Hillary Rodham Clinton

Campaign Speech at Saint Anselm College - Oct. 24, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton
October 24, 2016— Manchester, New Hampshire
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That was great. That was great. Thank you

Thank you. Wow. I don't know about you, but I could listen to Elizabeth go all day. It is so great being here back in New Hampshire.

I have a significant unruly group of women I went to Wellesley with back here.

It is wonderful to be on this college campus, and to see so many young people here, as Maggie and Elizabeth and I were walking out to his -- the stage, a lot of people were hanging out of the windows. We are glad that you have got the best view of what we're doing here. It is also exciting to be here with two weeks left, because this is the most consequential election of our lifetimes. To see the energy and enthusiasm that this crowd displays, I saw it yesterday in North Carolina and the day before in Ohio. It really does demonstrate that Americans are looking out what is at stake and are coming to the conclusion that we all have to be involved. Involved in the remaining days of the campaign, and then everyone needs to turn out to vote.

Here in New Hampshire, you have a lot of reasons to vote. You've got great candidates for the congress. Annie Custer and Carol shear-porter, who deserve your support. You have a great candidate for governor. Colin van Ostren, thank you. I know that Maggie at Elizabeth and I -- and Elizabeth and I have been out here, but I am hoping you will let people know what is at stake in the governor's race and sending these extraordinary women to the house.

It is exciting to be here with in Maggie and Elizabeth because I they are people who fight for you every single day. And you and I know both of these women. It is a privilege to be on this stage with them.

Now, Elizabeth Warren has a track record of making it her mission to stand up against wall and you mission to stand up against Wall Street. You she is going to make sure you are you that Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again. You may not know that she was the person behind setting up the agency that protects consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It was set up to stand against and do something about the kinds of fraud and abuse we have seen from Wells Fargo. They are on the front lines of returning billions of dollars to the Americans who have been cheated and defrauded by big companies, banks and others. It is fair to say some of the best TV you can see is on C-Span when Elizabeth is going after a bank executive or regulator.

She is refusing to let them off the hook. She is not just speaking for herself, is she? She is speaking for every single American who is frustrated and fed up. I am so looking forward to working with her to rewrite the rules or our economy and make sure we make it fairer for every single person working hard here in America

We are up here without our phones. You cannot check tweets. I kind of expect if Donald heard what she just said, is probably tweeting away. She gets under his thin skin like nobody else

Whether she is calling him out about his mysterious tax returns, she exposes him for what he is, temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States. Maggie is going to be a great United States senator for New Hampshire. You don't have to take my word or Elizabeth's word, look at what she is already done. New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country.

During her governorship, it was ranked as the best state in the country for business. She has done at the New Hampshire way. She has brought people together, democrats, republicans, independents. I think she has the biggest legislature, probably in the world, which she has to deal with. She has honed her skills of listening and trying to work with people. She has taken on issues that really do keep families of at night. From the skyrocketing cost of college and prescription drugs to helping students figure out ways to afford their education to helping those suffering from addiction and mental health to raising wages for hard-working families. What i love about Maggie is that she is independent, she knows how to find common ground and how to stand her ground. That is exactly the kind of leader we need in the United States senate. We have got to break through the gridlock and the dysfunction that has unfortunately marred Washington. We have got to get back to listening respectfully. We can disagree without being disagreeable. That is why we need leaders like Maggie.

Unlike her opponent, she has never been afraid to stand up to Donald trump. She knows he should not be a role model for our kids or anybody else for that matter. I hope in these next 14 days you do everything you can to support her.

I want to say a word about Colin, who I have also known for a number of years now. Maggie is leaving some big shoes, she doesn't look like it, but she is. Some big shoes to fill as governor. Colin is the person for that job. As a member of the executive council, and I remember this, he helped lead the fight to protect funding for Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire

Against his opponent, by the way. He has shown that he will stand up for women's health 100% of the time, not just when it is politically convenient. He also worked with Maggie to cross party lines to expand Medicaid to more than 50,000 granite stators.

Colin wants to do more to invest in clean energy will like wind and solar to hold down energy costs and create good jobs in New Hampshire and protect the beautiful environment of this state. He will fight to put into action the promise of higher education within reach for more families. Please during these next days, make sure you are doing everything you can or Colin, Carol, and Annie.

Did anyone see the last debate? Him and you know, I stood next to Donald Trump in three debates for 4.5 hours, proving once again that I have the stamina to be president.

I tried to use the time I had in all three to talk about what people talk to me about, starting here in New Hampshire and across the country. I take it really seriously. I think the problems that keep you up at night that stand in the way of your getting ahead and staying ahead, of providing the best opportunity for a good middle-class job with a rising income for you and your kids, those are the problems that someone running for president should actually l listen to and come up with solutions for.

You know, I have a lot of plans. I do. I get criticized for having so many plans. Tim Kaine and I have actually written a book, there is one copywriter. Another copy. It is called "stronger together." We lay out our plans for what we want to do. If we are so honored to be president and vice president. I have this old-fashioned idea that if i am here asking for your vote to be your president, I should tell you what I'm going to do. And maybe as i said yesterday in North Carolina, maybe it is a bit of a woman's thing. We make lists.

We do. We make lists. We tried to write down what we're supposed to do and cross them off as we go through the day and the week. I want you to think about our plans as our lists. Our list as a country. We are going to get the economy working for everybody, not just those at the top. We are going to make college affordable. We are going to lower prescription drug costs. We are going to do everything we can to keep faith with what we have said we are going to do. What a novel idea. We are actually going to try to deliver results for you

I have to tell you during that debate, Donald said something -- well the said a lot of things that were troubling. He said something that was truly horrifying. He became the first person running for president, republican or democrat, who refused to say that he would respect the results of this election.

That is a direct threat to our democracy. I'm not going to call it anything else. That is what it is. All of this talk about the election being rigged, trying to stir up people who are supporting him at his rallies, that is a direct threat to our democracy. I have to tell you, as your Secretary of State, I want to 112 countries. I went to countries where people were jailed for being political opponents. Where they were exiled. Where they were killed. I think this really seriously. For me, the peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes our country great

Something we cannot lose. Something we should not even doubt. We cannot give into cynicism. I don't think we are. I will tell you what is exciting to me. Across this country, at the very moment when Donald Trump is making this unprecedented attack on our fundamental values, our institutions, millions of people are standing up for democracy, registering, volunteering, voting early.

So when you get a little discouraged or frustrated by what you see in this campaign. Think of this, we have just reached a historic milestone. More than 200 million Americans are now registered to vote.

And -- and most exciting, that includes more than 50 million young people. The biggest number ever.

You only see numbers like this when people are standing up for what they believe in. I am proud to see Americans coming together, democrats, republicans, independents who reject hate and division. You we are seeing that in New Hampshire, too. Will we are more than our disagreements, we Americans. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. I am proud to have the support. A of more than 150 republican leaders in this state who put country before party.

This energy we are seeing is not just because of what we are against, as important as that is. It is because of what we are for. It is about fighting for a future where everyone counts. Where everyone has a place and no one is left out or left behind. To me, and i hope to you as well, this is about more than winning an election. It is about the kind of country we want for our kids and our grandkids. That is what this has to be about.

It is about the lessons we want to pass on to our sons and daughters. We believe we should honor the men and women who fight for our country. America is safer when we work with our allies to lead the world with strength and intelligence. Yet my opponent attacked a grieving gold star family whose son died in Iraq. He has no plans to defeat ISIS. Just last night he tweeted that the new effort underway to push the terrorists out of the key city of Mosul, is already, a "total disaster". And our country is looking "so dumb." imagine. Imagine. This is a guy who says he knows more about ISIS and the general -- more about ISIS than the general's. I don't think so. He is basically declaring defeat before the battle has already even started. He is proving to the world what it needs to have an unqualified commander in chief. It is not only wrong, it is dangerous. It needs to be repudiated on November 8 here in New Hampshire and across America

Just in case you think that this is new for Donald. It should not surprise you or anybody else. I will tell you why. He has been denigrating America for decades it started before he ran against me. It started before president Obama took office. In fact, back in 1987, he spent $100,000 on in advertisement in the New York Times criticizing president Reagan. He said, "The world is laughing at America." Does that sound familiar? This is a man who takes glee in mocking our president, no matter who that is. That may be who Donald Trump is, but this election is about who we are. I want us -- I want us to remember America is great because America is good. Right?

And as our wonderful first lady, Michelle Obama said, right here in New Hampshire, "when they go low, we go high."

This election poses a very clear it choice on the middle class economy. When the middle class thrives, America thrives. As Elizabeth said, she is a perfect example of how that works in America. So am I. So are every one of you here. That is what i want for every single person here, including every young person in America. With your help, we will not only have Elizabeth back in the senate, send Maggie and Carol and Annie, and we will make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II.

What does that mean? That means jobs and infrastructure, our roads and bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our water systems, there is a lot of great work to be done. Those are jobs that cannot be exported. They have got to be done right here in New Hampshire and across America. I want to invest in advance manufacturing. There are -- I know a lot of skeptics about that. They say we cannot compete in manufacturing anymore. I don't want us competing with low-wage jobs. I want us competing for high wage jobs. Germany is a major exporter of advanced manufacturing products. I want to compete with Germany and countries like that. Precision machining, 3-d printing.

I want to invest more in technology innovation and clean research and clean energy because we are going to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. I think we can deploy half a billion more solar panels within the first four years and enough clean energy to power a quarter million homes within 10 years. That is what I want us to be thinking about and working on and striving to achieve.

I am really excited about what we can do to make sure every young American is prepared. I want to start in the early years of life in early education, universal pregame. Pre-k. I want kids to be prepared to compete. We are in a competition. I want us to step up and win. I want kids to have good teachers and good schools in a --. I want to be a good partner in every zip code. I want to be a good partner here bring back textile -- technical education to high school. I think we really shut the door on too many young people who could have gotten skills that would have given them the chance to get ahead.

And working with our community colleges, we need to make sure every young person and every person coming back to upgrade or change skills can go to a community college. We are going to make four-year college affordable. Just this week, a new report showed that New Hampshire students have very high levels of debt. I know Maggie has been fighting that. She has had a moratorium. She has worked at the state level. We need to work at the national level to make this happen for students and families in New Hampshire.

After our primary was over, and you know what, i was really proud. I was really proud of the campaign that Bernie Sanders and I ran. It was a campaign—it was a campaign about ideas, not insults. That is what campaigns should be about. After it was over, Bernie and I got together and we came up with a plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free for any families making less than $125,000 a year.

And if you make more than that, it will be debt free. In other words, pay what you can. Let's not have kids and families going into debt to get an education. This should be an investment we make on behalf of them and our country's future

No matter where you go, to a great school like this, or anywhere else, we will help you pay down your student debt. We will make it easier because we are going to make it as a percentage of your income so you are never on the hook for more than you can afford. If you are interested to see how much you and your family could save, you can go to Hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much you can save under this plan we are proposing.

I think in addition to growing the economy, we need to do a lot more on small business. Two thirds of new jobs will come from small business. We will be focused on how we make it possible to start and grow your small business. We have to make the economy fare are. That starts with raising the national minimum wage. If you work full-time, I am talking about full-time workers, you should not still be poverty. Work should provide a ladder of opportunity for people willing to work for it to climb. Right?

We are going to guarantee equal pay. We are going to make affordable childcare so nobody pays more than 10% of your income for childcare. We will work for paid family leave. This is the way families are today. We are not living in the 1950's. Families are under new stresses. I meet so many who are really just at the edge. They are making all they can, when one parent making full-time work and to parents working full-time. The other day Tim Kaine and I were in Pittsburgh. There was a long line of people. A great overflow we could not get into the main room. Tim Kaine was talking to a woman there holding her three-year-old child. It daughter I think. Tim Kaine was shaking hands, and she said, I came here hoping I could tell you or Secretary Clinton that I had my baby three years ago, and the day after I had my baby I was fired because I called and asked if I could have a few weeks this it had been a difficult pregnancy, and my baby was fine but not all she needed to be. I got fired." Tim Kaine came in. He is such a wonderful man. What a fine, fine human being.

He said to me, there are reasons every day I get so motivated in this election. I just have another reason. He told me that story. I think your president should care about that. I think your president should wake up every day thinking, "how do I help empower people to make the most out of their own lives?" how do I knock down the barriers that give you the chance to go as far as your hard work and talent will take you. People have asked how will I get this done. I have proposed plans that do not add one penny to the debt. I see some of my longtime friends back in the 1992 campaign, and my husband ended up, we had a balanced budget any surplus. We were on the way to paying down the national debt. Here's what happened. What happened is trickledown economics came back. We are going to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share. We are going to close the loopholes. We are going to end the fact that millionaires can pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or teacher or police officer. We will make big banks for the risk they pose to our economy. Because Elizabeth is absolutely right. No bank is too big to fail. No one should be above the law. We're going to enforce that.

Contrast that with Donald Trump. He believes if you get trillions of taxpayer's to the wealthy, millionaires and billionaires -- of tax cuts to the wealthy, millionaires and billionaires, that will work out. That's trickledown economics on steroid. He would wipe away the rule that president Obama imposed on Wall Street. He would eliminate the consumer financial protection bureau that Elizabeth did so much to create. That was bad enough, but then in the debates we learned he has not paid any income taxes for years. He has not paid a penny to support military, veterans, held grants for kids to get in education, health, or anything else. His explanation was that he lost $1 billion in a year. I have pondered this. I have really pondered this. He actually said it made him smart not to pay income taxes. How smart are you to lose $1 billion in a year?

Has anybody here ever been to a casino? He last $1 billion running casinos. Who does that? I've never heard anybody. We have got to make it clear that Donald is not on the side of American workers or American families. For all of his talk of putting America first, he makes his products in at least 12 other countries. He stiffed small businesses, mom-and-pop contractors who worked for him.

My dad was a small business owner. He worked really hard. I am glad he never got a contract from Donald Trump. It was hard work. People who do that work should be rewarded, not taken advantage of.

We know a lot about how Donald Trump works. Today we heard yet another story. It is about a maintenance worker at one of his golf courses. This maintenance worker told his coworkers he was gay. They started harassing him. They used anti-gay slurs to his face. They threw rocks and golf balls at him. His supervisors saw it and did nothing. It got so bad that he wound up in the hospital. Finally, he went to the police for help. He could not go back to work because he was scared for his safety. Then he was fired by Donald Trump's golf club. This is a heart-wrenching story on a lot of levels.

For starters, it is a painful reminder of the harassment, violence, and discrimination too that too many LGBT Americans face every day. It is deeply disturbing that instead of stepping in to stop the tormentors, Donald Trump's golf club turned on the victim for coming forward. If that is how Donald Trump runs his business, what does that say about how he would run our country?

My friends, there are lots of reasons, so many to take this election seriously. Here is what I want you to know. Of course, I want you to vote or for all of us. More than that, I want you to vote for yourselves. For your families, for your hope, for our future together

If you believe when should be treated with dignity and respect and should be able to make our own health care decisions and marriage equality should be protected, and we have to take on the substance abuse disorder and an addiction. If you believe any foreign policy where we work with our allies, not up them, and achieve common goals towards peace and prosperity, then you have to vote. All of these issues are on the ballot this November. I believe with all of my heart that we will, after this election, get together to help heal the divides that have sprung up and are so painful among us

Please register and vote on the same day. Go to iwillvote.com to confirm your polling place. Come help us these last few weeks. Go to hillaryclinton.com. Sign up and volunteer. Take out your phone, text join to 47246 and get everybody you know to come out and vote. I think this election is going to turn on who is motivated to vote. We need each and every one of you to do everything you can to make it clear to everybody you know that our future is at stake. If you want to be part of a positive, optimistic, confident, unifying future, please come out and vote on November 8 here in New Hampshire and prove once and for all that love trumps hate. Thank you all.