CLINTON: Thank you New York. We started this race not far from here on Roosevelt Island, pledging to build on the progressive tradition that's done so much for America. And in this campaign, I've seen again our remarkable diversity and determination. This is a state and a country of big-hearted, open-minded, straight-talking, hard-working people.
Like John, a firefighter from the south Bronx, that I met shortly after 9/11 as he searched for survivors at Ground Zero. When we met again last week, he thanked me for helping our first responders get the health care they need. We have to keep fighting for John and all of our emergency responders and the construction workers who did so much for us.
Or Maxine, a 27-year-old single mom from Staten Island. She shared with me how she worked her way out poverty, graduated from college, thanks in part to the help she got from the Children's Health Insurance program we started in the 1990s.
Or Mikey from Stuyvesant Town. Mikey spent six months in Riker's for a low-level drug offense, and he found out how hard it is for people who have done their time to find jobs when they get out. Mikey managed to start his own ice cream shop—I highly recommend it—but Mikey is one of the many reasons why we have to reform our criminal justice system.
You know, New Yorkers and Americans speak every language, follow every faith, and hail from every continent. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths, not a weakness. So let's go out and win this election and all rise together! Thank you so much!