Hillary Rodham Clinton

Crossroads - Jan. 7, 2008

Hillary Rodham Clinton
January 07, 2008
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Campaign status: Lost

CLINTON: Thank you, New Hampshire, for welcoming me into your homes and hearts. And when you vote, I hope you'll ask one question -- who's ready to be president on Day 1? America is at a crossroads. We're a nation at war in a dangerous world. We have a faltering economy, an energy crisis and 47 million people without health care. But after seven long years of this administration, we finally have the opportunity for a new beginning. Tomorrow, you can take the first step. After all the town meetings, it comes down to this: who's ready to be president and ready to start solving the big challenges we face on Day 1? And we can solve them. We can end the era of cowboy diplomacy and bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq. We can make a new beginning for our economy and rebuild our great middle-class. We can reform our government and transform our energy future. We can make a new beginning on health care -- cut costs, improve quality and cover every American. I'm not running for president to put band-aids on our problems. I'm running to solve them. The stories you've shared will always stay with me. Parents juggling jobs to pay for college for their kids, soldiers' families praying for a safe return, all the men and women across this state who have whispered their health care problems to me -- bills that can't pay, parents they can't afford to care for, insurance companies who refused to help. I know you've waited a long time for a president who could hear you and see you. We're not just changing presidents -- we're changing our country. I hope you'll vote for me and help me change America. And if you stand with me, I will stand up for you every day as your president. I'll work my heart out to bring the country we love the new beginning it needs, and I will be ready to start on Day 1. Thank you. I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.