ms. clinton: absolutely.
i will do what i have always
done. i will keep reaching out to
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
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
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
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
furthermore, i want a date
certain when your obligation
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
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
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
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
from my perspective, we have to
prevent the republicans from
rolling back the progress that
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
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
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
and it has three parts.
first, to go after them and
deprive them of the territory
they occupy now in both syria
secondly, to go after and
dismantle their global network
and thirdly, to do more to keep
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
startup challenges that this
system is facing. we have fought, as democrats, for decades to get a health care
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
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
the officer who told the victims
of the san bernardino killings
that he would take a bullet
so i think that we need to build
on the work of the policing
commissioner that president
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
we need to stand up again with this movement that is currently
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
i think we have to do that all
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
obviously look at it
immediately. one, sometimes credit reports
are wrong. but let's deal with that problem
--... text deals
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
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
he comes home with his first
paycheck. his mother looks at it and her
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
let's get this young man a round
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
my husband had them come he pay
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
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
or when young people with autism
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.
provided health care to millions
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
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
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!
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thank you all very much.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
we recruited special lifts,
fluent in irdue and somali to
wage online battles with the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
including our long-standing
tradition of guaranteeing
israel's qualitative military
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
have been laying out my
policies toward it.
some people say that we should
not talk about it.
some say we should not shout
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
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
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
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
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
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
that is my view on how we have
to alter a lot of parts of the
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
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
that is a great question.
your statistics are right.
we have 40 million people with
student debt that now reaches
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
thank you.... text ms. clinton: australia is a
good example, canada is a good
example, the u.k. is a good
each of them have had mass
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
long time, and he's got a
cheering section behind him. he has brought his own
cheerleaders who are -- go right
ahead.... text past
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
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
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
-- 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
economy just works better when
we have a democrat in the white
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
autism, who need help and solutions.
facilities to provide mental health treatment for their loved
ones, no matter how hard they
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
>> 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
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
life to even the odds for people
who have those odds stacked
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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