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Ken Salazar, former Senator and Secretary of the Interior, will chair the transition team with Tom Donilon and Jennifer Granholm.

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, August 3, 2011. With Obama are Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, August 3, 2011. With Obama are Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

From left to right, Secretaty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, watch from the back of the room during President Barack Obama's meeting, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

From left to right, Secretaty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, watch from the back of the room during President Barack Obama’s meeting, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Clinton-Kaine Transition Project Announces Senior Leadership Team

Former Interior Secretary Salazar To Serve as Chair; Donilon, Granholm, Tanden and Williams To Serve as Co-Chairs

Two weeks after paperwork was filed to formally establish the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, John Podesta – the Chair of Hillary for America and the President of the Transition project – announced several top officials who will lead the transition planning over the coming months. This senior leadership team will oversee a Washington-based operation that is dedicated to preparing for a potential Clinton-Kaine administration, enabling the Brooklyn-based campaign organization to stay exclusively focused on the task of electing Hillary Clinton as the nation’s 45th President of the United States. Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the Interior and United States senator from Colorado, will serve as Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project.

Salazar will serve alongside four co-chairs – former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, and Maggie Williams, Director of the Institute of Politics, Harvard University. Ed Meier and Ann O’Leary, two top campaign policy advisers, will shift full-time to the Transition team to serve as co-executive directors and manage the project’s day-to-day operations. Heather Boushey, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, will serve as Chief Economist.

“We are extremely pleased that such an accomplished group of public servants has agreed to lead the transition planning for a potential Clinton-Kaine administration,” Podesta said. “While our campaign remains focused on the task at hand of winning in November, Hillary Clinton wants to be able to get to work right away as President-elect on building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. These individuals, who bring a deep level of experience in the work of presidential transitions, will help us build a team that is ready to govern after the general election.”

“Once Hillary Clinton makes history by being elected as the nation’s first woman President, we want to have a turnkey operation in place so she can hit the ground running right away,” Salazar said. “A Clinton-Kaine administration will build on the progress we’ve made under President Obama, and tackle a new set of challenges both at home and abroad. This transition team will undertake the preparations necessary to ensure our next President has the resources and staff to carry out this all-important work.”

The Clinton-Kaine Transition Project is a 501(c)(4) organization. It was officially established through the filing of paperwork two weeks ago in the District of Columbia, with Podesta named as the entity’s President and Hillary for America senior adviser Minyon Moore as Secretary.

A 2010 law, known as the Pre-Election Transition Act, formalized the process for the transfer of powers from one administration to the next, and provided new resources to both party nominees so they each could take steps ahead of the general election to ensure a seamless transition. In keeping with the law, the Obama administration will host initial, transition planning meetings with representatives of both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. After the two parties’ conventions, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough phoned both campaigns to indicate that, among other steps, workspace administered by the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., was officially available to both campaigns to use for their respective transition planning.

Biographies for the leadership of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project appear below.

Ken Salazar, Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, served under President Obama as the 50th Secretary of the Interior from 2009-2013. Prior to that, he was U.S. Senator from Colorado from 2005-2009. From 1999 until his election to the U.S. Senate, Salazar served as Attorney General for Colorado. He currently works as a partner at the international law firm WilmerHale.

Tom Donilon, Co-Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, served as National Security Advisor to President Obama from 2010-2013. Donilon had leadership roles in the State Department and NSC transitions in 2008. He served as Deputy National Security Advisor before becoming President Obama’s top national security aide. Donilon served during the Clinton Administration as Chief of Staff at the Department of State. Donilon is currently Vice Chair at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. Jennifer Granholm, Co-Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, was the 47th Governor of the State of Michigan. Prior to her two terms as Governor, she served as Michigan’s Attorney General from 1999-2003. She was the first woman in state history to be elected to either position. During her tenure as Governor, she led Michigan through a severe economic downturn by diversifying the state’s economy, strengthening its automotive industry and investing in new sectors such as clean energy. After leaving office, Granholm served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute.

Neera Tanden, Co-Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, currently serves as President of the Center for American Progress. Prior to that, she served as a senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, working to help enact President Obama’s landmark health reform law. During the 2008 campaign, Tanden served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, then became the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden campaign during the general election. Earlier in her career, she was Legislative Director for Clinton in her Senate office, and deputy campaign manager on Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.

Maggie Williams, Co-Chair of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, is the Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is the former Communications Director for the Children’s Defense Fund; served as the 1992 transition director for First Lady Hillary Clinton, and as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton. Maggie is founding partner of management consulting firm, Griffin Williams CPM, from which she took a leave of absence in 2008 to manage the presidential primary campaign of then-Senator Clinton. Maggie is Vice Chair of the Trustee Board of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and serves on the Board of the Scholastic Corporation.

Ed Meier, Co-Executive Director of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, most recently served as the Director of Policy Outreach at Hillary for America. Prior to his work on the campaign, Meier served as Senior Adviser to the Deputy Secretary of State during Clinton’s tenure at the State Department. In addition to his service in government, Meier has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and served as Chief Operating Officer at Big Thought, an education nonprofit in Dallas.

Ann O’Leary, Co-Executive Director of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, most recently served as Senior Policy Adviser at Hillary for America, handling issues including college affordability, health care and family economic security.  Prior to joining the campaign, O’Leary was senior vice president and director of the Children and Families Program at Next Generation. O’Leary was also founding executive director of the University of California, Berkeley, Law School’s Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, and a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Francisco. She held a number of roles during the Clinton administration, including policy adviser to the First Lady and assistant to the President on the Domestic Policy Council. She was also Legislative Director in Clinton’s Senate office from 2001-2003.

Heather Boushey, Chief Economist of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, is the Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Boushy previously served as as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute. She is a leading researcher on the issue of income inequality and author of “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press.

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Donald Trump, who continues to struggle orally linking the letters L+G+B+T+Q, reading them off a teleprompter as if he is having an eye exam, proposed a test for aspiring immigrants to the U.S. Malcolm Nance called this the “the single most un-American thing I’ve heard” and compared it to McCarthyism and the House UnAmericanActivities Committee.

Jake Sullivan, speaking for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, issued this statement and a video.

Statement from Jake Sullivan Responding to Trump’s Ideological Test for Immigrants

Hillary For America Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement today in response to Donald Trump’s call for submitting immigrants to ideological tests:

“This so-called ‘policy’ cannot be taken seriously.  How can Trump put this forward with a straight face when he opposes marriage equality and selected as his running mate the man who signed an anti-LGBT law in Indiana?  It’s a cynical ploy to escape scrutiny of his outrageous proposal to ban an entire religion from our country and no one should fall for it.”

HFA also released a new corresponding video.

VIDEO: Trump Test

The guy who had Roy Cohn on retainer and points his finger at all and sundry is in Putin’s pocket and on ISIS recruiting videos. The irony is as dense as a cloud of mercury.

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The event, at West Philadelphia High School, attracted a lot of young voters ready to sign up their peers to vote in their first presidential election.


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In West Philadelphia, Clinton Calls Trump the Wrong Choice for America’s Economy

At a voter registration event in West Philadelphia on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton made the latest stop in her campaign’s “Three Million Stronger” Initiative, to register and commit three million Americans to vote this November. Clinton also highlighted her five-part economic plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and contrasted her agenda for tax fairness and investing in Pennsylvania with Donald Trump’s plan to give large tax breaks to the wealthy and people like him – including what could be a $4 billion tax break to his own family.  Clinton said, “I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.”

After the event, Hillary for Pennsylvania launched a West Philadelphia canvass led by local hip-hop artist Freeway.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello, Philadelphia.  Oh, wow.  I am – Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  I am so excited to be back in the city that hosted the greatest convention.  I can’t tell you as I’ve been traveling across the country how many people have said to me how much they loved being in Philadelphia. And, believe it or not, there are so people who hadn’t been to Philadelphia before the convention.  And they left loving this city.  And I can’t thank all of you enough for all the hospitality.

I want to thank my longtime friend Congressman Bob Brady.  Thanks to Mayor Jim Kenney; State Senator Vincent Hughes; State Representative Dwight Evans; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; City Council President Darrell Clarke; a longtime friend of mine, former City Councilwoman Marian Tasco; and all of those who spoke in the preprogram.  And to everybody gathered here, it is exciting to be back.  And, as you heard, we want you all to register to vote. We have places to register because we don’t want you on the sidelines come November.  This is the most consequential election.  The stakes could not be higher.  And we want everybody in Philadelphia, everybody across Pennsylvania to be part of a great victory in November and then the future that we’re going to build together.

Have any of you been watching the Olympics?  Well, I’ve got to tell you I am a big Olympics fan, those athletes, what they give up, the sacrifice, the work.  I understand that Philadelphia’s own Nia Ali just made the first round heat in the 100 Meter Hurdles today, but Team USA is showing the world what this country stands for. I am proud of our team there, and I am proud of the incredible teamwork that they show.  I was thinking the other day when Donald Trump speaks, he speaks about fear.  He speaks about such negativity and such pessimism. And then I watch the Olympics, and it’s exactly the opposite. You have young people going out, doing their best every day to get prepared to compete.  And that’s what we’re going to do in America.  There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.

I was up in Scranton yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden. And we had a great day.  Both Joe and I have roots in Scranton.  So we saw a lot of people that we’re related to, a lot of people who tell us we’re related to them. But it just reminded me of how lucky we are to be part of a country that has provided so much opportunity.  It’s not perfect.  We know that.  But there is no place that has provided more opportunity to my grandfather, who came here as a young immigrant, worked in a factory, created a great life, family; and then my dad, who was a small businessman in Chicago, worked hard.  And I want that story to be true for every American family. And that is – that is the principal motivation that I have in this campaign.

People say to me all the time, I mean, ‘How do you do it?’  They see me on TV.  I’m in one state.  Then I’m in another state.  Then I’m in another state.  And I’m lucky.  I can sleep on planes and in cars.  So that helps.  But what it’s really all about is getting up every day and being motivated to make sure that every person in this crowd and every person in this commonwealth and every person in this country has the same chance to live up to your dreams, the same opportunities that previous generations of Americans enjoyed. And that’s why we’re going to keep talking about what kind of jobs we’re going to create.

I met the principal of this beautiful school a little earlier. And I met two of her students, who are about to graduate, right there.  Thank you both. Young man […] We need you. Young woman wants to be a surgeon.  Thank you.  We need you. I met another young woman who told me she wanted to be a surgeon, and people tell her, oh, she can’t be a surgeon.  I don’t remember where she went, this young woman.  But don’t you believe it.  Don’t you believe it.  We’re going to lift people up.  We’re going to help every single person in America live up to those dreams. And we’re going to do it by creating more good jobs, jobs in infrastructure, jobs in advanced manufacturing, jobs in clean energy.  We’re going to do it by investing in education, from early childhood education all the way into lifelong learning.

I want to thank the mayor again for his commitment to early childhood education.  I want to thank the superintendent, who I met earlier, Superintendent Hite, for his commitment to early childhood education.  And I particularly want to thank all the teachers and educators in the audience, who make dreams come true. So I know what we can do together, but how are we going to pay for it?  Well, I’ll tell you how we’re going to pay for it.  We’re going where the money is.  We’re going after the super wealthy.  We’re going after the corporations.  We’re going after Wall Street so they pay their fair share.

That’s why I was so surprised when Donald Trump came out and talked about the economy because, actually, he would give trillions of dollars in more tax breaks to the wealthy. He wants a new tax loophole that we call the Trump loophole that would actually help him and everybody else who is really wealthy to cut their tax rate in half on a lot of their income.  He wants to eliminate the estate tax, which does nothing for 99.8 percent of all Americans, but if Trump is as wealthy as he claims to be, it would save his family $4 billion.  Now, I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.

So I think we know what we need to do.  The question is whether we will do it, and that all comes down to who shows up and votes.  That’s why we have been registering voters in our campaign.  We launched a drive to register three million voters and get those voters to commit to vote because it doesn’t do you any good if you register and you don’t show up.  Right?  So we’ve got people waving over there.  They’ve got their voter registration forms for you. And we want you to be part of this.

So here’s what I’m asking.  I’m asking you to register yourself, and I’m asking you to ask everybody you know to register, because when we do that, we make a commitment that we care about what’s going to happen in this election.  And we also care about winning back the Senate, making the Senate Democratic again. And trying to pick up some more Democrats in the House of Representatives.  That will help, too. You see, I have this old-fashioned idea, looking at our last two Democratic Presidents, President Obama – and a guy named Clinton – that we got a lot done for America when they were in office.  Right?

When I hear folks criticizing President Obama, I’m thinking, well, what don’t they like?  They don’t like the fact that he helped us save the economy from the worst financial crash since the 1930s? They don’t like the fact we now have 20 million more people who have access to affordable health care? They don’t like the fact that his intervention saved the auto industry and imposed the toughest new rules on Wall Street?  What don’t they like?  And when I hear people criticize Bill, I think, what don’t they like, the peace or the prosperity? I mean it’s kind of hard to know.

So don’t be complacent, my friends, because even though we’re doing fine right now, I’m not taking anybody, anywhere, for granted.  We’re going to work hard these next 85 days.  And I can’t do it without your help. Now, we have packets for you at the door so you can also canvass, meet your neighbors, canvass across West Philly after this event.  This evening we’re opening our Southwest Philly office on 52nd and Cedar. Stop by.  The deadline for registering is October 11th.  So we have work to do.

But here’s what I promise you.  I promise you that we’re going to go not only as hard as we can to win this election, but then to go as hard as we can to achieve the results that the country needs.  And that’s why I talk specifically about what I want to do.  I know that some people make fun of me.  They say, oh, she has all these plans, and you can go to my website and read my plans.  But I’ll tell you.  You know why I do that?  Because I want you to know what I’m going to try to do so that you can both help me and hold me accountable for doing what I told you I want to do.

We want to create millions of new good jobs in infrastructure because our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, are falling apart.  Our water systems, our sewer systems, are falling apart.  And we also need a new, modern electric grid to be able to take and distribute all the clean, renewable energy that we’re going to be producing. And when people say to me, ‘Well, we can’t bring manufacturing back to the United States,’ I say, ‘But I’ve seen it.’  I have seen what we can do.  I have been in plants in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, across America, who are doing just that.  And when I meet the people, there’s such pride and dignity.

When I was in Johnstown Wire Technologies on our bus trip with Tim Kaine and I met people working there, I met a young Marine veteran.  He’s been there now for a couple years.  He is as proud as he can be because he’s making something that really makes a difference and that is exported around the world from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. So don’t tell me we can’t make things.  I know we can.

I was in a plant outside of Detroit last week.  It used to be an auto supply plant.  And then in 2000 – it was started in 1955 by the grandfather of the guy who’s the chair of their board now.  In 1955, they started.  They were making auto parts.  Then in 2000, their main customer, one of the auto makers, moved a lot of their production.  Now, they could have been really just broken by that.  They could have said, you know what?  We got to close up shop.  But that’s not what they did.  They were so determined to keep that business doing.  So they said, what skills do we have?  What can we do now?  And they got into the aerospace business.  So there I saw the nose cone of an F-35.  There I saw the parts they’re making for NASA for the rocket that will take astronauts on the manned mission to Mars, in Warren, Michigan, a place that used to make auto parts which is now literally making rocket parts.

And you know what I thought? I thought, wait a minute.  This could have been one of those sort of ‘poor me’ stories.  We can’t do it.  We can’t compete.  But instead, people got up and said, ‘Yes, we can,’ and yes, they did.  Right? And I started looking at the machines that they were using, a lot of precision machines made in Germany, made in Japan, made in Italy.  And I said to the workers there, ‘Could we make those machines?’ They said, ‘You bet we could.’ If we have the right partnership between our government and manufacturing, we can have a renaissance in manufacturing and jobs that will give people good livings and the pride and dignity of work.

And here’s something we don’t say often enough.  More than half of the jobs that are predicted for 2020 are not going to require a four-year college degree.  So I want to make college affordable for everybody, and we’re going to get that done. I want to help you refinance and pay down your student debt if you already have that. But I also want to make sure community college is free and we have more technical education back in our high schools. I want us to have more apprenticeships so that more young people get the skills that they can use to fill those jobs in 2020.

So I am optimistic.  And another big area where I’m optimistic is clean, renewable energy, where we’re going to be the 21st century clean energy superpower.  Not China, not Germany.  The United States of America.  So I know we can do this.  We got ourselves out of the worst financial crash.  We’re standing.  Now we’re going to start running again.  And we are particularly going to focus on young people who have been left out of education and the job market, and middle aged and older people who have lost jobs and need new skills to be able to compete and win again in the job market.

And while we’re doing that, we’re going to start at the very beginning with early childhood education, universal prekindergarten. Because we are stronger together, and we need all of our people to feel that they’ve got a shot.  You know, even Abraham Lincoln talked about how important it was to give every American a fair shot in the race of life.  That’s what we’ve got to get back to.  It’s just wrong that some people do well and other people feel like they’re never going to catch up.  So I want to be a president for not only Democrats, but Republicans and Independents too. I want to be a president for the struggling, the striving, and the successful.  I want to be a president for those who voted for me, and those who don’t vote for me.  Because we are all in this together.

So there’s a lot we can do on the economy, there’s a lot we can do on education.  There’s a lot we can do on healthcare.  We’re going to build on the Affordable Care Act, and we’re going to get the cost of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles down.  And we’re going to tackle the high cost of prescription drugs. And we are going to do more to help people deal with mental health and addiction problems. I probably have more people talking to me about mental health and addiction than nearly anything else.  You know, folks talk about the economy, they talk about education.  But when it gets really personal – you know, I’m in a coffee shop, or talking to folks on a line here, and somebody takes my hand and pulls me closer, what they talk to me about is mental health and addiction.  And shame on us if we don’t do more to help people who are suffering, and families who are in pain because of that.

And we are going to have a national security and foreign policy that America can be proud of.  We are going to lead the world in accordance with our values, in pursuance of our interest, and in furtherance of our security, along with our friends and allies.  It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear Donald Trump try to talk about national security.  It’s not just – as Joe Biden says, it’s not just that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  That’s bad enough.  But what he often says hurts us.  It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike in the world.

And we are living in a complex world, one where we need steadiness, where we’ve got to have a real sense of how we’re going to get to where we want to go, to help as many people, to keep our country safe, but to do it with the kind of bigness, the kind of confidence that really marks America at our best.  You know, sometimes when I hear Trump talking about how we should all be so afraid all the time, and then I find a few minutes to watch the Olympics, I think, my goodness, you know, when you go out and compete, not everybody can win, but you’ve got to do your best.  And can you imagine Michael Phelps or Simone Biles, or all these other great American athletes in the locker rooms saying, well, I don’t know, I’m too afraid to go out and compete?  No.  They get out there.  They compete.  They do their best.  They demonstrate the kind of spirit that we want from all Americans.

And then finally, I think we have to defend the advances in rights that we have made here in America. And I am very proud of our young people.  This is the most tolerant and generous generation that we’ve ever seen in America. And yes, we are going to defend human rights, and civil rights, and women’s rights, and gay rights, and voter rights, and worker rights. Because if we’re going to lift everybody up, we need to do it in a way that lets those people feel that their dignity is respected as well.

And, yes, I am going to take on the gun lobby to try to save lives here in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. And as I said here in Philadelphia in my speech, that doesn’t mean I want to abolish the Second Amendment.  That doesn’t mean that I want to round up people’s guns.  What that means is I want to keep you from being shot by somebody who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We can’t let this go on.  We need comprehensive background checks, close the gun show loophole, the online loophole.  We need to pass a law finally that says people who are on the terrorist watch list can’t buy – can’t buy weapons in America.

So I’m excited about what we can do, but first we’ve got to get there.  So let me thank you for being out here on a hot August afternoon at this beautiful high school.  And let me ask you to be sure to register to canvas, to be part of this campaign.  Because I’m not trying to just win an election.  I’m trying to build a base of voters who understand that we’ve got to stand up for these rights, we have to work for these causes, we have to be committed to these goals, who will get up with me after the election and work to make sure that we actually deliver the results that we all know we need.  So my friends, let’s go to work, and let’s build the future that America deserves.  Thank you and God bless you.”

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They met up on the tarmac in Scranton, two long-time buddies who used to have breakfast almost every Tuesday morning at Joe’s residence when Hillary was Secretary of State.

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And then they were off to the rally.  In her speech, Hillary, wearing blue, hearkened back to her blue-collar roots in Scranton.  She told the audience that her grandfather’s job at a lace factory provided profit-sharing and health care at the beginning of the 20th century.

Joe gave shout outs to Bob Casey. He reminisced about his appearance in Scranton eight years ago with Hillary and Bill Clinton.

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Joe spoke powerfully about what it will mean when Hillary becomes president.  He said she has always been there and that is her life story.  He called Trump’s cynicism unbounded.  He said no candidate has ever known less about national security than Donald Trump and that he doesn’t seem to want to learn it.  Speaking about Trump got Joe’s Irish up. It was awesome.  If you listen to nothing else here, listen to the last half of Joe’s speech.  It is scathing, and it is true.


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Joined by Clinton In Scranton, Biden Calls Out Trump For Already Making America Less Safe

Joined by Hillary Clinton in Scranton on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden called out Donald Trump for already making America less safe.  Biden pointed to Trump’s dismissal of our European allies, his comments on Ukraine, his praise for Saddam Hussein, his support of torture, his slander of the Muslim parents of a Gold Star family, and his dangerously irresponsible lies about President Obama and ISIL to emphasize the security dangers of a Trump presidency.

Biden’s remarks on Trump’s dangerous national security proposals are transcribed below:

JOE BIDEN:

“Look at the people who have come out, scores and scores of the most prominent Republican thinkers in the national security field.  They have come out in both political parties and party.  He has no idea what he’s talking about.  Even confronted with the facts, he doesn’t want to learn them.  Few times he tries to deal with the facts, he reveals a profound misunderstanding of what to say.  Just listen for a second.  Listen to him.  He belittles our closest allies in this hemisphere and in Europe.  Nations that stand with us, are part of our security network, that are with us when we address every international challenge, those who fought and bled alongside us for decades, he wants to toss those relationships aside, like the ones that – like his failed business ventures or something.  In the meantime, he talks cavalierly about encouraging other nations, as Hillary pointed out, to develop nuclear weapons, as if nuclear war is some trivial affair.  Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?  Where was he when – in school? Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted.  There’s a guy that follows me right back here, has the nuclear codes.  So God forbid anything happened to the President and I had to make a decision.  The codes are with me all – he is not qualified to know the code. He can’t be trusted.

I was proud.  My son Beau served for a year in Iraq, came back a highly decorated soldier.  I must tell you. I must tell you had Donald Trump been president, I would have thrown my body in front of him – no, I really mean it – to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Trump’s decision.

Every president since Harry Truman has looked toward Europe whole, free, and at peace.  One of the most consequential people right now who is trying to undo that is a man that Donald Trump says he admires.  Now, I’m not big on the character assassination stuff.  I really mean that.  If you look at everything, any campaign I’ve ever run, I’m just trying to – like that old program of Walter Brennan, ‘Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.’ Oh, that was Joe Friday, actually. But he says he admires Vladimir Putin. No, no, no, no, no.  It’s more than – it’s more than the ‘Ew’ about it.  Here’s the deal.  What is Putin’s objective, as Hillary knows as well as anyone, dealing with Putin as I have and the President has and John Kerry, Putin is determined to crack NATO and crack the European Alliance.  That is his overarching, overwhelming interest.

I’m heading from here, getting on a plane and flying to Kosovo, then to Serbia, and then I am going to the Baltic States.  You know one of the reasons I am going is to make sure – to reassure those who are members of NATO and the Baltic States we mean what we say, we mean what we say, the sacred alliance of 60 years because they’re worried.

Listen to his comments about Ukraine.  He assures us Russia will not move on Ukraine.  But if he could not understand it, they’ve already moved on Ukraine and occupy Crimea.  This guy’s shame has no limits.  He’s even gone so far as to ask Putin and Russia to conduct cyberattacks against the United States of America. No, no.  Even if he is joking,  which he’s not, even if he’s joking, what an outrageous thing to say.

Look, folks.  These are not isolated examples.  He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century, a man who repeatedly backed terror attacks against Israel because he was supposedly – the reason he admires him – he was a killer of terrorists.  That’s why he likes Saddam.  He would have loved Stalin.  He would have loved Stalin.

Look.  This says a lot about his approach.  It explains why he’s so often embraced tactics of terrorist enemies themselves – religious intolerance, casting entire communities culpable for the acts of a few in the community.  Torture, when he knows it’s illegal, and says he would still order it even though the military commanders said they would not obey his orders.  When can you think of, ever, in history where military commanders have said, before a man or woman is elected, that they would not follow his orders?  Threatening to kill innocent family members of suspects.  Indiscriminate bombing, what he calls for.  That’s how anyone hoping to lead this great democracy in the world should behave?

Look.  He likes autocrats.  He wills the politics of fear and intolerance, calling for a ban on Muslims in the United States, slandering proud Muslim parents of a Gold Star family who paid the ultimate sacrifice, threatening to send American citizens to Guantanamo – oh, I tell you, this guy’s okay. Look. Trump’s ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American.  They reveal a profound ignorance of our constitution. It’s a recipe for playing into the hands – and I will end this because you’ve been standing so long – it’s a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda.

Last year ISIL’s top leader, who we’ve been tracking since we got bin Laden, Hillary, me, John, everyone else, the President – his name is al-Baghdadi.  And he revealed the goal of ISIL.  He just said it straight out.  You can go on a website.  He said, their goal is to ‘compel the crusaders to actively destroy the grey zones themselves,’ meaning anywhere where Christians and Muslims live, he calls a grey zone.  He said their objective is to actively destroy that grey zone.  Muslims in the West, he says, will have to quickly find themselves between two choices:  either apostatize, or immigrate to the Islamic State, and thereby escape prosecution.  How does he make the case?  By pointing out that no Muslim is welcome in the West.  ISIL wants to manufacture a clash of civilizations between us versus them.  Trump is trying to give them exactly what they want.

Last week he stood in front of a crowd in Florida and said President Obama founded a terrorist organization, ISIL. Now, look.  Look.  This I really should end with.  That’s an outrageous statement.  But let me tell you why it’s a dangerous statement.  As he might say, the bad guys are listening.  Yesterday the head of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, Iran’s top terrorist surrogate and a direct threat to our ally Israel, repeated Trump’s claim in the entire Muslim world and around the world that President Obama founded ISIL.  You say, well, what difference does that make?

Here’s exactly what the leader of Hezbollah said, referring to Trump’s accusation.  He said this.  ‘This is not’ – this is a spokesman for ISIL – I mean, excuse me, for Hezbollah –‘This is not a simple speech,’ referring to Trump.  I’m quoting him.  ‘This is an American presidential candidate.  This was spoken on behalf of the American Republican Party.  And he’ – meaning Trump – ‘has the data and documents to back it up.’

If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks.  It’s gone up a couple clicks.  You saw what’s happening in Turkey, where some in Turkey are accusing us of being part of the coup attempt.  Ladies and gentlemen, does he have any idea of the adverse consequences these outlandish comments have on our allies, or friends, and the physical safety of our troops?  Trump is already making our country less safe.”

Biden’s full remarks, as transcribed, are below:

JOE BIDEN:

“Hello, folks.  It is good to be home.  Folks, let me tell you what Scranton does deserve.”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “Love you, Joe!”

JOE BIDEN: “Well, thank you. Scranton deserves what it’s always deserved because it is made up of so many people with grit and courage – I mean this sincerely, from the bottom of my heart – with grit, courage, determination, who never, never, ever give up.  They deserve someone who not only understands them; they deserve someone who is with them.  And they deserve someone who’s made of the same stuff.  That’s Hillary Clinton.  That’s who she is.

It’s good to be home with so many friends.  As I look around, I – matter of fact, one of the people in the reception line said, ‘My aunt owns your house.’ Tell her I’m coming, I’m coming home. I was there when I was running, and up in the bedroom written on the wall still is, ‘Joe Biden slept here.’ And then it said, ‘Lived here.’  I’m glad they added the ‘Lived here’ part.

I’m often asked why we moved from Green Ridge to Claymont, Delaware and then Wilmington.  Claymont is a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware.  And it’s because of Bob Casey. No, look, no, the Caseys lived five blocks from us, just around the corner from St. Clare’s.  And I am midway between Bobby’s dad and Bobby.  And I knew only one of us were going to make it out of Green Ridge, and knew it wasn’t going to be me. So I had to move.  There was too much Casey talent in the neighborhood.  Bobby, you’re a great friend and a great, great United States Senator.  Thank you.

As they say in southern Delaware, they talk at you like this:  Matt Cartwright, that boy, he married up.  He married right up to the […] I tell you, I don’t know, always seeking influence.  I – but you got it, man.  And, Matt, you’re doing a wonderful job as well and have become a very dear friend as well.  Thank you.

I’ve been home since this time, but I stood here eight years ago kicking off our campaign with Hillary and Bill Clinton at my side, having my back.  It was just me up here.  They came to show their support.  And I want to make it clear that as Scranton has always had my back, we, in fact, all of us, are going to have your back, Hillary. Scranton has been so – some of the folks in our administration were there on election night when the results were coming in.  I give you my word as a Biden, I asked one and only one question:  What did we do in the Northeast? And we won by a larger margin than we had any time before, and the rest didn’t matter.  I took full credit for it.  Nothing to do with it.

You know, if you listen to Barack, you’d think I was a kid who just climbed out of a coal mine with a lunch box, from Scranton.  I’m the kid from Scranton.  Well, I am from Scranton and I was a kid at one time.  But so often, quite frankly, my people in Delaware resent it.  I’ve represented them for 36 years as a U.S. Senator and 44 years in high public office, and I swear to God, Hillary, there’s a parade that started on the Fourth of July about just as I was getting started in ’72, and it was called the Hockessin parade.  It’s right on the Pennsylvanian border.  And from the time my boys were then three and four years old – four and five years old at the – actually three and four years old, they were in the parade with me.  And so when my Beau became – and he was the most popular politician in Delaware – I would tag along with him – no, for real – in the parade.

So one of the things I’m trying to do, Hillary, after the people of Delaware being so generous to me all these years, and to Beau as attorney general, I am trying to go back and do as many things in the last year at home in Delaware to show my affection and my appreciation.  And so I was in the Fourth of July parade in Hockessin recently, surprising the press and everyone because I was there.  And there were thousands of people there, many of the same people that waited five hours in line to pay respects at my son’s viewing.  And I was there to thank them for the overwhelming support they gave me for all those years.  And as I continued along the parade route, two guys came running up to me – big guys, both guys I had played ball with – bigger than me.  Secret Service was about to have a heart attack.  And they said, Joe, what in the hell’s all this stuff about Scranton?  You’re from Claymont, god darn it.  You’re from Claymont.  And you’re from Delaware still, aren’t you, Joe?  So y’all have to write a note, tell them I love Scranton, it’s my home.

But you know what, home is where your character is stamped.  Where it’s stamped into your soul.  Where your values are set.  Where your view of the world and your place in that world begin.  For me, that was 2446 North Washington Avenue, around my grandfather Finnegan’s table – and it’s where I learned that money doesn’t determine your net worth.  That no one – that no one – I mean this sincerely.  This is not hyperbole.  This is deadly earnest.  I learned that no one is more worthy than you, and everyone is your equal.  I learned from my mother, Catherine Eugene Finnegan-Biden that – and she said this so many times.  She’d look me in the eye and say, Joey, look at me.  Remember, you’re defined by your courage, and you’re redeemed by your loyalty. She’d go on to say – because everybody’s had tough times – she said, as long as you’re alive, you have an obligation to strive.  And you’re not dead until you’ve seen the face of God.

What I learned here from my father is that I could be anything I wanted to be.  That anything could be accomplished.  This is not a joke.  This is real.  That the measure of your character is not whether you’ll get knocked down and you’ll fall, because you will.  The measure is how quickly you get up. I learned – I learned about resilience from my father.  Who, like many of you, and many of your parents, made what I call the longest walk.  The longest walk any man or woman can make is a short flight of stairs to their child’s bedroom to say, honey, I’m sorry we can’t live here anymore.  We lost the house.  Or Daddy or Mommy doesn’t have a job.  I remember my Dad making that walk.  Moving us to my grandfather’s home.  I remember, but what I remember most was him saying, but I promise you, everything, everything is going to be – we can’t go back to St. Paul’s – you can’t play in Green Ridge Little League anymore.  But I promise you, everything is going to be okay.

And he meant it.  He knew it.  Because there used to be a basic bargain back then.  There used to be a bargain, if you worked like hell for the outfit you work with and they did well, you got to participate.  That was the bargain.  And what Hillary is all about is making sure that every one of you – every one of you can look your child and your grandchild in the eye, and say, honey, I mean this sincerely, everything is going to be okay.  Think how many people you know who don’t feel like they can say that right now.  My father, when he said it, on the balls of his heels, he meant it.  Because he thought that there was just a clear shot if you worked hard.

Everything I learned at my father and grandfather’s table was reinforced by my neighbors and my friends all around this town.  Pride, independence, resiliency.  When I moved away from Scranton, I was going into 4th grade.  But I never left.  I spent summers, holidays, college weekends, weddings, funerals, first communions, bat mitzvahs – and by the way, for me it was Nay Aug Park, it wasn’t the Lake.  I always remember – I always remember – but I’ve been taught what you all believe up here.  Everyone’s entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter who they are.

That America – that America – And Hillary gets this better than anybody I know.  That America can be defined in one single word: possibilities. That’s the thing about America – that’s the thing about Scranton.  That’s the thing about who we are.  Anything is possible.  That’s the America I know.  And ladies and gentlemen, that’s the America Hillary Clinton knows.  You know the people I trust most?  In public life – I’ve been doing this a long time – I trust the people who – the feeling starts in their gut, moves to their heart, and then is articulated by a great mind.  Hillary understands the hopes and aspirations of the people in Claymont and Scranton and every Scranton and Claymont in the United States of America.

I’ve known her for over 30 years.  I knew her before she was first lady.  When she became first lady.  When we served together in the Senate.  During her years as Secretary of State, once a week, we’d have breakfast in my home.  I became the Obama whisperer. She’d look at me and say, what did he mean by that?  He loves her.  Everybody knows.  This has never been an issue with Hillary.  Unlike, it’s a gigantic issue with her opponent.  But all kidding aside, everybody – by the way, my family is right there.  The Finnegans.  How are you?  I didn’t even see you.  Secret Service, you see that beautiful young girl there?  Make sure she gets back when I leave the stage, okay?  Because we’re not leaving until I get a hug.

Anyway, sorry guys.  It’s kind of a family thing. But look, think about it.  Everybody has known from day one how smart, how bright Hillary is.  Everybody knows how tough she is. But what I don’t think everybody knows enough about – it may be the difference between the Irish Catholic and the Methodist piece here – we wear everything on our sleeve.  I don’t think they fully understand how passionate she is about what she does. I want you to listen just for a minute.  I don’t even want you to clap.  I want you – because I want to make sure you understand what I know about her.

You know, she understands that that college loan to get a bright young girl or boy to school is about a lot more than whether or not they’re going to get a chance.  It’s about the pride and the dignity of the parent who looks at that child.  I mean this sincerely.  Please don’t – just listen to this.  I remember, I was – went down to my Dad’s place of work to pick up a car.  And he was wandering back and forth in the parking lot.  The secretary said, ‘He’s out there.’  And I walked out.  And he said, Joey, I’m so sorry.  I’m so damn sorry.  This is before cell phones.  I thought maybe something happened.

He said, ‘I went to the bank today, honey; they won’t lend me the money to get you to school.  I’m so ashamed.’  A damaging thing to a parent is to look at a talented child, or a sick child, or a child in need, and not be able to do anything.  She’s understood that for years.  She’s understood for years that millions of people here in Scranton and Claymont and all across America went to bed staring at a ceiling thinking, my God, what happens if she develops breast cancer?  Or he gets lung cancer?  What happens?  We lose everything.  What do we do then?

A lot of you remember those days.  My family remembers those days.  She gets it.  She understands what it will mean – and I really mean this – it’s more than about her.  She understands what it means for these beautiful young girls – and I’m being serious now – these three beautiful little girls I’m looking at now, what it will mean to them when it’s President Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will change their lives.  It will change their lives.  It will prove that my daughter and my granddaughter can do anything my son and grandsons can do.  That’s what it will mean.  It’s consequential.

So let me say this as clearly as I can.  If you live in a neighborhood like I grew up in, where my wife Jill grew up in, Willow Grove, or down in Claymont, if you worry about your job, getting decent pay, if you worry about your children’s education, if you’re taking care of an elderly parent after losing the other one, then there’s only one person in this election who will possibly help you.  And that is Hillary Clinton.  Folks, she’s always been there.  It’s not a joke.  You know, you see – use phrases like that – but she has always been there.  That’s her life story.  And let’s state the obvious: that is not Donald Trump’s life story.  Senator Ted Kaufman, who you know very well, Hillary, served with you.  He used to be my administrative assistant for years and years, graduate of the Wharton School, an engineer by degree at Duke.  He said he had a professor at the Wharton School – the Wharton School, by the way, isn’t – doesn’t have a Trump sign up.  Anyway, that said, the difference between being a success and the genuine success – excuse me – a minimum success and a real success is someone who had nothing and makes a million dollars is a real success.  Someone who inherits a million and makes 20 million –”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “A bum.”

JOE BIDEN:  “No, they’re not a bum, but they’re a mere success. Now, some are bums but not all.

Look, let me tell you the part that bothers me and, as Hillary will point out and knows, that no one ever doubts I mean what I say. The problem is that I sometimes say all that I mean.  But let me tell you what really bothers me most.  And maybe this only works in – where I grew up.  I don’t know.  But what bothers me most about Donald Trump is his cynicism is unbounded.  No.  I really mean this.  Think of this for a minute because you’re all raised in this area.  You’re different ethnicities, different religions, different backgrounds.  But there’s one thing I’ve noticed all the years I’ve spent.  And I’ve always, always come home.  And that is that the way you were raised, if you ever showed a lack of empathy for someone in trouble, if you ever summed up a thought that the praise he’s most proud of, ‘You’re fired’ – think about the phrase, ‘You’re fired.’”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “You’re fired.”

JOE BIDEN: “Think – no.  All kidding aside.  I really mean this.  Maybe it’s just me.  But think about what your mother or father or grandmother or grandfather would have said to you.  Think about everything you learned as a child.  I really mean this.  No matter where you were raised, how can there be pleasure in division and ‘You’re fired’?

And he’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class.  Give me a break.  And, to repeat myself, it’s such a bunch of malarkey, it makes no sense, none, none, none, none.  This guy doesn’t care about the middle class.  And I don’t even blame him in a sense because he doesn’t understand it.  He doesn’t have a clue.  No, no.  He really – I mean, he really doesn’t.  He doesn’t have a clue.

And, by the way, there’s something else he has no clue about that has nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican.  I have worked – I’ve worked with eight presidents of the United States.  I have served with hundreds of senators.  Only 13 senators in history, I’m embarrassed to say, have served as long as I have. Dozens of secretaries of state and secretaries of defense of both parties.  And I can say without hesitation, my word as a Biden, no major party nominee in the history of the United States of America has – no, don’t cheer; quiet, just listen – has known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security than Donald Trump.  And what absolutely amazes me, what absolutely amazes me, that he doesn’t seem to want to learn it. No.  I really mean it.  He doesn’t seem to want to learn it.  He doesn’t seem to think it matters.  This man is totally, thoroughly unqualified to be president of the United States of America.  He not only lacks the temperament – people say he lacks the temperament.  I would feel better if that’s all he lacked. On every issue that matters most to our security, Donald Trump has no clue what it takes to lead this great country.

Now, look, if I had said this eight to 10 months ago, you would say, well, I am being partisan.  Well, I am partisan.  I make no apologies for that.  But I am not mean about it.  And, as Hillary will tell you, I don’t know any Democrat that has a more positive relationship with Republicans than I do in the United States Senate.  But, having said that, look at the people who have come out, scores and scores of the most prominent Republican thinkers in the national security field.  They have come out in both political parties and party.  He has no idea what he’s talking about.  Even confronted with the facts, he doesn’t want to learn them.  Few times he tries to deal with the facts, he reveals a profound misunderstanding of what to say.  Just listen for a second.  Listen to him.  He belittles our closest allies in this hemisphere and in Europe.  Nations that stand with us, are part of our security network, that are with us when we address every international challenge, those who fought and bled alongside us for decades, he wants to toss those relationships aside, like the ones that – like his failed business ventures or something.  In the meantime, he talks cavalierly about encouraging other nations, as Hillary pointed out, to develop nuclear weapons, as if nuclear war is some trivial affair.  Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?  Where was he when – in school? Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted.  There’s a guy that follows me right back here, has the nuclear codes.  So God forbid anything happened to the President and I had to make a decision.  The codes are with me all – he is not qualified to know the code. He can’t be trusted.

I was proud.  My son Beau served for a year in Iraq, came back a highly decorated soldier.  I must tell you. I must tell you had Donald Trump been president, I would have thrown my body in front of him – no, I really mean it – to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Trump’s decision.

Every president since Harry Truman has looked toward Europe whole, free, and at peace.  One of the most consequential people right now who is trying to undo that is a man that Donald Trump says he admires.  Now, I’m not big on the character assassination stuff.  I really mean that.  If you look at everything, any campaign I’ve ever run, I’m just trying to – like that old program of Walter Brennan, ‘Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.’ Oh, that was Joe Friday, actually. But he says he admires Vladimir Putin. No, no, no, no, no.  It’s more than – it’s more than the ‘Ew’ about it.  Here’s the deal.  What is Putin’s objective, as Hillary knows as well as anyone, dealing with Putin as I have and the President has and John Kerry, Putin is determined to crack NATO and crack the European Alliance.  That is his overarching, overwhelming interest.

I’m heading from here, getting on a plane and flying to Kosovo, then to Serbia, and then I am going to the Baltic States.  You know one of the reasons I am going is to make sure – to reassure those who are members of NATO and the Baltic States we mean what we say, we mean what we say, the sacred alliance of 60 years because they’re worried.

Listen to his comments about Ukraine.  He assures us Russia will not move on Ukraine.  But if he could not understand it, they’ve already moved on Ukraine and occupy Crimea.  This guy’s shame has no limits.  He’s even gone so far as to ask Putin and Russia to conduct cyberattacks against the United States of America. No, no.  Even if he is joking,  which he’s not, even if he’s joking, what an outrageous thing to say.

Look, folks.  These are not isolated examples.  He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century, a man who repeatedly backed terror attacks against Israel because he was supposedly – the reason he admires him – he was a killer of terrorists.  That’s why he likes Saddam.  He would have loved Stalin.  He would have loved Stalin.

Look.  This says a lot about his approach.  It explains why he’s so often embraced tactics of terrorist enemies themselves – religious intolerance, casting entire communities culpable for the acts of a few in the community.  Torture, when he knows it’s illegal, and says he would still order it even though the military commanders said they would not obey his orders.  When can you think of, ever, in history where military commanders have said, before a man or woman is elected, that they would not follow his orders?  Threatening to kill innocent family members of suspects.  Indiscriminate bombing, what he calls for.  That’s how anyone hoping to lead this great democracy in the world should behave?

Look.  He likes autocrats.  He wills the politics of fear and intolerance, calling for a ban on Muslims in the United States, slandering proud Muslim parents of a Gold Star family who paid the ultimate sacrifice, threatening to send American citizens to Guantanamo – oh, I tell you, this guy’s okay. Look. Trump’s ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American.  They reveal a profound ignorance of our constitution. It’s a recipe for playing into the hands – and I will end this because you’ve been standing so long – it’s a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda.

Last year ISIL’s top leader, who we’ve been tracking since we got bin Laden, Hillary, me, John, everyone else, the President – his name is al-Baghdadi.  And he revealed the goal of ISIL.  He just said it straight out.  You can go on a website.  He said, their goal is to ‘compel the crusaders to actively destroy the grey zones themselves,’ meaning anywhere where Christians and Muslims live, he calls a grey zone.  He said their objective is to actively destroy that grey zone.  Muslims in the West, he says, will have to quickly find themselves between two choices:  either apostatize, or immigrate to the Islamic State, and thereby escape prosecution.  How does he make the case?  By pointing out that no Muslim is welcome in the West.  ISIL wants to manufacture a clash of civilizations between us versus them.  Trump is trying to give them exactly what they want.

Last week he stood in front of a crowd in Florida and said President Obama founded a terrorist organization, ISIL. Now, look.  Look.  This I really should end with.  That’s an outrageous statement.  But let me tell you why it’s a dangerous statement.  As he might say, the bad guys are listening.  Yesterday the head of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, Iran’s top terrorist surrogate and a direct threat to our ally Israel, repeated Trump’s claim in the entire Muslim world and around the world that President Obama founded ISIL.  You say, well, what difference does that make?

Here’s exactly what the leader of Hezbollah said, referring to Trump’s accusation.  He said this.  ‘This is not’ – this is a spokesman for ISIL – I mean, excuse me, for Hezbollah –‘This is not a simple speech,’ referring to Trump.  I’m quoting him.  ‘This is an American presidential candidate.  This was spoken on behalf of the American Republican Party.  And he’ – meaning Trump – ‘has the data and documents to back it up.’

If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks.  It’s gone up a couple clicks.  You saw what’s happening in Turkey, where some in Turkey are accusing us of being part of the coup attempt.  Ladies and gentlemen, does he have any idea of the adverse consequences these outlandish comments have on our allies, or friends, and the physical safety of our troops?  Trump is already making our country less safe.  And I’m testing your stamina.

So let me go to the end here and say – Hillary has forgotten more about American foreign policy that Trump and his entire – I’m not exaggerating – his entire team will ever understand. Ladies and gentlemen, Hillary’s been there.  She has been tested.  I’ve been in the room with her as we jointly, with the President’s leadership, sent some of these killers to the gates of hell.  At our weekly breakfast on the international stage, she’s strong.  She’s respected.  She’s admired.  There’s nothing – there’s nothing, nothing – that she doesn’t understand about America’s place in the world.

And ladies and gentlemen, because she knows one thing that Donald Trump doesn’t know:  It’s never, never, never, ever been a good bet to bet against the United States of America!  Give it a fair shot. Give it a fair chance.  Americans have never, never, never, ever let their country down, never – and ladies and gentlemen in Scranton and in America, we never bow.  We never bend.  We never kneel.  We never yield.  We own the finish line.  That’s who we are.  We are America!  And she gets it.  We’re second to none, and Hillary Clinton is going to write the next chapter in American history.”

 

STAND

 

We knew this was coming, of course.

Statement from Robby Mook on Trump Campaign Chair Pro-Kremlin Ties

After more reports of Donald Trump’s campaign chair’s ties to pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine, Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook released the following statement:

“On the eve of what the Trump campaign has billed as a major foreign policy speech, we have learned of more troubling connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine.  Given the pro-Putin policy stances adopted by Donald Trump and the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them.”

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Hillary and the Democratic Party stand firmly against privatization.

Hillary Clinton Statement on Social Security Act Anniversary 

Today, on the 81st anniversary of the Social Security Act, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“For eighty-one years, Social Security has been America at its best. It reflects our shared belief that every American should be able to retire with dignity after decades of hard work. That no American should face poverty because he or she is disabled. That we are stronger together.

“Social Security benefits 59 million Americans today—but Republicans are relentlessly trying to attack and undermine this bedrock American guarantee. They want to cut benefits and gamble seniors’ retirement security on the stock market through privatization.

“And Donald Trump is no different—just look who he chose as his running mate. Mike Pence spent his time in Congress championing efforts to dismantle Social Security—and to privatize it even faster than President George W. Bush and Paul Ryan proposed.

“We cannot and we will not stand for that. When I served in the Senate, I helped lead the fight against the Bush privatization scheme. Instead of cutting or privatizing Social Security, we will defend and expand it.

“When President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, he said it ‘represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means completed.’ Social Security works, but we can make it better. Millions of women—and men—who are widowed or who take time out of the paid workforce to raise a child or care for a sick family member are being left behind. As President, I’ll expand benefits to cover these hardworking Americans, because no one should have to live in poverty because their spouse died or they did the vital work of taking care of a loved one.

“Social Security isn’t just a program—it’s a promise. And I won’t stop fighting until every American shares fully in that promise.”

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Why would anyone cry “voter fraud” well before he fact? It makes no sense.

Trump Solicits Election Observers for ‘Rigged Election’

Ali Vitali

Donald Trump is now recruiting “Trump Election Observers” to combat what he has called a “rigged” election.

A link on his page — that directs participants to donate — rewards registrants with an email that promises to “do everything we are legally allowed to do to stop crooked Hillary from rigging this election.”

The call to action comes less than 24 hours after Trump said Democratic rival Hillary Clinton couldn’t win in Pennsylvania unless she cheats and just days after he began inserting voter identification riffs heavily into his stump speech.

“She can’t beat what’s happening here,” the Republican presidential nominee told the crowd in Altoona on Friday night. “The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat, OK?”

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We need to think strategically about this.  Voter fraud in the United States has been minimal to naught.  See this >>>>

So why would a candidate in a state where he is polling low make such an accusation and recruit an army of “observers?”

My guess is that something untoward is in the works. It would indeed be sad, wrong, criminal, and fraud if voters were to arrive at the Trump-monitored polls to discover that they had already voted.

I remember this having happened to Iowa caucusers in 2008.  They arrived to be rejected and were told they were already signed in with signatures that were not theirs.  Some of them called in to CNN while this was happening. That is water under the bridge now.  Many non-Iowans have probably forgotten and only the disenfranchised remember with the fury of those who were turned away unjustly.

Trump’s Delphic precognition of  loss in a state where he is tanking 87 days out sets up a disturbing scenario wherein recruited “pollwatchers” in fact interfere with the election.

The sad truth at the bottom of this slimy barrel is that voter ID might end up being all that prevents a Trump theft of Democratic and democratic votes.

My poll ladies know me very well.  If someone were to attempt to impersonate me at my polling place,  that person would be snagged in an NJ minute.  But if this is a plan in the hatching in PA or anywhere else, we still have 86 days to help prevent a theft.

If you are out there registering voters, maybe it is not a bad idea to ensure that they carry proper ID. Check valid ID requirements in your state and advise registrants to comply. If there are seniors in your district who need a lift to the polls and lack ID, try to assist them in getting accepted ID before the crisis occurs.  We have a few months in which to accomplish this.

I smell a rat. I am not psychic. But if you follow a certain line of reasoning behind why Trump would have made such a statement in such a state, you cannot help but expect monkey business to ensue.

Get ready! This is like no election we have ever seen before, and we need to predict what the noxious moves will be and provide the antidotes before election day.

This is the ONLY ticket that will work for all of us and not just the privileged.

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There once was a boy who cried “Wolf!”

Stand with Hillary.  Stand with our right to vote!
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