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At the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Hillary rallied voters this afternoon.  The good news today was that a federal judge ordered voter registration extended by a week in hurricane-stricken Florida.

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In Colorado, Hillary Clinton Promises to be a President for All

At a rally in Pueblo, Hillary Clinton pledged to be a president for all, not just some. Emphasizing the stakes in this election for the community in Pueblo, one of the largest steel-producing cities in America, she rebuked Trump’s claim that he would be a president for the working class. Given the recent revelation that Trump buys cheap Chinese steel rather than supporting American steelworkers, she said, “We’ve slowly but surely uncovered how little he’s done to help anybody except Donald Trump.”

Hillary Clinton discussed her plans to support children and families. As a part of her plan for a fair tax code, Clinton promised to cut taxes for middle class families, putting forth her plan to double the Child Tax Credit for families with young children, a policy that will increase economic mobility particularly for the Latino community. Stressing the importance of this election, and the importance of voting by mail, she urged the crowd to “get out and vote for the kind of positive future we want for ourselves and our children.”

A full transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks in Pueblo is below:

“Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you so much. Wow.  Thank you so very, very much. Wow. I am so happy to be back here and to be here with all of you. I am thrilled. And I can’t thank you enough.

And it’s a special privilege and pleasure to be introduced by my friend and such a great leader, someone who has served not only this state so well but also our country. And so I want to thank – once again, I want to thank former Senator and former Secretary Ken Salazar.  And I also want to thank somebody else who is here who is really special and is doing such a great job for all of you. And that is your senator. And I hope you will get out and send him back to Washington: Michael Bennet.  I also want to recognize someone who is running a great race for Congress: Gail Schwartz.

I was thinking – I was thinking the first time I came to this beautiful place and had a chance to meet people from here was in 1992.  I was here for somebody else, namely my husband, who was running for president.  And I know there are a lot of really young people here, but was anybody here back in 1992?

Well, Bill and I talk about Pueblo all of the time.  And it is always a treat for either one of us to come. And today it is especially important because we are getting closer and closer and closer to the next election. And we are also very conscious of the fact that here in Colorado, for the first time, you are all going to be able to vote by mail.  And this Monday, October 17th, ballots will start being mailed to Colorado voters.  Now, if you have already registered to vote, I hope you will keep your eye open for the mail and fill out your ballot, send it back as quick as you can. Don’t wait to fill it out. Don’t do what I do: put it on the kitchen counter, and then you put something else on top of it and something else. And pretty soon you’re wondering, ‘Where is that ballot? I know it came here a few days ago.’ So please put it in the mail so we can get every early vote counted quickly and avoid a big backlog on election night.

And maybe if you haven’t registered to vote yet, please do it right now. And if you go to iwillvote.com, you can do that on your phones. You can do that right now. You can get registered. Pretty easy, huh? Because we need everybody to vote in this election. And we need your friends and your family and your neighbors and everyone you can reach because this is about something so important.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a more serious or consequential election. And we can see that people feel that way because across America, people are already voting in high numbers. A lot of states have what’s called early vote. And the numbers are bigger than anybody thought and bigger than they’ve been in the past.  Just this morning in Ohio – people began lining up last night so that they could be sure to vote. They couldn’t wait to cast their ballots. And by the time we’re done, we expect record numbers of people to vote in this presidential election.

So don’t be – don’t be left out because we need you. And, oh, by the way, if you’ve got friends in Utah or Arizona, make sure they vote, too.  We are competing everywhere. And the polls are tightening because I think Americans want a turnout in as big a number as possible to reject the dark and divisive and hateful campaign that is being run by my opponent.

And your vote could make all of the difference. I was in Florida yesterday with former Vice President Gore.  And, as he said yesterday, take it from him, every vote counts.  So don’t sit this one out.

And I’m very proud of the campaign we have run. I am proud of the campaign Bernie Sanders and I ran.  It was about – it was about issues, not insults. We were setting forth a positive agenda that would help America and help millions and millions of Americans get ahead and stay ahead. And to me, that is what we are supposed to be doing. We are supposed to bring people together. We are supposed to unify our country. We’re supposed to solve our problems by working together.  And I know it’s been a long race, but as soon as our primary finished, Senator Sanders and I got together and came up with a plan to make college affordable and pay back student debt, provide more healthcare.  And we have done our best to stay out of all of the meanness.

The other night – did any of you see that last debate?  Well, I was watching my opponent just go lower and lower and lower.  And I was reminded of what my friend and our First Lady Michelle Obama says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ And I want you to know I want to be – I want to be the president for everyone. I am tired of all the divisions and the barriers. I want to bring people together across our party lines, across any lines that divide us, and not just people who vote for me. I want to be the president, yes, for Democrats but also Republicans and Independents.  And I am very grateful for all of the Republicans who are supporting me. And I am very – I’m very appreciative of all of the newspapers that are endorsing me, some of whom have never endorsed a Democrat before.  So we’re going to keep running this campaign. I want to give you something to vote for, not just something to vote against.  And during these next 28 days, we’re going to crisscross our country. We’re going to be talking about what we can do together.

But Donald Trump is taking a very different tone.  His campaign – his campaign said today that they are going to use a, quote, ‘scorched Earth strategy’ for the remaining four weeks of this race. Now, that just shows how desperate they are. That’s all they have left: pure negativity, pessimism. And we’re not going to let Donald Trump get away with it, are we?

I don’t care what he says about me. I care about what he says about you.  And I’ll tell you what. I will stand up and defend every single person in this country from the insults and the disrespect that we hear from him.

Now, the whole world has heard how Donald Trump treats women and what he thinks of women.  And he is doubling down on his excuse that it’s just ‘locker room talk.’  Well, you know what happened? It just kind of happened spontaneously. A lot of athletes and coaches started posting on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook – I mean, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the NFL, and more, they are coming together and they’re saying, ‘That doesn’t happen in our locker rooms.’

But of course it’s not only women that he has disrespected. He’s insulted practically everybody. He went after a distinguished federal judge, Judge Curiel, who was born in Indiana. And Trump said, well, he couldn’t be trusted because his parents were Mexican.  He has targeted immigrants, African Americans, Latinos. He’s targeted POWs, people with disabilities, Muslims, and so many others.  And every time he does that, I get somebody who is worried or scared writing me a letter or talking to me, and especially children. It’s really who Donald Trump is.

But when you scare children, like a little boy – his mother wrote to me. She had adopted him from Ethiopia when he was a toddler. There were a lot of children in Ethiopia that were no longer able to live with families. Their parents, their grandparents, were not around. And a lot of Americans have adopted children in need like that. And this little boy, named Felix, is now 10 years old. He’s only lived in the United States. And his mother wrote me and she said, after hearing Donald Trump, he turned to her and he said, ‘Mommy, will he send me back to Ethiopia?’

That’s the kind of fear and anxiety that I hear from immigrant families, who are scared to death, especially the children, that Donald Trump is going to put together a big deportation force and go door to door, school to school , business to business, home to home.  And it is hard to explain to children. And so I hope that if you know any children who are listening and watching and hearing some of what is said, you will reassure them. I want every boy and girl to know the American dream is big enough for you. And there is a place in America for you. And that in this election, we will demonstrate that America is better than what Donald Trump says and represents.

But here’s what I also want you to know. We have a big difference about how best to get the economy going. Trump wants to give trillions and trillions in tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.  That’s called trickle-down economics. But as with anything when it comes to Donald Trump, he wants to have the biggest tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations than we have ever, ever had.  So I believe differently. We’re going to invest in the middle class. We’re going to invest in you, in your jobs, in your future.

Well, you do have to feel a little sorry for them. They’ve had a really bad couple of weeks.  But part of the difference in how we see the economy, I think, comes from our experiences. Donald grew up the son of a millionaire. He got started in business by borrowing $14 million from his dad. So it’s not a surprise wants to keep giving back to the wealthy because that’s his own experience.

I grew up differently. My father was a factory worker – well, my grandfather was a factory worker. My father was a small businessman. I know how hard they worked, and I am grateful for the middle class life that they gave us. And that’s what I want to make sure everybody gets.  That’s why I believe we got to get the economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. And we’re going to focus on those issues. We’re going to make it possible to have more good jobs in infrastructure. We need to fix our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, and our airports.  And we need to make sure that the rich pay their fair share because here’s what we’ve learned: Donald Trump hasn’t paid a penny in federal income tax in years.

Now, this is all allegedly because of course we don’t know for sure because he won’t release his income taxes. But it’s allegedly because he lost a billion dollars running casinos. Now, I ask you, who loses a billion dollars running casinos? Right? Do you know how hard that is?  But think about it. It means he’s contributed zero, zero for our military, zero for our vets, zero for education and health. And he has the gall to go around disrespecting our military. He calls the United States military a disaster.  Well, the only disaster is somebody who can get away with paying no taxes and have the gall to run for president and criticize all the rest of us who have done our part to support America!

Now, you’ve all heard his slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.’ Right?  Well, that would have maybe some truth to it if he made anything in America and if he bought things that are made in America. There are so many examples, but let me just give you one, which is close to your hearts because Pueblo is one of the largest steel-producing cities in America. Right?  So you know how important it is to support our steel workers and our steel industry.  Now, Trump is the guy who went around for a year talking about how he was on the side of workers and all the rest of it. No truth to it, but he did say it over and over again. And we’ve slowly but surely uncovered how little he’s done to help anybody except Donald Trump.  And he has bought Chinese steel for his buildings, not American steel.  He could be buying American steel. He should be buying American steel. If he wants to make America great again, start by making America with American steel.

I have a very different idea. And in addition to jobs in infrastructure, which uses American steel, we’re going to do more on advanced manufacturing, on technology and innovation, on clean energy jobs.  And we’re going to make the economy fairer at the same time. And here’s what I want the young people and their families to hear. Senator Sanders and I got together on a plan. We are going to make public college tuition free for working families and debt-free for everyone else.

If you already – if you already have debt because you’re trying to get your education, we’re going to help you refinance it. It is wrong that you can refinance a home and refinance a car but you can’t refinance your student debt. And we’re going to make it possible for you to pay it back as a percentage of your income.  Now, based on this plan, we will save millions of people thousands of dollars. And you can go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you and your family can save because we want to liberate young people and families from the burden of college debt.

And we’re also going to make the economy fairer by raising the national minimum wage so people who work full-time won’t be in poverty.  And we’re going to expand Social Security for those who need it the most, low-income seniors and widowed women.  And we are going to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  I’m going to introduce reform – I can’t wait to work with Senator Bennett. I can’t wait to have a chance to make sure that we are working on immigration reform from the very beginning. We’re going to finally help DREAMers achieve their dream of following their future and becoming American citizens.

I also think it is past time, don’t you, to guarantee equal pay for women’s work.  I started talking about equal pay years and years and years ago because it’s not only a woman’s issue, it’s a family issue. If you have a wife or a daughter or a sister, it’s your issue. Right? You know that.  So Donald Trump always says I’m playing the woman’s card. And my response is pretty simple. If being for equal pay and affordable childcare and paid family leave is playing the woman’s card, then deal me in.

You see, I am very excited – I am very excited about what we could do. You know, I give President Obama a lot of credit. He inherited the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  I mean, I remember, because he called and asked me to come see him shortly after the election. I didn’t know why – he wanted me to be Secretary of State, but I didn’t know that. But I got there – first thing he says, it is so much worse than they told us. And it was. I mean, you remember. It was terrible. Millions of people lost their jobs, and homes were lost, and it was just a horrible time.

Well, we have dug ourselves out of that ditch, thanks to everybody’s hard work.  And we can’t ever go back there, because, believe me, trickle-down economics and refusing to regulate Wall Street and the mortgage market is what got us into that mess in the first place.  And Donald Trump wants to get rid of the new rules on Wall Street, he wants to get rid of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which returns money to people who’ve been defrauded by big companies.

Well, I have a totally different view. We’re going to keep those, and then we’re going to tell companies that try to move jobs out of our country that if they try to, they’re going to have to pay an exit tax and return every penny – every penny of tax benefit they’ve ever gotten.  And I’ve been very clear about how we’re going to pay for what I want to do. It is going to be going after the wealthy, closing the loopholes on corporations. I can pledge to you I will never raise middle-class federal taxes. It is not right.  And what I’ve been trying to do listening around the country is figure out what we can do to help you with what I call ‘kitchen table issues.’ And we think you very much.  But right now – thank you.  You know, I always feel so welcome when I come to Pueblo. I think I’ll come here anytime it gets hard in the White House. What do you say?

Finally, I want to tell you that I want to make it easier for you to raise your kids. You know, there’s nothing more important. I’m now a grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren: a little girl and a little boy, and there are too many hard-working families struggling with the costs of raising children. So right now, most families with kids get something called the Child Tax Credit. It gives a middle-class family $1,000 per child to help you defray the costs. I’m going to double – I’m going to double the child tax credit.  That’s another $1,000 for young kids, to pay for the things you need, whether it’s childcare, housing, prescription drugs, groceries, or anything else. It is just one example of the tax relief I want to give to working families, and we’re going to make sure that it gets to the people who need it most.

We’re going to lift families out of poverty. In fact, the changes I’m proposing we think will automatically help more people get out of poverty, and we’re going to look for other ways to help you. What I’m interested in is your success. Your futures. Your possibilities. Your dreams.  I want to be a president who makes it possible for more people to feel like they’re really moving, and their kids are going to have better lives. That’s how I was raised. That’s what I want for you and every single family, every single child in America.

So we have about four weeks to go. It’s going to be – it’s going to be a race to the finish line, my friends. And here’s what I want to ask you. As I said in the beginning, think about everything that’s important to you, whether it’s jobs and rising incomes, whether it’s education, healthcare, whatever it might be. Whether it’s protecting our rights, people who have fought so hard, whether it’s immigration reform, whatever it might be, think about it. Because, you know what, those issues will be on the ballot. They may not be listed there, but you could not have two more different people running for president than me and Donald Trump.

And I know that if people turn out, I know if people show up, we’re going to win and we’re going to be able to do everything I’ve talked about.  And so it all comes down to whether or not you take that ballot you get in the mail, you fill it in, you send it back, you do everything you can to make sure that your vote will be counted. You know, when I think about this election, I do think about my grandchildren a lot. Yeah, you too, right?

I’ll tell you what. For those of you who aren’t grandparents yet, it is an incredible experience, right?  And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them. As I like to say, FaceTime was invented for grandparents. And you get to check in and see how they’re doing. But more than that, what kind of lives are they going to have, and what kind of country is going to be waiting for them? And I know how important it is that families and communities and our country stand behind every child, make sure every child has a good education, school, good teachers in every ZIP code in America.  Make sure every child has the healthcare that he or she needs. That’s why I worked to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, so we could take care of millions of children.

That’s why every family deserves to have a good job with a good income, to be able to be good providers for their kids.  I got into this work so many years ago. I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund right out of law school. And I spent my time trying to figure out how you even the odds for all kids. And the reason I did that is because of my own mother. You know, I didn’t know it when I was just a little girl, but I learned as I got older that my mother was abandoned and neglected by her parents, and pretty much left on her own, and then at the age of eight, holding her little three year old sister’s hand, she was put on a train by themselves to go to California to live with grandparents. It turned out the grandparents didn’t really want her either. So by the age of 14, she was working in a house as a maid and a babysitter.

But here’s what I want you to know. It sounds pretty harsh. It was difficult. It made a profound impression on her life. I think my mom, who lived to the wonderful age of 92 – I don’t think there was a day that went by that she didn’t think about being abandoned and being sent away, and pretty much left on her own. But along the way, people were kind to her. People helped her. The first grade teacher who brought lunch for her every day because my mother never had any, the woman whose house she went to work in all those years ago knew my mother wanted to go to high school, so she said to her, Dorothy, if you get up early and you get your chores done, you can go to high school. Now, you’ll have to come right back home. That might sound kind of unfortunate, but for my mom it was a gift, because she really wanted to go to high school.

And so my mother always cared about other people. And she taught me in every way she could that nobody, nobody is better than anybody else. Right?  And we need to show each other more kindness and support. And the last thing – the last we need in our country are more bullies, making people feel bad about themselves and pushing people away. We should be drawing people toward us. We should be creating the kind of future we want for every one of our children. That’s what I think about when I imagine – if I’m so fortunate enough to become president – I think about waking up – waking up –  I think about waking up in the White House every morning, trying to figure out, what can I do to help somebody else? And who can I work with? How many families and communities across America will work with us to come up with ideas that give every single child the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential?

That’s what I think we are called to do, whether you’re a person of faith or not. The American dream is really premised on people coming together to lift each other up. Nobody, nobody makes it alone. Everybody has somebody who helps them along the way. So let’s pull together, Pueblo. Let’s get out and vote for the kind of positive future we want for ourselves and our children. God bless you. Thank you.”

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Governor John Hickenlooper introduced Hillary at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado on Wednesday where she delivered remarks on the economy and education.  Wearing a scarf from her previous stop at Knotty Tie, she hit Trump on outsourcing.

Considering that he is unaccustomed to paying people for their services, we can probably infer that he is unfamiliar with the term refund, which is what the U.S. did to Iran. For the record, they paid us, under the Shah, for weaponry. Then the Shah was overthrown. They took over our embassy and held Foreign Service personnel hostage for more than a year.  Full relations have not yet been reestablished, but part of the rapprochement is refunding that money along with the interest it built over the years. I had to get that out there since that is Trump’s latest diatribe – we did not pay ransom for hostages. We refunded money for goods not delivered.

Back to Hillary  and John Hickenlooper now.

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Campaigning in Colorado today, Hillary Clinton made a few salient points. Visiting the  Knotty Tie Company, a tie and scarf manufacturer, she discussed small businesses and homemade American goods.  They employ refugees and have a lovely website with great products including a whole Hillary Clinton collection!  Check them out!

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, right, meets Jeremy Priest, left, and Mark Johnson, middle, co-founders of Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it's custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, right, meets Jeremy Priest, left, and Mark Johnson, middle, co-founders of Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it’s custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, left, meets with seamstress Hibo Webliye, right, as she works on sewing fabric at Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it's custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. Webliye is a refugee from Somalia. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, left, meets with seamstress Hibo Webliye, right, as she works on sewing fabric at Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it’s custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. Webliye is a refugee from Somalia. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, middle, looks at scarves at Knotty Tie Company with co-founders Mark Johnson, right, and Jeremy Priest, second from left, and Austin Allan, left, merchandising director, on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it's custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, middle, looks at scarves at Knotty Tie Company with co-founders Mark Johnson, right, and Jeremy Priest, second from left, and Austin Allan, left, merchandising director, on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it’s custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, middle, looks at scarves at Knotty Tie Company with co-founders Mark Johnson, far right, and Jeremy Priest, second from right, and Austin Allan, merchandising director, third from right, on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it's custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 3: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, middle, looks at scarves at Knotty Tie Company with co-founders Mark Johnson, far right, and Jeremy Priest, second from right, and Austin Allan, merchandising director, third from right, on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The company makes it’s custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a tie made by Knotty Tie as she speaks after taking a tour of the Knotty Tie Company in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The Knotty Tie Company makes and manufactures ties and scarves by hand in Denver. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a tie made by Knotty Tie as she speaks after taking a tour of the Knotty Tie Company in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The Knotty Tie Company makes and manufactures ties and scarves by hand in Denver.

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 3: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton holds up a tie made in the USA by The Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Clinton visited the Colorado company while on the campaign trail. The company makes it's custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. In the picture is Austin Allan, merchandising director, co-founder Mark Johnson, second from left, and Jeremy Priest, right, cofounder. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 3: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton holds up a tie made in the USA by The Knotty Tie Company on August 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Clinton visited the Colorado company while on the campaign trail. The company makes it’s custom ties, scarves and bowties in the United States while employing legal immigrants from all over the world. The company seeks to build and create meaningful employment opportunities for resettled refugees. In the picture is Austin Allan, merchandising director, co-founder Mark Johnson, second from left, and Jeremy Priest, right, cofounder. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Oh, and the other point she nailed simply by making this visit and without saying it – the meaning of the word “sarcastic.”  LOL!!!!  Go Hillary!!!!  Go for it Donald!  You think you know sarcasm?  Be afraid. Be very afraid.  Hillary knows how to do it without words!

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This video is slightly longer and ends with Hillary’s brief statement on the release of the Republican Benghazi Committee Report.

Hillary Clinton Tours Galvanize in Denverublican

Following a tour on Tuesday at Galvanize—a tech workforce training facility and community for businesses in Denver—Hillary Clinton unveiled a comprehensive technology and innovation agenda to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. As part of an ongoing conversation to create more jobs and build a stronger economy that helps us grow together, Clinton highlighted three specific goals to realize these visions:

1) Help young people become entrepreneurs by letting them defer their federal student loans for up to three years; 2) Provide every student in America access to computer science education before graduation; and 3) Connect every household in the U.S. to high-speed internet service by 2020.

Pointing to Donald Trump’s lack of a real job creation strategy and steady vision for the economy, Clinton said, “I want America to get back in the future business.  Saying that you want to make America ‘great again’ is code for saying, we want to go back to the way it used to be, forget about technology, forget about inclusivity, forget about giving everybody an opportunity to have a real shot at the best possible future. Well, that is not who we are as Americans; we don’t go back, we go forward, but we’ve got to go forward with intelligence and a real sense of purpose.”

Clinton will also travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to participate in a live town hall with 100 online content creators and digital influencers. The moderated Q&A session will allow Clinton to address issues important to these influencers’ online audiences—and emphasize her plan to promote young entrepreneurs.

Below is a transcript of Clinton’s remarks in Denver today:

“Thank you, thank you.  Well, first let me say, I am blown away and really happy to be here, and I wish each and every one of you the very best as you become not only galvanizers, but entrepreneurs, and innovators, and business leaders in every way.

I want to thank Jim for letting me come and visit one of these campuses of Galvanize.  I really am taken by the model, and want to do everything I can to lift it up and create more pathways for more people to have these opportunities.  I want to thank Stephanie, who came from Governor Hickenlooper’s staff to be part of this.  And I had a chance to visit with the governor earlier, and was talking about the workforce planning that is going on here in Colorado.  It’s a real model for the rest of the country creating all of these pathways to give people the skills that are needed in the 21st century economy.

Julie Anne Lerner, thank you very much for the exciting work that Pan Exchange is doing.  I know just a little bit about commodities – and their trading, their buying, their selling – both futures and the actual commodities themselves.  And what you are doing, Julie, is just transformational, because for most of the world, the agricultural workers are women.  More than 60 percent of the farmers in the world are women who farm small plots and who do not have access to information.

Very often, until cellphones came with SMS still, to get some kind of weather reports, they didn’t even know what the weather would be – couldn’t plan.  They don’t have access to good seed or pesticides by and large, and what we’re doing through this kind of effort is opening up markets, creating more transparency which will benefit so many of the people who are actually doing the hard work of producing food and trying to get it to market, and create a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.  So, I’m thrilled by that.

And I want to thank Josh Anderson, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp, for working on another set of challenges, and that is how we do a much, much better job creating employment pathways for our vets – something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about and working on.  There are good ideas out there, but they’re not yet broad enough, deep enough, so that we are really doing what we should to give our vets the chance to have a good future.  It needs to start as – I was just talking to Josh and Ben about – it needs to start while they’re still in the military, before they leave.  We don’t do a good enough job with transition planning.  And then we’ve got to do more to get them connected with successful programs that produce results as opposed to being scammed, which happens too often at the programs that they are looking at, or enticed into being part of, without really any employment at the end of it.

So, using Patriot Boot Camp as an example, and giving the results that you’ve had, gives me a lot of hope that we can do a much better job for our vets.  And that’s something that I am 100 percent committed to.  I am so excited about being here.

Now, I do plead guilty to being a policy wonk, and I know that can be boring, and I know that putting out plans can sometimes seem less than inspirational, but it really matters what we do and how we do it, if we’re going to create the economy of the future.  And it matters to me to find examples – like here at Galvanize – that we can lift up and try to take to scale.  I was delighted to learn that there will soon be a Galvanize in New York, and that we will have the benefit of that.

So I am on a mission to find out what works – not what we hope will work, because we’ll get to that – but what works right now, and how we do more of it, and how we create a lot more of this kind of model, because what we’ve been doing is not sufficient.  It doesn’t really produce the results we want for the vast majority of young Americans, or even mid-career Americans coming out of the military, changing jobs in the civilian workplace.   So this is part of a pioneering community, and you all are part of that, and I am thrilled to see what you’re accomplishing.

I know across Colorado, you have made smart investments in technology and innovation that’s helping to create a lot of good-paying jobs.  It’s not an accident that Denver, and Colorado in general, have a lower than average unemployment rate, because there are opportunities here, there are magnets of jobs and futures that people are drawn by, and we’re going to continue to build on that.  I learned that nearly a quarter of the people in and around Denver and Colorado Springs now work in STEM fields.  So that is what we are trying to help create elsewhere.  The rest of the country could learn a lot about what’s working here.

I want America to get back in the future business.  Saying that you want to make America ‘great again’ is code for saying, ‘We want to go back to the way it used to be, forget about technology, forget about inclusivity, forget about giving everybody an opportunity to have a real shot at the best possible future.’ Well, that is not who we are as Americans; we don’t go back, we go forward, but we’ve got to go forward with intelligence and a real sense of purpose.

So my goal is, we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and that’s why today, I am releasing a comprehensive plan to keep America on the cutting edge of technology and innovation.  It is one of our biggest assets, and I want it to be democratized.  I want more people in more places to feel that their future lies in STEM, in technology, in helping to create the jobs that we’re going to attract.

So first, let’s make it easier for young people to become entrepreneurs – exactly what’s going on here at Galvanize.  I’ve talked to a lot of people in the field, and starting out can be daunting.  There’s a lot of risk, even if you’ve got a good idea – how you translate that into a business, how you grow that business, how you make a living from it.  It can be a lot harder if you’re juggling student loan payments, and that can cut into what you’re able to do, what kind of risk you think you can take.

So we’re going to help people with student loans refinance their loans to lower rates, and then we’re going to let young people who want to start something new defer your federal student loan payments for up to three years, so you won’t pay a dime on whatever loans you have for three years. And we want to go even further, so if you get that enterprise up and going, we want to forgive a portion of your debt because you’ve become a job creator, and we need more job creators, and we need more young people starting business, startups, and other kinds of opportunities.  So the burden of student debt is not only an individual burden that affects your life choices, it’s an economic burden.  $1.2 trillion in student debt – think of how more productive that money could be spent.  So this is going to be one of our priorities.

Second, we have to make sure every student in America – no matter what ZIP code that student lives in – gets the chance to learn computer science before they graduate from high school. Those are skills you know so well – you’re here at Galvanize – that will help you compete and succeed in the global economy.

When I used to visit schools as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States – a long time ago – I would have what I called ‘the Chelsea test.’  In other words, would I send Chelsea to this school?  And some were a resounding ‘yes’ – the creativity, the energy, the collaboration – and some were absolutely not, and no child should go to these schools.

So now, I’m a grandmother, so I have the Charlotte and Aidan test.  Would I send these precious grandchildren to any of these schools that I visit? There is such a divide, it’s heartbreaking.  Some of you may have had schools where you really got exposed to technology, where you had a chance to both learn on your own and be guided in your learning, but I bet a lot of you didn’t.  We can no longer tolerate that.  Part of what we have to do, though, is make sure that the benefits of technology and the internet are widely shared.  It’s hard to believe, but we still have lots of parts of our country – rural and urban – where you do not have access to high-speed internet. In fact, it’s spotty and it is a economic impediment.

I’ve traveled a lot around our country and you can see what it means not to be connected with the global economy. And I’m thrilled whenever I see places that are historically left out finding ways to get in. So in eastern Kentucky earlier this year, I learned about a successful program that trains former coalminers to be computer programmers, but the lack of affordable, high-speed broadband is a real barrier.  So I intend to make sure we do what we did with electricity in my grandparents’ generation – we connect every home and business in America to high-speed internet, and we do it on as fast a timescale as possible, no later than the early 2020s because every year we waste means we leave people behind and left out in a way that is heartbreaking and wrong.

Now, I really believe part of what this election will turn on is how we’re going to create more good jobs with rising incomes, and there’s a lot of legitimate anxiety, fear and even anger in many parts of our country, because people feel like the economy has failed them – they haven’t recovered from the Great Recession; government has failed them – because they haven’t been a good partner in helping people find their footing in going forward.  So I think this is going to be one of the defining issues in this election, and I’m going to keep talking about what we can do together – a positive vision that, if we do it, will give so many more people life yourselves a chance to be galvanizers.  And I’m going to talk about why we need to get back into the future business, because that’s who we are as Americans.  I don’t think we’re people who look backwards.  We should be looking forward.  And we’re going to focus on what will make the American economy work for everyone, not just those at the top.

So coming here today is a real treat for me because it’s exactly what I want to see everywhere, and it is something that I also want to be sure is available to every American, and somehow we’re going to have to work to make that so, and that has to start in schools, and it has to start with people believing that every kid can be a part of the future – not just some of us, but every single one of us.

So thank you for really being part of this future that we have to create.  It is something that I care deeply about, and I wish you all well.  I think it’s great you are here being not only interested in your own future, but helping to build a learning community for technology, as the sign says.  And I look forward, Jim, to keep hearing more about what you’re doing, why it works, and what more we can do to help you.  I’ve already gotten some good ideas from the folks I’ve talked to today about what more we can do to make this work for more people, but let me have a chance to just shake some hands and greet you all, as many as I can before I have to leave.  But again, it’s a thrill to be here and I wish you all the very best.  Thank you very much.”

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A very natty Ken Salazar joined Bill Clinton for a rally in Colorado Springs.

A line wraps around the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College as students and residents of Colorado Springs lined up to get in to see former President Bill Clinton speak in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton, for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

A line wraps around the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College as students and residents of Colorado Springs lined up to get in to see former President Bill Clinton speak in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton, for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar takes the stage to introduce President Bill Clinton in Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, to give a speech in support of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar takes the stage to introduce President Bill Clinton in Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, to give a speech in support of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former President Bill Clinton visits Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. A an overflow crowd of over 1000 packed the foyer of the Cornerstone Arts Center. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former President Bill Clinton visits Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. A an overflow crowd of over 1000 packed the foyer of the Cornerstone Arts Center. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar greets former President Bill Clinton as Clinton prepares to give a speech in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton, for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar greets former President Bill Clinton as Clinton prepares to give a speech in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton, for president, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazettevia AP)

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The pair teamed up at the University of Denver today to meet with students and promote Hillary’s campaign.  What a great team!

Chelsea Clinton, right, speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as actress America Ferrera stands to the left, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chelsea Clinton, right, speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as actress America Ferrera stands to the left, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, left, listens as Chelsea Clinton speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, left, listens as Chelsea Clinton speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, right, introduces Chelsea Clinton, during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton's mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, right, introduces Chelsea Clinton, during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton’s mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chelsea Clinton smiles during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chelsea Clinton smiles during a campaign stop on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chelsea Clinton, left, listens as actress America Ferrera introduces her during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton's mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Chelsea Clinton, left, listens as actress America Ferrera introduces her during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton’s mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, left, listens as Chelsea Clinton speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton's mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Actress America Ferrera, left, listens as Chelsea Clinton speaks to students during a campaign stop on behalf of Clinton’s mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at The University of Denver, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Last night, following a very busy day in Nevada that included playing goalie at a soccer match, Hillary Clinton was wheels down in Colorado for the Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage to speak to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage to speak to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves before speaking to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves before speaking to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at the Colorado Democrats 83rd Annual Dinner, in Denver, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the audience at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016.   REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the audience at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Denver, Colorado, United States, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Jefferson Jackson Dinner, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 
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