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Today is the last day on the trail and that was sinking in for Hillary’s traveling press corps who took pictures with her on the tarmac in White Plains today.

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Then they were off to a final rally at the University of Pittsburgh, Oakland campus.

In Pittsburgh, Clinton Asks Voters to Choose An America With A Place for Everyone

At a GOTV event in Pittsburgh on Monday, Hillary Clinton called this election a test of our core values. Clinton asked the crowd to place their trust in her to build a better, stronger and fairer America with a place for everyone. She reminded attendees that it’s not just her or Donald Trump’s name on the ballot, but the kind of country we want for our children and grandchildren – every issue we care about, from building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, to raising the minimum wage, to supporting working women with paid family leave and affordable child care, is at stake. Recalling the heroism of Muslim fallen soldier Captain Humayun Khan, whose belief in our country and its Constitution was so strong he sacrificed his life for it, Clinton said, “The Khan family gives me hope because they truly believe in the values of this great country of ours, and they have stood up holding the Constitution as he did at the convention to say, ‘People around the world cherish this Constitution, believe in our values. It’s a source of hope for billions of people. We will never, ever let that go, and we never let someone rip it away in the kind of negative, divisive, hateful campaign that we have seen from the other side in this election.’”

Clinton closed promising to be a president for all Americans, not just those who support her. She also urged attendees to vote tomorrow and take advantage of early voting as over 40 million Americans already have.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:</span>

“Hello, Pittsburgh!

Woah! Hello back there! Thank you, thank you. Wow! It’s great to be here at this extraordinary time in our country’s history at this great university to have a chance on a beautiful day to lift our sights, to think about what we are capable of doing together. The kind of future that we can create if we search for and find common ground. And it is thrilling to have traveled across our country to see the hopefulness, to talk about the positive changes that are occurring. To really see America at its best, and tomorrow, each and every one of you gets to make a decision as to whether or not, first, you will vote. Because in Pennsylvania, it’s all about Election Day. Other places around the country have been voting for weeks. And what you will vote for. I’m here to ask you to vote for yourselves, vote for your families, vote for your futures, vote on the issues that matter to you because they are on the ballot, not just my name and my opponent’s name.

I want to thank Tom Colicchio for coming out here. He’s in the middle of opening another one of his great restaurants, but he said he’s got these two small kids and he just had to come and be part of lifting up this election and creating the kind of commitment that will bring a record breaking number of Americans to vote. We are on the path to seeing more Americans coming out to vote than we have ever seen in our history.

And I am hoping that you won’t just come out to vote, obviously, I hope you vote for me, but I also hope you will send Katie McGinty to the United States Senate. We’ve got some great elected officials here, and I want to recognize Congressman Mike Doyle, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, from Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto, from Braddock, PA, Mayor John Fetterman. But mostly, I’m here to say thanks. Thanks for taking time out to think about what’s – what the stakes are. I love you all, too. Absolutely!

So for those who are still making up your minds or thinking, ‘Maybe, maybe it’s not worth voting at all,’ let me just say: the choice in this election could not be clearer. It really is between division or unity. Between strong and steady leadership or a loose cannon. Between an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and an economy that is set up and run for those at the top.

Now, I have spent my public career fighting for kids and families, and standing up for our country, and if you give me the privilege of your vote tomorrow, that is what I will do every single day of my presidency. I will get up in the White House, and I will think about what I can do that day to knock down barriers, to create opportunities, so that you have the chance to fulfill your own dreams. You see, I believe America’s best days are still ahead of us. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to work for it because we do. That doesn’t mean that we can just expect it to happens as kind of a birthright, but I really believe that. I would not have worked for 18 months, travelled across our country, thought as hard as I have about what we need to do and how to do it together, proudly stand up and defend the legacy of President Obama, which has given our country progress in the right direction if I did not believe with all my heart that we could do this. Right? We can do this!

We don’t have to accept a dark and divisive vision for America.  Tomorrow, you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America.

And our core values are being tested in this election. And I know that people are frustrated, a lot of people feel left out and left behind. There’s fear, even anger, in our country.  But I’ve got to say: anger is not a plan, my friends. If we’re going to harness our energy and try to overcome our problems, then we’ve got to start talking to each other again, and we have to get good ideas wherever they come from.

Last night in Manchester, New Hampshire, I was with Khizr Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq.  You might remember him from the Democratic Convention. He was not a man to be on the stage of a political convention, but when he heard my opponent say what he said about Muslims and he looked at the flag that had been draped on his son’s coffin, he felt compelled to speak out. He spoke powerfully about what America means to him and how we have to defend our values and our Constitution.

As he said last night, his son serving in the United States Army with his unit saw something suspicious, moved toward it to check it out telling his men to stay behind, and when the car exploded, he lost his life. He was awarded Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, but as Mr. Khan said, “When you listen to all the people that my opponent has insulted and denigrated, would there be a place in Donald Trump’s America for Captain Khan?” The Khan family gives me hope because they truly believe in the values of this great country of ours, and they have stood up holding the Constitution as he did at the convention to say, “People around the world cherish this Constitution, believe in our values. It’s a source of hope for billions of people. We will never, ever let that go, and we never let someone rip it away in the kind of negative, divisive, hateful campaign that we have seen from the other side in this election.”

Sometimes when I hear my opponent speak, I don’t recognize the country he’s talking about. That doesn’t mean we don’t have problems and challenges, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have to do more to help people across our country get better economic opportunities. Of course, we do. But boy, I believe we can do it. I love our country. I believe in the American people. I know what we are capable of.

Throughout of history, generations of Americans have risen together to meet the tests of their time. They defended democracy, built the greatest middle class that the world has ever seen, marched for civil rights and voting rights, for workers rights and women’s rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. Tomorrow, we face the test of our time, will we be coming together as a nation or getting further apart? Will we set goals that all of us can help meet? Or will we turn on each other and pit one group of Americans against another? Now, our names will be on the ballot tomorrow, but those values and every issue you care about will be there, too. What kind of country do we want, and I particularly think about this for young people as I look at this crowd and see so many students and young Americans that deserve the same opportunities that many of us were given. We will make sure they are available because if you think about what it takes to have a thriving America, it comes down to a couple of key issues.

If you believe that America thrives when the middle class thrives, then you have to vote.

We’re going to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, jobs in infrastructure, small business, clean energy, advanced manufacturing.  We’re going to actually deliver on that unlike my opponent, who makes his products mostly overseas, buys cheap Chinese steel and aluminum instead of what’s made by American steelworkers right here in Pennsylvania.

We’re going to invest in America, and we’re especially going to invest in communities that are left out and left behind. We’re going to stand up for the right of workers to organize and bargain. We’re going to get incomes rising across America. And if you believe we need a fairer economy as I do, then we’re going to raise the national minimum wage, because no one who works full time in America should still be in poverty.

And we’re do more to support working families with affordable child care, paid leave, and finally, equal pay for women’s work.

I’ve got to tell you, this always get’s about the biggest applause ever because fundamentally, we know it’s not fair, but it’s also about families. If you have a mother, a wife, a sister or a daughter who’s working, you don’t want her shortchanged, do you? Now, when I talk about equal pay and all of these other family issues, my opponent says I’m playing the woman’s card. Well, you know what I say: deal me in.

If you believe all our kids should have good schools and good teachers, no matter what zip code they live in, then you have to vote.

If you believe we can make college affordable for every young American, then you have got to vote.

I’ve got to say, I was very proud of the primary campaign that Bernie Sanders and I ran. It was a campaign on issues and ideas, not insults. And after it was over, he and I got together, and we came up with this plan. Public colleges and universities should be tuition-free for everyone who makes less than $125,000 a year. And it should be debt free for everybody else. I don’t think you should go into this massive debt to get your education. It’s good for you, it’s good for your families, it’s good for our country, and we’re going to make it affordable for everyone.

And for the millions of Americans already struggling with student debt, we’re going to ease that burden. We’re going to get those interest rates down, we’re going to give you a different way of repaying it as a percentage of your income, not tied to a six, eight, 10 percent interest rate, and you’re never going to have to pay more than you can afford.

You see, I think there are a lot of positive things to get excited about. And I think the agenda we’ve put forth in this campaign is one that will really give everybody hope. You see, working for children and families has been the cause of my life, but it’s never been more important than it is right now.  So this has to be our mission together – doing all we can to help every American, especially every young American and especially every child, to have the chance to live up to your God-given potential.

Because when it’s all said and done, that’s what matters the most. Have you helped somebody else? Have you reached out and tried to ease somebody’s burden? We do it individually. My mother got through a neglected, abandoned childhood because people showed her kindness. Her own parents didn’t want her. Her own grandparents didn’t want her. But that first grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat, brought extra food every single day to make sure my mother had something to eat. And when she was 14 and had to go out and find a job to support herself and got a job as a maid and a babysitter in somebody’s home, she was just relieved that she had somewhere to live and that she could support herself. But the mother of that home understood my mother wanted to go to high school and so she said, ‘Dorothy, if you get up early and get your chores done, you can go to high school. You’ll have to come right back because I’ll need you, but you can do it.’ And look, that sounds harsh to our ears, telling a 14 year old, ‘Okay, you can go to high school but you have to come right back and you have to work on both sides of it.’ But to my mother, it was a blessing.

So when I think about what so many people have gone through to give us the opportunities that we had had, and I’m speaking for myself, my mother gave me the resilience, the grit, the get up and go. She told me, ‘Everyone gets knocked down. What matters is if you get back up.’ And we had a lot of Americans knocked down because of the Great Recession, didn’t we? Millions of jobs were lost, millions of homes were lost. Family wealth was wiped out, savings account, 401K’s, everything that people had worked so hard for. Well we’ve dug ourselves out of the hole and now we need to get up, and we’ve got to make sure we don’t leave anybody behind. I see this man here standing with a sign: ‘Coal Miners for Hillary,’ and I’ll tell you sir, I know how hard times are. And as I have said, and you can take it to the bank, I will not forget you and I will do everything I can to help people who have given so much, worked so hard throughout their lives for generations to build this country. We are not going to forget any American!

But I can’t do any of this without your help tomorrow. This election is going to really set the course of our country. There’s no doubt in my mind. Tonight, I’ll be in Philadelphia with President Obama and Michelle and I so appreciate how hard they worked for me, but it’s not for me. It’s for us. When President Obama came into office, put yourself in his shoes – this young, dynamic, first African-American elected to become President of the United States. And what does he find? He finds the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, that’s what he finds. Wow, those were hard, hard times. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for making sure we didn’t go even deeper in the ditch we were in.

But make no mistake: there were reasons we ended up in that ditch. It didn’t happen by accident. We had huge tax cuts on the wealthy, the administration in office took their eyes off the financial markets and we know what happened. They ignored the pressures in the mortgage markets and we know what happened. Elections have consequences for everything we care about. And that’s why we’ve got to each and every one of you put down your stake in our future.

If the lines are long tomorrow, please wait. In early voting, we have had people waiting in line for two and three hours and there have been reporters and others going up and down the line, asking them, all types of Americans, not one type – all types, ‘Why are you here?’ ‘Because my future depends on it,’ they say. So tomorrow is the election, but that is just beginning. We have to heal this country.  We have to bring people together, listen and respect each other.

Now I know it’s unusual for somebody running for President to say this, I started saying this months ago, because I was literally meeting who were scared about what they were hearing in this election. I’ve known a lot of the Republicans who’ve run for president been elected president in recent history, I didn’t agree with them on everything, obviously we had our differences, but I didn’t doubt that they were fit to serve as president. This election is different. This person is temperamentally unqualified, experientially unqualified to be president and so many people know that. So I think we do need more love and kindness, right? We have to got to rise above all of this hate filled rhetoric, all of these insults and scapegoating and finger pointing and insulting.

I want to be a President for all Americans.  Not just some.  I want to be the president for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. I want to be the president for those who vote for and those who vote against me. I want to represent everybody. Because I know we have a role to play in building a better future.

So it starts tomorrow.  If you don’t know where to vote, go to IWillVote.com. You can get all the information you need, the polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. We are on track, as I said, to have a huge turnout. But we can only do that if all of you make up your minds, you bring all your friends, everybody you know, to make sure your voices are heard. This is a historic, historic election and we’re going to do everything we can, not only to win, but then immediately to get to work.

And I especially invite anyone who wants to volunteer for the next 24 hours,  go to hillaryclinton.com, text join, J-O-I-N to 4-7-2-4-6, stop by one of our offices.  We would love to see you.

Because when your kids and grandkids ask what you in the future what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, you’ll be able to say: you voted for a stronger, fairer, better America where we build bridges, not walls.

And where we finally prove once and for all that, yes, love trumps hate.

Thank you.”

We see some images from backstage where she autographed books and signs for folks. There is a real feel of finality to the day.  This is it.

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Hillary attended Sunday morning services at the Mt. Airy Church of God, today.  After services, she stopped off at the Cedar Park Cafe. Then she was on her way to Ohio for a rally in Cleveland.

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At the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Katy Perry and Madeleine Albright rallied voters for Hillary. Earlier in the day, Hillary sat down with supporters at Reed/s Coffee and Tea House.

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Mark Cuban introduced Hillary in Pittsburgh today where she rallied Pennsylvania voters at The Great Hall at Heinz Field.

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Last night, Hillary and Tim held an outdoor rally at the University of Pennsylvania’s Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.  The air was nippy, but they received warm  welcome.

 

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Hillary and Tim forged ahead in what promises to be a whirlwind of campaign stops in battleground states over the next two weeks.  Today they rallied voters at the Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.  They enter around the 32 minute mark.

In Pittsburgh, Clinton and Kaine Call on Americans To Reject Trump’s Disdain for Our Democracy and Divisive Rhetoric

At a rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump’s recent refusal to commit to accept the results of the election unacceptable, saying “We know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? The peaceful transition of power is one of those things that sets us apart. And whether you support me or you support my opponent, together we must show that we support American democracy.” Clinton said Trump’s disdain for our democratic decisions dovetails with his divisive rhetoric against women, minorities and immigrants, as well as his policy proposals that favor the wealthy over working families. Clinton contrasted Trump’s plans with her and Tim Kaine’s commitment to build an economy that works for all, not just those at the top. She added, “We’re going to grow this economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. And we’re going to make sure we produce enough good jobs with rising incomes so that every single person, especially every single young person, in America can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.”

Clinton also asked Pennsylvanians to send Katie McGinty to the U.S. Senate to be her partner in Washington, D.C. The daughter of a police officer and one of 10 children, McGinty would be a steadfast ally to working families there, Clinton said.

Tim Kaine criticized Trump for his praise of authoritarian leaders, use of Chinese steel and aluminum instead of American-made metals and attacks on our military even though he paid no federal income taxes for years to support it. Kaine also reflected on why Clinton’s historic candidacy resonates with him personally, saying “I wouldn’t have gotten very far – in fact, I wouldn’t have gotten into my first office – without a whole lot of really amazing women who have lent me their strength along the way so that I could be the candidate. […] that’s why I’m just so proud to be a strong man supporting a strong woman who will be the next president of the United States.”

Clinton and Kaine’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: HILLARY CLINTON: “Thank you! Thank you all so much! Wow. Oh, man, I’ll tell you, it is so great to be back here in Pittsburgh. I don’t think it gets any better than to be accompanied out onto the stage by Dan and Pat Rooney. I am a big admirer of the Rooney family, and I was so honored to serve with Dan when he was our ambassador to Ireland. And the Rooney family commitment to Pittsburgh is really extraordinary, and it’s not just the amazing commitment to the Steelers, as special as that is, but to their roots, what they believe in, their values and their deep concern for future generations. So I am incredibly humbled to be supported by Dan and Pat and the Rooney family. It means a great deal to both Tim and me.

I also want to thank Congressman Mike Doyle, who is here with us. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who is here; Mayor Bill Peduto; Mayor John Fette; Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer; and all the other elected officials. It means a lot for you to be here with us. If all goes well, in 17 days we are looking forward to working with you on behalf of Pittsburgh.

Some of you know that I have a special place in my heart for Pennsylvania, and I am excited about helping in any way that we can for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Western Pennsylvania to keep moving forward with confidence and optimism about what’s possible for the future we want to create together. And I am thrilled to be here with Tim Kaine. I asked him to be my running mate because I knew he would be one of the smartest, toughest, most qualified vice presidents we have ever had. And I also knew he had never lost an election. I kind of figured that might rub off on me a little bit. And now that I’ve gotten to spend more time with him and with his wonderful wife Anne and their family, I’m even more confident that he will be such an extraordinary leader for our country. He’s not just smart and tough and qualified. Tim Kaine is as good and decent a person answer you’ll ever meet. And I am deeply honored to have him by my side in this campaign.

Now, Tim and I are excited by all the energy and enthusiasm that we’re seeing across the country, and particularly here in Pennsylvania. But both of us, both of us, unlike our opponent, do not believe we can do this alone. We believe that we’re going to do this by working with all of you, and that we’re going to come together in the next 17 days and convince everybody you can to get out and vote because whatever issue you care about, it’s going to be on the ballot. It may not be listed, but it will be on the ballot. Whether you care about new good jobs with rising incomes, or you care about better education, or you care about what we can do to get the cost of prescription drugs down – whatever it is you care about, it’s literally going to be on that ballot. Now, my name and Tim’s name may be the ones on the ballot, but we’re going to be representing everything that you and we hope we can do together in our country.

And we’re going to need help doing that after the election, and that’s why I hope you will do everything you can to elect Katie McGinty your next senator. Katie is the daughter of a Philadelphia police officer. I think she’s one of 10 children, right? One of 10 children. She has devoted her professional life to protecting working families. I’ve known her now for more than 20 years, when she was really young, and I’ve seen that same can-do spirit. She just gets up every day and says what can she do to fight for healthier neighborhoods, to keep our kids healthy, to fight for cleaner air and cleaner water, to really help people make the most out of their own lives.

And now she’s running for the Senate because, like Tim and I, she believes our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top. Katie is exactly the kind of partner we need in the Senate, but more importantly, she’s exactly the kind of senator that Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania need in the Senate. We have got to get things done for the people of Pennsylvania and America, and Katie will help us break through the gridlock, actually make a difference in people’s lives, help us create more good jobs with rising incomes, guaranteeing equal pay for women, defending Planned Parenthood.

And I think it’s pretty clear, when you look at Katie’s opponent. He still refuses to stand up to Donald Trump. Now, a lot of Republicans have. They have had the grit and the guts to stand up and say, ‘He does not represent me.’ But Pat Toomey heard Donald attack a grieving Gold Star family who lost their son in Iraq. He heard Donald call Mexican immigrants rapists. He heard him say terrible things about women. He heard him spread the lie that our first black President wasn’t really born in America. Now, how much more does Pat Toomey need to hear? If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump after all this, then can you be sure he’ll stand up for you when it counts against powerful interests?

So when I look at this, I’m thinking to myself, ‘We’ve got work to do in Washington.’ And I know it’s not easy. I understand we’ve got some real challenges. I believe we can do it. I wouldn’t be standing here. Tim wouldn’t be with me. But we need people in Washington who put you first, who get up every day thinking about middle class families, who worry about where you’re going to get the money to send your kids to college, how you’re going to take care of your mom or dad because they’re failing and what are you going to do for them, how are you going to be able to deal with all of the challenges. That is what I have tried to do my entire life. That is who you should be electing: people who care about you, care about your families, your children.

Now, as Tim said, he asked if any of you watched the debate on Wednesday. Well, I’ll tell you that was the third and last time I will ever have to debate Donald Trump. I mean, think about this. I have now spent four and a half hours on stage with Donald, proving once again I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief. And after every one of those debates, people have said, ‘How did you do that?’ And, really, you just have to be of good cheer when you find yourself in a situation like that. You’re in front of 50, 60, 70, 80 million people. And so, no matter what he was saying, I just kept thinking of all the people I’ve met throughout this campaign.

Just earlier today, I met Henry, who is over there. Henry is on top of his dad’s shoulders. And Henry gave me a note saying he hoped I’d be president. And I really want to be president for all of the kids in America to do everything I can to help you.

I also did have a chance to talk about some of the important concerns that people have shared with me. From the very first day I started this campaign back in April of 2015, people have been telling me what’s on their minds. And it is one of the greatest honors. Sometimes it’s just fleeting. I’ll be in a coffee shop shaking hands or I’ll – later on, I’ll come down and shake hands on a rope line or just running into somebody. And that person, that man or woman or that young person, takes a moment to stop, looks into my eyes. I can tell they’re trying to take my measure. And I am grateful that they take their vote, their choice so seriously. And then they might say something like ‘I have a really terrible problem in my family. My son’ or ‘my daughter has gotten addicted to opiates’ or ‘to heroin. What are you going to do about it?’ or maybe they’ll say, ‘My brother has schizophrenia. And we can’t afford to get them – get him the kind of consistent care he needs’ or maybe they’ll say, ‘I am a diabetic. And the drug company has just raised the cost of insulin. And I can’t afford it. What are you going to do about it?’ That is the right question to ask anybody running for president because at the end of the day, this is about you.

As I said the other night, we’re going to invest in the middle class. We’re going to grow this economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. And we’re going to make sure we produce enough good jobs with rising incomes so that every single person, especially every single young person, in America can go as far as your hard work and talent will take you.

Now, I’ve got to say I believe in hard work. That’s how I was raised. I believe that you’ve got to work for what you get in life. But I think we’ve got to knock down some of the barriers that stand in the way of people getting ahead and going as far as they should. And for me, that starts believing – by believing in our country. There has been no other place in the history of the world that has given so much opportunity to so many. Do we have problems? Yeah, we have problems. Do we have challenges? Of course we do; we’re human beings. But boy, there is no more blessed place.

And Donald Trump did something the other night no – no other presidential nominee has ever done, of either party. He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, make no mistake about this, my friends. He is threatening our democracy. Look, I’ve lost elections. You don’t feel very good the next day, believe me. But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? The peaceful transition of power is one of those things that sets us apart. And whether you support me or you support my opponent, together we must show that we support American democracy. And I believe both Donald Trump and I should be grateful for the opportunities that our country has given us. And the best way to demonstrate that we support our democracy is to turn out and vote.

And there is an inspiring story being written by people across America right now. We have just reached a milestone: more than 200 million Americans are registered to vote in this election. And you know what, that includes 50 – more than, actually – more than 50 million young people. More than ever before. I find that a very hopeful sign. And here in Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of more voters are registered than were in 2012.

So what does this tell us? I think it tells us no matter how much negativity is out there, something exciting is happening right now. People are coming together, Democrats, Republicans, independents, all to reject hate and division. And in the states where they can, people are motivated to vote early to defend core American values and embrace a future where every person counts, everyone has a place, everyone can contribute. Because, you see, despite what Donald Trump may think, most Americans really believe that we can do better. Most Americans really believe women should be respected. Most Americans really believe that workers should be paid fairly. Most Americans believe that the United States should work with our allies to lead the world and keep us safe.

So the energy we are seeing in the final weeks of this campaign is about more than winning an election. It is about standing up for the kind of country we want for ourselves and for our children. And it’s about the lessons we want to teach our sons and daughters. I want all of you to know that if Tim and I are fortunate enough to be your president and vice president, that we will work with everyone. Now, I imagine here in Allegheny County, and if you’re from further west, you probably know people who are thinking about voting for Donald Trump, and here’s what I want you to tell them. I want you to tell them that I understand that they need a president who cares about them, will listen to them, and I want to be their president too.

Because whether you agree or disagree with me, whether you vote for me or vote against me, I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. I’ve seen that. I know it can happen. And I know there are a lot of people right here in Pennsylvania who have a lot of questions. They want to know, how do we move forward better? They want to know what’s going to happen to their town where there used to be a lot of jobs and there aren’t as many anymore. They’re upset about what they see happening around them. I get that. But anger is not a plan.

And we need to work together. We need plans that will help us deal with the legitimate concerns and questions that people have here in Pennsylvania. I think that’s what our whole country needs right now. That’s what I will try to do. I’m not going to pretend that we can just snap our fingers and solve our problems. That doesn’t happen in the real world. But I know we can make progress together. And the choice we face in this election is stark, especially when it comes to the economy.

Tim and I believe that when the middle class thrives, America thrives, and when we invest in working families, in the middle class, in small businesses, we can make the economy work again for everybody.

Now, I think it’s fair to say that both Donald Trump and Pat Toomey have a different perspective. They believe – and they believe this – that if you give trillions of dollars, that’s trillion with a ‘t,’ trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy, to millionaires, to billionaires, to corporations, it will all trickle down to everybody else. Hasn’t worked before, and it’s caused us a lot of messes that we’ve had to clean up. And I’ve been privileged to see presidents up close and personal, right? Married to one. That’s right. Worked for one. And here’s what I know. That when you focus on helping the middle class, you end up lifting everybody. When you focus on helping the top, you help the top. That is not good enough.

Donald likes to say he’s on the side of American workers, but his actions tell a different story. Yes, he’s bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum for his construction projects. He should be buying good American-made steel that supports good American jobs. I’d like to hear Donald explain to American steelworkers filing for unemployment why he put Chinese steelworkers to work instead of steelworkers here in Pennsylvania. And for all of his talk about putting America first, he’s made many of his products in 12 different countries. So if he wants to make America great again, why doesn’t he start by making things in America again?

And we now know he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income taxes for years. He says that makes him smart. Well, I don’t know how smart you have to be to lose a billion dollars in a year in the first place. Especially answer me this: How do you lose a billion dollars when you’re in the casino business? Never could figure that out. But what it means is that every one of us here has paid more in federal income taxes than a billionaire has. That is wrong, and we’re going to end those kinds of loopholes and gimmicks.

I’ll tell you what, it also means that Donald has contributed zero – zero for our military, zero for our vets, zero for Pell Grants to help young people go to college, zero for our highways, zero for everything. And yet he stands up on the stage and he criticizes America. Well, it’s unfair and it’s wrong. With your help, we’re going to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II – jobs in infrastructure. Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems all need help, and those are a lot of good jobs waiting to be done – jobs that can’t be exported out of Pennsylvania.

I believe we can bring advanced manufacturing back to the United States. That’s why we will invest $10 billion in make it in America partnerships that bring together workers and unions and businesses, universities and community colleges. Some country is going to take the lead with precision machining. Some country is going to take the lead with 3D printing. We invented both of those technologies. We should take the lead and we should have the jobs.

We’re also going to fight climate change with clean, renewable energy jobs. And we’re going to help small businesses which will create two-thirds of all the new jobs in America. And we’re going to defend your right to organize and bargain collectively for higher wages and benefits. Don’t let anybody fool you, my friends; assault on worker rights and on unions is an assault on the middle class. It is time to say loudly and clearly right to work is wrong for workers and wrong for America.

So I’ve set some big goals. I’m excited about what we’re going to do, and it’s all going to put people to work right here. And sometimes folks say to me, ‘Well, how are you going to get that done? You go to the Congress.’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, I hope we’re going to elect some more Democrats.’ That would be number one. But number two, I think it’s going to be a very simple question: Are members of Congress, members of the Senate, going to be on the side of the rich, the powerful, and the wealthy, or on your side? And you know what? They’re going to have to answer that question. Because if they stay beholden to the special interests, if they continue to do the bidding of the lobbyists and the lawyers and others who stand there outside their doors – I’ve been in the Senate, I’ve seen it, I know it – if they’re going to continue to do the work of those who are already privileged in America, then I want to make sure that they don’t come back to Washington after the next election.

And look, we’re in a great, great high school here, and I’m so proud to be here. And so we’re going to do more to be a good partner with education, especially with educators. We’re going to start with universal pre-K, we want good schools with good teachers in every zip code so every kid gets a world-class education. And I want us to bring technical education back to high school. I think it was a mistake when we took it out. There are a lot of good jobs that you can be prepared for in today’s economy coming out of high school, maybe going to community college, going into an apprenticeship program, and I want to lift up that work.

A four-year college degree should not be and is not the only way to have a good job with a rising income and a satisfying life. We’re going to make public colleges and universities tuition free for any families making less than $125,000 a year. And we’re going to help you pay down your college debt. It’s going to be great to help you pay it back as a percentage of your income at your job so you’re never on the hook for more than you can afford. I worked on this with Senator Bernie Sanders, and it’s going to help to save. It’s going to help save people thousands of dollars. In fact, after here, or maybe while you are here, you can go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you and your family can save. We want you to know we’re going to deliver results for you.

I mean, ultimately, it’s pretty simple. I think the American dream is big enough for everybody and I want everybody to have a chance to get your piece of the American dream. So there’s a lot of work we’re going to be doing. We need to raise the national minimum wage. People who work full time should not be mired in poverty. We are, as Tim said, going to guarantee equal pay for women. Look, it’s not just a women’s issue. If you have a mother, which all of us do – if you have a mother, a wife, a daughter, or a sister who’s working, it’s your issue. It’s good for the entire family. It’s good for our economy.

So my friends, there’s a lot for us to do in the next 17 days, because we’ve got to get the word out. We’ve got to tell everybody what we’re doing and why this election is so critically important, and that’s where all of you – all of you – come in. If you do know people who are thinking about voting for our opponent–”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Nope.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “– well, you may – I hope you will stage an intervention – and I do hope you’ll talk about the reality versus the demagoguery of what we’ve seen in this campaign. We need to come together around all of the issues that are important to everybody, and as I said in the beginning, whatever issue you care about, it’s going to be on the ballot. I care a lot about making sure that women and girls are treated with dignity and respect that they deserve in our country. I care a lot about making sure that we save Social Security and we ensure that everybody has the benefits that they need in order to be able to live a decent life in retirement.

And boy, do I care a lot about our Constitution. And maybe it’s because on your behalf I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State – and I met a lot of people who envy us because we’ve been so steady and so committed to our constitutional system and our values. And what I hope is that you care as deeply as our founders did, as our parents and grandparents did, because maybe they came from somewhere else where they weren’t treated right, maybe they saw firsthand what it meant to be deprived of the rule of law.

Every time Donald Trump says he wants to jail his opponent, meaning me – I think to myself, we don’t do that in America. We actually have laws and courts and an independent judiciary. Or when he blows up at a journalist or criticizes the press and goes on and on and on. I get criticized by the press. I know that’s part of our democratic system. We believe in a free press, and boy, if you go to countries where there isn’t one, you will understand why that is so important.

And when he says there should be a religious test, a religious test for people at our borders – a country founded on religious freedom – you have to ask yourself who’s going to conduct the test. Are we going to get a quiz? And what if the border security official doesn’t believe you? Who gets to decide whether you come in or out based on your religion? And if you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you will go and look at the extraordinary statement by Mr. Khan on YouTube in a new video that we have put out. You remember he pulled out a Constitution at our convention. And he reveres our Constitution, and for good reason, because he too came from a place where there was no rule of law to speak of.

So whatever issue you care about, this is an issue that will be decided by this election, and that’s why I’m reaching out to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, everyone. I know that if we bring our talent, our energy, and our ambition to the work of building our country, we’re going to see the best days of America ahead of us. And when your children and your grandchildren ask what you did in 2016 when everything was on the line, I hope you’ll say you voted for a better America.

So here’s we go. Just remember you got to get out and vote. You got to get everybody you know to get out and vote. If you don’t know where you’re supposed to go vote, please go to iwillvote.com. You can put your information in and it’s the magic of the internet; they’ll tell you where you’re supposed to vote. You can go to hillaryclinton.comand sign up to volunteer, or you can take your phone out right now and text J-O-I-N, ‘Join,’ to 47246.

And if we can get all of you and everybody you know involved in these next 17 days, I will tell you this. It’s easy to forget how far our country has come. There are a lot of people here, as I said, whose parents and grandparents came as immigrants. My grandfather, Hugh Rodham, came as an immigrant as a young boy and settled in Scranton. And he went to work in the Scranton lace mills; went to work when he was still in his teens. He worked there until he retired at the age of 65. He believed in our country. He believed in the kind of future that he could get through his hard work.

That’s what I want everybody in our country to believe again. We’re going to unleash the talents, the innovation, and the energy that brought people like my grandfather here, but which we will harness for the future. Don’t let anybody tell you America’s best days are behind us; don’t believe that for a minute. We’re going to pull together. We’re going to make it clear that confidence and optimism, respect for each other, bringing folks together who may disagree but can begin to try to find common ground, is what’s always worked and it will work again. Help us. Help us create that kind of future and help us prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you all.”

TIM KAINE:

“Hillary, this energy must be a Pittsburgh thing. This just must be a Pittsburgh thing. Hillary and I are so glad to be with you this afternoon. We came right out of that great convention in Philadelphia and did a – and did a huge rally here right at the beginning of August. It is so great to be back together with 17 days to go to a wonderful victory.

We are not taking anything for granted in the next 17 days. And one of the things we want to do is ask for volunteers. Who is already volunteering for the campaign? All right. If you are not volunteering yet and you just have a whole lot of free time in the next 17 days, there are folks going around with clipboards. You can sign up. And you can also text TOGETHER to 47246. And they will bring you on board as we make history by electing Hillary Clinton as our president.

Hey, can I – can I just ask you guys, how fantastic was Hillary in the last debate?”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “All the debates.” TIM KAINE: “You’re right, not just the last debate, all three debates. All three debates.

Donald, Donald Trump, had been talking a lot about stamina. But, boy, at the end of those debates, he really looked like he was on the ropes. And Hillary looked like she would have said, ‘Yes.’ If they had said, ‘Why don’t we do five more debates?’ She would have said, ‘All right. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to go right now.’ When the – when the debate finished, Hillary was excited to get out and keep talking about her plans and her vision for this country. And Donald just couldn’t wait to get back to start tweeting out more insults. That’s what – that’s what he was focusing on.

Those debates showed so much. They showed Hillary’s preparation and her experience and judgment. But I think what they really showed was the temperament and the compassion and the grace and the poise that we want to see in our next president. In fact, I think if you had even watched those debates with the sound off, you still would have known there is only one person on this stage that we want to be president of the United States.

Now, you guys all know that Pennsylvania doesn’t vote until Election Day, but – but I want to tell you this. In states where early voting has already begun, we’re already seeing huge spikes at the polls in activity behind our ticket. Support for the Clinton-Kaine ticket is surging, even in red states like Arizona, because Americans have locked on and know that this election is about what kind of country we want for our children and they trust a stronger together vision that Hillary has laid out throughout this campaign. And they have also seen the kind of campaign that Donald Trump has run. And they’re wondering how somebody who wants to be president of the United States is running a campaign that demonstrates almost every day what a low opinion he has about the United States and about the voters of the United States.

I’m a – my wife, Anne, and I have a boy in the Marines. Donald says our military is a disaster. But Hillary got him to admit, Hillary got him to admit, basically on the stage of the first debate that he doesn’t even pay federal income taxes to support America’s troops.

Donald likes to trash-talk where the economy is, but we found out that he makes all of his products overseas. And he’s bought Chinese steel and aluminum to build his hotels, instead of buying American steel right here in Pennsylvania.

For some bizarre reason, for some bizarre reason, he praises authoritarian leaders, like Vladimir Putin, every chance he gets. And he even promises that he will seek political and legal retribution against his enemies if he is president. He shouldn’t –”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “He’s a loser.”

TIM KAINE: “Well, maybe – maybe he’s running for something else. And – and during the last debate, he even warned that he might not accept the results of American democracy. Folks, it was – it was like he ran a campaign and started and he insulted every group he could: Mexican Americans; immigrants; African Americans; Muslims; women; POWs, for gosh sake; Gold Star families. And he’s gotten to the end of campaign, and he’s insulted every possible group. Who’s left to insult? What he’s decided is, why don’t I insult the pillars of American democracy? We cannot let this guy be president.

And I don’t know if you’ve – if you’ve heard this thing because he seems to really like to say this thing, especially when he’s in Pennsylvania, that the election is going to be rigged. He’s losing, and he knows it. And he’s not a guy who would ever accept responsibility and say, ‘Oh, I lost an election because I ran the most divisive campaign in American history.’ He’s not going to accept responsibility. So it’s got to be somebody else’s fault, just like when The Apprentice didn’t win an Emmy award one year. And he said it was clearly rigged. This guy can’t take responsibility for anything, anything.

I think it proves that Mr. Khan, the Virginian from Charlottesville, the father of Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed as he protected the lives of his comrades-in-arms, Mr. Khan was right to ask the question, has Donald Trump even read the United States Constitution?

Now, I know we all think this has been a long election season and you can hear from my voice that it has been a long election season. And I only joined in the last 100 days. She’s had to do it for two years. Right? And I know that sometimes – and this is unfortunate, and this is a challenge that we have to embrace should we – should we have the honor of winning and serving. Sometimes it can seem like during this election cycle that we’re seeing the worst that our country has to offer. But let’s remind ourselves and feel good about that we’re also seeing something special, something good about our country. And that’s what brings you here tonight, something that – we’re seeing – we’re seeing something that doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough. It was right here in Pennsylvania that Hillary and I accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. You guys put us on our way with a fantastic convention. And – and after she finished her acceptance speech on that Thursday night, that powerful night, the Clinton and Kaine families, we walked out on the stage together as that massive –” AUDIENCE MEMBER: “Balloons.” TIM KAINE: “– group of balloons – yeah, the balloons. We had a – we’ve got some fans of the balloons here. And as we were standing out on that stage with our spouses and kids and nieces and nephew and kind of trying to absorb what it meant, I saw my 21-year-old daughter, Annella, trying to kind of take in what it meant. I saw my wife Anne, wife of 32 years come November 24, who’s been with me – been with me through thick and thin, trying to take it all in. And then my mom, Kathy, who’s 82, who was standing onstage with me and turned to me as the balloons were coming down and said, ‘Tim, this is the best night of my life.’ Hey, at least – at least for the next day and a half I got no criticisms or suggestions. I bought myself a little window that night.

And as I was standing there with Annella and my mom and so many others, something really started to hit home. Really started to hit home. And I’ve been thinking about this the whole campaign. I’ve been in public service for 22 years, since I ran for the Richmond city council in 1994 and won my first race by the landslide of 97 votes. And let me tell you something, I wouldn’t have gotten very far – in fact, I wouldn’t have gotten into my first office – without a whole lot of really amazing women who have lent me their strength along the way so that I could be the candidate. I could have my name on the bumper sticker or on the yard sign or on the ballot.

And that night – and that night in Philadelphia, that city of history, I wasn’t just thinking about the love and support of the strong women in my family. I was also thinking about women campaign managers and cabinet secretaries and agency heads and staff and volunteers and donors. And I was thinking about women voters who have enabled me to serve because let’s not forget, beginning with the presidential election of 1964, in every presidential election, women have made up the majority of the American electorate.

In other words, while I’m probably no more free of patting myself on the back than anybody in politics, if I really think about it I know that I’ve only gotten the positions of leadership and responsibility because I’ve had a lot of strong women who were willing to support me so that I could be the person getting the headline and doing the job. So when Hillary asked me three months ago today, the 22nd of July, if I would be her running mate, I was honored to have the chance to play the role for her that so many strong women have played for me.

Now, make no mistake. Women in America have come an awful long way. Even 50 years ago, women couldn’t get a credit card – couldn’t get a credit card – without a man to cosign for them. They needed a husband’s permission to start a business. They needed a husband’s permission or cosigner to rent an apartment. And in some states in our lifetime, women were even barred from serving on juries. So we’ve come a long way, but so much of the progress that we’ve made, progress that we should feel good about, is at stake in this election.

Instead of turning back the clock on women like Donald Trump wants to do, we should be doing everything we can possibly do to keep pushing forward because, folks, it’s 2016. Isn’t it time that women were paid the same wages and salaries as men? Isn’t it time that women should be able to take off work to care for a child or relative without losing their job? I didn’t tell Hillary this – Hillary, I went out and shook some hands with some folks who weren’t able to come in because you guys turned out in such numbers that some were outside.

And a woman holding a 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter in her arms, I said, “Tell me about your son” – it was a daughter – ‘Tell me about your daughter.’ And she said, ‘When my daughter was born, when I was at the hospital I got fired from my job. I got fired from my job because there was no maternity leave.’ And she started to cry. This was 3 and a half years ago. And I said, ‘Well, we’ve made a commitment that we’re going to do somebody about that, and not just for women, either. Women and men ought to be able to take off time when their kids are born or to care for a sick parent.’ And I told her, ‘You may not be able to get into the rally, but because you said that to us, Hillary and I will even have more energy because this is one of these things that we need to fix. It’s about time.’

And how about this: After 240 years of American history, isn’t it about time that a woman can serve as president of the United States and commander-in-chief? Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Of course it’s time. Well, I think you can tell from the reaction that it’s not only strong women but also strong men who feel that now is the time. Now is the time. Now is the time.

Is there anybody out in this audience – is there anybody out in this audience who’s tried to do something for the first time? In your house, in your family, in your neighborhood, maybe in your workplace, in the school, tried to do something that hasn’t been done before? And you know how hard that is? Is there anybody out there that when you’ve tried to do that or tried to do something hard, you’ve had people say to you, ‘Hey, I don’t think that’s going to happen,’ or ‘I don’t think the time is right for you,’ or ‘Somebody else is probably more qualified,’ or ‘Somebody else is ahead of you?’ And sometimes the voice that says that to you is the voice of an adversary who wants to get in your way. And sometimes it’s the voice of a friend who says, ‘Don’t get your hopes up. I don’t want you to be disappointed.’ And sometimes that voice isn’t even an external voice. It’s a voice inside because let’s face it, we all carry a little bit of doubt inside of us. And at that moment when we’re most going to reach for our dreams, that headwind, that voice that you can’t do it or it’s not your time, whether it’s from the outside or the inside, kicks in. Everybody knows this. Everybody’s experienced this.

Let me tell you something about Hillary Clinton. She has heard that her entire life. She’s heard it her entire life that maybe the time isn’t right, or if you’re going to be in this profession, no, that’s more for guys than – she has heard this her entire life. She’s heard it repeatedly during this campaign. She’s heard it during this campaign. But guess what? Hillary Clinton has never let that voice stand in her way. She’s never let it stand in her way. Never let it stand in her way. And as your next president, Hillary Clinton is not going to let anyone stand in your way. She’s not going to let anybody stand in your way. Just think about this. Just think about this. Hillary’s mom was born before women had the right to vote. And Hillary’s daughter Chelsea will now get to vote for her mom to be president. That’s the kind – that is the kind of generational progress that this country holds for all of us when we do our best work.

So that’s why we’ve got to do our best work for the next 17 days because in just 17 short days, we can forever – and I mean forever – change the way little girls and little boys look at their future in this country. Because if you can be president of the United States, you can do anything. And that’s what Hillary Clinton’s election – that’s the message that her election will send.

So Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, my friends here, that’s why I’m just so proud to be a strong man supporting a strong woman who will be the next president of the United States. And she will show that in America, we really are stronger together. Please join me in welcoming our next president, Hillary Clinton.”

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In other news: You may have encountered what was variously being touted as “Trump’s 100 Day Speech” and “Trump’s Gettysburg Address.”  On Gettysburg’s hallowed ground, Trump vowed to prosecute his accusers (a new one surfaced after the speech),  remove environmental regulations, abolish Obamacare (of course), and impose term limits on members of Congress.

Christina Reynolds at HFA offered this statement.

HFA Statement on Trump’s Closing Argument

HFA Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds offered the following statement on Trump’s “closing argument” speech today in Gettysburg, PA:

“Today, in what was billed as a major closing argument speech, Trump’s major new policy was to promise political and legal retribution against the women who have accused him of groping them. Like Trump’s campaign, this speech gave us a troubling view as to what a Trump State of the Union would sound like—rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media, and lacking in any real answers for American families.”

Trump’s plan ignores the fact that the USA shares the earth with other countries.  Whatever pollution his deregulation releases into the atmosphere endangers all life on earth.  We only get one earth.  This is it. This is the one planet we get.  We are the stewards not the owners. It is among the more troubling aspects of the Republican attitudes and policy planning.

Trump’s vindictive agenda in his own name and paltry menu for the American people is in stark contrast to Hillary’s plans.  On the tarmac in Pittsburgh prior to leaving for Philadelphia, Hillary and Tim held a press gaggle in which they both discussed Trump’s self-centered, mean-spirited postures.

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At Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, Hillary Clinton held an organizing event.  She urged Pennsylvanians to register to vote before the October 11 deadline.  Look for Hillary around the 1:20 mark.

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Hillary and Chelsea sat down with Elizabeth Banks for a town hall in Haverford, Pennsylvania today.

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The event, at West Philadelphia High School, attracted a lot of young voters ready to sign up their peers to vote in their first presidential election.


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In West Philadelphia, Clinton Calls Trump the Wrong Choice for America’s Economy

At a voter registration event in West Philadelphia on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton made the latest stop in her campaign’s “Three Million Stronger” Initiative, to register and commit three million Americans to vote this November. Clinton also highlighted her five-part economic plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and contrasted her agenda for tax fairness and investing in Pennsylvania with Donald Trump’s plan to give large tax breaks to the wealthy and people like him – including what could be a $4 billion tax break to his own family.  Clinton said, “I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.”

After the event, Hillary for Pennsylvania launched a West Philadelphia canvass led by local hip-hop artist Freeway.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello, Philadelphia.  Oh, wow.  I am – Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  I am so excited to be back in the city that hosted the greatest convention.  I can’t tell you as I’ve been traveling across the country how many people have said to me how much they loved being in Philadelphia. And, believe it or not, there are so people who hadn’t been to Philadelphia before the convention.  And they left loving this city.  And I can’t thank all of you enough for all the hospitality.

I want to thank my longtime friend Congressman Bob Brady.  Thanks to Mayor Jim Kenney; State Senator Vincent Hughes; State Representative Dwight Evans; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; City Council President Darrell Clarke; a longtime friend of mine, former City Councilwoman Marian Tasco; and all of those who spoke in the preprogram.  And to everybody gathered here, it is exciting to be back.  And, as you heard, we want you all to register to vote. We have places to register because we don’t want you on the sidelines come November.  This is the most consequential election.  The stakes could not be higher.  And we want everybody in Philadelphia, everybody across Pennsylvania to be part of a great victory in November and then the future that we’re going to build together.

Have any of you been watching the Olympics?  Well, I’ve got to tell you I am a big Olympics fan, those athletes, what they give up, the sacrifice, the work.  I understand that Philadelphia’s own Nia Ali just made the first round heat in the 100 Meter Hurdles today, but Team USA is showing the world what this country stands for. I am proud of our team there, and I am proud of the incredible teamwork that they show.  I was thinking the other day when Donald Trump speaks, he speaks about fear.  He speaks about such negativity and such pessimism. And then I watch the Olympics, and it’s exactly the opposite. You have young people going out, doing their best every day to get prepared to compete.  And that’s what we’re going to do in America.  There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.

I was up in Scranton yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden. And we had a great day.  Both Joe and I have roots in Scranton.  So we saw a lot of people that we’re related to, a lot of people who tell us we’re related to them. But it just reminded me of how lucky we are to be part of a country that has provided so much opportunity.  It’s not perfect.  We know that.  But there is no place that has provided more opportunity to my grandfather, who came here as a young immigrant, worked in a factory, created a great life, family; and then my dad, who was a small businessman in Chicago, worked hard.  And I want that story to be true for every American family. And that is – that is the principal motivation that I have in this campaign.

People say to me all the time, I mean, ‘How do you do it?’  They see me on TV.  I’m in one state.  Then I’m in another state.  Then I’m in another state.  And I’m lucky.  I can sleep on planes and in cars.  So that helps.  But what it’s really all about is getting up every day and being motivated to make sure that every person in this crowd and every person in this commonwealth and every person in this country has the same chance to live up to your dreams, the same opportunities that previous generations of Americans enjoyed. And that’s why we’re going to keep talking about what kind of jobs we’re going to create.

I met the principal of this beautiful school a little earlier. And I met two of her students, who are about to graduate, right there.  Thank you both. Young man […] We need you. Young woman wants to be a surgeon.  Thank you.  We need you. I met another young woman who told me she wanted to be a surgeon, and people tell her, oh, she can’t be a surgeon.  I don’t remember where she went, this young woman.  But don’t you believe it.  Don’t you believe it.  We’re going to lift people up.  We’re going to help every single person in America live up to those dreams. And we’re going to do it by creating more good jobs, jobs in infrastructure, jobs in advanced manufacturing, jobs in clean energy.  We’re going to do it by investing in education, from early childhood education all the way into lifelong learning.

I want to thank the mayor again for his commitment to early childhood education.  I want to thank the superintendent, who I met earlier, Superintendent Hite, for his commitment to early childhood education.  And I particularly want to thank all the teachers and educators in the audience, who make dreams come true. So I know what we can do together, but how are we going to pay for it?  Well, I’ll tell you how we’re going to pay for it.  We’re going where the money is.  We’re going after the super wealthy.  We’re going after the corporations.  We’re going after Wall Street so they pay their fair share.

That’s why I was so surprised when Donald Trump came out and talked about the economy because, actually, he would give trillions of dollars in more tax breaks to the wealthy. He wants a new tax loophole that we call the Trump loophole that would actually help him and everybody else who is really wealthy to cut their tax rate in half on a lot of their income.  He wants to eliminate the estate tax, which does nothing for 99.8 percent of all Americans, but if Trump is as wealthy as he claims to be, it would save his family $4 billion.  Now, I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.

So I think we know what we need to do.  The question is whether we will do it, and that all comes down to who shows up and votes.  That’s why we have been registering voters in our campaign.  We launched a drive to register three million voters and get those voters to commit to vote because it doesn’t do you any good if you register and you don’t show up.  Right?  So we’ve got people waving over there.  They’ve got their voter registration forms for you. And we want you to be part of this.

So here’s what I’m asking.  I’m asking you to register yourself, and I’m asking you to ask everybody you know to register, because when we do that, we make a commitment that we care about what’s going to happen in this election.  And we also care about winning back the Senate, making the Senate Democratic again. And trying to pick up some more Democrats in the House of Representatives.  That will help, too. You see, I have this old-fashioned idea, looking at our last two Democratic Presidents, President Obama – and a guy named Clinton – that we got a lot done for America when they were in office.  Right?

When I hear folks criticizing President Obama, I’m thinking, well, what don’t they like?  They don’t like the fact that he helped us save the economy from the worst financial crash since the 1930s? They don’t like the fact we now have 20 million more people who have access to affordable health care? They don’t like the fact that his intervention saved the auto industry and imposed the toughest new rules on Wall Street?  What don’t they like?  And when I hear people criticize Bill, I think, what don’t they like, the peace or the prosperity? I mean it’s kind of hard to know.

So don’t be complacent, my friends, because even though we’re doing fine right now, I’m not taking anybody, anywhere, for granted.  We’re going to work hard these next 85 days.  And I can’t do it without your help. Now, we have packets for you at the door so you can also canvass, meet your neighbors, canvass across West Philly after this event.  This evening we’re opening our Southwest Philly office on 52nd and Cedar. Stop by.  The deadline for registering is October 11th.  So we have work to do.

But here’s what I promise you.  I promise you that we’re going to go not only as hard as we can to win this election, but then to go as hard as we can to achieve the results that the country needs.  And that’s why I talk specifically about what I want to do.  I know that some people make fun of me.  They say, oh, she has all these plans, and you can go to my website and read my plans.  But I’ll tell you.  You know why I do that?  Because I want you to know what I’m going to try to do so that you can both help me and hold me accountable for doing what I told you I want to do.

We want to create millions of new good jobs in infrastructure because our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, are falling apart.  Our water systems, our sewer systems, are falling apart.  And we also need a new, modern electric grid to be able to take and distribute all the clean, renewable energy that we’re going to be producing. And when people say to me, ‘Well, we can’t bring manufacturing back to the United States,’ I say, ‘But I’ve seen it.’  I have seen what we can do.  I have been in plants in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, across America, who are doing just that.  And when I meet the people, there’s such pride and dignity.

When I was in Johnstown Wire Technologies on our bus trip with Tim Kaine and I met people working there, I met a young Marine veteran.  He’s been there now for a couple years.  He is as proud as he can be because he’s making something that really makes a difference and that is exported around the world from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. So don’t tell me we can’t make things.  I know we can.

I was in a plant outside of Detroit last week.  It used to be an auto supply plant.  And then in 2000 – it was started in 1955 by the grandfather of the guy who’s the chair of their board now.  In 1955, they started.  They were making auto parts.  Then in 2000, their main customer, one of the auto makers, moved a lot of their production.  Now, they could have been really just broken by that.  They could have said, you know what?  We got to close up shop.  But that’s not what they did.  They were so determined to keep that business doing.  So they said, what skills do we have?  What can we do now?  And they got into the aerospace business.  So there I saw the nose cone of an F-35.  There I saw the parts they’re making for NASA for the rocket that will take astronauts on the manned mission to Mars, in Warren, Michigan, a place that used to make auto parts which is now literally making rocket parts.

And you know what I thought? I thought, wait a minute.  This could have been one of those sort of ‘poor me’ stories.  We can’t do it.  We can’t compete.  But instead, people got up and said, ‘Yes, we can,’ and yes, they did.  Right? And I started looking at the machines that they were using, a lot of precision machines made in Germany, made in Japan, made in Italy.  And I said to the workers there, ‘Could we make those machines?’ They said, ‘You bet we could.’ If we have the right partnership between our government and manufacturing, we can have a renaissance in manufacturing and jobs that will give people good livings and the pride and dignity of work.

And here’s something we don’t say often enough.  More than half of the jobs that are predicted for 2020 are not going to require a four-year college degree.  So I want to make college affordable for everybody, and we’re going to get that done. I want to help you refinance and pay down your student debt if you already have that. But I also want to make sure community college is free and we have more technical education back in our high schools. I want us to have more apprenticeships so that more young people get the skills that they can use to fill those jobs in 2020.

So I am optimistic.  And another big area where I’m optimistic is clean, renewable energy, where we’re going to be the 21st century clean energy superpower.  Not China, not Germany.  The United States of America.  So I know we can do this.  We got ourselves out of the worst financial crash.  We’re standing.  Now we’re going to start running again.  And we are particularly going to focus on young people who have been left out of education and the job market, and middle aged and older people who have lost jobs and need new skills to be able to compete and win again in the job market.

And while we’re doing that, we’re going to start at the very beginning with early childhood education, universal prekindergarten. Because we are stronger together, and we need all of our people to feel that they’ve got a shot.  You know, even Abraham Lincoln talked about how important it was to give every American a fair shot in the race of life.  That’s what we’ve got to get back to.  It’s just wrong that some people do well and other people feel like they’re never going to catch up.  So I want to be a president for not only Democrats, but Republicans and Independents too. I want to be a president for the struggling, the striving, and the successful.  I want to be a president for those who voted for me, and those who don’t vote for me.  Because we are all in this together.

So there’s a lot we can do on the economy, there’s a lot we can do on education.  There’s a lot we can do on healthcare.  We’re going to build on the Affordable Care Act, and we’re going to get the cost of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles down.  And we’re going to tackle the high cost of prescription drugs. And we are going to do more to help people deal with mental health and addiction problems. I probably have more people talking to me about mental health and addiction than nearly anything else.  You know, folks talk about the economy, they talk about education.  But when it gets really personal – you know, I’m in a coffee shop, or talking to folks on a line here, and somebody takes my hand and pulls me closer, what they talk to me about is mental health and addiction.  And shame on us if we don’t do more to help people who are suffering, and families who are in pain because of that.

And we are going to have a national security and foreign policy that America can be proud of.  We are going to lead the world in accordance with our values, in pursuance of our interest, and in furtherance of our security, along with our friends and allies.  It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear Donald Trump try to talk about national security.  It’s not just – as Joe Biden says, it’s not just that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  That’s bad enough.  But what he often says hurts us.  It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike in the world.

And we are living in a complex world, one where we need steadiness, where we’ve got to have a real sense of how we’re going to get to where we want to go, to help as many people, to keep our country safe, but to do it with the kind of bigness, the kind of confidence that really marks America at our best.  You know, sometimes when I hear Trump talking about how we should all be so afraid all the time, and then I find a few minutes to watch the Olympics, I think, my goodness, you know, when you go out and compete, not everybody can win, but you’ve got to do your best.  And can you imagine Michael Phelps or Simone Biles, or all these other great American athletes in the locker rooms saying, well, I don’t know, I’m too afraid to go out and compete?  No.  They get out there.  They compete.  They do their best.  They demonstrate the kind of spirit that we want from all Americans.

And then finally, I think we have to defend the advances in rights that we have made here in America. And I am very proud of our young people.  This is the most tolerant and generous generation that we’ve ever seen in America. And yes, we are going to defend human rights, and civil rights, and women’s rights, and gay rights, and voter rights, and worker rights. Because if we’re going to lift everybody up, we need to do it in a way that lets those people feel that their dignity is respected as well.

And, yes, I am going to take on the gun lobby to try to save lives here in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. And as I said here in Philadelphia in my speech, that doesn’t mean I want to abolish the Second Amendment.  That doesn’t mean that I want to round up people’s guns.  What that means is I want to keep you from being shot by somebody who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We can’t let this go on.  We need comprehensive background checks, close the gun show loophole, the online loophole.  We need to pass a law finally that says people who are on the terrorist watch list can’t buy – can’t buy weapons in America.

So I’m excited about what we can do, but first we’ve got to get there.  So let me thank you for being out here on a hot August afternoon at this beautiful high school.  And let me ask you to be sure to register to canvas, to be part of this campaign.  Because I’m not trying to just win an election.  I’m trying to build a base of voters who understand that we’ve got to stand up for these rights, we have to work for these causes, we have to be committed to these goals, who will get up with me after the election and work to make sure that we actually deliver the results that we all know we need.  So my friends, let’s go to work, and let’s build the future that America deserves.  Thank you and God bless you.”

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They met up on the tarmac in Scranton, two long-time buddies who used to have breakfast almost every Tuesday morning at Joe’s residence when Hillary was Secretary of State.

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And then they were off to the rally.  In her speech, Hillary, wearing blue, hearkened back to her blue-collar roots in Scranton.  She told the audience that her grandfather’s job at a lace factory provided profit-sharing and health care at the beginning of the 20th century.

Joe gave shout outs to Bob Casey. He reminisced about his appearance in Scranton eight years ago with Hillary and Bill Clinton.

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Joe spoke powerfully about what it will mean when Hillary becomes president.  He said she has always been there and that is her life story.  He called Trump’s cynicism unbounded.  He said no candidate has ever known less about national security than Donald Trump and that he doesn’t seem to want to learn it.  Speaking about Trump got Joe’s Irish up. It was awesome.  If you listen to nothing else here, listen to the last half of Joe’s speech.  It is scathing, and it is true.


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Joined by Clinton In Scranton, Biden Calls Out Trump For Already Making America Less Safe

Joined by Hillary Clinton in Scranton on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden called out Donald Trump for already making America less safe.  Biden pointed to Trump’s dismissal of our European allies, his comments on Ukraine, his praise for Saddam Hussein, his support of torture, his slander of the Muslim parents of a Gold Star family, and his dangerously irresponsible lies about President Obama and ISIL to emphasize the security dangers of a Trump presidency.

Biden’s remarks on Trump’s dangerous national security proposals are transcribed below:

JOE BIDEN:

“Look at the people who have come out, scores and scores of the most prominent Republican thinkers in the national security field.  They have come out in both political parties and party.  He has no idea what he’s talking about.  Even confronted with the facts, he doesn’t want to learn them.  Few times he tries to deal with the facts, he reveals a profound misunderstanding of what to say.  Just listen for a second.  Listen to him.  He belittles our closest allies in this hemisphere and in Europe.  Nations that stand with us, are part of our security network, that are with us when we address every international challenge, those who fought and bled alongside us for decades, he wants to toss those relationships aside, like the ones that – like his failed business ventures or something.  In the meantime, he talks cavalierly about encouraging other nations, as Hillary pointed out, to develop nuclear weapons, as if nuclear war is some trivial affair.  Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?  Where was he when – in school? Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted.  There’s a guy that follows me right back here, has the nuclear codes.  So God forbid anything happened to the President and I had to make a decision.  The codes are with me all – he is not qualified to know the code. He can’t be trusted.

I was proud.  My son Beau served for a year in Iraq, came back a highly decorated soldier.  I must tell you. I must tell you had Donald Trump been president, I would have thrown my body in front of him – no, I really mean it – to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Trump’s decision.

Every president since Harry Truman has looked toward Europe whole, free, and at peace.  One of the most consequential people right now who is trying to undo that is a man that Donald Trump says he admires.  Now, I’m not big on the character assassination stuff.  I really mean that.  If you look at everything, any campaign I’ve ever run, I’m just trying to – like that old program of Walter Brennan, ‘Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.’ Oh, that was Joe Friday, actually. But he says he admires Vladimir Putin. No, no, no, no, no.  It’s more than – it’s more than the ‘Ew’ about it.  Here’s the deal.  What is Putin’s objective, as Hillary knows as well as anyone, dealing with Putin as I have and the President has and John Kerry, Putin is determined to crack NATO and crack the European Alliance.  That is his overarching, overwhelming interest.

I’m heading from here, getting on a plane and flying to Kosovo, then to Serbia, and then I am going to the Baltic States.  You know one of the reasons I am going is to make sure – to reassure those who are members of NATO and the Baltic States we mean what we say, we mean what we say, the sacred alliance of 60 years because they’re worried.

Listen to his comments about Ukraine.  He assures us Russia will not move on Ukraine.  But if he could not understand it, they’ve already moved on Ukraine and occupy Crimea.  This guy’s shame has no limits.  He’s even gone so far as to ask Putin and Russia to conduct cyberattacks against the United States of America. No, no.  Even if he is joking,  which he’s not, even if he’s joking, what an outrageous thing to say.

Look, folks.  These are not isolated examples.  He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century, a man who repeatedly backed terror attacks against Israel because he was supposedly – the reason he admires him – he was a killer of terrorists.  That’s why he likes Saddam.  He would have loved Stalin.  He would have loved Stalin.

Look.  This says a lot about his approach.  It explains why he’s so often embraced tactics of terrorist enemies themselves – religious intolerance, casting entire communities culpable for the acts of a few in the community.  Torture, when he knows it’s illegal, and says he would still order it even though the military commanders said they would not obey his orders.  When can you think of, ever, in history where military commanders have said, before a man or woman is elected, that they would not follow his orders?  Threatening to kill innocent family members of suspects.  Indiscriminate bombing, what he calls for.  That’s how anyone hoping to lead this great democracy in the world should behave?

Look.  He likes autocrats.  He wills the politics of fear and intolerance, calling for a ban on Muslims in the United States, slandering proud Muslim parents of a Gold Star family who paid the ultimate sacrifice, threatening to send American citizens to Guantanamo – oh, I tell you, this guy’s okay. Look. Trump’s ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American.  They reveal a profound ignorance of our constitution. It’s a recipe for playing into the hands – and I will end this because you’ve been standing so long – it’s a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda.

Last year ISIL’s top leader, who we’ve been tracking since we got bin Laden, Hillary, me, John, everyone else, the President – his name is al-Baghdadi.  And he revealed the goal of ISIL.  He just said it straight out.  You can go on a website.  He said, their goal is to ‘compel the crusaders to actively destroy the grey zones themselves,’ meaning anywhere where Christians and Muslims live, he calls a grey zone.  He said their objective is to actively destroy that grey zone.  Muslims in the West, he says, will have to quickly find themselves between two choices:  either apostatize, or immigrate to the Islamic State, and thereby escape prosecution.  How does he make the case?  By pointing out that no Muslim is welcome in the West.  ISIL wants to manufacture a clash of civilizations between us versus them.  Trump is trying to give them exactly what they want.

Last week he stood in front of a crowd in Florida and said President Obama founded a terrorist organization, ISIL. Now, look.  Look.  This I really should end with.  That’s an outrageous statement.  But let me tell you why it’s a dangerous statement.  As he might say, the bad guys are listening.  Yesterday the head of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, Iran’s top terrorist surrogate and a direct threat to our ally Israel, repeated Trump’s claim in the entire Muslim world and around the world that President Obama founded ISIL.  You say, well, what difference does that make?

Here’s exactly what the leader of Hezbollah said, referring to Trump’s accusation.  He said this.  ‘This is not’ – this is a spokesman for ISIL – I mean, excuse me, for Hezbollah –‘This is not a simple speech,’ referring to Trump.  I’m quoting him.  ‘This is an American presidential candidate.  This was spoken on behalf of the American Republican Party.  And he’ – meaning Trump – ‘has the data and documents to back it up.’

If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks.  It’s gone up a couple clicks.  You saw what’s happening in Turkey, where some in Turkey are accusing us of being part of the coup attempt.  Ladies and gentlemen, does he have any idea of the adverse consequences these outlandish comments have on our allies, or friends, and the physical safety of our troops?  Trump is already making our country less safe.”

Biden’s full remarks, as transcribed, are below:

JOE BIDEN:

“Hello, folks.  It is good to be home.  Folks, let me tell you what Scranton does deserve.”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “Love you, Joe!”

JOE BIDEN: “Well, thank you. Scranton deserves what it’s always deserved because it is made up of so many people with grit and courage – I mean this sincerely, from the bottom of my heart – with grit, courage, determination, who never, never, ever give up.  They deserve someone who not only understands them; they deserve someone who is with them.  And they deserve someone who’s made of the same stuff.  That’s Hillary Clinton.  That’s who she is.

It’s good to be home with so many friends.  As I look around, I – matter of fact, one of the people in the reception line said, ‘My aunt owns your house.’ Tell her I’m coming, I’m coming home. I was there when I was running, and up in the bedroom written on the wall still is, ‘Joe Biden slept here.’ And then it said, ‘Lived here.’  I’m glad they added the ‘Lived here’ part.

I’m often asked why we moved from Green Ridge to Claymont, Delaware and then Wilmington.  Claymont is a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware.  And it’s because of Bob Casey. No, look, no, the Caseys lived five blocks from us, just around the corner from St. Clare’s.  And I am midway between Bobby’s dad and Bobby.  And I knew only one of us were going to make it out of Green Ridge, and knew it wasn’t going to be me. So I had to move.  There was too much Casey talent in the neighborhood.  Bobby, you’re a great friend and a great, great United States Senator.  Thank you.

As they say in southern Delaware, they talk at you like this:  Matt Cartwright, that boy, he married up.  He married right up to the […] I tell you, I don’t know, always seeking influence.  I – but you got it, man.  And, Matt, you’re doing a wonderful job as well and have become a very dear friend as well.  Thank you.

I’ve been home since this time, but I stood here eight years ago kicking off our campaign with Hillary and Bill Clinton at my side, having my back.  It was just me up here.  They came to show their support.  And I want to make it clear that as Scranton has always had my back, we, in fact, all of us, are going to have your back, Hillary. Scranton has been so – some of the folks in our administration were there on election night when the results were coming in.  I give you my word as a Biden, I asked one and only one question:  What did we do in the Northeast? And we won by a larger margin than we had any time before, and the rest didn’t matter.  I took full credit for it.  Nothing to do with it.

You know, if you listen to Barack, you’d think I was a kid who just climbed out of a coal mine with a lunch box, from Scranton.  I’m the kid from Scranton.  Well, I am from Scranton and I was a kid at one time.  But so often, quite frankly, my people in Delaware resent it.  I’ve represented them for 36 years as a U.S. Senator and 44 years in high public office, and I swear to God, Hillary, there’s a parade that started on the Fourth of July about just as I was getting started in ’72, and it was called the Hockessin parade.  It’s right on the Pennsylvanian border.  And from the time my boys were then three and four years old – four and five years old at the – actually three and four years old, they were in the parade with me.  And so when my Beau became – and he was the most popular politician in Delaware – I would tag along with him – no, for real – in the parade.

So one of the things I’m trying to do, Hillary, after the people of Delaware being so generous to me all these years, and to Beau as attorney general, I am trying to go back and do as many things in the last year at home in Delaware to show my affection and my appreciation.  And so I was in the Fourth of July parade in Hockessin recently, surprising the press and everyone because I was there.  And there were thousands of people there, many of the same people that waited five hours in line to pay respects at my son’s viewing.  And I was there to thank them for the overwhelming support they gave me for all those years.  And as I continued along the parade route, two guys came running up to me – big guys, both guys I had played ball with – bigger than me.  Secret Service was about to have a heart attack.  And they said, Joe, what in the hell’s all this stuff about Scranton?  You’re from Claymont, god darn it.  You’re from Claymont.  And you’re from Delaware still, aren’t you, Joe?  So y’all have to write a note, tell them I love Scranton, it’s my home.

But you know what, home is where your character is stamped.  Where it’s stamped into your soul.  Where your values are set.  Where your view of the world and your place in that world begin.  For me, that was 2446 North Washington Avenue, around my grandfather Finnegan’s table – and it’s where I learned that money doesn’t determine your net worth.  That no one – that no one – I mean this sincerely.  This is not hyperbole.  This is deadly earnest.  I learned that no one is more worthy than you, and everyone is your equal.  I learned from my mother, Catherine Eugene Finnegan-Biden that – and she said this so many times.  She’d look me in the eye and say, Joey, look at me.  Remember, you’re defined by your courage, and you’re redeemed by your loyalty. She’d go on to say – because everybody’s had tough times – she said, as long as you’re alive, you have an obligation to strive.  And you’re not dead until you’ve seen the face of God.

What I learned here from my father is that I could be anything I wanted to be.  That anything could be accomplished.  This is not a joke.  This is real.  That the measure of your character is not whether you’ll get knocked down and you’ll fall, because you will.  The measure is how quickly you get up. I learned – I learned about resilience from my father.  Who, like many of you, and many of your parents, made what I call the longest walk.  The longest walk any man or woman can make is a short flight of stairs to their child’s bedroom to say, honey, I’m sorry we can’t live here anymore.  We lost the house.  Or Daddy or Mommy doesn’t have a job.  I remember my Dad making that walk.  Moving us to my grandfather’s home.  I remember, but what I remember most was him saying, but I promise you, everything, everything is going to be – we can’t go back to St. Paul’s – you can’t play in Green Ridge Little League anymore.  But I promise you, everything is going to be okay.

And he meant it.  He knew it.  Because there used to be a basic bargain back then.  There used to be a bargain, if you worked like hell for the outfit you work with and they did well, you got to participate.  That was the bargain.  And what Hillary is all about is making sure that every one of you – every one of you can look your child and your grandchild in the eye, and say, honey, I mean this sincerely, everything is going to be okay.  Think how many people you know who don’t feel like they can say that right now.  My father, when he said it, on the balls of his heels, he meant it.  Because he thought that there was just a clear shot if you worked hard.

Everything I learned at my father and grandfather’s table was reinforced by my neighbors and my friends all around this town.  Pride, independence, resiliency.  When I moved away from Scranton, I was going into 4th grade.  But I never left.  I spent summers, holidays, college weekends, weddings, funerals, first communions, bat mitzvahs – and by the way, for me it was Nay Aug Park, it wasn’t the Lake.  I always remember – I always remember – but I’ve been taught what you all believe up here.  Everyone’s entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter who they are.

That America – that America – And Hillary gets this better than anybody I know.  That America can be defined in one single word: possibilities. That’s the thing about America – that’s the thing about Scranton.  That’s the thing about who we are.  Anything is possible.  That’s the America I know.  And ladies and gentlemen, that’s the America Hillary Clinton knows.  You know the people I trust most?  In public life – I’ve been doing this a long time – I trust the people who – the feeling starts in their gut, moves to their heart, and then is articulated by a great mind.  Hillary understands the hopes and aspirations of the people in Claymont and Scranton and every Scranton and Claymont in the United States of America.

I’ve known her for over 30 years.  I knew her before she was first lady.  When she became first lady.  When we served together in the Senate.  During her years as Secretary of State, once a week, we’d have breakfast in my home.  I became the Obama whisperer. She’d look at me and say, what did he mean by that?  He loves her.  Everybody knows.  This has never been an issue with Hillary.  Unlike, it’s a gigantic issue with her opponent.  But all kidding aside, everybody – by the way, my family is right there.  The Finnegans.  How are you?  I didn’t even see you.  Secret Service, you see that beautiful young girl there?  Make sure she gets back when I leave the stage, okay?  Because we’re not leaving until I get a hug.

Anyway, sorry guys.  It’s kind of a family thing. But look, think about it.  Everybody has known from day one how smart, how bright Hillary is.  Everybody knows how tough she is. But what I don’t think everybody knows enough about – it may be the difference between the Irish Catholic and the Methodist piece here – we wear everything on our sleeve.  I don’t think they fully understand how passionate she is about what she does. I want you to listen just for a minute.  I don’t even want you to clap.  I want you – because I want to make sure you understand what I know about her.

You know, she understands that that college loan to get a bright young girl or boy to school is about a lot more than whether or not they’re going to get a chance.  It’s about the pride and the dignity of the parent who looks at that child.  I mean this sincerely.  Please don’t – just listen to this.  I remember, I was – went down to my Dad’s place of work to pick up a car.  And he was wandering back and forth in the parking lot.  The secretary said, ‘He’s out there.’  And I walked out.  And he said, Joey, I’m so sorry.  I’m so damn sorry.  This is before cell phones.  I thought maybe something happened.

He said, ‘I went to the bank today, honey; they won’t lend me the money to get you to school.  I’m so ashamed.’  A damaging thing to a parent is to look at a talented child, or a sick child, or a child in need, and not be able to do anything.  She’s understood that for years.  She’s understood for years that millions of people here in Scranton and Claymont and all across America went to bed staring at a ceiling thinking, my God, what happens if she develops breast cancer?  Or he gets lung cancer?  What happens?  We lose everything.  What do we do then?

A lot of you remember those days.  My family remembers those days.  She gets it.  She understands what it will mean – and I really mean this – it’s more than about her.  She understands what it means for these beautiful young girls – and I’m being serious now – these three beautiful little girls I’m looking at now, what it will mean to them when it’s President Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will change their lives.  It will change their lives.  It will prove that my daughter and my granddaughter can do anything my son and grandsons can do.  That’s what it will mean.  It’s consequential.

So let me say this as clearly as I can.  If you live in a neighborhood like I grew up in, where my wife Jill grew up in, Willow Grove, or down in Claymont, if you worry about your job, getting decent pay, if you worry about your children’s education, if you’re taking care of an elderly parent after losing the other one, then there’s only one person in this election who will possibly help you.  And that is Hillary Clinton.  Folks, she’s always been there.  It’s not a joke.  You know, you see – use phrases like that – but she has always been there.  That’s her life story.  And let’s state the obvious: that is not Donald Trump’s life story.  Senator Ted Kaufman, who you know very well, Hillary, served with you.  He used to be my administrative assistant for years and years, graduate of the Wharton School, an engineer by degree at Duke.  He said he had a professor at the Wharton School – the Wharton School, by the way, isn’t – doesn’t have a Trump sign up.  Anyway, that said, the difference between being a success and the genuine success – excuse me – a minimum success and a real success is someone who had nothing and makes a million dollars is a real success.  Someone who inherits a million and makes 20 million –”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “A bum.”

JOE BIDEN:  “No, they’re not a bum, but they’re a mere success. Now, some are bums but not all.

Look, let me tell you the part that bothers me and, as Hillary will point out and knows, that no one ever doubts I mean what I say. The problem is that I sometimes say all that I mean.  But let me tell you what really bothers me most.  And maybe this only works in – where I grew up.  I don’t know.  But what bothers me most about Donald Trump is his cynicism is unbounded.  No.  I really mean this.  Think of this for a minute because you’re all raised in this area.  You’re different ethnicities, different religions, different backgrounds.  But there’s one thing I’ve noticed all the years I’ve spent.  And I’ve always, always come home.  And that is that the way you were raised, if you ever showed a lack of empathy for someone in trouble, if you ever summed up a thought that the praise he’s most proud of, ‘You’re fired’ – think about the phrase, ‘You’re fired.’”

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  “You’re fired.”

JOE BIDEN: “Think – no.  All kidding aside.  I really mean this.  Maybe it’s just me.  But think about what your mother or father or grandmother or grandfather would have said to you.  Think about everything you learned as a child.  I really mean this.  No matter where you were raised, how can there be pleasure in division and ‘You’re fired’?

And he’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class.  Give me a break.  And, to repeat myself, it’s such a bunch of malarkey, it makes no sense, none, none, none, none.  This guy doesn’t care about the middle class.  And I don’t even blame him in a sense because he doesn’t understand it.  He doesn’t have a clue.  No, no.  He really – I mean, he really doesn’t.  He doesn’t have a clue.

And, by the way, there’s something else he has no clue about that has nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican.  I have worked – I’ve worked with eight presidents of the United States.  I have served with hundreds of senators.  Only 13 senators in history, I’m embarrassed to say, have served as long as I have. Dozens of secretaries of state and secretaries of defense of both parties.  And I can say without hesitation, my word as a Biden, no major party nominee in the history of the United States of America has – no, don’t cheer; quiet, just listen – has known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security than Donald Trump.  And what absolutely amazes me, what absolutely amazes me, that he doesn’t seem to want to learn it. No.  I really mean it.  He doesn’t seem to want to learn it.  He doesn’t seem to think it matters.  This man is totally, thoroughly unqualified to be president of the United States of America.  He not only lacks the temperament – people say he lacks the temperament.  I would feel better if that’s all he lacked. On every issue that matters most to our security, Donald Trump has no clue what it takes to lead this great country.

Now, look, if I had said this eight to 10 months ago, you would say, well, I am being partisan.  Well, I am partisan.  I make no apologies for that.  But I am not mean about it.  And, as Hillary will tell you, I don’t know any Democrat that has a more positive relationship with Republicans than I do in the United States Senate.  But, having said that, look at the people who have come out, scores and scores of the most prominent Republican thinkers in the national security field.  They have come out in both political parties and party.  He has no idea what he’s talking about.  Even confronted with the facts, he doesn’t want to learn them.  Few times he tries to deal with the facts, he reveals a profound misunderstanding of what to say.  Just listen for a second.  Listen to him.  He belittles our closest allies in this hemisphere and in Europe.  Nations that stand with us, are part of our security network, that are with us when we address every international challenge, those who fought and bled alongside us for decades, he wants to toss those relationships aside, like the ones that – like his failed business ventures or something.  In the meantime, he talks cavalierly about encouraging other nations, as Hillary pointed out, to develop nuclear weapons, as if nuclear war is some trivial affair.  Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they could not be a nuclear power?  Where was he when – in school? Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted.  There’s a guy that follows me right back here, has the nuclear codes.  So God forbid anything happened to the President and I had to make a decision.  The codes are with me all – he is not qualified to know the code. He can’t be trusted.

I was proud.  My son Beau served for a year in Iraq, came back a highly decorated soldier.  I must tell you. I must tell you had Donald Trump been president, I would have thrown my body in front of him – no, I really mean it – to keep him from going if the judgment was based on Trump’s decision.

Every president since Harry Truman has looked toward Europe whole, free, and at peace.  One of the most consequential people right now who is trying to undo that is a man that Donald Trump says he admires.  Now, I’m not big on the character assassination stuff.  I really mean that.  If you look at everything, any campaign I’ve ever run, I’m just trying to – like that old program of Walter Brennan, ‘Just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.’ Oh, that was Joe Friday, actually. But he says he admires Vladimir Putin. No, no, no, no, no.  It’s more than – it’s more than the ‘Ew’ about it.  Here’s the deal.  What is Putin’s objective, as Hillary knows as well as anyone, dealing with Putin as I have and the President has and John Kerry, Putin is determined to crack NATO and crack the European Alliance.  That is his overarching, overwhelming interest.

I’m heading from here, getting on a plane and flying to Kosovo, then to Serbia, and then I am going to the Baltic States.  You know one of the reasons I am going is to make sure – to reassure those who are members of NATO and the Baltic States we mean what we say, we mean what we say, the sacred alliance of 60 years because they’re worried.

Listen to his comments about Ukraine.  He assures us Russia will not move on Ukraine.  But if he could not understand it, they’ve already moved on Ukraine and occupy Crimea.  This guy’s shame has no limits.  He’s even gone so far as to ask Putin and Russia to conduct cyberattacks against the United States of America. No, no.  Even if he is joking,  which he’s not, even if he’s joking, what an outrageous thing to say.

Look, folks.  These are not isolated examples.  He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century, a man who repeatedly backed terror attacks against Israel because he was supposedly – the reason he admires him – he was a killer of terrorists.  That’s why he likes Saddam.  He would have loved Stalin.  He would have loved Stalin.

Look.  This says a lot about his approach.  It explains why he’s so often embraced tactics of terrorist enemies themselves – religious intolerance, casting entire communities culpable for the acts of a few in the community.  Torture, when he knows it’s illegal, and says he would still order it even though the military commanders said they would not obey his orders.  When can you think of, ever, in history where military commanders have said, before a man or woman is elected, that they would not follow his orders?  Threatening to kill innocent family members of suspects.  Indiscriminate bombing, what he calls for.  That’s how anyone hoping to lead this great democracy in the world should behave?

Look.  He likes autocrats.  He wills the politics of fear and intolerance, calling for a ban on Muslims in the United States, slandering proud Muslim parents of a Gold Star family who paid the ultimate sacrifice, threatening to send American citizens to Guantanamo – oh, I tell you, this guy’s okay. Look. Trump’s ideas are not only profoundly wrong, they’re very dangerous and they’re very un-American.  They reveal a profound ignorance of our constitution. It’s a recipe for playing into the hands – and I will end this because you’ve been standing so long – it’s a recipe for playing into the hands of terrorists and their propaganda.

Last year ISIL’s top leader, who we’ve been tracking since we got bin Laden, Hillary, me, John, everyone else, the President – his name is al-Baghdadi.  And he revealed the goal of ISIL.  He just said it straight out.  You can go on a website.  He said, their goal is to ‘compel the crusaders to actively destroy the grey zones themselves,’ meaning anywhere where Christians and Muslims live, he calls a grey zone.  He said their objective is to actively destroy that grey zone.  Muslims in the West, he says, will have to quickly find themselves between two choices:  either apostatize, or immigrate to the Islamic State, and thereby escape prosecution.  How does he make the case?  By pointing out that no Muslim is welcome in the West.  ISIL wants to manufacture a clash of civilizations between us versus them.  Trump is trying to give them exactly what they want.

Last week he stood in front of a crowd in Florida and said President Obama founded a terrorist organization, ISIL. Now, look.  Look.  This I really should end with.  That’s an outrageous statement.  But let me tell you why it’s a dangerous statement.  As he might say, the bad guys are listening.  Yesterday the head of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, Iran’s top terrorist surrogate and a direct threat to our ally Israel, repeated Trump’s claim in the entire Muslim world and around the world that President Obama founded ISIL.  You say, well, what difference does that make?

Here’s exactly what the leader of Hezbollah said, referring to Trump’s accusation.  He said this.  ‘This is not’ – this is a spokesman for ISIL – I mean, excuse me, for Hezbollah –‘This is not a simple speech,’ referring to Trump.  I’m quoting him.  ‘This is an American presidential candidate.  This was spoken on behalf of the American Republican Party.  And he’ – meaning Trump – ‘has the data and documents to back it up.’

If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks.  It’s gone up a couple clicks.  You saw what’s happening in Turkey, where some in Turkey are accusing us of being part of the coup attempt.  Ladies and gentlemen, does he have any idea of the adverse consequences these outlandish comments have on our allies, or friends, and the physical safety of our troops?  Trump is already making our country less safe.  And I’m testing your stamina.

So let me go to the end here and say – Hillary has forgotten more about American foreign policy that Trump and his entire – I’m not exaggerating – his entire team will ever understand. Ladies and gentlemen, Hillary’s been there.  She has been tested.  I’ve been in the room with her as we jointly, with the President’s leadership, sent some of these killers to the gates of hell.  At our weekly breakfast on the international stage, she’s strong.  She’s respected.  She’s admired.  There’s nothing – there’s nothing, nothing – that she doesn’t understand about America’s place in the world.

And ladies and gentlemen, because she knows one thing that Donald Trump doesn’t know:  It’s never, never, never, ever been a good bet to bet against the United States of America!  Give it a fair shot. Give it a fair chance.  Americans have never, never, never, ever let their country down, never – and ladies and gentlemen in Scranton and in America, we never bow.  We never bend.  We never kneel.  We never yield.  We own the finish line.  That’s who we are.  We are America!  And she gets it.  We’re second to none, and Hillary Clinton is going to write the next chapter in American history.”

 

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