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His daughter Adia quoted Eminem. Kweisi Mfume quoted Sartre and Frost. Staffer Harry Spikes quoted Bruce Lee and The Lion King. And, of course, many quoted Elijah Eugene Cummings, aka ‘Bobby.’  It was a celebratory sendoff for a true Lion of the House. The recessional was ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as you have never heard it before. We will not see his like.

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Representative Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings was a resounding voice of moral courage who fought the good fights for the people of Baltimore, and faithfully honored his oath to protect and defend the Constitution with a passion, skill, determination, and dignity rarely matched in our history.  He worked for affordable, quality health care, educational and economic opportunities, and environmental justice for all Americans.  And he led the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in finding facts, exposing fictions, and demanding that our government be accountable.  Hillary and I are grateful to have served with him and for his friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Maya and the Cummings family.

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We are bloody but unbowed. Yesterday, after massive efforts of letter writing, phone calling, emailing, and petition signing, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by an historic tie-breaking vote by VP and Senate President Mike Pence.

Not long afterward, the effort to confirm Jeff Sessions, noted bigot, as Attorney General ran into an effort by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Sessions being appointed a federal district judge in Alabama.

We see how this is going.

Here are the Twitter hashtags.

“Silencing Elizabeth Warren”




Here is the exchange on the Senate floor.

The swamp gases in DC are toxic.

Stay battle-ready. This is just the beginning.

Thank you, Liz!

Here is the letter.

My Senator, Cory Booker.

From Hillary Clinton:

Happy Black History Month!

Cross-posted at The Department of Homegirl Security.

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Hillary departed White Plains this morning headed for New Hampshire where she met up with Liz Warren and Maggie Hassan for a massive campaign event.

It did not take a wizard to figure out that #MouthfulOfTicTacs was going to trend on Twitter today.






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Joined by Warren in Manchester, Clinton Contrasts Her Plans to Confront Our Country’s Challenges With Trump’s Reckless Remarks

At a rally in Manchester on Monday, Hillary Clinton contrasted her concern for the issues that keep working families up at night with Donald Trump’s disdain for our democratic traditions. Both Democrats and Republicans, including 150 Republican leaders in New Hampshire, are uniting to reject Trump’s unprecedented statements: his refusal to commit to accept the results of the election on November 8th, his declaration that the mission to displace ISIS from Mosul is a disaster just as it’s starting and countless statements belittling and demeaning women. Clinton also highlighted reports today of a suit against Trump’s New Jersey golf club by a former employee, alleging a hostile workplace where he experienced both physical and verbal harassment because he is gay.

Clinton hailed the strong early vote numbers favoring the Democratic ticket as proof that most Americans believe we are ‘Stronger Together.’ Our country needs a president ready to deal with our country’s biggest challenges and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top Clinton said, adding, “to me, and I hope to you as well, this is about more than winning an election, it’s about the kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what this has to be about. It’s about the lessons we want to pass on to our sons and our daughters.”

Elizabeth Warren called Donald Trump unqualified to be president on the basis of both his business record and his past statements demeaning women and insulting minorities. Hillary Clinton is the best candidate by far to face down Donald Trump’s dangerous vision for America, Warren said, adding,”She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter at 3:00 a.m. to call her opponents losers or dummies. She doesn’t even cry that the election is rigged. Nope. Hillary is the kind who just gets up every day and she keeps on fighting – fighting for children, fighting for women, fighting for families, fighting for health care, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field. Hillary fights for us. That’s right.”

Both Clinton and Warren urged Granite Staters to get out and vote, not only for Clinton but also for U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan and Gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern.

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


“Thank you – Wow! I don’t know about you, but I could listen to Elizabeth Warren go on all day! It is so great to be back here in New Hampshire! I am one of the significant groups of women who went to […] back here.

Oh, it is so wonderful to be here on this college campus, and to see so many young people here as Maggie and Elizabeth and I were walking up to the stage. And a lot of people were hanging out of the windows, and we’re glad that you’ve got the best view of what we’re doing here. It’s also exciting to be here with two weeks left because this is the most consequential election of our lifetime, and to see the energy and enthusiasm that this crowd displayed – I saw it yesterday in North Carolina, I saw it the day before in Ohio, it really does demonstrate that Americans are really looking at what’s at stake and are coming to the conclusion that we all have to be involved in the remaining days of the campaign. And that everyone needs to turn out to vote.

In New Hampshire, you have a lot of reasons to vote – you’ve got great candidates for Congress, Annie Kuster and Carol Shea Porter, who deserve your support, and you’ve got a great candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, thank you!

I know that Maggie, Elizabeth and I have been out here giving the full […], but I hope that you will know what is at stake in the governor’s race, and in sending these two extraordinary women to the House, and boy, it is exciting to be here with Maggie and Elizabeth. They are people who fight for you every single day. I know these women, and it is a privilege to be on this stage with them.

Now, Elizabeth Warren has a track record of making it her mission to stand up to Wall Street. And she is going to make sure that Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again! But you may not know that she was the person behind setting up the agency that protects consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and it was set up to stand against and to do something about the kinds of fraud and abuse we’ve seen from Wells Fargo. And they are on the frontlines of returning billions of dollars to Americans who have been cheated and defrauded by big companies, by banks and others. In fact, I think it is fair to say some of the best TV that you can see is on C-SPAN when Elizabeth is going after a bank executive or regulator. She is refusing to let them off the hook, and she is not just speaking for herself, is she? She is speaking for every single American who is frustrated and fed up. And I am so looking forward to working with her to rewrite the rules of our economy to make sure we both grow it and make it fairer for every single person working hard here in America.

I know we are up here without our phones so we cannot check tweets but – I kind of expect if Donald heard what she just said, he is tweeting away. She gets under his thin skin like nobody else. She is calling him out of his mysterious tax returns. She exposes him for what he is – temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States. And Maggie is going to be a great United States senator for New Hampshire. You do not have to take my word or Elizabeth’s word. Look at what she has already done. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country.

During her governorship, it was ranked as the best state in the country for business, and she has done it the New Hampshire way. She has brought people together, Democrats and Republicans, and Independents, and I think she has the biggest legislature, probably in the world, that she has to deal with. So she has really horned her skills – listening and trying to work with people, and she has taken issues that do keep families up at night. From the sky rocketing costs of college and prescription drugs and helping students to figure out ways to afford to get their education to helping those suffering from addiction or mental health or raising wages for hard working families. What I love about Maggie is that she is independent, she knows how to find common ground, and how to stand her ground. And that is exactly the kind of leader we need in the United States Senate.

Because we’ve got to break through the gridlock and dysfunction that has unfortunately […] Washington. We have to get back to listening respectfully. We can disagree without being disagreeable. That is why we need leaders like Maggie, and unlike her opponent, she has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.

She knows he should not be a role model for our kids or anybody else for that matter. So I hope in these next 14 days, you do everything you can to support her. And I want to say a word about Colin, who I have also known for a number of years now. Maggie is leaving some big shoes. She does not look like it, but she is leaving some big shoes to fill as governor. Colin is the person for that job. You know as a member of Executive Council, and I remember this because it took a lot of guts.

He helped lead the fight for funding Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire against his opponent by the way, and he has showed that he will stand up for women’s health 100 percent of the time, not just when it is politically convenient. He also worked with Maggie to cross party lines to help expand Medicaid to more than 50,000 granted […]

And Colin wants to do more to invest clean energy like wind and solar to hold down energy costs here in New Hampshire and to protect the beautiful environment of this state. And he will fight to put into action the promise of higher education within reach for more families. So please during these next days, make sure you’re doing everything you can for Colin, for Carol, and for Annie. Now did anybody see the last debate? I stood next to Donald Trump in three debates for four and a half hours proving once again, I have the stamina to be president. I’ve tried to use the time I had in all three to talk about what people talk to me about, starting here in New Hampshire and going across the country, because I take it really seriously.

I think the problems that keep you up tonight, that stand in the way of your getting ahead and staying ahead, of providing the best opportunity of a good middle class job with a rising income for you and your kids, those are the problems that someone running for president should actually listen to, pay attention to and come up with solutions for.

So I do have a lot of plans, I do. And I get criticized for having so many plans. Tim Kaine and I have actually written a book – oh, there’s one copy right there! It’s called – oh, another copy! It’s called ‘Stronger Together,’ and we lay out all of our plans for what we want to do if we’re so honored as to be president and vice president. And I do have this old-fashioned idea that if I’m here asking for your vote to be your president, I should tell you what I’m going to do, and maybe, as I said yesterday in North Carolina, maybe it’s a bit of a women’s thing because we make lists. We do, we make lists and we try to write down what we’re supposed to do and then cross them off as we go through the day and the week. And so, I want you think about our plans are as our lists – our lists as a country.

We are going to get our economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. We are going to make college affordable. We are going to lower prescription drug costs, and we’re going to do everything we can to keep faith with what we have said we’re going to do. What a novel idea! We’re actually going to try to deliver results for you.

But I got to tell you. During that debate, Donald said something. Well, he said a lot of things that were troubling, but he said something truly horrifying. He became the first person running for president – Republican or Democrat – to refuse to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, that is a direct threat to our democracy. I’m not going to try to call it anything else because that’s what it is. All this talk about the election being rigged, trying to stir up people who are supporting him at his rallies, that is a direct threat to our democracy. And I got to tell you – as your secretary of state, I went to 112 countries and I went to countries where people were jailed for being political opponents, where they were exiled, where they were killed. I take this really seriously.

And for me, the peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes our country great – something that – something we can’t lose, something we shouldn’t ever doubt. We cannot give in to cynicism, and I don’t think we are. I’ll tell you what’s exciting to me is across this country, at the very moment Donald Trump is making this unprecedented attack on our fundamental values, our institutions, millions of people are standing up for democracy, registering, volunteering, voting early.

So when you get a little discouraged or you get frustrated by what you see in this campaign, think of this: we have just reached a historic milestone. More than 200 million Americans are now registered to vote. And most exciting, that includes more than 50 million young people, the biggest number ever. Now you only see numbers like this when people are standing up for what they believe in and I’m proud to see Americans coming together – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to reject hate and division. And we’re seeing that in New Hampshire, too.

We are more than our disagreements, we Americans. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. I’m proud to have the support of more than 150 Republican leaders in this state who put country before party. But this energy we’re seeing is not just because of what we’re against, as important as that is, it’s because what we’re for. It’s about fighting for a future where everyone counts, where everyone has a place, and no one is left out or left behind.

Because to me, and I hope to you as well, this is about more than winning an election, it’s about the kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what this has to be about. It’s about the lessons we want to pass on to our sons and our daughters. We believe we should honor the men and women who fight for our country and that America is safer when we work with our allies to lead the world with strength and intelligence. Yet my opponent attacked a grieving Gold Star family whose son died in Iraq. He has no plan to defeat ISIS. And just last night he tweeted that the new effort underway to push the terrorists out of the key city of Mosul is already, and I quote, ‘a total disaster.’ And that our country is, quote, ‘looking so dumb.’ Imagine, imagine, this is a guy who says he knows more about ISIS than the generals. I don’t think so. He’s basically declaring defeat before the battle has even started. He’s proving to the world what it means to have an unqualified commander in chief. It’s not only wrong, it’s dangerous, and it needs to be repudiated on November the 8th here in New Hampshire and across America.

But just in case you think that this is new for Donald, it shouldn’t surprise you or anybody else, and I’ll tell you why. He has been denigrating America for decades. It started before he campaigned against me. It started before President Obama took office. In fact, back in 1987, he spent $100,000 on an ad in The New York Times criticizing President Reagan. He said, and I quote, ‘The world is laughing at America.’ Does that sound familiar? This is someone who roots for failure and takes glee in mocking our country no matter who our president is. Now that may be who Donald Trump is, but this election is about who we are. And I want us – I want us to remember, America is great because America is good, right? And as our wonderful First Lady Michelle Obama said right here in New Hampshire, ‘When they go, we go high.’

This election poses a very clear choice on the economy. When the middle class thrives, America thrives. As Elizabeth said, she is a perfect example of how that works in America. So am I. So are every one of you here. That’s what I want for every single person, especially young person, in America. With your help, we’re going to not only have Elizabeth back in the Senate, but send Maggie, send Carol, send Annie and then make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II.

What does that mean? That means jobs in infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our mass transit, our water systems. There is a lot of great work to be done here. And guess what? Those are jobs that can’t be exported. They’ve got to be done, right here in New Hampshire and across America. I want us to invest in advanced manufacturing, and there are, I know, a lot of skeptics about that. They say, ‘Well, we can’t compete in manufacturing anymore.’ Well, I’ll tell you what. I don’t want us competing with low wage jobs. I want us competing for the high wage jobs. Germany is a major exporter of advanced manufacturing products. I want to compete with Germany and countries like that, precision, machining, 3D printing.

I want us to invest more in technology, innovation and research and yes, in clean energy, because we’re going to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. I think we can deploy a half a billion more solar panels within the first four years and enough clean energy to power every home by the end of 10 years. That’s what I want people to be working on and thinking about and striving to achieve.

And I am really excited about what we can do to make sure every young American is prepared. I want to start in the early years of life in early education, universal pre-K. I want kids to be prepared to succeed. Because we are in a competition, and you know what? I want us to step up and compete and win. And I want our schools – I want kids to have good teachers and good schools in every zip code, and I want to be a good partner with our teachers and our educators here in New Hampshire. And I want to bring back technical education to high school. I think we really – we really shut the door on too many young people who could’ve gotten skills that would’ve given them the chance to get ahead.

And working with our community colleges, we need to make sure that every young person and every person coming back to upgrade or change skills can go to a community college. And yes, we are going to make four-year college affordable. Just this week, a new report came out showing that New Hampshire students have very high levels of debt, and I know Maggie has been fighting that. And she’s had a moratorium, and she’s done what she could at the state level. But we got to work together at the national level to make this happen for students in New Hampshire, families in New Hampshire.

So after our primary was over – and you know what, I was really proud – I was really proud of the campaign that Bernie Sanders and I ran. And it was a campaign – it was a campaign about ideas, not insults. And that’s what campaigns should be about. And after it was over, Bernie and I got together. We put our heads together. And we came up with a plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free for any families making less than $125,000 a year. And if you make more than that, it will be debt free. In other words, pay what you can, but let’s not have kids and families going into debt to get an education. This should be an investment that we make on behalf of them and our country’s future. And no matter where you go, to a great school like this, or anywhere else, we will help you pay down your student debt.  We will make is easier, because we a re going to make it as a percentage of you income, so you will never be on the hook for more than you can afford. And if your interested to see how much you and your family can save, you can actually go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you can save under this plan that we are proposing.

Now, I think in addition to growing the economy, we need to do a lot more on small business. Two-thirds of new jobs will come from small business so we are going to be just focused on how we are going to be able to start and grow your small business. And then we do have to make the economy fairer, and that starts with raising the national minimum wage, because if you work full time, I am talking about full time workers, you should not still be in poverty at the end. Work should provide a ladder of opportunity for people willing to work for it to climb. Right?

We are going to guarantee equal pay, we are going to make affordable child care so nobody pays more than 10 percent of your income for childcare. We are going to work for paid family leave. Because this is the way families are today. We are not living in the 1950s. Families are under new stresses and strains, and I meet so many who are really just at the edge. They are making all they can make. One parent working full-time, two parents working full-time, sometimes part-time on top of full-time.

The other day, Tim Kaine and I were in Pittsburgh. There was a long line of people, big overflow, which we couldn’t get into the main room where we were. So, Tim was talking to the families there, and there was a woman holding her three-year-old child, a daughter, I think. Tim was shaking hands, and the woman looked and she said, ‘I came here hoping that I could tell you or Secretary Clinton that I had my baby three years ago, and the day after, I had my baby, I was fired because I called and ask if I could have a few weeks because it had been a difficult pregnancy. But my baby was fine but not all that she needed to be. I got fired.’ And Tim came in, and he is such a wonderful man. What a fine human being. And he said, ‘To be there are the reasons everyday why I get so motivated in this election, and I just have another reason.’ He told me that story. I think your president should care about that. I think your president should wake up everyday thinking, ‘Okay, how do I help empower the most people to make the most out of their own lives, how to break down the barriers that give you the chance to go as far as your hard work and talent will take you?’ Sometimes people say, ‘How are you going to get all this done?’ I have proposed plans that do not add a penny to the debt because I see some of my long time friends who back in the 1992 campaign – where my husband ended up, we had a balance budget and a surplus, and actually, we were on the way to paying down the national debt, but here is what happened.

What happened is trickle-down economics came back. So here is what I am going to do. We are going to ask the wealthy to finally pay their fair share. We are going to – we are going to close the loopholes, we are going to end the fact that millionaires can pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a teacher or a police officer. We are going to make big banks pay for the risks they pose to our economy because Elizabeth is absolutely right. No – no bank is too big to fail, and no one should be above the law, and we are going to enforce that and contrast that with Donald Trump. He believes that if you give trillions and that is trillions with a ‘t’ in tax cuts to the wealthy millionaires and billionaires and corporations, and everything will work out.

Well, it will for him. That is trickle down economics on steroids. And he would wipe away the tough new rules that President Obama imposed on Wall Street. He would eliminate the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau that Elizabeth did so much to create. And you know that was bad enough, but then in the debates, we learned he hasn’t paid any income tax for years. So he hasn’t paid a penny to support our military, our veterans, Pell grants for kids to get an education, health or anything else. And his explanation was he lost a billion dollars in a year. Now, I’ve pondered this. I’ve really pondered this. He actually said it made him smart not to pay income taxes, but how smart are you to lose a billion dollars in a year?

Has anyone here been to a casino? He lost a billion dollars running casinos. Who does that? I’ve never heard of anybody. So, we’ve got to make it clear that Donald is not on the side of America workers or American families. For all of his talk about putting America first, he makes his products in at least 12 other countries. He stiffs small businesses, mom and pop contractors who work for him. My dad was a small business owner. He worked really hard. I’m just glad he never got a contract from Donald Trump because it was hard work, and people who do that work should be rewarded, not taken advantage of.

So we know a lot about how Donald Trump works, and today, today, we heard yet another story. It’s about a maintenance worker at one of his golf courses. This maintenance courses told his co-workers he was gay, and they started harassing him. They used anti-gay slurs to his face, they threw rocks and golf balls at him, his supervisor saw it and did nothing, and it got so bad, he wound up in the hospital. Finally, he went to the police for help. He couldn’t go back to work because he was too scared for his safety, and then he was fired by Trump’s golf club. Now, this is a heart-wrenching story on a lot of levels. For starters, it’s a painful reminder of the harassment, violence, and discrimination that too many LGBT Americans still face every day. And it is deeply disturbing that instead of stepping in to stop the tormentors, Trump’s golf club turned on the victim for coming forward. If that’s how Donald Trump runs his business, what does that say about how he would run our country?

So my friends, there are lots of reasons, so many, to take this election seriously. But here’s what I want you to know: of course, I want you to vote for all of us, but more than that, I want you to vote for yourselves, and for your families, and for your hope for our future together. Because if you believe women and girls should be treated with dignity and respect and women should be able to make our own health care decisions, and marriage equality should be protected, and that we have to take on the epidemic of substance abuse, disorders, and addiction. If you believe in a foreign policy where we work with our allies, not insult them, and achieve common goals towards peace and prosperity, then you have to vote. All of these issues are on the ballot this November, and I believe with all of my heart, that we will after this election, get together to help heal the divides that have sprung up and are so painful among us.

So please register and vote on the same day. Go to iwillvote.com to confirm your polling place. Come help us these last two weeks. Go to hillaryclinton.com, sign up to volunteer, take out your phone, text ‘JOIN,’ J-O-I-N to 47246 and get everybody you know to come out and vote. I think this election is going to turn on who is motivated to vote so we need each and every one of you to do everything you can to make it clear to everybody you know that our future is at stake. If you ought to be part of a positive, optimistic, confident, unifying future, please come out to vote on November 8th here in New Hampshire, and prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you all!”



“Whoa. Hello, New Hampshire. Hello. Oh, man, I love coming to New Hampshire. You know, this is like getting to hang out with your next door neighbors. It’s true, it’s true. We’ve got Maura Healey and Katherine Clark here from Massachusetts. Hanging out with our neighbors. You know, I’ve been traveling all around the country for Hillary Clinton and for our Senate candidates. I’ve been to Missouri and Ohio and Wisconsin and Colorado and Pennsylvania, and I’ve got to say, it is good to be in a place where I can say, ‘Go Pats.’ Go Pats. All right.

It really is great to be in New Hampshire. It is great to be in the home state of my dear friend, and your senior senator, Jeanne Shaheen. It is great to be in the state that is going to send Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster to the United States Congress. It is great to be in the state that’s going to elect Colin Van Ostern as its next governor. It’s great to be in the state that is going to send Maggie Hassan to the United States Senate. Yes. Oh, and just one more. It is great to be in the state that’s going to send Hillary Clinton to the White House. Yes. That’s why we’re here. [Crowd chants “Hillary.”]

Okay. So I just want to be official here. I’m with her. Are you with her? Look, we’re here today with someone who gets up every single day and fights for us. Someone who has spent her life fighting for children, spent her life fighting for women, spent her life fighting for families, fighting for healthcare, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field, fighting for those who need us most. Hillary Clinton fights for us. It is now time for us to fight for Hillary.

Now, I want to talk for just a minute about values. I grew up in a family that didn’t have much. My daddy sold fencing and carpeting, ended up as a maintenance man. After he had a heart attack, my mom worked a minimum wage job at Sears to keep our family above water. All three of my brothers went into the military. Me, I just wanted to be a teacher. All my life I wanted to be a teacher. Can we hear it for America’s teachers? Yeah. I had the calling early on. I used to line up my dollies and teach school. It was tough being one of my dollies. ‘I don’t think you did your homework last night.’ It was tough. It was tough.

My parents would have given me anything they could, but they just didn’t have the money to send me to college. And the only way I could get to be a teacher is that I ended up at a commuter college that cost $50 a semester. And it opened a million doors for me. And the way I see it, I am the daughter of a maintenance man, who ended up as a United States senator. Hillary Clinton is the daughter of a factory worker – granddaughter of a factory worker, and she’s going to be elected president. We believe in that America. That is the America we fight for.

We believe, but we are worried. Worried that those opportunities are slipping away. In fact, a lot of America is worried. Worried and angry. Angry that far too often, Washington works for those at the top and leaves everyone else behind. For 30 years now, Republicans have pushed trickle-down economics, and they’ve done one thing: they’ve helped the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. And they’ve stepped on the faces of everyone else who’s trying to get a fighting chance to succeed. Donald Trump talks a big game about how the game is rigged. Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is right. The game is rigged. It’s rigged for guys like Donald Trump.

And I say it’s time to fight back. Maggie says it’s time to fight back; Hillary says it’s time to fight back. We start our fight right here on college campuses. Education builds opportunities, but not if people are getting crushed by student loan debt. Right now, it’s a one-two punch: the high cost of college and the high cost of student loans. The federal government is making billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students. It is obscene to make money off people who are trying to get an education.

But I want to be clear on this. We know where Kelly Ayotte stands. She voted against refinancing your student loans. And Donald Trump, we know where he stands too on higher education. Colleges need more money to bring down the cost of tuition. His plan is to get rid of all federal student loans, abolish the whole Department of Education – I think his plan is to set up another fake university, cut out the middleman, and cheat the students directly himself. That’s why we fight back. That’s why we fight back.

Look, college alone is reason enough to get out and vote. It is reason enough to get out and volunteer. Hillary and Maggie and I are determined to make debt-free college the law of this land. That’s where we want to go. We are determined to refinance that $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Yes. Help us do that. Help elect Hillary and Maggie, so that we can make college a pathway of opportunity, not just for rich kids, but for all of our kids. Yeah.

Look, we want to build an America that’s going to work. But that isn’t going to happen with Donald Trump. Donald Trump cheered on the 2008 financial crash so he could scoop up real estate on the cheap, sadly he didn’t know he wasn’t going to be able to buy a villa in Sea Pines for the price he wanted. He stiffed small business owners: plumbers, and painters, and construction workers when he built his casinos and golf courses. And Donald Trump disrespects – aggressively disrespects more than half the human beings in this country. He thinks that because he has money that he can call women fat pigs and bimbos. He thinks because he is a celebrity that he can rate women’s bodies from 1 to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic Tacs that he can force himself on any woman within groping distance. Well, I’ve got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you. Yeah. Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote. And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever. Yup. You bet. Yes! For more than a year, Donald Trump has made headlines almost every day. And where has Senator Kelly Ayotte been? Donald Trump called Latinos rapists and murderers. Kelly stuck with him. Trump called African Americans thugs and Kelly stuck with him. Trump attacked a Gold Star family and Kelly stuck with him. Trump compared himself to dictators and praised Vladimir Putin. Kelly stuck with him. Trump even attacked Kelly Ayotte and called her weak, and Kelly stuck with him. During a debate a couple of weeks ago when she called Donald Trump a role model for kids, you want to say – you just can’t believe this.

But now Donald Trump’s not doing so well, and Kelly is running as fast as she can away from him. Well, I will say one thing: Donald Trump sure has made Kelly Ayotte dance. Day one, she loves him. Day two, she hates him. Day three, she’s back with him. Boy, spins round and round. But one of the things I love about the people from New Hampshire is that you value guts. You make the right decision and then you stick with it. Donald Trump has right. Kelly is weak. And that’s why a tough, smart fighter like your governor, Maggie Hassan, is going to win on November 8.

Yeah. I love being here with smart, tough women, with Hillary, with Maggie, with Carol, with Annie. And with friends of women, Colin.

Just look at Hillary’s history. She’s been on the receiving end of one terrible right-wing attack after another for 25 years, but she has never backed down. She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter at 3:00 a.m. to call her opponents losers or dummies. She doesn’t even cry that the election is rigged. Nope. Hillary is the kind who just gets up every day and she keeps on fighting – fighting for children, fighting for women, fighting for families, fighting for health care, fighting for human rights, fighting for a level playing field. Hillary fights for us. That’s right.

All right. So we’re with her. There are two things we got to do. The first one: We got to vote. New Hampshire has same-day registration at your polling locations, so no excuses, anybody. Go to iwillvote.com. Make a plan now how you’re going to cast your vote. And cast your vote for Annie, for Carol, for Colin, for Maggie, and for Hillary. You going to do that? [Cries of “Yes!”]

Second, do more than vote. Volunteer. We need you in this. Democracy needs you in this. You can knock on doors. You can make phone calls. You can monitor the polls. Lawyers can help us here. Everybody. If you have any time over the next 15 days, please volunteer. You can go to hillaryclinton.com. You can go to maggiehassan.com. And I guarantee we will use your time and we will use it well. Please, make this investment in democracy. Get out there and volunteer. We need you on that. Yes.

Okay. So it is so good for all of us to be here. This is fabulous. The way I see it, what elections are about is they ultimately come down to our values. It’s not about one person or one candidate. It’s about a movement. It’s about a strong, powerful movement to make real change in this country, the kind of change that we make together. And since we’re here together, let us remind ourselves why we get up in the morning, why we work hard all day, and why we’re still working late at night: because of what we believe.

We believe that every person should be able to get a college education without getting crushed by student loan debt, and that means refinancing our student loans and debt-free college. Yes.

We believe that no one should work full-time and live in poverty. And that’s means raising the minimum wage, and we will fight for it.

We believe that workers should be able to organize for better pay, for better working conditions. Unions built America’s middle class, and unions will rebuild America’s middle class. Yes.

We believe that after a lifetime of hard work, people are entitled to retire with dignity. And that means protecting and expanding Social Security. And we will do it.

You may have heard, Wells Fargo cheated tens of thousands of people. Giant banks brought down our economy. Well, we believe in tough rules, real accountability, and if a CEO breaks the law, they ought to go to jail just like anyone else. Yeah.

Some beliefs are controversial, so I want to throw this one out there. We believe in science. We believe that climate change is real and that we have a moral obligation to protect this Earth for our children and our grandchildren and our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Yes.

Boy, and I can’t believe I have to say this in 2016. We believe in equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to decisions over her own body. Yes.

We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage. It’s true in the workplace. It’s true for every place. And we will fight for equality for all of our people.

Donald Trump calls African Americans thugs. He calls Muslims terrorists. He calls Latinos criminals. He brags about sexually assaulting women. Well, we believe that racism and sexism and bigotry have no place in our country. We believe that Black Lives Matter and that we won’t build Donald Trump’s stupid wall. We believe diversity makes us strong. Yes. Yes.

You do know I could do this all day? But we got a great speaker here. So I’m going to do one more and then I’m going to quit.

We believe that millionaires and billionaires and giant corporations should not be able to buy our elections and our politicians. Corporations are not people. We will overturn Citizens United and bring democracy back to the people. Yes.

This is Hillary’s agenda. This is Maggie’s agenda. This is Colin and Annie and Carol’s agenda. It is a progressive agenda. It is a New Hampshire agenda. It is an American agenda. Yes! Hillary is ready to fight for us. Are you ready to fight for Hillary? Then let’s welcome to the stage Hillary Clinton, our next president of the United States!”

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Hillary and Liz shared a stage this morning in Cincinnati, and the crowd loved it. Hillary mentioned that there were people outside who could not get in.  Liz took Donald Trump to task in her signature way calling him nasty and goofy.


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In Cincinnati, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren Lay Out the Economic Choice Voters Face in November

In Cincinnati, Ohio, today, Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts laid out the stark economic choice voters face in November between Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton and Warren spotlighted Trump’s erratic statements and self-centered vision on the economy that adds up to someone temperamentally unfit to be responsible for the livelihoods of millions of Americans. They specifically mentioned his response to last week’s Brexit vote – which wiped $100 billion out of Americans’ 401(k) plans – when Trump boasted about the potential profits for his luxury Scottish golf resort. Clinton also questioned how Trump’s practice of manufacturing products overseas in places like Mexico, Slovenia and Turkey, not in Ohio or elsewhere in America, fits with his proclamations of putting America first.

Clinton also affirmed her her ambitious, progressive vision for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top – reiterating the five bold economic goals she set out in a speech on the economy last week: 1) the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, 2) debt-free college, 3) re-writing the rules so businesses share profits with their workers, 4) making sure the wealthy, Wall Street, and the largest corporations pay their fair share in taxes; and 5) updating our laws for how families live and work in the 21st Century.

Transcripts of Clinton’s and Warren’s remarks are below:


“Thank you, Cincinnati!  I especially want to thank all the people outside who couldn’t get in.  Thank you for coming today. I am so delighted to be here with my friend and a great leader, Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Now, you just saw – you just saw why she is considered so terrific, so formidable, because she tells it like it is.  I am very grateful for that introduction, but more importantly, I want to thank her for fighting every single day for families like hers, families like yours, and millions of hardworking Americans who deserve to have more folks on their side.

You know, Elizabeth and I came of age around the same time, and when we were coming up, as you heard her talking about her parents, her brothers, we believed in the American dream.  It wasn’t always going to be easy.  My dad was a small businessman; it was hard work.  He got up every single day and went off to work and worked hard, and lots of times my mother and my brothers and I would be there to help.  He printed drapery fabrics in a long warehouse with a long table.  It was dark and not very pleasant, but it was decent, honest work.  And he believed – and he taught me – that’s what you do in America.  That’s the basic bargain.  You work hard, you do your part, you will get ahead and stay ahead.  And we need to make sure that basic bargain is alive and well in 2016.

Elizabeth is leading the fight to liberate millions of Americans from the burden of student debt, and to make sure – to make sure Washington never again profits off of our students.  She and I agree, the federal government should not be making money off of sending our young people to college to get an education.

And no one works harder to make sure Wall Street never, never wrecks Main Street again.  She’s come up with a lot of great ideas, but here’s one that has already made a big difference.  It’s called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It’s been around a few years under the leadership of a great leader from Ohio, Richard Cordray, who is leading the charge. It has already – think about this.  It’s only been around a few years, but it has already returned over $10.8 billion to 25 million Americans who have been hurt by illegal financial practices.  Now, that is what standing up and fighting to right economic wrongs looks like.

And I must say: I do just love to see how she gets under Donald Trump’s thin skin. As Elizabeth made clear, Donald Trump proves every day he’s not in it for the American people – he’s in it only for himself.  And Elizabeth reminds us of that every chance she gets because –it is really important that voters here in Ohio and across America understand this.  She exposes him for what he is: temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.

Now, some of the best TV since Elizabeth came to the Senate is actually on C-SPAN. So whenever you see her pressing a bank executive or a regulator for answers, refusing to let them off the hook – remember she is speaking for every single American who is frustrated and fed up.  She is speaking for all of us, and we thank her for that.

I am thrilled that Elizabeth could be here with me in this glorious, beautiful building that has been rehabbed and put to new use as a museum.  Because we want to make the point together that we must have an economy that works for everyone again, not just those at the top.  Not just the rich or the well-connected – everybody.

Now, one might ask, well, yes, that is what we believe – it sounds simple, doesn’t it?  Honestly, I think it is.  It shouldn’t be complicated.  But there are too many politicians and corporations that don’t agree.  They don’t even seem to get it.  But you do, and we do.  And for the past now more than a year, I have been traveling across our country meeting people who have told me their wages haven’t budged, even though they see executives who give themselves big bonuses.  And you ask yourself, well, wait a minute, why do the richest Americans and the biggest corporations get away with manipulating the tax code so they pay lower rates than you do?  That’s a good question.  It doesn’t make any sense.  It doesn’t make moral sense, economic sense, historic sense.

And you know what else doesn’t make sense?  When leaders in Congress give more tax breaks to hedge fund millionaires instead of making investments in manufacturing, clean energy, and education that will actually create more good jobs.

It doesn’t make sense when corporations stash their profits overseas, or send them to influential shareholders, instead of making long-term investments in raising wages, training and research.

Or when governors and legislatures use every trick in the book to weaken unions and make it harder for Americans to organize themselves for better wages and benefits.  You know what I’m talking about.  Well, you’ve heard of “Right to Work” laws.  Well, they’re wrong for workers and they’re wrong for America.

None of this is right, my friends.  But this election is a chance for us to make it right for the future, for our kids and our grandkids. Let’s make it right.

Let’s make it right for hardworking Americans like Stan Hall in Cleveland, who owns a small trucking company.  It’s a non-stop struggle for him to compete against the bigger guys.  But if we keep our economy growing, and make sure small businesses like Stan’s get the right support, we can give more people a chance to succeed under that American basic bargain.

Let’s make it right for young people like Erika Roitblat in West Lake.  She dreamed her whole life of going to Ohio University in Athens. But the housing crash in 2008 wiped out her parents’ savings and their small business.  So to get her college degree at a public university, Erika wound up $100,000 in debt.  We cannot let this student debt crisis continue.  We have got to give hardworking students and families relief.  And you know what Erika’s doing now?  She’s volunteering for our campaign and working to elect Democrats across Ohio.

Stan’s volunteering with us too, because he, like so many people across Ohio and across the country, know that we are fighting for a better future.  I got into this race because I wanted to even the odds for people who have the odds stacked against them.  And this is not a time for half-measures.  To build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, we’ve got to go big and we’ve got to go bold.

So we need to take that frustration, the fear, the anxiety, and yes, the anger, and after we have vented it, we need to work together to achieve the kind of changes that will give everybody in this country a better shot.  So let’s set five ambitious goals for our economy.

Let’s break through the dysfunction in Washington and make the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.  Let’s do what we need to do to invest in infrastructure like President Eisenhower did with the Interstate Highway System. That’s when Republicans used to believe in building America and putting Americans to work.  That’s what we’re going to do again.

Let’s set the goal of making college debt-free for everyone, like Erika. And let’s provide debt relief – let’s provide debt relief as soon as we can, as soon as we start to work, Elizabeth.  We’ll take the day off for the inauguration, and then the Senate, the Congress, the White House, we’re going to get to work to give students and their families relief from this debt.

Now, we’ve got more work to do, so let’s set the goal of rewriting the rules so more companies share profits with their employees, not just their executives, instead of shipping profits and jobs overseas.  We’ve got the greatest country and the greatest economy in the world.  Let’s start acting like it.  And let’s make it clear that the companies have to be part of that greatness.

And let’s set the goal of making sure that Wall Street and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.  Now, there are a couple ways of doing this.  I’ve been proposing a number of them.  Something called the Buffett rule, after Warren Buffett.  No millionaire should pay a lower tax rate than somebody working for him, like his secretary. The people who have profited the most, even since the Great Recession, are people who now need to give back.  This country has given so much to all of us, and everybody should share the burden.

So I have made a pledge:  I will not raise taxes on the middle class, but we are going to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

And don’t you think it’s about time that we put American families first?  We’re not living in the ‘50s or the ‘60s anymore.  We’ve got to catch up to how Americans actually live and work in the 21st century.  I have met so many stressed-out young parents.  I’ve met so many stressed-out middle-aged and older folks.  Young parents because they’re trying to balance what should be the joy of their lives, like our new grandson is for us, and our granddaughter. I remember, I was talking to Elizabeth on the phone when she was visiting her family, her grandchildren, and we talked about all this important stuff, and what we have to do, and then she said, well, I’ve got to go, because I have to go buy my granddaughter some sparkly shoes. There is no greater joy.  But to see young parents struggling so hard, and to see older people taking care of their parents – we’ve got work to do.  We shouldn’t make it so difficult to do your job at home and to do the job that puts food on the table and a roof over your head.

Let me just say a word about rewriting the rules.  There are a lot of businesses thriving right here in Ohio who see their employees the right way. They see them as assets to invest in, not costs to cut. But unfortunately, there are too many who take the opposite view, and their behavior contributes to stagnant wages and lower economic growth.   That’s why as President, I will work to reward companies that share profits with their employees, on top of paying a good wage.   Because if they can do it for their executives, they sure can do it for their workers. And we will encourage companies to invest in worker training and to build high-quality apprenticeship programs where you earn while you learn.  And we will strengthen unions, because they are the bedrock of a strong middle class in America. Unions helped bring back the auto industry in Ohio, and they will help bring back America, from coast to coast. So here’s our message to every corporate boardroom: Do the right thing by your employees and your country, and we will stand by you.  But cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute our environment, or rip off taxpayers, and we will hold you accountable.

Because when companies take taxpayer dollars with one hand and give out pink slips with the other, and ship hundreds of jobs overseas, we’re going to make them pay back those tax benefits.  And we’re going to take that money and reinvest it in workers and communities.  And we’re going to slap an ‘exit tax’ on companies that move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. And we will defend American jobs and American workers by saying ‘no’ to bad trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and unfair trade practices, like when China dumps cheap steel in our markets or uses weak ‘rules of origin’ to undercut our car makers. I’m going to appoint a trade prosecutor who will report to the President, so we are going to end the abuse of our market, our workers, our people.

And you know what?  We’re going to compete and win in the global economy by not letting anybody take advantage of our workers.  Not China, not Wall Street, not anyone.  And we’re going to defend and strengthen the tough rules to rein in Wall Street that were put in place after the crash.  When corporations pay fines for breaking the law, those fines should cut into executives’ bonuses. And if laws are violated, individuals, not just corporations, should be held accountable.

And I will veto any effort to weaken protections for consumers.  And while we’re at it, we’re going to finally make Wall Street, big corporations, and the super-wealthy do more that’s not only fair in terms of paying taxes, but – which is right, because we can use that money to make these big, bold investments.  That will help us build a stronger economy for decades to come.  And you know what?  That’s not only good for families and workers.  That’s good for companies, for businesses.

We are a 70 percent consumption economy, my friend.  That means the more money that you have in your pocket that you can spend, the better that is for the economy.  And the way things are right now, people are afraid.  They’re holding back.  We’ve got to liberate the American consumer by protecting and helping the American worker.  And we’re going to make more things in America.  We’re going to ensure we have the most competitive auto and auto parts industries in the world. And when we invest in infrastructure, we’re not just going to be investing in roads and bridges and tunnels and ports and transit and water systems; we’re going to connect every home to high-speed broadband so they can get into the global marketplace.

And we’re going to fight climate change by making America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. And I want to complement your mayor, Mayor Cranley, who’s here, your State Rep, Alicia Reece – Cincinnati is already one of the biggest cities in the country to run 100 percent on clean energy.  Congratulations. And I’ll tell you what, Mayor, I hope you don’t mind if I go around the country in saying, if you can do it in Cincinnati, you can do it anywhere.  That’s what we need across America   And while we’re at it, we’re going to raise the national minimum wage.  $7.25 an hour is a poverty wage.  Workers deserve better. They deserve a living wage and a job with dignity.  Families deserve real support – like quality, affordable childcare, paid family leave, and equal pay for women.

I know when I talk about these things, Donald Trump says I’m playing the ‘woman card.’

Well, I’ll tell you what, if fighting for families is playing the ‘woman card,’ deal me in. So I have to say now, in order to achieve all these goals, we have to go after and end the political dysfunction that’s holding our country and economy back.  So let’s overturn Citizens United and get unaccountable money out of politics.

Let’s shut off the revolving door in Washington and make sure the foxes aren’t guarding the hen house. And let’s learn how to listen to each other and work together again.  I am determined to break through the gridlock to get things done for working families.

I know Democrats and Republicans can work together.  I know it, because I’ve done it.  I worked with Republicans and Democrats to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which today insures 8 million kids. We did our best to make quality life insurance for seniors.  I worked with Republicans and Democrats to bring jobs back to upstate New York and to help New York City heal and rebuild after the 9/11 attacks.  I proudly served as Secretary of State – and I didn’t just represent Democrats – I represented all Americans.

Because, you know what?  We’re all on the same team.  It’s time we start acting like it.  There’s no limit to what we can achieve if we do.  Now, I confess.  I confess.  It’s true I can be a little wonky. But I have this old-fashioned idea:  if you’re running for President, you should say what you want to do and how you will get it done.

So now that you’ve heard some of my plans for the economy, ask yourself: what are Donald Trump’s plans?  Well, best I can tell, he has no credible strategy for creating jobs.  And maybe we shouldn’t expect better from someone whose most famous words are, ‘You’re fired.’ He rails against other countries, doesn’t he?  He says he’s for our workers.  But Trump’s own products are made in a lot of countries that aren’t named ‘America.’  Trump suits were made in Mexico – he could have had them made in Brooklyn, Ohio.  Trump furniture is made in Turkey, instead of Cleveland.  Trump barware is made in Slovenia, instead of Toledo.  So how does that all fit into his talk about ‘America First?’

But that’s just the start.  This is a man who plays coy with white supremacists and mocks people with disabilities. Who talks about banning an entire religion from entering our country.  Who advocates getting rid of gun-free zones in schools; letting more countries have nuclear weapons; defaulting on our national debt; turning back the clock on marriage equality.  And just like Elizabeth, I could go on and on.

This is someone whose reaction to the horrific mass shooting in Orlando was to publicly congratulate himself.

And on Friday, when Britain voted to leave the European Union, he crowed from his golf course about how the disruption could end up creating higher profits for that golf course – even though within 24 hours, Americans lost $100 billion from our 401(k)s.  He tried to turn a global economic challenge into an infomercial.

Imagine Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office the next time America faces a crisis. Imagine him being in charge when your jobs and savings are at stake. Imagine him trying to figure out what to do in case of an emergency.

So it’s no wonder, is it, that risk analysts listed Donald Trump, a Donald Trump presidency, as one of the top threats facing the global economy – ahead of terrorism. Well, we are not going to let Donald Trump bankrupt America the way he bankrupted his casinos. We need to write – we need to write a new chapter in the American dream, and it can’t be Chapter 11.

If you believe that Donald Trump’s wrong for American and that our best days are ahead of us, please join us in this campaign.  We are stronger together.  We’re stronger when we grow together, when we lift each other up, when our economy is working for everyone – not just those at the top.  Let’s get to work, Ohio.  Let’s knock on doors and register voters.  Let’s send Ted Strickland to the Senate with Sherrod Brown!  Let’s send Alicia Reece back to Columbus!  Let’s get more strong, progressive leaders like Senator Warren in Washington and statehouses!

This November, let’s take our country in the right direction, with confidence and optimism.  That’s what we can do together.

Thank you all and God bless you!”


“Whoa! Thank you! Thank you for that warm welcome.

I am always happy to come to Ohio. It is always good to be in the home state of my great friend and your great Senator, Sherrod Brown! And it is good to be in the state that’s going to send Ted Strickland to the US Senate in November! Yes!

I’m here today because I’m with her. Yes, her. We’re all here today because we’re with her and we’re going to work our hearts out to make Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States! Yes, I’m ready. Are you ready for this? Yes.

We’re here with someone who gets up every single day and fights for us. Someone who has spent her whole life fighting for children. Spent her life fighting for women. Spent her life fighting for families. Fighting for health care. Fighting for human rights.  Fighting for a level playing field. Fighting for those who need her most.

We’re here to fight side-by-side with Hillary Clinton!

So today I want to talk about values. My daddy sold fencing and carpeting, he ended up as a maintenance man. And after his heart attack, my mom answered phones at Sears to keep our family above water. And here are some of the values that I learned, up close and personal.

My oldest brother Don Reed was career military – 288 combat missions in Vietnam. Yes. I learned from him that we honor our promises to our service members and veterans, always!

And after my middle brother John got out of the Air Force, he got a good union job operating a crane. Today he has a pension because of that job. I learned from him that unions built America’s middle class, and unions will rebuild America’s middle class! Yes!

And my youngest brother David got out of the army and started a small business. He worked his rear end off. It was tough, and today all he has left is his Social Security. I learned from him that we honor hard working people by protecting and expanding Social Security! Yes!

And me? I was the baby, and I always wanted to be a teacher. I went to a commuter college that cost $50 a semester—and it opened a million doors for me. I learned that America’s public schools can build opportunity for all of our kids!

I’m the daughter of a maintenance man who made it all the way to the United States Senate. And Hillary Clinton is the granddaughter of a factory worker who is going to make it all the way to the White House. We believe in that America! Yes! Yes!

Now, we believe in that America, but we’re worried – worried that those opportunities are slipping away.

And a lot of America is worried—worried and angry. Angry that too many times Washington works for those at the top and leaves everyone else behind. That Washington lets giant oil companies guzzle down billions of dollars in tax subsidies, but then says there’s no money to help kids refinance their student loans. That Washington gives corporations fat tax breaks for CEO bonuses, but won’t raise the minimum wage. That Washington pushes big corporate interests in trade deals, but won’t make the investments in infrastructure that create good jobs here in America.

Angry that friends and neighbors right here in Ohio lost their jobs and their homes when Wall Street wrecked our economy. Angry that instead of sending people to jail, Washington gave bankers a bail out. Now your pensions are in trouble and Washington won’t lift a finger to help. That’s not right!

And we’re here to change it! You bet. We’re here to change it.

Now Donald Trump says he’ll make America great again. It’s right there, it’s stamped on the front of his goofy hat. You want to see goofy? Look at him in that hat.

But when Donald Trump says, ‘Great,’ I ask, ‘Great for who, exactly?’ For millions of kids struggling to pay for an education? For millions of seniors barely surviving on Social Security? For families that don’t fly to Scotland to play golf?

When Donald Trump says he’ll make America great, he means make it even greater for rich guys just like Donald Trump. Great for the guys who don’t care how much they’ve already squeezed from everyone else. Great for the guys who always want more.

Because that’s who Donald Trump is—the guy who wants it all for himself. And watch out, because he will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants. That’s who he is.

Just look at the evidence. Donald Trump cheered on Britain’s current crisis, which has sucked billions of dollars out of your retirement accounts, because he said, hey, it might bring more rich people to his new golf course. He cheered on the 2008 housing crash because he could scoop up more real estate on the cheap. And he cheered on students desperate enough to sign up for his fake university so he could bleed them dry and turn a profit for himself.

What kind of a man does that? What kind of a man roots for people to lose their jobs? To lose their homes? To lose their life savings? I’ll tell you what kind of man: a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for nobody but himself.

What kind of a man? A nasty man who will never become President of the United States! That’s right.

Because Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. That’s right.

Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States because she knows what it takes to beat a thin-skinned bully who is driven by greed and hate. She knows you beat a bully, not by tucking tail and running, but by standing your ground and fighting back. That’s right.

Just look at her history. She’s been on the receiving end of one right-wing attack after another for 25 years. But she has never backed down. That’s right. She doesn’t whine. She doesn’t run to Twitter to call her opponents ‘fat pigs’ or ‘dummies.’ No, she just remembers who really needs someone on their side, and she gets up and keeps right on fighting for the people who need her most.

So here’s what it boils down to. Hillary has brains. She has guts. She has thick skin and steady hands. But most of all, she has a good heart.  And that’s what America needs. And that’s why I’m with her. Are you with her? Are you with her?

This election is about values. So let’s just do a few: Donald versus Hillary.

Donald Trump believes in defrauding students to benefit himself. Hillary Clinton believes that every kid should be able to get an education without getting crushed by debt—that means debt-free college and refinancing student loans. Hillary fights for us!

Donald Trump believes poor, sad little Wall Street bankers need to be free to defraud anyone they want. Hillary Clinton believes that we need strong rules to prevent another financial crisis. Yes, Hillary fights for us!

Donald Trump cheats his workers and wants to abolish the federal minimum wage. Hillary Clinton believes no one should work full time should live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage, fair scheduling, paid family and medical leave!  Hillary fights for us!

You know I could do this all day, I really could. But I won’t. I won’t. Okay, one more.

Donald Trump calls African-Americans thugs, Muslims terrorists, Latinos rapists and criminals, and women bimbos. Hillary Clinton believes that racism, hatred, injustice, and bigotry have no place in our country.

She fights for us! She fights for us and we will fight for Hillary Clinton! She fights for us.

Please join me in welcoming to the stage our next president!”



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I once read that Hillary Clinton excels at Tetris.  Since I also am very good at that game, I have always wanted to challenge her to a face-off, but she just doesn’t have that kind of time, and, following her, neither do I.  It is appropriate, nevertheless, that this week the Democratic Party has behaved like a game of Tetris with the tiles tumbling in fast and furiously.

Earlier in the week (I can’t believe this is all in the same week), contacted by Associated Press, enough uncommitted special delegates decided to commit to Hillary on the eve of the last Super Tuesday of the primary season giving her the clinch even before the polls opened.  The next day Hillary dominated in four of the six states.

President Obama wasted no time in jumping on the Hillary bus, endorsing her today shortly after meeting privately with Senator Sanders.  Whether the timing was planned or coincidental, former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley also came out with a strong endorsement today.

Clinton finally gets the endorsement of … Martin O’Malley

Thank you, Governor O’Malley!

According to MSNBC, Elizabeth Warren, a powerhouse and darling of the left will endorse Hillary tonight on the Rachel Maddow Show.

Jun 9 2016

Elizabeth Warren to Endorse Clinton on Rachel Maddow Show

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a hero to liberal progressives ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders’ anti-Wall Street rhetoric, will endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday night on MSNBC’s the Rachel Maddow Show.

The endorsement will come during an exclusive live interview beginning at 9 p.m.

Warren’s announcement comes the same day President Barack Obama formally backed Clinton in a video lauding her qualifications for the job.

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Trump “doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as he makes a profit off it. That cannot be the person who leads the United States” —

Elizabeth Warren endorses Hillary Clinton

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gestures to the crowd after she spoke at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 2016 National Convention, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Washington. © AP Photo/Nick Wass Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gestures to the crowd after she spoke at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 2016 National Convention, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in… It’s official: Elizabeth Warren is backing Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

“I’m ready,” she said Thursday on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. “I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House.”

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Shortly before Warren’s appearance, Joe Biden awarded Hillary his endorsement.

Joe Biden Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

“God willing, it’ll be Secretary Clinton.”



Nick Visser Reporter, The Huffington Post

Vice President Joe Biden also criticized Donald Trump during a speech at the American Constitution Society convention on Thursday.

Vice President Joe Biden endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday, hours after President Barack Obama publicly declared his support for Clinton.

“In my view, God willing, it’ll be Secretary Clinton,” Biden said, referring to the next president, during an address at the American Constitution Society convention in Washington.

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Hillary also earned the endorsement of the Letter Carriers Union, the Utility Workers Union, and the Electrical Workers Union.


Hillary Clinton Statement on National Association of Letter Carriers Endorsement

Today, following the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and their 290,000 members, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“The Postal Service is consistently ranked as the most trusted government agency, and the brothers and sisters of NALC are one reason why. Since our nation’s founding, efficient and effective mail service has connected families and enabled commerce. Today, more than 160 billion pieces of mail travel through the postal system each year—many of them in the hands of a Letter Carrier.

“As President, I will stand with the Letter Carriers to protect workers’ fundamental rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job, and to retire with dignity and security. And I will work with the Letter Carriers to build a bright future for the postal system and postal workers in the 21st century. I know that the postal system is still a vital lifeline for American communities from coast to coast, and recognize the Letter Carriers’ vital role in building the American middle class.

“Above all, workers deserve a seat at the table and a champion in the White House. Because when workers are strong, families are strong—and when families are strong, America is strong.”

The Democratic Party is unifying behind Hillary very quickly while the Republicans remain in disarray over remarks by Donald Trump and the image he projects as “leader” of the party. Apparently the remarks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential problems posed by the presumptive nominee of the GOP who likes to cite in unspecific numbers the “many” people, “hundreds” of people who support his unfiltered comments and positions.

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers and jobs, but a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation found hundreds of people – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.

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Back in October, after the first debate, I said this: ” I was proud of my party watching this debate and proudest of my candidate, Hillary Clinton, who did a superlative job.”  I am proud again today..

Look for President Obama tonight on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The segment was recorded yesterday, before the big endorsement today.



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Like Hillary Clinton, I had the immense privilege of seeing the great Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience on Broadway not long ago.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Peter Morgan’s tour de force for Mirren speculates upon conversations between HRM Queen Elizabeth II and eight of 12 Prime Ministers who have served under her reign so far.  These regular audiences occurred every Tuesday, were informal, and not minuted.   Thus, all dialogue is of Morgan’s invention (with a Mirren ad lib thrown in here and there).  Dame Helen’s trepidations upon meeting Her Majesty  have, a few times,  centered on whether they “got it right.”  Once after the film The Queen, also penned by Morgan, and again after the stage portrayal.

At an award ceremony not long ago, Prince William welcomed Dame Helen to the stage asking whether he should call her “Granny.”  We can guess that the Crown was not displeased with the opus or the performance.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had regular Tuesday meetings,  published on her daily schedules,  usually at 7:30 a.m.  They were breakfast meetings with VP Joe Biden at his residence.  Whenever Hillary was in town and not traveling, these breakfast meetings took place.  As far as we know, these breakfasts were also private, informal, and not minuted.  If you were around these pages in those days you might remember them.  They were the object of fevered speculation before they became commonplace Tuesday occurrences.

Because this is a Hillary blog , and not an Obama or a Biden blog, it has not been noted here that the POTUS and VP have a similar weekly tradition. They have a regular Monday lunch.   Today was Monday.  They had lunch.

No one but those two people knows what they talked about today or last week or any of the Mondays going back.  To pretend to is to take on the speculative robes of the playwright and spin a tale as Peter Morgan has of the Queen and her PMs.

What is newsworthy about two people who work together having lunch, especially when they do so regularly, is unclear at best.  That it should whip up a frenzy borders on the ridiculous.  But then, the same thing happened when Joe and Hillary had – what???  Had breakfast together  – again – a little more than two years ago.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to Reprise Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club – For Tomorrow Anyway

July 29, 2013

Before everyone goes full-throttle into “what-does-it-all-mean” mode, allow me to remind long-time readers here that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State,  early morning breakfasts at Joe Biden’s residence were a regular feature on her Tuesday schedules from the State Department when she was not traveling.


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Well, make of it what you will.  Maybe you can construct a Tony Award-winning play of all this.  What you really cannot do,  unless you have met some fly that was on the wall or picnic table, is say what Joe Biden and Barack Obama talked about today.  Oh yes, we all know.  Biden met with Elizabeth Warren yesterday (we do not know what that was about either),  and the daily presser was largely devoted to the plummeting markets except when Josh Earnest was pressed to speculate.  He refused to perpetrate fiction.

Take a deep breath.  Take some advice from the Brits.


The Blitz is yet to come, and if you thought Hillary Clinton got into this race thinking it was going to be a cakewalk, you do not know Hillary Clinton.  Long before she finally announced, she thought of every possibility and has promised to earn every vote.   We will not be seeing Hillary Clinton making any mistakes like this,  and it will not be a “coronation.”

It isn’t even the stormy season yet. Keep calm. Keep on.  Keep going.


Panic and frenzy are a distraction and a waste of good energy.




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The 100 Most Influential People

Hillary Clinton

Hillary also penned the issue’s entry on Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth Warren

TIME 100 2015 Elizabeth Warren
Susan Walsh—AP

Progressive champion

It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests. Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished. And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.

Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma. She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.

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Remarks Introducing Nominee for Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry at His Senate Foreign Relations Committee Confirmation Hearing


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Hart Office Building
Washington, DC
January 24, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It’s very good to be back and to have this opportunity to join with Senator Warren and Senator McCain in introducing President Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of State. I was very honored when John asked me to take part in this because John is the right choice to carry forward the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, and I urge his speedy confirmation.As we’ve heard from both the Chairman and the Ranking Member and just now Senator Warren, he will bring a record of leadership and service that is exemplary. He has a view of the world that he has acted on, first as that young returning veteran from Vietnam who appeared before this committee, through the time that he served with such distinction as its chairman. He’s been a valued partner to this Administration and to me personally. He has fought for our diplomats and development experts. He understands the value of investing in America’s global leadership. And as we work to implement the Accountability Review Board’s recommendations, he is committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent another attack and protect our people and posts around the world.

Now, working together, we’ve achieved a great deal. But the State Department and USAID have a lot of unfinished business, from Afghanistan to nonproliferation to climate change to so much. We need to sustain our renewed engagement in the Asia Pacific, continue ramping up economics as a tool for advancing American interests and jobs, pressing forward with unleashing the potential of the world’s women and girls, keep championing the kind of smart power that looks to innovation and partnerships with governments and people alike to promote peace and stability.

John has built strong relationships with leaders in governments here and around the world, and he has experience in representing our country in fragile and unpredictable circumstances. He was in Pakistan and Afghanistan a few years ago, and we were consulting over the phone. He played an instrumental role in working with President Karzai at that time to accept the results of the election and to move forward. I had to call Harry Reid and ask Harry not to schedule any votes so that John could continue to stay there to see that mission through. But that’s what he does. He is a determined and effective representative of the United States, has been as a senator, will be as Secretary.

Let me close by saying that leading our diplomats and development experts is a great honor. And every day, as I testified yesterday, I’ve seen firsthand their skill, their bravery, their unwavering commitment to our country. I’ve been proud to call them colleagues and to serve as Secretary of State. And I’m very pleased that John will be given the chance, subject to confirmation, to continue the work of a lifetime on behalf of our country.

Thank you.

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