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ms. clinton: absolutely. i will do what i have always done. i will keep reaching out to voters. i understand that voters have questions and what i will do my very best to answer those questions. there is an underlying question in the back of people's minds, is she in it for us or is she in it for herself. i think that is a question people are trying to sort through. i will demonstrate i have always been the same person fighting for the same values and to make a real difference in people's lives, long before i was ever in elected office, even before my husband was in the presidency. i know i have to make my case and demonstrate what i have achieved and really make clear that look, we want to make progress in our country and we want to make a real difference in peoples lives. that is what i've always been about and that is what i would do as president.... textms. clinton: that was such an amazing rally. ms. clinton: how are you? ms. clinton: you're welcome. it is exciting to be back. with your help, that is what we are going to do. campaign on both of those things. do you want to get a picture together? let me back it out. i'm having a great time here. i'm happy to be in athens and i look forward to coming back in the future and being here today about what we are going to do in this region and meetings with people i met when i first came, so it is a nostalgic return.... text ms. clinton: athens is such a beautiful place. with the university reading here -- to stay after they graduate. ms. clinton: and it is so beautiful. i love it.mrs. clinton: thank you. i need your help. hi, everybody. mrs. clinton: how are you?the iran's sanctions. we begin with hillary clinton. ms. clinton: if the implementation of the agreement being done today is to be successful in the way i expected, we are going to watch iran like the proverbial hawk. when it comes to iran, they are under security council sanctions and if they are violating it, they should be held accountable. they need to know this is a good step forward with respect to the nuclear weapons program, but there are other areas of their behavior we are continued to be focused on.... text ms. clinton: we have lowered that threat because of the nuclear agreement but we have -- they have continued to destabilize government in the middle east and continue to support proxies and terrorist groups like hezbollah and continue to threaten israel. but what i have said for some time now is i would rather have the nuclear weapons program off to one side and work to make sure they abide by the agreement and turn our... textlouis. ms. clinton: let me say a few words about what happened last night in chicago. you know, we will always have our differences. that is what happens in a democracy, and it is healthy for us to debate, to dialogue, to disagree. but the ugly, divisive rhetoric we are hearing from donald trump and the encouragement he has given to violence and aggression is not only wrong, it is dangerous, my friends. matches, that is a fire that you cannot control. that is political arson. the test of leadership and of citizenship is absolutely the opposite in our country. if you see bigotry, you should oppose it. if you see violence, you should condemn it, and if you see a bully, you should stand up to him! from the great recession. many people have gotten a raw deal for a long time. our economy and our politics have failed to deliver results the way we should expect. but i believe with all of my heart that we can only fix what is broken if we stand together against the forces of division and discrimination... textms. clinton: i will be your partner, and i will not, for one minute, give up on appalachia. not your children or your communities. some of you may be wondering, how can i say all this? here in ohio, a few weeks ago during the primary, it sounded like i said something differently about coal miner jobs. to put it plainly, i misspoke.... textmrs. clinton: thank you. thank you. thank you so much. wow. thank you. i am just thrilled to be here. i am excited to be in seattle and i want to thank mayor murray for his enters meant. i look forward to being a good partner with you on behalf of this great american city and i will take you up on the offer to have michael talk to my husband. the county executive, state senator kevin ranker, i want to thank the president of the american nurses association. and the president of washing state nurses association for endorsing me today. i am so proud to be endorsed by the nurses of america. officials who are here with us and i particularly want to pay tribute to this great high school. a great, great high school. you know, rainier beach is not only the champion of ascot fall -- basket all, it is the champion of the international bachelorette -- baccalaureate and the great students here. it makes me so proud to know what the school's competition and i will tell you if i am fortunate enough to be your president i want to be a partner with principals and teachers and students and families like the ones here at the beach. i am also very great role to all of our volunteers who are working so hard in this campaign . across this great state. you are knocking down barriers, you are building ladders of opportunity, you are helping us make the point that this campaign is about both the growing and sharing the promise of america. we are determined. we are determined that we are going to give up back the hope that to every american should have that to their hard work will get them ahead. will enable them to have a better future. we'll give their children, and yes, their grandchildren, their chance to give -- live up to their god-given potential. that is what we want for america and that is what we are doing together in this campaign. you are all part of something bigger than your selves. you are part of the most consequential election we have had for a long time in america. i know that the state's higher by the day. i am sorry that to all the people outside could not be it into this gymnasium. but i saw the excitement that they had while standing in line. some of them with their children. and i want them to know if we can get the word out to them that i'm grateful that they came, i am sorry they could not in an. but they, too, understand what is at stake. i am very proud to have won arizona tonight. their votes. understand that this is not just a contest between different candidates. this is a contest between fundamentally different views of our country, our values, and our future. what we saw happen today in brussels, the horrible terrorist attack, reminds us of how high the stakes are. we live in a complex and dangerous world. and we need a commander-in-chief that is strong, smart, and above all, steady in taking on these threats. by the end of my first term. a percentage. i want everyone of you do have that chance. furthermore, i want a date certain when your obligation will end. saying we need to get out of nato. saying other things. we need to modernize and make it tougher than it is today. including terrorism. that is what we will do. ted cruz saying we need to police everywhere muslims live. i do not know about you, but that is not only offensive, it is dangerous. it is we want everybody to feel like we are together on our common defense against terrorism. friends go to caucus on saturday, this is about not only selecting a president but also selecting a commander-in-chief. and we need to be sure that we have those steady hands, because we are going to face a lot of challenges but also opportunities that the united states has a lead on. and finally, the third test, can you bring our country together instead of dividing it? well, i feel so strongly that this may be one of the most important issues not just for the president but for all of us. i read an interesting article the other day. the man writing and said, we now get along with people different from us on nearly everything but politics. look at the progress we have made on civil rights, women's rights, gay rights. on all of the tough issues. but when it comes to politics, we do not want to talk to each other. we want to draw a line. i believe we have to seek and find common ground wherever possible. i also believe we have to stand our ground on an important matters of principle and values. but we cannot let our nation be divided. we cannot lead a demagogue insight violence. model for children the kind of bullying behavior that, honestly, you send somebody to time out you are in elementary school. this. you know, i have been saying we need more love and kindness and respect in america right now. that does not mean we agree with people who have a very different set of political views just for the sake of agreeing. no. but let us figure out how to work for something that would be good for our country. i will tell you a story. when i was first lady, after we lost the health care fight, because remember, before was called obamacare it was called -- and what we understood was we had to keep working. we could not get it all at once. so i went to work to get the children's health care problem and before coming out here i had a young man say to me, a long time ago, the late 1990's, ancient history, he said to me -- i want to take you because you saved my family from bankruptcy because of the children's health insurance program. i could not have done that if we had not worked with republicans. if we had not sought and found common ground together. so, as i go through this campaign, i am going to stand up for what i believe. i am going to fight for the issues and the plans that i think will help move our country forward. but i will always say, i will go anywhere, anytime, to find that common ground. if there is good faith, then maybe we can make progress. maybe not as much as i would like, but enough that we can solve the problems of some americans. that is what we have got to start doing again. we have got to be able to point to the results that make people's lives better. we have got to be able to lift each other up, not put each other down because people disagree with us or they do not have the right to say what they say. you know, when you go to the caucuses on saturday, i hope that you will, and everybody you talk with, will really think about not only the consequences and the stakes of this election, but how far we have come together. i am proud of the progress we have made in america. i am proud of the rights we have extended to people. i am proud that we have so much that has really made a difference in the lives of not just americans but people around the world. i went to 112 countries when i was secretary of state and i saw that even when countries disagreed with us, how they watched us. how they wondered how we did what we did in this big, sprawling, pluralistic country of ours. how we held it together. how we made progress. i was always so proud. i do not want to lose that. i want us to continue to make progress. i want us to continue to sees the future, make it what it could be. and i particularly believe that on behalf of our children. you know, our volunteers here in washington proved each and every day why i believe in what i am doing and why i know that together we can make the difference is i am talking about. lillian ellis, just 14-years-old, skipped a sleepover with her friends to get trained as a caucus cap than here in's -- caucus cap denny here in seattle. jonathan and james freberg, father and son, have been knocking on doors for weeks. maria, an immigrant from ecuador, dreams of becoming an american citizen and has been volunteering 20 hours a week for us in bellevue. and of valerie, valerie, a caucus captain arrived on social security and food stamps to get high. she worries about rising drug prices, but she volunteers every other day because she knows that we have got to make progress together. that this campaign is about helping people like hers. you know, it is easy to say what you are against. let's start talking about what we are for. the people we are for. who we want to help. the difference we want to make. these people believe that america's best days lie ahead and said why. if you believe that, i hope you'll come out and caucus for me this saturday. thank you so much seattle! god bless you asked nation point thank you.clinton. mrs. clinton: well, thank you. and i'm delighted to be here in new hampshire for this debate. you know, the american president has to both keep our families safe and make the economy grow in a way that helps everyone, not just those at the top. that's the job. i have a strategy to combat and defeat isis without getting us involved in another ground war, and i have plans to raise incomes and deal with a lot of the problems that keep families up at night. i'm very clear that we have a distinct difference between those of us on this stage tonight and all of our republican counterparts. from my perspective, we have to prevent the republicans from rolling back the progress that we've made. they would repeal the affordable care act, not improve it. they would give more tax breaks to the super-wealthy and corporations, not to the middle class. and they would, despite all their tough talk about terrorism, continue to let people who are on the no-fly list buy guns. so we have a lot of work to do in this campaign to make it clear where we stand in the democratic party, what we will do for our country, and i look forward to this evening's discussion of real issues that face the american people. thank you.... text how do your react? mrs. clinton: i very much appreciate that comment, bernie. it really is important that we go forward on this. i know that you now have your data back, and that there has been an agreement for an independent inquiry into what did happen. obviously, we were distressed when we learned of it, because we have worked very hard -- i said in the beginning of this campaign, we want to reach as many voters as possible, and we have tens of thousands of volunteers doing that, and entering data all the time to keep up with what people are telling us. and so, now that, i think, you know, we have resolved your data, we have agreed on an independent inquiry, we should move on. because i don't think the american people are all that interested in this. i think they're more interested in what we have to say about all the big issues facing us. president is obviously to keep our country safe and to keep the families of america safe. i have a plan that i've put forward to go after isis. not to contain them, but to defeat them. and it has three parts. first, to go after them and deprive them of the territory they occupy now in both syria and iraq. secondly, to go after and dismantle their global network of terrorism. and thirdly, to do more to keep us safe. under each of those three parts of my plan, i have very specific recommendations about what to do. obviously, in the first, we do have to have a -- an american-led air campaign, we have to have arab and kurdish troops on the ground. secondly, we've got to go after everything from north africa to south asia and beyond. and then, most importantly, here at home, i think there are three things that we have to get right. we have to do the best possible job of sharing intelligence and information. that now includes the internet, because we have seen that isis is a very effective recruiter, propagandist and inciter and celebrator of violence. that means we have to work more closely with our great tech companies. they can't see the government as an adversary. we can't see them as obstructionists. we've got to figure out how we can do more to understand who is saying what and what they're planning. and we must work more closely with muslim-american communities. just like martin, i met with a group of muslim-americans this past week to hear from them about what they're doing to try to stop radicalization. they will be our early-warning signal. that's why we need to work with them, not demonize them, as the republicans have been doing.... text are they wrong? mrs. clinton: well, i think you have to look at both the terrorism challenge that we face abroad and certainly at home and the role that guns play in delivering the violence that stalks us. clearly, we have to have a very specific set of actions to take. you know, when senator sanders talks about a coalition, i agree with him about that. we've got to build a coalition abroad. we also have to build a coalition at home. abroad, we need a coalition that is going to take on isis. i know how hard that is. i know it isn't something you just hope people will do and i've worked on that --... text control? mrs. clinton: yes, i'm getting -- mrs. clinton: i'm getting to that. because i think if you only think about the coalition abroad you're missing the main point, which is we need a coalition here at home. guns, in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make americans safer. we lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. arming more people to do what i think is not the appropriate response to terrorism. i think what is -- yes, coalitions within our own country. the first line of defense against radicalization is in muslim-american community. people who we should be welcoming and working with. i worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the republicans, particularly donald trump, is sending a message to muslims here in the united states and literally around the world that there is a "clash of civilizations," that there is some kind of western plot or even war against islam, which then i believe fans the flames of radicalization. so guns have to be looked at as its own problem, but we also have to figure out how we're going to deal with the radicalization here in the united states.... text martin. mrs. clinton: yes, let's tell the truth, martin. mrs. clinton: he invoked mine as well. ago. mrs. clinton: i do, and this is an important issue, and i know we'll get to a lot of other critical ones as well. i actually agree with governor o'malley about the need for common sense gun safety measures. and i applaud his record in maryland. i just wish he wouldn't misrepresent mine. i have been for the brady bill, i have been against assault weapons. i have voted not to give gun makers and sellers immunity. and i also know that -- and i'm glad to see this -- senator sanders has really moved in face of the facts about what we're confronting in our country. i know that he has said in the two previous that he wants to take on this immunity issue because we need to send a strong message to the gun manufacturers, to the sellers, to the gun lobby. and i would hope, senator sanders, that you would join the democrats who are trying to close the charleston loophole, that you would sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to remove the absolute immunity. we need to move on this consensus that exists in the country. it's no longer enough just to say the vast majority of americans want common-sense gun-safety measures including gun owners. we need, and only the three of us will do this. nobody on the republican side will even admit there's a problem. and in whatever way the three of us can we need to move this agenda forward and begin to deal with the gun lobby and the intimidation that they present. first what they saw in paris, now what they have seen in san bernardino. and mr. trump has a great capacity to use bluster and bigotry to inflame people and to make think there are easy answers to very complex questions. so what i would say is, number one, we need to be united against the threats that we face. we need to have everybody in our country focused on watching what happens and reporting it if it's suspicious, reporting what you hear, making sure that muslim americans don't feel left out or marginalized at the very moment when we need their help. you know, i was a senator from new york after 9/11, and we spent countless hours trying to figure out how to protect the city and the state from perhaps additional attacks. one of the best things that was done, and george w. bush did this, and i give him credit, was to reach out to muslim americans and say, "we're in this together. you are not our adversary. partner." and we also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that trump is sending around the world don't fall on receptive ears. he is becoming isis's best recruiter. they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. so i want to explain why this is not in america's interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry.... text mrs. clinton: i would not want to go to that point. i would hope that given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement that there could be a manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they are not adversaries. they've got to be partners. it doesn't do anybody any good if terrorists can move toward encrypted communication that no law enforcement agency can break into before or after. there must be some way. i don't know enough about the technology, martha, to be able to say what it is, but i have a lot of confidence in our tech experts. and maybe the back door is the wrong door, and i understand what apple and others are saying about that, but i also understand, when a law-enforcement official charged with the responsibility of preventing attacks -- to go back to our early questions, how do we prevent attacks -- well, if we can't know what someone is planning, we are going to have to rely on the neighbor or, you know, the member of the mosque or the teacher, somebody to see something. i just think there's got to be a way, and i would hope that our tech companies would work with government to figure that out. otherwise, law enforcement is blind. blind before, blind during, and, unfortunately, in many instances, blind after. so we always have to balance liberty and security, privacy and safety, but i know that law enforcement needs the tools to keep us safe. and that's what i hope, there can be some understanding and cooperation to achieve.... text mrs. clinton: well, i agree that we have to have the toughest screening and vetting -- mrs. clinton: no. not at all. i think that what we're facing with isis is especially complicated. it was a different situation in afghanistan. we were attacked from afghanistan. al qaida was based in afghanistan. we went after those who had attacked us. what's happening in syria and iraq is that, because of the failures in the region, including the failure of the prior government in baghdad, led by maliki, there has been a resurgence of sunni activities, as exemplified by isis. and we have to support sunni-arab and kurdish forces against isis, because i believe it would be not only a strategic mistake for the united states to put ground combat troops in, as opposed to special operators, as opposed to trainers, because that is exactly what isis wants. they've advertised that. they want american troops back in the middle east. they want american soldiers on the ground fighting them, giving them many more targets, and giving them a great recruiting opportunity. so i think it's absolutely wrong policy for us to be even imagining that we're going end up putting tens of thousands of american troops into syria and iraq to fight isis. and we do have to form a coalition. i know how hard that is. i have formed them. i put together a coalition, including arabs, with respect to libya, and a coalition to put sanctions onto iran. and you have to really work hard at it. and the final thing i would say, bringing donald trump back into it, if you're going to put together a coalition in the region to take on the threat of isis, you don't want to alienate the very countries and people you need to be part of the coalition. and so that is part of the reason why this is so difficult. false choice. i believe if we lead an air coalition, which we are now in the position of doing and intensify it, if we continue to build back up the iraqi army, which has had some recent success in ramadi, as you know, if we get back talking to the tribal sheiks in anbar to try to rebuild those relationships, which were very successful, in going after al qaida in iraq, if we get the turks to pay more attention to isis than they're paying to the kurds, if we do put together the kind of coalition with the specific tasks that i am outlining, i think we can be successful in destroying isis. so that's what i'm focused on, that's what i've outlined, and that's what i would do as president.... text mrs. clinton: well, i just want to quickly add -- mrs. clinton: martha, that -- you know, one of the reasons why i have advocated for a no-fly zone is in order to create those safe refuges within syria to try to protect people on the ground both from assad's forces, who are continuing to drop barrel bombs, and from isis. and of course it has to be de-conflicted with the russians, who are also flying in that space. i'm hoping that because of the very recent announcement of the agreement at the security council, which embodies actually an agreement that i negotiated back in geneva in june of 2012, we're going to get a diplomatic effort in syria to begin to try to make a transition. a no-fly zone would prevent the outflow of refugees and give us a chance to have some safe spaces.... text airplane? mrs. clinton: i do not think it would come to that. we are already de-conflicting air space. we know -- mrs. clinton: no, i don't think so. i am advocating -- this? mrs. clinton: i am advocating the no-fly zone both because i think it would help us on the ground to protect syrians. i'm also advocating it because i think it gives us some leverage in our conversations with russia. now that russia has joined us in the security council, has adopted an agreement that we hashed out a long day in geneva three years ago, now i think we can have those conversations. the no-fly zone, i would hope, would be also shared by russia. if they will begin to turn their military attention away from going after the adversaries of assad toward isis and put the assad future on the political and diplomatic track, where it belongs. mrs. clinton: and that is important, because now we have a u.n. security council that will enable us to do that. and, you know, with all due respect, senator, you voted for regime change with respect to libya. you joined the senate in voting to get rid of gadhafi, and you asked that there be a security council validation of that with a resolution. all of these are very difficult issues. i know that. i've been dealing with them for a long time. and, of course, we have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like gadhafi, a despot with american blood on his hands, is overturned. but i'll tell you what would have happened if we had not joined with our european partners and our arab partners to assist the people in libya. you would be looking at syria. now the libyans are turning their attention to try to dislodge isis from its foothold and begin to try to move together to have a unified nation.... text mrs. clinton: i think we're missing the point here. we are doing both at the same time. mrs. clinton: well, i don't agree with that, because we will not get the support on the ground in syria to dislodge isis if the fighters there who are not associated with isis but whose principal goal is getting rid of assad don't believe there is a political, diplomatic channel that is ongoing. we now have that. we have the u.n. security council adopting a resolution that lays out a transition path. it's very important we operate on both at the same time. and let me just say a word about coalition-building, because i've heard senator sanders say this. i know how hard it is to build coalitions. i think it would be a grave mistake to ask for any more iranian troops inside syria. that is like asking the arsonist to come and pour more gas on the fire. the iranians getting more of a presence in syria, linking with hezbollah, their proxy in lebanon, would threaten israel and would make it more difficult for us to move on a path to have a transition that at some point would deal with assad's future. last count, about 250,000 syrians. the reason we are in the mess we're in, that isis has the territory it has, is because of assad. i advocated arming the moderate opposition back in the day when i was still secretary of state, because i worried we would end up exactly where we are now. and so, when we look at these complex problems, i wish it could be either/or. i wish we could say yes, let's go destroy isis, and let's let assad continue to destroy syria, which creates more terrorists, more extremists by the minute. no. we now finally are where we need to be. we have a strategy and a commitment to go after isis, which is a danger to us as well as the region --... text mrs. clinton: and we finally have a u.n. security council resolution bringing the world together to go after a political transition in this -- mrs. clinton: if the united states does not lead, there is not another leader. there mrs. clinton: and we have to lead, if we're going to be successful. talking to a lot of these families, and this is such an outrage, both because it's bad for our economy, we're a 70% consumption economy, people need to feel optimistic and confident, they need to believe their hard work is going to be rewarded, and it's bad for our democracy. it's absolutely the case that if people feel that the game is rigged, that has consequences. i think it's great standing up here with the senator and the governor talking about these issues, because you're not going to hear anything like this from any of the republicans who are running for president. don't want to do anything to increase incomes. at the center of my economic policy is raising incomes, because people haven't been able to get ahead, and the cost of everything, from college tuition to prescription drugs, has gone up. of course we have to raise the minimum wage. of course we have to do more to incentivize profit sharing, like we see with market basket right here in new hampshire and new england, where all of the employees get a chance to share in the profits. transparency about how much people are making. that's the way to get women's wages up, and that's good for them and good for their families and good for our communities. i have debt-free tuition plans, free community college plans, getting student debt down. i also am very committed to getting the price of drugs down. and there's a lot. you can go to my website --... text mrs. clinton: this is the election -- mrs. clinton: issues they have to respond to. mrs. clinton: everybody should. i want to be the president for the struggling, the striving and the successful. i want to make sure the wealthy pay their fair share, which they have not been doing. i want the buffett rule to be in effect, where millionaires have to pay 30% tax rates instead of 10% to nothing in some cases. i want to make sure we rein in the excessive use of political power to feather the nest and support the super wealthy. but i also want to create jobs and i want to be a partner with the private sector. i'm particularly keen on creating jobs in small business. my dad was a small businessman, a really small business. i want to do more to help incentivize and create more small businesses. so if -- if people who are in the private sector know what i stand for, it's what i fought for as a senator, it's what i will do as president, and they want to be part of once again building our economy so it works for everybody, more power to them, because they are the kind of business leaders who understand that if we don't get the american economy moving and growing, we're not going to recognize our country and we're not going to give our kids the same opportunities that we had.... text mrs. clinton: ok -- mrs. clinton: let me respond -- mrs. clinton: under the rules, i have been -- i have been invoked, david, so let me respond very quickly. number one -- mrs. clinton: number one, there are currently two hedge fund billionaires running ads against me here in new hampshire. they started in iowa. now, you'd have to ask yourself, why are they running ads against me? and the answer is, because they know i will go right after them, that i will not let their agenda be america's agenda. secondly, i think it's important to point out that about 3% of my donations come from people in the finance and investment world. you can go to opensecrets.org and check that. i have more donations from students and teachers than i do from people associated with wall street. governor o'malley was heading the democratic governors association, he had no trouble at all going to wall street to raise money to run campaigns for democratic governors. and he also had no trouble appointing an investment banker to be in charge of his consumer protection bureau when he was governor. so, you know, again, the difference between us and the republicans is night and day. and there is only one person on this stage who voted to take away authority from the sec and the commodities future trading commission that they could no longer regulate what are called swaps and derivatives, which actually contributed to the collapse of lehman brothers, and that was senator sanders. so if we're going to be talking like this, we can -- and maybe we can score some political points -- but the fact is, every one of us stands for the kind of economy that will work better for every american. and if that means taking on wall street, i have a plan that is tough and comprehensive and praised by a lot of folks who say it goes further than what both senator sanders and governor o'malley are proposing.... text mrs. clinton: well, i would certainly build on the successes of the affordable care act and work to fix some of the glitches that you just referenced. number one, we do have more people who have access to health care. we have ended the terrible situation that people with pre- existing conditions were faced with where they couldn't find at any affordable price health care. women are not charged more than men any longer for our health insurance. and we keep young people on our policies until they turn 26. but out-of-pocket costs have gone up too much and prescription drug costs have gone through the roof. and so what i have proposed, number one, is a $5,000 tax credit to help people who have very large out-of-pocket costs be able to afford those. number two, i want medicare to be able to negotiate for lower drug prices just like they negotiate with other countries' health systems. and i want us to be absolutely clear about making sure the insurance companies in the private employer policy arena as well as in the affordable care exchanges are properly regulated so that we are not being gamed. and i think that's an important point to make because i'm going through and analyzing the points you were making, martha. we don't have enough competition and we don't have enough oversight of what the insurance companies are charging everybody right now. startup challenges that this system is facing. we have fought, as democrats, for decades to get a health care plan. i know. i've got the scars to show from the effort back in the early '90s. we want to build on it and fix it. and i'm confident we can do that. and it will have effects in the private market. and one of the reasons in some states why the percentage cost has gone up so much is because governors there would not extend medicaid. and so people are still going to get health care, thankfully, in emergency rooms, in hospitals. those costs are then added to the overall cost, which does increase the insurance premiums for people in the private system. because i think everybody has to have some skin in this game, you know. number one, states have been dis-investing in higher education. in fact, i think new hampshire, in state tuition for public colleges and universities, is among the highest if not the highest in the country. so states over a period of decades have put their money elsewhere; into prisons, into highways, into things other than higher education. so under my compact, the federal government will match money that the states begin to put back in to the higher education system. secondly, i don't believe in free tuition for everybody. i believe we should focus on middle-class families, working families, and poor kids who have the ambition and the talent to go to college and get ahead. so i have proposed debt free tuition, which i think is affordable and i would move a lot of the pell grant and other aid into the arena where it could be used for living expense. so i put all of this together, again, on my website and i've gotten such a good response. but i want to quickly say, one of the areas that senator sanders touched on in talking about education and certainly talking about health care is his commitment to really changing the systems. free college, a single-payer system for health, and it's been estimated we're looking at $18 to $20 trillion, about a 40% in the federal budget. and i have looked at his proposed plans for health care for example, and it really does transfer every bit of our health care system including private health care, to the states to have the states run. and i think we've got to be really thoughtful about how we're going to afford what we propose, which is why everything that i have proposed i will tell you exactly how i'm going to pay for it, including college.... text mrs. clinton: well, the only thing -- the only thing i can go on senator sanders -- mrs. clinton: your proposal is to go and send the health care system to the state. mrs. clinton: and my analysis is, that you are going to get more taxes out of middle class families. i'm the only person -- mrs. clinton: saying, no middle-class tax raises. that's off the table -- mrs. clinton: that is a pledge that i'm making. i made it when i ran in 2008. mrs. clinton: yes, and it was the same one that president obama made. because i don't think we should be imposing new big programs that are going to raise middle class families' taxes. we just heard that most families haven't had a wage increase since 2001. since, you know, the end of the last clinton administration when incomes did go up for everybody. and we've got to get back to where people can save money again, where they can invest in their families, and i don't think a middle-class tax should be part of anybody's plan right now.... text mrs. clinton: senator, i have been -- i have been fighting for paid -- mrs. clinton: family leave for a very long time -- mrs. clinton: i have a way to pay for it that actually makes the wealthiest pay for it -- mrs. clinton: not everybody else. mrs. clinton: well, david, i think this is one of the most important challenges facing not just our next president but our country. we have systemic racism and injustice and inequities in our country and in particular, in our justice system that must be addressed and must be ended. i feel very strongly that we have to reform our criminal justice system and we have to find ways to try to bring law enforcement together again with the communities that they are sworn to protect. trust has been totally lost in a lot of places. at the same time, we know that in many parts of our country police officers are bridging those divides and they're acting heroically. the young officer who was killed responding to the planned parenthood murders. the officer who told the victims of the san bernardino killings that he would take a bullet before them. so i think that we need to build on the work of the policing commissioner that president obama impaneled. we need to get a bipartisan commitment to work together on this. and we need to hear the voices of those men and women and boys and girls who feel like strangers in their own country and do whatever is necessary to not only deal with the immediate problems within the criminal justice system, but more opportunities, more jobs, better education so that we can begin to rebuild that very valuable asset known as trust.... text mrs. clinton: you know, on my very first visit to new hampshire in this campaign, i was in keene, and i was asked, "what are you going to do about the heroin epidemic?" and all over new hampshire, i met grandmothers who are raising children because they lost the father or the mother to an overdose. i met young people who are desperately trying to get clean and have nowhere to go, because there are not enough facilities. so this is a major epidemic, and it has hit new hampshire and vermont particularly hard. i've had had two town halls, one in keene, one in laconia, dedicated exclusively to talking about what we can do. and i've heard some great ideas about how law enforcement is changing its behavior, how the recovery community is reaching out. and i was proud to get the endorsement of mayor walsh of boston, who has made his struggle with alcoholism a real clarion call for action in this arena. so, i've laid out a five-point plan about what we can do together. i would like the federal government to offer $10 billion over ten years to work with states, and i really applaud governor hassan for taking up this challenge and working with the legislature here to come up with a plan. we need to do more on the prescribing end of it. there are too many opioids being prescribed, and that leads directly now to heroin addiction. and we need to change the way we do law enforcement, and of course, we need more programs and facilities, so when somebody is ready to get help, there's a place for them to go. and every law enforcement should carry the antidote to overdose, naloxone, so that they can save lives that are on the brink of expiring.... text mrs. clinton: well, first, let's remember why we became part of a coalition to stop gadhafi from committing massacres against his people. the united states was asked to support the europeans and the arab partners that we had and we did a lot of due diligence about whether we should or not, and eventually, yes, i recommended and the president decided that we would support the action to protect civilians on the ground and that led to the overthrow of gadhafi. i think that what libya then did by having a full free election, which elected moderates, was an indication of their crying need and desire to get on the right path. now, the whole region has been rendered unstable, in part because of the aftermath of the arab spring, in part because of the very effective outreach and propagandizing that isis and other terrorist groups do. but what we're seeing happening in libya right now is that there has been a fragile agreement to put aside the differences that exist among libyans themselves to try to dislodge isis from sirte, the home town of gadhafi, and to begin to try to create a national government. you know, this is not easy work. we did a lot to help. we did as much as we could because the libyans themselves had very strong feelings about what they wished to accept. but we're always looking for ways about what more we can do to try to give people a chance to be successful.... text mrs. clinton: martha, we offered a lot more than they were willing to take. we offered a lot more. we also got rid of their chemical weapons, which was a big help, and we also went after a lot of the shoulder-fired missiles to round them up. you know, we can't -- if we're not going to send american troops, which there was never any idea of doing that, then to try to send trainers, to try to send experts, is something we offered, europeans offered, the u.n. offered, and there wasn't a lot of responsiveness at first. i think a lot of the libyans who had been forced out of their country by gadhafi who came back to try to be part of a new government, believed they knew what to do and it turned out that they were no match for some of the militaristic forces inside that country. but i'm not giving up on libya and i don't think anybody should. we've been at this a couple of years.... text mrs. clinton: well, there's always a retrospective to say what mistakes were made. but i know that we offered a lot of help and i know it was difficult for the libyans to accept help. what we could have done if they had said yes would have been a lot more than what we were able to have done. mr. sanders: but what --... text mrs. clinton: well, i would just repeat that. mrs. clinton: wait a minute. i think it's only fair to put on the record, senator sanders voted in the senate for a resolution calling for ending the gadhafi regime and asking that the u.n. be brought in, either a congressional vote or a u.n. security council vote. we got a u.n. security council vote. now, i understand that this is very difficult. and i'm not standing here today and saying that libya is as far along as tunisia. we saw what happened in egypt. i cautioned about a quick overthrow of mubarak, and we now are back with basically an army dictatorship. this is a part of the world where the united states has tried to play two different approaches. one, work with the tough men, the dictators, for our own benefit and promote democracy. that's a hard road to walk. but i think it's the right road for us to try to travel.... text mrs. clinton: well, the role has been defined by each person who's held it. and i am very grateful for all my predecessors and my successors because each of them not only did what she could to support her husband and our country but often chose to work on important issues that were of particular concern. obviously, mrs. obama has been a terrific leader when it comes to young people's health, particularly nutrition and exercise. and i think has had a big impact. so whoever is part of the family of a president has an extraordinary privilege of not only having a front row seat on history but making her or maybe his contribution. and with respect to my own husband, i am probably still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that. but i will certainly turn to him as prior presidents have for special missions, for advice, and in particular, how we're going to get the economy working again for everybody, which he knows a little bit about. 2017, the next president of the united states will walk into the white house. if, heaven forbid, that next president is a republican, i think it's pretty clear we know what will happen. a lot of the rights that have been won over years, from women's rights to voter rights to gay rights to worker rights, will be at risk. social security, which republicans call a ponzi scheme, may face privatization. our vets may see the v.a. hospital that needs to be improved and made better for them turned over to privatization. planned parenthood will be defunded. the list goes on because the differences are so stark. you know, everybody says every election's important, and there's truth to that. this is a watershed election. i know how important it is that we have a democrat succeed president obama in the white house. and i will do all that i can in this campaign to reach out and explain what i stand for and what i will do as president. you know, i became a grandmother 15 months ago, and so i spent a lot of time thinking about my granddaughter's future. but as president, i will spend even more time thinking about the futures of all the kids and the grandchildren in this country because i want to make sure every single child has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. if you will join me in this campaign, we will make that a mission. thank you, good night and may the force be with you.mrs. clinton: good to see you. >> thank you so much for coming. mrs. clinton: thank you for doing this. i guess the republicans will be next? immigration laws. i think they are divisive, s tarting discord and fear. i also came out in favor of guaranteeing unaccompanied children have government-sponsored council so as they go through the process, they will not be confused by the process and will have a chance to tell their story. it is important to put this in the broader context which is what i have tried to do. we have to have comprehensive immigration reform, but how we implement our immigration laws does have some ability for the executive to make choices. i would prioritize criminals, people who are plotting or taking action that is against our public safety or our property. those are the kinds of people that would be on my list.... text criminal record? mrs. clinton: i can promise that it will do everything possible to provide due process. we have to change the immigration asylum and refugee laws. right now until we do, we have to try to figure out how to handle this very large group of predominantly women and children who are coming north. we have to be sensitive and humane in the application of our laws. we also have to do a lot more. this is where i think i have a particular passion. we have to do a lot more to help those countries in central america get over some of the challenges of violence, criminality, drug cartels. that is really the impetus behind it. you know that this year we had no net immigration from mexico. in fact, mexicans in america are actually going back to mexico. why is that? because there is, despite the problems that we know exist, there is better economic opportunity. there is better stability for families. in similarly, i remember the good health americans gave to the colombian people to overcome their decades of civil war and apparatus behavior of the -- karen this -- karenhorrendous behavior of the drug cartels.... text deport children? mrs. clinton: i would give every person, particularly children, due process forto have their story to be told. every children will have legitimate stories under our laws to be able to stay. i will end public to detention centers which do not uphold the values of americans. i cannot sit here and say we will have a blanket rule of who or who will not be able to be staying in the country. what i don't like is a mass round up and a raid sending people off in the middle of the night. that should end.... text do that? mrs. clinton: i have done a lot of thinking about that. i have met with a very dynamic group of young black lives matter activists. i have heard directly from them. it is a broad agenda we have to agenda. let's start with the most contentious issues. policing reform, incarceration reform. i believe strongly that this has to be the highest priority of the president. president obama's releasing commission has some very good suggestions i would want to build on what we have to do everything possible in reaching out and listening directly to communities that are being affected. whose families are decimated by the large numbers of missing men in the community. i have a very specific set of recommendations about what i would do when it comes to arrests. we have to have a clear set of standards because african-american men and latino men in particular get arrested more quickly for doing the same thing as a white man does. it continues through the process. more than likely to be charged, more likely to be convicted, more likely to be incarcerated. the figures do not lie. we have to bring that to a broader audience because it is such a violation of what we say our values are. we have systemic racism and bias that is implicit in the system. unless we begin to go after that and end it, we don't solve the problem. in addition to the really difficult pieces of reform needed in criminal justice and incarceration, we have to disrupt the school to prison pipeline. we need a cradle to college pipeline. we need more job opportunities. i want to incentivize more investment in the most distant thisinvested communities. inner cities, poor rural areas, native american reservations. we have places where the poverty is so appalling. it is not what we say we stand for. it is not just dealing with the criminal justice issue because i want to end incarceration of people for low level in offenses. we need far more opportunities for people to stay out of jail or prison while they deal with a drug problem or a mental health problem which is one of the main reasons people end up in jail and prison. when you look at it, it is not only wrong and dehumanizing, it doesn't make economic sense. if you have a system -- we should have treatment recovery programs across america so that when somebody is in and out of jail or the emergency room because about all or alcohol or drugs, they get a setting to go besides jail. i have seen a great example in reno, nevada. what i want is to make the case. it is the right thing to do, but it is also cheaper. it is a humanitarian, moral thing to do. it costs $3000 to divert somebody. it costs $30,000 to put somebody in jail. you make the choice. we have a right, and i think people have the right to health. we are trying to make that real. certainly come of the full range of reproductive health rights that women should have included access to safe and legal abortion. if state governments, if politicians use their power to try to restrict that right, well off people will still have it. we know that. a lot of poorer women, isolated far from a place with a can get services, are going to be denied. that is why this case is going to the supreme court out of texas. the texas government has forced the closing of planned parenthood clinics. a totally inaccurate medical requirements. it is a huge state and it is going to be much more difficult for poorer women to exercise that right. i think we should do everything we can to repeal that amendment. i think it has been a blockade.... text mrs. clinton: i don't have any overall data or information to respond to that. i don't want to draw generalizations. i think it is always important for people to be reminded of some of the struggles that went before whether it is civil rights, human rights, women's rights, gay rights or whatever it might be. i think what is happening is that because of some of the actions going on in states and because of the supreme court's decision, it is in the news now. anybody who might have thought this is ancient history is realizing that maybe it isn't. it is important to do what we can to raise the visibility of these issues and demonstrate important connections that they have with people's lives whether or not you ever exercise that right. it is something that should be available. i feel especially passionate about this because i traveled to so many countries. i have been in a hospital in northeastern brazil where the doctors told me half the women are so happy they just had a baby. half the women are here because of botched abortions. i went to romania where the prior communist dictatorship actually legally required everyone woman to have five children. the secret police would follow to make sure you are not trying to do anything, even birth control, to prevent that. thousands of abandoned babies, working ages orphanages filled with many kids. i spoke in beijing in 1995 against forced sterilization. reproductive rights are a fundamental human right. no government should interfere. they should not tell a woman what she can do with her life and body. we need to stand up again with this movement that is currently going on. them. i think we have to take them all seriously. many of those threats are fueled by the gun violence that we face every single day. where 90 americans are killed by guns, tragic avoidable accidents. one of the reasons why i'm so adamant and in support of president obama's policies is i think as a nation we cannot sit idly by while 33,000 people a year die from gun violence. i also believe we have to take any form of violence, particularly organized violence, seriously. yes, i believe there are all kinds of underground movements and efforts in our country to try to use violence or certain beliefs that i find often lead to violence. let's take some of the white extremism we see. i remember very well go into oklahoma city and seeing the ruins of the federal building where i recall 168 americans and 19 children were murdered by a bomb by a guy who aided the government. that is -- hated the government. that is terrorism. when you have communities terrorized by gangs where parents are afraid to send their kids out. i remember a beautiful woman from chicago. she performed at president obama's second inauguration. came home hanging out with her friends across school from chicago and gets murdered. stray bullet, intentional bullet -- murdered. i think when you have police violence that terrorizes communities, that does not show the respect that you were supposed to have from protecting people in your authority, that can feel terrorizing. there are so many different kinds of potential violent acts. we have to go after all of them. we have to stop them all. we cannot let anybody live in fear. it has become higher profile when it is tied to international terrorism because it seems like it is coming from the outside and not homegrown. well, i saw homegrown terrorism in oklahoma city and i saw foreign terrorism in new york city. i saw people grieving over the loss of their loved ones. at some point, we all have to come together as a country again and stand against violence and do something to get the guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, no matter who they are. swimming in the ocean to know exactly what is happening around you, so much as it is when you are standing on the shore watching. for me, i was born white, middle-class in the middle of america. i went to good public schools. i had a very strong supportive family. i had a lot of great experiences growing up. i went to a wonderful college. i went to law school. i never really knew what was or was not part of the privilege. i just knew i was a lucky person and that being lucky was in part related to i am, where i'm from and the opportunities i had. but, i will tell you when i first realized that i was privileged both because i was white and economically stable. i had two experiences through my church. the first was when i was about 11 years old, a church asked if some of us would volunteer to babysit for the children of migrant workers on saturday because the family had to go into the fields and the older kids had to go with them. there was nobody left to watch the little kids. i and a couple of my friends volunteered. in those days, chicago was surrounded by fields. it does not look like it anymore. it was on the migrant journey from mexico of to texas to the midwest and then to michigan. a certain point in the summer harvest, folks were in the chicago area. i remember going out there taking care of these adorable little kids. and, i kind of thought they are very different from me. they have different experiences, but they were just little kids. at the end of the day, at the end of this long road because they're are all these housing units, the bus stops and the older siblings got out. when the little kids saw them, they drop everything and began running for their mothers and fathers, holding their arms out. i remember it like it was yesterday watching that and i was thinking i used to do that with my father. and, i'm watching these kids and their families, they have to work so hard. the place they live is not very nice. i just felt i have a different kind of life. i did not call it a particular name but it was a different life and i knew that.... text mrs. clinton: yes. that was a poor choice of words. obviously, historically -- undocumented. i will not use it in the future. mrs. clinton: everybody i know on the democratic party who favored for reform also favored border security. that is ted kennedy, my husband, president obama. even somebody like president george w. bush was trying to push reform and gave up too easily. we do need to have secure borders. what that will take is a combination of technology and physical barriers.... textall right. mrs. clinton: thank you. it just to let you know. mrs. clinton: i told him, you look pretty mrs. clinton: first of all, i am really relieved and pleased that overall we are making progress. and i have gone across this country making the point that when president obama came into office, he inherited the worst financial crisis since the great depression. and he doesn't get the credit he deserves for baking -- digging us out of that big hole he was handed when he came in. >> many, many millions of americans, we are exactly where roland said we are, down to 5% employment -- unemployment. but incomes are not rising. we have two big problems. one, we had to get incomes to go back out. and number two, we have to get more good jobs. and we do have, in my opinion, a targeted effort at people and communities that have not had the benefits of the recovery us far -- thus far. we need, once and for all, to have a very big infrastructure program on our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, rail system where we can put millions of people to work. number two, we need to combat climate change by becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. that means putting up wind turbines and installing solar panels and doing energy efficiency work and all the work that will enable us not only to have the economy grow, but move away from fossil fuels. number three --... text mrs. clinton: we need to start investing in small business. my particular hope is i can be the small business president. i want to focus on women and minority owned small businesses in our country. all of those things i think will make a difference.... text from those opportunities? mrs. clinton: i think we have two problems. where people are frozen out, or equally importantly, not sought out. i want to make sure every training program is reflective of our population. i want to provide an apprenticeship credit to companies, to unions, to others to train young people, particularly, but not just young anymore, roland. we have a lot of people who have lost their jobs were middle age and older, and they knew to be given special attention. labor unions are not the problem in much of the south because they are right to work states. so we have to make sure that anywhere we do for structure -- we do infrastructure, at the federal government has money in it, they must be a program for recruiting and hiring and, where necessary, training people from less advantaged communities. and that... text 1.7% of $23 billion? mrs. clinton: when i was a senator from new york, this is one of the big issues i had because the federal government has a lot of contracts, but sometimes it is difficult for small businesses to know how to apply for those contracts. so i used to run a procurement outreach program, and a big conference where we sought out small businesses. and again, with a special emphasis on minority and women owned businesses. i think we have to do that all the time. you've got to have a much more vigorous effort to reach out and help people, number one, apply for the contracts that are available. there is, and i agree with this, there is a preference and the law for small businesses that are minority and women owned. i want to make sure that preference is translated into benefits and doesn't just sit on the books.... text mrs. clinton: 100%. in my administration, what i want to do is set some goals and tell the people who work for me, this is what i want you to do. and if we really measure what we are doing, we can get results and we can change outcomes, i believe.... text more business. mrs. clinton: if someone tells you that a group or a person is outperforming everybody else, your question is the right question. are you going to reward that person or business? my answer is yes. i think that when you look at the economy, there are opportunities that we are not seizing on behalf of communities and individuals. and i don't think there is any doubt at all that we've got to do more to open doors and to rebuild those ladders of opportunity. when it comes to businesses, small business, minority and women owned, i am going to be vigilant and i'm going to drive people to get results. what i like about what you said is we are not doing this as charity, we are doing this as business. when they do well, we need to reward... text of black -- mrs. clinton: you talk so fast. am i talking too fast in response jack a razor -- response? raise your hand if you think we to ask. mrs. clinton: i know, i know. out homeowners? mrs. clinton: i advocated that to back in 2007 and 2008, roland. in fact, i was very unhappy that we did not do enough to help people in their homes save their homes. i will look for ways to, number one, stop the damage so that we don't lose more homes because people still haven't recovered. but number two, we've got to get back into the home ownership business. and a lot of financial institutions are reluctant to loan. and they are more reluctant to loan to african-american... text mrs. clinton: and i don't agree with that. i think that is wrong. now we are starting to see some of the bad behavior coming from the folks who want to those homes. they are forcing people out. a big article today about misleading people and forcing them to turn over their home under false pretenses. so, you are right, what happened in 2007, 2008 is just beyond horrible. 9 million people lost their jobs. 5 million lost their homes. and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out, most of it in homeownership, but also iras, 401(k)s, college funds. we have a lot of catching up to do, and it is not enough if just some people recover. i want to do it i can to help everybody recover. >> obviously look at it immediately. one, sometimes credit reports are wrong. but let's deal with that problem --... text deals with that. mrs. clinton: yes. and that is a serious problem for a lot of people. secondly, i think a lot of credit problems, particularly for young people, have to do with student debt, have to do with credit cards that they had to use in order to stay in college, in order to be able to get their education. there are a lot of reasons why i don't think you should have credit reports following you around like some anchor that you have to carry with you. so, yeah, i want people to be responsible, but i also want to make sure you've got a second chance. and it shouldn't be that you are denied a job that has nothing to do, as i understand working for the birmingham newspaper would have with your credit score. so we need to take a hard look at that.... text speeches? mrs. clinton: first of all, i do understand the sense of frustration and disappointment and even outrage that young people, like those that were in atlanta last week, feel because there are a lot of things that need to be fixed. and they are impatient, and they deserve to be impatient. and they deserve to hear answers from people like me running for office. i have had some very good, open, productive conversations with representatives of the black lives matter movement. i wish they had listened because a lot of what we have talked about together are part of the proposals we are making. and the reason we rolled them out -- and this is an interesting point to make to you as a leading member of the press -- as you get more attention paid to them. if you put them out one day, it is a one day story. so we have been rolling out, starting with the very first speech i gave in this campaign back in, i don't know, march or april about criminal justice reform, and we are going to keep doing that because i want people to look at what i am proposing. we are going to reduce minimum mandatory sentences. we are finally going to reduce the difference between powder and crack cocaine, which has been a terrible, unfair burden. we are going to ban the box and let people apply for jobs. and only at the and come if they get to that at be end, if they get to that end, they can talk about whatever record they have. we have a very robust agenda, and i feel very committed to this trade and i particularly want young people who share the inpatients and the disappointment -- and, you know, i think we should talk about going forward, but i will say back in the 1990's, that bill was in response to a horrific decade of crime. and leaders of the communities of color and poor communities were in the forefront saying, you must do something. and it was done. and it did have a lot of positive, but also negative unintended consequences. that is why we have to take another look. that is what a democracy should... text equal pay for the same work? mrs. clinton: amen. amen. you know, i have to tell you, i do not do a town hall anywhere in america without being asked this question. and for all those republicans who say this is not a real world problem, i wish they would come to my town halls because i don't know who they are talking to because it is. and i think -- i think there are several things we do. number one, just talking about it. making sure people can't ignore it or diminish it or pretend it is someone else's problem. but then we have to force the laws -- enforce the laws that are already on the books. this is not just a women's issue, this is a family issue. and the other thing is one of the things -- and you got right to it -- one of the things that stands in the way of knowing how widespread this is is the fact that in many businesses you can be fired for asking somebody else in the business how much they are paid. so a lot of women don't know they are being paid less than the men that they are working beside, doing the same job. that is what happened to lily, the woman in alabama who had worked in a big factory for years. she got promoted ok. she became the first woman foreman, i guess, or woman fore woman, and it was only by accident that she learned although there were four or five men during the exact same job, she was being paid less. so i want to remove any doubt that transparency is acceptable, and if there needs to be changes in the rules or the laws about businesses so that they cannot retaliate, so that you can find out how mature are being paid so you can compare your pay to other workers in the same situation, i will tell you a really quick torry, a young man came up to me in new hampshire and said -- he was in his mid to late 20's -- he said his first real job was working at a cashier at the same store his mother worked in. he was 17 and he was so proud because this was like his first job, and he got it because his mother introduced him to somebody. he comes home with his first paycheck. his mother looks at it and her face falls. she tells him you are making a dollar more an hour than i am and i have been there for years. so he went to find out. and the manager said, well, yeah, you are a young man. we think you have a lot of potential to go up in the business. so we are going to tackle this and we are going to end it once and for all.... text mrs. clinton: your lips to god's years, right? -- ears, right? >> we have a problem here and most of the southern states and throughout the united states -- with guns. and we know the nra is just adamant about not doing anything to do away with these guns. but what we need to do is to find what will you do to get rid of all these guns that are on the streets that are in the homes that are inadvertently killing youngsters in their homes? what will you do to help us out with that?... text mrs. clinton: this is an issue that i just think we have got to address. i understand how politically challenging it is. 90 people a day die in our country from guns. homicides, suicides, and avoidable accidents, like what the gentleman was referring to. and it is imperative that people make this a voting issue. i know we can balance the legitimate rights of gun owners with the right to be safe going to school are going to church. the right to have control over what happens in people going to stores to buy guns who shouldn't have them. so here is what i am proposing. number one, we need universal background checks for real. we need to close the gun show loophole. we need to close the online loophole because people are buying guns and ammunition online. you have no idea who they are, and we know some of the mass murderers, that is how they got what they used to kill people. we need to close what is called the charleston loophole. the charleston loophole is, unfortunately, what enabled that young man to get a gun he was not entitled to. he was a felon. he had a felony conviction. but under the rules, three business days is all you get to find out. and the information hadn't been shared between two jurisdictions, so after three days, he went and he got that gone and he went to mother emmanuel and he murdered those nine wonderful people. and then we need to remove the immunity that gun makers and sellers have. they are the only industry in america that we give blanket immunity to. gun makers should be required to apply technology that currently exists so that guns owned by responsible adults cannot be operated by children, or if they are stolen, cannot be used by criminals. and what i am just appalled at the numbers of young children -- i'm talking toddlers -- to go into a closet or go under a bad or open a drawer -- bed or open marriage or an there is a gun. and they kill themselves, they kill their siblings, they kill their friends, they injure people. that is crazy, my friends. i know the nra are powerful, but i think the american people are more powerful. and the right to life... text assist? mrs. clinton: i have what is called, roland, my new college compact. it would affect both state and class in this way. if you are going to a public college or university, you will not have to borrow money to pay for tuition, and you will be able to use your power grant, if you -- pell grant, if you get one, for living expenses. we are going to make it possible or young people to go to college, finish college, and graduate without that that. that will help the public hbcu's because they will certainly be included. i have a special provision of a pot of $25 billion for hbcu's, including private institutions, the cousin i agree completely with what roland said. these are the places that graduate black professionals. and we need to more, not fewer. and i will reverse the impact of the load changes.... text mrs. clinton: yes. first of all, my plan will mean that it is not necessary. but for those young people who dropped out, we have to figure out how to get them back in. >> winners and losers because of trade. a lot of those jobs, not just through nafta, but through differences in cost of production went to asia as well. so i don't feel we can blame the loss of the textile industry on nafta. i think it was broader than that. nafta may have opened the door more widely for jobs to go to mexico, but textile jobs were under global pressure, even without nafta. what does that mean because the other side of the equation is that south carolina has attracted a great number of car companies, more advanced manufacturing companies? so it is kind of a news-bad news story. what i want to do is make it possible to recruit internally within united states and externally from abroad more jobs -- and i'm not sure we can get textile jobs back unless they are more sophisticated, recording higher levels of expertise in the dying and the printing and whatever else is required -- but i do think we can get more advanced manufacturing jobs back if we provide more tax credit and more tech-support. if we do what i said at the very beginning, have more apprenticeship programs so we are training our workforce right here at home. the community college system is one of our biggest advantages in any measurement of how we can be successful. and i have been to a good community college outside of charleston, which is doing these apprenticeship programs. but let me just say, we are not going to get those jobs back unless we have skilled workers to be able to do them. and that is where education comes in. because we have still too many people who don't have the skills that are required to do the advanced manufacturing. so i want a nationwide effort paid but the focus on poorer states, like south carolina, to do more in a kind of, as you are saying, a new new deal or training program so we actually take seriously the idea we can get and keep these jobs. it is one of the reasons i came out against the transpacific partnership bill because we have to trade. we are 5% of the worlds population. we have to build things and sell things to the other 95%. people who are against trade no matter what i think are kind of missing the point. we need smart trade and fair trade and affective trade. and we need to exit with taking -- we need to mix it with taking care of our own people. if you open the door to trade, which i am all for, you have to make sure that you have people in your own country who are able to compete for those jobs. the republicans are not for job training, they are not for rescaling the workforce. they don't want to spend any money on that. and i'm holding out to say, ok, we can do trade, but we can only do trade that is going to benefit the american people across the board if we invest in our own people and we give them the skills and opportunities to be successful. mr. martin: question. >> university. and the reason i posted is because i believe strongly -- i proposed it is because i believe strongly that young people should be registered when they turn 18. for legal reasons, they can opt out of that, but i don't think the majority what. you raise a much bigger point. you know, when the supreme court -- and these are my words -- guarded the voting rights act -- gutting the voting rights act by rejecting the congress we -- reauthorizing it, and i was in the senate to then, we voted to be authorize the voting rights act. the supreme court was basically sending a message to political leaders that they could begin to try to find new ways to interfere with the right to vote. that may not have been their intention, but that has been the result. -- so all these photo id -- you know -- we do not have a problem of any magnitude whatsoever. our problem is not people illegally trying to vote. our problem is that legal folks are not doing what they should devote to make sure their voices are heard -- should to vote to make sure their voices are heard. i am going to keep taking it on, and i think the supreme court was absolutely wrong. there is legislation now being promoted in -- proposed in the congress to undo the damage. but in the meantime, we need to have political action, litigation, mobilization against these efforts to suppress the vote. why are they doing that? there are some people they don't want to vote. alabama passed a voter id bill. and if they said, ok, one of the voter ids you can use is a drivers license with her picture on it. i don't believe they are necessary, but ok, you can use a voter id that way. then just a few months ago, they passed a bill and the governor asked to shut down the motor vehicle offices in the county's that have the biggest -- countie s that have the biggest black populations. i spent 18 wonderful years in arkansas and i learned a lot. and one of my... text mrs. clinton: i have, for many years now, about 30 years, supported the idea of charter schools. but not as a substitute for the public schools, but as a supplement for the public schools. >> continue to say charter schools can have a purpose, but there are good charter schools and there are bad charter schools. just like there are good public schools and there... text get rid of all the bad. mrs. clinton: but the original idea, roland, was to learn what worked and then apply them in the public schools. here is a couple of problems. most charter schools -- i do want to see everyone one -- most charter schools don't take the hardest to teach kids. or if they do, they don't keep them. and so the public schools are often in a no-win situation because they do, thankfully, take everybody. and then they don't get the resources and help and support that they need to be able to take care of every child's education. so i want parents to be able to exercise choice within the public school system. not outside of it. but within it because i am still a firm believer that the public school system is one of the real pillars of our democracy. and it is a path for opportunity. but i am also fully aware that there are a lot of substandard public schools. but part of the reason for that is that policymakers and local politicians will not fund schools in poor areas that take care of poor children to the level that they need to do. and you could get me going on this because the corridor of shame right here in south carolina, you get on their and you can see schools -- there and you can see schools that are literally falling apart. i have seen the terrible physical conditions. it is an outrage. to send any child to a school that you wouldn't send your own child to. and so, we have a lot of work to do to make sure that public schools serve people, but that doesn't mean we also provide options within the system so that parents can find what they think might work best for their kid.... text mrs. clinton: let me say this about student debt. i want to be able to refinance everybody's student debt so you will save thousands of dollars and the amount you have to pay back will be manageable for you. what is happening now is young people graduate with all this debt and you often have to go into the workforce because you have to pay back. i want to put in and date to the debt. you been vigilant and diligent paying it back, i wanted and date. i want them to have the option to go into -- contingency repayment programs like i and my husband had. we had loans that we get the paint as a percentage of income, not a fixed interest rate. we need to get the cost of student debt down. we need to get the pay of people in the workforce up. it is not going up. that was one of the first points i made. we have recovered millions and millions of jobs. we're down to 5% unemployment. but pay has not yet been rising. we have got to do more to get paid to go up. there are all these things to do like raise the minimum wage. and that usually has an upward impact on wages going up the scale. i want more companies to engage in profit sharing because their employees helped to create the prophets announcing them go not just to the top. we will close loopholes and make sure that the people who are making huge salaries pay their fair share in taxes. we are going to go after the problem of wages not rising city can get your debt down and... text mrs. clinton: request and -- great question. i believe in the program. again, it is something the democrats of had to defend against republican attacks for decades. there are good examples of it working but increasingly in later years it has not. there are two approaches. one, the treasury and the bank regulators need to ensure that banks are meeting their obligations under community reinvestment. there are a lot of good programs we can point to. if they don't know what to do, we can show them what to do to create economic opportunity. secondly, you mentioned sure bank. in arkansas i helped start the arkansas development corporation because i think in addition to getting conventional banks to do they can we need more of these development banks like south shore and what we did in arkansas has had a real positive effect. the final thing i will say about this is there is a big fight going on in washington about the dodd frank bill and the rules in place of the banking community primarily into the biggest banks that were contributors to some of the problems we had like the mortgage and other problems we were talking about earlier. a lot of community banks say hey, those rules fell on us to. which is a -- we are just a small regional bank. without giving any relief to the big banks, because i think they need to be regulated so don't get us in trouble again, i want to provide some opportunities for community banks to be able to once more be part partners -- be partners in the committee.... text mrs. clinton: he was during the great recession. the federal level? mrs. clinton: i believe the states are taking this step. there is a great phrase attribute to roosevelt that states are laboratories of democracy. i want to see how it works before we see a national plan because there is a lot for us to learn. what i do want is for us to support research into medical marijuana because a lot more states have passed mirko -- medical marijuana that legalized marijuana. we have two different experiences or experiments going on right now. the problem with medical marijuana is that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence about how well it works for certain conditions but we have not done any research. why? it's considered a schedule one drug and he can't even do research on it. i would like to move it from what is called schedule one to schedule two so researchers can start researching what is the best way to use it. how much does to some of you need? how does it interact with other medications? if we are going to have a lot of states setting up marijuana dispensaries so that people who have some kind of medical need are getting marijuana, we need to know what the quality of it. how much should you take? what should you avoided taking other medications. that is how i am currently thinking about it.... text mrs. clinton: will you push for major medical increase in federal funding for a cure for sickle cell anemia? mrs. clinton: yes i will. sickle cell -- how many people know some way with sickle cell? oh my gosh. is a devastating disease. i have several -- i know several people -- the other day, actually it was last week i was at the naacp banquet in charleston and a young woman in high school gave a tribute. and then she came over to talk to me. she was diagnosed with sickle cell when she was a very young child. she has been in and out of the hospital in august to the medical center in charleston to get transfusions every month. i have another friend, a young lawyer who has sickle cell and she is really smart and she works really hard and yes to go to the hospital. -- and she has to go into the hospital. yes, i think we need to put more money, time, effort into how we will finally air and and sickle cell anemia.... text mrs. clinton: the question? mrs. clinton: that is such a great question. let's get this young man a round of applause. he's got some of his merit badges on his uniform, i learned about teamwork. i learned about cooperating with other people. haven't how important it is when you say you're going to do something you everything you can to keep your word and do it. i learned about how scouting has for so many decades helped young women and young men learn things they might not otherwise normed. -- learned. my family was on a camping family. we drove every year from chicago to pennsylvania to see my grandparents. we slept in the car. we were not into the forest in the woods and all of that. i learned specific things as well as general values and character traits that i think are really important for everybody to learn, but which scouting is made a big difference... text president? mrs. clinton: the answer is yes. what i said a few weeks ago was there are certainly systemic problems with the va and they should be fixed and it's an outrage. if anybody has been mistreated or left untreated by the v.a., but i believe they have done good things. the republicans are always try to privatize everything. privatize education, social security, medicare, and privatize the v,.a. i will appoint somebody with management's parents who will beat out those that are outsourced of either. take what is good about the the a in make sure it's available to all of our veterans. that is our goal.... text mrs. clinton: that's a fair that question. mrs. clinton: it is a fair point because poverty is debilitating no matter where it happens or who it affects. there is such a lack of understanding in our country about the number of for white folks. we just had a steady amount -- study come out this said poor white middle-aged americans without a high school education are dying that a higher rate than they did that have ever done before. alcoholism, addiction, suicide. poverty is poverty. there is a great idea to commerce and jim clyburn has put forward call 102030. 10% of federal funds would go to communities where 20% of the people are living in poverty and have done so for more than 30... text mrs. clinton: and predominately white. as he pointed out to me, this would be a recipe for dealing with poverty everywhere based on the numbers. if you're living in an impoverished generational situation, then you need help and the government should not be turning its back on you. i am in favor of empowerment. one of the programs that my husband put into place, the new markets tax credit was used to help build up poor rural communities, to provide for economic opportunity. it has been allowed to last letter republican congress. there are tools at our disposal. the point you make is we need to be talking about this so the caricatures and the stereotypes that are too often flooding the media are once and for all retired.... text mrs. clinton: we went to appalachia as well. the delta and appalachia. let me point out that a lot of republican governors are not expanding medicaid, including here in south carolina. that is leaving hundreds of thousands of poor people, black and white, just to the mercy of the emergency room. there is no system for them to the elite of the health care they need. if you compare, and i was in louisiana not so long ago, the prior democratic governor in arkansas expanded medicaid. got a special waiver from the federal government to do it in a way he could get through his legislature. hundreds of thousands of poor arkansamns got it. in louisiana they would not do it so hundreds of thousands of people were left out. i don't know how you justify that, especially since the federal government is paying 100% of the cost until in a few years it will take 90% of the cost. we want people to be well. you talk about this recent study i mentioned where you have middle-aged white folks killing themselves, getting addicted to drugs and alcohol, not getting help from mental illness or substance abuse. that is a health problem. people are often times in rural areas not as reachable through health systems. i think we've got to look at this from the perspective of what do we do to make our country healthier and the people most in need of that are poor people. wherever they live in whoever they are. i feel passionately about this. my first job was with the children's defense fund. my first job for the children's defense fund is coming to south carolina to do an investigation about juveniles and adult jails. sound familiar? we make progress but then we kind of fall back. you cannot grow weary doing the work that is necessary to help people have dignity and develop their own potential. that is what health is about. if you don't have that, you don't have anything.... text mrs. clinton: do we have some candidates here? i will certainly consider people who have the energy and the intellect and the experience to be on the supreme court. probably on the younger side because of want them to be there... text mrs. clinton: yes, i do. mrs. clinton: that's a really good question. if you have not seen one of the bibles, i would recommend you do because it's such an extraordinary part of south carolina history. as you can tell my husband would be jealous. which is ok. look, i think you have to start with the families and the parents of little children. i want to do more through communities, through churches, the other institutions to help every parent understand that he and she are a child's first teacher. entity will be no can work -- and to do what we know can work to get the child prepared for school. opportunity is not universal. there are a lot of really smart kids who don't get the chances they deserve. that's why we need universal prekindergarten because we need to start with kids that deserve the extra help. when they get the school they are better prepared to learn. i think what you are saying makes sense and is like to the point we were talking about earlier about schools. when i was first lady of arkansas we get a very comprehensive overhaul of our school system. changing the curriculum, putting more demanding requirements and. -- in. we recognize it was difficult in a rural state like arkansas and it will stay like south carolina to provide all the opportunities for everybody everywhere. i helped to start the arkansas school for math and science. it's a boarding school, a public boarding school. so that young people interested in science and technology engineering and mathematics can apply to go there if they are in a small district that doesn't have the courses they are looking for. i would like to see us do more of that across the country. there are some states that it done this. some of them do it for performing arts. i started with science and technology but there are other kinds of studies. when you have as many small towns and rural areas it is not possible to provide everything in person which is why we also need to do more through technology and online learning. if you are in a poor school and you don't have the computers and you don't have the tablets and you don't even have the school wired and you don't get high-speed internet, it's pretty hard and your kids will fall behind. my highest priority is let's raise everybody up and let's provide some special opportunities for kids who want to go further in the areas of their expertise or they want to learn.... text or was that it? mrs. clinton: let me thank you for doing this and let me thank news one and everyone it was part of this. especially to the university for hosting us. as i have told some of the state elected officials who are here, i want to be a good partner. a president can do a lot in should, and i will work as hard as i know how to find common ground. even with people i don't agree with politically. if we can find common ground of something important, we should go forward together. i also want to be a partner to those making change in state legislatures and communities across a state like this. a president can also do things that are not in the formal job description. we want to know what is the best way to improve job training for advanced manufacturing. we will give people -- get people together and come up with a plan and try to sell everybody on doing that. convening, catalyzing change, connecting people up like the arkansas development bank corporation. let's find out why it succeeded and white south shore did not and how we can do more of what works in communities like those here in south carolina. i want to be a coordinator and connector so that we get people to really understand what we are capable of doing the matter where we are. don't wait for somebody in washington. make the political demand like what you need from washington. try to hold your elected officials accountable. if we could get voter registration up in south carolina, your elected officials with the than they do right now in many parts of the... text state. work in partnership, from the grassroots up in from the top down. we have got to give more people the tools to make the best decisions for their own lives. that is what i grew up doing. that is what i learned to do and that is what i will do as your president. it in order to know it. who can show me? don't be shy. it a little bit different. mrs. clinton: you raise it nowms. clinton: i really don't like with republicans are saying about immigrants. we are a nation of immigrants. we were built by immigrants. every one of us, grandparents, great-grandparents, we have somebody who came to this country. and aren't we glad they did. and aren't we relieved that we have the benefit of their hard work. my grandfather came to this country as just a little boy. he was a factory worker. he worked really hard. he did not ask for much. he made a good living, by those standards in those days, by his hard work, but he wanted his kids to have a better chance. and all three of his sons went to college. and my dad became a member of the military in world war ii. and now i'm here asking you to vote for me for president. that is three generations, from my grandfather to my father to me. and if we have time tonight, we could go through this crowd and have a thousand stories like that. immigration is who we are. look around us. and i think the republicans are doing great damage to our nation by their insults and attacks on immigrants. so as your president, i will certainly work hard for comprehensive immigration reform , but i will also defend the executive orders that president obama issued on behalf of dreamers. and i know -- i know we have some dreamers here tonight. want you to make a contribution to building our economy. and there are so many examples of people who have. it's also important, though, that we give the best possible education to everybody in this country, so that you are prepared to be competitive. i will do what i can, working with the teachers of america and respecting the teachers of america to do what will work in elementary and secondary education, to give more young people the best possible start in life. but i will to you this -- if we do not do something with early childhood education, if we don't help kids come especially kids who first link which -- whose first link which may not be like which, if we do not get you prepared for school, you will not go as far as you could. so that is why i believe those first five years of life are really important. the families are the first school, the parents are the first teachers, and we need to do more to help you prepare your children to be successful in school. so i want to have universal prekindergarten that will give every child the opportunity to be prepared. and then on the other end, i want to make college affordable so if you do decide to go to college, you can actually go and graduate. my husband had them come he pay them back. but it is not like it is today, where it cost so much and the interest rates are so high. we have 40 million americans with student loans. i want you to be a but to refinance those loans to a lower interest rate -- i want you to be able to refinance those loans to a lower interest rate and save thousands. if a corporation can refinance its debt, a young person ought to be able to refinance their debt. and we need to make college affordable. i want to offer free community college and -- if you are well off, even if your grades were not that great, you will have the resources to go to college and graduate. but if you are middle-class or working or poor, but just as ambitious, just as willing to do what it takes, you may not have the resources to start or you may not have the resources to finish. i'm going to do everything i can so that any young person in america can get the job training you want, and apprenticeship if you want, community college if you want it, for your college if you want it at a price that you can pay, and that you will be able to pay at back as a percentage of the income that you are. -- that you earn. and if you do public service work like teaching or policing or firefighting, you will pay a lower rate to be about to go and get your education. to repeal the affordable care act. 54 times. if they get a republican president, they will succeed. that is up to you. i will do my part, but i'm going to need hn everyone of you to make sure that happens -- i'm going to need each and everyone one of you to make sure that happens. getting their health care through it. but i do want to mix some changes that will improve it. i want to cut costs of your out-of-pocket expenses. i want to cut the cost of prescription drugs that are skyrocketing beyond the affordability of americans. i want to make sure that people with mental health problems get taken care of, just like people with physical health problems. i want to make sure that if you are a caregiver for somebody with alzheimer's or autism or any other situation like the professional caregivers or family caregiver that you have some help. we have millions of people who are taking care of their loved ones, and we have millions more who are working barely for the minimum wage to take care of people. we cannot do that. we have to be smart about how we plan for caregiving as we all face the onslaught of all timers -- alzheimer's. or when young people with autism get older. we have to prepare for that. and they're something else we need to treat right now, and that his addiction. 23 million people in this country have substance abuse problems. alcohol or drugs. and they cannot get help even if they want it. only one in 10 can get it. we have to have more help and more support for families and for those who are dealing with the addicted. because right now they are ending up in jail or ending up on the streets, and that is not right, and we end up spending more money than we would. i will tell you, i spend a lot of times and i would these days. iowa has good drug support. they have been doing good work helping folks. but they ran out of money, so they are setting at them. let me tell you this little fact -- it costs $3500 for somebody to go through drug court, to try to get them off drugs, get treatment. if they go to prison, it costs $35,000. economically, it makes no sense. if we treat people, it will save us money and save lives and help them get better and overcome their problems. fight -- provided health care to millions of americans. trying to restrict the vote and america. and i will do everything i can to overturn a decision called citizens united, which has corrupted our political system. i will also fight to make sure that our veterans get the health care they need and deserve, no matter where they live. insults and the attacks and the snide remarks about people because of their parentage or religion or who they love or what they do. i'm tired of it. i don't think that's who we are. we can have political differences. we do have political differences. but we should always be treating reach other -- treating each other with respect. and that cannot happen if you are being yelled at. or if you are being insulted. i feel that we are missing something right now in our politics. we are not bringing people together to try to find common ground the way that we need to. because there is a big group that don't want to try. they believe they have all the answers. i don't think anybody on this earth has all the answers. i think we should be listening and learning from each other. you know, when i was first lady, we worked really hard to get health care and we failed. and i said, ok, we failed. what are we going to do now? i got to work to try to figure out how we would insure children. i worked with republicans and democrats. and we ended up starting the children's health insurance program, which takes care and provides health care to 8 million children in america today. except when they were deployed. i did not think that was right. i teamed up with the republican senator, lindsey graham, who was running for president on the other side. no, listen, we work together. that's my point. we may not work on anything else but that one issue, but it made a difference. we passed a bill to give health care to our national guardsmen and national guard's women so they could be healthy and their families could be... text healthy. secretary, i worked with republicans. we negotiate a deal to cut the nuclear weapons in the united states and russia. and i worked with republicans to pass it. we had to get 67 votes. it was an important treaty. but we talked to each other. president obama has tried so hard to find common ground. and he has reached out and he has invited people, and they just get further and further away, and their attitude basically has become -- they don't even like the run speaker of the house. -- they don't even like the run speaker of the house. because in the view of some he is not 100 percent with them. i'm not 100% with anybody. my husband understands that. finding common areas of agreement. that is what we have to get back to doing again. i will go anywhere, anytime to talk to anybody about finding common ground, but i will also stand my ground. because i think my job as your president will be to raise income for the middle class, to put in place the ladders of opportunity so every child in this country has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential, and of course i'm feeling that particularly they strongly these days because i'm a granddaughter who is one-year-old. and bill and i are typical grandparents. don't get us started. to make sure she has whatever opportunities she can have in her life. i think every family tries to do that. for their children and their grandchildren. we have a lot more blessings. but, you know, it's not enough that we do what we can for charlotte, because it matters what kind of country she becomes an adult in and what kind of world will be waiting out there for her. will it he safe, will it be prosperous, with a be peaceful? will america still be the land of opportunity, where immigrants are welcome and hard work is rewarded and where people can get ahead and stay ahead? is that going to be there? i tell you, i'm betting it will, but it's not going to happen by just betting. we have to make it happen. i told you my grandfather was a factory worker. and my granddaughter is the granddaughter of a former president. so for me, it's not enough the granddaughter of a former president gets ahead. i want to be sure that the granddaughter of factory workers and grandsons of truck drivers and the grandchildren of teachers and fast food workers and childcare workers and everybody who works hard in this country has the same chance to get ahead and make the most out of their god-given potential! that's why i'm running for president! that's why i need your help! join us, said caucus in nevada, and let's go win november 2016! thank you all very much! caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ... textmrs. clinton: i am deeply honored -- try to get that fixed. mrs. clinton: in iowa and our country to make life better for many millions of our fellow citizens, particularly, but not only people with disabilities. so that the continuing influence is how we need to work together, how we need to stand up and fight together. how we can get things done together. it really does set the challenge before us very clearly. tom, you and ruth have been great friends. we are so appreciated if of the years we had as colleagues.... textmrs. clinton: does the matter of convenience but does not seem like it now. for those of the people that have concerns, what do you tell themmrs. clinton: thank you, thank you. thank you. thank you all very much. thank you. thank you. i'm delighted, delighted to be here at this great university. one of the premier public institutionses of higher education in our entire country. yes. indeed. deserves a response. i want to thank my long-time friend, vice president mondale, for his kind words. his support in this campaign means a great deal to me personally, because i admire so much his service to our country . he is a great minnesotan and a great american and we're so privileged to have him with us today. elected officials who are here. i am, of course, to be joined by former colleagues and friends amy klobuchar and al franken who are the dynamic duo for your state and i'm thankful to them for their support. i thank tina smith and steve simon, your secretary of state. adviser on refugee issues at the state department. i also had the great privilege of working with him when he was on the national security council during my husband's administration. you know, he brings a mix of expertise and empathy that has been missing from much of our public debate. and i'm grateful that he is here today, but i'm also a little jealous that all of you here at the university get to have the benefit of his experience. over the past several months, i have listened to the problems that keep american families up at night. most people don't expect life to be easy, but they want more security, a good-paying job that lets you afford a middle-class lifestyle, health care you can count on, a little bit put away for your retirement. being secure also means being safe, safe at home, at school, at work. and today, i want to talk about how we keep our country safe fl a threat that's on everyone's mind, the threat of terrorism. but i want to begin by saying, we cannot give in to fear. we can't let it stop us from doing what is right and necessary to make us safe and doing it in a way that is consistent with our values. safe. americans are going to have to act with both courage and clarity. now, as we all know, on december 2, two shooters killed 14 people at a holiday party in san bernandino, california. sadly, in america, in 2015, turning on the news and hearing about a mass shooting is not unusual. but this one turned out to be different. because these killers were a husband and wife inspired by isis. americans have experienced terrorism before. on 9/11, we learned that terrorists in afghanistan could strike our homeland from fort hood to chattanooga to the boston marathon, we saw people radicalized here carrying out deadly attacks. but san bernandino felt different. maybe it was the timing coming so soon after the paris attacks. maybe it was how random it seemed. a terrorist attack in a suburban office park, not a high-profile target or symbol of american power. it made us all feel it could have been anywhere at any time. the phrase, active shooter should not be one we have to teach our children. but it is. trust and connections with our neighbors. we want to be open-hearted. and we want to celebrate america's diversity, not fear it. and while we know the overwhelming majority of people here and around the world hate isis and love peace, we do have to be prepared for more terrorists plotting attacks. just yesterday, a man in maryland was charged with receiving thousands of dollars from isis for use in planning an attack. and here in minnesota, authorities have charged 10 men with conspiring to provide material support to isis. but in the twin cities, you have also seen firsthand how communities come together to resist radicalization. local imam much h s condemning terrorists and local activists pushing back against propaganda. i met with a group of community leaders who told me about some of the work and the challenges that they are dealing with. as the sirs somali police sergeant in minnesota and probably in the country, said recently, safety is a shared responsibility, so we have to work together. stared into the face of evil and refuse to blink. we beat facism, won the cold war, brought osama bin laden to justice. so no one should underestimate the determination of the american people. and i'm confident we will once again choose resolve over fear. have defeated those who have threatened us in the past because it is not enough to contain isis, we must defeat isis, and not just isis, but the broader radical jihadist movement that also includes al qaeda and offshoots like al-shabaab in somalia. waging and winning this fight will require serious leadership. but fortunately, our political debate has been anything but serious. we can't afford another major ground war in the middle east. that's exactly what isis wants from us. shallow slogans don't add up to a strategy. strong, it makes you sound like you are in over your head. it is hard to take seriously snars who talk tough but then hold up key national security nominations, including the top official at the treasury department responsible for disrupting terrorist financing. americans in danger. so, yes, we need a serious discussion and that's why in a speech last month before the council on foreign relations, i laid out a three-part plan to defeat isis and the broader extremist movement. one, defeat isis in the middle east by smashing its strong hold by killing its leaders and infrastructure from the air and intensifying support for local forces who can pursue them on the ground. second, defeat them around the world by dismantling the global network of terror that supplies radical jihaddists with money, arms, propaganda and fighters. and third, defeat them here at home by foiling plots, disrupting radicalization and hardening our defenses. now these three lines of effort reinforce one another. so we need to pursue them all at once using every pillar of american power. it will require skillful diplomacy to continue secretary kerry's efforts to encourage political reconciliation in iraq and political transition in syria, enabling the sunnis and kurdish fighters to take on isis on both sides of the border and get our arab and turkish partners to step up and do their part. it will require u.s. and allied air pour by strikes biplanes and drones with proper safeguards. it will require special operations units to advise and train local forces and conduct key counterterrorism missions. what it will not require is tens of thousands of american combat troops. that is not the right action for us to take in this situation. so there is a lot to do. and today, i want to focus on the third part of my plan, how we defend our country and prevent radicalization here at home. we need a comprehensive strategy to counter each step in the process that can lead to an attack like the one in san bernandino. first, we have to shut down isis' recruitment in the united states, especially online. second, stop would-be jihaddists from getting training overseas and stop foreign terrorists from coming here. third, discover and disrupt plots before they can be carried out. fourth, support law law enforcement officers who risk their lives to prevent and respond to attacks. and fifth, empower our muslim-american communities who are on the front lines of the fight against radicalization. and i want to walk through each of the elements from recruitment to training, to planning, to execution. first, shutting down recruitment. we have to stop jihaddists from radicalizing new recruits in social media and chat rooms and what's called the dark web. to do that, we need stronger relationships between washington, silicon valley and all of our great tech companies and entrepreneurs. american innovation is a powerful force and we have to put it to work defeating isis. that starts with understanding where and how recruitment happens. our security professionals need to more effectively track and analyze ayesis' social posts and map networks and they need help from the tech community. companies should redouble their efforts to maintain and enforce their own service agreements and other necessary policies to police their networks, identifying extremist content and removing it. now, many are already doing this and sharing those best practices more widely is important. at the state department, i started an interagency center to combat violence jihadist messages to have a better way to communicate on behalf of our values and to give young people drawn to those messages an alternative narrative. we recruited special lifts, fluent in irdue and somali to wage online battles with the extremists. these efforts have not kept pace with the threat, so we need to step up our game in partnership with the private sector and credible moderate voices outside of government. that is just somewhat what we have to do. experts from the f.b.i., the intelligence community, state department and the technology industry should work together to develop a unified national strategy to defeat isis in cyberspace using all of our capabilities to denny jihaddists virtual territory just as we work to denny them actual territory. at the same time, we have to do more to address the challenge of radicalization, whatever form it takes. it's imperative that the saudis, the kuwaitis and others stop their citizens from supporting madrassags and mosques around the world once and for all. and that should be the top priority in all of our discussions with these countries. second, we have to prevent isis recruits from training abroad and prevent foreign jihaddists from coming here. most urgent is stemming the flow from fighters from europe and iraq and syria and then back home again. the united states and our allies needs to know the identities of every fighter who makes that trip and then share information with each other in real-time. right now, european nations don't always alert each other when they turn away a suspected extremist at the border or when a passport is stolen. they have to dramatically improve intelligence sharing and counterterrorism cooperation. and we're ready to help them do that. we also need to take down the network of enablers who help jihaddists finance and facilitate their travel, forge documents and evade detection. and the united states and our allies should commit to revoke the passports and visas of jihaddists who have gone to join isis or other groups and bring the full force of the law against them. as i have said before, united states has to take a close look at our visa programs and i'm glad the administration and congress are stepping up scrutiny in the wake of san bernandino. and that should include scrutinizing applicants' social media postings. we also should dispatch more homeland security agents to high-risk countries to better investigate visa applicants. for many years, america has waived visa requirktse with reliable procedures, including key allies in europe and asia. that makes sense, but we also have to be smart. except for limited exceptions like diplomats and aid workers, anyone who has traveled in the past five years to a country facing serious problems with terrorism and foreign fighters should have to go through a full visa investigation no matter where they're from. we also have to be vigilant in screening and vetting refugees from syria, guided by the best judgment of our security and diplomatic professionals. rigorous vetting already takes place while refugees are still overseas. and it's a process that historically takes 18-24 months. but congress needs to provide enough resources to ensure we have sufficient personnel deployed to run the most thorough possible process. and just as importantly, we cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandonning our values and our humanitarian obligations. that is not who we are as americans. we are better than that. families from their homes and also prevent them from finding new ones. so after rigorous screening, we should welcome families fleeing syria, just as the twin cities and this state have welcomed previous generations of refugees , exiles and immigrants. endangering our security, but we can do this. and i think we must. third, we have to discover and disrupt jihaddists' plots before they can be carried out. this is going to take better intelligence, collection analysis and sharing. i proposed an intelligence surge against isis that includes more operations officers andling gift s. enhancing our surveillance of overseas' targets, flying more republic con aceance missions to track terrorist movements and developing closer partnerships with other intelligence services. president obama recently signed the u.s.a. freedom act which was passed by a bipartisan majority in congress. it proper jeblingts civil liberties while maintaining capabilities that our intelligence and law enforcement officers need to keep us safe. however, the new law is under attack from presidential candidates on the left and right. some would strip away counterterrorism tools even with appropriate judicial and congressional oversight and others seem to go back to discredited practices of the past. i don't think we can afford to let either view prevail. now, encryption of mobile devices and communications does present a particularly tough problem with important implications for security and civil liberties. law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals warned that impen trenable encryption may make it harder to prevent future attacks. on the other hand, there are very legitimate worries about privacy, network security and creating new vulnerabilities that bad actors can exploit. i know there is no magic fix to this dilemma that will satisfy all these concerns, but we can't just throw up our hands. the tech community and the government have to stop seeing each other as adverse sears and start working together to keep us safe from terrorists. and even as we make sure law enforcement officials get the tools they need to prevent attacks, it's essential that we also make sure that jihaddists don't get the tools they need to carry out attacks. it defies common sense that republicans in congress refuse to make it harder for potential terrorists to buy guns. allow potential terrorists to buy online or at gun shows and i think it's time to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines! you'll probably hear it tonight. they will say that guns are a totally separate issue. i have news for them. terrorists use guns to kill americans and i think we should make it a lot harder for them to do that ever again! not going to let the gun lobby or anyone else tell me that that's not the right path for us to go down! enforcement officers who risk their lives to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks. in san bernandino, city, county, state and federal authorities acted with speed and courage to prevent even more loss of life. detective lazano, a 15-year police veteran assured terrified civilians, i'll take a bullet before you do. there is no limit to the gratitude we owe to law enforcement professionals like that detective who run toward danger to try to save lives. and not just in the immediate wake of an attack, emergency responders will keep putting their lives on the line long after the cameras move on. it is disgraceful that congress has failed to keep faith with first responders who are feeling the the lasting effects of 9/11. many of them were men and women i was so proud to represent as a senator from new york. adrogea 9/11 health act. it looks like majority leader mcconnell may have dropped his opposition. and i hope the american people will hold him to that and we will continue to honor the service and sacrifice of those who responded to the worst terrorist attack in our history. we have to make sure that local law enforcement has the resources and training they need to keep us safe. and they should be more closely synced with national counterterrorism experts like fusion centers that serve as clearinghouses for intelligence and coordination. and we need to strengthen our defenses and wherever we are vulnerable whether it is shopping malls or higher profile targets like railways or airports. we have to build on the progress of the obama administration in locking down loose nuclear materials and other w.m.d. so they never fall into the hands of terrorists who seek them actively around the world. so we can be providing the department of homeland security with the resources it needs to stay one step ahead, not trying to privatize key functions like t.s.a., as some republicans have proposed. and it's important for us to recognize that when we talk about law enforcement, we have made progress in being sure that our federal authorities share information with our state and local authorities, but that was an issue i tackled after 9/11, and we have to stay really vigilant so that information is in the hands where it needs to be. finally, the fifth element in the strategy is empowering muslim american communities on are on the front linings in the fight against radicalization. there are millions of peace-loving american muslims living, working, raising families, paying taxes in our country. block anything going forward. that's why law enforcement has worked so hard since 9/11 to buildup trust and strong relationships within muslim-american communities. here in the twin cities, you have an innovative partnership that brings together, parents, teachers, imams with law enforcement, nonprofits, local businesses, mental health professionals and others, to intervene with young people who are at risk. it's called the building community resilience pilot program and it deserves increased support. it has not gotten the financial resources that it needs to do everything that the people involved in it know they can do and we have got to do a better job of supporting it. there is more work to do to increase trust between communities and law enforcement. just last month, i know here, adown african-american man was fatally shot by a police officer and i understand an investigation is under way. whatever the outcome, tragedies like this raise hard questions about racial justice in america and put at risk efforts to build the community relationships that help keep us safe from crime and from terrorism. when people see that respect and trust are two-way streets, they are more likely to work hand in-in hand with law enforcement. one of the mothers of the 10 men recently charged with conspiring , the terrorists said, we have to stop the denial, she told other parents that. we have to talk to our kids and work with the f.b.i. that's a message we need to hear from leaders within muslim-american communities across our country. but we also want to highlight the successes in muslim-american communities, and there are so many of them. i just met with the first somali-american member of the city council here -- muslim-americans have made in parts of the city and neighborhoods that have been pretty much hallowed out. let's look at the successes. if we are going to fully integrate everyone in america, we need to be seeing all their chiropractics, too. and that is one of the many reasons why we must all stand up against offensive, inflammatory, hateful anti--muslim rhetoric. do these comments cut against everything we stand for as americans, they are also dangerous. as the director of the f.b.i. told congress recently, anything that erodes trust with muslim-americans makes the job of law enforcement more difficult. we need every community invested in this fight, not alienated and sitting on the sidelines. one of the community leaders i met with told me that a lot of the children in the community are now afraid to go to school. they're not only afraid of being perceived as a threat, they are afraid of being threatened because of who they are. this is such a open-hearted and generous community, i hope there will be even more efforts perhaps under the egis of the university and governor dayton and others to bring people together to reassure members of the community, particularly children and teenagers that they are welcome, invited and valued here in this city and state. entering the united states has rightly sparked outrage across our country and around the world, even some of the other republican candidates are saying he's gone too far. but the truth is, many of those same candidates have also said, disgraceful things about muslims. and this kind of divisive rhetoric actually plays into the hands of terrorists. it alienates partners and undermines moderates. we need around the world in this fight against isis. you know, you hear a lot of talk from some of the other candidates about coalitions. everyone seems to want one. work. i know how hard it is. insulating potential allies doesn't make it any easier. doesn't make it any easier. makes it that much harder. the united states is at war with islam. as both the pentagon and the f.b.i. have said in the past week, we cannot in any way lend credence to that twisted idea. this is not a clash of civilizations. this is a clash between civilizations and barbarism and that's how it must be seen and fought. vulnerability in the struggle against terrorism. i disagree. i believe our tolerance and diversity are at the cor of our strengths. at a national tralization ceremony for new citizens today in washington, president obama noted the tension throughout our history between welcoming or rejecting the stranger, it is, he said, about the meaning of america, what kind of country do we want to be. and it's about the capacity of each generation to honor the creed as old as our founding, out of many, we are one. president obama's right. and it matters. it's no coincidence that american muslims have long been better integrated and less susceptible to radicalization than muslims in less welcoming nations. and we cannot give in to dema gog who play on our basic instincts and rely on the principles written into our american d.n.a., freedom, equality, opportunity. america is strongest when all our people believe they have a stake in our country and our future, no matter where they're from, what they look like, who they worship or who they love. our country was founded by people fleeing religious persecution. as george washington put it. the united states gives to bigotry no sanctions, to persecution, no assistance. so to all of our muslim american brothers and sisters, this is your country, too. and i'm proud to be your fellow american. here's what he said. those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of america, they represent the worst of humankind and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior. further than army captain khan. he was born in the united arab emirates and moved to maryland as a small child. he later graduated from the university of virginia before enlisting in the united states army. in june, 2004, he was serving in iraq. one day while his infantry unit was guarding the gates of their base, a suspicious vehicle appeared. captain khan told his troops to get back, but he went forward. he took 10 steps towards the car before it exploded. captain khan was killed, but his unit was saved by his courageous act. captain khan was awarded the bronze star and purple heart. he was just 27 years old. we still wonder what made him take those 10 steps, khan's father said in a recent interview. maybe that's the point he went on, where all the values, all the service to country, all the things he learned in this country kicked in. it was those values that made him take those 10 steps, those 10 steps told us we did not make a mistake in moving to this country, his father finished. as hard as this is, it is time to move from fear to resolve. it's time to stand up and say we are americans. we are the greatest nation on earth, not in spite of the challenges we face, but because of them. americans will not buckle or break. we will not turn on each other or turn on our principles. we will pursue our enemies with unyielding power and purpose. we will crush their would-be caliphate and encounter radical jihadism wherever it tax root. we are in it for the long haul and we will stand taller and stronger. that's what we do here. that's who we are. that's how we will win, by looking at one another with respect, with concern, with commitment. that's the america that i know makes us all so proud to be a part of. thank you all very much. national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org... texttheir lives. country. that does not mean i am unaware of our problems. i have lived with them for years, worked with them for years. but i believe in us. i believe that we can get this done. i know we can, with the right leadership to build on the progress of president obama, to go further, to make it clear, we have the best days in america ahead of us if we all work together. sleep in the next day. you have to get there and you have to be patient. but it is democracy in action, my friends. at the town hall tonight, i do not know if they showed any shots of the audience, but that was america. you are a diverse state. you are the future of our country. you have to make sure it is a good future. you have to be there at 11:00 a.m. being there and supporting my campaign, you are helping break down barriers. you are helping me make it clear we are going to make progress together. as i said in the town hall, i am a progressive that likes to make progress. here is how i judge my success. are people better off when i end than when i start? i'm not just making plans, making speeches, promising free everything. me accountable. i want you to hold me accountable. i want you to remember i was here tonight. i told you what i was going to do. i put my plans on my website and told you how much they will cost. i have too much respect for the american people. i want you to know exactly what i will do and how i will do it because i want you to be part of it. being elected is obviously the first big step. doing the work, talking with the american people, which i will do every day i am president -- i will let you know how we are doing, how much progress i am making, where i need you to help me -- because together, together we are going to live up to our dream. we are going to live in accordance with our values as americans, here at home and around the world. i am excited by this. i am energized, i am ready. i need you to make this journey with me. it starts saturday at 11:00 a.m.. thank you, nevada. ... textmrs. clinton: thank you. thank you so much. thank you very much. and thanks to everyone at the new school for welcoming us today. i i am delighted to be back. i have had the opportunity to listen to americans concerned about an the economy that still is not delivering for them, not the way it should. it still seems to most americans that it is stacked for those at the top. i have heard about the hopes that people have for their futures, starting small business they have always dreamed about, getting a job that pays well enough to sit or a family and provide for a secure retirement. previous generations built the greatest economy and strongest middle-class the world has ever known on the promise of a basic bargain -- if you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead. when you get ahead, america gets ahead. over the past several decades, that bargain has eroded. our job is to me it strong again. for 35 years, republicans have argued that if we give more wealth to those at the top, by cutting their taxes, it will trickle down to everyone else. every time they had a chance to try that approach, it explodes the national debt, concentrates wealth even more, and is practically nothing to help hard-working americans. twice now in the past 20 years a democratic president has had to com eine in and clean up the mess left behind. -- to 16 million americans. -- to hire new workers. getting closer to full employment is crucial for raising incomes. small businesses create more than 60% of new american jobs. and a half to be a top priority. i want to be the small business president, and i mean it. i i'm going to be talking how we empower entrepreneurs easier access to capital and simplification. i will push or broader business tax reform to spur investment in america, closing the loopholes that reward companies tothat send jobs and profits overseas. -- dodd-frank. some institutions are still too complex and risky. the problems are not limited to the big banks that get all the headlines. serious risks are emerging from institutions in the so-called shadow banking system, including hedge funds, high-frequency traders, non-bank finance companies. so many new kinds of entities which receive little oversight at all. stories of misconduct by individuals and institutions in the financial industry are shocking. hsbc allowing drug cartels to launder money, five major banks pleading guilty to felony charges for conspiring to manipulate currency exchange and interest rates. there can be no justification or tolerance for this kind of criminal behavior. >>... text mrs. clinton: thank you all. thank you. i just want to leave you with one more thought. i want every child, not just the granddaughter of a former president or former secretary of state, but every child to be able to reach for her god-given potential. let's do it together, thank you all so much. >>... textms. clinton: hello minnesota. leadership. want her montell. paul millstone. i had the great honor of serving with paul and sheila, spending a lot of time on the floor of the senate talking with him about what we wanted to see happen to improve the lives of the people we represented, and i thought a lot about him in the last month. he was a true progressive who wanted to get things done. he wanted to make progress. i miss him, and i think you -- i thank you for sending him to serve. adding to that list there are many of you here tonight, someone else i served with, spent a lot of time sitting in the back row, first-term senator's as your governor, mark davies. been. how he has stood against the tide of tea party republicanism. how he has the highest job growth record in the united states. knowing mark, that is not enough. they want to focus on what can be done to create more jobs and places that are not seeing that kind of economic growth. mark is determined he is going to make progress everywhere in your state. i want to thank his terrific lieutenant governor. franken. you know what treasures they are. you get to see them all the time. they are actually working their hearts out, stumping across the country from me. everywhere they go people are blown away. they want to know more about them. they want to know what they can do to elect progressive senators like them. amy and out our great friends and even better public servants. to chris colman and betsy hodges, the members of congress representing you, the city officials who pour your heart's into serving the people of minnesota and our country, i thank you. we have come together at an important moment. when i started this campaign last april, i knew we were facing challenges as a country. talking to families across america has made it even clearer to me. it is appalling to encounter the indifference and neglect that i saw firsthand when i went to flint last sunday. those children and their families have been poisoned with lead in their water because their governor wanted to save money. years, and she has never earned enough to put away even one penny for her own retirement, there is something wrong. it is wrong that the cashier i met in new hampshire is paid less than her son for doing the same job at the same company where she is actually works longer. i will tell you what else is wrong. it is wrong american companies play legal tricks to sell themselves on paper to companies overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes at home. the most egregious example of that is a company from wisconsin called johnson controls. johnson controls makes auto parts. when the economy crashed in 2008, they along with the auto companies came to washington asking for help. in fact, they went from office to office, republican's response was let the auto industry died. take millions of jobs in those communities and let them just die. president obama and the democrats in congress listens, constructed a program to help provide financial support to the companies and suppliers. it works so well that those companies paid back the u.s. treasury ahead of time. what has happened in the last month? johnson control announced and they are turning their back on america. they are pretending to sell themselves to a company in europe. they are pretending to move headquarters. they are moving their profits to ireland. in order to avoid paying taxes to the government and the people that helped them in their time of need and cap their company going. that is called an ad version -- a version in the tax law. i call it a perversion and we are going to shut down those abuses when i get into office. be. they are also hungry. they are hungry for solutions they can count on. we have heard a lot about washington and wall street in this campaign. i want to get unaccountable money out of politics, as much as anyone, probably more than most. a little known fact, citizens united was about a right-wing attack on me. one of many over the years to try to undermine and push back the views and values i have a spouse. on the first day of my campaign i said we are going to overturn citizens united. we will use the supreme court appointments, and i will lead a constitutional amendment to get control back over the financing of political campaigns. i have also made it clear we can't let wall street threaten mainstreet again. no executive too powerful to jail. we have the authority to do that. thanks to president obama, your senators and others, the toughest regulations on wall street since the 1930's were passed in the dodd frank hill, that gives the government the authority to go after any bank that poses a systemic risk. that is available. it has to be used if appropriate. i will use it. i want you to understand this. after we get anything we can to get control over the financial industry, get control again over campaign finance, we can't stop there. we need to get job growing, and incomes rising. to many americans can't find a good paying job no matter how hard they try. people haven't had a raise in 15-16 years. we need a mission to create jobs in clean energy and infrastructure. we need a deal with high college costs and student debt. they are holding so many young people back from starting their lives. we need to create more jobs for young people because being out of work at the start of your career can have lifelong repercussions. earlier today, and south carolina i shared my plan to help move 46,000 unemployed people in minnesota and across the country, because it is not enough to be against things. that is important. but america, we are the nation that gets things done, that charts the future, that makes a difference in the lives of the people of this country. we need an agenda to unleash the innovation of our entrepreneurs and small businesses. we have to tackle the economy. we have to tackle the barriers that stand in the way of people getting ahead. there are other barriers holding americans back. african-american families who face discrimination generation after generation. they have a fraction of the wealth of white families. they get denied a mortgage three times as often. they face other challenges in health and education. that is a barrier. that is a barrier that stands in the way of their dreams and aspirations. having $11,000 of wealth is an indictment. but also a reflection. of the deeply entrenched discrimination that is faced. think about prices of so many young black people dying after encounters with police like clark shot and killed a few months ago not far from where we sit tonight. think about immigrant families lying awake at night listening for a knock on the door in the night it states of america. , working in the shadows, vulnerable to unscrupulous employers. think of the women in our country still fighting for equal pay, still struggling to get access to reproductive care while americans go after planned parenthood again and again. think of the new parents struggling to take care of that newborn baby, maybe a sick relative, when their job doesn't offer paid leave. i want to applaud governor dayton for his proposal for paid parental leave here in this state. it is the right thing to do. we have to do it across our nation. talk about schools, and low income communities like the one i visited in south carolina today. they are part of what is called the corridor of shame. along i-95, schools crumbling and decrepit. they don't have the resources, the teachers to help young people get the best possible education. i was moved by the letters several signed last week asking the white house to allocate more funds for schools that educate native american kids right here in minnesota. partner every single day, working with you to serve all of minnesota's children. all of us know, don't we? don't we know we need real solutions to the challenges we face? i'm running to tear down all the barriers that hold people back across our country. i am not making promises i can't keep. every once in a while -- you have to keep fighting for it day after day. if you get knocked down, you get back up. i remember back in the early 1990's, i was working day and night to pass universal health care. we faced a lot of the same obstacles and criticisms. they went right at me. we didn't get what we wanted. yes, we were knocked down, and we were set back. by then i had traveled across america. i had met countless americans who had been denied health care coverage. they didn't have enough money. they had a pre-existing condition. they hit a lifetime limit. i remember being in the children's hospital in cleveland talking to a group of parents with very sick children. they were telling me what it was like to have a child that needed a lot of medical care. and not be able to guarantee they could have that provided. one father said i'm a successful businessman. i actually run a business. i provide health care to my employees. i can't get health care for more to dollar -- for my two daughters with cystic fibrosis. i go from insurance company to insurance company. i say i can pay something. give me what i can pay for. the answer is always the same, no. what do they tell you? he said, the last meeting i had, i was talking to the agent making the same case i've made so many times before. he looked at me and said you don't understand. we don't ensure burning houses. this man looked at me with tears in his eyes and said they called my little girls burning houses. i couldn't get that and other stories out of my mind. when we didn't get everything we wanted, when we got knocked down, i said we have to figure out how we make progress as much as possible. i got to work with democrats and republicans to find common ground, to provide health care's most vulnerable among us, our children. we were able to pass the children's health insurance program which now is a lifeline for 8 million kids across america. second. an 8 million kids, it was in everything we wanted. but it was real. it was achievable. it made a profound difference. i could not bear the thought that we would leave children without health care, even a single day longer than we had to. that is why i was thrilled when president obama passed and signed into law the affordable care act. that has been a goal of the democratic party since harry truman. young people up to the age of 26 years old can be on their parents policy. women no longer pay more for our insurance than men. and no more lifetime limits. if the costs down. get to 100% coverage. and do everything i can to rein in prescription drug costs by going at the drug companies requiring them to negotiate for lower prices with medicare, and going after predatory pricing, which we have seen in the last months result in price increases of 4-5000% overnight. i learned from my family and my faith to try to do all the good you can, as long as you can, for as many people as you can. when you see people hurting, or being treated unjustly, and you think you can help them, maybe make their lives better, you have got to do it. especially when you are someone who has had blessings. who yes, has been knocked down, but able to get back up. that is why i say with all my heart i am going to build on the affordable kit care act -- care act. we are not going to plunge this country into some national debate. we are going to take on the drug companies. we are going to take on the costs. we are going to finally achieve universal coverage. we are going to do all of that. divisive debate. it is about the shape of what could be done, a whole system that will stop us in our tracks, create gridlock, and not move us forward. here is my promise to all of you. i will work harder than anyone, actually, to make changes that improve lives. together we will build on the progress we have made under president obama, to break all the barriers that hold americans back. i was honored after running a hard campaign against senator obama to be asked to serve as his secretary of state. the trustee placed in me, the opportunity that we had to work together -- on behalf of our foreign policy and national security, it was an enormous privilege. i had a front row seat in watching him do what needed to be done, responding to the financial crisis. i don't think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from the horrible ditch the republicans drove us into in 2008. dealing with the opposition of the right-wing and the republicans of the tea party. presidency. i will build on the progress he has made because i am a progressive who actually likes to make progress. produce enough renewable energy to power every home in america and create millions of good jobs doing it. where education lifts you up and soon a debt doesn't drag you down. where more entrepreneurs can start and grow new small businesses. imagine a tomorrow where every american knows that, no matter what their race or religion or sexual orientation or gender identity, they'll have an equal shot at achieving their dreams because this is their country too. imagine a tomorrow where gun violence no longer stalks our country and elected officials stand up to the gun lobby, not get intimidated. imagine a tomorrow where america is safe at home and strong in the world. that's the tomorrow we want. for our children and our grandchildren and for our country. so when you go to caucus on march 1, i hope you will ask yourself, "who can you count on to break down every barrier, not just some?" and think about this. think about this as you go. yes, wall street and big financial interests along with drug companies, insurance companies, big oil all have too much influence and i will fight every single day to even the odds. but even if we were able to get rid of all of that undue influence tomorrow, we would still have the cruel negligence we saw in flint. we would still have the kind of anti-muslim demagoguery that we have seen in this campaign and which must end. we would still have discrimination in so many forms we would still have powerful voices denying climate change, opposing every single common sense gun safety reform. and we would still have republican republican republican idealogues ripping the heart out of work ears rights, the right to organize, to and the up, to be part of a union for better wages and working conditions. we need a president who can do all parts of the job on behalf of all americans who believes in the basic proposition about our country. then when each and every american has a chance to live up to their own god-given potential, then and only then could america live up to its potential. with your help, we can build that future together. please, join me on march 1. thank you all for everything you are doing to make sure we vote with confidence and optimism and into the future that we shape. thank you all very much.... textms. clinton: thsat is a good recommendation. ms. clinton: how are you, sir? good to see you. nice to see you. thank you guys. law school. she came and she was solicitor general here. the attorney general's office. ill convinced her to go to washington for a while. great to see you.... text ms. clinton: we have to get a picture we can send. we can get the senator and me with you? hi, macon. nice to meet you. thank you so much. i will take it. we will take a couple.... text ms. clinton: i had to laugh. she and i used to run the potlucks together when we were living in pay at bell -- in fayetteville. we would have people over and have potlucks. it was like something she brought from iowa to arkansas. she brought them to washington. the justice department, janet reno. the potluck is one of the best ways to have people meet each other.... text ms. clinton: i need you around. not just for the campaign. it is so good to see you. ms. clinton: will and i are crazy. we are way over the top. thank you both so much. thank you, take care. ok. bye-bye. over in europe and they moved here. a love of agriculture. ms. clinton: it is wonderful to have the chance to sit down and talk with you all and have you here. ms. clinton: it came from listening to people. have you been down? ms. clinton: how old is she? what is her name? x she is undiagnosed. she has epilepsy, heart seizures they cannot stop. she is on a feeding tube. not excited to live long. i have been advocating for medical cannabis we would love your support. for a real medical purpose.... text ms. clinton: to do the research so we know. ms. clinton: we are good friends with bob and wally. thanks for all you do. ms. clinton: i will certainly support it. i have and i will continue to permit i want to get the research going for it b >> she is on a clinical trial right now. they are a game changer. she deserves so much. thank you so much. i hope you come back. senator harkin was talking about that. 30 million birds.mrs. clinton: thank you. thank you. hi. hi. thank you all very much. thank you. thank you.mrs. clinton: i want to reiterate my appreciation to tom for his endorsement and being here today, but for his leadership on many of the issues i spoke about. i remember coming here when you were governor and talking to you . you were talking to me about wind power and showing me the first windmills going up and how you had focused on the state government, and the businesses of iowa to see the economic opportunities as well as the clean renewable energy. leadership matters. leadership that produces results and that has a vision, and the follow to realize the vision. it is a great personal pleasure to be here with tom but it is a professional one because the leadership he provided on the issues i was talking about in my agenda. thank you very much. i think we are to take some questions. hello kathy.... text mrs. clinton: you are right. trade is essential for american agriculture. no place knows that better than iowa. in the overview that i gave, my proposal, i said that we need trade. we need trade that needs the three criteria i have laid out. protect american jobs, it grows the economy, and it advances our national security. that is why im focused on looking for how we make trade work for all aspects of our economy. i am well aware of how critical trade is for american agriculture. i will do everything i can to make sure regardless of what trade agreements we have, american farmers get a good shot at new markets and new opportunities. i think we will have some ways of doing that. in my longer description of these policies you can see more about what i mean. how are you joe? i have not seen you for a while.... text mrs. clinton: let me start by saying vice president biden is a friend of mine. we were colleagues in the senate. i worked with him as first lady. i worked with him in president obama's first term. i had a great deal of admiration and of action for him. i think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family. he should have the space and the opportunity to decide what he wants to do. i'm going to be running for president regardless, and continuing to put forth my policies. i was proud to be a member of president obama's cabinet. i also have ideas where i want to go not just build on what was done but go beyond. i will be laying that out. i always thought this would be a competitive campaign. i don't think anybody should have not otherwise. i'm going to run as hard as i can to convince as many people as possible to support me and earn all the votes i can in the caucuses and primaries. i have seen no evidence of that but we would have to wait and see what happens if you decided to do it. i'm going to keep running my campaign and doing what i believe is necessary to make the case to the american people.... text mrs. clinton: i know people have raised questions about my e-mail use as secretary of state and understand why. i get it. here is what i want the american people to know. my use of personal e-mail was allowed by the state department. it clearly wasn't the best choice. i should have used to e-mails, one personal, one for work. i take responsibility for that decision. i want to be as transparent as possible, which is why i turned over 55,000 pages, why i turned over my server. why i have agreed to -- and been asking to tash -- to testify in october. i'm confident this process will prove i never sent nor received any e-mail that was marked classified area i'm going to keep talking about what the american people talk to me about. and to lay out my plans for what i would do as president to make the economy were, to make college affordable, to get the cost of drugs down, and get equal pay for women, and the issues that are at the core of the presidential campaign.... text mrs. clinton: i'm not going to answer that. i just want the vice president to decide to do what is right for him and his family. i don't think it is useful to be behind the scenes asking this or saying that. i just want him to reach whatever he thinks the right decision is. he has to do that. it has to be a really hard one. i was at his son's funeral. i cannot imagine the grief and the heartbreak. joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate. losing his first wife, his first daughter. now losing his son. he has to do what he has to do. i'm going to continue with my campaign and do what i believe i should be doing. he will have to decide what he should be doing. reporter: would be murdered on live television. and i will extend my condolences and sympathy to their families and coworkers, and pray for the woman who left -- last i checked was still in good critical condition. we have to do something about gun violence in america. i will take it on. there are many people who face it and know it, but then turn away because it is hard. it is a political, difficult issue. i believe we are smart enough, compassionate enough to figure out how to balance the legitimate second amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer , who eventually took his own life, we will not see more death, needless, senseless death. i feel great heartache at what happened, and i want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this incredible killing that is stocking our country. -- stalking our country. we have so many instances of it but it happens every day, intentional, unintentional, murderers, suicides. it happens every day. if guns were not so readily available, if we had it universal background checks, if we could put some timeout between the person who is upset because he wears fire or the domestic of use, or whatever motivation may be working on someone who does this, maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage. i hope that in addition to expressing sympathy to those directly affected, maybe for the media, public, elected officials , what it hopefully will finally take for us to act.... textmrs. clinton: thank you very much. about the question we are all grappling with. how to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and more broadly, how to protect ourselves and our allies from the full range of threats that iran poses. the stakes are high, and there are no simple or perfectly satisfying solutions, so these questions, and, in particular, the merits of the nuclear deal recently reached with iran, cap provided people with goodwell and raised issues on both sides. here is how i see it. either we move forward on the path of diplomacy and sees this chance to block i ran a positive yes chance for a nuclear weapon, or we turned down a more dangerous path leading to a far less certain and riskier future. that is why i support this deal. i support it as part of a larger strategy towards iran. by now, the outcome in congress is no longer in much doubt, so we have got to start looking ahead to what comes next, in forcing the deal, deterring iran and its proxies and strengthening our allies. these will be my goals as president, and today i want to talk about how i would achieve them. let me start by saying i understand the skepticism so many feel about iran. i, too, am deeply concerned about iranian aggression and the need to confront it. it is a worthless, brutal regime that has the blood of americans and many others, including its own people, on its hands. it's political rallies resound with cries of death to america. its leaders talk about wiping israel off the face of the map, most recently just yesterday, and foment terror against it. there is absolutely no reason to trust iran. now, vice president cheney might hope that the american people will simply forget, but the truth is by the time president obama took office and i became secretary of state, iran was racing towards a nuclear capability. they had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle, meaning that they had the material, scientists, and technical know-how to create material for nuclear weapons. they had produced and installed thousands of centrifuges, expanded their secret facilities, established a robust uranium enrichment program, and defied their international obligations under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and they had not suffered many consequences. i voted for sanctions again and again as a senator from new york, but they were not having much effect. most of the world still did business with iran. we needed to step up our game, so president obama and i've pursued a two pronged strategy. pressure and engagement. we made it clear that the door to diplomacy was open if iran answered the concerns of the international community in a serious and credible way. we simultaneously launched a comprehensive campaign to significantly raise the cost of iranian defiance. we systematically increased our military capabilities in the region, deepening our cooperation with partners and sending more firepower and an additional aircraft carrier, battleship, strike aircraft, and the advanced radar and missile systems available. meanwhile, i traveled the world capital by capital, leader by leader, twisting arms to help build the global coalition that produced some of the most effective sanctions in history. with president obama's leadership, we worked with congress and the european union to cut iran off from its financial and economic system, and one by one, we convinced energy hungry consumers of iranian oil to cut back. soon, iranian tankers sat rusting in sports. its economy was collapsing. these new measures were ineffective because we made them global. american sanctions provided the foundation, but i ranted not really feel the heat until we turned this into an international campaign. so iran had no choice but to negotiate. a could no longer play off one country against another. they had no place to hide, so they started looking for a way out. i first as it did to speak with the sultan of oman in january 2011. i went back later that year. he helped to up a secret back channel. i sent one of my closest aides to begin talks with the iranians in secret negotiations began in earnest after the iranian election in 2013. first, the bilateral talks led by the deputy secretary and jake sullivan that led to the interim agreement, then the multilateral talks, led by secretary john kerry, and undersecretary wendy sherman and others. now, there is a comprehensive agreement on iran's nuclear program. is it good? well, of course not. no agreement like this ever is, what is it a strong agreement? yes, it is, and we absolutely should not turn it down. the deals -- the merits of the deal happen will discussed, so i will not go through them here. the bottom line is it accomplishes the solid goals we wanted to achieve. it cuts off every pathway for iran to get a bomb, and it gives us better tools for verification and inspection and to compel rigorous compliance. without a deal, i ran up a serious breakout time, how long they need to produce material for a nuclear weapon, would shrink to a couple of months. with a deal, that breakout time stretches to a year, which means that if iran cheats, we will know it, and we will have time to respond decisively. without a deal, we would have no credible inspections of i ran up us as nuclear facilities. with a deal, we will have unprecedented access. we will be able to monitor every aspect of their nuclear program. now, some have expressed concern that certain nuclear restrictions expire after 15 years, and we need to be vigilant about that, which i will talk more about in a moment, but other parts are permanent, including iran's obligations under the nonproliferation treaty and their commitment to enhance inspections under the additional protocol. others have expressed concern that it would take up to 24 days to gain access to some of iran's facilities when we ask -- suspect cheating. i would be the first to say that this part of the deal is not perfect. although the deal does allow for daily access to enrichment facilities and monitoring of the entire nuclear fuel cycle. it is important to focus on that because being able to monitor the supply chain is critical to what we will find out and how we will be able to respond. but our experts tell us that even with delayed access to some places, this deal does the job. microscopic nuclear particles remain for years and years. they are impossible to hide. that is why the secretary, a nuclear physicist, is confident in this plan, and some have since jested that we just go back to the negotiating table and get a better, unspecified deal. i can certainly understand why that may sound appealing, but as someone who started these talks in the first place and has built our global coalition piece by piece, i can assure you it is not realistic. if we walk away now, our capacity to sustain and enforce the sanctions will be severely diminished. we will be blamed, not the iranians. so if we were to reject this agreement, i ran will be poised to get nearly everything it wants without giving up a thing. no restrictions on their nuclear program. no real warning if tehran suddenly rushes towards a bomb, and the international sanctions regime would fall apart. so no more economic consequences for iran either. those of us who have been out there on the diplomatic front lines know that diplomacy is not the pursuit of perfection. it is the balancing of risks, and on balance, the far riskier course right now would be to walk away. great powers cannot just expect the rest of the world to go along with us. we need to be reasonable and consistent, and we need to keep our word, especially when we are trying to lead a coalition. that is how we will make this and future deals work. but it is not enough to just say yes to this deal. of course, it isn't. we have to say yes and, yes and we will enforce it with vigor and vigilance. yes and we will embed it in a broader strategy to confront iran's bad behavior in the region. yes, and we will begin from day one to set the conditions so iran knows it will never be able to get a nuclear weapon, not during the term of the agreement, not after, not ever. we need to be clear, and i think we need to make that very clear to iran about what we expect from them. this is not the start of some larger diplomatic opening. and we should not expect that this deal will lead to broader changes in their behavior. that should not be a promise we are proceeding. instead, we need to be prepared for three scenarios. first, iran tries to cheat, something it has been quite willing to do in the past. second, i ran tries to wait us out, for 15 years when some but not all of the restrictions expire, and third, iran ramps up its dangerous behavior in the region, including its support or terror groups like hamas and hezbollah. i believe the success of this deal has a lot to do with how the next president grapples with these challenges, so let me tell you what i would do. my starting point will be one of distant trust. you remember president reagan's line about the soviets. trust but verify. my approach would be distrust and verified. we should anticipate that iran will test the next president area they will want to see how far they can bend the rules. that will not work if i'm in the white house. i will hold the line against iranian noncompliance. that means penalties even for small violations. keeping our allies on board and being willing to snap back sanctions into place unilaterally if we have to. working with congress to close any gaps in the sanctions. right now, members in congress are offering proposals to that effect, and i think the current administration should work with them to see whether there are additional steps that could be taken. finally, it means ensuring that the iaea has the resources it needs from finances to personnel to equipment to hold i ran's feet to the fire, but the most important thing we can do to keep iran from cheating or trying to wait us out is to shape iranian expectations right from the start. the iranians and the world need to understand that we will act decisively if we need to. so here is my message to iran's leaders. the united states will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon. as president, i will take whatever actions are necessary to protect the united states and our allies. i will not hesitate to take military action if iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon, and i will set up my successor to be able to credibly make that same pledge. we will make clear to iran that our national commitment to prevention will not waiver depending on who is in office. it is permanent. and should it become necessary in the future, having exhausted peaceful alternatives to turn to military force, we will have preserved and in some cases enhanced our capacity to act, and because we have proven our commitment to diplomacy first, the world will more likely join us. then there is the broader issue of countering iran's bad behavior across the region. taking nuclear weapons out of the equation is crucial. because an iran with nuclear weapons is so much more dangerous than an iran without them. but even without nuclear weapons, we still see i ran a positive fingerprints on nearly every conflict across the middle east. they support bad actors from syria to lebanon to yemen. they've found to destroy israel, and that is worth saying again. they vowed to destroy israel. we cannot ever take that lightly, particularly when i ran ships advanced missiles to hezbollah, and the ayatollah outlines an actual strategy for eliminating israel. we are talking about how israel will not exist in 25 years, just like he did today, and in addition to all of the malicious activity they already underwrite, we have got to anticipate that iran could use some of the economic relief they get from this deal to pay for even more. so as president i will raise the costs for their actions and confront them across the board. my strategy will be based on five strong pillars. first, i will deepen america's unshakable commitment to israel's security. including our long-standing tradition of guaranteeing israel's qualitative military edge. i'll increase support for israeli rocket and missile defenses and for intelligence sharing. i'll sell israel the most sophisticated fire aircraft ever developed, the f-35. we'll work together to develop and implement better tunnel detection technology to prevent arms smuggling and kidnapping. as well as the strongest possible missile defense system for northern israel which has been subjected to hezbollah attacks for years. second, i will reaffirm that the persian gulf is a region of vital interest to the united states. we don't want any of iran's neighbors to develop or acquire a nuclear weapons program either. we want them to feel and be secure. i will sustain a robust military presence in the region, especially our air and naval forces. we'll keep the strait of hormuz open. we'll increase security cooperation with our gulf allies, including against intelligence sharing, military support, and missile defense. to ensure they can defend against iranian aggression. even if that takes the form of cyberattacks or other nontraditional threats. iran should understand that the united states and i as president will not stand by as our gulf allies and partners are threatened. we will act. third, i will build a coalition to counter iran's proxies, particularly hezbollah. that means enforcing and strengthening the rules prohibiting the transfer of weapons to hezbollah. looking at new ways to choke off their funding and pressing our partners to treat hezbollah as a terrorist organization it is . it's time to eliminate the false distinction that some still make between the supposed political and military wings. if you're part of hezbollah, you're part of a terrorist organization, plain and several. -- plain and simple. beyond hezbollah i'll crack down on the shipment of weapons to hamas and push turkey and qatar to end their financial support. i'll press our partners in the region to prevent aircraft and ships owned by companies linked to iran's revolutionary guard from entering their territories and urge our partners to block iranian planes from entering their airspace on their way to yemen and syria. across the board, i will vigorously enforce and strengthen, if necessary, the american sanctions on iran and its revolutionary guard for its sponsorship of terrorism, its ballistic missile program, and other destabilizing activities. i'll enforce and strengthen if necessary our restrictions on sending arms to iran and from iran to bad actors like syria. and i'll impose these sanctions on everyone involved in these activities, whether they are in iran or overseas. this will be a special imperative as some of the u.n. sanctions lapse. so the u.s. and our partners have to step up. fourth, i'll stand as i always have against iran's abuses at home from its detention of political prisoners to its crackdown on freedom of expression, including online. its inhumane policies hold back talented and spirited people. our quarrel is not and never has been with the iranian people. they have a bright future. a hopeful future. if they weren't held back by their leaders. as i said before, i think we were too restrained in our support of the protests in june, 2009, and in our condemnation of the government crackdown that followed. that won't happen again. we will enforce and if need be broaden our human rights sanctions, and i will not rest until every single american detained or missing in iran is home. fifth, just as the nuclear agreement needs to be embedded in a broader iran policy, our broader iran policy needs to be embedded in a comprehensive regional strategy that promotes stability and counters extremism. iran, like isis, benefits from chaos and strife. it exploits other countries' weaknesses and the best defense against iran are the countries and governments being strong so that they can provide security and economic opportunity to their own people, and they must have the tools to push back on radicalization and extremism. helping countries get there will take time and strategic discipline, but it's crucial that the united states leads this effort. i will push for renewed diplomacy to solve the destructive regional conflicts that iran fuels. we have to bring sufficient pressure on assad to force a political solution in syria. including a meaningful increase in our efforts to train and equip the moderate syrian opposition, something i called for early in the conflict. and the united states must lead in assisting those who have been uprooted by conflict, especially the millions of syrian refugees now beseeching the world to help them. as pope francis reminded us, this is an international problem that demands an international response. and the united states must help lead that response. that's who we are, and that's what we do. so our strategy needs to cover all these bases. iran's nuclear ambitions and its support of terrorism. its hatred of israel and its cruelty toward its citizens. its military resources and its economic strengths and weaknesses. we need to be creative, committed, and vigilant. and on every front, we need to keep working closely with our friends and partners. on that note, let me just spend a minute speaking about the serious concerns that israel leaders have about this deal. israel has every reason to be alarmed by a regime that both denies its existence and seeks its destruction. i would not support this agreement for one second if i thought it put israel in greater danger. i believe in my core that israel and america must stand side by side, and i will always stand by israel's right to defend itself as i always have. i believe this deal and a joint strategy for enforcing it makes israel safer. i say that with humility. i am not israeli. i don't know what it's like to live under constant threat from your neighbors in a country where the margin for error is so thin. i know that my saying this deal makes you safer won't alleviate the very real fears of the israeli people, but i have stood for israeli security for a very long time. it was one of my bedrock principles as secretary of state. it's why i supported stronger defense systems like the iron dome anti-rocket defense system which proved so effective in protecting israeli lives during the conflicts of 2012 and last summer. it's why i worked closely with israel to advance the two-state vision of a jewish and democratic israel with secure and recognized borders, and it's why i believe we should expedited negotiations with israel. let's not wait until 2016 until the -- when the current deal expires. let's get it done this year. i would invite the prime minister of israel during my first month in office to talk about all of these issues and to set us on a course of close, frequent consultation right from the start. because we both rely on each other for support as partners, allies and friends. this isn't just about policy for me. it is personal. as president, i'm committed to shoring up and strengthening the relationship between our countries. we have had honest disagreements about this deal. now is the time to come together. now is the time to remember what unites us and build upon it it. and so, i know well that the same forces that threaten israel, threatens the united states, and the people of israel, let me say you'll never have to question whether we're with you. the united states will always be with you. there have also been honest disagreements about the nuclear deal here at home. smart, serious people can see issues like these differently. like my friend, chuck shumer, who is going to be an excellent leader in the senate. i respect the skepticism that he and others feel, and i respect differences of opinion and people who advocate vigorously for their beliefs. but i have a harder time respecting those who approach an issue as serious as this with unserious talk, especially anyone running to be president of the united states. several republican candidates boast they'll tear up this agreement in 2017, more than a year after it's been implemented. that's not leadership. that's recklessness. it would set us right down the very dangerous path we've worked so hard to avoid. i'm looking forward to a robust debate about foreign policy in this campaign. where we have disagreements we should lay them out. like american ground forces in iraq should engage in direct combat, as scott walker wants. or if we should keep cuba closed, as marco rubio and jeb bush wants. let's debate these issues but let's debate them on facts, not fear. let's resist denigrating the patriotism or loyalty of those who disagree with us, and let's avoid at all costs undermining america's credibility abroad. that only makes us weaker, and i'm going to call it out whenever i see it. i spent four years representing america abroad as america's secretary of state. it was one of the greatest privileges of my life, and knowing that my fellow americans were counting on me and rooting for me, not as democrats, not as republicans but as americans, meant a great deal. we are all one team. the american team. and that doesn't change no matter how much we might disagree. and i can tell you from personal experience we are stronger overseas when we are united at home. so we simply have to find a way to work together better than we have been doing. there's a lot that democrats and republicans can and should agree on. the united states should lead in the middle east. we can agree on that. we should stand by our friends against iranian aggression. we can agree on that too. i believe that the plan i've laid out today is one that all americans could endorse, and i hope they will. the next president will face threats from many corridors. from those we see today like terrorism from isis, aggressiveness from putin, pandemics like ebola to all those we can't predict yet. we need a leader who has a strong vision for the future and skill and determination to get us there. we can't stop the world from changing, but we can help to shape those changes, and we can do that by leading with strength, smarts and unyielding commitment to our values. you know, i saw that when i was first lady, senator, secretary of state that when america leads with principle and purpose, other people and governments are eager to join us. no country comes close to matching our advantages, the strength of our economy, the skill of our work force, our tradition of innovation, our unmatched net worth of alliances and partnerships. so we are poised to remain the world's most admired and powerful nation for a long time if we make the smart choices and , practice smart leadership. that's what i will try to do as your president, and i believe as strongly as ever that our best days are ahead of us and that america's greatest contributions to the world are yet to come. thank you, all, very much.ms. clinton: i think we can all go home now. wow. clay, thank you. i know, as you said, this was not easy to do. but thank you. i want more people to hear stories like that. so that this is not just some political debate about something happening far away. but people can really begin to think about standing in the shoes of those who have been victims of gun violence. and trying to understand what we can all do together. clay survived that brutal, hateful attack in her own home. 90 people a day don't survive because of guns. 33,000 people a year die, by homicide, by suicide, or by accidents, using firearms. i think we are better than that, as a nation. i think we can do something about that. that is why i have been talking about it. have been laying out my policies toward it. some people say that we should not talk about it. some say we should not shout about it. that i should not shout about it. i think we have to keep talking, but more importantly, we have to act. we have to be willing to take on those who are not in favor of sensible gun safety measures. that includes the nra. and it includes a of people in public life today, who are intimidated. i think that is no longer feasible. it's no longer right. what i have said is yes, as president, i will push and achieve universal background checks, something that the majority of americans support and the majority of gun owners support. sensible, responsible gun owners support it. sold into the wrong hands. because of that background check, despite its loopholes, prohibited purchasers because they were felons, fugitives, stalkers, domestic abusers, people with serious mental illness. have been stopped from buying a gun. as bad as the gun carnage is, i like to think that at least, 2 million prohibited purchasers were not part of that. i also think it is critically important to close those loopholes. close the gun show loophole and the online loophole. back when the brady bill was passed in 1994, online purchases were not an issue. we now know they are. so we have to go for universal background checks and we have to close those loopholes. i have said that if the congress does not cooperate, i would use executive action to make sure that sellers are held accountable. i also believe we should close what is now being called the charleston loophole. under the background checks, if someone applies to buy a gun, the seller has three days, those sellers that are covered, to conduct a background check and if it is not completed by the end of three days, the purchaser gets to buy the gun anyway. the reason it's called the charleston loophole, is that the killer of those nine people at bible study in mother emoon -- emanuel church in chafrlston got his gun not because he was eligible, because in fact it was learned shortly after, he was not eligible. he had a felony record. but because of this lophole he -- loophole he was able to go back at the end of three days and buy the gun he used to kill those nine innocent people. and then finally we have to repeal the broad immunity that has been given to gun manufacturers and sellers in america and -- manufacture of of either. now, just recently there was some small slimmer of hope when a jury in wisconsin found a seller of guns liable because of a straw purchase, which the seller clearly knew to be a straw purchase. a straw purchase is you're not eligible, you're a felon, you've got a domestic abuse order against you, you've been committed. remembering the shooter at virginia tech had been committed for outpatient treatment for mental health, still got a gun. but in this particular case in wisconsin, the prohibited purchaser sent somebody else in with a clean record to buy the gun for him. there's video and other evidence that the seller knew that the gun was for somebody else, sold it anyway to the seller. buys it, turns it over to the real purchaser, who goes out and shoots two police officers. injuring both seriously. and so when the police officer sued the gun seller, the jury heard the evidence and came in with a verdict in favor of the police officers. now, we're going to see whether that case stands up under the broad immunity that's been given to the gun industry. there is really no other industry in america that has this kind of blanket permission to be reckless, negligence, sell defective products eefpblet it's just outrageous and we have to repeal that so that those who manufacture guns and sell them are held to some standard of accountability. so i'm going to do everything i can in this campaign to not only talk about this issue and to give the platform to people like clay, who can be much more eloquent than i ever can about why this is an important issue, but i'll also appealing to responsible gun owners. organize an alternative to the nra, which is nothing but a lobby for the most absolutist positions that the gun manufacturers and sellers demand. each -- i'll not against guns. my cad -- dad taught me to shoot when i was a little girl. i've even gone duck hunting, standing in the cold water in the cold sun hd rise. once -- sunrise. once was enough, getting in that water and beeth -- getting up that early, i'll tell you. but this is the tactics they use, just scare responsible folks into thinking that the black helicopter is going to land in the front yard and somebody is going sthow -- to show up and take your gnltss that is nonintelligence -- nonsense and it needs to be called aught -- out for what it is. but the fight against the n.r.a. should be led by a new organization of gun owners. i'm collect willing names of people who enjoy hunting, enjoy target shooting but are sick and tired of the violence. so i am very grave. to your senator, molly kelly, and to clay for sharing what say very painful personal story to try to save lives and i really look forward to working with a groundswell of people cross our country who know we can do better than this. we are better than this. so with that, let me throw this open to questions on whatever issues or concerns you might have.... text ms. clinton: part of the reason why i think the obama administration experts have taken this position is we have to go through a transition. we have to move away from fossil fuels, including gas. gas can be a useful bridge, especially if we move away from coal, and dirtier oil, and some of the really bad alternatives. we want to keep more fossil fuels in the ocean and under the ground. that is why i am against arctic drilling and offshore drilling. because i don't think we should start that. i'm trying to listen to people who i know care a lot about the environment and climate change, and think about what are the smart steps we can take. in some instances, i can go along with that, and others, i can't. we need to be moving as quickly as possible to 100% clean, renewable energy. we have a long way to go, but that should be our goal, and we should do nothing to undermine or interfere in our efforts to reach that goal as soon as possible. very important point. i did not really focus on this until i've been traveling around new hampshire. the concerns that residents have expressed about ferc really are legitimate. the process that ferc's employed does not really give enough weight to public opinion, and locations where pipelines are going through. it does not pay, in my opinion, i enough attention to all of the other issues, whether they be health issues, safety issues, and the like. i'm going to do what i can to try to make it absolutely the case that ferc has to, in any of these decisions, pay much more attention to local communities, and listen to what your concerns are, and do much more to evaluate whatever the consequences, or the downsides of these decisions are. right now, their mandate seems to be only about delivery of energy anywhere, anytime. i don't think that is adequate in today's world. if we are going to have -- what? to paying attention to what the oil and gas industry does. i will absolutely give you that. see, my problem, now that people have raised this with me, if we are going to have a national commitment to do something about climate change, ferc has to be part of that national commitment. that is my view on how we have to alter a lot of parts of the federal government. you know, it is not just the epa that needs to be focused on combating climate change, every part of the federal government needs to be focused. because i want to have a national goal thei said, look, i want to have, by the end of my first term, half a million solar panels installed, and by the end of my term, enough renewable energy to power every home in america. if those are our goals, it is really important that we don't have the right hand doing something different than the left hand, in the old saying. it would be my intention, if regulatory changes are necessary, to undertake those, but also appoint people who will be really focused on how everyone works towards this big, overarching, national goal. and not have, you know, kind of have "old-think." there was a time when we needed more energy. some of us are able to remember. being in very long gas lines, at least i remember those days. we were pretty much captive to middle east oil. we had a different mindset. now, we have to change that. i think your question is not only a specific what about a particular decision, but it raises a larger issue about what we are going to do to change our values, our goals. that is what i'm going to try to do.... text ms. clinton: great question. let me ask, how many in this room currently have student debt? wow! keep your hands up. how many have ever had student debt? that is a healthy majority here. that is a great question. your statistics are right. we have 40 million people with student debt that now reaches $1.2 trillion. the first the most important thing is we need to make it possible for every person with student debt, current, and those who have graduated, refinance that debt. you know, that, to me, is the number one about goal. if you think about it, everyone else can refinance their debt. corporations can refinance their debt. you can refinance your mortgage, your car payment. why is it that students cannot refinance their debt? the worst injustice to me is that we have had 0% interest rates for years. i want to ask, how many of you know that you are paying an interest rate of at least 7%? yeah. we have people who are paying interest rates far beyond what the real interest rates are. so i wnt everybody to be able to refinance. and then i want everybody to be able to do much more to get into income contingency repayment plans. what is that? this is what i had when i went to law school, so did my husband. we both borrowed money. we worked, we borrowed money. the loans we had, when we graduated, we both were teachers. we taught at the university of arkansas law school. my first job was with the children's defense fund, and then with the university of arkansas. i recall making between $14,000-$17,000 per year. we couldn't have paid some big fixed rate based on a high interest rate. we paid on a poly about, as i recall it was like 10%,it took 15 years. it did not have the burden that i hear about because of the high fixed rates. the other thing i would like to do more of his make sure that people who go into our public service and national service jobs get a lower rate, more forgiveness faster, and a discount because they are doing something that serve their community. if you have been a responsible payer and taken advantage of all of the opportunities that i will provide, there will be an endpoint, and you can tell on that. -- count on that. this is a big deal to me because too many people are being held back because of this debt. you say $32,000 -- that is one of the highest averages in the country. students in new hampshire are bearing. it is a big problem for everybody, but particularly for students here, and i have met a lot of them, who because of their student debt, cannot take jobs that they would like to take, because they cannot afford them. i met a young woman who said she had the job of her life in boston, but she could not afford to pay her student debt, and live there, so like so many students today, she is still living with her parents. that is nice, but you deserve the chance to make decisions about where you will live and work. and all of rest of it. that is what i want to do. m what does that say? oh, you are from mount holyoke. oh a fellow seven sister. does that mean you want to ask a mount holyoke question?... text ms. clinton: i could see you holding up, and i had to get close to read it. ms. clinton: with respect to your first question, human trafficking, i feel passionately about this, and -- i feel passionately about this and have worked on this issue since my days as first lady. in fact, back in 2000, i worked with a coalition of outside activists and members of congress to pass the first ever united states legislation against human trafficking. proud to say my husband signed so that began our efforts on human trafficking. really hard to do more about human trafficking around the world, and here at home. we appointed a first-rate federal prosecutor who had prosecuted some of the human trafficking cases in the united states, to head the office in the state department to take on these issues. we also pressured, through the human trafficking annual study, different countries to change their laws and to enforce their laws. as first lady, i talked to other countries, and they did not understand why the united states was making a big deal out of this. it was part of, in their view, the culture. now, they know that they will be graded every year by the united states government, and that if they are having a failing grade several years in a row, they can lose aid and other benefits from the united states government. it is our tool to get laws passed, and forced, and go after human trafficking. it remains one of the biggest sources of criminal activity and profits in the world. sometimes we think of one or two kinds of human trafficking -- the refugees flooding into europe are in many respects a form of human trafficking. they're picked up by smugglers who often abandon them. the children and adults that come across our southern border are often treated the same way. their families pay money to smugglers and traffickers, who, again, may abandon them, abandoned them in the desert. we have a lot of trafficking of people into really exploited labor situation, literally people being kidnapped and put on fishing boats, being changed it -- chained to sewing machines in factories, and of course, we have sex trafficking, wehave poor families who are essentially convinced to sell their daughters. i remember being in northern thailand, when i was first lady, and it was before we passed our trafficking statute. part of the reason i was there was to talk to the government to convince them to take this seriously. i went to a hospice for young women, who were the victims of aids, after having been trafficked into the brothels in bangkok, and then, when they were ill, were thrown literally on the street. some of them would make their way back to their homes. their families, who had been paid for them, would reject them. i remember standing by the wheelchair of a dying 12 euro girl, and having the aid workers, who were taking care of her, tell me her story. the aid workers said, you can tell that families who have sold their daughters, by driving around these villages -- the huts, the houses, the satellites sold their daughters. this is a deep part of the discrimination against women and girls, a rejection of their importance, their human dignity, their rights, that it is a deep challenge to change attitudes in many parts of the world about the value of girls, and make the case that educating a girl, over the long run, will be far better for the family, then selling her at the age of 11 or 12, to be either an indentured servant, or a sex worker. this is an area that is particularly a concern of mine because it goes hand-in-hand with the exultation of poor -- exploitation of inferior of poor people, marginalized people and particularly girls and women in many places across the country. thank you.... text ms. clinton: australia is a good example, canada is a good example, the u.k. is a good example. why? each of them have had mass killings. australia had a huge mass killing about 25, 20 or 25 years ago. canada did as well, so did did the u.k. in reaction, the passed much stricter gun laws. in the australian example, as i recall, that was a buyback program. australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns. then, they basically clamps down, going forward, in terms of having more of a background check approach, more of a permitting approach, but they believe, and i think the evidence supports them that by offering to buy back the guns, they were able to curtail the supply, and set a different standard for gun purchases in the future. communities have done that in our country. several communities have done gun buyback programs. i figure would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged. after the terrible 2008 financial crisis, one of the programs that president obama was able to get in place was cash for clunkers. you remember that? it was partially a way to get people to buy new cars, and to get old models, that were polluting too much, off the road. i think that is worth considering. i do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how it would work, but certainly dust are you example is worth looking at. here comes the microphone. ms. clinton: i'm glad you will be a teacher. ms. clinton: i have to say, keene state has a well-deserved reputation for turning out educators. and i want to ralplaud keane state faculty and students. to do more to actually pay attention to what educators tell us about what will work in the classrooms.... text ms. clinton: that sounds so obvious that some of you are probably wondering, why would she say something so obvious? it is because we have been having a very figures debate, a contentious debate, over what will work and what will not work to try to increase educational achievement among our young people. i think the debate has gotten off base. i think it is too much about the latest fads, the latest products, the latest models, instead of taking a deep breath, and actually talking to experts that have done an enormous amount of research about what really works. i want to get back to what really works. i know that there are a lot of well-meaning people who are really down on the public schools. i just don't believe or sure that -- or share that. i think public schools are the bedrock institution of our democracy. here are a couple of observations because this is a much longer conversation. i must say, i am honored to have the support of the teachers of new hampshire and america in my campaign. way forward to do a better job, helping kids, particularly poor kids, kids with special needs, kids that comment to school -- who come in to school from literally the first day of kindergarten not as prepared as their classmates are to be successful. i start with early childhood education and universal free kindergarten. that's where i start. -- in learning. the brain research tells us that 80% of your brain is physically formed by the age of three. what happens in those first three years and then first five years before you go into a formal classroom really depends on the family and the community, and what kinds of support families can be given. i am a strong believer in early education, particularly for kids that have various kinds of disadvantages. i will just tell you a quick story. when bill was governor of arkansas, one of our problems was -- it was, you know, the second poorest state in america, and the teachers were the second poorest paid in america. a lot of the families had really serious economic challenges. when you are thinking about, what you do to try to improve the schools? we tackled standards, we raised teacher pay, we did a lot that needed to be done that was overdue, but we also look to this problem about what happens when kids show up that first day. as a result, i began looking all over to try to find an affordable program that could help more low income kids be better prepared. a lot of programs that are the real state of the art are expensive. i would love for our country to invest in them because you actually save money at the end of it -- that has been proven over and over again. but being realistic, we got to try to find everything we can do and make it affordable. this was so serendipitous. i was in florida with bill. we were attending some meeting that he had. i was literally in the hotel room, flipping through the paper, and i saw a picture of a professor from israel giving a lecture about program they had started there. i read about it. it was fascinating. it basically said that after a big influx of immigrants from le poor nations like ethiopia, the kids would go to the excellent israeli schools, but they were not achieving. the researchers would say, what's going on here, they are in the schools, is the schools are the only answer, why aren't they doing better? they realize that they had to work in the family in those first five years. i called this woman. i said, dr. lombard, i'm hillary clinton, calling from arkansas. she said, where? i said, arkansas. she said, where is that? i said, next to texas, look at a map. i said, if she was coming to the united states, if i could meet with her. to figure out if what they did in israel was transferable to the united states. she came. we began what is called home instruction program for youngsters. the idea behind it is to help the mother become her child's first teacher. to feel confident and competent enough to prepare her own child to learn, doing simple things like talking to her baby. a lot of low income mothers -- when i started doing this back in the 1980's, i said, i bet you are loving talking to your baby, and she said, why would i talk to her, she will not talk back. not because she didn't love her baby, but because shoors -- because she had no idea that is how you build synapses and vocabulary. fast forward, this has been going on for 25 years, and has a great track record. we could do more in the homes helping mothers become their child's first teacher, but we still need universal prekindergarten so that every kendrick can get that level of preparation so that when they go to that first day of kindergarten, they will have a fighting chance to be successful. i will and there -- end their saying i'm really looking forward to working with the teachers of america to make our education system everything it should be. ok, back here.... text ms. clinton: i have to say, you are the third grandmother that i have personally met in new hampshire that is raising a grandchild because of drugs. we did have an incredible town hall here, didn't we? 600-700 people, most of them really affected in some way or another by this terrible epidemic of addiction. in particular, here new hampshire, and next-door in vermont, heroin. the heroin epidemic, which is killing so many young people, and leaving grieving and broken families behind. i don't think i would have been talking about this issue had i not spent several months listening to people. in iowa, on my first trip, in this campaign, and then in new hampshire, in keene, on my first trip, i heard about the hair when epidemic -- heroin epidemic. so i began looking into it. nd i know that everywhere i went, someone raised it with me. sometimes publicly, sometimes afterwards, privately. that's why i have a comprehensive agenda, to try to reverse, to begin to reverse this tide of addiction theit includes better preventive efforts, more treatment, something we just do not have enough of. if you do have somebody, and persuade them to seek treatment, only one in 10 will get it in a timely way. we do not have enough of it. we are also seeing real progress. i had a meeting about this issue, and i was so impressed by the police chief who has changed the whole way he polices drug abuse and offenses. instead of sending people to jail, they are trying to get them treatment. they're trying to match them with some sort of mentor from the recovery community. they are now equipped with the antidote tory verse heroin overdoses. so we have to change the way we police. we need for more drug courts. drug courts are for more cost-effective than problem. we send a lot of people to prison for minor drug a -- offenses, they come out full-blown addicts we just are going at this, i think, backwards. so i am making this an issue because i really believe it's a public health yirb89 as i talked about two weeks ago up in boston with the attorney general and with the mayor, you know, mayor walsh is a recoring -- recovering alcoholic and very willing to paulk -- talk about it because he knows that if someone in his position doesn't talk about it, how is someone to know that there is something they can do, some path forward? but for me it's really about the lives that are affected and all those who are trying to help their loved one or cope with the fact that they can't help or that that person is no longer around. so i appreciate very much your raising this because we're going to keep talking good and try to do more about it. thank you. right back there against the wall? here comes the microphone.... text ms. clinton: i hate to not let somebody else ask a question. back here, i've had my back to them the whole time, how about this young lady in the keene state debate -- i'm big on debates, so -- first college in the country to have a holocaust genocide studies program, right? educated young people and others like you who are equipped to help us deal with a lot of these issues. unfortunately, we are living with them. we have to come up with a better response. i was privileged to announce the atrocities prevention board when it was first set up in the obama administration -- if any of you have in their. it was the most -- have been there. it was the most appropriate place to make that announcement. i will certainly not only continue it, but look for ways that its visibility can become higher so that more people know that the united states has this board, and that we will work to find ways to bring people together around, and responses -- around common responses to potential genocide, learning from the past. there are so many theoretical and practical aspects to this that deserve a lot of thought. for example, we know that often times in conflicts -- ethnic, religious, tribal, other leaders of groups actually set these genocides in motion. they use the media, we saw that in bosnia, where people who had lived together peacefully for a very long time were set against each other through a propaganda effort on the media that turned neighbor against neighbor and even split families, so we have to understand quickly if something like that is happening , what are the best ways to combat it? we saw the same thing and rwanda. we have seen the same thing and the central african republic between christians and muslims. we have two not only condemn this and speak out against the horrible effects of the holocaust, of genocide, and of atrocities, but we have to really analyze it, and that's why i'm so proud of the course you are doing. what triggers it? what turns people against one another who have been maybe not loving each other, but not killing each other? all of a sudden, something sets them off. how do we try to have interventions that prevent that? a lot of cultures are on a trip wire -- something could set them off. how do we help we other countries -- how do we help other countries with a variety of different cultures understand what they need to do to prevent it from escalating? i am delighted and i hope that those who are in this program and graduate from it will find ways in our government, ways in our international organization, and not -- in nonprofits, to help understand what we can do to prevent this from happening in the future. here it comes. ms. clinton: i intend to do just that, and my plan is more comprehensive, more effective, and in fact, tougher. take a look at paul krugman's column today. paul krugman, who i think is pretty amazing progressive credentials, basically said i had the better side of this argument. why did he say this? because i fully respect my colleagues who have said, let's reinstate glass-steagall. if i thought that alone would prevent a potential next crisis, i would raise my hand and join, but that is not my assessment. because if you look, as krugman said today in his column, some of the major actors who caused the 2008 crash were not big banks and would have never been covered by glass-steagall. aig, the giant insurance company, lehman brothers, they would never have been affected by it. what i want to do was crackdown on the banks by assessing a risky and forcing them -- a risk-fee and forcing them to have to comply with. frank --. frank and tougher -- with dodd frank and potential regulations. i am in favor of breaking them up if they are a threat. but the real threat is the what is called the shadow bank world, the hedge funds. glass-steagall would not do anything about that if it were reinstated tomorrow. i have the greatest respect for my colleagues and former colleagues who are really focused on that, but i go further. my proposal, which you can go to my website and read about, goes much further and includes everybody that i think would pose a risk to the economy, including the big banks, but going much further than that. that's why i have taken the position i have. read paul krugman today to understand why. long time, and he's got a cheering section behind him. he has brought his own cheerleaders who are -- go right ahead.... text past views? ms. clinton: i think if you speak with the human rights campaign or any of the large advocacy groups, they will tell you that they count on me, and that you can count on me. i was the first and only first lady ever to marja gate -- ever to march in the pride parade back in the 1980's. i have been a vocal, visible advocate for equality and against discrimination. yes, my views did evolve. i think most people my age would say the same thing. there might be some exceptions, but largely because of my strong opposition to discrimination of any sort and my personal relationships with a lots of people over the years, i certainly included that marriage -- concluded that marriage equality should be the law of the land, and i was thrilled when the supreme court made it the law of the land. and i will -- in a lot of states now, because of the constitutional decision, you can get married on saturday and get fired on monday. we still permit discrimination in employment and in public accommodations, so we have to fast -- past the equality -- pass the equality act currently pending in congress. that will be my highest priority. marriage is not the end of the debate, it is the path along true equality, and you can count on me to fight for... text you. yes, ok, here you go. i love your red. either get well and recover or not. the nurse is at the center of the health care system in many ways. wanting to get into them. they were -- there were far more applicants than there were places for them. i think we should be expanding our training programs, our educational programs, so that we can actually trained more nurses to get ahead of what is a very serious problem with the retirement of a lot of baby boomer nurses. the fact that we are not going to have enough of a supply if we don't start trying to fill the pipeline now. there are some excellent programs, but we are going to have to open additional programs. i would be in favor of federal support for programs that have a proven track record of turning out excellent nurses so they can expand, more faculty, more slots , said that they can add to the numbers of people that get into the profession early. i also think it is important that nurses be given more authority in the medical settings in which they work. we know that a lot of nurses are being overworked, they are being asked to serve very long shifts, and a lot of them now, because the numbers have shrunk and a lot of settings, particularly in hospital and nursing home settings, nursing homes our response -- nurses are responsible for more patients. the nurses i have spoken to have all said this is unsustainable. if you have ever shattered a nurse, which i did back in 2007, it is exhausting. in and out of patienyts' rims -- i was in a hospital, stopping to do the checks with doctors, filling out the forms -- by the end of the shift, you are just drained. if you are try to take care of too many patients, the result can be unfortunate. i think on both ends -- more training, more education, more support for this programs, and try to make sure that nurses on the job have the support and authority that they need. that's how i would try to approach this. one more question. there are a lot of hands up here, mike, so i will let you pick, whoever it is since you are the one -- who did you pick? with your eyes shut. ok. all right.... text ms. clinton: i can't stand that. i think that's terrible. we are going to change that. the fast the -- fafsa application is absurd. and penalizes people like your parents, so it is a lease-lose. -- lose-lose. the parents plus loans have been so expensive and way beyond the means of most families to be able to manage. the federal government should not be making a profit off of student loans. that is my strong belief. to be reasonable. if students can work, i worked, so maybe i am biased, 10 hours a week to get debt free tuition, which is my goal. you never have to borrow a penny to get tuition -- to pay tuition for public college or university, so that will -- say to me come of the hardest part about going to college should not be figuring out how to pay for it. the amount of stress and english and disappointment from young people and their families is just the odd anything it should ever be. -- beyond anything it should be. the other problem i have encountered from talking to people all this is that a lot of young people who try to start, then something happens and they drop out, they are stuck with the loans and have nothing to show for it because they never got their degree. and the worst offenders are some, not all -- some of the for-profit colleges that are pretty unscrupulous and how they treat students and their parents. and one of the most exploited groups are veterans, who under the new g.i. bill have the opportunity to get the education , and a lot of these for-profit colleges try to recruit the vets , and then they basically take the money under one of the loopholes in the law, and don't produce results for our vets. there are a number of issues here that i am going to be confronting. the debt free tuition would be a big help to you. that's going to be one of my primary goals -- to make college more affordable and get the debt load down and hopefully eliminated in a more reasonable way than what you are facing. thank you all very much.ms. clinton: and so that is what we are fighting for his democrats. we are fighting to make sure that dream, that process, is just as vital and real as tomorrow in the years later as it was for my father and grandfather. you know, when my husband puts people first -- from his republican predecessors. that seems to happen, have you noticed? economy just works better when we have a democrat in the white house. lifting, the end of bill's second term of there was a really important step -- set of statistics that represented the progress we made. 23 million new jobs. a balanced budget. but you know what was most important to me? for the first time in decades, everybody benefited. not just those at the top, but people in the middle. people at the bottom. everybody saw their incomes go u p. me to the senate in 2001. and i was excited, because i thought, look at what we have accomplished. we have turned around the economy. we have taken control over our fiscal future. just think of what we could have done with that balanced budget and a surplus. we could have made social security solvent for as far as the eye could see. we could have invested in education and science and research to make us smarter and stronger and richer. but you know what happened? the republicans went back to trickle down economics. one of the worst ideas ever to come out of the 1980's, right along with big hair. eyes off the mortgage market. and president obama invented -- inherited an even bigger mess. i remember when he called me right after the election. asked me to see him in chicago. i did not know why at the time. turned out, he wanted to ask me to be secretary of state. but when i got there -- the economic situation was. he said it is so much worse than they told us. he was worried about a great depression, not just a great recession. and he had to really work hard. under his leadership and thanks to the sacrifice of so many americans, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved the auto industry, curbed wall street abuses, and provided health care to 16 million people. republicans can win is is that they count on collective amnesia from the american people. president obama deserves a lot more credit than he gets for helping us avoid an economic catastrophe. friends, but the facts he speak for themselves. economic growth is stronger under democratic presidents. unemployment is lower. the stock market rises faster. businesses do better. and deficits are smaller. who cares about seeing paychecks rise again, fighting inequality, raising the minimum wage, dealing with the challenges that confront us believe that going back to the failed policies of trickle down economics would help anybody except for those people at the top? you know, i am not running for my husband's third term or president obama's third term. i am running for my first term. families get a raise. that will be my mission from my first day as president to the last. we need growth that is strong, fair, and long-term. so the rewards of success do not just go to those at the top. you know, when a company does well, shareholders and executives are not the only ones who should run a fed. the people who work at that company should as well. . if they can work for market baskets across new england, it can work across america. more each year than all of the kindergarten teachers in america combined. everyone else. i am -- i have called for the ending of that loophole since 2007. i am sick of multimillionaires paying a lower tax rate than a teacher or a nurse. that is wrong. i will close that loophole -- so everyone pays their fair share, particularly those who have the most benefits. i have proposed incentives to encourage long-term investments in small businesses, hard hit communities, and eroding our country. not the quick speculation and trading that goes on. i want to sleep tax credits that will encourage apprentices and profit sharing. i want young people brought into our economy again, so they have the chance to have a better future. so no one who has to live in america has to live in poverty. i will fight for small businesses that create the jobs in america. i want to be the small business president. i do not think we should be children our tax code, our economic policy, toward big businesses that can hire lawyers and lobbyists. most jobs in america come from small businesses. that is why i have a plan to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get loans and avoid red tape. i will hold corporations affordable -- accountable when they gouge drug prices or exploit workers. worries are, they are not the only ones that families face today, are they? if you get out there and actually listen to people -- as i have done all over new hampshire -- you hear about problems that rarely make the headlines. but that keep families up at night. i have listened to those stories. i have heard about the heart aches and the hopes. it really has motivated me to roll up my sleeves to, up with solutions that can help naked difference in the lives of families here and everywhere across our country. for example, i never expected that substance abuse and mental health would be major issues in my campaign until i came to keene on my very first trip. i heard story after story about heroine, pills, meth, alcohol. other addictions. i met a grandmother who is taking us possibility of raising her grandchild because her daughter is struggling with addiction. she cannot the parent she should be. i have sat and listened to moms and dads who have lost their children. counselors and doctors and police officers who have done everything they can to help save people. one man in laconia said to me the other day, "i do not want to go to more funerals." when you hear those stories, it is hard not only to be moved and said, but it is also motivating. at my first town hall about this issue in keene, hundreds and hundreds of people packed into the gymnasium. and they told their stories. and in laconia just a few days ago, we heard about solutions. i have got a plan to do something about this epidemic. more and better treatment and prevention, especially for young people. making sure that everyone who writes prescriptions is trained in addiction. putting rescue drugs in the hands of first responders. to heal instead of time in jail. people share with me. that is what drives my campaign. that is what gets me up every day. often i am asked, "how do can you do this/" well, it is challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. because i meet people who are so resilient, so filled with hope. i want to be the president who takes on the big challenges. we have to worry about how we make sure you wrong never gets -- make sure you run -- makes sure iran never gets a nuclear weapon, but i also want to hear about your challenges as president. like student debt. a student here in new hampshire -- college should not be the hardest thing about going to college. and yesterday, governor hassan and i were at the university of new hampshire, where we were talking about my plan. and where we heard from two students who very clearly and emotionally talked about what they are challengers were. trying to get the education they have always dreamed of. i call my plan the new college compact. as president, i will make sure families can of ward to send your kids to college. everyone with student debt can refinance that debt, just like a mortgage or a car loan. anymore in debt will not hold anyone back. i also have to say that i have heard a lot about another challenge that gets too little attention in our long-term looking forward into the future about what kind of country we are going to be and how we can help people live up to their potential. and that is the caregiving crisis in america. for her husband with alzheimer's, and her mother with alzheimer's. i just met a young man backstage who has had to go to part-time work to take care of his mother with alzheimer's. people do not know where to turn. they do not know where to get help. as a senator, i passed a law giving family caregivers more support. and as president, i will make this a national priority for families. number one. who could benefit. the veterans, who deserve better care. autism, who need help and solutions. facilities to provide mental health treatment for their loved ones, no matter how hard they try. single mom who is juggling a job and courses at a community college while raising three kids alone. she said i do not expect anything to come easy. but she asked me, isn't there anything we can do so it is not quite so hard? these are all challenges leaders should care about. problems that do not get nearly enough attention on the campaign trail or in washington. i am not only paying attention, as president, we will get results together. because if you want a president who will tell you everything that is wrong with america and who is to blame for it, you have got plenty of other choices. at the republican debate? but if you want a president who will listen to you, work her heart out to make your life better -- her. -- >> hillary! hillary! hillary! ms. clinton: this election, ultimately, is about finding a leader with a vision for the future broad enough to encompass this great country of ours. and the skill and determination to lead us there. someone who can defend and build on the progress we have made, not let it slip away or get ripped away. i will stand up to all the attacks from the super pacs and the koch brothers every chance i get. done to try to overcome the dysfunction in washington. actually to get things done, like i did when i was first lady. we did not get health care that time. then i turned around and worked with ted kennedy to get the children's health care program to take care of more than 8 million kids. guard did not have the same act as to health care, and i teamed up with lindsey graham and we passed it. so now every single one of our national guard has that same options that they should have had before. life to even the odds for people who have those odds stacked against them. that is what i am going to keep doing. fighting for families, fighting for fairness, fighting for you. and i have learned through a lot of experiences. but i really learned it first from my own mother. abandoned and mistreated by her family, she was out on her own at 14, working as a housemaid. she channeled her hardships into a deep commitment to working -- to serving and respecting others. she has been my touchstone, guiding me through my life of service. my first job out of law school was not at some big new york law firm, it was with the children's defense fund, standing up for kids. children, for families, for underdogs. everyone who needs a champion. and i am just getting warmed up. i believe -- have each other's backs. we should lift each other up, not tear each other down. and that is especially true when it comes to lifting up women, who deserve equal pay for equal work. they can actually go to work. you do not have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of your baby or your mom or your dad. say the portable -- who stand up and say the affordable care act is here to stay. we are the ones also who understand we have to make social security even stronger. and especially for widows, divorced and single women, who were the poorest single women in america. teachers, not scapegoat them. it is time for us to get over the toxic debates about education that have paralyzed us for too long. let's focus on what actually is works to help teachers teach and children learn. learn what they know from being in those classrooms every single day. i will fight for strong public schools in every zip code and community across america. and i am honored, i am honored, to have earned the endorsement of the nea right here in new hampshire. have to choose between protecting our environment, combating climate change, and growing our economy. we can do that by embracing clean, renewable energy. are a few of you who can also remember -- when president kennedy challenged us to send a moon mission that would land a man on the moon and bring him back within a decade. and a lot of people thought it was impossible. nobody knew what would have been i was sure because the president set that goal that america could get it done. and we did. that is the kind of president i want to be. i want to challenge us again, particularly young people again. we will have installed half a billion more solar panels. and by the end of my second, we will produce enough renewable energy to power every home in america. he can do this -- we can do this. we can take on climate change, not deny it. but take it on. and at the same time, create millions of new jobs and businesses that will make america the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. we are the only ones left who believe this, we have to stop the flow of secret unaccountable money that distorts our elections and drowns out the voices of american voters. some that our next president may have as many as three appointments to the supreme court. now, if you were not convinced to vote for a democrat before, i hope you are now. i will appoint justices who will protect every citizens' right to vote incident every corporation's right to abide elections -- to buy elections. to undo the supreme court's decision in citizens united. no matter you are, with what look like, what a few practice, or who you love, america has a place for you. and you should have the same opportunity as everyone else to live up to your potential. so we have a great agenda. we know what it means to be a democrat. we will fight that against those who will do, say, and spend whatever it takes to turn our country in a very different direction. who watch the republican debate the other night? oh, you gluttons for punishment, you. 15 candidates. five hours. not a single fighter for the middle class. and the fact checkers are having a field day with their answers. the republicans' positions are not just factually inaccurate, they are deeply out of touch and out of date. not one of them offer a credible plan to make college more affordable or combat climate change. did you hear anything about family leave or preschool?... text ms. clinton: i am going to keep fighting. i will fight until every woman has the rights, the opportunities, and the respect she deserves until every little girl in america knows without a doubt she can grow up to be anything she wants. even president of the united states. wage this campaign and elect democrats at every level. let's take back school boards. let's take that be legislatures. let's take back every position all the way to the white house. because if this election is about america's future, not america's fear, democrats will win. work for all of the people in our country again. so, i think we are going to have a great campaign. it is going to be fun. because what makes the other folks uncomfortable is what makes america what we are today. our diversity, our ingenuity, our innovation. the signs of american dynamism. our immigrant culture. all we do to build a country where everybody has a place. where there are no limits on what we can achieve when we put our, and interests in front of self interests and common sense in front of nonsense. i am fighting or that america. i am fighting for all americans, not just some. for the struggling, the striving, and the successful. i am running for everyone who has been knocked down but refused to be knocked out. i am fighting for you to -- i am fighting for you, democrats. let's go out and make america the future.