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On her busy birthday, Hillary shuttled to Tampa to continue her stump through Florida. Angela Bassett participated, and Hillary was introduced by chef José Andrés who would have been with Trump officially opening his D.C. hotel. Andrés pulled out of locating his restaurant under Trump’s umbrella, and chose to stand with Hillary at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park event instead.

Joined by José Andres in Tampa, Clinton Calls Out Trump’s Self-Serving Agenda

Today at a packed rally in Tampa on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton shared her vision for creating an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Clinton was joined by acclaimed chef José Andres who shared his experience as an immigrant who will proudly vote for the first time this year, casting his ballot for Hillary Clinton.

Andres elected to campaign with Hillary Clinton in Florida, while Donald Trump was promoting the opening of his hotel – the 32nd public campaign event he has hosted at one of his own properties. The chef was originally part of the Trump hotel project until Trump’s offensive comments calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals compelled Andres to pull out of his planned restaurant and refuse to invest in the Trump business.

From his using his presidential campaign to promote his business, to a decades-long practice of stiffing small businesses, to outsourcing jobs, to his proposal to cut taxes for billionaires like himself at the expense of everyone else, Trump’s self-serving agenda is clear. He built a career on stiffing small business owners, bankrupting casinos, avoiding taxes and leaving workers hanging. And on the campaign trail, he has proposed a trickle down economic plan that would help billionaires like himself at the expense of working families. It is clear that Trump, as president, would put his own interests before those of the American people.

In Tampa, Clinton promoted a very different message: We need an economy that works for everyone, comprehensive immigration reform, debt-free college and a higher minimum wage. “We need to build a stronger and fairer America,” Clinton said.

Clinton also asked supporters to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, including Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate. She touted the 2 million Floridians who have already cast their ballots and encouraged supporters to head to straight to the polls and vote early.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“[…] my birthday being here in Tampa! I am so, so grateful to José for that wonderful introduction. He’s an incredibly talented chef, but more than that, I have to say he’s a humanitarian. He just came back from Haiti, once again, where he goes periodically to help feed people. He’s been doing it ever since the terrible earthquake, going to help people in remote villages – and he does that all over the world when it comes to making sure that there are clean cookstoves so that people can cook, primarily women and children, without fear of getting sick from inhaling all the smoke. I enlisted José’s help when I was Secretary of State on the clean cookstoves initiative. And as you heard, he’s also a proud immigrant and – he is standing up to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, and he’s doing it in a very courageous way because he sacrificed his business. He’d been asked by the Trump Organization to put a restaurant into the new hotel that Trump was talking about on TV today, in Washington, and after José heard the kinds of things that Donald Trump was saying about immigrants, he said, ‘No, I refuse to open a restaurant in that hotel.’ That is really gutsy.

And today was a perfect time to have José be with us because, as I said, Donald Trump is taking time off the campaign trail to officially open the hotel. And yesterday, here in Florida, he took time out to invite the press to listen to his employees talk about what a great boss he is while he was watching and listening to them. And today, in opening that hotel, I think it’s important to note that he once again relief on undocumented workers. The same people he has been insulting and demonizing throughout this campaign. So, like with so much else that Donald Trump says, he says one thing and then he does something different. Many of the products in the hotel were made overseas rather than here in the United States, and he even sued the District of Columbia to pay lower taxes. That is the way that he does business.

Now, we’ve actually learned in this campaign that Donald Trump is the poster boy for everything wrong with our economy. He refuses to pay workers and contractors from Atlantic City to Miami to Las Vegas. He stiffs small businesses. I take that one personally because my dad was a small businessman. And I’ve met so many people who did projects for Donald Trump – provided pianos for one of his casinos, installed drapes for one of his hotels, laid the marble, put in the glass, washed the dishes, painted – and then weren’t paid. I just think that is fundamentally wrong and that is not the kind of experience we need in the Oval Office.

So I’m grateful to José and I want to thank everyone else – my great friend, your United States Senator Bill Nelson. Congresswoman Kathy Castor. Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who’s here with his two daughters. Governor Charlie Crist, soon to be Congressman Charlie Crist. I have to say, we’ve got two great candidates here: David Singer, candidate for the House of Representatives; and Rena Frazier, another candidate. And we have the great talent of Angela Bassett with us today.

So, my friends, here’s the advice that I got. It is a beautiful day in Tampa, but it’s warm. And some of you have been here a while, right? And I’m watching the flags. So long as they’re waving, I know there’s a breeze. If they stop waving, I’m really going to cut this short.

But let me start by thanking you – thanking you for being here. [Chants of “Hillary!”] Thank you. Thank you. Well, I’ll tell you, if I ever need a pickup, I’m coming back to Tampa, Mayor. And with 13 days left in this election, we cannot stop for a minute. No complacency here. Nobody flagging. We’ve got to get everybody out to vote. And I hope in addition to the people that I’ve mentioned, someone who’s not here I hope you will support – that is Congressman Patrick Murphy, to send him to the United States Senate. I think you’ll be pleased because he’s an independent voice. He’s a problem-solver. He believes in comprehensive immigration reform. He has stood with Planned Parenthood against the attacks that it has suffered. He has even brought Democrats and Republicans together to try to protect our environment and fund Everglades restoration. He’ll stand up to the gun lobby and advocate for commonsense gun safety measures. He’ll defend Social Security and Medicare, not cutting or privatizing those two essential programs. So please, do your best to make sure we send Patrick Murphy to the Senate.

Now, I got to ask you, anybody see the last debate? You know, I have now stood next to Donald Trump for four and a half hours, proving conclusively I have the stamina to do the job. And every time he says one of those outrageous things that he does have a – yeah, ‘Wrong’ – he does have a way of saying, I just keep remembering Michelle Obama’s words: when he goes low, we go high.

But I got to say, he said something in the last debate we’ve never heard from anybody running for president. He basically said that he’s not sure – he refused to say that he would respect the results of the election. Now, this is a guy who said the Emmys were rigged, so you can’t really take what he says very seriously. But this is a problem because the first thing a president does at noon on January 20th is to take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. And if you are casting doubts, you want to keep people in suspense as to whether you will respect the outcome of an election, that is contrary to who we are as Americans. We have our elections; we’ve had them from George Washington forward. We’re going to keep having them and show what a democracy looks like to the rest of the world.

I believe strongly that the American people are going to reject this dark, divisive vision of America, and it’s happening, my friends. We have reached a milestone. More than 200 million Americans are registered to vote. That’s the biggest number ever. And that number includes 50 million young people. And you know what else? More than 10 million people have already voted, including 2 million right here in Florida. I’m hearing some great stories from people. Let me just tell you one. It’s about Steven, from St. Augustine. He’s been fighting a rare form of leukemia and heart disease. He’s been in and out of the hospitals a dozen times in the last two years. But he knows how important his vote is. So I heard yesterday he ditched his oxygen tank, which I would not have recommended – clung to his walker, stood in line so he could cast his vote for a better America. And if Steven can do that, nobody has any excuses. And I think this extends not just to Democrats but to Republicans and independents, and I am proud to have support from Republicans and independents here, across Florida, and across America who agree with me that we should reject hate and division.

We have seen Donald Trump insult nearly every person in America, and I just find that so intolerable. Because look at this diverse crowd; look at Tampa. It’s a cosmopolitan city. Florida is paving the way for what our country will look like, and we need to be lifting each other up, listening to each other, respecting each other, not sowing seeds of hatred and bigotry. And I think one of my biggest jobs after this election will be bringing our country together, and I’m going to need your help.

We’re going to get the economy working for everybody, not just people at the top, with new jobs in infrastructure. That rail system, Bob, that you want, we’re going to get it because it would help you so much. Think of the people we’d put to work – technology, innovation, research, advanced manufacturing, and yes, small business. I want to be the best small business president you can have, to help people start and grow their businesses. But we’re also going to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. I know we can create millions of jobs, and we can protect Florida, especially coastal Florida, and we can protect our planet at the same time. You’re already seeing the results of climate change here in Florida. I was just in Miami, and they actually have flooding on sunny days with no rain. People are calling 3-1-1 because they think a water main broke, but it’s the oceans rising. So I know there is no state that could benefit more from a clean energy agenda than Florida, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

We’re also going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. If your family makes less than $125,000, which is most families in America, you’re not going to have to pay a penny to go to a public college or university. If your family makes more than that, you’re not going to have to go into debt – pay what you can afford, and then we’re going to make sure you can go without getting a big debt, because that drags people down. And for people who already have debt, we are going to help you refinance it and pay it off.

And I want to say something to all of the teachers and educators. I want to work with you and be a good partner with you. And I think there should be more than one way, more than just a four-year college degree, to get a good job with a good middle-class life for you and your families. So let’s invest in more technical education in high school, in our community colleges. Let’s have more apprenticeship programs – labor and business together.

But while we grow the economy, let’s make it fairer. We need to raise the national minimum wage so that people who work full-time aren’t left in poverty. I got to tell you, I was raised to believe in hard work. My grandfather was a factory worker, my dad had a small business, and we really believed you’ve got to work for what you get in life, right? But if you’re working, you shouldn’t be at the point where you cannot even afford food or clothes or rent at the end of the year.

And isn’t it finally time to guarantee equal pay for women’s work? You know, this is not just a women’s issue. This is a family issue. If you’ve got a mother, a wife, a sister, or a daughter working, it’s your issue. And unlike my opponent, we’re going to ask the wealthy, the millionaires and billionaires, to pay their fair share, because we’re going to close the loopholes and make sure no multimillionaire ever pays a lower tax rate than a nurse or a teacher or a police officer or a firefighter. And I will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.

So when you go to the polls, vote to grow the economy, more jobs with rising incomes, vote to make the economy fairer. And compare that with what my opponent has proposed. He really believes if you give trillions – that’s trillions with a ‘t’ – trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy, millionaires, billionaires, big corporations, everything will trickle down. Now, we know that doesn’t work; we’ve seen it. And it’s pretty rich coming from a guy who claims to be so rich, who hasn’t paid a dime in federal income taxes in 20 years. He says not making taxes makes him smart. Well, I don’t know. I don’t know how smart you have to be to lose a billion dollars in one year. And besides, what kind of genius loses money running a casino, for heaven’s sakes?

Actually, it sounds like a few people have been at casinos here. But this means he’s contributed zero, okay? He actually has the gall to call our military a disaster. Not only is he wrong, but what right does he have to say that? He hasn’t contributed a penny to our military, not a penny to our veterans, not a penny to health care or education, not a penny to highways or infrastructure. This is a false – false – charge that he makes about all the problems in our country.

And I’ll tell you something; we did a little research. He’s been denigrating America for decades. This didn’t start with his birther lie against President Obama. It didn’t even start running against me. Back in 1987, he took out a $100,000 ad in The New York Times criticizing President Reagan. He said our leaders were the laughing stock of the world. So this is a guy who criticizes everybody but himself. And at some point, you got to say, wait a minute, we’re better than that. We are stronger than that. We want to forward – forward – into the future with confidence and optimism, and that’s what we’re offering in this campaign.

I got to tell you, it is not just what we’re against that should motivate you to go to the polls; it’s what we are for. And I believe strongly that what we’re for will make it possible for all of us, and especially our kids and our grandkids, to have the best future. America’s best days can still be ahead of us. But we can’t make any of this happen if we don’t have you voting.

Now, Donald Trump says he can still win, and he’s right. That’s why it’s so important everyone gets out and votes. And here in Florida – in a lot of places, you can only vote on Election Day, but here in Florida, voting couldn’t be easier. Early voting began on Monday. In south Florida, it goes through Sunday, November 6 around the state. You can go to an early voting site between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. In fact, the County Center on East Kennedy Boulevard is just a 10-minute walk from here. You can go vote right after this event. And we’ll have staff ready to help you get there. And you can go to iwillvote.com to confirm your polling place and make a plan to vote.

But I also hope you will volunteer these last two weeks. We’re reaching out to everybody. So go to hillaryclinton.comand sign up to volunteer. Take out your phone and text J-O-I-N, and that is 47246. We can use you. We’re making millions of phone calls in Florida. We’re knocking on maybe by the time we finish millions of doors.

We don’t want anybody to be left out or left behind because on January 20th, America will have a new president. I’ve got to say – so I’ve got to say to you that change is inevitable in life. Right? And so the real question is, what kind of change are we going to have? And I want you to talk to anybody you know who is either thinking of not voting or maybe thinking of voting for my opponent. No. I’m serious. I’m serious. After this election, if I’m fortunate enough to be elected, we are going to reach out to everybody. Right? And ask. Ask the people you’re talking to what kind of change they really want because I don’t think most Americans want the kind of divisive and dark change Donald Trump is offering: mass deportations that will rip families apart, a repeal of gun-free school zones on day one, going back to the day when insurance companies could discriminate against us if we have a preexisting condition, letting Wall Street write its own rules, denying the science of climate change, rolling back marriage equality, defunding Planned Parenthood, the hugest tax breaks ever for the wealthy, and abroad abandoning our alliances and allowing more countries to get nuclear weapons.” AUDIENCE: “No.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Now, that may be change, but, boy, that’s not the change we need. And my vision is different. It’s more hopeful, optimistic, and unifying. I want us to be a country where every student could afford to go to college if that’s what you choose. I want us to be a country where millions of people are working in good, high-paying jobs and in new industries, like clean energy and advanced manufacturing. I want us to be a country where hard-working immigrants, who pay taxes – and, by the way, one-half of undocumented workers pay federal income taxes, which means they are paying more federal income taxes than Donald Trump paid. And a country where we not only have equal pay for our work but affordable childcare, where we’re respected in the world, working with our allies to defeat terrorism and stop the spread of nuclear weapons. So yes, change is coming, The choice is yours about what kind of change we’ll have.

And I hope you will choose to be part of this campaign because it’s not just about winning on November 8th, as important as that is. It is about getting to work because I do believe we are stronger together.

Tim Kaine and I wrote a book laying out our agenda because I think you deserve to know what I will try to do as your president. So if you will help, we will come together to give every American the chance to chart your own future and contribute to our great country. Let’s prove once and for all that love trumps hate.

Thank you.”

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Hillary joined the press corps on her plane today before speaking on Tampa on a broad range of topics at a rally at the University of South Florida.   Look for Hillary around the one hour and 20 minutes mark.










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In Tampa, Clinton Calls Trump Unfit for the Presidency

At a voter registration rally in Tampa on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump temperamentally unfit to be president and Commander-in-Chief. Clinton also criticized Trump’s lack of policy proposals other than trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires and Wall Street money managers. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s new book, “Stronger Together,” meanwhile, lays out specific plans to address America’s biggest challenges, she said.

Clinton also highlighted Trump’s dangerous vision for America and made the case that his divisive policies would endanger us at home and abroad. Trump has no plan to combat ISIS and has frequently insulted our military, Clinton said, adding, “His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values. And a man who is so wrong about our veterans isn’t right to serve as our commander-in-chief […] As president, I have a very different vision. I will give our military everything they need when they’re serving overseas. I will support them with care and the benefits that they need and deserve when they come back home, including job training and mental health care. I will work closely with our allies, not just to contain ISIS, but defeat them.”

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello, Tampa! Hello, USF! I know I’m only the second most exciting thing that’s happened here in the last few days. Your big win to open your football season got some attention. But I am always happy to be at a university that is doing such a superb job in preparing the next generation of students. I had the greaat privilege of speaking to your president, Dr. Genshaft. Thank you. And I will talk in a minute about some of what I’ve learned about USF and why I think a lot of what you do here is a model for what we need to do in higher education.

But for me it’s exciting to be here with so many friends. I want to start by thanking Mary Lent, who just introduced me. Air Force reservist, former commander of the 927th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, a woman who has served her country with honor and distinction. I would be proud to be her commander-in-chief.

I want to thank your extraordinary mayor, Bob Buckhorn. Bob is an example of the kind of leader who gets things done by bringing people together, setting big goals and working to achieve them. That’s exactly what I want to do as president, and I look forward to working with Bob and the people of this great city and region. And that includes a longtime friend of mine, State Senator Arthenia Joyner. I have known Arthenia long before she was in elected office, but she’s always been an activist, always trying to make things better for people. I’ve known her for, oh, I hate to admit it, 25 years, and I am so grateful she is my friend.

This is the countdown to one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. No matter what your age, this is going to determine so much about your futures, the futures of our children and grandchildren. The stakes could not be higher. Everyone knows what an important state Florida is, and it’s not just because it’s always a hard-fought state; it’s because Florida shows all of the excitement, the dynamism, the opportunities as well as the challenges and problems that we have to face together.

So we have 62 days – 62 days to make the case. And I can’t do it without you. And I’m here to lay out my case one more time and to ask for your help, because every single vote counts. Our campaign set a goal in July. We launched a drive to register three million Americans to vote this election. We have hosted thousands of events across the country, including right here in Florida. And today I’m asking every one of you to give us some of your precious time to be part of this campaign. And I’m going to run through some of the reasons why every single person here has a real stake in making sure our country heads into the future with confidence and optimism, that we truly are stronger together. Because that’s what will determine whether we have the economy that produces more good jobs with rising incomes; whether we have an education system that prepares our young people for the jobs of the future; whether college is affordable; whether student debt can be paid back; whether our health care system works; whether we lead the world with strength and steadiness, working with allies and partners to make sure that we move toward peace and prosperity.

There is an exciting, bold agenda before us, but it cannot be done by any one person. It must be done by all of us, and that is something that Donald Trump does not understand. Among the many troubling things that were said at his convention – and honestly, I sometimes didn’t recognize what country they were talking about. It was so dire, so dark, so divisive, so dangerous. But among the things he said was, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Think of who that leaves out – our men and women in uniform, troops on the front line; people like Mary who put on the uniform of the Air Force to serve our country. Think about the police and firefighters who rush toward danger. Think about those brave police officers and emergency responders in Orlando when the Pulse nightclub was attacked. Think about all the teachers, the educators, the professors, the staff who work to give young people a much better chance in the race of life. Think about all the hardworking people who can’t build a house by themselves, can’t erect one of Donald Trump’s skyscrapers by themselves. Think of all the small businesses that take a big chance – my dad was a small businessman. I know what a chance it is. He couldn’t do it alone. He needed customers. He needed suppliers. He needed workers. Americans don’t say, ‘I alone can fix it.’ We say, ‘We’ll fix it together, just watch us – nobody, nobody can solve problems better than we can.’

And I want to be a president for all Americans, not some Americans – Democrats, Republicans, independents, every single American. I want to be the president for those who vote for me and those who vote against me because I want to bring our country together. I’m very proud that Tim Kaine and I are running a campaign of issues, not insults. Because I believe anybody who is asking for your vote for the most important job not just in the country but in the world should tell you what they plan to do. I do have this – I guess it’s an old-fashioned idea: If you’re going to ask people for their vote, they ought to have some idea what they’re voting for. And I don’t think it’s enough to say, ‘Oh, I’ll tell you later.’ I think it’s important to lay it out and to tell you how it’s going to be paid for.

And that’s why starting today, especially for young people but really for everybody, we are putting out a book. It’s called ‘Stronger Together.’ And in it, it shows this is more than a slogan for the campaign. This is a blueprint for America’s future. Among the things that we talk about is the core of our agenda, as laid out in this book. It is building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. We’re going to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II. Infrastructure jobs like those here at the port. Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, they need work and there are millions of jobs to be done. And in addition to what you can see, what about our water systems, our sewer systems? We need a new modern electric grid to be able to take in clean, renewable energy that can then move us toward that future we seek.

I have a plan to install a half a billion solar panels by the end of my first term. And enough clean energy to power every home in America by the end of my second term. And I want young people especially to be part of this, to be in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, creating this future that will determine the quality of your lives and the competitiveness of our economy.

We also have to finish extending broadband access to every place in America. Right now, 70 percent of our teachers say that they assign homework to their students starting in elementary school that require the kids to learn how to use the internet. I think that’s great. We want to have an internet-savvy population. But here’s the problem: five million homes where little kids live, where high school kids live, don’t have the internet. What does that mean? That means they’re already behind. It’s so unfair.

We’re going to make this economy grow but we’re also going to make it fair. We’re going to have more advanced manufacturing jobs. I think we made a mistake years ago when we eliminated what used to be called vocational education. We’ve got to return technical education to our high schools, our community colleges. There are right now more than a million jobs that can be filled by people who are machinists, computer designers, tool and die makers. But for whatever reason they haven’t been given the chance to get that training. And maybe they’ve been told, you know what, the only future is to go to a great university like USF. Well, that is true for a lot of people, but it’s not true for everybody, and we need to make the hard work that builds America the kind of great work with respect and purpose that is going to attract a new generation.

That’s why you’ll read what I want to do in here. We’re going to try to make community college free. We’re also going to have apprenticeship programs. I’m going to give a tax credit to any company that is willing to pay a young person while that young person is learning the job at the same time.

So infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean, renewable energy. We can do this. We are living off the investments that our parents and grandparents made. It’s time for us to step up and build America’s future. And let’s make it fair while we do that. That’s why I’ve said we’re going to emphasize the importance of small businesses. Right now small businesses are having a tough time in Florida and across America getting access to credit, right, and getting the kinds of regulations and overlapping expectations and standards that don’t really make sense. I want to make it clean and clear and I particularly want young people with an idea for a small business to feel that they can do it. So I have proposed a moratorium for three years on student debt so you can actually get a business off the ground, get it started, make your future.

I also believe we should raise the national minimum wage. Anybody working full-time should not be living in poverty. And finally, let’s guarantee equal pay for women’s work, which will raise family income. Anyone who’s willing to work hard should have enough money to raise a family. Did any of you watch any of the Democratic Convention? Well, I don’t know if you saw these two young people, 17 years old, from Kansas – young man, young woman, went to the same high school, about to be seniors, get a summer job working in a pizza restaurant in their home town. They’re pretty excited. I remember when I had what I thought of as my first real job. Not babysitting, not, you know, just kind of knocking around, but a real job where I had to actually show up someplace and get a paycheck. That was pretty exciting.

So a young man, young woman were at our convention, and here’s the story they told. They were talking together one day after work. They’d known each other. And the young woman said, you know, I’m excited because I think I’m actually going to be able to save some money for college making $8 an hour. And her friend, the young man, looked at her, and he goes, I’m making $8.15 an hour. And the young woman said, well, you didn’t have any experience before this job doing this, did you? He said, no. You know I didn’t. She said, well, what do you think happened? And the man said, oh, it must be a mistake.

So they, together – and I give the young man a lot of credit – good guy, right? They go to tell the manager that there’s been a mistake. They’re doing exactly the same job, he’s making 15 cents more an hour. What happens? The manager fired them both. And, you know what? That’s legal. If you find out about somebody else’s salary, even if you’re doing exactly the same job, you can be retaliated against, including being fired in most places. And so when I say, ‘Let’s have equal pay,’ and some people I see looking quizzical at me – they say, well, of course you’ve got to have equal pay. Well, yeah, if you’re in the military, and the pay scale is set, or you’re in the government and it’s set, or you’re under a union contract and it’s set. But if you’re in the vast majority of jobs in America, you have no idea whether you’re being paid fairly. So we cannot let that continue. That’s wrong in America. If you’re doing the job, you deserve to get the pay.

And so how are we going to fund this? I’ll tell you. We’re going where the money is. We’re going to the people who have made the money in the last 15 years. We’re going to the top 1, 10 percent, the millionaires, the billionaires. They’re going to have to start paying for supporting our military, supporting our education system, supporting our healthcare system. There could not be a bigger contrast between what I propose when it comes to taxes and what Donald Trump has proposed. He actually has proposed giving trillions – and I mean that with a T – trillions in tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, billionaires, and Wall Street money managers.

That would not only explode our national debt, it would lead to massive cuts in education and healthcare, and many of his proposals would really benefit his own family, but do nothing for the remaining 99 plus percent of Americans. And, in fact, independent analysts have said this: They’ve looked at our plans – he doesn’t have much in the way of plans, but they’ve looked at what he has said, and they’ve concluded, if we did what Trump is recommending, we would lose 3.5 million jobs in four years. If we do what I’m recommending, we stand to gain over 10 million jobs in the next four years.

And among the things that I want to do is make sure we have an education system from early childhood through adulthood, and that means I want universal pre-K, I want to help more kids get a better start, so that when they get kindergarten and first grade they’re ready to learn. I want to work with our teachers and educators – I respect teachers and educators – and I want to give them the support they need to do the job we ask. And I want to support universities like this one. Here’s one of the reasons why. 50,000 students, 40 percent on Pell grants. A lot of people would never have gotten an education if it weren’t for the federal Pell grant program, right?

But here’s what’s most impressive. A lot of schools have a lot of Pell grants. This university graduates all categories of students at the same rate. If you’re a Pell grant student, a non-Pell grant student, if you’re white, African-American, Latina, Latino, Asian, everybody graduates at the same rate. And why that happens is because this university makes a particular commitment to every student, and moves as quickly as possible to help kids who maybe are first generation college students – right? I’ve got to tell you, when I got to college – now, my father went to college on a football scholarship. I knew I wasn’t going to college on a football scholarship. My mother had a very difficult childhood; she never got to go to college. So my dad couldn’t really tell me much about going to college, because he basically played football for four years, and loved it. My mom couldn’t tell me.

So when I got to college, I felt so out of place. I was so nervous. There used to be something way back in the dark ages called collect phone calls. Where you would call collect, which meant that your parents had to pay for it, and you just waited to see whether they’d accept it. So I called home and I said, I can’t – I can’t do this. It’s too hard. Everybody here is smarter than I am. They’re better prepared than I am. I want to come home. And my father, who didn’t want me to go so far away to school anyway, he said, what? Come home. My mother said, no. You have to stick it out. And if you feel the same way at the end of the year, then you can make a different decision.

Of course, my mother was right. I loved it within a month or two. But I know what it feels like to show up and wonder, can you make it? Are you good enough? Are you smart enough? And thank goodness USF has people waiting to mentor and reassure and guide students. Every single college and university needs to have that. And then we’ve got to make it affordable so kids don’t have to leave because they no longer have the funding that they need. And I want to do more in my effort to make childcare affordable – no family should have to pay more than 10 percent of your income on childcare – and right now, you have a lot of states where it costs more for childcare than tuition at college and university. So I’m going to do – I know you’ve got childcare here, but as I told the president, I want to do more to help you to make sure every student parent has a safe place to bring their child while they’re studying and working, and trying to get their education.

And then we’re going to help everybody with student debt. How many of you have student debt? We’re going to help you pay it back and pay it off quickly. We’re going to get the interest rates down, we’re going to give you new ways of paying it. Because right now, we have too many people laboring under student debt in a way that holds your own futures back. So we’re going to lift that burden off of you, and we’re also going to make sure you can get quality affordable healthcare. Every age you are, every place you are, we’re going to get the costs down, premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and especially prescription drug costs. And there are two other things we’re going to take on. Because I’ve heard about this all across America. We’re going to take on helping more people with mental health and addiction problems get the help you need.

So I’m excited about what we can do to create an economy, an education and health care system that works. And while we do it, we’re going to be protecting the rights of Americans. All Americans. We have fought too hard, we have come too far. And that means civil rights. And it means women’s rights, and gay rights, and voter rights, and workers’ rights, and disability rights. And, you know, I believe with all my heart, because I’ve done this work my entire life. I was looking at the disability sign there. My first job out of law school was with the Children’s Defense Fund. I did a lot of interesting things. And one of them was to gather evidence about why so many kids with disabilities were out of school. There was no requirement that you went to school if you were blind, deaf, in a wheelchair. And we changed the law. The first nation in the world to do that. And I am so proud of our country.

So these rights are not for somebody else. We all know somebody – we all know a woman, we all know somebody in a racial or ethnic minority, we all know a worker or a voter, we all know a gay person, and we all know somebody with a disability. These are our rights. And the kinds of things that you’ve been hearing from Donald Trump, demeaning, defaming groups of Americans, people who have every right to be respected by someone who wants to be President of the United States, and he stands there and mocks a reporter with a disability, and he calls women pigs, and he calls Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, and he demeans Muslims, and attacks a Gold Star family whose son died in action in Iraq – that’s not who we are. So, yes, we have a lot of plans, but we also have values, my friends. And we’re going to stand up for American values.

Our book also outlines how we’re going to keep our country safe from all threats. We’re going to work with our allies, not insult them. We’re going to stand up to our adversaries, not cozy up to them. We’re going to have real plans, not claims and secret plans. This November, the American people have a big choice to make when it comes to national security. On the one hand, we have Donald Trump – who has called the American military a disaster. Who disrespects our military leaders by saying, and I quote, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do.’ His companies – and listen to this, because I know there are a lot of veterans and a lot of, you know, active duty people based here in Tampa – his companies, Trump companies have fired veterans because they had to take time off to fulfill their military commitments.

And we all saw him disparage the Khans, a Gold Star family who lost their son in a car bomb explosion in Iraq, as he ran toward it to prevent the loss of life of the people in his unit, and saving hundreds of his fellow soldiers. And when asked why he would insult a Gold Star family, he suggested that his sacrifices are somehow comparable to theirs, because he said, and again I quote – you can’t make this up – he said, ‘I work very, very hard. I’ve had tremendous success.’ His whole campaign has been one long insult to all those who have worn the uniform to protect our most cherished American values. And a man who is so wrong about our veterans isn’t right to serve as our commander-in-chief.

And when it comes to fighting ISIS, he has been all over the map. You would have to literally map it out. He’s talked about letting Syria become a free zone for ISIS. Look at the map, Donald. He’s talked about sending in American ground troops. Not on my watch. That is not what we are going to do.  He’s even talked about using nuclear weapons. He’s very loose in his talk about nukes. He says he doesn’t care if other countries get them. He doesn’t know why they haven’t been used already. I mean, it’s so mind-boggling. When I hear these things, I say, that can’t be true. And then they replay it for me again. He says he has a secret plan to defeat ISIS. But the secret is, he has no plan.

After all his talk, the only thing that is clear is he has no clue about what he’s talking about. And rather than work with our allies, he chooses to insult them. Just last week in a few hours, he managed to turn his trip to Mexico into an embarrassing international incident. He got into a Twitter war with the President of Mexico. He is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.

As president, I have a very different vision. I will give our military everything they need when they’re serving overseas. I will support them with care and the benefits that they need and deserve when they come back home, including job training and mental health care. I will work closely with our allies, not just to contain ISIS, but defeat them. First, we’re going to take out their stronghold in Iraq and Syria. Second, we’re going to dismantle their global terror infrastructure on the ground and online. Third, we’re going to bolster our defenses, including with an intelligence surge, to protect us and our allies. We will do whatever is necessary for as long as it takes to bring ISIS to justice and end their reign of terror for once and for all. And I will tell you this. I am a very patient person. I don’t quit. I don’t give up. I don’t blink.

This Sunday will be the 15th anniversary of the attack of 9/11. I was a Senator from New York. I knew people who were killed. I worked with families and the few survivors. I worked to get the health care needed by our first responders and emergency workers who ran toward danger. I worked to make our country safer and to rebuild New York and the Pentagon. But I always, always was determined to do anything I could to bring bin Laden to justice.

And thanks to the very patient, painstaking work of the American intelligence community, finally, when I was Secretary of State, we were given the opportunity to evaluate the best evidence we had seen in a long time. And I was honored to be part of that small group in the Situation Room advising President Obama as we went through the evidence over and over and over again, trying to decide, was it credible enough, strong enough, to take action? And if we did, what kind of action? Would it be a missile strike? Would it be a bombing? Would it be an attack by special forces? And when it came time to go around the table, these were all extremely experienced, thoughtful experts. We all gave our opinions. I was one who said I thought it was worth the risk. And I was in that small Situation Room on that day.

You all know the story. Some of you read the book. Some of you have seen the movies. But there’s one thing I want to tell you because it demonstrates again what our values are as Americans. Remember, Donald Trump has said he would order American troops to torture. He would order American troops to murder family members of terrorists. That’s what he has said, heedless of the consequences that that would lead to in terms of putting Americans all over the world at even greater risk. But here’s what happened that night in Pakistan. And this is not an often-told part of the story, so I want to tell you, particularly the young people here, particularly active duty and military veterans like Mary.

If you saw any of the reenactment, you know that one of the helicopters clipped its tail as it was going into the courtyard on the wall. It disabled that helicopter. Now, thankfully, every contingency had been thought through. And so we were prepared for that. The military was prepared. They could get another helicopter there to take out the SEALs who were going to have to blow up the disabled helicopter. After rushing into the compound, taking out the two bodyguards, taking out bin Laden’s adult son, taking out bin Laden, they knew they had to get out of there. At any time, there could have been Pakistani military wondering, what’s going on? Something’s happening. And this was a military garrison town.

So time was really precious. But here’s what the SEALs did. Before they blew that helicopter up, they took out all the women and children, family members of terrorists, including the worst terrorist of all. They took them out of the compound, around the back to safety, before they blew that helicopter up. That, Donald Trump, is what American honor looks like.

I want to mention just three other threats, one threat here right at home, the epidemic of gun violence. And we have got to have comprehensive background checks. Close the gun show loophole. Close the online loophole. End the ability of people on the terrorist watch list buying a gun in America. This agenda I’ve just briefly outlined is supported by a vast majority of Americans and a vast majority of gun owners. And it’s time we all said in one voice, hey, we can respect the Second Amendment. We can respect the right to own arms. But we don’t want people who shouldn’t have guns in the first place killing anybody else ever again.

Another threat to our country is climate change. 2015 was the hottest year on record, and the science is clear. It’s real. It’s wreaking havoc on communities across America. Last week’s hurricane was another reminder of the devastation that extreme weather can cause, and I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hermine. But this is not the last one that’s going to hit Florida, given what’s happening in the climate. Nobody knows that better than folks right here in Tampa and in the broader region. Sea levels have been rising here about an inch per decade since the 1950s. At the rate we are going, by 2030, which is not that far away, $70 billion of coastal property in this state will be flooding at high tide. And whenever our infrastructure is threatened, so too is our homeland security. The next president will have to work with communities like Tampa’s to prepare for future storms.

When I’m in the Oval Office, I’m going to work with local leaders to make smart investments in infrastructure to help protect regions from flooding and other effects of climate change. I’m going to continue to continue to work on the international and national level to try to turn the clock back, to stabilize and reduce emissions even more, to try to gain more time. But we’re going to have to begin working immediately on mitigation and resilience and prevention as well.

And what about Donald Trump? Well, he doesn’t even believe in climate change. He says it’s a hoax invented by the Chinese. And he says, ‘You can’t get hurt with extreme weather.’ Now, this is the same guy who at one of his golf courses in some coastal place has demanded that a seawall be built to protect his golf course from rising tides. So it’s all fine if it affects Donald, but if it affects the rest of humanity, he could care less. If it affects people to lose their homes or their businesses that took a lifetime to build, it doesn’t matter to him. When it comes to protecting our country against natural disasters and the threat of climate change, once again Donald Trump is totally unfit and unqualified to be our president.

And let’s not forget the next president also has to keep our country safe from public health crises like Zika. It’s painfully obvious we can’t rely on the Republican Congress or Republican governors to fund an adequate response. They can’t help themselves from playing games even when lives are on the line. I call on all Republicans to put people before politics and finally vote in favor of a clean funding bill to fight Zika right here in Florida.

But the failure of the Republicans in Congress, including your Republican Senator, means that we can’t always count on them, can we? So last month I announced that as president, I will create a public health rapid response fund to be available when emergencies occur, to have a consistent budget to better enable government agencies at all levels to quickly respond to major public health crises and pandemics. This will complement our efforts to prepare our country to deal with those challenges, and because of climate change, we’re going to have more of them. Because of mobility around the world, you can get on a plane in Africa and bring Ebola to the United States. You can be a mosquito in Brazil and make your way to Florida. We’ve got to be better prepared. It’s always better to invest a penny in the front end than to have to pay many dollars after the crisis has already occurred. That’s why it is time that when we talk about protecting public health, to put politics aside and put our people’s needs first.

Now, I’m excited about doing all of this with you, for you, on your behalf. But I can’t do it without you. And here’s what I’m asking. The deadline to register voters is October 11th. If any of you are not registered, or you’re not sure you are registered, or you’re a student and you’re registered somewhere else but it would be more convenient to vote here, you have until October 11th. So please learn how to register. You can go to iwillvote.com and learn how to do that. You can go to my website, hillaryclinton.com, and learn how to do that. We are also building volunteer teams. So you can get involved by going to hillaryclinton.com, or text ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246. Or you can sign up here today – are there people with clipboards somewhere around here? On the way out, I guess. You can sign up here today to have a volunteer registration shift.

And you can also apply, if you’re really interested, to our Get Out the Vote fellowship program. We’re going to organize special groups to get people to the polls, and we need you. This state has so much promise, and I want to be the best president that you could possibly have in Florida. I want to work on all of these issues, everything that’s in this blueprint that we have published. And I want particularly to give the young people of this university, this state, this country, the best shot you can have to be part of the American dream however you define that.

Many of us who came before know that there were barriers in the way. When I was a young woman, there were schools I couldn’t go to, jobs I couldn’t get, scholarships I wasn’t eligible for, just because I was a woman. And a lot of those barriers have been knocked down. For every African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, gay American, you know that barriers have been knocked down. But they’re not all down, and we got to make sure they’re all gone and that no demagogue can ever bring them back and can ever exploit the fears and insecurities of the American people.

So please, vote this year like your future depends on it because it does. And if you give me the great honor of serving as your president, I will get up every single day in that White House and I will work my heart out for those better jobs, better educational opportunities, better health care with quality and affordability, protecting our rights, protecting our country, unifying America, because we need to be the United States, not the Divided States of America.

And yes, remember, as that sign over there says – I believe this, too – ‘Love Trumps Hate.’ Let’s have a future that proves that’s true! Thank you all! God bless you!”


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Tim Kaine!  There you have it! Hillary was downright impish in Tampa.  Thanking Ted Cruz for telling people to vote their consciences, she knew everyone was awaiting her VP announcement.

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I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, , a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. -H


Friends —

I’m thrilled to share this news: I’ve chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate.

Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.

But his credentials alone aren’t why I asked him to run alongside me.

Like me, Tim grew up in the Midwest. During law school, he too took an unconventional path — he took time off and went to Honduras to work with missionaries, practicing both his faith and his Spanish.

When he returned to the states and graduated from Harvard Law, he could have done anything. But instead of going to some big corporate firm, he chose to fight housing discrimination as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond. He and his wife joined a church, built a home centered around their faith, and raised three beautiful children. Then, after 17 years of practicing law, Tim ran for city council — and won.

Tim says his experience on city council taught him everything he knows about politics. To the people in Richmond, an underfunded school wasn’t a Democratic or Republican problem. It was simply a problem that needed fixing, and his constituents were counting on him to solve it. So Tim would do it. He’d roll up his sleeves and get the job done, no matter what.

He’s a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant. So I could give you a laundry list of things he went on to accomplish — as mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia, and in the United States Senate.

But this is what’s important: Tim has never taken a job for the glory or the title. He’s the same person whether the cameras are on or off. He’s sincerely motivated by the belief that you can make a difference in people’s lives through public service.

That quality comes through in every interaction. To know Tim is to love him. When I was talking to people about this decision, I couldn’t find anyone — Democrat or Republican — who had a bad thing to say about him. From his staff over the last 20 years to his colleagues in the Senate, Tim’s beloved.

He is a genuinely nice person, but Tim is no one’s punching bag. He will fight tooth and nail for American families, and he’ll be a dogged fighter in our campaign against Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

I want you to know that I didn’t make this decision lightly.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing two presidents and two vice presidents up close. I want a vice president who can be my partner in bringing this country together. I want someone who will be able to give me their best advice, look me in the eye, and tell me they disagree with me when they do.

But what matters most is a simple test that’s not so simple to meet: whether the person could step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president.

I have no doubt that Tim can do the job.

I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House.

Welcome him to our team and let him know you’re proud to have him. Chip in $5 today.

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Remarks at the Special Operations Command Gala Dinner


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Tampa, Florida
May 23, 2012

ADM MCRAVEN: Thank you, Steve. Well, good evening, everyone, and welcome to tonight’s gala dinner. Before I begin, please join me in a round of applause for the staff of the Tampa Convention Center and the action officers from USSOCOM who worked so very hard to make this event a great success. (Applause.)

To our international guests, our local, state, and national leaders, our guests from industry, and the National Defense Industrial Association, thank you for making this event a priority in your busy schedule, and for your continued support to Special Operations.

Now I have the great privilege of introducing our guest speaker, a woman who has spent virtually her entire life in the service of our country and in the service of the greater international community. She was the first lady of the state of Arkansas, the first lady of the United States, a U.S. senator from the great state of New York, and since 2009, she has held the position as the U.S. Secretary of State.

In a Time Magazine article last month, she was named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. In that Time article, the former Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates, said of her, and I quote, “In a world that is ever more complex, turbulent, and dangerous, Secretary Clinton has made a singular contribution to strengthening this country’s relationships with allies, partners, and friends, rallying other countries to join us in dealing with challenges to the global order from Libya to Iran to the South China Sea, and reaching out to the people in scores continue – in scores of countries to demonstrate that America cares about them.”

No Secretary in recent memory has had to deal with more international challenges than the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Arab Spring, to the always difficult and challenging North Korea and Iran. In spite of these challenges, she has made incredible strides in safeguarding democratic reforms in Burma, advancing women’s rights around the globe, and reshaping the State Department to align the incredible power of our diplomats, the civilian power, with our already strong military power.

Secretary Clinton is beloved by the men and women in the U.S. military. She is our type of lady – a woman of uncompromising integrity who won’t back down from a good fight, particularly when it comes to matters of principle, a leader who is passionate about the welfare of the world’s less privileged, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden, and a Secretary who deeply cares for her people and who is an incredibly strong supporter of our men and women in uniform.

Over the last few years, I have had several opportunities to work with Secretary Clinton on some of the United States’s most sensitive military missions. In each case, she listened intently to my advice. In each case, she was instrumental in the final decisions. And in each and every case, she never, ever wavered from her commitment to the American people. She is, without a doubt, one of the finest public servants ever to serve this great nation.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming the United States Secretary of State, The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good evening. Good evening. It is a great honor for me to be here with you this evening. I want to thank Admiral McRaven for that introduction, but far more than that, for his remarkable service to our country, from leading an underwater demolition SEAL platoon to heading the Joint Special Operations Command. He’s doing a terrific job as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command. (Applause.) Many of you know, as Admiral McRaven knows, that it takes real guts to run a mission deep into hostile territory, full of potential dangers. And of course, I’m talking about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (Laughter.)

I am pleased to be here with so many representatives to this conference from 90 countries around the world. Your participation is a testament to the important partnerships, and I am grateful that you are here. Because we face common challenges, we face common threats, and they cannot be contained by borders and boundaries.

You know that extremist networks squeezed in one country migrate to others. Terrorist propaganda from a cell in Yemen can incite attacks as far away as Detroit or Delhi. A flu in Macao can become an epidemic in Miami. Technology and globalization have made our countries and our communities interdependent and interconnected. And today’s threats have become so complex, fast-moving, and cross-cutting that no one nation could ever hope to solve them alone.

From the first days of this Administration, we have worked to craft a new approach to our national security that reflects this changing landscape, starting with better integrating the three Ds of our foreign policy and national security: diplomacy, development, and defense. And we call it smart power.

And I have been privileged to work with two secretaries of Defense, Bob Gates and Leon Panetta, and two chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen and Marty Dempsey, who understood and valued the role of diplomacy and development, who saw that we need to work to try to prevent conflict, help rebuild shattered societies, and lighten the load on our military.

For my part, first as a senator serving on the Armed Services Committee and now as Secretary of State, I have seen and admired the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. So we have made it a priority to have our soldiers, diplomats, and development experts work hand-in-hand across the globe. And we are getting better at coordinating budgets and bureaucracies in Washington as well.

To my mind, Special Operations Forces exemplify the ethic of smart power – fast and flexible, constantly adapting, learning new languages and cultures, dedicated to forming partnerships where we can work together. And we believe that we should work together wherever we can, and go it alone when we must. This model is delivering results.

Admiral McRaven talks about two mutually reinforcing strategies for Special Operations: the direct and the indirect. Well, we all know about the direct approach. Just ask the al-Qaida leaders who have been removed from the battlefield.

But not enough attention is paid to the quiet, persistent work Special Operations Forces are doing every single day along with many of you to build our joint capacity. You are forging relationships in key communities, and not just with other militaries, but also with civil society. You are responding to natural disasters and alleviating humanitarian suffering.

Now, some might ask what does all this have to do with your core mission of war fighting? Well, we’ve learned – and it’s been a hard lesson in the last decade – we’ve learned that to defeat a terror network, we need to attack its finances, recruitment, and safe havens. We also need to take on its ideology and diminish its appeal, particularly to young people. And we need effective international partners in both government and civil society who can extend this effort to all the places where terrorists hide and plot their attacks.

This is part of the smart power approach to our long fight against terrorism. And so we need Special Operations Forces who are as comfortable drinking tea with tribal leaders as raiding a terrorist compound. We also need diplomats and development experts who understand modern warfare and are up to the job of being your partners.

One of our senior Foreign Service officers, Karen Williams, is serving here in Tampa on Admiral McRaven’s staff. And under an agreement finalized this year, we are nearly doubling the number of military and Foreign Service officers who will be exchanged between the Departments of State and Defense. (Applause.) We know we need to better understand each other, and we know that through that better understanding there is even more we can do together.

When I served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I was impressed by the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Reviews, called the QDR, which guided plans and priorities every four years. So when I became Secretary of State, I launched the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and we call it the QDDR. Through it, we are overhauling the State Department and USAID to become more operational, more strategic in our use of resources and personnel, more expeditionary, and more focused on transnational threats.

Let me highlight a few examples. As part of the QDDR, we created a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations that is working to put into practice lessons learned over the past decade and institutionalize a civilian surge capacity to deal with crises and hotspots.

Experts from this new bureau are working closely with Special Operations Forces around the world. I’ll give you, though, just this one example from Central Africa, where we are working together to help our African partners pursue Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. In fact, they were on the ground a few months before our troops arrived, building relationships in local communities. And because of their work, village chiefs and other leaders are actively encouraging defections from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Just a few weeks ago, our civilians and troops together helped one community set up its own radio station that is now broadcasting “come home” messages to the fighters. Our diplomats also saw that the UN staff in the region could be useful partners. So they worked through our team in Washington and New York to obtain new authorities for the UN officials on the ground and then link them up directly with our Special Operations Forces to share expertise and improve coordination. Now, this mission isn’t finished yet, but you can begin to see the potential when soldiers and diplomats live in the same camps and eat the same MREs. That is smart power in action.

Here’s another example. We know we need to do a better job contesting the online space, media websites and forums where al-Qaida and its affiliates spread their propaganda and recruit followers. So at the State Department, we’ve launched a new interagency Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. It’s housed at the State Department, but it draws on experts from the intelligence community and the Defense Department, including Special Operations Forces.

The nerve center in Washington is linking up to military and civilian teams around the world and serving as a force multiplier for our embassies’ communications efforts. Together, we are working to pre-empt, discredit, and outmaneuver extremist propagandists. A digital outreach team of tech savvy specialists – fluent in Urdu, Arabic, Somali – is already patrolling the web and using social media and other tools to expose the inherent contradictions in al-Qaida’s propaganda and also bring to light the abuses committed by al-Qaida, particularly the continuing brutal attacks on Muslim civilians.

For example, a couple of weeks ago, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen began an advertising campaign on key tribal web sites bragging about killing Americans and trying to recruit new supporters. Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll al-Qaida attacks have taken on the Yemeni people. And we can tell that our efforts are starting to have an impact, because we monitor the extremists venting their frustration and asking their supporters not to believe everything they read on the Internet. (Applause.)

Now, this kind of ideological battle is slow and incremental, but I think it’s critical to our efforts, because what sustains al-Qaida and its terrorist affiliates is the steady flow of new recruits. They replace the terrorists you kill or capture so that they can plan new attacks. This is not about winning a popularity contest, but it is a simple fact that achieving our objectives is easier with more friends and fewer enemies. And I believe passionately that the truth is our friend. Exposing the lies and evil that rests at the heart of the terrorist narrative is absolutely to our advantage.

Now, we’ve also changed the way we do business on the civilian side to be better partners to you in the military. As part of our reorganization, we’ve created a full Counterterrorism Bureau at the State Department that is spearheading a diplomatic campaign around the world to increase local capacity of governments and to deny terrorists the space and financing they need to plan and carry out attacks.

This fits right in with the purpose of this conference: deepening international cooperation against terrorism and other shared challenges. As the threat from al-Qaida becomes more diffuse and distributed, shifting from the core to the affiliates, it is even more important to forge close ties with the governments and communities on the front lines and to help build up their counterterrorism capacity. After all, they often are better positioned than we are to provide services to their people, disrupt plots, and prosecute extremists, and they certainly often bear the brunt of terrorist attacks. So we need to build an international counterterrorism network that is as nimble and adaptive as our adversaries’. Admiral McRaven helped establish the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre, so I know he understands how important this is.

Each year, the State Department trains nearly 7,000 police, prosecutors, and counterterrorism officials from more than 60 countries, including frontline states like Yemen and Pakistan. We’re expanding our work with civil society organizations in specific terrorist hotspots – particular villages, prisons, and schools – to try to disrupt the process of radicalization by creating jobs, promoting religious tolerance, amplifying the voices of the victims of terrorism.

This whole effort goes hand-in-glove with the work of Special Operations Forces to train elite troops in places like the Philippines, Colombia, and Afghanistan under the Army Special Forces motto: By, with, and through. You’re doing this in one form or another in more than 100 countries around the world. And this work gives you a chance to develop a deeper understanding of local culture and customs, to learn the human domain as well as the physical terrain.

I’m impressed by the work of your Cultural Support Teams, highly-trained female Special Operations Forces who engage with local populations in sensitive areas like Afghanistan. This is part of our National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security that was developed jointly by the Departments of State, Defense, and others to capitalize on the contributions women everywhere can make to resolving conflicts and improving security. Around the world today, women are refusing to sit on the sidelines while extremism undermines their communities, steals their sons, kills their husbands, and destroys family after family. (Applause.) They’re joining police forces in Afghanistan. They’re writing newspaper articles in Yemen. They’re forming organizations such as Sisters Against Violent Extremism that has now spread to 17 countries. And we are committed to working with these women and doing everything we can to support their efforts as well.

We have to keep our international cooperation going and growing at every level. Next week I’ll be heading to Europe, and I’ll end up in Istanbul for the second meeting of the new Global Counterterrorism Forum, which we helped launch last year. Turkey and the United States serve as the founding co-chairs, and we’ve been joined by nearly 30 other nations. Together, we’re working to identify threats and weaknesses like porous borders, unchecked propaganda, and then devise solutions and mobilize resources. For example, the UAE has agreed to host a new center to develop best practices for countering extremism and radicalization.

Now, some of you in this room have come great distances to be here because you understand that we need a global effort to defeat a global terrorist network. And I thank you for that recognition and for your commitment.

I want to say just a final word about American Special Forces and to thank the admiral and every member of the United States Special Operations Forces who are here today – Army Rangers and Special Forces soldiers, Navy SEALs and Marine special operators, Air Force commandos, every one of you. So much of what you do, both the tremendous successes and the terrible sacrifices, will never be known by the citizens we serve. But I know what you do, and so do others who marvel and appreciate what it means for you to serve.

We’ve just passed the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Usama bin Ladin. (Applause.) And I well remember those many hours in the Situation Room, the small group that was part of the planning and decision-making process with Admiral McRaven sitting there at the table with us. And I certainly remember that day. We were following every twist and turn of that mission. It was a day of stress and emotion, concern and commitment. I couldn’t help but think of all the people that I represented as a senator from New York serving on 9/11 and how much they and all of us deserved justice for our friends and our loved ones. I was thinking about America and how important it was to protect our country from another attack. But mostly, I was thinking of the men in the helicopters, praying for their safety as they risked their lives on that moonless Pakistani night.

And one thing that I am always proud of and that I hope is conveyed to our visitors and partners around the world: When you meet our special operators or when you meet members of our military or our diplomats and development experts, you will see every shade of skin color, every texture of hair, every color of eye. And if you spend a little time talking and getting to know that man or woman, you will find different parentage, different ethnicity, different religions, because we are Americans. And as Americans, we have a special opportunity and obligation in this interdependent, interconnected world to stand up for the universal rights and dignity of every person; to protect every man, woman, and child from the kind of senseless violence that terrorism inflicts; and also, frankly, to model.

In many places where we go, I as a Secretary of State or our special forces as members of our military, we see ancient disputes between tribes, ethnicities, religions, sex of the same religion, men and women. Just about every possible category is used all too often to separate people instead of finding common ground. If we have learned nothing in the last decade, we should certainly have learned that the terrorists are equal opportunity killers. They want to inflict terror on everyone who does not see the world from their particular narrow, outdated, dead-end worldview.

When you are pursuing a mission in partnership or on behalf of your own country, let us remember that we are on the right side of history. We are on the side of right. Your service is making the world safer for people to be who they are, to live their lives in peace and harmony. That is going to be the challenge of the 21st century. Will we once and for all recognize our common humanity and stand together against the forces of darkness or not? I’m betting we will. And I think it’s a pretty good bet, knowing that our Special Operations Forces and their partners are at the point of that spear.

Thank you for all that you do, not only to keep us safe and protect our ways of life but to demonstrate unequivocally that the world will not tolerate being undermined by those who refuse to recognize that we are truly one world of humanity that deserves the opportunity to pursue our rights and opportunities for a better life. I am very proud to be here to thank you. Thank you for keeping our nation safe and strong. Thank you for working to keep other nations safe and strong. Thank you for helping us build the world that our children deserve.

Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the commander will now present our guest of honor with a token of our appreciation.

ADM MCRAVEN: Madam Secretary, a small token of our appreciation for joining us here tonight. This is, as you quickly noted, our version of Excalibur, the sword and the stone. And of course, as legend has it, only the wisest and the bravest can pull the sword from the stone. My guess is it will come out easily in your hand. So thank you very much, ma’am, for joining us here tonight. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Admiral. (Applause.)

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