a commander-in-chief, and I know she will never hesitate to use force when it is necessary to protect us…That’s strength. That’s leadership. And that’s why Hillary Clinton has to be the next president of the United States of America.”

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

HILLARY CLINTON:

“Thank you so much. Hello Charlotte. It’s great to be back in North Carolina with so many friends:

With Congresswoman Alma Adams, and Congressman David Price, and Congressman G.K. Butterfield.

And your next U.S. Senator, Deborah Ross.

And your next Governor, Roy Cooper.

And of course, with our president, Barack Obama.

I feel very privileged because I’ve known the President in many roles. As a colleague in the Senate. As an opponent in a hard-fought primary. And as the President I was so proud to serve as Secretary of State. But I’ve also known him as the friend that I was honored to stand with in good times and hard times. Someone who has never forgotten where he came from. And Donald, if you’re out there tweeting, it’s Hawaii.

Over the years, we’ve had some memorable experiences together – like storming a secret meeting of foreign leaders at a global climate summit. That was fun. You should have seen the Chinese guards try to stop us. Now, they put their arms out and the President just went right through. Then they put their arms out, and I went right under. And the President, with that amazing smile of his, said, ‘Hey, we’ve been looking for you.’

Now through it all, as we went from rivals to partners to friends, my esteem for him just kept growing.  So did my admiration for his brilliant wife, Michelle, and those two amazing daughters that they have raised. My husband and I know how hard it is to raise a child in the public eye, in the fishbowl of the White House. But the Obamas have done a fabulous job. Malia – who just graduated from high school and celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday – and Sasha who has the energy and enthusiasm of a wonderful young woman. Now I happen to think those two young woman might be the most impressive accomplishment of all for our President.

Now it means so much to have the President’s support in this campaign. After all, he knows a thing or two about winning elections – take it from me.

And he also knows that despite all the progress we’ve made under his leadership, and yes we have, we still have a lot of work to do.

President Obama’s job, one that he did not ask for but was handed to him, was to save us from a second Great Depression – and that is exactly what he did.  Actually, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy.

We’ve added 14 million private-sector jobs. The auto industry just had its best year ever. 20 million people now have health care. Clean energy production has soared. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. That’s what leadership looks like.

Our next president has a different job to do – building on the progress that President Obama has made. We have to continue to take on deep structural challenges that existed long before the crisis. We can see it here in North Carolina and across the country: inequality is too high, wages are too low, and it’s just too hard to get ahead.

We need an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

So we’re setting five big, ambitious goals.

First, under President Obama and Vice President Biden, we’ve had 75 straight months of job growth. I want us to see 75 more. So in my first 100 days as President, we’ll make the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.

And when I say good-paying jobs, I mean exactly that. Donald Trump thinks wages are too high.  He actually stood on the debate stage and said that. He wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage altogether.

Well, I think anyone who is willing to work hard should be able to find a job that pays well enough to raise a family. So we’re going to increase the federal minimum wage, and give the middle class a raise. That’s good for our families, good for our economy, and boy is it good for our country.

Second, we’re going to make college debt-free for all. And we’re going to build on the President’s idea to make community college free. And we’re going to help millions of people struggling with existing student debt save thousands of dollars.

Third, we’re going to rewrite the rules, and crack down on companies that ship jobs overseas and profits to go with them. Let’s reward the companies that share profits with their employees instead.

And we’re going to defend and strengthen the tough reforms President Obama put in place on the financial industry – not tear them up like Donald Trump says he’ll do. We need to make sure that Wall Street can never wreck Main Street ever again.

Fourth, we’re going to make sure that Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes. It is just plain wrong that a millionaire can pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and we’re going to stop it. And oh, by the way, we’re going to keep asking to see Donald Trump’s tax returns.

And finally, we’re going to step up and respond to the way American families actually live and work in the 21st century. Our families, our workplaces have changed, so isn’t it time for our policies to change?

Donald Trump can accuse me of playing ‘the woman card’ all he wants, but if fighting for equal pay and affordable childcare and paid family leave is playing the woman card, then deal me in.

Most of all, most of all– most of all though, we’re going to build on the vision for America that President Obama has always championed – a vision for a future where we do great things together, not as red states and blue states but as the United States.

When I look at President Obama, I see a leader with heart, depth, and humility. Someone who, in spite of the obstruction he’s faced, still reaches for common ground and common purpose.

Some of you might remember, that he and I competed against each other as hard as we could back in 2008. But when it was over, I was proud to endorse him and campaign for him.

And I’ll never forget when he called me the Sunday after the election, asking me to come to Chicago. It turned out he wanted me to be Secretary of State, and I don’t think anybody saw that coming – especially me.

And as I travelled on behalf of our country, a lot of people around the world asked how President Obama and I could work so well together after being such fierce competitors. In some places, the person who loses an election gets exiled or executed, not asked to be Secretary of State.

But President Obama asked me to serve, and I accepted. You know why? We both love our country.

That is how democracy is supposed to work. We just celebrated 240 years of independence. In America, we put common interest before self-interest. We stand together because we know we’re stronger together.

That’s the kind of president Barack Obama has been. He’s made difficult, even unpopular decisions for the good of our country. I have sat with him in the Situation Room and seen him make the hardest choices a president faces. He does it with steady, principled leadership.

He’s a statesman, leading not just our country but the entire world. It was his vision, it was his vision and diplomacy that secured a historic global agreement on climate change, put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program, opened up Cuba, and rallied the world to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. I saw him go toe-to-toe with the toughest foreign leaders, and to give the order to go after Osama bin Laden. This, my friends, is a president who knows how to keep us safe and strong.

Compare that to Donald Trump. Can you imagine him sitting in the Oval Office the next time America faces a crisis? The world hangs on every word our President says, and Donald Trump is simply unqualified and temperamentally unfit to be our President and Commander-in-Chief.

So here in North Carolina this election is our chance to say, ‘Our country is better than this.’ In America, we don’t tear each other down, we lift each other up. We build bridges, not walls. We don’t call the country we love a disaster or a laughing stock – we know America already is the greatest country on earth.

Just think about those early patriots who met in Philadelphia that hot summer of 1776. They knew we would all rise or fall together.

Nobody who looked like Barack Obama – or me – would have been included back then. But we’re here today because the story of America is the story of hard-fought, hard-won progress. So, I want you to remember that for 240 years, our history has moved in that direction – slowly at times, but unmistakably. As the President has reminded us, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

So if you believe, along with me and the President, that our best days as a nation are still ahead of us, please, join us in this campaign. Take out your phone right now. Take out your phone and text JOIN to 47246. Or go to hillaryclinton.com. We are hiring organizers right here in North Carolina.

We’re going to fight for every vote in this state, and with your help, we’re going to win it. So, I don’t know about you but we are fired up and ready to go. Ready to win this election.

Please join me in welcoming the President of the United States, Barack Obama.”

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

How you doing, Charlotte?  Are you fired up? Ready to go? Fired up? I am – I’m fired up.  Hillary got me fired up. She got me ready to – ready to do some work. So I hope everybody had a great Fourth of July. I love you back.  Now, first of all, let me just say, I like any excuse to come to North Carolina. I just like North Carolina.  I love the people in North Carolina. I used to – when we used to campaign here, I used the say, even the people who aren’t voting for me are nice. You k“now, that’s not true everywhere.

So you’ve got great people here.  And then you’ve got great food. North Carolina’s got some food.  In fact, I will find some place to stop and get some food before I head back to DC.  I know y’all have recommendations.  I know I can’t go to your house to get the food – although I’m sure you’re an excellent cook.  And then you’ve got great basketball. You’ve got great basketball.  We all know that.  We all know that.  But I’m not going to get in between all the Tar Heel and Wolf Pack, and –You know?  Yeah, Blue Devils, I – see, I […] – I’m not going to get in – I’m not going to get into all that.  You just have great basketball in North Carolina.

So I love an excuse to come to North Carolina.  But I’m here for a simple reason.  I’m glad to see our outstanding congressional delegation.  You are lucky to have them.  I’m glad you’ve got an outstanding candidate for the Senate, and an outstanding candidate for governor. And I’m going to be working for them too.  But I’m here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton. And I want you to help elect her to be the next president of the United States of America. Now, this is not –

Now, as Hillary mentioned, this is not the first time we’ve campaigned together.  We went up to New Hampshire after our primary in 2008.  We went to Unity, New Hampshire, just in case people missed the point. That was the name of the town.  Unity, New Hampshire.  And we had gone through what was one of the longest, toughest primaries in history.  And primaries are always tough, because you’re arguing with your friends instead of the folks you disagree with.  Sometimes you’ve got to find things to disagree about, even though you don’t really disagree.

So we were crisscrossing towns from New Hampshire to Nevada, and as much as I had admired her when we served together in the Senate, I came away from that primary admiring her even more.  Because during that year and a half, I had had a chance to see up close just how smart she was, and just how prepared she was.  Especially since I had to debate her a couple dozen times. And let’s be clear, she beat me, like, in the – now, you don’t have to rub it in.  You don’t have to rub it in, now.  She beat me, you know, at least the first half, and then I just barely could play her to a draw.  I always had to be on my game, because she knew every fact.  And she knew every detail.

And then during those 18 months, I saw the passion that she feels for anybody who’s experienced injustice.  Anybody who’s faced discrimination.  Anybody who does everything right and still can’t seem to get a fair shot.  Whether it was workers who had lost their jobs, or kids unable to afford college.  And you could tell it was personal to her.  Because she had seen struggles in her own life.  She had known challenges in her own life, and she could identify and empathize with people who were doing the right thing and wanted to make sure that they got a fair shake.  And then, during the primaries, again and again, I saw how even when things didn’t go her way, she’d just stand up straighter and come back stronger. She didn’t give up.  She didn’t pout.  She just kept on going.  She was the Energizer Bunny.  She just kept on.

And the bottom line is, she had to do everything I had to do, but she was like Ginger Rogers, she had to do it backwards in heels. And at the end of our contest, I saw the grace and the energy with which she threw herself into my campaign.  Not because she wasn’t disappointed about the outcome of the primary, but because she knew there was something that was at stake that was bigger than either of us.  And that was the direction of our country. And how are we going to make sure that all the people who were counting on us could see a better life.

So we may have gone toe to toe from coast to coast, but we stood shoulder to shoulder for the ideals that we share.  So maybe Hillary was surprised, but I wasn’t surprised when I asked Hillary to represent our interests and our values around the world, as America’s Secretary of State.  I knew she would do a great job. I knew she would perform.  I knew the regard in which she was held in capitals all around the world.  I knew that the minute she took that job, there was a stature and a seriousness that would immediately mend some of the challenges that we had had around the world during that time.

Now, let me tell you, North Carolina, my faith in Hillary Clinton has always been rewarded.  I have had a front row seat to her judgment and her toughness and her commitment to diplomacy.  And I witnessed it in the situation room where she argued in favor of the mission to get bin Laden. I saw how as a former Senator from New York, she knew – she understood, because she had seen it.  She had witnessed it, what this would mean for the thousands who had lost loved ones when the Twin Towers fell.  I benefited from her savvy and her skill in foreign capitals, where her pursuit of diplomacy led to new partnerships, opened up new nations to democracy, helped to reduce the nuclear threat.  We’ve all witnessed the work she’s done to advance the lives of women and girls around the globe.

She has been working on this since she was a young woman, working at the Children’s Defense Fund.  She’s not late to the game with this.  She’s been going door to door to make sure kids got a fair share.  Making sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education.  She’s been fighting those fights.  And she’s got the scars to prove it. And, you know, Hillary and I shared a – we shared a big hug the first time we saw each other after we finally realized one of the great causes of her career: finally guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health insurance for every single American, because that’s something she got started, and we picked up that baton and were able to get it across the finish line.

The bottom line is, she was a great Secretary of State. And by the way, that’s not just my opinion.  That was view of the American people and pundits throughout the time that she was serving as Secretary of State. Before the whole political machinery got moving.  You remember that?  It wasn’t long ago.  It’s funny how that happens.  Everybody thought she was doing a great job.  That’s because she did do a good job. But it’s funny how the filter changes a little bit.  Same person.  Done the same work.  But, you know, that filter is a powerful thing.

But you know what, it wasn’t just what happened in the limelight that made me grow more and more to admire and respect her.  It was how she acted when the cameras weren’t on.  It was knowing how she did her homework.  It was knowing how many miles she put in traveling to make sure that America was effectively represented in corners of the globe that people don’t even know about.  There weren’t any political points to be had, but she knew that it was important.  I saw how she treated everybody with respect, even the folks who aren’t quote unquote ‘important.’  That’s how you judge somebody.  Is, how do they treat somebody when the cameras are off, and they can’t do anything for you?  Do you still treat them right?  Do you still treat them with respect?  Do you still listen to them?  Are you still fighting for them?

I saw how deeply she believes in the things she fights for.  And I saw how you can count on her, and how she won’t waiver, and she won’t back down, and she will not quit, no matter how difficult the challenge, and no matter how fierce the opposition.  And, if there’s one thing I can tell you, Charlotte, it’s those things matter.  Those things matter.  I am here to tell you that the truth is, nobody fully understands the challenges of the job of president until you’ve actually sat at that desk.  Everybody’s got an opinion.  But nobody actually knows the job until you’re sitting behind the desk.  Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk. I mean, Sasha tweets.  But she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting behind the desk.

So you can’t fully understand what it means to make life and death decisions until you’ve done it.  That’s the truth.  But I can tell you this.  Hillary Clinton has been tested.  (Applause.)  She has seen up close what’s involved in making those decisions.  She has participated in the meetings in which those decisions have been made.  She’s seen the consequences of things working well and things not working well.  And there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton. Ever.  And that’s the truth.  That’s the truth.

So the bottom line is, I know Hillary can do the job.  And that’s why I am so proud, North Carolina, to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.  Now, I recognize to some degree I’m preaching to the choir. I know I probably don’t need to tell anybody here why we need Hillary’s steadiness and her levelheadedness and her brilliance and her temperament right now.  Right now.  Because we’ve been through some tumultuous times in this new century.  And we continue to face all kinds of challenges and change in the years ahead.  And in this – this November, in this election, you are going to have a very clear choice to make.  Between two fundamentally different visions of where America should go.  And this isn’t even really a choice between left and right, or Democrat or Republican.  This is a choice between whether we are going to cling to some imaginary past, or whether we’re going to reach for the future.

This is about whether we have an America that works for everybody, or just a few people.  And Hillary is not somebody who fears the future.  She believes that it is ours to shape.  The same way it’s always been.  Hillary understands that we make our own destiny, as long as we’re together.  As long as we think of ourselves not as just a collection of individuals or a collection of interest groups, or a collection of states, but as the United States of America.  She knows that.  She knows that when it comes to our economy.  Because she knows our economy works best not when it only benefits a few at the top, but when everybody’s got a fair shot at success.

As Hillary mentioned – look, when I came into office, things were not in very good shape, you will recall.  We were losing 800,000 jobs a month.  Pursuing, by the way, the same proposals that the Republicans are still peddling.  And over the past six years, our businesses have created more than 14 million new jobs.  We cut the unemployment rate in half.  Manufacturing jobs have grown for the first time since another President Clinton was in office.  By the way – and by the way, because they’re always talking about us being these spendthrift Democrats – I just want to point out, we cut our deficit by nearly 75 percent.  They didn’t.  They did not.

Wages for families are finally starting to rise again.  But we’ve got so much more work to do.  Because in the 21st century, we’re not going to – we’re not going to help families.  We’re not going to create jobs just by pretending that we can turn back the clock, and women are going to somehow not be in the workforce anymore.  And people of color suddenly are not going to be competing and wanting a better future for their kids.  We’re not going to suddenly ignore all the progress that’s been made over the last 30 years.  We’re not going to build walls around America, or put technology back in the box.  We’re not going to reverse hard-won rights for women or minorities or Americans with disabilities to fully participate in the workforce.  We’re not going to do that.

If we’re going to give working families, all families, a chance to succeed, we’ve got to make sure they can afford childcare.  And they’ve got sick leave and paid leave.  And we’ve got to make sure women get equal pay for equal work. And we should make it easier, not harder, for our workers to organize for better wages and working conditions.  And we shouldn’t eliminate the minimum wage.  We should raise it high enough so if you work full time, you don’t live in poverty. Each of these policies – the policies Hillary mentioned – would help working families feel more secure in today’s economy.  She’s actually got a plan.  It’s actually paid for.  You can actually look at it.

Now, the fact that we haven’t gotten all these ideas done, it’s not the fault of immigrants or unions or some liberal socialist scheme.  It’s very simple.  Republicans in Congress and Republican governors have been blocking these ideas for the last eight years.  It’s that simple. So, look, I just want to be clear.  Not everybody votes on the economy.  I understand.  There are other issues.  But if your concern is who’s going to look out for working families – if you’re voting your pocketbook – if you’re asking who’s actually going to stand up for the guy on the construction site, or the guy on the – in the factory, or the woman who’s cleaning a hotel room, or somebody who’s really working hard, the working family – if that’s your concern, this isn’t even a choice.  Because the other side has nothing to offer you. The other side’s got nothing to offer you.

I’m going a little off script here, but I just want to repeat this.  If your concern is working people, then this is not a choice.  I don’t care whether you’re white, black, Hispanic, Native American, polka dot, male, female – I don’t care – if what you care is, who’s going to be fighting for ordinary folks who are fighting for a better life for themselves and their children, then I don’t know how you vote for the guy who’s against the minimum wage, against unions, against making sure that everybody gets a fair shot, against legislation for equal pay, against sick leave and family leave, against all the things that working families care about.

So if you’re voting for the other team, it’s not because of the economy.  It’s not because of the economy.  You’ve got to be clear about that. I mean, even the Republicans on the other side don’t really know what the guy’s talking about.  They really don’t.  They really don’t.  You ask them, they’re all like, I don’t know. Then they kind of duck the other way.  Am I joking?  No.  So you can choose a path that divides us with harsh rhetoric and pits working people against each other, all the while pushing policies that will just help folks at the top do even better.  But that’s not helping working families.

Or we can transform our politics so they’re responsive to working families.  So that all people of all races and all backgrounds get a higher wage.  And all folks get quality healthcare and a decent retirement.  And all children in this country get a better education that lets them dream bigger than their circumstances.  That’s what Hillary Clinton believes, that’s why I’m supporting her for president of the United States.  And that’s why you should too.

Now, to me, that in and of itself would be enough to make the choice.  But we’ve got some other choices.  You can go the path that denies climate change is real – or you can choose the path where American jobs and businesses lead the world to combat it.  Now, over the last seven years, we have doubled renewable energy in this country. We’ve – remember when we were all concerned about our dependence on foreign oil?  Well, let me tell you, we’ve cut the amount of oil we buy from other countries in half. Remember when the other team was promising they were going to get gas prices down in, like 10 years of – we did it.  Did it.

So we’ve been able to shape an energy policy that’s good for families, good for your pocketbook, and with Secretary Clinton’s help, America ultimately led nearly 200 other nations to an agreement to save this planet for future generations. Now, maybe you don’t care about this.  Maybe you think 99 percent of scientists are wrong. Or you can […]. But the point is, we’re not done with this.  So where we go from here is up to you.  You can vote with the climate deniers who want to tear up the agreements we’ve crafted, and doom our kids to a more dangerous world, or you can vote to keep putting people back to work building a cleaner energy future for all of us.  That’s part of what’s at stake in this election.  That’s one of the reasons I’m supporting Hillary Clinton for president.

Hillary mentioned how we operate on the world stage.  Now, let me just say, I know the other guy talks about making America great again. I – America is really great. And just the other day, somebody was writing about, wow, when you look at the surveys in the world, turns out that when Obama came into office the world didn’t think we were that great, but now they think we’re the greatest. They think we’re the strongest.  They think we’re the best positioned.  We were in a hole before I came into office, but right now the world, the rest of the world, thinks we’re pretty darn great. And by the way, you can look that up.  That’s a fact.  That’s not, like, just something I just made up and tweeted. So there are actually, like, surveys done.  They poll people so you actually know what people think.  You don’t just assert it.  And it turns out that’s what they think.  You can look it up.

Part of the reason of that is because we had an outstanding Secretary of State. Part of the reason is that Hillary understood and continues to understand that just a bunch of tough talk doesn’t replace the hard work of diplomacy; a bunch of phony bluster doesn’t keep us safe.  And she understands we can’t retreat from a world that needs American leadership.  That’s why she offers a smarter approach that uses every element of American power to protect our people and to protect our allies.  She is and will be a stateswoman who makes us proud around the world. She’ll deploy diplomacy whenever possible, but she also knows what it takes to be a commander-in-chief, and I know she will never hesitate to use force when it is necessary to protect us. And she’ll know how to mobilize the world around the causes that we believe in, that we know are right, and make sure other countries pull their own weight.  That’s strength.  That’s leadership.  And that’s why Hillary Clinton has to be the next president of the United States of America.

AUDIENCE:  I’m with her!  I’m with her!  I’m with her!

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I’m with her.  I’m with her.  Part of the reason why we are here is because we all share the belief that this country only lives up to its potential when every single one of us gets a chance to succeed – black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, young, old, rich, poor, Turkish American – gay, straight, male, female.  All of us matter.  All of us share the same creed.  All of us pledge allegiance to the same flag.  That doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.  We all have different ideas and beliefs, and that’s part of what makes America great.  But I agree with Hillary that our democracy works best when there are basic bonds of trust between us, when we recognize that every voice matters, and the people who disagree with us most strongly love our country just as much as we do.  You never heard Hillary Clinton demonize other people.  You haven’t heard her not be willing to engage in folks even with they disagree with her.  You ask about folks in the Senate who were on the other side – they liked working with her, even though some of them had done everything they could to tear her down when she was First Lady.  She still worked with them.

And that brand of leadership is how we’re going to get things done.  That’s how we can protect more of our kids from gun violence. After Newtown – after Newtown, the other side blocked any new gun safety reforms.  After Orlando, they blocked any new gun safety reforms.  They’re not listening to 90 percent of the American people – Democrats and Republicans – who support background checks and making sure somebody who’s on a no-fly list can’t actually go out and purchase an automatic rifle.  Hillary knows how to build coalitions. And she knows we can take smart steps to protect both our rights and our kids so they can go to the movies, or to church, or to a nightclub, or to school.  And if you believe that too, then there’s no choice here: you’ve got to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Her brand of leadership can fix a broken immigration system so that it lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  Unless you’re a Native American, somebody brought you here. Somebody came here.  You came from someplace else, now.  So I just want to be clear about that.  And not everybody had their papers straight when they came. I’m just saying.  And you know, there are millions of striving young people whose lives hang in the balance, and they want to give something back to this country that they love.  They want to serve in our military.  They want to go to college.  They want to be doctors.  They want to cure diseases.  And for years, the Republicans who run this Congress, they talk a good game about immigration reform and then they don’t do anything.  And now they’ve picked a nominee whose only plan is to build a higher wall.  That’s not a plan.  No, no, no, no, no, hold on a second.  I was waiting for this opportunity.  Don’t boo, vote.  Don’t boo, vote. Booing doesn’t help.  You need to vote.

But if you care about a smart immigration policy that controls our borders and makes sure that it’s lawful but also gives everybody opportunity, this is your candidate.  You’ve got to vote in this election.  And you know what?  If you don’t think your vote matters – […] – choose his own […]  Don’t boo.  You’ve got to vote.  He wants to nominate (inaudible) he does.  That’s not a good thing. That’s not […] plan.  The Supreme Court is no joke.  The people who sit on that bench […] our responsibilities and duties to each other as citizens affect […] of our daily lives.

This is not a reality show.  This is not entertainment.  This is real.  This is not a reality show; this is reality.  And being president of the United States means you have to deal with reality.  When a crisis hits, […] walk off the set.  […] scriptwriter.  You can’t be reckless.  You don’t have the luxury of just saying whatever pops into your head.  You’ve actually got to know what you’re talking about.  You’ve got to actually do your homework.  You can’t just kick out reporters.  You can’t go to another country and if they ask you a question you don’t like, just kick them out – because you’re in another country.  You’ve got to apply steady judgment.  Even when things don’t go your way.  You’ve got to make the tough calls even when they’re not popular and even when they won’t pay off right away or increase your poll numbers.  You’ve got to be able to handle criticism without taking it personally.  You’ve just got to brush it off and get the job done.  That’s some of what I’ve learned while serving as your President.  That’s some of what Hillary has learned as a Senator, as a Secretary of State.  And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

So let me – I know I’ve gone on too long.  This is what happens – you haven’t campaigned in a while, you start just enjoying it too much. So let me just simplify this, and let me be blunt.  I want to be blunt.  Can I be blunt?  I’m going to be blunt.  Hillary has got her share of critics.  That’s what happens when you’re somebody who’s actually in the arena.  That’s what happens when you’ve fought for what you believe in.  That’s what happens when you dedicate yourself to public service over the course of a lifetime.  And what sets Hillary apart from so many others is she never stopped caring, she never stopped trying.  We’re a young country, so we like new things, and I’ve benefited from that culture.  Let’s face it: when I came on the scene in ’08 everybody said, ‘Well, he’s new.’ They don’t say that now, because I’m not.  But sometimes we take somebody who’s been in the trenches and fought the good fight and been steady for granted.  Sometimes we act as if never having done something and not knowing what you’re doing is a virtue. We don’t do that, by the way, for airline pilots.  We don’t do that for surgeons.  But somehow we think president of the United States, yeah, let’s just get – I don’t know, who’s that guy?  Come on.

And so as a consequence, that means that sometimes Hillary doesn’t get the credit she deserves.  But the fact is Hillary is steady and Hillary is true and she’s been in politics for the same reason I am: because we can improve other people’s lives by doing this work, and we don’t care about the slings and arrows that are thrown at us, because we know that’s how real change and real progress happens, and that we, if we’re willing to work hard, can finish – can bring about changes that make life better for some kid out there, some senior out there, somebody who’s unemployed out there.  And it may take more than a year.  And sometimes it takes more than a term.  And sometimes it takes more than one presidency, or even one generation.  And yeah, that’s old-fashioned.  I think she’ll fess up to that.  But we want people to believe that their government can work and that their president cares, and that every child in this country should have the same chance that this country gave us.  Because we weren’t born with a silver spoon. And we know that behind all the division and sometimes angry rhetoric of this election year and all the petty bickering and point-scoring and the punditry, the ordinary American – Americans are good, and they are generous, and they are hardworking, and they got an awful lot of common sense, and we share a certain set of common values and hopes and dreams.

That’s why I ran in 2008, and I believe in those values and those ideals more than ever, and I believe in you, the American people, more than ever.  And I am more optimistic about our future than ever.  And that’s why my faith – my faith is stronger about the simple American ideal, as old as our founding, that people who love their country can change it for the better.  I have seen it happen.  I have run my last campaign, and I couldn’t be prouder of the things we’ve done together, but I’m ready to pass the baton. And I know that Hillary Clinton is going to take it.  And I know she can run that race – the race to create good jobs and better schools and safer streets and a safer world, and that’s why I’m fired up, and that’s why I’m ready to go, and that’s why I’m with her, and that’s why I need you to work just as hard to make sure that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the next president of the United States of America.

God bless you, North Carolina.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.”

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Hillary spoke to the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. today.  Among the issues she addressed was teacher salaries which, she noted, are the lowest for college graduates.  Refinancing student loans and debt forgiveness for those long in the “first and primary public service” were among her proposals to relieve financial strains for teachers whose work she called most important.

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While Hillary was speaking, FBI Director James Comey also spoke at length and in detail about the investigation into Hillary’s use of a private server as secretary of state. He said the bureau would not recommend charges, that there was no evidence that she intentionally sent or received classified information, and that that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on the findings of the investigators.

Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks at National Education Association

At the NEA in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hillary Clinton promised educators nationwide she would be their partner in the White House and they would always have a seat at the table. Clinton highlighted her commitment to modernizing and elevating the teaching profession – an integral part of ensuring every child receives a world class education.

Clinton also contrasted her vision with that of Donald Trump, who believes America invests too much in educating our children and whose education expertise consists mainly of the now defunct Trump University. Trump’s for-profit school has been accused of both fraud and high-pressure sales tactics to separate vulnerable Americans from their savings. Clinton said, “If you want to know how Donald Trump approaches education, look at his so-called Trump University…Donald Trump would leave out our most vulnerable students and let them fend for themselves.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Oh, we are hearing those thunder sticks all across Washington. The NEA is in town, and people should pay attention. I want to thank your president, Lily.  You are a wonderful leader, you are absolutely dedicated, determined, and fearless, and as the song says, you keep fighting.  That is your trademark, and I want to thank you and the officers, every single member of the NEA.  That’s something you don’t hear often enough, is it?  Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.

Thank you for caring for all of our children – no matter what they look like, or where they come from, or who they are – and thank you for the insights that you have shared with me, not only through this campaign, but going back many years.

I want to say right from the outset that I’m with you. And I can’t be too presumptuous, but if I am fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House, and you’ll always have a seat at the table. You see, I have this old-fashioned idea that when we’re making decisions about education, we actually should listen to our educators. And I can tell you, it meant so much to me that you had my back during the primary.  I would go to events across our country and I’d see your T-shirts, I’d see your signs – it just made me feel so terrific, because we are in this together, and we are stronger together, and we’re going to win together in November.

Today, I am asking for your support in the general election.  I’m asking you to campaign with me, campaign for me, campaign for us for our future, because like you, I get up every day and ask, ‘What can we do that will make it better for America’s kids?’  It is a disgrace that in this country, we have children who are hungry, children who are living in the worst kinds of poverty, children who are not being given the same chance to fulfill their own potential that we want for all kids.  I am committed to making sure every child in this country receives a world-class education with good schools, and good teachers, no matter what ZIP code they live in. And you know what that means.  That means supporting parents to be their child’s first teachers, something you all have talked to me about a lot; expanding access to quality – high quality – childcare, and universal preschool for every child.

It also means repairing our crumbling schools; buildings new, modern schools; investing in the training and support that our educators deserve to have – because when we invest in education, we invest in our country’s future, and we invest in making a stronger economy that works for all of us, not just those at the top. And I know to make good on this commitment, we need to focus on reaching new heights, not rehashing old arguments.  It is time to stop focusing only on quote, ‘failing schools.’  Let’s focus on all our great schools, too. Let’s replicate their success everywhere across America.

And when schools get it right, whether they’re traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working.  No, let’s figure out what’s working, and share it with schools across America.  We can do that.  We’ve got no time for all these ‘education wars’ where people on the outside try to foist for-profit schools on our kids – we will never stand for that.  That is not acceptable. So that’s what I’m – that’s what I’m asking all of us to do – let’s sit at one table.  Let’s sit and listen to each other, and particularly, let’s listen to you – the teachers and the support professionals who are with our kids all day, every day.

And rather than starting from ideology, let’s start from what’s best for our kids.

Now some of you know, these issues are not new to me.  My first job out of law school was working for the Children’s Defense Fund.  I went door to door in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I was there to try to figure out why so many kids were not in school.  We looked at census data, and we looked at school enrollment, and there was a big gap.  Well, what did we find?  We found children with disabilities who desperately wanted to go to school but they couldn’t, either because their local schools were unequipped and unwilling to give them the support they needed, or because their families couldn’t afford something so basic that would open up the world to them, like a wheelchair or a hearing aid.  So we collected information from across the country, and we presented our findings.  Those were the days when you actually could present facts to the Congress and they would pay attention to you.

And we got the first legislation, as you know, so well in the entire world, guaranteeing access to education for students with disabilities.  I was so proud of that, and I’m proud of all of you who have made it real in the lives of the kids, like those that I met all those years ago in New Bedford. And then years later, when my husband was Governor of Arkansas, national experts said – a national expert said the schools there were among the worst in the country.  Well, we didn’t like hearing that, did we?  So Bill asked me to head up a committee charged with trying to make some differences.  We held hearings in every county and came up with a plan, and boy, did we fight hard to get more resources as well as higher standards – especially for really small schools.  And teachers – teachers finally got the raises they deserved, the highest increase of any state in the country at that time.

So, I carry the lessons that I’ve learned from experiences like these with me every day.  If people will come together, work together, listen to each other, we can get the resources that our schools and our educators deserve and need to succeed.  My plan to strengthen public education comes down to TLC: teaching, learning, and community.  Let’s start with teaching. I know what you see every day.  America is asking more of our educators than ever before.  You’re preparing kids for a competitive economy and staying on top of new technologies and theories, and everybody looks to you to fill in the gaps that we as a country have neglected – like giving low-income kids, English-language learners, kids with disabilities the support they need to thrive.  And we also ask you to help right wrongs – from poverty and homelessness to the legacy of racial inequities stretching back centuries.  We ask so much of you – and we don’t give you near enough in return.

As president, I’ll launch a national campaign to modernize and elevate the profession of teaching.  I want all educators, at every stage of your careers, to know that they’ll be able to keep learning, improving, innovating. And that goes for administrators too.

And we need to be serious about raising your pay. Because teachers make nearly 15 percent less than other college graduates in America.  No educator should have to take second and third jobs just to get by. And the last thing a teacher needs when you’re just starting out is a mountain of student debt. So I want everyone to be able to refinance your student loans, so you never have to pay more than you can afford.  And for people who go into public service – and I include teaching because it is the first and primary public service – any remaining debt after you refinance will be forgiven after 10 years. And we’ll go even further for those who teach in hard-to-fill subjects such as computer science or special education.

And we should also pay support staff better than what they are currently receiving. I think it is an outrage that so many of the food service staff, the bus drivers, the paraprofessionals, and Education Support Professionals who keep our schools running and our children learning struggle themselves to provide for their own families.

And you know better than most, supporting educators also means finding the right balance on testing.  Tests should go back to their original purpose: giving useful information to teachers and parents – so that you know and parents know how our kids and our schools are doing, and then we can come together to help them improve.  But when you’re forced to teach to a test, our children miss out on some of the most valuable lessons and experiences they can gain in the classroom.

And you know who that hurts the most?  That hurts our low-income kids and communities the most.  Because when I look at what’s being offered in schools from district to district, and I see how extracurricular activities have been stripped out of schools serving low-income kids but not out of schools that are better funded, that is fundamentally – that is a form of inequality, and we are not going to stand for it.

And that’s why I believe supporting educators means supporting unions that helped create the strongest middle class in the history of the world. You see, I know you’re not just fighting for your members.  You’re fighting for your students, and for families across America. So here’s what I want you to know.  For anyone who has faced a hostile state legislature, a union-busting governor or both, help is on the way. I will fight back against the attacks, and I will stand up for your right to organize and bargain collectively.

Now, all these things can only be done in partnership, so I’m asking you – and educators across the country – to work with me.  But I’m also asking you, as I’ve told Lily many times: advise me and hold me accountable.  Keep advocating for your students and your profession.

Now, the second part of TLC is learning, and we need to educate our children for the future, not the past.  Technological change is transforming every aspect of our lives.  And we want our children to be creators, innovators, entrepreneurs – critical thinkers who can collaborate and communicate within their own communities and around the world.  We need our students to be nimble, flexible, and brave enough to adopt and build on their skills.

And you know this better than most.  The world is changing, but our education system is lagging behind.  Consider this: There are more than half a million open jobs that require computing skills across the country and in every major industry.  But the majority of schools in the United States do not offer computer science.  It isn’t just that there’s a shortage of computer science teachers.  It’s that we haven’t made a commitment to do that.  But I have.  I’m going to prioritize – give our educators the time and the resources they need to learn how to integrate digital tools into the curriculum.

And on top of that, more than 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires broadband access – but more than 5 million children don’t have it.  We need to finish the job and make sure every home in America has access to high-speed, affordable broadband connectivity. We’re going to close the gap so that every child has a chance to know computer science.  We’re going to close the homework gap.  We’re going to use all the tools at our disposal, including technology, to give our kids and our educators what you need in these times that we’re living in.

And finally, there’s the ‘C’ in TLC – community.  So much of what happens inside your classrooms is determined by what happens outside your classrooms. And you see it every day.  Too many of our public school students are living in poverty.  That’s on all of us.  You see students coming to school hungry, or exhausted from a long night at a shelter.  One night in Iowa during the caucus there, a group of teachers was sitting in the front row of my event, and when it came time for questions one of the teachers said, ‘What should I do?  It’s cold outside and I have kids coming to school with no jackets, nothing warm to put on.’ She said, ‘I’m going to go buy them something, but that’s just the beginning.’  It is time we treated every child as our precious child, and not—” AUDIENCE:  “Hillary!  Hillary!  Hillary!” HILLARY CLINTON:  “I’ll tell you, let’s not ignore the weight of the problems that those little kids bring on their little shoulders to school every day.  We need to tackle all the problems holding our kids back, and we need to do it together, as one American community.

Let’s create more community schools, more partnerships between schools, social services and nonprofit organizations to provide a range of services and opportunities for kids. You should not have to be from a well-to-do family to get good mental health services or join a soccer team or be in a play at school. These should be within reach of all our kids.

Now, fixing problems like these will take all of us working together from the community level all the way up to the presidency.  That’s just one of the many reasons why this election is so important, because Donald Trump has a very different idea about all of this. For starters, he wants to, quote, ‘largely eliminate’ the Department of Education, but he said maybe he’ll leave some, quote, ‘tentacles’ out there – whatever that means. Now, that agency doesn’t always get it right, but it provides support for vital programs from pre-K to Pell Grants, and crucial resources that help low-income students, students with disabilities and English-language learners.  Donald Trump would leave out our most vulnerable students and let them fend for themselves.  He’s even said that America spends too much on education, and this is coming from someone who wants to give millionaires a $3 trillion tax cut over the next decade. I’d like to hear him explain that to parents in Detroit, where students share classrooms with rodents, or in rural South Carolina, where the schools are falling to pieces.

If you want to know how Donald Trump approaches education, look at his so-called Trump University. Hard to believe, but they took advantage of vulnerable Americans, encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures.  No wonder Donald Trump is being sued for fraud.  The bottom line is that just like Trump shouldn’t have his finger on the button or his hands on our economy, he should not have anything to do with our children’s education and our public schools.

Parents and educators across America are already worried about what they are calling – and telling me they’re calling – the Trump effect: bullying and harassment is on the rise in our schools.  Last week, a mother in Wisconsin wrote me a letter saying that her adopted son had turned to her and said, ‘If Trump becomes president, he’s going to make me go back to Ethiopia.’  That’s the kind of fear Donald Trump is creating in the heart of a 10-year-old American boy.

So I wish more people thought about how Donald Trump’s rants are being heard by our children.  What do they […] from his racist attacks against a federal judge, or when he encourages his supporters to punch protesters in the face and then offers to pay their legal bills?  You would not tolerate that kind of behavior in your classrooms.  Let’s not tolerate it from someone trying to become president of the United States.

My friends, we are so much better than this.  America is a bighearted, fair-minded country.  We teach our children this is one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. And that means it.  That means for all – not just those who look a certain way or worship a certain way or love a certain way.  That’s why we’re counting on the American people to make the right choice in November for our future.  We are stronger when our children have the chance to live up to their full potential.  And we are stronger when we invest in public education and our educators.

I feel passionately about this because I’m the product of great public schools and great teachers. I could keep you here all day telling you stories about what they taught me.  In first grade, Miss Taylor read us Winnie the Pooh.  In fifth grade, Mrs. Krause taught us about Sputnik and told us we had to work a lot harder on math and science. In sixth grade, Mrs. King drilled us in grammar.  And in junior high and high school, my teachers challenged me; they helped me understand the world I lived in and what I might do to make a difference.  That’s what all of you do every day – spark a student’s love for learning, change the course of his or her life for the better. And now, I heard Lily when I was backstage talking about her granddaughter, Lily Jo. And I’ll tell you, as passionate as I’ve always been, I’m even more passionate now.  With my granddaughter and my grandson, I’m going to make sure not only that they have opportunities – that’s not enough.  I want to make sure every child has opportunities.  I want to make sure our country lives up to our promise to the next generation.  I want them to feel they can go as far as their hard work and talent, and that every other child has the same chance.

So let’s keep going.  Let’s keep making our case.  Let’s keep working for better schools, more resources, more support for educators.  And boy, I can’t wait, because I know that Lily and everybody will not let me rest.  And I don’t want to rest, Lily.  There’s too much work to be done.  I will be a president who helps you get the support you deserve and need.  That’s a promise, because I believe in public education.  I believe in educators.  I believe in all of you.  Let’s give our kids every chance they deserve.  Thank you so much!”

 

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Hillary’s campaign felt impelled to release a statement about the Hillary macro tweeted by the Trump campaign that used a six-pointed star.

Hillary for America Statement on Trump’s Use of Anti-Semitic Imagery

Hillary for America’s Director of Jewish Outreach Sarah Bard released the following statement after Donald Trump defended the use of anti-Semitic imagery that came from a white supremacist website:

 

“Donald Trump’s use of a blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites to promote his campaign would be disturbing enough, but the fact that it’s a part of a pattern should give voters major cause for concern. Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others. Trump should be condemning hate, not offering more campaign behavior and rhetoric that engages extremists. The president should be someone who brings Americans together, not someone who sends signals and offers policies of division.”

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Trump’s campaign played dodgeball with the allegations.  No surprise.  Donald himself used a few of his favorite go-to defenses: pretense, blaming the media, and claiming ignorance.  Just the kind of guy you want leading the country.

Hillary, meanwhile, tweeted her own Independence Day messages.

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In April of 2009, when she was in country, Hillary was receiving the first-time, courtesy visits of many foreign ministers, her counterparts, from many different countries. One of these was Dr. Taieb Fassi Fihri of Morocco. Here is their short exchange prior to a private bilateral meeting on April 8, 2009.

Remarks With Moroccan Foreign Minister Dr. Taieb Fassi Fihri Before Their Meeting

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
April 8, 2009

Date: 04/08/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Moroccan Foreign Minister Dr. Taieb Fassi Fihri before their meeting. State Dept Photo SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s wonderful to welcome Minister Fihri here today on behalf of Morocco. We are so committed to our relationship and have very high regard for the extraordinary progress that has taken place in Morocco over the last years, and we look forward to deepening and strengthening our relationship.
FOREIGN MINISTER FIHRI: Me, too. I’m very happy to be here and to have the opportunity for this meeting with Madame Secretary. As you know, USA and Morocco have a longstanding relationship, and we will continue to work together to defend peace and stability, mainly in the Middle East, in Africa. And we in Morocco really appreciate the statement made by the President and then Madame Secretary about new dialogue with Muslim countries and also how to reach the peace in the Middle East.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister.
FOREIGN MINISTER FIHRI: Thank you.
QUESTION: Madame Secretary, do you have any clarity on the Somali piracy situation?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we’re deeply concerned and we’re following it very closely. Specifically, we are now focused on this particular act of piracy and the seizure of a ship that carries 21 American citizens. More generally, we think the world must come together to end the scourge of piracy.
I think Morocco was the very first country that recognized us, going back a long time. And we worked together to end piracy off of the coast of Morocco all those years ago, and we’re going to work together to end this kind of criminal activity anywhere on the high seas. Thank you.
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Indeed, Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America as a sovereign nation. I learned that from Hillary that day. Morocco recognized the U.S. in 1777. We have been friends with treaties dating back to 1786. We have lived in a global community from birth.  Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

YES, we have a country! How dare anyone say we do not or that we are not strong with long, durable ties around the globe.  Only the ignorant would believe such a lie.

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Saturday
Jul 02
2016
New York, NY
Statement

Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.

Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.

As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.

We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.

A special thank you to everyone who donated in June and during this quarter! What a great way to wrap up the primary season! Every donation counts. You all are making this happen!

Clinton Raised Nearly $70 Million in June for Hillary For America, the DNC and State Parties

HFA raised more than $40 million, begins July with more than $44 million on hand

Hillary Clinton raised more than $68.5 million for Hillary for America, the DNC and state parties across the country in June.  More than $40.5 million of that total was for HFA and about $28 million was raised for the DNC and state parties across the country through the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) and the Hillary Action Fund (HAF). Clinton has now raised about $288 million for the campaign and about $90 million for the DNC and state parties through the HVF and HAF. HFA continued to be efficient in its spending and enters July with more than $44 million on hand. The average donation to HFA in June was about $48.

Funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund are now being used to fund and staff organizing programs in states across the country that will register voters, recruit volunteers and organize Democrats to turn out and support candidates up and down the ballot. The coordinated campaigns are being run by the DNC and state parties and will coordinate with local, state and federal Democratic campaigns to work to elect progressives across the country.

“Our first month of general election fundraising proved to be the best of the campaign,” said Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook. “Thanks to the continued support of nearly 1.6 million people, we have been able to help Democrats build out an organizing infrastructure across the country that will mobilize millions of voters and help elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot.”

Donald Trump has not yet reported his June fundraising totals.

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