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What we knew before the crowd at the North Carolina State William Neal Reynolds Coliseum knew it was that Bon Jovi was on the plane with all the Clintons when they left Philadelphia for Raleigh.  WJC was pretending to be deaf when Andrea Mitchell asked a question.

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What none of us knew was that Lady Gaga would be at the rally. In a nod to Madeleine Albright, she sported a big, beautiful pin on the jacket of her pantsuit.  She spoke and then she performed with total Gaga gusto. (JSYK MSNBC cut into Mike Pence’s loud boring screech in Grand Rapids but did not let us hear Gaga sing at all.  Our poor ears.)

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In other news, last night Madonna gave a free concert for Hillary in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park.  What a awesome night!

Chelsea introduced her dad, and he thanked Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi.  He talked about the NC fights for voting and LGBT rights. Asked us not to quit until the polls close. He pointed out a sign in the hall about Hillary’s mom that said “Dorothy was right.” Then he talked about Hillary and how she is. Asked us to be there until the last person votes.

When Hillary came on the students started chanting her name and doing a bounce to “I believe she will win!”  Hillary praised their energy and enthusiasm.

Hillary spoke about the potential for joy, the choice between unity and division.

 

 

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You’ve got to love how Chelsea loves to see the love between her parents.

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As the saying goes, that was all she wrote. Now it is up to all of us. Be there!  Vote!  Be there. Get your friends and family to vote.  Be there!  Watch your neighbors’ kids so they can vote.  Be there!  Give neighbors a lift to the polling location.  Be creative!  Imagine ways that you can move the vote forward.  Contact your local field office to see how you can pitch in.

Today is D-Day.  Happy Election Day, everyone, and thank you for all of your hard work! Thank you for your generosity.  You all are the best!  If you can, chipping in a few more dollars would also help.

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At the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, Pharrell, Bernie, and Hillary fired up voters in the battleground state.

In Raleigh, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Pharrell Williams Make Closing Arguments for Clinton’s Vision of An America Where We Lift Each Other Up, Warn Against The Threat of A Trump Presidency

At an early-vote rally in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Pharrell Williams laid out the stakes in this election, and why she is the best candidate to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Clinton said Trump as president would follow the pattern of Trump as a candidate: he would pit people against each other, put himself first and lash out at anyone who got under his very thin skin.

Clinton addressed Trump’s decades-long treatment of people of color, highlighting his call for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, his continued denial of their innocence even after they were exonerated and the two suits against his company by the U.S. Justice Department because it discriminated against people of color. Clinton also criticized Trump for his repeated statements casting African-American life as one of crime, poverty and despair, saying he “has no idea about the strength of the black church, the vibrancy of black-owned businesses, the excellence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the rise of a new generation of black activists for social justice, and the success of black leaders in every field.” Clinton asked how a person who has behaved as Trump has could be trusted appointing our justices and controlling our Justice Department.

Clinton offered her vision for an inclusive America that lifts up all communities – an America where we address the systemic challenges our country faces through criminal justice reform, commonsense gun safety reform, job-creating investments in communities that have been left out and left behind. Reminding supporters that the North Carolina margin of victory for President Obama in 2008 averaged only two votes per precinct, Clinton said that “President Obama’s entire legacy is on the line” and urged everyone to talk with their friends and family and vote for a better, stronger, fairer America.

Clinton said, “I’ve said many times he has shown us who he is; now it is up to us to decide who we are. And right now, people across our country are coming together to do just that. They are rejecting the dark and divisive vision for one that is more hopeful and inclusive. We know that America is bighearted, not smallminded. We want to lift people up, not tear each other down. And that’s why I do believe we are stronger together.”

Sanders cited Clinton’s support for a higher minimum wage, affordable college and more families being able to access healthcare, as the reason for his enthusiastic support. Sanders also touted the New College Compact he and Secretary Clinton developed together, which will allow families making less than $125,000 to attend college tuition-free, as proof of Secretary Clinton’s desire to break down all the barriers holding families back. Sanders said, “It is totally insane and unfair and counterproductive to the future of this country when we have hundreds of thousands of bright young people who have done well in high school who want to go to college but can’t get a higher education for one reason: their families lack the income. God only knows how many scientists and engineers and doctors and teachers we are not developing because of that.”

Clinton and Sanders’ remarks, as transcribed, are below:

HILLARY CLINTON:

“Thank you! Wow. Thank you all. Whoo! I got to say – thank you! Thank you. I got to say, after hearing from these two extraordinary men – I feel all fired up and ready to go for the next five days.

It is so great to be back here with all of you, and there are a few people in the audience that I just want to acknowledge because I’m delighted they’re there. U.S. Congressman David Price, I saw right there. Thank you, David. State Senator Dan Blue, Jr., I know – right there. Thank you, Dan. And I’m not sure she’s still here, but Deborah Ross, who I hope is your next senator. There she is. Because everything Pharrell and Bernie just said is not only about the presidential election and what’s at stake, it is about who’s going to represent you as your governor, as your senator, as members of Congress and the legislature. And you have some excellent candidates, and we are so hopeful that you will vote for them and vote for what they represent.

I really want to thank my friend, Bernie Sanders, for everything that he has done. I got to serve with Bernie. We were colleagues in the Senate. I saw firsthand his commitment to the people of Vermont and to the values that have guided his life. And when we faced each other in the primary, here’s what I was so proud about. We ran a campaign on the issues that matter to the American people. And I think because of that campaign, we were able to raise a lot of the issues that you heard Bernie talking about to the level that they are part of this presidential campaign, and they will be part of our agenda after January 20th, Bernie.

And I’ve got to say, too, this election has been a lot more fun now that we’re on the same side. And I want to thank Bernie for everything he’s done. He’s crisscrossing our country, energizing people, getting folks off the sidelines and engaged in politics. And there’s no question that his efforts are paying off. And what he said at the beginning of his remarks is absolutely true. My name may be on the ballot, but it is not about me, it’s not about my opponent, it’s not about Bernie, it’s not about David or Deborah. It is about you and your lives and what we’re going to do together.

Now, Bernie and I have already worked – we’ve worked on the plan that he told you about to make college tuition free for the middle class, for working families, for poor kids, and debt-free for everyone. Because, as Bernie said earlier this year, when people who care about progressive causes stand together, we win. And then we can get to work on making those causes into realities for the lives of our people.

So I am proud to be here with you, and I am so excited about the election, about everything that we’re going to do together. And I’m especially pleased to have Pharrell here. Now, every time I see him, which is not often enough, we always have a good conversation, like we did before this event. He always gets you to think. Not only is he a world-class talent, but he is a passionate advocate for issues that are too often overlooked and ignored. He wants to – and I’m going to do everything I can to help him – to deliver giving kids who are at risk access to educational and arts programs that they deserve to have just as much as any other child. So tell me this – tell me this, North Carolina. Tell me, North Carolina: Are you really, really, really happy that we’re here tonight? Well, we sure are. There’s nowhere we’d rather be.

Now, let me ask you this: How many of you have already voted? Well, I hope you’re going to bring more people to vote as well, right? Are you ready to volunteer? We can all use you in these last days. Are you ready to elect Roy Cooper? Well, I’m glad to hear that because it’s time you had a governor who puts families first, not radical ideology. And I love seeing our educators stand up and applaud. Because you need a governor who actually cares about the education of the children of North Carolina.

Now, are you ready to elect Deborah Ross to the United States Senate? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you, Deborah and her race are the talk of everywhere. People know she will be an independent voice for North Carolina families, that she will represent you with integrity and excellence. And unlike her opponent, she’s never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.

Are you ready now to choose our next president and commander-in-chief? Well, I’m excited. Did any of you see the debates? Well, there are several notable aspects of those debates. I mean, one is the very fact that I stood on the stage for four and a half hours with my opponent, proving once and for all I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief. But he also kept saying, like, ‘Oh, well, you know, what have you done for the last 30 years?’ And occasionally I would interject and say what I had done. And today in Greenville, we had a perfect comparison. I started my career fighting for children and families with the Children’s Defense Fund when I got right out of law school in the 1970s. I went to South Carolina to gather evidence to stop the government in South Carolina from putting young men, teenagers, in jails with adults. I went to Alabama undercover to gather information about segregated academies to deprive them of tax-exempt status which they did not observe. I went door to door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, gathering information to make the case that every child in America, including children with disabilities, should have the right to a public school education.

And as we heard this morning from just a wonderful, distinguished older woman by the name of Mae Wiggins, who came all the way down to tell her story – she was a nurse in New York City back in the 1970s, excited about being a young nurse, getting her career off to a start. And she was looking for a place to live. And she had a budget, like everybody does. And she found what she thought would be the perfect place. It was within her budget. It was close to work. She went to apply for an apartment. It was a new building, brand-new building. It wasn’t even totally finished yet. She went into the little office and asked for an application, and they said, ‘Oh, we don’t have any apartments.’ She said, ‘But I saw the advertisement.’ ‘Well, we have no apartments let.’ Well, she thought that was pretty peculiar, and so she decided to do a little investigation. And she found out that all of her African American friends who’d gone to that apartment run by Donald Trump and his father, Fred, had been told there were no apartments.

So she had the gumption to go and make a complaint, which led to the Justice Department suing them for discrimination. They settled the suit, but then they had to come back a year later and sue them again because they were still discriminating. So when you hear, as, Bernie so powerfully said at the end of his remarks, that we are standing against the possibility of returning and normalizing discrimination, take it seriously, my friends, because it truly is – it truly is at stake in this election.

And I was also very, very grateful I had a role in helping to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program as First Lady. And let me tell you, one of the great – one of the great honors as I travel across the country is meeting young people who are the beneficiaries, or meeting their families. I met a woman here in North Carolina who told her story, and we actually recorded it because all of us were so moved by what she had to say. When her baby was born, her daughter, she was deaf. And the doctors all said, she’ll never communicate so she cannot learn to speak, so you need to teach her sign language. And the mom did all this research and concluded that there were some treatments that might help her daughter, but she didn’t have that kind of money. They didn’t have that kind of insurance.

And she was telling her doctor Galumbeck Plastic Surgery she didn’t know what to do, and the doctor just serendipitously said, ‘You know, there’s this new program. It’s called the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It’s for people who are not poor but they don’t make enough money to afford that kind of insurance and they don’t work for an employer who provides it. You should look into it, it is very similar to One Sure auto insurance plans. And that began the process of her getting the treatment that her daughter needed. And when I met the mother, I also met the daughter, right here. I talked with her. She told me how proud she was because she had just graduated from college, George Washington University.

So yes, I do sweat the details and I do have a lot of plans. Tim Kaine and I put a whole book out called ‘Stronger Together’ telling you exactly what we’re going to try to do if we’re fortunate enough to be President and Vice President because I actually think it’s important for you to know what we’re going to do together. And as a Senator, I helped to rebuild New York City after 9/11 and provided health care to our brave first responders. As your Secretary of State, I traveled to 112 countries, negotiated cease fires, reduced the threat of nuclear weapons, stood up for human rights and women’s rights and LGBT rights all around the world.

And everything I’ve done started by listening to people, listening to hear your stories, what you’re worried about, and then working to bring people together, to find common ground, even with people who disagreed with me on lots of issues. When I was First Lady, I had a great commitment to kids in foster care. And I wanted to improve our foster care and adoption laws. And I was looking for some Republican to work with me, and I found one because I did my research and found out that one of the most partisan Republicans, Congressman Tom DeLay from Texas, had a heart for children in foster care. He and his wife had fostered children. And I called him up. I said, ‘Congressman, would you work with me to change the laws on foster care and adoption?’ There was a silence. He said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ I said, ‘Well, come to the White House. Come to a meeting. We’ll sit down and figure out what we can do.’ And we did. And I meet those kids, and I meet those families, kids who were taken out of foster care and given the chance to have a loving permanent family for the first time.

Now, I’m telling you this because I really believe that’s the only way we’re going to get things done. And if you elect me next Tuesday, that is the kind of president I will be.

So let me just – let me just mention a few of the ideas that we’ve been putting forward to help you and your families get ahead and stay ahead because I truly believe you need a candidate you can vote for, not just someone to vote against. But as you’re making this choice, we need to be clear about what the choice is because come January 20th, America will have a new President. It will either be me or my opponent. Now, I think it’s fair to say things are going to change. Change is part of life. That much is certain. The question is, what kind of change are we going to see? Are we going to build a stronger, fairer, better America, or are we going to fear each other and fear our future?

I want you just to imagine. Imagine the different kinds of futures that are available, depending upon who’s elected on January 20th, because by imagining it, I want you to think about every issue you care about, everything that is dear to you, every word from Pharrell and from Bernie. It’s hard for me to imagine that we would have a president who has demeaned women, mocked the disabled, insulted African Americans and Latinos, pitted people against each other instead of bringing them together. That is unfortunately, though, what we have seen in this campaign. What we have seen, what’s been said […] it’s been. I know there are a lot of people who are upset about what’s gone on in this campaign, aren’t there?

People come and talk to me. I’ve had people say that they can’t sleep, that their stomachs are bothering them, they have headaches. And I think that’s an important signal, because this is a big decision. And as Michelle Obama has said, the presidency doesn’t change you – who you are, it reveals who you are. And I think it’s fair to say that my opponent has already revealed who he is. And he wants to ban every Muslim in the world from coming to the United States. Our country is founded on religious freedom. It is one of the most important building blocks of our democracy. He has said that he thinks the lives of black people are all crime and poverty and despair. He has no idea. No idea about the strength of the black church, the vibrancy of black-owned businesses, the excellence of historically black colleges and universities. He seems not to recognize the rise of a new generation of black activists for social justice and the success of black leaders in every field.

And we saw that again in the way he treated the Central Park Five. These were five black and Latino kids, some as young as 14, who were wrongly convicted of a terrible crime in New York City back in 1990. Donald Trump took out full-page ads in four newspapers calling for the death penalty for these kids. Nearly three decades, they were exonerated by DNA evidence. And in addition, someone else confessed to the crime so they were finally released from prison. But not only did Trump refuse to apologize for what he had said about them and even calling for their executions, he actually said they should still be in prison. Evidence didn’t matter. The law didn’t matter. To him, those kids would always be guilty. So think about it. If he wants to keep exonerated people in jail, how can we trust him to fight for the rule of justice and fairness and criminal justice reform in America? Do we want him appointing our judges?”

AUDIENCE: “No.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Do we want him controlling the Justice Department?”

AUDIENCE: “No.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, I’ve said many times he has shown us who he is; now it is up to us to decide who we are. And right now, people across our country are coming together to do just that. They are rejecting the dark and divisive vision for one that is more hopeful and inclusive. We know that America is bighearted, not smallminded. We want to lift people up, not tear each other down. And that’s why I do believe we are stronger together.

So let me paint you a different picture. Here’s what we’re going to do together. We’re going to take on systemic racism with a full commitment and real follow-through. Because we refuse to accept as normal some of what we’re seeing across America. What happened to that church in Mississippi yesterday should not have happened and it should never be accepted. People painted the words, ‘Vote Trump’ on the side and then set it on fire. Who would do that? Who would do that to a place of worship where people seek solace? That can never be normal. It can never be acceptable. What happened in Flint, Michigan, as Bernie said, can never be normal, can never be acceptable. Little children drinking and bathing in poisoned water that will affect their health for years to come.

And then we know, don’t we, too many young African Americans are dying in police incidents or because of gun violence. We know their names: Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner and Sandra Bland and Keith Scott and so many others. We have got to face this, and we’re going to get to work to do just that. We are going to – We are going to dismantle the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. And we’re going to replace it with a cradle-to-college pipeline. And we’re going to start with our youngest kids and their families to give them the support that they need. And we’re going to take a hard look at what we need to do to make sure every child has the chance to attend good schools with good teachers no matter what their zip code is. And we will reform our criminal justice system from end to end. It is wrong, my friends, that black men are far more likely to be stopped by police, charged, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men for the same offenses.

When I launched this campaign back in April of 2015, the very first speech I gave was on the topic of criminal justice reform. I said then, and I have repeated it throughout this campaign, we must end the era of mass incarceration. Too many families have been broken up, too many communities have been so badly affected. We have to reform these mandatory minimums and sentencing. We have to ban the box so people who have served their time can get a real chance at a good job and a fresh start. And we have to restore trust between police and communities. We are all safer when everyone has respect for the law and everyone is respected by the law.

This is important, of course, to families and communities but it is important to all of us. This is about who we are as a country, about whether we really are a nation that believes in freedom and justice for all. Too often, despite the progress we’ve made, we fall short of that goal, and we have to be honest about it. I am determined to make this one of the most important projects of my presidency, and I hope all of you will join me in doing that.

And I have to say, that is only part of what must be done, because the leading cause of death for young African American men, more than the next nine causes combined, is gun violence. We have 33,000 people a year dying from guns. I just cannot tolerate this any longer. I have met the families of those who’ve lost loved ones, who’ve lost the first-graders in Sandy Hook, the bible study churchgoers in Charleston, the clubgoers in Orlando, the moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, people going about their […] being cut down and cut senselessly short. We have to take steps to reduce gun violence, and I know we can do that because – the vast majority of Americans agree something must be done, and a very big majority of gun owners agree as well.

And we’ve got to make investments in those communities that are struggling, especially communities of color. When I was in eastern North Carolina today and I was talking to people there who had been devastated by Hurricane Matthew, people who didn’t have very much to start with who lost everything, farmers with 100-200 acres growing sweet potatoes, wiped out. We’ve got to help everybody get ahead. I believe that the economy must work for everyone, not just those at the top. And I think hardworking Americans deserve a raise and women deserve equal pay.

So how are we going to do this? Well, we’re going to go where the money is. Just as Bernie said, we’re going to make the wealthy pay their fair share and make sure Wall Street never threatens Main Street again. And I can’t wait to work with Bernie to make public colleges and universities, like NC State, right here in Raleigh, tuition-free. I know that this is another issue Pharrell feels passionately about as well. If you are struggling with student debt, we’re going to cut that and help you pay it back and get out from under it. And in my plan is a $25 billion fund specifically aimed at supporting historically black colleges and universities, schools like Shaw and St. Augustine, because you know they produce some of the finest leaders in our country, and I want to make sure they keep doing that vital work.

So we could go on all night. I mean, Bernie and I could really keep you here until breakfast [laughter] because we get excited about what we can do. But, of course, we can’t do anything if you don’t get out and vote and get everybody you know to vote. This is going to be one of the most consequential elections in our country’s history. You know that because we are at a crossroad. It’s not just who my opponent is. Pharrell is right. We don’t even have to mention his name very much. Right? It’s not just about him, although there are some special features that certainly raise deep concerns. It’s about who we are. It’s about what we want, what we are going to do to make our mark on our country at this time in our history. I believe, I believe, America’s best days are still ahead of us if we do what we are supposed to do. Every social movement, every economic advance has only come about because people were willing to work and sacrifice and keep pushing forward in the face of adversity.

It’s not easy. It wasn’t easy to get the vote for women. It wasn’t easy to have the final efforts made to ensure that the Civil Rights Act was enforced. It wasn’t easy because there are powerful interests still trying to push us back and push us down. You know because in this state, a lot of effort was put into trying to suppress the vote. Right? And some people got discouraged about that. I’ve met some people who say, ‘Well, I don’t even know what they want, what kind of identification. It gets a little discouraging.’ You cannot get discouraged. Do not grow weary while doing good. Right?

It is now our turn, our turn to stand up to people like your governor and your legislature, who wanted to shut you down and push you back because we are fundamentally a good nation and we need to make sure we deliver on that promise. And in this election, President Obama’s entire legacy is on the line, everything that he has worked so hard to do against implacable opposition. As the President said yesterday, everything we’ve done is dependent upon him being able to pass the baton to somebody who believes in the same things he believes in.

So I’ve got to tell you I told the President I am ready to take the baton, but he’s going to have to bend over because he’s a lot taller than I am. But I’m not just taking it. All of us are taking it. We are ready to grab that baton to defend and build upon the progress of his presidency. And that is why everyone must vote. Early vote. And vote on Tuesday if you can’t get to early vote. More than 31 million Americans have already voted. And listen to this, more than two million right here in North Carolina have already voted. So, make no mistake about it, you can make the difference, not only in who you elect but in the agenda that those people will then get to work on. I want you to hold me accountable. I want you to be my partners.

But I can’t do any of this – when I was with our wonderful First Lady last week, she reminded – she reminded the big crowd we had in Winston-Salem that President Obama in 2008 won this state by about 14,000 votes. If you break that down, do you know what the difference between winning and losing is? Roughly two votes per precinct. So don’t let anybody tell you their vote doesn’t matter. You’ve got to get everyone you know to come out and vote. You can vote early through this Saturday, November 5th. If you don’t know where to vote, go to iwillvote.com to confirm your voting location because the best way to repudiate the bigotry and the bluster and the bullying and the hateful rhetoric and discrimination is to show up with the biggest turnout in American history. And then that will be the story of this election.

Let’s make that one for the history books. Please be part of what we’re doing in these next days. And let’s make sure that we not only have a future we can believe in but one we can help create together and demonstrate, once and for all, that love trumps hate. Thank you all!”

BERNIE SANDERS:

“Thank you. Thank you very much. And Pharrell, thank you very much. Pharrell began his remarks by making a very important point. He said he’s not a politician; he’s a musician, but he understands that in this moment in American history, it is imperative that all of us be politicians, all of us be involved […]. Thank you, Pharrell.

Now, let me begin [a] by thanking all of you for coming out. What a fantastic turnout tonight. Thank you so much. And [b] I want to begin with a startling revelation. Are you ready for a startling revelation?”

AUDIENCE: “Yes.”

BERNIE SANDERS: “All right, I knew you would be. And here is the revelation. Despite what media may tell you, this campaign is not about Hillary Clinton, it is not about Donald Trump, it is not about Bill Clinton, it is not about Melania Trump, it is not about their children. This campaign is about you and millions of other Americans. And this campaign is not a personality contest. We’re not voting for high school president. We’re voting for the most powerful leader in the entire world. And what this campaign must be about is which candidate has the experience and the vision to work for the middle class and the working class and the families of our country. And in my view, without a shadow of doubt, that candidate is Hillary Clinton, our next president.

Now, let me also do something after giving you the startling revelation. Let me give you something else also very radical, and that is I think a campaign should be based on issues. Now, I know that’s, again, a very radical idea. Imagine talking about the real issues impacting the American people. What a crazy idea that is. But just for the heck of it, let’s do it. Why not? What do we got to lose?

When I think about the most important issue, and I speak for myself now, I worry very, very much that this country is sliding into an oligarchic form of society where a handful of billionaires control our economic and political life. As we speak – as we speak, this very moment – billionaires around the country are pouring tens and tens of millions of dollars into senatorial campaigns, House campaigns, and campaigns of all kids. What we are saying tonight is we will not allow billionaires to buy the United States Government. And one of the major differences of many between Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump is that Secretary Clinton has made it clear that she will do everything she can in every way to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. Too many brave people here in North Carolina and Vermont and all over this country have put their lives on the line to defend American democracy. We’re going to fight for that democracy. We are not going to become an oligarchy.

And there’s another issue. When we talk about democracy, which, after all, is what this country is about, we have cowardly Republican governors all over this country trying to suppress […]. Hillary Clinton and I believe that our job is to get more people to participate in the political process, not fewer people. And I say, look, in a democracy, honest people can have different points of view. Secretary Clinton has conservative friends, I have conservative friends. That’s democracy. But what is not democracy is when cowardly governors go out of their way to make it difficult for people to vote. And I say to those governors: If you don’t have the guts to participate in a free, open, and fair election, get out politics and get another job.

Thank you. So issue number one, Secretary Clinton, Pharrell, and I and all of you understand that we need a vibrant democracy where people participate, where people vote.

Second point. Now, I try not to be too hard on my Republican colleagues because many of them suffer from a serious illness called amnesia. And unlike Mr. Trump, we do not make fun of people with disabilities. And what their illness is about is they seem to have forgotten where this country was eight years ago tonight. Somehow it just skipped their minds; I don’t know. They forgot that eight years ago tonight we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, a horrific number, unprecedented since the Great Depression. They forgot – and they’re very concerned about deficits, which is an important issue. They forgot that under Bush’s last year we were running up the largest deficit in the history of this country, $1.4 trillion, just forgot about it. And they forgot, by the way, just to mention, that the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse.

We have come a long way in eight years in improving the economy. Thank you, President Obama. But let us also acknowledge – let us also acknowledge – that while unemployment has gone way lower today than it was when President Obama came to office, we have also got to acknowledge that the economy is nowhere where we want it to be, and that millions of our brothers and sisters in this country are hurting financially. That is a fact.

And let us acknowledge and not be afraid to put it out on the table and to say that over the last 40 years, what we have seen is a middle class in this country which is shrinking, where people in North Carolina and Vermont and all over this country are today working not one job but two or three jobs to cobble together the income and the healthcare that they need. Let us be honest and acknowledge there are millions of working families desperately looking for decent-quality affordable childcare. Let us be honest and acknowledge that millions of older workers are moving into retirement, but they have absolutely no savings and they are very worried about their future. That is the reality, and we can’t hide it.

So it is important for us to take a hard look at which candidate is going to address those issues, which candidate understands that the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America today is unacceptable and which candidate has the courage to stand with working families and tell the billionaire class they cannot have it all, this country, our government belong to all of us.

In North Carolina and all over this country, we have people working longer hours for lower wages. Everybody here knows that nobody can make it on $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage. [Cheers and applause.] And let us be very clear. A seven and a quarter federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. Let’s be clear. You can’t make it on 7 and a quarter, and you can’t make it on 10 bucks an hour. There is one candidate running for president who has pledged to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And that is Hillary Clinton. [Chants of “Hillary.”] In America, we have got to think big, not small. And one of those ways that we have got to think and understand, nobody in America who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. We are going to raise that minimum wage to a living wage.

There’s another issue. I’m almost embarrassed to mention it. And that is in the year 2016, women are still making 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. And I know, I know that every man here will stand with Secretary Clinton and me and all of the people of this country in demanding pay equity for women, equal pay for equal work.

When we think big and not small, we take a hard look. We say, ‘Well, what’s going on around the rest of the world?’ And then we learn something. We learn that all over the world, working people are guaranteed paid family and medical leave. Every major country and, in fact, most poor countries guarantee paid family and medical leave, but right now, right here in North Carolina today, some working-class woman has given birth to a beautiful baby. But she is going to have to go back to work. She is going to have to separate herself from that beautiful baby in a week or two because she doesn’t have the money to stay home with that baby. That’s wrong. And that is why Secretary Clinton and I will fight to guarantee 12 weeks paid family and medical leave.

Donald Trump has a brilliant idea. And, as you know, Donald’s ideas are always brilliant because he is a self-defined genius, so by definition. And in the midst of the healthcare problems that we have as a nation, Mr. Trump’s brilliant idea is to throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance. Now, in fairness to Mr. Trump, we have to say that he really did not originate this idea. Most of his Republican colleagues feel the same way.

And I am a member of the Budget Committee. And when the Budget Committee, dominated by Republicans, passed language to that effect, I asked the chairman. I said, ‘Mr. Chairman, if you throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance, how many of them are going to die? How many of them are going to become much sicker than they should have become?’ The Republicans did not have an answer, not something they are worried about.

Well, Secretary Clinton is worried about it, and I am worried about it. We don’t think it is a good idea to throw 20 million Americans off of health insurance. We think we should be moving this country to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right. And when we talk about healthcare, you go up to the average American today, and you say, ‘Well, what is the issue about healthcare that bothers you the most?’ More often than not, what they will tell you is they are sick and tired of paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. They are tired of seeing the cost of prescription drugs soar at a time when last year, the 5 major drug companies made $50 billion in profit. And the top 10 pharmaceutical executives made over $300 million in compensation. We are saying to the drug companies tonight, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’ ‘And if you do not do it on your own, we are going to do it for you. Prices are going down.’

Secretary Clinton understands, as I think we all do, that, while the economy is better today than it was eight years ago, there’s a lot more that has to be done. And that is why we understand that we can create millions of good-paying jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, our water systems.

Secretary Clinton and I have both been to Flint, Michigan. And we have talked to parents whose children have been poisoned by lead in the water, but it’s not just Flint, Michigan. It is communities all over this country. This is America. We should have cutting-edge infrastructure. We can create millions of jobs rebuilding that infrastructure. Let’s do it.

At the end of the primary process, Secretary Clinton and I chatted for a while to see in what ways we could work together most effectively. And one area that we both feel very strongly about is that in a highly competitive global economy, this nation must have the best-educated workforce in the world. It is totally insane and unfair and counterproductive to the future of this country when we have hundreds of thousands of bright young people who have done well in high school who want to go to college but can’t get a higher education for one reason: their families lack the income. God only knows how many scientists and engineers and doctors and teachers we are not developing because of that.

So Secretary Clinton and I came up with a pretty simple proposal. And it says that we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free for every family under $125,000. Now, that is, in fact, a pretty revolutionary idea, and I’ll tell you why. Number one, obviously, it’s easier for people who are in college or will soon be in college, but it does something else even more profound.

I grew up in a family where my dad dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and my mother never went to college. And there are millions of families like that in this country where kids grow up not knowing anybody who ever went to college, who believe that there is no way in the world because they’re poor, working class. They’re never going to make it to college. But when the word goes out that if those children do their schoolwork seriously and pay attention, regardless of their income, yes, they are going to be able to go to college, that’s revolutionary.

How many people here tonight are dealing with student debt? Raise your hands. Well, welcome to the club. You are part of many, many millions of Americans who leave school and gotta figure out how they’re going to pay 30-, 50-, $100,000 in debt. I talked to a young woman in Iowa last year. She went to dental school. And we desperately need dentists because we have a crisis in affordable dental care and many people need to look for online dental services to attend to dental surgery. And she graduated dental school $400,000 in debt. Now, that’s insane. It is insane and unfair to ask people who did the right thing – they went out and they got the education they were supposed to – and then they are saddled with student debt, sometimes for decades.

Secretary Clinton and I think that that situation has got to change. Now, right now, right now my guess is that here in Raleigh you can go out and buy a new car and pay an interest on that loan for that car of 1 percent, 2 percent. Am I right?”

AUDIENCE: “Yes.”

BERNIE SANDERS: “You can refinance your home at 3 or 4 percent.”

AUDIENCE: “Yes.”

BERNIE SANDERS: “Then why in God’s name are millions of people paying 6, 8, 10 percent interest rates on their student debt? So what we believe is that if you have student debt, you should be able to refinance that debt at the lowest interest rates you can find.

Now, there are many, many differences between Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump. But there is one that is very, very profound. Are you ready for a very radical thought right now? I don’t want anyone to faint. I think we have some paramedics here. But I do want to make this announcement. Are you ready for it? [Cries of “Yes!”] All right. And Madam Secretary, you correct me if I’m wrong here. I don’t want to misspeak for you. Secretary Clinton believes in science. And I know – I know I put her in a difficult position. In 2016, to believe in science, a little bit dangerous. But what the heck.

Now, I’m a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment, and I have talked to scientists – I have talked to scientists all over this country and all over the world. And let me be very clear. The debate is over. Climate change is real. Climate change is caused by human activity. And climate change is already today causing devastating problems in this country and around the world. Secretary Clinton has some very specific ideas about how we transform our energy system, how we invest in energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and that is exactly what we have to do.

Now, Donald Trump has a different idea. After years and years of studying the issue from a scientific perspective – I’m joking, I’m joking – he has concluded that climate change is a hoax emanating from China. Now, why he chose China and Mexico or some Muslim country, I don’t know. But that’s the way it is. Now, we can laugh at this, but in truth, this is not a funny issue. I’ve got seven grandchildren. Secretary Clinton has grandchildren. Our jobs as custodians of this planet is to make sure that we leave our kids and grandchildren a planet that is healthy and habitable. And that means that we have to have the guts to take on the fossil fuel industry and tell them their short-term profits are not more important than the future of our planet.

Secretary Clinton understands that we have a broken criminal justice system that needs major reform. It is not acceptable to her, to me, and to, I suspect, anyone here that we as a nation have more people in jail than any other country on Earth. And Secretary Clinton understands, as I think most of us do, that it makes a heck of a lot more sense to invest in jobs and education for our young people rather than jails and incarceration.

And Secretary Clinton also understands that with 11 million people in this country who are undocumented today, the vast majority working hard to take care of their families, we need comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship.

Let me conclude by saying this. All of you know that our country, from its earliest days, has struggled with issues of racism and sexism and discrimination. And we should be very proud that we have come a long, long way in overcoming a lot of those issues. If we were here, I tell you, 15 years ago and somebody said, you know, I think we’re going to have an African American as President in the year 2008, very few people would have believed that. If somebody here said 10 years ago that gay marriage would be legal in 50 states in 2015, and let us not forget that as I stand next to our next President, 100 years ago – not a long time from a historical perspective – women were not running for President; they didn’t have the right to vote. They couldn’t get an education, couldn’t get the jobs they wanted. We have come a long way. I disagree with Donald Trump on virtually all of his policy positions. But what upsets me the most, what upsets me – it’s beyond disagreement – is we have struggled for so many to overcome discrimination, and he is running his campaign, the cornerstone of which is bigotry. Now, as Americans, we can disagree on many issues. But we have come too far. Too many people have gone to jail and too many have died in the struggle for equal rights. We are not going back to a bigoted society.

And furthermore, what we understand – you know, my dad came from Poland. And if we went around this room, you’ll find people from 100 more countries, all over the world. What we understand is our strength, our uniqueness, is our diversity. We should be proud of it. We should be proud of it, and we are not going to allow Trump or anyone else to divide us up. We’ve got a lot of work to do as Americans. In the next five days, we’ve got to do everything that we can to elect Secretary Clinton. And on the day after the election, we’re going to go back to work to make this country what we know it can become. Thank you all.

And now it is my very great honor and privilege to introduce you to the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”
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Hillary’s ‘where to trade bitcoin‘ campaign circled back to the battleground state of North Carolina today.  She rallied voters at Pitt Community College in Winterville.  Eleanor Holmes Norton and G.K. Butterfield introduced her.

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Michelle and Hillary teamed up today at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama in Winston-Salem, Clinton Vows to Preserve the Progress of the Last Eight Years

At a rally in Winston-Salem on Thursday, Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama laid out the stakes in this election and urged Americans to preserve the progress of the last eight years on November 8th. Clinton also highlighted a new plan she released today to address the urgent crisis of bullying. Clinton’s plan would provide $500 million in new funding to states that develop comprehensive anti-bullying plans.

Clinton – a former first lady herself – also reiterated her admiration for the First Lady’s work on behalf of education for women and girls, better nutrition for kids and opportunities for military families. Clinton called this a stark contrast to Donald Trump’s bigotry, ugly remarks towards women and disrespect for our military, saying, “Yesterday, when he heard that a retired Army colonel and former dean of the Army War College said that Donald doesn’t understand military strategy, Trump said, ‘I’ll teach him a couple things’ Well actually, Donald, you’re the one who’s got a lot to learn about the military and everything else that makes America great […] And he should learn from Michelle Obama how a leader supports them, not disrespects them!”

The First Lady called Clinton the sort of president our children deserve, someone who is a unifying force in this country rather than a divisive one – someone who asks us to embrace our differences. The First Lady said Hillary, whose mother was abandoned by her parents but still raised a “strong, smart, loving daughter,” understands the significance of the American Dream and will protect it for the next generation. The First Lady said, “Remember that. It’s a country where a girl like me, from the south side of Chicago, whose great-great-grandfather was a slave, can go to the finest universities on Earth, a country where a biracial kid from Hawaii, the son of a single mother, can make it to the White House, a country where the daughter of an orphan can break that highest and hardest glass ceiling and become president of the United States. That is who we are. That is what’s possible here in America but only, only when we come together, only when we work for it and fight for it. So that’s why for the next 12 days, folks, we need to do everything possible to help Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine win this election.”

Both Clinton and Obama also urged North Carolinians to get out the vote and make sure the Democratic ticket, including Senate candidate Deborah Ross and Gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper, is elected on November 8th. The First Lady recalled her husband’s tight victory in North Carolina in 2008 and loss there in 2012, reminding the crowd not to register a protest vote but to vote for progress.

Clinton and the First Lady’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

HILLARY CLINTON: “Hello, Winston-Salem!  Hello Wake Forest! It is so great to be here in this beautiful city at this extraordinary time and to have a chance to be with so many, including the Wake Forest family. And it doesn’t get any better than being here with our most amazing First Lady Michelle Obama. I want to thank everyone who has filled this arena, and I especially want to thank Dr. Hatch and the staff team and students at Wake Forest University. I will never forget being here with the legendary Maya Angelou, one of the most powerful voices our country has ever heard.

So I couldn’t think of a better place to come back to with another woman whose voice we need now more than ever. I want to say what I think is obvious but can’t be said enough, and that is this may be one of the most, if not the most important election of our lifetimes, no matter our age. But for young people it will be so consequential because every election is about the future. And this one is about whether we build on the progress we’ve made, the legacy that President Obama has built or rip it away and go backwards. So we have a lot of work to do.

And I don’t mean just in the presidential race.  Let’s be sure to elect Roy Cooper, the next governor of North Carolina.  He will always put the people of North Carolina first.  And he will repeal HB2 – because he knows that discrimination is wrong. It’s bad for business, and it’s against North Carolina’s values.

And let’s send Deborah Ross to the United States Senate.  She will be an independent voice for the working families in this state, and she will help break through the gridlock in Washington.

And unlike her opponent, Deborah Ross has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump. And remember, it is not just Roy’s name and Deborah’s name or my name that’s going to be on the ballot. So much of what we care about – so much that’s at stake in the election is, too.

Voting rights are at stake. And if you care about this sacred right, and want to make sure our leaders of both parties do their part to protect and strengthen it – not chip away at it, you’ve got to vote in this election. And so I hope, after all North Carolina has gone through with the efforts to suppress people’s votes, you will turn out and say, “No. We demand the right to vote.”

And supporting our veterans is at stake.  If you believe that America should stand with those who served because they served us, then you’ve got to vote.  And so when you think about yourselves, your families, people you know who’ve worn the uniform of our country, the best way to make clear that we respect the military, and we will do everything we can to make sure they and their families have what they need as they sacrificed for us, is to show up and vote.

And climate change is at stake.  Now, I shouldn’t have to say this in 2016, but I will. If you believe in science, right? And you know that climate change is real and demands action right now – you’ve got to show up and vote in this election.

Immigration is at stake.  If you believe that we need to fix our broken system, keep families together, and give people who love America a path to citizenship – you’ve got to vote.

And marriage equality is at stake, too. If you believe everyone deserves to be treated equally in America, no matter who they are or who they love – then you’ve got to turn out and vote in this election.

Good jobs that pay good wages are at stake.  Investing in our roads and our bridges and our water systems and all the work that needs to be done in our country. That really matters, and we can put millions of people to work and have a more competitive economy. That’s why we’ve proposed a very big jobs program, because I don’t want anybody willing to work in this country not to have a good job with a rising income to support themselves and their families. If you believe that, then you’ve got to come out and vote.

And particularly, for all of the students here, affordable college education is at stake. And not only that, relief from student debt that you already have is at stake.  So if you believe as we do that everyone should be able to afford to go to college and graduate and that everyone should be able to pay down and pay off their debt, then you’ve got to get out and vote in this election.

And dignity for women and girls. Again, I wish I didn’t have to say this, right? But indeed, dignity and respect for women and girls is also on the ballot in this election. And I want to thank our First Lady for her eloquent, powerful defense of that basic value. So I think you’re getting the idea here that I think everything we care about is at stake in this election. So you’ve got to vote – and get your friends and families and neighbors to vote too.

And don’t just take it from me because I think you’ve heard some really compelling voices say the same thing, and one of them is here with us today, right? There are so many things I admire about our First Lady. Michelle reminds us to work hard, stay true to our values, be good to one another and never, ever stop fighting for what we believe in.

She has spent eight years as our First Lady advocating for girls around the world to go to school and have the same opportunities as boys. She has worked for healthier childhoods for our kids here at home, better nutrition, more exercise. And we are seeing the results. We actually are seeing kids who are healthier, something that she was determined to try to achieve. She has encouraged more young people to go to college and follow your dreams, and she has supported America’s military families, who serve and sacrifice as well for our country.

Now, it hasn’t been all hard work. She played a mean round of ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ and among the many real privileges I’ve had is to see the President and the First Lady dance. Wow, one could only hope. Now, she also planted an amazing vegetable garden at the White House – and I can promise you, if I win, I will take good care of it, Michelle.

And boy – thank you! Boy, didn’t she dazzle the world with that wise and beautiful speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer?

And I have now, I have now stood on the debate stage for four and a half hours with Donald Trump, and if you see any of those debates, well, that has proved once and for all that I have the stamina to be President and Commander in Chief. But there were times during those three debates, the loop running in my head was what Michelle said at the convention, right? ‘When they go low, we go high.’

And on top of all that, just by being herself every day, never missing an opportunity to honor her parents for the hard work and sacrifice that set her on her way, she has shown every little girl and boy in America that there are no limits to what they can achieve if they work hard and do right and believe in themselves.

Seriously – is there anyone more inspiring than Michelle Obama?

And maybe, maybe it’s especially meaningful to me because I do know something about being First Lady of the United States, and I’m going to state the obvious. It’s not easy.  You’ve got so many people counting on you.  You’ve got the eyes of the world on you.  And when you’re trying to raise your children as she is and I did, and give them the space and support they need to have as normal and safe and fulfilling childhoods as possible – that makes it even harder.  I used to hang out in the main hall on the second floor of the White House around the time Chelsea would come home from school just to be sure I got to see her and see what happened that day and try to figure out what I needed to be thinking about and doing for her.

And let’s be real – as our first African-American First Lady, she’s faced pressures I never did.  And she’s handled them with pure grace.  By any standard, she has been an outstanding First Lady who has made us all so proud.

And she and the President, she and the President have been such wonderful friends to me and my family. It has just meant the world, the world to me, it really has.

I want to say just one thing about the First Lady’s work.  I mentioned military families.  She’s been their fierce champion. And military families have come up against a lot in this election.  It just made me boil when Donald Trump disrespected a Gold Star family, Mr. and Mrs. Khan. He still hasn’t apologized to them.

He actually made it worse – just yesterday, he said again that if America had only made him President years ago, their son, Captain Khan, would still be alive.  Honestly, I don’t – I don’t understand how anyone would want to rub salt in the wounds of a grieving family.

And he keeps insulting our military.  Yesterday, when he heard that a retired Army colonel and former dean of the Army War College said that Donald doesn’t understand military strategy, Trump said, ‘I’ll teach him a couple things.’  Well actually, Donald, you’re the one who’s got a lot to learn about the military and everything else that makes America great. Starting by learning about the dignity and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and their families.  And he should learn from Michelle Obama how a leader supports them, not disrespects them!

No one knows the stakes in this election better than our First Lady.  Because all the progress that we’ve achieved under President Obama’s leadership is at stake – he pulled our economy out of the biggest ditch that it was in when he became president. He saved the auto industry, he cracked down on Wall Street, he has tackled healthcare, climate change, civil rights, and so much else.

And all the work that we’ve done to strengthen our relationships with other countries and secure our leadership in the world is also at stake.

Now, I for one, and I hope all of you, do not want all that hard work – by our President and our First Lady and by millions of Americans – to be wiped away.  We cannot let that happen.

We’ve got to do everything in our power to get everyone out to vote. To understand no matter what issue you care about, it truly is on the ballot. Now, this has been a hard election at times. It’s gotten pretty ugly, hasn’t it?  We’ve all felt it – especially our kids.

I hear this from parents and children across our country – kids write me notes, they hand me little cards and notes when I shake hands with them. Their parents write to me, teachers talk to me. Kids are scared, kids are scared by the rhetoric they’re hearing, right? I see the educators’ heads nodding.

Little girls hear the ugly things that have been said about women in this campaign, and it makes them feel terrible and doubt themselves – and that is why it is important for voices, like our First Lady’s, to stand up and say, ‘Wait a minute, respecting women and girls is so important,’ and it is especially important for us to send that message to our children, boys and girls alike.

Our kids are scared that they’re going to be sent out of the country because their parents are immigrants or they’re immigrants.  They’re scared if they’re Muslim, or have a disability.  I got a letter from a parent – a mom from Wisconsin, I think, who adopted her son Felix from Ethiopia when he was a toddler.  He just turned 11 years old – he wrote my campaign to let me know he was now 11 years old. I love it when little kids do little birthday remembrances. America is the only country he’s ever known.  One day, he turned to his mom and asked, ‘If Donald Trump becomes President, is he going to make me go back to Ethiopia?’

Now that honestly breaks my heart.  We’ve got to make sure all our kids know that America has a place for you – the American Dream is big enough for you.  And then, we’ve got to make sure they learn the right lessons about how to treat people.  I saw that sign, I believe in love and kindness, right?

Well, here’s one place to start.  We know that bullying is a real problem in our classrooms, our playgrounds and online – and teachers have reported that this election has made it worse.  So I want you to know, we’re going to launch a major new effort to help states and communities and schools and families end bullying wherever it takes places. And we will work together to make the internet a safer space for kids, invest in front-line professionals like guidance counselors and social workers and school nurses and psychologists to support kids who’ve been targeted, like the young woman I met in Iowa who told me she was bullied because of her asthma. This has got to stop. And I can’t think of anything more important than making sure every single one of our kids knows that they loved just as they are.

So ultimately, my friends, as Michelle reminded us this election is about our kids, and in my case, my grandkids. Their lives and their futures – nothing is more important to me than that. I’ve been fighting for kids throughout my career. I will fight for them every single day of my presidency. So we have a job to do.

Starting right now, let’s come together. Let’s work together. And let’s be hopeful and optimistic and unified in the face of division and hate. Bring people together in a spirit of mutual respect to solve shared challenges. Let’s have each other’s backs, lift each other up, not tear each other down.

Let’s go out and win this election to make sure we do exactly that – for Roy Cooper, Deborah Ross, and all of us.  Let’s make sure you vote early. Vote as soon as you can, vote this afternoon. I’m excited about what we’re going to see happen here in North Carolina, and I am so excited to be introducing our amazing First Lady Michelle Obama!”

MICHELLE OBAMA:

“Whoa! Well, hey there. You guys are pretty fired up, right? I like that. I like that. Wow.

Well, let me start, of course, because Hillary’s mini-tribute to me was – it’s taken me off of – it’s kind of thrown me a little bit. It was very generous. But I just want to take this moment publicly to thank Hillary. I mean, there – it takes a level of generosity of spirit to do what Hillary has done in her career, in her life, for our family, for this nation. And if people wonder, yes, Hillary Clinton is my friend. She has been a friend to me and Barack and Malia and Sasha, and Bill and Chelsea have been embracing and supportive from the very day my husband took the oath of office. So I am grateful for Hillary, for her leadership, for her courage, and for what she is going to do for this country. So it’s going to be good. It’s going to be good.

But I also want to take some time to recognize your former senator, Kay Hagan, who is here. Kay. It’s good to see you. And again, I just want to lend my voice to your outstanding Senate candidate Deborah Ross. Man, Deborah – as Hillary said, she’s someone who cares deeply about the people in this state, and she is always going to put your families first. So let’s make Deborah your next U.S. senator, alright? And let’s make Roy Cooper your next governor. How about that? Thanks also to all the members of Congress who are joining us, and your mayor, Allen Joines. Thank you, Mayor.

But more importantly, thank you to all of you for taking the time waiting in lines to be here today, to help us support the next president and vice president of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

I don’t know about you, but I’m fired up. We’re going to make this happen. Now, you may have noticed that I have been doing some campaigning for Hillary. And I know that there are some folks out there who have commented that it’s been unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be so actively engaged in a presidential campaign. And that may be true, but what’s also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election. And that’s why I’m out here. I’m out here, first and foremost, because we have never had a more qualified and prepared candidate for president than our friend Hillary Clinton. Never before in our lifetime. I say this everywhere I go. I admire and respect Hillary. She has been a lawyer, a law professor, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State. She has – [chants of “Hillary!”] Yeah, that’s right. Hillary doesn’t play. She has more experience and exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime. Yes, more than Barack. More than Bill. So she is absolutely ready to be commander-in-chief on day one. And yes, she happens to be a woman.

This election is also unprecedented because I don’t think we’ve ever had two candidates with such dramatically different visions of who we are and how we move forward as a nation. One candidate has a vision that’s grounded in hopelessness and despair, a vision of a country that is weak and divided, where our communities are in chaos, our fellow citizens a threat. This candidate calls on us to turn against each other, to build walls, to be afraid.

And then there’s Hillary’s vision for this country that you just heard, a vision of a nation that is powerful and vibrant and strong, big enough to have a place for all of us, a nation where we each have something very special to contribute, and where we are always stronger together. That is the choice we face between those who divide this country into us vs. them and those who tell us to embrace our better angels and choose hope over fear. And as we look into the eyes of our children, as we sent them off to school each morning and tuck them into bed at night, as Hillary said, the stakes in this election could not be more clear.

And let me tell you, this is not about Republicans versus Democrats. None of that matters this time around. No, no, no. This election is about something much bigger. It’s about who will shape our children and the country we leave for them, not just for the next 4 or 8 years but for the rest of their lives. Because as Hillary pointed out, we all know. We know the influence our president has on our children, how they turn on the TV and they see the most powerful role model in the world, someone who shows them how to treat others, how to deal with disappointment, whether to tell the truth. They’re taking it all in.

And as Hillary said, when you’ve raised children in the White House like Barack and Hillary and I have, you were reminded every day of the impact that you have. You start seeing the images of every child in this country in the face of your child. So when people wonder how Hillary keeps her composure through the overwhelming pressure of not just this campaign but of her career, or how Barack and I have dealt with the glare of the national spotlight these last 8 years, that’s the answer. With every action we take, with every word we utter, we think about the millions of children who are watching us, who hang onto our every word, looking to us to show them who they can and should be. And that’s why every day we try to be the kind of people, the kind of leaders, that your children deserve, whether you agree with our politics or not.

And when I think about this election, let me tell you, that is what I’m thinking about. I’m asking myself, what do my girls, what do all our children, deserve in their president? What kind of a president do we want for them? Well, to start with, I think we want someone who is a unifying force in this country, someone who sees our differences not as a threat but as a blessing. As Hillary said, we want a president who values and honors women. [Cries of “Yes!”] Who teaches our daughters and our sons that women are full and equal human beings worthy and deserving of love and respect.

We want a president who understands that this nation was built by folks who came here from all corners of the globe, folks who worked their fingers to the bone to create this country and give their kids a better life. We want a president who sees the goodness in all our communities, not just the brokenness, someone who understands that communities like the one where I was raised are filled with good, hard-working folks, folks who take that extra shift, who work that extra job because they want something more for their kids.

And finally, we want a president who takes this job seriously and has the temperament and maturity to do it well. Someone who is steady. Someone who we can trust with the nuclear codes because we want to go to sleep at night knowing that our kids and our country are safe. And I am here today because I believe with all of my heart – and I would not be here lying to you – I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president.

See, over the years, I’ve come to know Hillary. I know her, not just her extraordinary professional accomplishments, but I know her personal values and beliefs. I know that Hillary was raised like Barack and I in a working family. Hillary’s mother was an orphan abandoned by her parents. Her father was a small-business owner who stayed up nights poring over the books, working hard to keep their family afloat.

So believe this: Hillary knows what it means to struggle for what you have and to want something better for your kids. See, and that’s why, since the day she launched her campaign, Hillary has been laying out concrete, detailed policies that will actually make a difference for kids and families in this country. As she said, she plans to make college tuition free, to help young people drowning in debt. She’s going to handle making sure that our climate is protected.

And let me tell you this about Hillary. She is involved and engaged in every policy issue that she’s developed. You go on her website – she’s going to raise the minimum wage, she’s going to cut taxes for working folks, she’s going to do her best to help women get equal pay for equal work. And if you want to know more, just go on her website, hillaryclinton.com. Because here’s the thing about Hillary: Thankfully, Hillary is a policy wonk. And let me tell you, when you are president, that is a good thing – because policies matter. They really matter. They determine whether our kids have good schools, whether they can see a doctor when they’re sick, whether they’re safe when they walk out the door or on their way to school. Policies matter. And that’s why Hillary has fought so hard for children’s health insurance as first lady, for affordable child care in the Senate. That’s why, as Secretary of State, she has gone toe-to-toe with world leaders to keep our kids safe. And that is why day after day, debate after debate, she has shown us such strength, such grace, refusing to be knocked down, refusing to be pushed around or counted out. Hillary does all of this because she is thinking of children like her mother, children like her daughter and her grandkids, children who deserve every chance to fulfill their God-given potential. That is why Hillary is in this. She is in this race for us. She is in this for our families, for our kids, for our shared future.

So let me tell you, that is why I am inspired by Hillary. That is why I respect Hillary, because she has lived a life grounded in service and sacrifice that has brought her to this day, that has more than prepared her to take on the hardest job on the planet. She has run an extraordinary campaign. She has built an impressive grassroots organization. She’s raised the money. She’s won all the debates.

So Hillary has done her job. Now we need to do our job and get her elected president of the United States. Because here’s where I want to get real. If Hillary doesn’t win this election, that will be on us. It will be because we did not stand with her. It will be because we did not vote for her. And that is exactly what her opponent is hoping will happen. That’s the strategy, to make this election so dirty and ugly that we don’t want any part of it. So when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home. They are trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, that the outcome has already been determined and you shouldn’t even bother making your voice heard. They are trying to take away your hope.

And just for the record, in this country, the United States of America, the voters decide our elections. They’ve always decided. Voters decide who wins and who loses, period, end of story. And right now, thankfully, folks are coming out in droves to vote early. It’s amazing to see. We are making our voices heard all cross this country, because when they go low –”

AUDIENCE: “We go high.”

MICHELLE OBAMA: “And we know that every vote matters, every single vote. And if you have any doubt about that, consider this. Back in 2008, and I say this everywhere I go, Barack won North Carolina by about 14,000 votes – which sounds like a lot, but when you break that number down, the difference between winning and losing the state was a little over 2 votes per precinct. See, I want you all to take that in because I know that there are people here who didn’t vote. Two votes. And people knew people who didn’t vote. Two votes. If just two or three folks per precinct had gone the other way, Barack would have lost that state, could have lost the election. And let’s not forget back in 2012, Barack actually did lose the state by about 17 votes per precinct, 17. That’s how presidential elections go. They are decided on a razor’s edge.

So each of you could swing. In this stadium, let’s think about it. Each of you could swing an entire precinct and win this election for Hillary just by getting yourselves, your friends, and your family out to vote, just doing what you’re supposed to do. You can do this. But you could also help swing an entire precinct for Hillary’s opponent with a protest vote or by not voting at all.

So here’s what I’m asking you. Get out and vote.”

AUDIENCE: “Yes!”

MICHELLE OBAMA: “Get out and vote for Hillary. Vote early. Vote right now. Leave here. Go vote. And don’t let anyone take that right away from you. As Hillary mentioned, you may have seen in previous weeks that folks were trying to cut early voting places and cut the hours they were open. But that didn’t stop people in this state. That’s beautiful.

Now I understand there are more locations that are opening. And I want you all to crowd those places. I want you to remember that folks marched and protested for our right to vote. They endured beatings and jail time. They sacrificed their lives for this right. So I know you can get yourselves to the polls to exercise that right because, make no mistake about it, casting our vote is the ultimate way we go high when they go low. Voting is our high. That’s how we go high. We vote. How do we go high?”

AUDIENCE: “We vote!” MICHELLE OBAMA: “How do we go high?”

AUDIENCE: “We vote!” MICHELLE OBAMA: “That’s it. And after you vote, volunteer.”

AUDIENCE: “Rest.”

MICHELLE OBAMA: “No, no, no, no. We need you to volunteer. Roll up your sleeves. Make calls. Knock on doors. Get people to the polls. It’s turnout that’s going to make the difference. We have to turn our people out. Do not let yourself get tired or frustrated or discouraged by the negativity of this election as you are out there working your hearts out for my girl. Here’s the thing that I just want to tell you all because this has been a draining election. But I urge you to please, please be encouraged. You know, I want our young people to be encouraged because we still live in the greatest country on Earth. We do. And I have never felt more hopeful about the future. And I want – our young people deserve that. Be encouraged.

I feel that way because for the past eight years, I have had the great honor of being this country’s First Lady. First Ladies, we rock. But I have traveled from one end of this country to the other. And I have met people from every conceivable background and walk of life, including folks who disagree with just about everything Barack and I have ever said but who welcome us into their communities.

Remember, our neighbors are decent folks. We’re all good people who are openhearted and willing to listen. And while we might not change each other’s minds, we always walk away reminded that when it comes to what really matters, when it comes to our hopes and dreams for our children, we’re just not all that different. And I want you to remember that it’s that part of us as Americans, it is that piece of us that is in all of us.

That’s what drives folks like Hillary’s mother, who said to herself: I may not have grown up in a loving family, but I will build a loving family of my own. I will give my children what I never had. I will pour my heart into raising a strong, smart, loving daughter. That’s what drives people like my father, who kept getting up and putting in those long hours, who said: I may not have gone to college, but I’m going to keep working because maybe my son, maybe my daughter will because in this country, anything is possible.

As we walk away from this election, remember that is what makes us who we are. Remember that. It’s a country where a girl like me, from the south side of Chicago, whose great-great-grandfather was a slave, can go to the finest universities on Earth, a country where a biracial kid from Hawaii, the son of a single mother, can make it to the White House, a country where the daughter of an orphan can break that highest and hardest glass ceiling and become president of the United States. That is who we are. That is what’s possible here in America but only, only when we come together, only when we work for it and fight for it. So that’s why for the next 12 days, folks, we need to do everything possible to help Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine win this election. Are you with me?”

AUDIENCE: “Yes!”

MICHELLE OBAMA: “Are you with me?”

AUDIENCE: “Yes!”

MICHELLE OBAMA: “I can’t hear you. Are we going to do this? We’re going to vote. We’re going to vote early. We’re going to stand in line. We’re going to make our voices heard. No one is going to take away our hope. Let’s get this done. Thank you all. God bless.”

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Hillary and the Mothers of the Movement ended their busy day of campaigning in North Carolina at Belk Plaza, UNC Charlotte.

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Hillary Clinton is working hard to get every vote in North Carolina.  She began her Sunday at services at the Union Baptist Church in Durham with the Mothers of the Movement.

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Then Hillary and the Mothers moved on to rally enthusiastic voters at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.


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Hillary then hopped on her plane to fly to Charlotte for another rally later in the day.

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Hillary visited the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte today for Sunday services.

In Charlotte, Clinton Discusses Urgent Need To Advance Social and Economic Justice in African American Communities

In remarks at Little Rock A.M.E. Church in Charlotte, Hillary Clinton discusses the fact that too many African American men like Keith Lamont Scott have died in police incidents every year, and while we don’t yet know all the facts of Lamont’s case, we must commit to fundamentally reforming our criminal justice system and ensuring opportunity in every community. Reflecting on the challenges that disproportionately affect African Americans, Clinton said, “I worry about the safety and security of my grandchildren, but my worries are not the same as black grandmothers. They have different, and deeper fears about the world that their grandchildren face.”

Clinton also laid out her plans to ensure African Americans can share in America’s prosperity. She vowed to promote policies that would help African Americans get ahead and stay ahead by creating good jobs and quality affordable housing in every zip code. Clinton said, “We are called to care for and cherish each other. It’s not easy, it is not. But that is our mission and that is what we are called to do, not only as Christians but as Americans, as human beings to understand and respect each other. To fight for each other’s children, each other’s dignity, each other’s opportunity as if they were our own.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

I am so […] and so honored to be here. Thank you so much Reverend Dr. Walker. Thanks to the members of the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion. I have to confess – we were putting together the […] Rev. Walker was […]

But he told me his church […] 134 years ago was founded in a house on a rock and that rock has been sturdy and steady […]

I am so delighted to be here with your Congresswoman, Congresswoman Adams, who has a […] path in the Congress, such a […] of conviction. And my thanks also to Donna […] for her leadership for that stirring description […] Thank you so much.

This church for all those years has been a source of strength and solace, for generations of congregants and […] It has helped people get […]. It has helped people deal with the sorrows that come […] and it has […] the world outside challenged the faith that comes from belief. In here, in this magnificent house of worship, we pray for peace when there is too much violence outside of these walls. In here, we are called to confront injustice, even when the world out there fails to see it. In here, we see the world as it is, but we pray for the strength and wisdom to build the world as it should be.

It has been 12 days since Mr. Scott was shot and killed. Twelve days since his wife Rakeiya Scott watched her husband die, and seven children lost their father. Now we don’t yet know all the details about the shooting, but we do know this family and this community is in pain. And therefore we pray for them and we pray for all families who have suffered similar losses. But we do more than pray. As Ms. Bradford said, ‘We do what each of us can do.’ Not everyone can march, but everyone can talk, and everyone can reach out and everyone can vote.

Too many African American families have been in the same tragic situation that the Scott family has found themselves. In fact, the day before Mr. Scott died, another father, Terence Crutcher, was killed in a police encounter in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And there have been many others. So many fathers and sons and even mothers and daughters who have died either after encounters with the police or at the hands of civilians with guns while they were doing things that were ordinary, everyday activities. Walking home from the store with iced tea and Skittles, listening to music in their car with friends.

And we also know – and we must not forget – that violence has touched the families of police officers. Men and women who put on the uniform and put their lives on the line to protect others. From Dallas to Baton Rouge to Philadelphia, the families of fallen officers have also been dealt a great blow and they deserve our prayers as well.

It’s been a hard year, hasn’t it? Think about how many times President Obama has had to console our nation about another senseless tragedy, another shattered family, another distressed community. And our children are watching, and they feel it too. You’ve seen that right here in Charlotte. Last Monday at the city council meeting, 10-year-old Taje Gaddy said, ‘I wake up every morning scared that I won’t get to grow up because I am black.’

A nine-year-old, Zianna Oliphant, who’s here with us today, along with her brother Marquis and her family, also spoke at that city council meeting, with tears pouring down her face. And when I read what she had said, I had tears in my eyes too. She said, ‘We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed, and we can’t even see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.’ What courage and clarity that young lady showed to the world.

But can you imagine, nine years old. She should be thinking about happy adventures, dreaming about all the wonderful things her future holds for her. Instead she’s talking about graveyards. Our entire country should take a moment to really look at what’s going on here, and across America, to imagine what we see on the news, and what we hear about, imagine through our children’s eyes.

I’m a grandmother, and like every grandmother I worry about the safety and security of my grandchildren, but my worries are not the same as black grandmothers. They have different, and deeper fears about the world that their grandchildren face. It makes my heart ache, when kids like Zianna, are going through this and trying to make sense of the absolutely senseless. I know how I would feel. I wouldn’t be able to stand it if my grandchildren had to be scared and worried the way too many children across our country feel right now. But because my grandchildren are white, because they are the grandchildren of a former president and secretary of state, let’s be honest here – they won’t face the kind of fear that we heard from the young children testifying before the city council.

You know, every child deserves the same sense of security, every child deserves the same hope. They should not be facing fear, they should be learning and growing, imagining who they can be, and what their contributions to our country could be as well. We’ve got to take action, we’ve got to start now, not tomorrow, not next year, now. We know we can’t solve all these problems over night, which means we don’t have a moment to lose.

Proverbs tells us, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ So let’s hold on to a common vision. Let’s come together to make America a place where every child, no matter who they are, where they’re born or what they look like, has the chance to live up to their God-given potential.

Being stronger together with this common vision means rejecting those forces that try to pit us against each other. We can acknowledge that implicit bias still exists, not just in police departments but throughout our country, without vilifying police officers. We can call for reforms to policing, while still appreciating the many courageous and admirable officers out there who are doing their jobs with honor and integrity.

I think about an officer named Montrell Jackson. You might not have heard of him, but I want you to. He was one of the officers murdered in Baton Rouge. A few days before he died, he wrote on Facebook, he was black but he wore blue. ‘In uniform,’ he wrote, ‘I get nasty, hateful looks. Out of uniform, some consider me a threat. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart.’ And then he closed by saying that if anyone saw him on patrol and wanted a hug, ‘I got you.’

Montrell Jackson knew that making our communities safer and juster are not conflicting ideas. And most officers will tell you they can’t do one without the other. I believe we need end-to-end reform in our criminal justice system, not half measures but full measures, with real follow-through. In America everyone should be respected by the law and have respect for the law.

That starts with being honest. Being unafraid to face the facts. Face the fact that black men are far more likely to be stopped, searched by police, charged with crimes and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men for doing the same thing. We need to fix a system where too many black parents are taken from their kids and imprisoned for minor offenses. We need to make sure our police officers are trained in de-escalating tense situations. We need to dismantle the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, and instead invest in education from early childhood through high school into higher education. And yes we have got to fight for common sense reforms to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our communities.

Gun violence is by far the leading cause of death for young black men, more than the next nine causes combined. We’ve got to make sure there are good jobs, equality affordable housing in every zip code in America. We need to make investments in communities that have been left out and left behind. I am a strong supporter of Congressman Jim Clyburn’s plan to put 10 percent of our federal funds into 20 percent of the communities that have generational poverty for 30 years or more.

Now, there are some out there who see this as a moment to command the flames of resentment and division. Who want to exploit people’s fears, even though it means tearing our nation even further apart. They say that all of our problems will be solved simply by more ‘law and order.’ As if the systemic racism plaguing our country doesn’t exist. Now, of course we need safe neighborhoods, no one is against that. Of course, we need communities that are free from the epidemic of gun violence, of course we need that. But we also need justice and dignity and equality, and we can have both. This is not an either-or question for America.

I want us to commit ourselves to this common vision. That is where I will build on the work that President Obama has done. And I will be sure that this is not just about a campaign or an election. This is much bigger than an election. These are issues I’ve been fighting for since I was a young lawyer working for the Children’s Defense Fund. Going to South Carolina to try to get young teenagers, 13, 14-year-olds out of jails with adult offenders. I care deeply about this because it’s not just personal to so many of us, it’s about the kind of country you want to be and the future we want for all of our children and grandchildren. I think about that every time I see my grandchildren or every time I see a bright, energetic, impressive young woman like Zianna. Come up here a minute, would you?

I love your dress.

You know, God loves us all, right? We are called to care for and cherish each other. It’s not easy, it is not. But that is our mission and that is what we are called to do, not only as Christians but as Americans, as human beings to understand and respect each other. To fight for each other’s children, each other’s dignity, each other’s opportunity as if they were our own. Now, make no mistake, this is not easy work. You’ve been doing this since Adam and Eve came here. But it is righteous work. Protecting all of God’s children is America’s calling. Remember what scripture also tells us: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ We will not grow weary and we will not lose heart. We will get up every single day have faith in one another and in our future and work for that better day for all of God’s people. Thank you.”

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At Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hillary was greeted with wild enthusiasm by a young  audience very proud of her performance in last night’s debate.  The reception was so exhuberant it almost felt like today was November 9, but we still have two debates and 42 days to go.  The young woman behind Hillary on the right was overcome with emotion and wept.

In Raleigh, Clinton Calls on Americans to Register to Vote and Give Our Country A Better Future

At a voter registration rally at Wake Technical Community College on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton made the case that she is the only candidate prepared to face America’s tremendous challenges. Clinton laid out policies to face those challenges: an economy that works for all not just those at the top and making sure every child can have a prosperous future and a college degree, no matter in what ZIP code he or she is born. But she can’t do it alone, Clinton reminded the crowd – with more people set to vote in this election than ever before, she urged voters to celebrate National Voter Registration Day by visitingiwillvote.com and getting ready to vote, “I believe that we may have a record-setting turnout in this election. Some folks who follow this are saying we could have the biggest turnout we’ve ever had. Now, that kind of makes sense because you could not have two more different visions about where we want our country to go in the future, and who we are fighting for. But early information is actually quite encouraging. We’re seeing spikes in early voting. And we’re seeing voting rates among African Americans, Latinos, and young people going up. And for the first time, the estimate is that young people could represent 25 percent of the vote.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Thank you! Boy! Wow! Thank you! Wow! Did anybody see that debate last night? Oh, yes. One down, two to go. I am so excited to be back here at Wake Tech. I was here 8 years ago, and I was so impressed then with the kinds of programs and opportunities that are offered here to people like Christine that I wanted to come back, of course, to Raleigh, but I wanted to come back here to Wake Tech. When Christine was talking, I was backstage watching her on a screen we had there. And she kept saying about how she was about to cry. I was about to cry. Her story says so much, not just about her but about our country. We are a country of second chances and third and fourth chances for people willing to work for them, get up every day, do their best. That’s the basic bargain of America. And I was really proud of Christine.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “We’re proud of you!”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Thank you. Thank you. And I think her – I think her patients at Duke Regional are in for a treat because not only the skills that she learned here at Wake Tech but that personality, that get-up-and-go personality, is going to mean a lot to the people she’s taking care of. So Christine, thank you and Godspeed.

Now, I have to thank – I have to thank Dr. Stephen Scott, the president of Wake Tech Community College, all the administrators, the faculty, and the students of Wake Tech. Now, Dr. Scott told me that the enrollment’s about 73,000. And what a tribute to what this institution represents. And I am a huge, huge supporter. I just see America differently. I think there’s nothing we can’t do if we make our minds up, roll up our sleeves, get working together, support institutions like Wake Tech, support people like Christine. And that’s what I intend to do.

Now, I want to thank your mayor, Mayor McFarlane. Thank you so much for being here. State Senator Dan Blue, Jr. I also want to recognize Linda Coleman, candidate for lieutenant governor of North Carolina. Linda came so close last time. And this time are you going to bring her over the finish line? And I’ll tell you somebody else I’m really excited about. That is the Democratic candidate for the Senate, former State Representative Deborah Ross. I have watched – I have watched the campaign she’s run and the intensity and the incredible passion that she brings to it. I’ll tell you what, we sure could use her in Washington representative North Carolina. I want to thank all the elected officials who are here, and I want to do a special shout-out to a long-time friend of my husband’s and mine, somebody who we admire so much who did really transform this state during his governorship. That’s former Governor Jim Hunt.

Now, there’s a lot that I want to talk about today. But let me start with this because you may or may not know. Today is National Voter Registration Day. And you see some signs people are holding. ‘I Will Vote.’ Now, that’s not only a great sign that shows you’re committed to vote, but it’s a website. And you can go to iwillvote.com to make sure you are registered. And I hope you all will, and I hope you’ll tell everybody that you know to do the same, because we want to make sure people are registered.

And there is still time to get registered here in North Carolina, and I hope that you will, because think about everything that’s at stake in this election right here in North Carolina. The very mean-spirited, wrong-headed decision by your legislature and governor to pass and sign House Bill 2 has hurt this state. But more than that, it’s hurt people. It has sent a message to so many people that, well, you’re not really wanted. You’re not really part of us. I think the American dream is big enough for everybody.

The other thing your governor and legislature did was everything they could to make voting harder for people. Now, they were pretty blatant about it. Make it harder for people of color. Make it harder for the elderly. And make it harder for the young. Now, some of that’s been rolled back, thankfully, because it was so wrong and, I would argue, unconstitutional. But the best way to show, hey, in a democracy like ours we can have the most vigorous, vibrant debate, that’s what it’s about. But we want everybody to exercise his or her right to vote. That’s the way we’re supposed to be making decisions. It distorts our democracy if some groups of people try to prevent other people from being able to do that.

Now, I have won elections and I have lost elections, so I know what the difference is. But I’ll tell you this: I believe in what our founders established for us, to govern ourselves, to continue to widen the circle of opportunity, and that includes the opportunity to be heard, to express yourself, your voice and your vote. And the best way to reaffirm our commitment to that fundamental American value is to show up and vote, and demonstrate the importance of your vote.

I believe that we may have a record-setting turnout in this election. Some folks who follow this are saying we could have the biggest turnout we’ve ever had. Now, that kind of makes sense because you could not have two more different visions about where we want our country to go in the future, and who we are fighting for. But early information is actually quite encouraging. We’re seeing spikes in early voting. And we’re seeing voting rates among African Americans, Latinos, and young people going up. And for the first time, the estimate is that young people could represent 25 percent of the vote.

Now, I would love to see that. Obviously, I hope people vote for me. But I would love to see that because every election is about the future. And honestly, it’s more about the future of young people and children than it’s ever been because of the difference in the approaches and the experiences of me and my opponent.

Now, last night I got a chance – I got a chance to say a few things about what I want to do if I’m so fortunate enough to be elected as your president. And I do have this old-fashioned idea that if I’m asking for your vote, I should tell you what I want to do. And I also got to convey my excitement about what we can do together. You see, I really think the central question in this election is what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we want to build for our children and our grandchildren.

And I also got to convey my excitement about what we can do together. You see, I really think the central question in this election is what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we want to build for our children and our grandchildren. I think about that a lot, in part because I started out working for the Children’s Defense Fund. It’s always been my passion about what we can do [applause] to help more kids live up to their God-given potential.

And during this campaign, people have asked me, ‘Well, how did you get interested in that?’And the simple answer is my mother had such a neglected childhood. She was basically abandoned by her parents, sent to live with grandparents who didn’t want her. By the age of 14, she was out on her own working in a home babysitting, keeping house. She was basically a maid. And when I think about my mother’s own life and how she told me when I was old enough to understand how different her life was than the one that she created for me and my brothers, she would say she was so often saved by the kindness of other people.

We overlook the importance of just how we treat each other, the respect we show, the kindness, the love that we show. And I’m well aware that’s not something you put necessarily on a campaign website, but I’ve been talking about it because I think we’ve got to re-assert our fundamental connection to each other.

When my mother was in first grade, she never had any food, and her first grade teacher noticed that. In those days, they just brought food, a little bag of food, then they’d sit in the classroom and eat it, and my mother never had any food. And that first grade teacher noticed that and began to bring extra food but without embarrassing her. She would say, ‘You know, Dorothy, I brought too much food. Would you like this sandwich? Would you like this milk?’ And it wasn’t until she herself was much older that my mother realized that that teacher fed her for that school year, something she didn’t have to do, but her love for her students, her recognition of a child who wasn’t well taken care of meant that she stepped in.

And then when my mother worked as a maid, she really wanted to go to high school. She started working right before she would have been in high school because she had to get out of her grandparents’ home. And the woman she worked for realized how much my mother wanted to go to high school, and so she said to her, ‘If you get up early – it sounds like Christine getting up so early. If you get up early and you get your chores done, you can go to high school.’ And that’s what my mother did for four years, she got up early and then she literally had to run, run to get to high school. It sounds harsh, but not for my mom. She thought it was such a great gift of kindness that this woman gave her a place to live, gave her food to eat, gave her the chance to go to high school.

So when I talk about us being stronger together, I’m not just talking about what our government needs to do, I’m talking about what each of us can do to contribute. We do need to make sure – we need to make sure that our economy does work for everyone not just those at the top, and that means we’ve got to make investments in more good, new jobs, infrastructure jobs, advanced manufacturing jobs, technology and innovation, clean renewable energy jobs. And we’ve got to do more to help small businesses because that’s where most of the new jobs will come from.

As I said last night, my dad was a small businessman. When he got out of the Navy after World War II, he started this small business printing drapery fabrics, and he had a print plant in Chicago. It was just – it was dark room. There was no natural light. He had two long tables and he’d spread that fabric on the table, and then he would take silkscreens – if you’ve ever seen one – and he’d start at one end and he’d put it down, he’d pour the paint in, and he’d take the squeegee and he’d lift it up and he’d go all the way down to the end of one table, and then he’d start on the other table, and he would do that until he got the job done. And I would help him out from time to time, so I knew how hard he worked. But he was so proud that he could give us a good middle class life because his dad was a factory worker. And so he was able to do what we want to see in America, keep going, keep reaching, move as high as your hard work and ambition will take you.

So I want us to have an economy that works for everyone, to grow the economy, to create more jobs, but I also want a fairer economy because – when you work hard, you should not be still in poverty at the end of the year. But if you are a minimum wage worker, if you work full time minimum wage, you will make $15,000 a year. Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, most of them with families to support. And I’ve talked to a lot of these women. Sometimes I’ll be at a café or sometimes I’ll be in a store and I’ll just start talking to them, and they will tell me – it’s one of the most humbling experiences about being out there talking to people is that if you’re open to it, folks will tell you what’s on their minds and their hearts.

So I’ve met women who are working two full-time minimum wage jobs to make enough to be able to support their kids. So we need to raise the national minimum wage and – and we need to guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work because – number one, it’s fair. It’s fair. And if your mother, your wife, your sister, or your daughter is working, don’t you want to see her paid what she should be paid for the work she does?

And the other thing I want to do, I want to make sure that more companies offer profit-sharing to their employees who help make the profits in the first place. It makes no sense to me that sharing in profits would only go to the top executives. I want more people in more jobs to realize the benefit of their hard work.

And last night at the debate, one of my guests was Mark Cuban. Now, Mark Cuban, who is a real billionaire, by the way, he has used profit-sharing from his very first successful business, and he not only used it while the business was going, but when the business was sold. He shared the profits from the sale and made 300 of his employees millionaires overnight.

Now, that’s the kind of business leadership I want to hold up, because what we’ve seen from my opponent is someone, who his own campaign manager has said, builds a lot of businesses on the back of the little guy, stiffing people – dishwashers, painters, plumbers, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers – across America. Some of them have come forward. You can go to our website; you can see their stories. It’s heartbreaking. And as I said last night, I’m really glad my dad never had a contract with Donald Trump when he was running his small business.

And in addition to making the economy fair, we’ve got to make it work better for working families who are trying to balance family and work. It’s really hard out there, isn’t it? And just listening to Christine’s story – getting up at 4:00 and studying, getting kids up at 7:00, going to school, going to work, going to another job – that’s not an uncommon story. We’ve made it really hard for a lot of people.

So here’s what I think we need to do, and it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity – because I want more families to be able to go as far as their hard work will take them. And I’ve heard so many stories. They’ve told me – people have told me about the difficult choices they face and the stresses they’re under. So let’s finally, since every other advanced economy has already done this, let’s have paid family leave so that when you’re sick or your spouse or your child is sick or you have a newborn, you can take care of your loved ones. And let’s have earned sick days so that you don’t lose your job because you’re sick or you go to work because you’re sick. And let’s finally have affordable childcare, which in lots of states costs as much or more than in-state college tuition. I don’t think any family should ever have to pay more than 10 percent of your income for childcare, and we’re going to fix that so that becomes the norm. And then let’s make sure that every educational opportunity is available without sending you into debt and breaking your budget.

Now, tomorrow in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders and I are going to talk about the college plan for debt-free college at public universities that he and I have worked on since the end of our primary. And I want – I want every family in North Carolina to know help is on the way. And we’re also going to work so that you can refinance the debt you already have at much lower rates and get it paid off a lot sooner.

Now, how are we going to do that? Well, we’re going to go where the money is, and the money is at the top. We’re going to go after millionaires, billionaires and corporations. We’re going to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires, and we’re going to close corporate loopholes. And I believe that we can get that done, in part because you’re going to send Deborah Ross to the Senate so we’re going to have another Democratic senator. But also because our government needs to start working for everybody again – not just those who have lobbyists and lawyers and influence. That hasn’t worked out so well. We’ve got to get back to first principles. Our job is to give the maximum opportunities to the maximum number of Americans and to especially focus on people who are working their way out of poverty and people in the middle class who want to go as far as they can go. Let’s be a government for the struggling, the striving and the successful.

So I’m excited about what we can do. I really am. And I’m going to leave it to the fact-checkers to go through all of – all of Donald Trump’s claims. There were – there was a lot of work for fact-checkers last night. But here’s a couple of things that caught my attention. He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share of taxes. In fact, I think there’s a strong probability he hasn’t paid federal taxes a lot of years. And this is a man who goes around calling our military a disaster; who goes around criticizing every institution, from health care to education, our vets. But he probably hasn’t paid a penny to support our troops or our vets or our schools or our health care systems.

And when I confronted him with the reasons why he won’t release his tax returns – and I got to that point where I said, well, maybe he’s paid zero – he said that makes him smart. Now, if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make all the rest of us? I got to tell you, Bill and I have been blessed. We didn’t come from millionaire families. My husband’s father – his biological father died before he was born. His mother went to nursing school in order to support him. They struggled. They worked hard. And America gave him the chance to get a good education, pursue his dreams, end up being President. My dad, as I told you, worked hard.

So Bill and I have released all of our tax returns going back 40 years. And if you look, you’ll see that we paid the highest marginal rate. We tried to give 10 percent to charity. Because we believe in this country and we believe with the blessings that we’ve been given, we should do our part.

The other thing he admitted last night was that he actually rooted for the housing crisis to happen. I don’t think I’d make a big bragging point out of that. But he seemed to feel like, hey, it shows you how smart I am. He basically said, ‘Yeah, if the housing market crashes, I can go in and buy stuff and make some more money.’ I got to tell you, what kind of person believes that? What kind of person would want to root for nine million families losing their homes? One who should never be president is the answer to that question.

And he made it very clear that he didn’t prepare for that debate. At one point he was kind of digging me for spending time off the campaign trail to get prepared. But just trying to keep track of everything he says took a lot of time and effort. And I said, ‘Yeah. You know what? I did prepare. And I’ll tell you something else I prepared for. I prepared to be president of the United States, and I think that’s good.’

So as I said in the beginning, we have two different visions here. I believe we are stronger together. That is at the core of what I’ve done over my years in advocacy and public service. I believe that America is already great, and it is our responsibility to make it even greater. I believe that as we make our economy work for everyone, we also need to keep our country safe, and we need to provide strong, steady leadership in the world with our allies and our partners. I’ve laid out my views on a range of national security and foreign policy issues. I’ve laid out my plan for defeating and destroying ISIS. And what we hear from my opponent is dangerously incoherent. It’s unclear exactly what he is saying.

But words matter. And last night it sounded like he was basically telling our treaty allies in Asia, “Hey, we’re not sure we’re going to be there for you even though we have a mutual defense treaty.” Words matter. People here that and they start to doubt America’s word, America’s intention. I felt like I had to jump in and say, ‘I just want to be clear. We will honor our treaties. We will support our allies and our partners.’

This is not reality TV. This is real. It’s as real as it gets. so we’re going to get the economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. We’re going to keep America safe, provide strong, steady leadership, and we are going to bring our country together across the divides that have pitted Americans against each other. Economic worries are not the only ones keeping families up at night, are they? There’s still a lot we don’t know about the recent incidents in Tulsa and Charlotte, but this we do know: We’ve got to bring communities together. We have to listen to each other. We have to make it clear that everyone is safer when there is respect from the law for the communities they protect, and respect for the law from the communities that are protected.

And we’ve got to do something about the epidemic of gun violence that has taken too many, too many lives in our country. Again, I think we can come together. A very long majority of Americans and a majority of gun owners believe in comprehensive background checks. They believe in the Second Amendment, as I do. They believe in the right of individuals to have guns, as I do. But they believe, along with me, that we should not let guns fall into the wrong hands of people who will use them to kill other people, and make it so easy to get them.

So there’s work to do. But it’s great work. It’s important work, starting right here in North Carolina. We have 42 days left. This election’s going to be close. They all are these days. That’s why every call you make, every door you knock on, every friend you register to vote, to make the difference. I want you, if you can, to text ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246, or go tohillaryclinton.com and sign up to volunteer here in North Carolina. And I know there’s a big overflow room, and I’m told they can hear me, so to my friends in the overflow, we want you to be just as involved as anyone else. Thank you for coming.

So remember, here in North Carolina, starting on October 20th, you can register and vote early at the same time at any one-stop early voting site in your county. And remember, it’s not just the presidential race. It’s the governor’s race, the lieutenant governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, and other races up and down the ticket. Because we want to prove who we are as Americans in this election. We’re not fearful. We don’t want to build walls. We want to build bridges. We don’t want to turn against each other. We want to work with one another. We want to set big goals again here in our country.

I’ve got some big goals that I know we can achieve. Take climate change, which my opponent says is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it could be one of the biggest economic opportunities our country has ever seen, and I want us to take advantage of that. Do the right thing and benefit from it. That’s what I’m offering. We’re going to deploy a half a billion more solar panels in the first four years of my administration. And we will produce enough clean power to power every home in America within 10 years. And we’re going to lead the world because some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Now, the way things are stacking up, I think it’s either going to be Germany, China, or us. I want it to be us and it will be us.

That is exactly right. I love this country. I’m proud of this country. I want to be a leader who brings people together in our country, sets those goals, gets about the business of achieving them, and proves once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you!”

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Hillary touched down in North Carolina about an hour after leaving Westchester and was right on time for her event at UNC Greensboro this afternoon. Her voice is back full-strength.  She sounded great!  Forceful and strong, and she looked wonderful!  Look for Hillary around the 26 minute mark.

In Greensboro, Clinton Resolves to Fight for America’s Future

At a speech in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday, Hillary Clinton reflected on her vision for a country that is stronger together. Hillary talked about how she will close her campaign the way she began her career and how she will serve the country if given the honor of being elected president –  “focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families.”

This vision is a stark contrast to Donald Trump’s divisive campaign which is out of touch with everyday Americans. Clinton said, “I have a lot of confidence in the American people and in our country. My opponent keeps running us down, saying we’re weak, a disaster, an embarrassment […] See, my opponent has America all wrong. There’s nothing we can’t do when we come together as one nation, set big goals, and pursue them.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Thank you. Thank you all. Hello, everyone. It’s great to be here at UNC Greensboro. I want to thank Martha for that wonderful introduction. It means so much to have her here along with her wonderful daughter, Sara, and her mother, Barbara. And the story she told is really one that motivates me every day because it is kids like Sara that led me to politics in the first place to try to make our country and our world better for them. So to see Sara grown up and thriving is very special, and your whole family’s support really means the world to me. Thank you, Martha, Sara, Barbara

I have to say it’s great to be back on the campaign trail. As you may know, I recently had a cough that turned out to be pneumonia. I tried to power through it, but even I had to admit that maybe a few days of rest would do me good. And I’m not great at taking it easy, even under ordinary circumstances. But with just two months to go until Election Day? Sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be.

But it turns out having a few days to myself was actually a gift. I talked with some old friends. I spent time with our very sweet dogs. I did some thinking. The campaign trail doesn’t really encourage reflection, and it’s important to sit with your thoughts every now and then. And that did help me reconnect with what this whole campaign is about.

People like me – we’re lucky. When I’m under the weather – now, I just want to have a conversation, and other people can wave their arms and their signs. But I want you to think with me for a minute about how I certainly feel lucky. When I’m under the weather, I can afford to take a few days off. Millions of Americans can’t. They either go to work sick, or they lose a paycheck, don’t they?

Lots of Americans still don’t even have insurance, or they do but it’s too expensive for them to actually use. So they toss back some Tylenols, they chug orange juice, and they hope that the cough or the virus goes away on its own.

Lots of working parents can’t afford childcare, which in many states costs as much as college tuition. So for millions of moms and dads, if they get sick, there’s no backup. They’re on their own, aren’t they?

That’s the story for too many people still in America. When illness strikes, or an accident happens, you feel you’re on your own. If you lose your job or can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If your aging parent starts needing more help, and you don’t know what to do, you’re on your own.

Life events like these are catastrophic for some families, but mere bumps in the road for others. I have met so many people living on a razor’s edge, one illness away from losing their job, one paycheck away from losing their home. And that goes against everything we stand for as Americans. Because some things should not come down to luck. Some things should be within reach for everyone, no matter what. Like financial security. Like affordable health care. Like the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if something goes wrong, your family will be okay. And above all, the knowledge that no matter what, your president is fighting for you and will always have your back.

That right there, that’s why I got into this race. I am running for everyone working hard to support their families, everyone who’s been knocked down but gets back up. The factory workers on their feet all day, and the nurses looking after patients all night. I’m running for young people like so many of you here, who dream of changing our world for the better, and for all the parents and grandparents supporting those dreams by dedicating every dollar they can spare to your education.

I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees your governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second-class citizen. And if anyone wonders what the costs of discrimination are, just ask the people and businesses of North Carolina. Look at what’s happening with the NCAA and the ACC. This is where bigotry leads, and we can’t afford it – not here, not anywhere else in America.

I’m running for women like Janelle Turner. Back in May of last year, Janelle was diagnosed with breast cancer, just when she wanted to make an enlargement to her breast. She went through nearly six months of very tough treatments. Last October, she brought her eight-year-old daughter to one of our rallies in Iowa and they made a huge sign that read, ‘Thirteenth chemo yesterday. Three more. Hear me roar!’ Wouldn’t you want to meet the woman behind that sign? Well, I sure did. So we got talking, and we’ve stayed in touch. She keeps promising me she’ll see me at the inauguration. And I tell her I’ll keep working to get there, but she’d better be there too.

I’m running for her and all the mothers and fathers trying to get and stay healthy so they can be there for their kids. But perhaps most of all, I’m running for those kids. Standing up for children has been the work of my life. As a lawyer with the Children’s Defense Fund, as First Lady in Arkansas, in the White House, as a Senator, I have fought for kids housed in adult jails, kids who have been neglected and abused, kids who couldn’t get health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, kids with disabilities so they could go to school. You heard today from someone I’ve known for a long time, now grown up and a lovely young woman, Anastasia Somoza. I learned from my family and my Methodist faith that we are each called to do all the good we can for all the people we can for however long we can. And to me, that means making sure all our children have the chance to live up to their God-given potentials.

So when I meet a little girl in Nevada terrified that her parents are going to be deported, it hits me right in the gut. When I meet a little boy in Flint, Michigan, who can’t drink the water at home or in school because it’s poisoned with lead, that gets me going. All I want to do is get to work making things better for them.

That’s why I care so much about national security too. I want to give our kids a safer world. To me, that means a world with strong allies, more friends, fewer enemies, and fewer nuclear weapons. It also means leading the fight against climate change so we can leave our kids a health planet.

My opponent in this race disagrees with me on every one of these fronts. Just a few days ago he said that if another country’s troops taunted ours – not fired at them, but taunted them, just taunts – he’d responded – he would respond by blowing them out of the water. He would start a war over that. That is just one more reason, my friends, why the stakes in this election are as high as any in our lifetimes.

I’ve been involved in politics in one way or another for many years. It is not an easy business. It can get rough and I’ve built up some defenses. When it comes to public service, I’m better at the ‘service’ part than the ‘public’ part. But this is why I do it, and this is who I’m in it for: to make life better for children and families. And that’s what this race has always been about for me.

Well, now we’re in the final stretch. There are just 54 days till Election Day. Just 54 days till the most consequential vote of our lifetimes. And just a little more than a month until early voting starts here in North Carolina. Let’s make these days count, particularly here, because you know what your governor and legislature tried to do – make it harder for young people to vote, harder for people of color, harder for people with disabilities, harder for the elderly. There can’t be any more motivation than that to make sure every young person, every person of color, every person with a disability, every older person turns out and votes.

So in these final days, let’s try to tune out all the chatter and the nonstop analysis that doesn’t often have much to do with what the next president has to do to create good jobs, to create opportunity, to make it possible for every young person to afford to go to college or get the skills that you need for the jobs of the future. Let’s talk about what really matters.

And here’s my promise to you. I’m going to close my campaign the way I began my career and the way I will serve as your president should you give me that great honor – focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families.

Next week, I’ll go to Philadelphia to talk about challenges facing our young people; in Florida, to focus on building an economy that welcomes everyone’s contributions, including people with disabilities; then I’ll be back here in North Carolina, to meet with more working families. From now until November 8th, everywhere I go, I’m going to talk about my ideas for our country. My campaign has rolled out detailed plans in 38 different policy areas – yes, somebody actually counted. Everything from reining in Wall Street to creating good-paying jobs to fighting Alzheimer’s to supporting people with autism. You see, I have this old-fashioned notion that if you’re running for president, you should say what you plan to do, how you’re going to get it done, and how you’re going to pay for it. You can read it all on my website, hillaryclinton.com. We even put it in a new book called, you guessed it, Stronger Together. Get a copy of it because it tells you everything Tim Kaine and I intend to do.

Now, like a lot of women, I have a tendency to over-prepare. I sweat the details, whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the water in Flint, or how many North Carolina kids are in early enrichment programs, or the precise interest rate on your student loans right down to the decimal. Because you know what? It’s not a detail if it’s your kid. It’s not a detail if it’s your family. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.

Now, I confess, I’ll never be the showman my opponent is, and that’s okay with me. Just look at – look at the show he put on with Dr. Oz today. But I am going to deliver for you and your family, just like I did for Sarah all those years ago with the Children’s Health Insurance Program, that gave her the chance to be the extraordinary young woman she is. And I’ll tell you something else. People accuse me of all kinds of things. You probably have seen that. But nobody ever accuses me of quitting. And I will never give up, I’ll never walk away, no matter how tough the going gets. I’m actually asking Americans to hold me accountable for my ideas and hold my opponent accountable for his.

We don’t need a president who says the minimum wage is too high. We need a president who knows that Americans deserve a raise to get to a living wage. We don’t need a president who wants to take away people’s health coverage. We need a president who wants everyone to have quality, affordable health care. And we don’t need a president who apparently thinks only married people deserve paid leave and only mothers stay home with kids. We don’t need someone who rushes out a half-baked plan just weeks before an election after decades of ignoring or putting down working moms. We need a president who has spent years fighting for these issues, who has a plan to support all families in all their various shapes. Ask yourself which candidate you can count on to be on your side, respect your family, stand up and fight for you and your kids.

That is who you should vote for on November 8th because as Michelle Obama said in her fabulous speech at the Democratic convention, when we go to the polls this November, the real choice isn’t between Democrat or Republican. It’s about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of their lives. It’s also about the kind of country we want to be and what we want to leave behind for future generations. People have to decide, are we going to make our economy work for everyone or just those at the top? Are we going to bring people together or pit Americans against each other and rip our country apart? Are we going to work with our allies to keep us safe, or are we going to put a loose cannon in charge who would risk everything generations of Americans have worked so hard to build?

Now, I have a lot of confidence in the American people and in our country. My opponent keeps running us down, saying we’re weak, a disaster, an embarrassment. Every time he says things like that, I think about Janelle and her strength in the face of cancer, or Martha and Sarah in the face of their health challenges, and that little boy in Flint, who gets up every day and goes to school even though he can’t drink the water. See, my opponent has America all wrong. There’s nothing we can’t do when we come together as one nation, set big goals, and pursue them.

And the American dream – the American dream is big enough for everyone to share in its promise. So if you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage, that no one who works full-time should have to raise their child in poverty, join us. If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care and women should be free to make our own health decisions, join us. If you believe – if you believe your working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay, then join us. Get involved these last 55 days. Go tohillaryclinton.com or text ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246. We need volunteers right here in North Carolina. We can’t do this without you.

And remember, the presidential race isn’t the only one this fall. We’ve got a lot of important statewide races. Let’s come together and send Deborah Ross to represent the people in the Senate. Starting on October 20th, you can register and vote early at the same time at any one-stop early voting site in your county. So the heat is on. Spread the word. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors. If you share our vision for America’s future, come be part of helping us shape it. We do not have a minute to lose.

We have so many blessings. Now it’s our job to deliver on those and to make sure every single person, and particularly every child, no matter who they are, what they look like, or who they love, is part of the American dream now and way into the future. Let that be our message. Let that be our mission. Please come out and help us fight, fight for you, fight for our children, fight for our families. Let’s make America all that it should be. Thank you and God bless you!”

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Following the speech, Hillary met with the press and took some questions.

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

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


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

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

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

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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