Hillary Clinton greeted supporters at the at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri and spoke to the National Baptist Convention there today.

In Kansas City, Clinton Reflects on Her Faith and the Belief That We Are Stronger Together

At the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Hillary Clinton delivered a personal address titled “A Call to Faith and Service” where she reflected on the role her faith plays in her commitment to public service. Clinton’s faith has been a guiding force since she began a life of public service at the Children’s Defense Fund, and dovetails with her campaign’s message today that we are “Stronger Together.”

In her speech, Clinton praised Baptist congregations nationwide whose selfless work on behalf of distressed communities embodies this idea – from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which delivered much-needed water to residents of Flint, Michigan, to Tabernacle Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee, which started a gun buyback program to help distressed parts of the city. Faith-based organizations will be her partner in building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Clinton said, “Rosa Parks may have opened up every seat on the bus; now it’s our job to create good jobs so everyone can afford the fare […] As president, I will be your partner in this work of translating love into action. Together we’ll make transformative investments in communities that have been left out and left behind for far too long – from our neglected inner cities to struggling rural communities.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Good evening. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. President Young, pastors, friends, I’m very grateful for this great chance to be with you during your week of convention. I’m especially pleased to see my friend, the mayor of this great city. He is someone who, if you haven’t gotten to know, I hope you do. Thank you, Mayor Sly James. I was also delighted to greet, on the way in, the new Jackson County executive, Major League baseball star and all-around good guy Frank White, who has done such an incredible amount of good work on the field and now off the field.

I want to thank all of you – Dr. Miles, Dr. Brown, all our friends from this city and this state, for hosting us. I want to acknowledge on a personal point Dr. Shaw, celebrating 60 years as pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church. When I saw him tonight, I kidded him and said he started when he was 2. I’m sure there’s a law against that, Dr. Shaw. Dr. McKinney, Dr. Brown, all the members of the executive board, and state presidents.

Now, I know that Reverend Jackson was with you on Monday, and Congressman Cleaver was with you on Tuesday. So talk about two tough acts to follow. But they are both dear, longstanding friends of mine. And I am honored to be on this same stage as so many distinguished leaders.

Now, I happen to be a born and raised Methodist, but I’ve been married to a Southern Baptist for more than 40 years. And from Arkansas to New York – friends, from Arkansas. John, they’ve got friends from Arkansas here – but across this great country, you’ve welcomed me into your congregations with open arms and open hearts. And I am grateful for the friendship, support, and Christian hospitality I have found there. As pastors, as spouses of pastors, families of pastors, you know better than anyone the importance of building relationships of trust and respect. And I am sure some of you are sick and tired of politicians who think they can just show up at election time, say a few nice words, and then earn your support. Right?

Well, you and your congregations deserve better than that. You deserve a sustained commitment to expanding opportunity, equity, and justice, not just for two or four years, not just when the cameras are on and people are watching, but every single day. And you know better than anyone that people who look at the African American community and see only poverty, crime, and despair are missing so much. They’re missing the vibrancy of black-owned businesses, the excellence of historically black colleges and universities. They’re missing the success of black leaders in every field, and the passion of a new generation of young black activists. And yes, they are missing the strength of the black church, the solid rock on which so much is built.

Well, I see you. I see the work you do and the lives you change. And today I want to say something that you don’t hear often enough: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for answering the charge given to us by Jesus, as Matthew records, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, welcome the stranger. Thank you for loving all people, especially the least, the last, and the lost among us.

And you know so well we’re not asked to love each other, not urged or requested. We are commanded to love. Indeed, Jesus made it his greatest commandment. When I used to teach the occasional Sunday School class, I often taught on that lesson. That’s a hard commandment to obey. Some days it’s really hard for me. But in so many ways, all of you have answered that call.

I’ve been privileged to see your love in action with my own eyes. I’ve seen the love at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Pastor Damian Epps and his congregation collected tens of thousands of water bottles to send to families in Flint, Michigan suffering from water poisoned with lead. Because they remembered that eight years before, when the Mississippi River rose up and flooded Eastern Iowa, others came to their aid. As Pastor Epps said, they are fellow Americans. They are human beings. We should want to reach out and help. And he’s right. That ethic is at the core of our Christian faith. And we all have work together to make sure every child in America has clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and good schools, no matter what zip code they live in.

I’ve seen the love at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee. Reverend Don Darius Butler has helped organize gun buy-back programs because none of us can sit back while the epidemic of gun violence ravages our communities and our country. It is, as you know, by far the leading cause of death for young black men, more than the next nine causes of death combined. And I promise you this: As president, I’ll stand with you in the fight for common-sense gun safety reforms.

I’ve seen the love at the Triumph Baptist Church in Philadelphia where Reverend James Hall, guided by what he calls the three E’s of evangelism, education, and economic development, has been led to set up a credit union to help people in the community overlooked or ignored by the banks so they can get a small business loan, save for college, or put something away for retirement. They’ve helped build a supermarket in a neighborhood that hadn’t seen one in more than 10 years. And they’re reaching out beyond the pews to help families live safe, healthy, prosperous lives.

I’ve seen the love at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. It was an honor to join Reverend Cromwell Handy and his congregation last December to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ courageous action against segregation.

And by the way, Rosa Parks may have opened up every seat on the bus; now it’s our job to create good jobs so everyone can afford the fare and they can actually get bus routes to reach every neighborhood that connects them with safe, affordable housing and good jobs.

As president, I will be your partner in this work of translating love into action. Together we’ll make transformative investments in communities that have been left out and left behind for far too long – from our neglected inner cities to struggling rural communities.

We’ll work with both parties to make the biggest investment in good new jobs since World War II, including $20 billion to tackle the challenge of youth unemployment, which is twice as high for young African Americans as it is for young white Americans.

We’ll ‘ban the box,’ and do more to help people who’ve paid their debt to society find jobs and housing when they get out.

And we will embrace Congressman Jim Clyburn’s ‘10-20-30’ plan – steering 10 percent of federal investments to neighborhoods where 20 percent of the population has been living below the poverty line for 30 years. That’s a great idea whose time has come, and we can translate it into reality.

Together, we’ll face head-on systemic racism and work to reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end. Because everyone in every community should have respect for the law and be respected by the law.

We’ll beat back the assault on voting rights. It is a blast from the Jim Crow past that must be stopped. We should be expanding voting rights instead.

The best way to stand up to those who are trying to prevent any person from exercising his or her vote is to register and show up and vote against them and make sure your vote counts loudly and clearly.

There’s so much we can do if we keep love in our hearts as we do the noble work of breaking down barriers that hold Americans back.

Now, as you well know, we’re in the final stretch of an election that may be the most consequential of our lifetimes – an election in which all of these issues and so many more are at stake. Our nation’s values are being questioned in this election.

We are facing a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination in his business – who traffics in toxic conspiracy theories like the lie that President Obama is not a true American.

If he doesn’t even respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?

So we must keep calling him out and rejecting the hateful, bigoted rhetoric that seeks to pit Americans one against each other, and continue making the case in every way for our vision of an America that is ‘stronger together.’ An America where all our children have the choice to live up to their God-given potential, no matter where they come from, or what they look like, or what the circumstances of their lives have been.

I have laid out my vision and my agenda. In fact, Senator Kaine and I have just published a book called ‘Stronger Together’ that lays it out clearly so you know what you’re voting for, not just against. And we’re going to get the economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top; how we’re going to have more jobs and infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean renewable energy; how we’re going to do more to help small businesses. The fastest-growing segment of small business in America today are small businesses started by African American women. I want to be a small business president to help everyone willing to take the chance. And we’re going to make the economy fairer. We are going to raise the national minimum wage. No one who works full time should be mired in poverty at the end of a long, hard year.

And yes, we are finally going to guarantee equal pay for women’s work so that we raise family incomes and provide the respect that comes from being paid what you are entitled to earn. And we’re going to make education work for every child – early childhood education, universal prekindergarten. I want to bring technical education back into high school. It was a mistake when we took all of that vocational education out of our high schools. I want every young person who wants to go to college to be able to go to college, but I want every young person who wants to do a good day’s work in a job that builds America – the machinists, the tool and die makers, the computer coders – I want them to feel they are just as welcome and wanted. And we’re going to make college affordable for everybody. And I have a $25 billion plan specifically focused on historically black colleges and universities that served our nation and provide the leaders of the next generation.

And we’re going to help you pay down your student debt. It is way past time. And let’s make sure health care is free – is available, affordable, of high quality for everybody. And we’ve got to get the cost of prescription drugs down and we have to do more to help with mental health and addiction, two problems I hear about across our country, which I know you hear about in your churches.

So we have a lot of work to do, and we’re going to keep working to earn every vote and never take any community or any person for granted. Tim Kaine and I have launched a nationwide drive to register and commit 3 million Americans to vote by Election Day, and I hope you will be part of it. This election is too important for anyone to sit on the sidelines.

Today, for a few minutes, I want to leave aside the politics and do something that doesn’t always come naturally to a Midwestern Methodist; that is, to talk about my own faith, how it led me to a life of service, how it will guide me as president. Sometimes people ask me, ‘Are you a praying person?’ And I tell me if I wasn’t one before – whoo, one week living in the White House or on the campaign trail would have turned me into a praying person.

But I had the great blessing to be raised by a family and a church that instilled in me a deep and abiding Christian faith and practice. I still remember my late father – a gruff former Navy man – on his knees praying by his bed every night. That made a big impression on me as a young girl, seeing him humble himself before God.

My mother taught Sunday school in our church, partly she said because she wanted to make sure that my brothers actually showed up at Sunday school when they walked out the door. Her faith was rooted in gratitude for the love that helped her survive a painful childhood after her own family abandoned and mistreated her. She was sustained by the kindness of others, like the first grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and brought extra food to share.

My mother was determined to pay that kindness forward. And she really liked the Wesleyan credo of our church, ‘Do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.’ I was also so blessed to have a remarkable youth minister who believed, like John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, that the world is my parish. He told us – these young white kids in a suburban area of Chicago – you can’t just be satisfied in your own church, in your own middle-class life; we’re going into the inner city of Chicago, we’re going into church basements for fellowship with young people your age from African American churches and Hispanic churches. That was the first time I was in a black church, when I was a teenager.

He took us to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak. He sent home the permission slips whether we could get in the church van to go into Chicago on a Sunday night to hear Dr. King, and some of the parents wouldn’t let their kids go. My mother said this is a historic opportunity. I remember, remember hearing Dr. King preach one of those well-known sermons, staying awake during the revolution, and then I stood in line with everybody in that big hall just to shake his hand and look into his eye.

His words, the power of his example, affected me deeply and added to the lessons of my minister to face the world as it is, not as we might want it to be, but to commit ourselves to turning it into what it should be.

So thanks to my family and my church, I embraced an activist social justice faith, a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty faith. As St. Francis of Assisi reportedly advised, ‘Try to preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words.’ The scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. The Epistle of James tells us we cannot just be hearers of the Word, we must be doers. And I believe that with all my heart. I am grateful for the gift of personal salvation and for the great obligation of a social gospel. To use the gift of grace wisely, to reflect the love of God and follow the example of Jesus Christ to the greater good of God’s beloved community.

That’s what led me to devote my life in the ways that I could to serving others, especially children. I went to work right out of law school for the great Marian Wright Edelman the daughter of a Baptist minister from Bennettsville, South Carolina, and the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She sent me door to door in New Bedford, Massachusetts on behalf of children with disabilities who weren’t able at that time to attend public school, to South Carolina to investigate the plight of 12 and 13-year-old boys imprisoned alongside grown men who had committed serious felonies, and to Alabama to expose the racism of segregated academies. I went undercover to Alabama all by myself. Marian just said, ‘Well, you just have to go do it.’ And I did.

Now, it would have been easier and certainly more remunerative to follow many of my law school classmates to a high-powered New York law firm, but the call to service rooted in my faith was just too powerful. For me, it has always been about trying to live up to the responsibility described by the Prophet Micah that we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.

Humility is not something you hear much about in politics, is it? But we should. None of us is perfect. St. Paul reminds us we all see through a glass darkly and for now only know in part. It’s because of that, because of the limitations we all face, that faith requires a leap, the conviction of things unseen. It’s because of our limitations and imperfections that we must reach out beyond ourselves, to God and to each other. It isn’t easy, but I have learned to be grateful not just for my blessings but also for my faults – and there are plenty! I’ve made my share of mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. Everyone here today has stumbled on their own stony paths. It’s grace that lifts us up, and grace that leads us home.

But it’s also our job to learn from our mistakes; to do all we can to do better next time, and to stay grateful. To live by the ‘discipline of gratitude.’ Our Christian faith is a journey that never ends. It’s a constant challenge to live up to our own hopes and ideals. To love and forgive others as we want to be loved and forgiven ourselves. You know, as President Obama reminded us, seeking high office is, by definition, an act of audacity. And yet, our greatest leaders are often the most humble. Because they recognize both the awesome responsibilities of power and the frailties of human action.

I’ve sat in the Situation Room with President Obama, weighing conflicting advice and imperfect information, wrestling with the hardest choices a leader can make: whether to send our young men and women into harm’s way, knowing that some of them will never return. There’s nothing more humbling than that. Nothing that should drive you to your knees more than that. That’s why in this time of both peril and promise, we need a President who understands that none of us has all the answers and no one person can fix our problems alone. A President who understands we have to look out for each other and lift each other up, not tear each other down.

That’s what we need to do together: invest in our people, believe in each other, create the jobs and the schools and the opportunities for young people, so that they believe that we care about them. Send our children to schools that reflect their promise, not our neglect. Make sure every child is given the healthcare he or she needs, whether it is for an ailment of the body or the mind. Stand ready to lift each other up when we fall, as we will. Give those who have made mistakes a second, third chance. Our faith is a faith of second and third and fourth and fifth chances for those who genuinely are seeking redemption.

And we need a President who understands the powerful role that faith – and communities of faith – have always played in moving our country toward justice, from the abolitionists of the 19th century, to the civil rights movement of the 20th century, to the unfinished business of today. A President who will pray with you, and for you, who will defend the dignity of every individual, and the principle of religious freedom that was woven into the moral fabric of our nation from the very beginning. Yes, we need a President who will do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.

My friends, one of the greatest privileges of this campaign has been getting to know a remarkable group of women who’ve lost children to gun violence or police incidents. They’re known as the Mothers of the Movement, and their hearts may be broken, but their souls shine thorough. I’ll never forget listening to Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, describe the mission these mothers feel called to lead. We were at the Central Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, pastored by Reverend Ricky Ray Ezell, Sr.

I wish you all could have heard her – Gwen was as eloquent as any preacher. She recalled the pain of losing her son. She said, at first, she couldn’t even get out of bed. But then, she said, ‘The Lord talked to me, and told me, ‘Are you going to lay here and die like your son, or are you going to get up and uplift his name?’ She realized in that moment that none of us can rest as long as there are others out there to be saved. And that her voice could move people to action. And then the said this: ‘I had to turn my sorrow into a strategy, my mourning into a movement,’

Gwen hasn’t stopped working since, bringing more and more allies to the cause of peace and justice. Because she knows, in a way, that tragedy and profound loss can teach us that we are stronger together than we could ever be alone. Gwen and the other Mothers of the Movement are living what the Scripture tells us: ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.’ Those are words we all should live by. And if I have the great honor of serving as your President, these are words that I will lead by. Thank you all and may God bless you.”










Just a note for anyone who was listening to Gloria Borger a little while ago when she said that after last night the campaign felt obliged to show Hillary at an African American church event implying that this event was a reaction to Trump’s visit to a Black church in Detroit. How ridiculous!  Anyone paying any attention to Hillary’s campaign has seen her on numerous Sundays at a variety of churches – many of them African American churches.  Borger needs to do her job and pay attention before she speaks.



Hillary held a press conference on the tarmac at Westchester Airport this morning before flying to Charlotte for a campaign event at Johnson C. Smith University. Look for Hillary at the 42 minute mark.

A question at the press conference had to do with Hillary’s serious facial expression at last night’s MSNBC forum and whether she felt she was being held to a different standard.  Talk about begging the question!  This is what that expression actually means!








In Charlotte, Clinton Vows to Fight Trump’s Dangerous Policies and Bolster Voting Rights

At a voter registration rally in Charlotte on Thursday, Hillary Clinton made the case that Donald Trump is unfit to be president and Commander in Chief. Clinton pointed out the range of Trump’s unacceptable policies, from opposing a federal minimum wage to proposing cutting the estate tax, which would do nothing for working families, but could save his own family $4 billion. Clinton also highlighted Trump’s pitiful performance at the Commander-in-Chief Forum, during which he unpatriotically lavished praise on Vladimir Putin while disparaging our military and attacking President Obama. Clinton added, “We have never been threatened as much by a single candidate running for president as we have been in this election. As your commander-in-chief, I will not trash our country’s most cherished values, I will defend them. And that is especially on my mind because this weekend is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. I was a senator serving, and I will never forget the horror of that day or the bravery of our first responders, the victims, the survivors, people I had the honor to work with and represent.”

Clinton also vowed to support HCBUs as president and make it easier to vote, in light of targeted attempts in North Carolina and across the nation to suppress minority turnout.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello! Whoa, it is so great to be here. Thank you all so much. And I was backstage listening to Jordan Polk’s story, and it was just so powerful and moving, and her ability to stand up here, talk about her personal family experience, coming out of Katrina, staying strong, moving forward, being a student here at Johnson C. Smith University. I am so excited.

I want to thank her and I want to thank Dr. Carter. Thank you for welcoming us here. You have welcomed two Clintons in the last year. There’s something about this place that has attracted both my husband and myself. I apologize for being late. We had a disabled airplane on the runway that had to get moved. It took a lot longer than expected. But I’ve been looking forward to joining all of you here in Charlotte.

I want to recognize and thank your mayor, Mayor Jennifer Roberts. There you are. Thank you, Mayor Roberts. I want to thank Trevor Fuller, chair of the Mecklenburg County Commission. I want to acknowledge Josh Stein, candidate for attorney general. And to all of you gathered here today.

It is 61 days until the election. And I think it’s so appropriate to be here in the great state of North Carolina – at a really well-renowned H – you know what I’m saying? – HBCU, historically black college and university.That, like so many others, has played such an important role in our country’s history, producing some of America’s finest leaders. And I am very proud. I was just doing a phone call on the way here with a lot of my young organizers on college campuses across our country, and I got a question from a young woman at another historical black college and university – Fayetteville. And I told her that I have a plan to help all of you afford to go to college. I have a plan to help all of you with student debt to pay it down and pay it off. And I have a special plan of a $25 billion fund specifically aimed at supporting HBCUs. Because we need a lot of opportunities for young people from everywhere. It shouldn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, or who you love. You deserve to be in college if that is your choice.

So right now we’re up and running, we’re organizing across America, and as Jordan said, this election has such high stakes, but the highest stakes are for young people. Young people across America. This election is going to determine in so many ways what kind of futures you will have. I don’t say that lightly. Everybody always says every election is important, and I happen to believe that. I think it’s one of the great gifts of our democracy that we have the opportunity to choose our leaders. And people – brave people – going back for so many years have fought to preserve that right. And that right is under attack right now, and it is under attack in North Carolina, of all places, a state that often set the standard for moving everybody into the future, and I admired that so much – emphasis on education from literally preschool through college; emphasis on research; emphasis on job creation and innovation. And now North Carolina, under the current governor and legislature, has been trying to restrict people’s right to vote. Well, you know it. North Carolina voters, though, won an important victory when a federal court just struck down this state’s voter ID law. And the federal court brought back more days of what’s called one-stop early voting. And here’s what the court said – this is not me talking. This is what the federal court said. The court said the North Carolina law was designed to target African American ‘with almost surgical precision.’

Now, that’s not just happening in North Carolina, unfortunately. It’s happening across America. And courts have been overturning restrictions that make it harder not just for African Americans but low-income people, Latinos, young people. One of the provisions in the North Carolina law was to make it really hard to vote where you go to school. So this has been a concerted effort to undermine the right to vote, even to make it hard for people with disabilities to cast ballots. Well, what’s the best way to repudiate that kind of underhanded, mean-spirited effort to deprive people of their votes? Get out and vote and make it clear we’re not putting up with that.

These laws are a blast from the Jim Crow past, and they have no place in 21st century America. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier to vote, not harder. That’s why if I’m elected president, I will work to expand early voting. We will enact universal voter registration so every young person in every state is automatically registered to vote when you turn 18. And we will repair the damage done to the Voting Rights Act and take on discrimination in all forms.

Now, HB2 is another example of trying discriminate against people that doesn’t have any place in our modern society. You’ve seen this firsthand in North Carolina. Discrimination is not only wrong, it’s bad for business. The NBA, you know, cancelled the game. PayPal cancelled bringing, I think, 400 jobs. Others are not coming to this beautiful state because they don’t want to be associated with the discriminatory, bigoted policies of your governor and legislature. Now, one thing you can do about that is change your governor in November. And while you’re at it, change one of your Senators. We’re going to need reinforcements up in Washington. We got a big agenda.

And people say to me, well, what is it you’re going to try to get done? Well, I’ll show you real easy. We just published a book. Right? Tim Kaine and I put this book out. It’s called ‘Stronger Together.’ It’s not very long. Not a hard read. But we have this old-fashioned idea that if we’re asking you to support us for president, we ought to tell you what we’re going to do. Not just bluster. Not just empty words. Not just demagogic rhetoric. Real plans that will improve your lives, make our country safer and better. So you could pick this up.

We’re going to build an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top. Sounds like a good idea. We’re going to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II – infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean energy jobs. We’re going to make the economy fairer, raise the national minimum wage, get people who work full-time out of poverty. And we are finally going to guarantee equal pay for women’s work. It is long overdue.

Did any of you see any of the Democratic convention? Well, I don’t know. You might have missed one of my favorite sets of speakers. We had these two young people from Kansas, 17 years old, young man, young woman. I’d read this, and I said, let’s contact these young people and find out their story. Here’s their story. Seventeen. Had the same summer job. Knew each other, working in a pizza restaurant. And they were pretty excited. I remember when I got my first real job, not babysitting but actually showing up at a job and having to do it.

And so one day, after they finished work, they were talking, and the young woman said, ‘I think, making $8 an hour, I should be able to at least save something for college.’ And the young man, a friend of hers, said, ‘Well, I’m making $8.15 an hour.’ And she said, ‘Well, why are you making 15 cents more an hour than I am? Neither of us had any experience to do this job. We’re the same age.’ He said, ‘Well, I don’t know. That doesn’t sound right. Maybe there was a mistake.’ So they go to the manager. They tell the manager. And the manager fired them both. And you know what? That’s legal. If you find out you’re not being paid the same for doing the same job, you can be fired. So this is not some made-up problem. And this would raise family incomes. And if you have a mother, a wife, a daughter, or a sister who’s working, it’s your issue. So we’re going to get that done as well.

And like I said, we’re going to make college affordable for everybody, pay down debt. But we’re going to do something else. I think it was a mistake when we got rid of all vocational education in high school. It needed to be improved, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t training people for the jobs that were out in the marketplace any more. But we got rid of all of it. We need technical education in high school. We need more apprenticeship programs where young people can learn and earn at the same time. And we’re going to go back to emphasizing that in high school, community colleges, apprenticeship programs, creative ideas like coding camps. We’re going to have 1.4 million jobs in 2020 for people who have computer science skills, and we’re going to only, if we continue on our present path, only have 400,000 Americans prepared to do those jobs. I want those jobs to be American jobs. So we’re going to help train people of all ages to be able to do those jobs.

We are also going to defend quality affordable health care for everybody, but we’re going to get the costs down. We’re going to get the costs of prescription drugs down for sure. And we’re going to emphasize two things that we have fallen short on, mental health and addiction services. People I’ve met here in North Carolina and across America talk to me about that all the time. So again, we’ve got our ideas in here. We want you to engage with us, give us your ideas. This needs to be an ongoing conversation. We want you to hold us accountable when we’re in that White House trying to do all of this.

But we also have to keep America safe. And we have to lead the world with steadiness and strength. One of the biggest differences in this campaign is Donald Trump basically says, ‘I alone can fix it,’ we have it is. Think of who that leaves out. That leaves out our troops on the front line. It leaves out our police and fire responders to emergencies. It leaves out our teachers, our educators who are working to help young people. It leaves out everybody. ‘I alone can fix it?’ I was raised to believe that we’re in this together, and together we can fix it. And that is exactly what we’re going to do.

That’s why Tim Kaine and I are running a campaign of issues, not insults. Donald Trump has a different approach. He wants to build an economy that works even better for himself, starting with a $4 billion tax cut for his own family. He’s built a career on stiffing workers, mom and pop contractors, small businesses that did jobs for him and the he refused to pay them. I take this very personally. My father was a small businessman. That’s how he provided a good middle class living for us.

He printed drapery fabrics. He would get the fabric and roll it out on these big long tables, and you’d take a silkscreen and you’d put it down. You’d dump the paint in. You’d take the squeegee. You’d go across. You’d lift it up. You’d go down to the end of one table, start on the other end of the other table. And you’d do it until the job was done. Sometimes I was there helping him. And then he would load the fabric into his car and he would deliver it. I tell you what, I am so grateful he never had a contract with Donald Trump’s businesses.

In fact, I just ran across a story in Las Vegas when I was there a few weeks ago of a small drapery business who got what they thought was the greatest contract ever for Trump’s new hotel in Las Vegas. They delivered the goods, and they were refused payment, for no reason other than it’s a game to him. Everything is a game. It’s like he’s living in his own celebrity reality TV program. You know what, Donald? This is real reality. This is real people. This is real decisions that have to be made for our country.

He actually stood on a debate stage and said wages are too high in America. Now, he’s got some new advisors. He’s had a bunch of advisors. He’s got some new advisors. And they’re all trying to make him look more presidential. Sound more serious. It’s not working too well. But remember what Maya Angelou, who spent the last years of her life right here in this state at Wake Forest, reminded all of us. I think about it often. I was so privileged to know her. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

You know, stronger together also means working with our true allies and partners around the world, and last night I offered some thought about ISIS, Iran, how we’re going to reform the VA system to take better care of our vets. And just since last night, when I appeared on that program back-to-back with Trump, just in the last 24 hours, more retired generals and admirals have signed up to support my campaign.

People who have sacrificed and spent their lives protecting our country, valuing what makes us exceptional and already great, see Donald Trump and know he should not be anywhere near the White House. He is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief.

Now, tomorrow I will hold a meeting of bipartisan, bipartisan which is what I want to get us back to where Republicans and Democrats work together to make the changes to protect our country. I’m going to be meeting with a bipartisan group of leaders and experts to focus more on these crucial challenges, but it’s hard to forget what Trump did last night. It was a test and he failed it. He trash-talked about America’s generals saying that they’ve been quote ‘reduced to rubble.’ He suggested he would fire them all and hand-pick his own generals since he knows so much about what it takes to be a general.

He attacked dozens of former flag officers. At the same time, and here’s what I want you to really hear, because even I was shocked by this and I didn’t know much could shock me coming out of his mouth anymore, he praised Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin, even taking the astonishing step of suggesting he prefers the Russian president to our American president. That is not just unpatriotic, it’s not just insulting to the office and the man who holds the office, it is scary; it is dangerous. It actually suggests he will let Putin do what Putin wants and even make excuses for him.

I said this morning – I was trying to think about what other presidents would be imagining hearing that coming out of the nominee for the Republican Party. What would Ronald Reagan say about a Republican nominee who attacks America’s generals and heaps praise on Russia’s president?

We’ve never seen anything like this. And one thing you didn’t hear from him was any plan to take on ISIS, one of the biggest threats facing our country. He says his plan is still a secret. Well, the truth is he doesn’t have a plan. I served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. I served as Secretary of State as you know. I respect the men and women who put their lives on the line for the country that I love and that I believe in.

So whether you’re passionate about more good jobs, better education, healthcare, whether you’re passionate about protecting our country and the brave men and women who serve us, you have to realize, as so many Republicans are, that this is a time to put country over party. I would be saying that even if I were not running against him. We have never been threatened as much by a single candidate running for president as we have been in this election.

As your commander-in-chief, I will not trash our country’s most cherished values, I will defend them. And that is especially on my mind because this weekend is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. I was a senator serving, and I will never forget the horror of that day or the bravery of our first responders, the victims, the survivors, people I had the honor to work with and represent. It’s what kept me really so passionately involved on behalf of the people that I served all during those years.

And that is what I was thinking of 10 years later in the White House Situation Room. I was part of the small group advising President Obama whether or not the intelligence we had was good enough to take a chance to go deep into Pakistan to try to finally bring Osama bin Laden to justice. It was not an easy choice by any means. These never are. That’s why who sits at the head of that table in the Situation Room has to be able to sort out fact from opinion, has to be able to ask the hard questions, pursue even the most difficult leads. We went through that hour after hour after hour. And then the President went around the table asking each of us what we advised, and we were split because it was not some kind of easy layup. I believed it was strong enough that we needed to take action, and I supported taking action that would determine whether or not we were successful. That meant sending in Special Forces.

Now, you know what happened. I was in that Situation Room watching that day – the most stressful 30 minutes of my life probably because you remember one of the helicopters hit its tail on the wall going into the courtyard and became disabled. That meant – thank goodness there were good contingency plans, but you had to get another helicopter in to take out the SEALs who would no longer be able to fly out on that one. But here’s what I want to tell you because it is a story that to me illustrates our values in such a clear, unambiguous way. You’ve heard Donald Trump say he would order our troops to torture. You’ve heard him say he would order our troops to kill family members of terrorists. You would know that he was advocating illegal actions against our own laws as well as the laws of war. Thank goodness there’s a code of honor in our military stronger than the bluster and the bullying of Donald Trump because here is what happened on that night.

Every single second counted. That helicopter had to be blown up, but before it was – and remember the SEALs had gone in, they had taken out the two Kuwaitis, the bodyguards, they’d taken out bin Laden’s son who was there, and they took out bin Laden. They had to get his body out. They had to get themselves out, but here’s what they did first. They rounded up all the women and children, members of terrorist families, they took them outside as far from the helicopter as they could get them in order that they would not be hurt. That, Donald Trump, is what American honor looks like, and that is what we’re going to stand up and defend in the face of your outrageous, disgraceful attacks on the men and women of our armed forces.

We’re going to unify this country, my friends. We are going to bring us back together. We are going to get things done, big things. That’s who we are as Americans. I can’t do any of this unless you join me in this campaign. You can start by going to HillaryClinton.com or texting ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246. You can knock on doors. You can make phone calls. Register your friends to vote. Attend a house party in your neighborhood. We’re going to keep asking for your help over these next two months. There is so much at stake in North Carolina and in America. No one can sit on the sidelines. The stakes are high for everyone. Join the campaign. Let’s build a future where we’re stronger together. Thank you.”
















In other news, ICYMI, Matt Lauer was taken to task by Twitterstorm today for his sorry performance as  moderator at last night’s Commander-in-Chief Forum.  The hashtag is #LaueringTheBar.  If you also notice #Aleppo trending, that would be because on Morning Joe today, Gary Johnson asked “What is Aleppo?”  So that happened. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we stand with Hillary!

From the campaign.

This is a longer email than I usually send, but I wanted to share this important column from Jonathan Chait I read last night:

Hillary for America
Chait is far from the only media observer discussing the extent to which Lauer fell flat in trying to interview the two candidates for president. But Chait actually discusses what the failures mean, and in doing so, he keys in on something important.

“The average undecided voter is getting snippets of news from television personalities like Lauer,” he writes, “who are failing to convey the fact that the election pits a normal politician with normal political failings against an ignorant, bigoted, pathologically dishonest authoritarian.”

If you’re on this email list, you’ve come to know a lot about Donald Trump — his racist and divisive policies, his complete lack of qualifications for the presidency, and his visceral allergy to the facts.

But most voters aren’t like us. Most people are picking up on politics when it finds them on Facebook, on the radio in the car, or when they flip through a magazine in line at the grocery store.

Their information is filtered through the press. And right now, a lot of journalists are failing to hold Trump accountable and grading him on a curve, while forcing Hillary to meet an entirely different standard.

So instead of most voters hearing about how Trump is empowering a new generation of white supremacists, for instance, and having that news placed in a proper, terrifying context, they read stories of Hillary and Trump lumped together.

And that makes our jobs in this election all the more important. We have to do what the media won’t do. We have to be on the air, online, and at people’s front doors, talking to them honestly about the stakes of this race.

And all of that takes resources. It takes you. I’m counting on you. You know this matters. Chip in $5 right now and make sure we can hold Trump’s feet to the fire.


Trouble with the Curve

Many pundits are giving Donald Trump extra points by grading him “on the curve.”  Assuming  grades are based on the same rubric or standard. let’s review when and when not a curve should be implemented.  If you give a test and the highest grade is 70, your test was either too hard or did not properly address the material.  One option is simply to throw out that test and the scores. Another is to curve the scores by boosting the top score near to 100.  All the lower scores get boosted equally. In a case like this you might just add 30 points to every score.

When there is just one single score that is near the top, that score rules the curve. The person who achieves that top score is the one who “wrecks the curve.”  Now, you may add points to everyone’s score, but you cannot add much.  You cannot add more than that top score would require to be perfect.

The fact that Hillary Clinton comes into a forum or debate better experienced and better prepared than Donald Trump does not imply the necessity to implement a curve.  If Hillary hits an A-,  let’s say a 95,  that grade does not translate to “curving” Trump’s grade much higher than what he achieved.  He gets graded according to the same rubric/standard where A is the top.  You can curve the grades and  boost Hillary’s grade to 100. If Trump made 70 he can be boosted to 75.  It is still a C. It does not mean that for showing up and making remarks he gets an A- because we are “grading him on a curve,” and he is so less experienced and prepared than she.  We are grading both on a rubric.  We are using a standard.

Now, if we are talking about differentiating grading (i.e. the standard) because one participant is advantaged over another, that is another matter entirely.  But do we want to differentiate evaluations for the potential leader of the free world?  There is a lot that is unfair going on here.  Donald Trump is not the one being treated unfairly.  He has been provided a wide berth and a lot of cushion.

So before the debates start, gathering lessons from this badly managed forum, let’s not get all wobbly on how we “grade on the curve.”  We use it as needed when the entire test has somehow failed.  We do not use it when one participant has excelled.  We do not use it when one person has wrecked the curve.  One person.  Like this one.



Hillary was the first candidate to appear at the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum tonight.  Matt Lauer began with a question about what Hillary saw as the most important characteristic for Commander-in-Chief.  Hillary replied: steadiness.

Our next Commander-in-Chief needs to have the steadiness, strength, and judgment to make life and death decisions.

Then Lauer launched into the emails. Hillary re-explained for the nth time the classification markings. Then came the Iraq war vote.  Hillary explained that succinctly and went on to speak about her record on her broader work on legislation for the military. Said she views force as a last resort.

Hillary has spent decades fighting for veterans, members of the military, and their families.

Re: Iran nuclear deal “if Iran cheats.”  Hillary pulled that deal back into context and provided a rationale for putting together the coalition and imposing the sanctions.

“I will not let the VA be privatized.” —Hillary

We need to do everything we can to remove barriers to the health care our veterans need—whether physical or mental.

Unlike her opponent, Hillary’s plan to defeat ISIS is not a secret.

It should be noted that Hillary popped up out of her seat, stood, and walked while addressing questions several times.  Trump remained enthroned throughout.  So much for the question of who has stamina and who does not.

Trump came on and spoke at length about Hillary and President Obama when he was told not to.  He also informed all and sundry that Iraq has oil!  He said people do not know that.  Really?  Most kids entering 5th grade this week know that as they also knew before his “big reveal” in Detroit that Abe Lincoln was a Republican.  What is wrong with him? He seems uneducated even at a basic level. That or he thinks we are.  So supercilious.  So arrogant.  So infuriating!

Trump was allowed to bash Hillary and President Obama throughout and even compared President Obama unfavorably to Vladimir Putin and accepted Putin’s compliment about him.  That was disgusting!

Lauer was exceptionally contentious with Hillary and repeatedly interrupted her especially when she referred to Trump.  He was very lenient with Trump’s attacks on Hillary.  He made no effort to control that and allowed Trump to misquote her.  Hillary never said the plan to privatize the VA was Trump’s plan.  She said there is a plan, not that it was his plan, but is supported by him. We all know Trump doesn’t have any plans!  And why was he allowed to hear everything Hillary said???? What???

In the post-forum analysis, very smart people do not know what Trump means by “take the oil.”  What do you mean “What does he mean?????”  ISIS knows what he means!

And there is this!

Trump cites resignation of Mexican official as proof his Mexico visit was successful

Donald Trump pointed to the resignation earlier Wednesday of a high-ranking Mexican official as proof that his trip to Mexico last week was a success.“If you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today, the people who arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government,” Trump said in a commander-in-chief forum hosted by NBC News in New York. “That’s how well we did, and that’s how well we’re going to do have to do.”

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My final two cents: Matt Lauer was a terrible choice for moderator, and he performed pretty much as we knew he would.  I would have been happier with Lester Holt or Joy Reid.  OK three cents: I blame the Republican Party for Donald Trump. Not that Cruz or Rubio would have been better, but there were sane traditionalists there, Jeb, Kasich, Lindsey. You gave us this guy to contend with and even you all don’t want him!

Here is an annotated transcript from WaPo.

The first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown of 2016, annotated

By Aaron Blake, Amber Phillips and Callum Borchers September 7

Hillary’s campaign would like you to see this:

Is Donald Trump ready to be our next Commander-in-Chief?

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will be rooting for him tonight.

In the run-up to tonight’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC and MSNBC, let’s remember that Hillary served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has creds!

Ninety-Five Retired Generals and Admirals Endorse Hillary Clinton

More Than Any Recent Democratic Nominee for President

Hillary for America announced that 95 retired Generals and Admirals, including a number of 4-Star Generals, have officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and Commander-in-Chief. Clinton is getting the backing of more senior military service members and former officials with command and management experience than any non-incumbent Democrat due to her proven record of diplomacy and steady leadership on the world stage. She will make her case tonight at the Commander-in-Chief Forum presented by NBC and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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We recommend Hillary Clinton for president

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Galvanize, a work space for technology companies, in Denver, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.

We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections. The party’s over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country’s ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense.

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Former Defense Secretary William Cohen also endorsed Hillary today.

A Third GOP Cabinet Secretary Endorses Hillary Clinton

“She is an infinitely better choice for president than Donald Trump,” said former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan.

The Disgraced and Little-Known Generals Backing Donald Trump>>>>

Once upon a time, Bobby Kennedy filled my heart with hope.  Unlike Eugene McCarthy, he was not a single-issue candidate.  He was against the war, check.  That had been why so many of us were for Gene.  But Bobby was more. He was for unions and workers. He had dreams.  He said:

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” 

When he died, he left an enormous hole in my heart.

Then came Hillary Rodham Clinton who finally filled that hole.  She more than filled it. She took Bobby’s Senate seat.  She filled that.  She worked hard for her constituents – and we were all her constituents.  She saw how starting with the tiniest among us we could renew a nation.  Her issues were our issues.  Equality. Fairness. Growth. Using the tools at our disposal,  we could make everything that already was good even better.

When she ran in 2008, Hillary laid out amazing plans.  She grabbed my heart with her dedication, good humor (a signature Kennedy characteristic no one had displayed since Bobby quite the way she did), and her persistence.  God, I loved her!  Yes! I wanted her. HER! SHE was the one!  But that didn’t happen.  Not that time.

The turn things took could never have been predicted.  The victor, he who won the nomination over her, made her his secretary of state. She served with vigor and honor.  She won back friends we had lost and gained new ones.

With more than most ever carried in their saddlebags, after being a first lady in a state and of the nation, after serving as a senator and as secretary of state, she once again embarked on a presidential campaign. I winced. “Oh please, God! Don’t let them crucify her again!”

She set out, as always, in her own methodical way.  She met with small groups representing issues people cared about and began formulating plans and policies.  It was brilliant and awesome to watch how a remark from a participant evolved into a plan and a policy.  The result, after 16 months of campaigning, is a complex, broad, and deep agenda.



So now we are on third base.  “I Don’t Know” covers third, as we all know.  The opposing team is out there bluffing.

Trump has a plan for keeping you from getting shot walking down your own street. Everyone got to work and school in my neighborhood today without getting shot, but nonetheless he has a plan.  What is it?  He has a mythical band of police chiefs which he will empower on day one to implement their plan to rid us of terrorists and drive-by shooters. What is that plan?  Well, it’s a secret. But we’ll find out when we elect The Great Donald Trump.

Trump also has a plan to beat ISIS.  It’s a secret plan, of course, but he gave a few hints in recent days.  He has Generals!  Oh yes he does!  And on Day One he will order them to formulate a plan to defeat ISIS.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is his plan.  He calls himself the “king of debt.”  As president, he would be the king of outsourcing. Plan? Never mind.  It will come.

Also on day one he will commence his immigration plan, which according to all we know,  is not so much an immigration plan as a deportation plan and most closely resembles the deportation plan already in place and in practice by the Obama administration: fishing out the criminal elements and showing them the door.  Very original and creative! Also, not exactly an immigration plan.  Never mind.

Donald Trump “says a lot of things,” according to Hillary Clinton.  He does, and then again, he doesn’t say much. He says he will “fix” things. We don’t know what he means by “fix” and neither do we know the “things” he intends to fix.  There is not a single plan with steps that he has outlined in any coherent or cohesive manner.  His escape key here is that he likes to be “unpredictable.” Now we should mind!

I always thought the purpose of political campaigns was to provide the electorate with information that allows people to make predictions.  If I vote for you, you will (  fill   in   the   blank  ).

So the choice is between the lumbering, ignorant, evasive, nasty guy who speaks in terms kids should not hear and the woman with the Factsheets and Issues worked out for your information.

Trump’s latest campaign effort is “lookist.”  We don’t talk about lookism a lot, but there it is.  In this case, the “lookism” is actually  sexism since, unfortunately in this country, there is no female precedent against which to compare Hillary Clinton.

Trump contends that he looks presidential while Hillary does not.  What a sad and sorry argument.

HFA Response to Trump Saying Clinton Did Not Look Presidential

The fury in Hillary’s heart that makes her run and try to help us all be the best we can be is the same fury in my heart for her.  She has the Bobby fury.  It has always been there inside her. It was there the first time we heard her speak.

” … we feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.”

She dreams things that never were.  So like Bobby.   This is what a president looks like.  Now.  This time! For the fury in all of our hearts!






Hillary Clinton in Tampa

Hillary joined the press corps on her plane today before speaking on Tampa on a broad range of topics at a rally at the University of South Florida.   Look for Hillary around the one hour and 20 minutes mark.










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In Tampa, Clinton Calls Trump Unfit for the Presidency

At a voter registration rally in Tampa on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump temperamentally unfit to be president and Commander-in-Chief. Clinton also criticized Trump’s lack of policy proposals other than trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires and Wall Street money managers. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s new book, “Stronger Together,” meanwhile, lays out specific plans to address America’s biggest challenges, she said.

Clinton also highlighted Trump’s dangerous vision for America and made the case that his divisive policies would endanger us at home and abroad. Trump has no plan to combat ISIS and has frequently insulted our military, Clinton said, adding, “His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values. And a man who is so wrong about our veterans isn’t right to serve as our commander-in-chief […] As president, I have a very different vision. I will give our military everything they need when they’re serving overseas. I will support them with care and the benefits that they need and deserve when they come back home, including job training and mental health care. I will work closely with our allies, not just to contain ISIS, but defeat them.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello, Tampa! Hello, USF! I know I’m only the second most exciting thing that’s happened here in the last few days. Your big win to open your football season got some attention. But I am always happy to be at a university that is doing such a superb job in preparing the next generation of students. I had the greaat privilege of speaking to your president, Dr. Genshaft. Thank you. And I will talk in a minute about some of what I’ve learned about USF and why I think a lot of what you do here is a model for what we need to do in higher education.

But for me it’s exciting to be here with so many friends. I want to start by thanking Mary Lent, who just introduced me. Air Force reservist, former commander of the 927th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, a woman who has served her country with honor and distinction. I would be proud to be her commander-in-chief.

I want to thank your extraordinary mayor, Bob Buckhorn. Bob is an example of the kind of leader who gets things done by bringing people together, setting big goals and working to achieve them. That’s exactly what I want to do as president, and I look forward to working with Bob and the people of this great city and region. And that includes a longtime friend of mine, State Senator Arthenia Joyner. I have known Arthenia long before she was in elected office, but she’s always been an activist, always trying to make things better for people. I’ve known her for, oh, I hate to admit it, 25 years, and I am so grateful she is my friend.

This is the countdown to one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. No matter what your age, this is going to determine so much about your futures, the futures of our children and grandchildren. The stakes could not be higher. Everyone knows what an important state Florida is, and it’s not just because it’s always a hard-fought state; it’s because Florida shows all of the excitement, the dynamism, the opportunities as well as the challenges and problems that we have to face together.

So we have 62 days – 62 days to make the case. And I can’t do it without you. And I’m here to lay out my case one more time and to ask for your help, because every single vote counts. Our campaign set a goal in July. We launched a drive to register three million Americans to vote this election. We have hosted thousands of events across the country, including right here in Florida. And today I’m asking every one of you to give us some of your precious time to be part of this campaign. And I’m going to run through some of the reasons why every single person here has a real stake in making sure our country heads into the future with confidence and optimism, that we truly are stronger together. Because that’s what will determine whether we have the economy that produces more good jobs with rising incomes; whether we have an education system that prepares our young people for the jobs of the future; whether college is affordable; whether student debt can be paid back; whether our health care system works; whether we lead the world with strength and steadiness, working with allies and partners to make sure that we move toward peace and prosperity.

There is an exciting, bold agenda before us, but it cannot be done by any one person. It must be done by all of us, and that is something that Donald Trump does not understand. Among the many troubling things that were said at his convention – and honestly, I sometimes didn’t recognize what country they were talking about. It was so dire, so dark, so divisive, so dangerous. But among the things he said was, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Think of who that leaves out – our men and women in uniform, troops on the front line; people like Mary who put on the uniform of the Air Force to serve our country. Think about the police and firefighters who rush toward danger. Think about those brave police officers and emergency responders in Orlando when the Pulse nightclub was attacked. Think about all the teachers, the educators, the professors, the staff who work to give young people a much better chance in the race of life. Think about all the hardworking people who can’t build a house by themselves, can’t erect one of Donald Trump’s skyscrapers by themselves. Think of all the small businesses that take a big chance – my dad was a small businessman. I know what a chance it is. He couldn’t do it alone. He needed customers. He needed suppliers. He needed workers. Americans don’t say, ‘I alone can fix it.’ We say, ‘We’ll fix it together, just watch us – nobody, nobody can solve problems better than we can.’

And I want to be a president for all Americans, not some Americans – Democrats, Republicans, independents, every single American. I want to be the president for those who vote for me and those who vote against me because I want to bring our country together. I’m very proud that Tim Kaine and I are running a campaign of issues, not insults. Because I believe anybody who is asking for your vote for the most important job not just in the country but in the world should tell you what they plan to do. I do have this – I guess it’s an old-fashioned idea: If you’re going to ask people for their vote, they ought to have some idea what they’re voting for. And I don’t think it’s enough to say, ‘Oh, I’ll tell you later.’ I think it’s important to lay it out and to tell you how it’s going to be paid for.

And that’s why starting today, especially for young people but really for everybody, we are putting out a book. It’s called ‘Stronger Together.’ And in it, it shows this is more than a slogan for the campaign. This is a blueprint for America’s future. Among the things that we talk about is the core of our agenda, as laid out in this book. It is building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. We’re going to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II. Infrastructure jobs like those here at the port. Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, they need work and there are millions of jobs to be done. And in addition to what you can see, what about our water systems, our sewer systems? We need a new modern electric grid to be able to take in clean, renewable energy that can then move us toward that future we seek.

I have a plan to install a half a billion solar panels by the end of my first term. And enough clean energy to power every home in America by the end of my second term. And I want young people especially to be part of this, to be in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, creating this future that will determine the quality of your lives and the competitiveness of our economy.

We also have to finish extending broadband access to every place in America. Right now, 70 percent of our teachers say that they assign homework to their students starting in elementary school that require the kids to learn how to use the internet. I think that’s great. We want to have an internet-savvy population. But here’s the problem: five million homes where little kids live, where high school kids live, don’t have the internet. What does that mean? That means they’re already behind. It’s so unfair.

We’re going to make this economy grow but we’re also going to make it fair. We’re going to have more advanced manufacturing jobs. I think we made a mistake years ago when we eliminated what used to be called vocational education. We’ve got to return technical education to our high schools, our community colleges. There are right now more than a million jobs that can be filled by people who are machinists, computer designers, tool and die makers. But for whatever reason they haven’t been given the chance to get that training. And maybe they’ve been told, you know what, the only future is to go to a great university like USF. Well, that is true for a lot of people, but it’s not true for everybody, and we need to make the hard work that builds America the kind of great work with respect and purpose that is going to attract a new generation.

That’s why you’ll read what I want to do in here. We’re going to try to make community college free. We’re also going to have apprenticeship programs. I’m going to give a tax credit to any company that is willing to pay a young person while that young person is learning the job at the same time.

So infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean, renewable energy. We can do this. We are living off the investments that our parents and grandparents made. It’s time for us to step up and build America’s future. And let’s make it fair while we do that. That’s why I’ve said we’re going to emphasize the importance of small businesses. Right now small businesses are having a tough time in Florida and across America getting access to credit, right, and getting the kinds of regulations and overlapping expectations and standards that don’t really make sense. I want to make it clean and clear and I particularly want young people with an idea for a small business to feel that they can do it. So I have proposed a moratorium for three years on student debt so you can actually get a business off the ground, get it started, make your future.

I also believe we should raise the national minimum wage. Anybody working full-time should not be living in poverty. And finally, let’s guarantee equal pay for women’s work, which will raise family income. Anyone who’s willing to work hard should have enough money to raise a family. Did any of you watch any of the Democratic Convention? Well, I don’t know if you saw these two young people, 17 years old, from Kansas – young man, young woman, went to the same high school, about to be seniors, get a summer job working in a pizza restaurant in their home town. They’re pretty excited. I remember when I had what I thought of as my first real job. Not babysitting, not, you know, just kind of knocking around, but a real job where I had to actually show up someplace and get a paycheck. That was pretty exciting.

So a young man, young woman were at our convention, and here’s the story they told. They were talking together one day after work. They’d known each other. And the young woman said, you know, I’m excited because I think I’m actually going to be able to save some money for college making $8 an hour. And her friend, the young man, looked at her, and he goes, I’m making $8.15 an hour. And the young woman said, well, you didn’t have any experience before this job doing this, did you? He said, no. You know I didn’t. She said, well, what do you think happened? And the man said, oh, it must be a mistake.

So they, together – and I give the young man a lot of credit – good guy, right? They go to tell the manager that there’s been a mistake. They’re doing exactly the same job, he’s making 15 cents more an hour. What happens? The manager fired them both. And, you know what? That’s legal. If you find out about somebody else’s salary, even if you’re doing exactly the same job, you can be retaliated against, including being fired in most places. And so when I say, ‘Let’s have equal pay,’ and some people I see looking quizzical at me – they say, well, of course you’ve got to have equal pay. Well, yeah, if you’re in the military, and the pay scale is set, or you’re in the government and it’s set, or you’re under a union contract and it’s set. But if you’re in the vast majority of jobs in America, you have no idea whether you’re being paid fairly. So we cannot let that continue. That’s wrong in America. If you’re doing the job, you deserve to get the pay.

And so how are we going to fund this? I’ll tell you. We’re going where the money is. We’re going to the people who have made the money in the last 15 years. We’re going to the top 1, 10 percent, the millionaires, the billionaires. They’re going to have to start paying for supporting our military, supporting our education system, supporting our healthcare system. There could not be a bigger contrast between what I propose when it comes to taxes and what Donald Trump has proposed. He actually has proposed giving trillions – and I mean that with a T – trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, billionaires, and Wall Street money managers.

That would not only explode our national debt, it would lead to massive cuts in education and healthcare, and many of his proposals would really benefit his own family, but do nothing for the remaining 99 plus percent of Americans. And, in fact, independent analysts have said this: They’ve looked at our plans – he doesn’t have much in the way of plans, but they’ve looked at what he has said, and they’ve concluded, if we did what Trump is recommending, we would lose 3.5 million jobs in four years. If we do what I’m recommending, we stand to gain over 10 million jobs in the next four years.

And among the things that I want to do is make sure we have an education system from early childhood through adulthood, and that means I want universal pre-K, I want to help more kids get a better start, so that when they get kindergarten and first grade they’re ready to learn. I want to work with our teachers and educators – I respect teachers and educators – and I want to give them the support they need to do the job we ask. And I want to support universities like this one. Here’s one of the reasons why. 50,000 students, 40 percent on Pell grants. A lot of people would never have gotten an education if it weren’t for the federal Pell grant program, right?

But here’s what’s most impressive. A lot of schools have a lot of Pell grants. This university graduates all categories of students at the same rate. If you’re a Pell grant student, a non-Pell grant student, if you’re white, African-American, Latina, Latino, Asian, everybody graduates at the same rate. And why that happens is because this university makes a particular commitment to every student, and moves as quickly as possible to help kids who maybe are first generation college students – right? I’ve got to tell you, when I got to college – now, my father went to college on a football scholarship. I knew I wasn’t going to college on a football scholarship. My mother had a very difficult childhood; she never got to go to college. So my dad couldn’t really tell me much about going to college, because he basically played football for four years, and loved it. My mom couldn’t tell me.

So when I got to college, I felt so out of place. I was so nervous. There used to be something way back in the dark ages called collect phone calls. Where you would call collect, which meant that your parents had to pay for it, and you just waited to see whether they’d accept it. So I called home and I said, I can’t – I can’t do this. It’s too hard. Everybody here is smarter than I am. They’re better prepared than I am. I want to come home. And my father, who didn’t want me to go so far away to school anyway, he said, what? Come home. My mother said, no. You have to stick it out. And if you feel the same way at the end of the year, then you can make a different decision.

Of course, my mother was right. I loved it within a month or two. But I know what it feels like to show up and wonder, can you make it? Are you good enough? Are you smart enough? And thank goodness USF has people waiting to mentor and reassure and guide students. Every single college and university needs to have that. And then we’ve got to make it affordable so kids don’t have to leave because they no longer have the funding that they need. And I want to do more in my effort to make childcare affordable – no family should have to pay more than 10 percent of your income on childcare – and right now, you have a lot of states where it costs more for childcare than tuition at college and university. So I’m going to do – I know you’ve got childcare here, but as I told the president, I want to do more to help you to make sure every student parent has a safe place to bring their child while they’re studying and working, and trying to get their education.

And then we’re going to help everybody with student debt. How many of you have student debt? We’re going to help you pay it back and pay it off quickly. We’re going to get the interest rates down, we’re going to give you new ways of paying it. Because right now, we have too many people laboring under student debt in a way that holds your own futures back. So we’re going to lift that burden off of you, and we’re also going to make sure you can get quality affordable healthcare. Every age you are, every place you are, we’re going to get the costs down, premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and especially prescription drug costs. And there are two other things we’re going to take on. Because I’ve heard about this all across America. We’re going to take on helping more people with mental health and addiction problems get the help you need.

So I’m excited about what we can do to create an economy, an education and health care system that works. And while we do it, we’re going to be protecting the rights of Americans. All Americans. We have fought too hard, we have come too far. And that means civil rights. And it means women’s rights, and gay rights, and voter rights, and workers’ rights, and disability rights. And, you know, I believe with all my heart, because I’ve done this work my entire life. I was looking at the disability sign there. My first job out of law school was with the Children’s Defense Fund. I did a lot of interesting things. And one of them was to gather evidence about why so many kids with disabilities were out of school. There was no requirement that you went to school if you were blind, deaf, in a wheelchair. And we changed the law. The first nation in the world to do that. And I am so proud of our country.

So these rights are not for somebody else. We all know somebody – we all know a woman, we all know somebody in a racial or ethnic minority, we all know a worker or a voter, we all know a gay person, and we all know somebody with a disability. These are our rights. And the kinds of things that you’ve been hearing from Donald Trump, demeaning, defaming groups of Americans, people who have every right to be respected by someone who wants to be President of the United States, and he stands there and mocks a reporter with a disability, and he calls women pigs, and he calls Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, and he demeans Muslims, and attacks a Gold Star family whose son died in action in Iraq – that’s not who we are. So, yes, we have a lot of plans, but we also have values, my friends. And we’re going to stand up for American values.

Our book also outlines how we’re going to keep our country safe from all threats. We’re going to work with our allies, not insult them. We’re going to stand up to our adversaries, not cozy up to them. We’re going to have real plans, not claims and secret plans. This November, the American people have a big choice to make when it comes to national security. On the one hand, we have Donald Trump – who has called the American military a disaster. Who disrespects our military leaders by saying, and I quote, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do.’ His companies – and listen to this, because I know there are a lot of veterans and a lot of, you know, active duty people based here in Tampa – his companies, Trump companies have fired veterans because they had to take time off to fulfill their military commitments.

And we all saw him disparage the Khans, a Gold Star family who lost their son in a car bomb explosion in Iraq, as he ran toward it to prevent the loss of life of the people in his unit, and saving hundreds of his fellow soldiers. And when asked why he would insult a Gold Star family, he suggested that his sacrifices are somehow comparable to theirs, because he said, and again I quote – you can’t make this up – he said, ‘I work very, very hard. I’ve had tremendous success.’ His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values. And a man who is so wrong about our veterans isn’t right to serve as our commander-in-chief.

And when it comes to fighting ISIS, he has been all over the map. You would have to literally map it out. He’s talked about letting Syria become a free zone for ISIS. Look at the map, Donald. He’s talked about sending in American ground troops. Not on my watch. That is not what we are going to do.  He’s even talked about using nuclear weapons. He’s very loose in his talk about nukes. He says he doesn’t care if other countries get them. He doesn’t know why they haven’t been used already. I mean, it’s so mind-boggling. When I hear these things, I say, that can’t be true. And then they replay it for me again. He says he has a secret plan to defeat ISIS. But the secret is, he has no plan.

After all his talk, the only thing that is clear is he has no clue about what he’s talking about. And rather than work with our allies, he chooses to insult them. Just last week in a few hours, he managed to turn his trip to Mexico into an embarrassing international incident. He got into a Twitter war with the President of Mexico. He is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.

As president, I have a very different vision. I will give our military everything they need when they’re serving overseas. I will support them with care and the benefits that they need and deserve when they come back home, including job training and mental health care. I will work closely with our allies, not just to contain ISIS, but defeat them. First, we’re going to take out their stronghold in Iraq and Syria. Second, we’re going to dismantle their global terror infrastructure on the ground and online. Third, we’re going to bolster our defenses, including with an intelligence surge, to protect us and our allies. We will do whatever is necessary for as long as it takes to bring ISIS to justice and end their reign of terror for once and for all. And I will tell you this. I am a very patient person. I don’t quit. I don’t give up. I don’t blink.

This Sunday will be the 15th anniversary of the attack of 9/11. I was a Senator from New York. I knew people who were killed. I worked with families and the few survivors. I worked to get the health care needed by our first responders and emergency workers who ran toward danger. I worked to make our country safer and to rebuild New York and the Pentagon. But I always, always was determined to do anything I could to bring bin Laden to justice.

And thanks to the very patient, painstaking work of the American intelligence community, finally, when I was Secretary of State, we were given the opportunity to evaluate the best evidence we had seen in a long time. And I was honored to be part of that small group in the Situation Room advising President Obama as we went through the evidence over and over and over again, trying to decide, was it credible enough, strong enough, to take action? And if we did, what kind of action? Would it be a missile strike? Would it be a bombing? Would it be an attack by special forces? And when it came time to go around the table, these were all extremely experienced, thoughtful experts. We all gave our opinions. I was one who said I thought it was worth the risk. And I was in that small Situation Room on that day.

You all know the story. Some of you read the book. Some of you have seen the movies. But there’s one thing I want to tell you because it demonstrates again what our values are as Americans. Remember, Donald Trump has said he would order American troops to torture. He would order American troops to murder family members of terrorists. That’s what he has said, heedless of the consequences that that would lead to in terms of putting Americans all over the world at even greater risk. But here’s what happened that night in Pakistan. And this is not an often-told part of the story, so I want to tell you, particularly the young people here, particularly active duty and military veterans like Mary.

If you saw any of the reenactment, you know that one of the helicopters clipped its tail as it was going into the courtyard on the wall. It disabled that helicopter. Now, thankfully, every contingency had been thought through. And so we were prepared for that. The military was prepared. They could get another helicopter there to take out the SEALs who were going to have to blow up the disabled helicopter. After rushing into the compound, taking out the two bodyguards, taking out bin Laden’s adult son, taking out bin Laden, they knew they had to get out of there. At any time, there could have been Pakistani military wondering, what’s going on? Something’s happening. And this was a military garrison town.

So time was really precious. But here’s what the SEALs did. Before they blew that helicopter up, they took out all the women and children, family members of terrorists, including the worst terrorist of all. They took them out of the compound, around the back to safety, before they blew that helicopter up. That, Donald Trump, is what American honor looks like.

I want to mention just three other threats, one threat here right at home, the epidemic of gun violence. And we have got to have comprehensive background checks. Close the gun show loophole. Close the online loophole. End the ability of people on the terrorist watch list buying a gun in America. This agenda I’ve just briefly outlined is supported by a vast majority of Americans and a vast majority of gun owners. And it’s time we all said in one voice, hey, we can respect the Second Amendment. We can respect the right to own arms. But we don’t want people who shouldn’t have guns in the first place killing anybody else ever again.

Another threat to our country is climate change. 2015 was the hottest year on record, and the science is clear. It’s real. It’s wreaking havoc on communities across America. Last week’s hurricane was another reminder of the devastation that extreme weather can cause, and I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hermine. But this is not the last one that’s going to hit Florida, given what’s happening in the climate. Nobody knows that better than folks right here in Tampa and in the broader region. Sea levels have been rising here about an inch per decade since the 1950s. At the rate we are going, by 2030, which is not that far away, $70 billion of coastal property in this state will be flooding at high tide. And whenever our infrastructure is threatened, so too is our homeland security. The next president will have to work with communities like Tampa’s to prepare for future storms.

When I’m in the Oval Office, I’m going to work with local leaders to make smart investments in infrastructure to help protect regions from flooding and other effects of climate change. I’m going to continue to continue to work on the international and national level to try to turn the clock back, to stabilize and reduce emissions even more, to try to gain more time. But we’re going to have to begin working immediately on mitigation and resilience and prevention as well.

And what about Donald Trump? Well, he doesn’t even believe in climate change. He says it’s a hoax invented by the Chinese. And he says, ‘You can’t get hurt with extreme weather.’ Now, this is the same guy who at one of his golf courses in some coastal place has demanded that a seawall be built to protect his golf course from rising tides. So it’s all fine if it affects Donald, but if it affects the rest of humanity, he could care less. If it affects people to lose their homes or their businesses that took a lifetime to build, it doesn’t matter to him. When it comes to protecting our country against natural disasters and the threat of climate change, once again Donald Trump is totally unfit and unqualified to be our president.

And let’s not forget the next president also has to keep our country safe from public health crises like Zika. It’s painfully obvious we can’t rely on the Republican Congress or Republican governors to fund an adequate response. They can’t help themselves from playing games even when lives are on the line. I call on all Republicans to put people before politics and finally vote in favor of a clean funding bill to fight Zika right here in Florida.

But the failure of the Republicans in Congress, including your Republican Senator, means that we can’t always count on them, can we? So last month I announced that as president, I will create a public health rapid response fund to be available when emergencies occur, to have a consistent budget to better enable government agencies at all levels to quickly respond to major public health crises and pandemics. This will complement our efforts to prepare our country to deal with those challenges, and because of climate change, we’re going to have more of them. Because of mobility around the world, you can get on a plane in Africa and bring Ebola to the United States. You can be a mosquito in Brazil and make your way to Florida. We’ve got to be better prepared. It’s always better to invest a penny in the front end than to have to pay many dollars after the crisis has already occurred. That’s why it is time that when we talk about protecting public health, to put politics aside and put our people’s needs first.

Now, I’m excited about doing all of this with you, for you, on your behalf. But I can’t do it without you. And here’s what I’m asking. The deadline to register voters is October 11th. If any of you are not registered, or you’re not sure you are registered, or you’re a student and you’re registered somewhere else but it would be more convenient to vote here, you have until October 11th. So please learn how to register. You can go to iwillvote.com and learn how to do that. You can go to my website, hillaryclinton.com, and learn how to do that. We are also building volunteer teams. So you can get involved by going to hillaryclinton.com, or text ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246. Or you can sign up here today – are there people with clipboards somewhere around here? On the way out, I guess. You can sign up here today to have a volunteer registration shift.

And you can also apply, if you’re really interested, to our Get Out the Vote fellowship program. We’re going to organize special groups to get people to the polls, and we need you. This state has so much promise, and I want to be the best president that you could possibly have in Florida. I want to work on all of these issues, everything that’s in this blueprint that we have published. And I want particularly to give the young people of this university, this state, this country, the best shot you can have to be part of the American dream however you define that.

Many of us who came before know that there were barriers in the way. When I was a young woman, there were schools I couldn’t go to, jobs I couldn’t get, scholarships I wasn’t eligible for, just because I was a woman. And a lot of those barriers have been knocked down. For every African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, gay American, you know that barriers have been knocked down. But they’re not all down, and we got to make sure they’re all gone and that no demagogue can ever bring them back and can ever exploit the fears and insecurities of the American people.

So please, vote this year like your future depends on it because it does. And if you give me the great honor of serving as your president, I will get up every single day in that White House and I will work my heart out for those better jobs, better educational opportunities, better health care with quality and affordability, protecting our rights, protecting our country, unifying America, because we need to be the United States, not the Divided States of America.

And yes, remember, as that sign over there says – I believe this, too – ‘Love Trumps Hate.’ Let’s have a future that proves that’s true! Thank you all! God bless you!”


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