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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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