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Tonight Bill and Hillary Clinton held their conversation at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Ben Stiller hosted.


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Hillary rallied voters at the Eastern Market in Detroit today.  The windows resemble those of the Javits Center in NY where she will hold her election night party.  That building has a glass ceiling.

In Detroit, Clinton Lays Out The Consequences of a Trump Presidency, Asks Voters To Protect President Obama’s Legacy

At a speech in Detroit on Friday, Hillary Clinton laid out the clear choice in this campaign and asked the crowd to imagine life with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Donald Trump said that it wouldn’t have mattered if we’d led the auto industry go bankrupt and that wages are too high, Clinton said, more proof he will not be a champion for working people. Clinton also highlighted what a Trump presidency would mean for African Americans, detailing Donald Trump’s history of housing discrimination and his refusal to acknowledge the innocence of the Central Park Five, even after they were exonerated. Clinton said, “It doesn’t matter if you’re innocent. If he decides that you should be in prison or you should be locked up. No wonder he admired Vladimir Putin, because that’s exactly what Putin does to his people.”

Clinton outlined her positive vision to break down the barriers hindering communities that are left out and left behind – end-to-end criminal justice reform, greater investment in underserved communities like Flint, Michigan and a New College Compact to make college tuition free at public colleges for working families and debt free for everyone. Clinton asked the crowd to join over 30 million Americans in voting early or vote on Tuesday, November 8th, saying, “When your children or grandchildren ask what you did in 2016 when everything was on the line, I want you to be able to say, ‘I voted for a better, stronger, fairer America.’ An America where we build bridges, not walls. And where we prove, once and for all, that love trumps hate.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: “I am so glad to be back in Michigan. And that introduction, I’m just still vibrating from it. I thank my longtime friend, Reverend Wendell Anthony, for giving us some of the best lines that we’ve had in the whole campaign. Thank you.

You know, there’s something special about this place. And some of you may have recognized the song that was playing when I came in, an amazing anthem sung by the talented Andra Day called ‘Rise Up.’ And that is what Detroit is doing – you are rising up! And that is exactly what we’re going to do in America. We are going to rise up and make sure the American dream is big enough for everyone.

I’m looking forward to working with the great team you have here in Detroit and in Michigan. I want to thank your senators, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters. I want to thank your members of Congress, Congressman John Conyers, Sandy Levin, Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell. I want to thank your great mayor, Mayor Mike Duggan, and thank you. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. Sheriff Benny Napoleon. The president of the UAW, Dennis Williams. Longtime friends and former colleagues of mine, former Senator Carl Levin and his wife Barbara are here. And to all who are present today. And I was delighted that my friend and my supporter, Mark Cuban, could be here because – he’s not only a real billionaire – he’s actually shared his profits with his employees.

Now, are you ready to vote on Tuesday? Are you ready to volunteer to get everybody out to vote? Are you ready to choose our next president and commander-in-chief? Did any of you see the three debates that we had? Well, I spent four and a half hours standing next to Donald Trump, proving once and for all I have the stamina to be the next president.

Now, he kept saying a lot of unusual things, didn’t he? And there’s a certain preparation you do to be ready for those debates, and of course I did it because I think you should prepare to be president of the United States. And I did practice my composure. People said to me, well, how did you do that? The things he was saying. And then in that second debate when he was following you around and lurching over you. I said, well, I did practice. And I had my friends and my family just spend hours saying terrible things to me. So I was ready. But he would say, like, ‘Well, what have you done for 30 years?’ And I don’t want to brag.  But I do think it matters what you’ve done, and especially what you’ve done that maybe improves somebody else’s life, right?

And one of the great joys of this campaign has been traveling around our country meeting people who have been affected by what we’ve been doing. For example, as First Lady, I helped create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers eight million kids. And these are families that they’re not poor families, they’re working people, but they don’t make enough money and they don’t work for somebody who provides insurance, and so very often their kids were being affected by not getting the health care they should have had. I met a woman whose baby daughter when she was born was diagnosed as totally deaf, and the doctor said, ‘We’re sorry, there’s really nothing we can do for her.’ But this mother, like many mothers I know, did not take that for an answer, right? She got on the internet. She began to research and she found that there were treatments that she could maybe provide to her little daughter, but they were expensive and she and her husband didn’t have that kind of money and they didn’t have insurance. She was at her doctor’s office and just so distraught, and the doctor said, ‘Well, there’s this new thing called the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Maybe you should look into it.’ Turned out she was eligible. She signed up. She started giving her daughter the best health care that every child in this country should be able to have, by the way. And when I was in North Carolina, I heard about her and I got to meet her, but more than that, I met her daughter, who talked to me and who just graduated from college – because she got the health care and she got the treatment that she deserved to have.

I’ll tell you what, that is how I judge my last 30 years. Have I done something to help somebody else? I am well aware of the blessings that I have had, and I want to be sure that all of us figure out a way to pay it forward, make it possible for more families, more kids to have the chance to live up to their own God-given potential.

And I was a Senator in New York on 9/11, so I know what can happen – the evil and the hatred of terrorism. I saw it. And I spent my time helping to rebuild New York City and helping to get health care for the brave first responders who ran toward danger, not away from it – our police, our firefighters, our EMTs. And I’ll tell you who else we got covered. We got construction workers who ran with their supplies and their tools, and I see one right out there who knows exactly what I’m talking about. All across the city, people were leaving their job sites and rushing toward danger. That was America at its best. And don’t ever forget what we are capable of being, who we are. We are not afraid. We are brave, courageous people who will do our best if given the chance.

As your Secretary of State, I went to 112 countries, negotiated ceasefires, reduced the threat of nuclear weapons, stood up for human rights and women’s rights and worker rights and LGBT rights. I’m telling you this because I want you to know that I will do everything I can. If I am honored to be your president, I will get up every day in that White House, and I will go to work for you and your families to make it possible for you to get the chances and the opportunities you deserve to have.

I want you to have a candidate you can vote for and not just someone to vote against. That’s why Tim Kaine and I have run a campaign based on ideas and issues, not insults because if you really take a look at what is at stake in this election, it is a choice between two very different visions for America. I’ve got to say when I hear my opponent talk about America, I don’t recognize the country he’s talking about. It is so dark, so divisive, so hateful. That is not the America that I believe in. I believe that we should have a confident, optimistic, inclusive vision of where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. I love our country, and I believe in the American people. And I think there’s nothing we can’t achieve if we work together and we set some goals and we go after them. You see, we believe in an America that is bighearted, not small-minded. We believe in an America that is already great but can be greater if we do our part. And we believe America is great because America is good. Never forget that. If we lift each other up and not tear each other down, we can go even further. And I believe with all my heart. That’s why the slogan of my campaign sums it up, that we are stronger together.

And so come next January 20th, America is going to have a new president. [Chants of “Hillary.”] I know – I know that – I know that a lot of people say that they want change. Well, let me tell you this. Change is inevitable. There will be change. The question is, what kind of change are we going to have? [Cheers and applause.] Are we going to build a stronger, fairer, better country or are we going to fear the future and each other? I sure hope not. That is not the America that I believe we are.

And so here is what I want to ask you to do. I want you to talk to your friends and your family and your neighbors. Michigan is one of these states that doesn’t have early voting. I’ve been all over the country going to states that are already voting. In fact, I don’t know. About 31 to 32-3 million people have already voted in those states. But Michigan votes on Tuesday.

And I imagine – I imagine there are – some of you know people who say they’re going to vote for Donald Trump. Right? I know. I know. I understand that. I mean, I would hope you would try to stage an intervention before it’s too late. But maybe you could ask them with you to imagine, imagine January 20th, 2017. And imagine that my opponent is taking the oath of office in front of the Capitol. Imagine having a president who demeans women and mocks the disabled, who insults African Americans and Latinos and Muslims, who personally engages in busting unions and preventing people from having the right to bargain collectively. Now, the truth is we really don’t have to imagine what that would be like because everything he has said and done, both in his career and in this campaign, tells you what could happen.

Now, Michelle Obama, who says so many wise and wonderful things, she said the presidency doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are. And I think we’ve seen who Donald Trump is.

Maya Angelou, another great American, Maya Angelou said, when someone shows you who he is, believe him the first time. And if my opponent were to win, we would have a president who has only ever been in it for himself.

Just last year, he said again it wouldn’t have mattered if we had rescued the auto industry or let it go bankrupt. What is he talking about? I’m proud that President Obama saved the auto industry. And I’m even prouder that because of the hard work of people in Detroit and across Michigan and the Midwest, the U.S. auto industry just had its best year ever.

If Donald wins the election, we’d have a president who wants to ban every Muslim in the world from coming to visit the United States. We are a country founded on religious freedom. That runs contrary to our Constitution. We would have a president who has said repeatedly that he thinks the lives of black people are all about crime and poverty and despair. He has no idea about the strength of the black church and the vibrancy of black-owned businesses and the excellence of historically black colleges and universities. He seems to know nothing about the rise of a new generation of black activists and the success of black leaders in every field. I think he needs a visit from Reverend Wendell Anthony, don’t you?

Yesterday in North Carolina I was honored to stand with a woman named Mae Brown Wiggins. Decades ago, she was a hard-working nurse in New York City. She was looking for an apartment that she could afford to rent. But Donald Trump and his father, Fred, turned her away. You see, whenever African Americans tried to rent Trump apartments, their application was marked with a ‘C,’ C for colored. And that didn’t sit very well with Mae, so she went to the authorities, and eventually the Department of Justice sued the to us for housing discrimination. And although they settled, they wouldn’t change. So the government had to take them back to court. That’s a pattern. This is what happens time and time again with my opponent. If he were to win, he would be in charge of the Federal Housing Department. If he doesn’t respect all Americans now, how can we trust him to serve all Americans in the future?

He has such a casual disregard of our Constitution. He doesn’t seem to understand the rule of law, that we really are a nation of laws, not men. Here’s the latest example. There was a terrible crime back in 1990 in New York City. It was called the Central Park Five. Maybe some of you have heard of it. There were five black and Latino kids, some as young as 14. They were wrongfully convinced, and they were in prison where they spent years. Donald Trump took out full-page ads calling for the death penalty for the kids. And even after they were exonerated by DNA evidence and someone else confessed to that terrible crime, Trump actually said they should still be in prison. It doesn’t matter if you’re innocent. If he decides that you should be in prison or you should be locked up. No wonder he admired Vladimir Putin, because that’s exactly what Putin does to his people.

So we can’t trust him with our Constitution. We can’t trust him to obey the rule of law. He has shown us who he is. Now we have to decide who we are. So let me paint you a different picture. Here is what we’re going to do together if we win this election on Tuesday night.

We have three big challenges. Number one, we got to get the economy working for everyone, not just those at the top. Number two, we’ve got to keep our country safe, and we have to work with our allies to lead the world with strength and intelligence toward peace and prosperity. Number three, we’ve got to bring our country together. We have got to overcome these divides. We have to heal our nation. And I hope that you will help me meet all three of those challenges.

I have said repeatedly that we’re going to take on discrimination and bigotry because any time we hold somebody back, it can lead to holding other people back. We can’t accept as normal what we’re seeing across our country because of his campaign. A church in Mississippi was burned this week. Someone painted ‘Vote Trump’ on the side and then set it on fire. We can’t let – we can’t let that happen. What happened in Flint, Michigan should not be normal or acceptable. Our kids should be guaranteed clean air and clean water. Those are basics. We’ve got to do everything we can to make sure that we take care of our children.

And it’s important for us to recognize that when I talk about getting the economy to work for everybody, that means I want the biggest jobs program since World War II – infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean, renewable energy technology. Some people say we can’t do that. Well, I’m telling you, they’re wrong. They’re wrong. We have the best workers, the most productive workers. We’re going to give them more to work on, more products to produce. And we’re going to do more for small business because small business is the backbone of so many communities. And I want everybody to have the chance to succeed in America. That means we’re going to dismantle the so-called school-to-prison pipeline and replace it with the cradle-to-college pipeline.

And we’re going to make sure that every child has a chance to go to a good school with good teachers, no matter what zip code that child lives in. And I want to start with our youngest kids, with pre-kindergarten programs. And then I want to be a good partner with our teachers. We’ve got to have high expectation and get results in helping our children. And I want to be sure that we put technical education back into high school because there are good jobs out there waiting for young people with the skills to do them.

It’ll be important that we create an environment in which our police and our communities can work together and trust each other. I believe we are safer when everyone has respect for the law and everyone is respected by the law. And that’s what we’re going to work for.

We’re also going to take common-sense steps to reduce gun violence and save lives. This has nothing to do with the scare tactics coming from my opponent. Have you seen he’s starting to wear a camo hat now? Really. We are going to work with responsible gun owners who understand that we’ve got to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them in the first place.

And while we create more safe communities, we want to invest in those communities. I want to continue the good work that our past two Democratic Presidents have done, one named Clinton, one named Obama. And I want to be a really strong partner. I’ll compete a little with them. I want to be a really strong partner with Detroit and other cities that are on the way back up to make sure you get the investment and the support, the housing, and the jobs that you need.

But we also have to make sure our economy is fairer. That’s why I believe we should raise the national minimum wage, because people who work full time should not be left in poverty. And isn’t it finally time to guarantee equal pay for women? This is not a women’s issue. If you have a wife, a mother, a daughter, or a sister who works, it’s your issue. It’s a family issue. And every time I talk about wanting to have affordable childcare, paid family leave, equal pay for women, the other side accuses me of playing the women’s card. I’ll tell you what, if standing up for equal pay is playing the women’s card, then deal me in.

And one of the other big challenges we’re going to take on – I am so excited about this. I am really proud of the campaign that Bernie Sanders and I ran because it was a campaign about issues. And what we decided after it was over is how we could work together to make sure that everybody who wants to go to college can afford not just to start but actually to graduate. So we came up with a plan that if you go to a public college or university, you will go tuition-free if your family makes less than $125,000 a year. And it will be debt-free for everybody above that so you don’t go into debt. And for people who already have student debt, we’re going to help you pay it down and pay it off with programs like those on this website to help you to get out from under it. And I want especially to support historically black colleges and universities that have done so much to bring forth a leadership cadre in our country.

Now, this is just some of what we are offering in this campaign, because we really believe you need to look at what will happen after the election. I had a friend say to me the other day, ‘People are just frustrated and angry.’ I get that. I understand that. We had the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression in ’08 and ’09. Millions of people lost their jobs, millions lost their homes, family wealth was wiped out. That is a trauma and people are still suffering and still climbing back from that. I get it. But I learned a long time ago from my late mother, anger is not a plan. Right? Be angry, vent about it, and then roll up your sleeves and get to work. That’s what I will do. That’s why we’ve put this all down. It’s on our website, hillaryclinton.com. It’s in a book that Tim Kaine and I put out called ‘Stronger Together.’ Because not only do I want you to know what I will try to do as your president; I want you to hold me accountable. I want you, when I come back to Detroit, which I will do when I travel around Michigan, which I will do, I want you to say, ‘Well, how’s it going getting those new jobs started? How much progress are we making on making sure college is affordable?’ I believe in making lists. Maybe it’s a women’s thing. My husband said – once said to me one time, ‘You have lists of your lists.’ Well, I do because I want to know what we’re going to get done and how we can make progress together.

And ultimately, this election really is about the kind of country we want for our kids, and in my case now, my grandkids. Are we really a nation that believes in freedom and justice for all?”


HILLARY CLINTON: “Are we really a nation that recognizes our best years can still be ahead of us if we make up our minds to have that be our goal? I believe we can do this together. My opponent at his convention said, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Well, no, nobody alone does anything. When our founders met in Philadelphia, it wasn’t one person creating our country. It was many people working together and fighting a revolution to get that democracy and then to fight for civil rights and voting rights and workers’ rights and women’s rights and LGBT rights. None of them – none of them were won by one person alone. The American labor movement didn’t happen because somebody one day said, ‘I alone can make it happen.’ It took millions of people in every one of these movements marching and speaking out and sitting in. Barack Obama wasn’t put into the White House by one person alone. It took everybody working and organizing, and yes, voting. That is how progress happens in America.

So really, it all comes down to you, my friends. You have to vote. Our progress is on the line. Everything that has happened up until this point is on the line. I’m ready to defend and build on the progress that we’ve made. I’m proud I was a member of President Obama’s cabinet. I’m proud that – he and I are friends. But he knows and I know that American leadership, American presidents, it’s like running a relay. You do your very best, and then you pass off the baton and you just hope that the person you pass it off to doesn’t drop to the ground or doesn’t turn around and run back the way we came from, which is what my opponent is promising to do.

Now, I’ve told the President that when he hands off the baton that he’s going to have to bend over. He’s a lot taller than I am. But I’m excited about what we can do. I know this has been a tough campaign. I’ve got people coming up to me saying they’ve got migraines they never had before. They have stomachaches that they don’t know what they’re going to do with. I get it. It has been in many ways a really tough campaign, but I’ll tell you what. Michigan, you can make the difference.

All I’m asking you is talk to your friends, talk to your family, talk to your coworkers, talk to everybody. If you have time to volunteer, go to hillaryclinton.com to volunteer or text ‘join,’ J‑o-i-n, to 47246. Because when your children – and there are some beautiful children in this crowd here today. When your children or grandchildren ask what you did in 2016 when everything was on the line, I want you to be able to say, ‘I voted for a better, stronger, fairer America.’ An America where we build bridges, not walls. And where we prove, once and for all, that love trumps hate. Let’s get to work. Thank you. Thank you, Detroit. Thank you, Michigan. God bless you.”




















She also made a stop at Miller’s Bar in Dearborn.








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Hillary was at Wayne State University in Michigan today rallying a wildly enthusiastic audience and encouraging them to register with volunteers in the venue if they had not already done so.  The deadline for voter registration in Michigan is tomorrow.

Look for Hillary around the 1:12 mark.

In Detroit, Clinton Calls Trump Unacceptable for Working Families

At a voter registration event in Detroit, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump the wrong choice for working families and their jobs, citing a report on his use of Chinese steel and aluminum for his construction projects, opposition to the auto bailout and statement that Americans’ wages are too high. Clinton said that Trump made money on the backs of the middle class, paying no income tax for years and gaming the system while she is committed to building an economy that works for all, not just those at the top. These policies are unacceptable to American workers, Clinton said, adding, “I do have some advice for Donald. If he wants to make America great again, start by buying American steel for his construction projects.”

Clinton offered a different approach, highlighting her plans to make public colleges tuition-free for working families and debt-free for everyone, reform Wall Street’s “cowboy culture” and force companies shipping jobs overseas to pay an exit tax.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Thank you! Thank you so much. Wow. Sounds like we’ve got some Wayne State Warriors here today.  I am so excited, so thrilled to be here. Did anybody see that debate last night? Well, you never saw anything like that before.

It is great to be here with so many wonderful officials. I want to thank them. I know they’ve been out to talk with you. I appreciate the introduction that Jim Allen gave me, and I’m proud to be introduced by the president of the steelworkers.  I want to thank your senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, our members of Congress, John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence and Sandy Levin.  I want to thank your wonderful mayor, Mike Duggan.  I want to thank County Executive Warren Evans.

It’s exciting to be here for so many reasons – to be back here in Detroit, to be at Wayne State.  I thought President Obama was pretty accurate when he was talking about how Detroit is coming back.  And that’s thanks to a lot of people. And it’s going to really depend upon the young people of this university and this city to build a future that we can all not only be proud of but be part of. And I will tell you this: If I am so fortunate enough as to be your president come next January, I will be your partner!

But whether or not I get that chance really depends upon all of you, and we’re coming up to an important day. Tomorrow,October 11th, tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in Michigan. So I’m hoping that all of your either are registered or you will before the deadline. And we have people all over the crowd with clipboards. We’ve got clipboards who can help you register to vote. If you’re registered but you have friends and family who aren’t, I need you to convince them to register, go to their local clerk’s office. If you’re not sure if you’re registered or if you’ve moved recently and you want to make sure, go to iwillvote.com.  It’s amazing. You can put your name in and your address to make sure you’re registered. So, please do that.

If you have an absentee ballot sitting at home, I hope you will fill it out and mail it in right away. Don’t put that off. There are a lot of important races down-ballot as well. But that’s how we’re going to win – by the biggest turnout that we have seen in a really long time.  And the reason why it’s going to be a big turnout is people really know what’s at stake in this election. They are concerned. As you heard Jim say, the differences between me and my opponent are pretty clear.  To paraphrase my friend, Michelle Obama: one of us went high, and one of us went low!  And I’ll tell you, what’s exciting to me is that we’re getting more and more support not just from Democrats but from independents and Republicans.

Now, I believe you deserve something to vote for, not just something to vote against. So last night, when I got a chance, I tried to speak directly to the questions that are on people’s minds and to share my vision of what we can do together. And I’ll tell you what, Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing.

Now, there are a lot of things he should apologize for, right? And on Friday, the whole world heard him talking about the terrible way he treats women.  And last night, when he was pressed about how he behaves, he just doubled down on his excuse that it’s just locker room banter. Well, I’ll tell you what, women and men across America know that is just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people.

Now, I got to tell you, though, we’ve seen this kind of behavior all through the campaign from my opponent, and unfortunately some people don’t want to face it. But here’s a man who has insulted not just women but African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, Muslims, POWs, and so many more.

So I do hope somebody follows that gentleman out and stages an intervention. He clearly has not been following this election very closely.

But hey, folks, we now know – we now know who Donald Trump is. But the real question for us is who are we? Right? I would argue we are not who he is.  Here in America, we are taught to and we should respect each other, lift each other up, celebrate our diversity.  That’s the country that I know and love, and that’s the country that this generation of young people are going to make even stronger, more open, more tolerant.

I believe that we can do this. ‘Stronger Together’ is not just a slogan for me, it’s a blueprint for our future.  I believe our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top.  And I’m closing my campaign the way I started my career, fighting for kids and families to make sure every single person in this country has the chance to go as far as your hard work and your talent will take you.

You see, I believe the American Dream is big enough for everybody.  That’s been the cause of my life. That will be the mission of my presidency, working to make your life better, investing in you, focusing on those kitchen table issues that keep families up at night. You know what they are – the cost of college, the cost of childcare, which in lots of places is as much as college, paying for health care, especially prescription drugs.  How many of you – how many of you already have student debt. Well, that is going to be one of the first things I address.

I got to tell you, I am very proud of the plan that Senator Bernie Sanders and I did together. Senator Sanders and I ran a campaign on issues, not insults, and I’m very proud of that.  And when it was over, we got together and we joined our ideas and we said, okay. Number one, we’re going to help everybody who already has debt to refinance your college debt.  That will save you thousands of dollars. It will enable you to use some of your money for other things – wouldn’t that be nice, right? – and we’re going to make college affordable.

Now, I got to tell you, we don’t really get any ideas that will help anybody else from my opponent. Last night he admitted he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income tax for years.  Now, apparently the reason for that is he lost a billion dollars in a single year on bad investments and failing casinos.  How do you lose money running casinos? And you know, somebody then said, ‘Well, that just shows what a genius he is.’ Well, it does take a certain kind of genius to lose a billion dollars in a single year.

But seriously, you know what that means? That means zero, zero, for Pell Grants. Zero for the military. Zero for our vets. He hasn’t contributed his fair share by any stretch of the imagination to support our country. He’s been taking from America with both hands and sticking the rest of us with the bill because I believe that every single one of us in this room today has paid more in federal income taxes that Donald Trump has.

Now, last night he tried to drag Warren Buffett in it. You remember that? It was like, ‘Oh, yeah. Well, maybe I’ve never paid income tax, and maybe somebody else hasn’t, either,’ and he mentioned Warren Buffett.

Well, today Warren Buffett put out a statement.  Well, for starters, Warren Buffett is real billionaire.  And he put out a statement, and it said this: ‘I have paid’ – this is Warren Buffett talking – ‘I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944, when I was 13 years old.’  He says, ‘I have copies of all 72 of my returns, and none uses a carry-forward,’ which was the gimmick Trump used to avoid paying taxes. And then, I love this, his last paragraph: ‘Finally, I have been audited by the IRS multiple times, and am currently being audited. I have no problem in releasing my tax information while under audit.’  And then he concludes by saying, ‘Neither would Mr. Trump. At least he would have no legal problem.’ So if you’re going to call out Warren Buffett, you better be prepared for him telling some good, old-fashioned, Nebraska honest facts about what the truth really is.

And the other thing about Warren Buffett is he agrees with me. Rich people ought to be paying more federal income taxes to pay their fair share for our country.

Also last night, Donald had no answer when confronted by the report that he’s been buying cheap Chinese steel for construction projects instead of good American steel that supports good American jobs. Now, look, he’s gone all over Michigan claiming to be on the side of workers, right? You’ve seen that, you’ve heard that. He especially likes to talk about how he supports American steelworkers. He even had the nerve to brag about how, and this is a quote, ‘American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring.’ And all the while, he was hiding the truth. He went to great extremes to hide the fact that he chose to support Chinese workers, not American workers.

Now, you in Michigan, like a lot of places in our country, know that China has been dumping – dumping – cheap steel into our markets for too long. And you’ve seen the consequences up close, because when China illegally floods our markets with cheap steel and people like Donald Trump buy it, then it kills good jobs – kills jobs here in Wayne County, kills jobs across Michigan and lots of other places. That’s why Jim was out here introducing me, because the steelworkers, they know that this is a big, big deal.

And how does Trump look at these workers in the eye, how does he brag about big tall buildings when he’s putting American workers out of work and he’s shutting down steel mills? Well, he needs to try to explain that, I think. And like everything else, it’s not likely that he will. He’ll go on saying the same factually untrue things. Well, I do have some advice for Donald. If he wants to make America great again, start by buying American steel for his construction projects.

But here’s the other thing you need to remember, because I know – I assume some of you know people who might be thinking about voting for Trump.  And – I know. But you do – you do have to try. Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump. That is exactly the case, right?  So if people aren’t worried about the fact he pays no income tax, and if they’re not worried about how he’s mislead people about where he gets his steel, point out to them that he actually stood on a debate stage during the Republican primaries and said wages in America are too high.

I love it; he keeps denying these things, and he must forget that we do have video and audio in 2016 and you can actually pull it out again and show people.

Now, last year he even suggested that U.S. automakers – remember, automakers and related industry employs 1.1 million people in Michigan, right? He even suggested that U.S. automakers shift production away from Michigan to communities where workers are paid less.  But nobody should be surprised, because back in the Great Recession when millions of jobs across America hung in the balance, Donald Trump said, ‘Rescuing the auto industry didn’t really matter very much.’  He said, and I quote again, ‘Let it go.’

Now, I can’t imagine that. I supported President Obama’s decision to rescue the auto industry in America.  And just look, last year in 2015 the auto industry had its best year ever.

So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to stand up against unfair trade practices like dumping illegal steel. We are going to stand up for the proposition that investing in American workers is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.  We’re going to have – we’re going to have the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II in infrastructure – I saw some laborers back there – our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems like in Flint.

We are also going to invest in advanced manufacturing. I believe we can take jobs – good-paying, value-adding jobs away from not low-wage competitors but high-wage competitors like Germany. If we put our minds to it, we could be the center of precision machining, 3D printing. We could make a real difference in creating advanced manufacturing – a manufacturing renaissance.

And I think we can become the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.  Clean, renewable energy jobs, building a new, modern electric grid to be able to take in and distribute clean energy. We can do this. Let’s finish the job of connecting the entire country to the internet. There are too many places and too many poor families that are still not connected. Let’s do more to support small businesses. That’s where two-thirds of the new jobs will come from.

And because of the plan that Senator Sanders and I have worked on, we’re going to make public colleges like Wayne State tuition-free for working families.  If your family makes less than $125,000 a year, it’ll be tuition-free. If it’s over that, it will be debt-free so you only pay what you can afford without going into debt.  And if you already have student debt, we will help you refinance it and pay it back so you never have to pay more than you can afford. And you can actually see how this would affect you if you go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator because we have calculated how much money you individually can save under our plan.

I am really excited about this. We’re going to rewrite the rules of our economy to create both more growth and more fairness so it’s more broadly inclusive because, in addition to creating jobs, I want to raise the national minimum wage so if you work full-time, you’re not in poverty.  I want to finally guarantee equal pay for women’s work.  And I want to do more to incentivize more companies to share their profits with their employees.  If you help to make that profit, it should not be just the executives who get to share in it.

And we will end the cowboy culture on Wall Street and the quick-buck mentality in corporate boardrooms. We’re going to defend the tough rules, the Dodd-Frank rules, on Wall Street. We are going to defend the Consumer Protection Bureau, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that was envisioned and largely created by my friend Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Donald Trump wants to get rid of the new rules on Wall Street, and he wants to get rid of this agency that protects consumers from being cheated. That is just so backward. And if companies try to ship jobs overseas, we’re going to make them pay back every penny in any tax benefit they ever got.

And how are we going to pay for it? Well, we’re going to pay for it by getting people at the top to pay their taxes. And  – and we know how to do this. And we had quite a back-and-forth last night because it was bizarre. Donald Trump’s proposals have been independently analyzed. They will only help people like Donald Trump. They are the biggest tax breaks for the wealthy ever. They will raise taxes on millions of middle class families. And that doesn’t work. That’s called trickle-down economics. It doesn’t work for the vast majority of Americans. We’ve got to make it clear, as I have, I am not raising taxes on middle class families, period.

So there are so many contrasts between Donald and me that it’s almost hard to keep track of all of them. That’s why I hope you’ll go to my website, hillaryclinton.com. Any issue you’re interested in, we do have our ideas there. But we welcome people. We’ve had people literally contact our campaign on the website and say, ‘I read your policy about this issue.’ And I think I’ve got a good idea. And we pay attention, and we contact people. We want the best ideas we could get from across America to make our country all we can be together.

So there is a lot of work to be done. But this is – this is a time to come together in these last 29 days. We know very well that we’ve got to make good things happen in our country. And I believe that with all of my heart.

I had a very blessed life. And I am grateful for everything my family did for me. But I will tell you this. It wasn’t easy. My grandfather on my dad’s side was a factory worker. My dad was a small businessman, worked really hard. My mom was abandoned and neglected as a child. And it was really only through the kindness of people that she got through her childhood. And then she was working as a maid and a babysitter by the time she was 14. So I take none of this at all for granted.  And I believe America is an exceptional nation. We have so much to be grateful for.  But we each have to do our own part. And we each have to reach out with more kindness to others.

I know there’s been a lot of negativity. And it’s easy to get cynical about politics, but I’ll tell you what. That’s what the other side wants you to feel. They want you to just say, ‘Well, I’m not going to vote because it’s so nasty.’ That’s the main reason to vote: to make it clear we’re not putting up with that kind of attitude.  And I am going to reach out to everybody because the next 30 days will shape the next 30 years.

And we hope that, we really hope that, young people will represent the biggest voting group in this election ever. I spend a lot of time talking with and listening to young people. And I know that it is sometimes a little bit challenging to figure out what is going on. Who should I believe? What do I need to know? But trust your heart. Trust your heart because if we work together, we can make this country what we know it will be and should be.

So please help me. Make every phone call you can. Know on every door you can. Go to hillaryclinton.com and volunteer. Text JOIN, J-O-I-N, to 47246. We’re going to prove to the world we are stronger together. And, yes, love trumps hate.  Thank you.”

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The talk today, of course, was all about last night’s debate.  It really doesn’t matter what the polls say.  The only poll that matters is the election. Regardless of polls, we have to work until every last vote is cast.  If you are with Hillary, show her your support by chipping in if you can.


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Hillary spoke at the NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit this evening.

Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the Detroit NAACP Annual 61st Dinner

At the Detroit NAACP Annual 61st Dinner Sunday night, Hillary Clinton highlighted her plans to break down barriers that hold Americans back. Clinton plans to reinvest in communities and provide more affordable housing in order to help cities like Detroit compete in the 21st century. Clinton also addressed the other barriers Americans face, such as systemic racism and the pay gap between men and women.

The transcript of Clinton’s remarks as delivered >>>>


“Let America ‘be that great strong land of love.’ That is more than poetry…that’s a prayer.” —Hillary quoting Langston Hughes

“Race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind.” —Hillary

“Something’s wrong when the median wealth for black families is just a tiny fraction of that for white families.” —Hillary

“Something’s wrong when so many black parents are burying their children.” —Hillary

We should be making it easier to vote, not harder. The attacks on voting rights have to end.

Health care. Education. Criminal justice. Equal pay. Tackling racial injustice means tackling them all:

“Systemic racism, inter-generational poverty, gun violence—these aren’t somebody else’s problems. These are our problems.” —Hillary

“We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands.” —Hillary

“Let’s keep going together. Let’s organize and mobilize. Let’s make sure that love trumps hate.” —Hillary

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