New Hampshire Deomocratic Party Convention

Are we going to win this election in 2016? Yes we are! Thank you. My heart is just racing! I am so excited to be here, grateful for everything you and this state have meant to me and to my family. I’m honored to have the support of so many proud New Hampshire democrats and especially your terrific governor, your amazing senator who used to be governor. You know Maggie and Jeanne are women who know how to solve problems and they bring common sense and common purpose to everything they do. I also want to thank Congresswoman Annie Kuster all the states senators and representatives, executive councilors, local leaders, grassroots organizers, and especially volunteers, who are working their hearts out for this campaign.

I have a great idea. I think we should just transport all of you everywhere we go around the country together. You know as much fun as this is, as exciting as the atmosphere in here is, we have work to do as democrats. I want to be your partner to build our party here in this state, and across our nation, to keep our progress going. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we, these past six and a half years and thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people and to the leadership of the Democratic president in the White House Barack Obama.

We’re standing again but we’re not yet running, the way America should. Wages still aren’t rising for most people. The cost of everything from college to prescription drugs keeps going up. Inequality is still too big a problem. You know in America if you work hard and you do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. That is the basic bargain of this country. You know that’s the promise that my grandfather believed in when he went to work every day in the Scranton lace mills.

I’m the granddaughter of a factory worker who believed in America, and that life could be better for his children, and it was. His three sons went to college. My dad, after serving in the Navy in World War II, he started a small business. He saved, and he sacrificed, because he believed his small business printing fabric in Chicago, could provide us with a middle-class life. You know what, it did. Now within three generations, from that factory worker, that small business owner, I’m standing here asking for your support to be President of this great country that we love. That is what we are fighting for as democrats.

We are fighting to make sure that dream, that promise, is just as vital and real tomorrow, and the years later, as it was for my grandfather and my father. You know my husband, put people first, in the 1992 campaign, where New Hampshire was so supportive. When he got into the White House, he realized that he had inherited real economic problems from his republican predecessors. That seems to happen, have you noticed? You know I say this without trying to be partisan or personal, but the economy just works better when we have a Democrat in the White House. So after eight years of hard work, a lot of political heavy lifting, the end of Bills second term, there was a really important 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 and the middle, people at the bottom. Everybody saw their incomes go up.

You know I went to the senate, the good people of New York sent me to the Senate, in 2001. I was excited because I thought what we’ve accomplished. We have turned around the economy. We have taken control over our fiscal future. Think of what we could have done with that balanced budget, into 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.

You know what happened? The republicans went back to trickle-down economics, one of the worst ideas ever to come out of the nineteen eighties, right along with big hair. They took their eyes off the financial markets, took their eyes off the mortgage markets, and President Obama inherited an even bigger mess. I remember when he called me right after the election, asked me to come see him in Chicago. I didn’t know why at the time. It turned out he wanted to ask me to be Secretary of State, but when I got there, what he wanted to talk about was how dangerous economic situation was. He said it’s so much worse than they told us. He was worried about a great depression, not just a great recession. He had to really work hard. Under his leadership and thanks to the sacrifice of so many Americans, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved the auto industry, curbed Wall Street abuses, and provided health care to 16 million people.

Now, the only way that the republicans can win, is if they count on collective amnesia from the American people. President Obama deserves a lot more credit than then he gets for helping us avoid an economic catastrophe. I know it’s very inconvenient for our republican friends, but the facts to 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. One of my favorite inconvenient facts, under republicans, recessions happen four times as frequently as under democrats. So one would have to wonder, why would anybody who cares about the economy, which is all of us, why would anybody who cares about seeing paychecks rise again, fighting inequality, raising the minimum wage, dealing with that 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’m running for my first term. I will proudly carry forward this record of democratic achievement, we know what works, and what doesn’t. It works when middle-class 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 don’t just go to those at the top. You know when a company does well, shareholders and executives aren’t the only ones who should benefit. The people who work at that company should as well. The people who actually share in those profits should share in them. If it can work for market basket across New England, it can work across America.

But here’s what doesn’t work. When 25 hedge fund managers earn more each year than all the kindergarten teachers in America, combined. There’s a tax loophole that lets them treat their pay like investment gains, you’ve heard of it, the carried interest loophole. Rather than normal income like everyone else. I have called for the ending of that loophole since 2007. I am sick of multi-millionaires paying a lower tax rate than a teacher or a nurse. That is wrong. I’ll close that loophole. I will reform our tax code 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 building our country. Not the quick speculation and trading that goes on. I want to see tax credits that will encourage apprentices, and profit-sharing. I want young people brought into our economy again, so that they have a chance to have a better future. I’ll raise the minimum wage, so no one who works hard in America has to live in poverty. I’ll fight for small business says that create jobs in America. We’re a small business country. I want to be the small business President. I don’t think we should be tilting our tax code, our economic policy toward big businesses that can hire lawyers and lobbyists. Most jobs in America come from small businesses. That’s why I have a plan to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get loans, and avoid red tape. To hold corporations accountable when they gouge Americans on drug prices, or pollute our environment, or bust unions and exploit workers.

That’s just the beginning. We’re going to do what works. Because as important as economic worries are, and I hear them everywhere, they’re not the only ones that families face today, are they? If you get out there and you actually listen to people, as I’ve done all over New Hampshire, you hear about problems that rarely make the headlines, but that keep families up at night. I’ve listened to those stories, I’ve heard about the heartaches and the hopes. It really has motivated me to roll up my sleeves, to come up with solutions that can help make a 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 too Keene on my very first trip. Then I started listening. I heard story after story about heroin, pills, meth, alcohol, and other addictions. I met a grandmother who’s taking responsibility for raising her grandchild, because her daughter’s struggling with addiction. She can’t be the parent she should be. I’ve said listen to moms and dads who lost their children. Counselors, and doctors, and police officers, who’ve done everything they can to help save people. One man in Laconia said to me, the other day, I don’t want to go to more funerals. When you hear those stories, it’s hard not only to be moved, and sad, but it’s also motivating. My first town hall about this issue, in Keene, hundreds and hundreds of people packed into the gymnasium. They told their stories. In Laconia, just a few days ago, we heard about solutions.

I’ve got a plan to do something about this epidemic. More and better treatment and prevention, especially for young people. Making sure everyone who writes prescriptions is trained in addiction. Putting rescue drugs, like Naloxone, in the hands of first responders. Criminal justice reform, so nonviolent drug users, get time to heal instead of time in jail. There are so many stories people share with me, that’s what drives my campaign. That’s what gets me up every day. Often I’m asked, how you can do this. Well it is challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding because I meet people who are so resilient, so filled with purpose, and hope. I want to be the President who takes on the big challenges.

Look, we have to worry about how we make sure Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. We have to deal with the refugee crisis in Europe, and so much else. But I also want to be the President who keeps listening. Who hears about the challenges you talk about around your kitchen table. Like student debt. A student here in New Hampshire really summed it up for me. That paying for college, shouldn’t be the hardest thing about going to college. Yesterday, Governor Hassan and I were at the University of New Hampshire, where we were talking about my plan. Where we heard from two students who very clearly and emotionally talked what their challenges were, trying to get the education they’ve always dreamed of.  I call my plan the new college compact, as President, I will make sure families can afford to send your kids to college. Everyone with student debt can refinance that debt, just like a mortgage or a car loan. Cost won’t be a barrier anymore and debt won’t hold anyone back. I also have to say that I’ve 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’re going to be, and how we can help people live up to their potential, and that is the care giving crisis in America.

I met a woman in Dover, who is caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s and her mother with Alzheimer’s. I just met a young man backstage, who has had go to part-time work to take care of his mother with Alzheimer’s. People don’t know where to turn, they don’t know where to get help. As a senator, I passed a law, giving family caregivers more support. As President, I will make this a national priority for families, number one. Every one of us knows somebody who can benefit. The veterans, who deserve better care. The parents of children with autism, who need help and solutions. Families who can’t find facilities to provide mental health treatment for their loved ones. No matter how hard they try.

It was summed up for me by the single mom who’s juggling a job and courses at a community college while raising three kids alone, she said, look I don’t expect anything to come easy. She asked me, isn’t there anything we can do so it isn’t quite so hard? These are all challenges, leaders should care about. Problems that don’t get nearly enough attention on the campaign trail, or in Washington.

I’m not only paying attention, as President, we will get results together. Because if you want a President who will tell you everything that’s wrong with America and who’s to blame for it, you’ve got plenty of other choices. My goodness, didn’t we hear enough of that the other night at the Republican debate? But if you want a President who will listen to you, work her heart out to make your life better, and together to build a stronger fairer better country, then you’re looking at her. Because you know, 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’ve 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. I will do what I have always done to try to overcome the dysfunction in Washington, actually to get things done like I did when I was first lady and we didn’t get health care that time, and then I turned around, and I worked with Ted Kennedy, to get the Children’s Health Insurance Program to take care of more than 8 million kids. Or when I was in the senate and I realize that our national guard didn’t have the same access 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 option that they should have had before. I have been fighting my whole life to even the odds for people who have those odds stacked against them. That’s what I’m going to keep doing. Fighting for families, fighting for fairness, fighting for you.

I’ve learned that 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 fourteen working as a housemaid. She channeled her hardships into a deep commitment to serving and respecting others. She’s been my touchstone, guiding me through my life of service. My first job out of law school, wasn’t it some big New York law firm, it was what the children’s defense fund, standing up for kids who needed a fighter.

Every step along the way I have stood up for women, for children, for families, for underdogs. Everyone who needs a champion, and I’m just getting warmed up. I believe in America, but I believe that in America we should have each other’s backs. We should lift each other up, not tear each other down. That is especially true when it comes to lifting up women who deserve equal pay for equal work. That means too that every family deserves access to quality affordable child care, so they can actually go to work. Every American should have access to paid family leave, so you don’t have to choose between up a pay check and taking care of your baby, or your mom or dad. I am a proud Democrat, because we’re the ones who stand up and say the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

We have come too far, we have fought too hard, to let anyone take it away. We’re the ones also, who understand we have to make social security even stronger, and especially for widowed divorced and single women, who are the poorest older people in America. We’re the ones who support teachers, not scapegoat them, who will invest in universal pre-kindergarten, and early childhood education, so all of our kids get the best possible start. It is passed time for us to get over the toxic debates about education, that have paralyzed us for too long. Let’s focus on what actually works to help teachers teach, and children learn.

As President, I’m going to actually listen to teachers, 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 to have earned the endorsement of the NEA right here in New Hampshire. Democrats believe we don’t have to choose between protecting our environment, combating climate change, and growing our economy. We can do that by embracing clean renewable energy.

I want us to set big goals in this country again. I can remember, I think there’s a few of you who also can remember, when President Kennedy challenged us to land a man on the moon and bring him back within a decade, and a lot of people thought that was impossible didn’t they? Nobody knew what would happen. I was sure because the President set that goal that America could get it done, and we did. That’s the kind of President I want to be.

I want to challenge us again, particularly young people again. By the end by the end of my first term we will have installed a half a billion more solar panels. By the end of my second, we will produce enough renewable energy to power every home in America. 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. Boy, democrats believe, and we’re 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.

You know it’s predicted by some that our next president may have as many as three appointments to the Supreme Court. Now, if you weren’t convinced to vote for a Democrat before, I hope you are now. I will appoint justices who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, instead of every corporation’s right to buy elections. If necessary, I will work to pass a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision, and Citizens United. We democrats believe that no matter who you are, what you look like, what faith you practice, or who you love, America has a place for you. And you should have the same opportunity as anyone else to live up to your potential. So we have a great agenda. We know what it means to be a democrat, we’re going to fight back against those who will do, say, and spend, whatever it takes to turn our country and a very different direction.

Who watched the Republican debates the other night? Oh, you gluttons, for punishment, you. Fifteen candidates, five hours, not a single fighter for the middle class. The fact checkers are having a field day with their answers. Republican positions are not just factually inaccurate, they are deeply out of touch and out of date. Not one of them offered a credible plan to make college more affordable, or combat climate change. Did you hear anything about family leave or preschool? Or what about putting an end to the gun violence that plagues our communities, every single day? Not one of them is willing to say loudly and clearly, Black Lives Matter. Of course, no solutions for skyrocketing prescription drug costs, no ideas about how to raise incomes, no ideas at all when you stop to think about it. There was one statement I had to agree with. Hard to believe, right? As Lindsey Graham said, Hillary Clinton has a list a mile long to help the middle class.

He’s right about that, absolutely right about that. I do, it was the most honest thing anyone’s said that night. I’m going to keep adding to that list, keep fighting for the middle class, and keep showing that voters have a real choice in this election. Don’t be distracted by their flamboyant front-runner. Trying to bully and buy his way into the presidency. His latest outrage, the way he handled the question about President Obama, was shocking but not surprising. He’s been trafficking in prejudice and paranoia throughout this campaign. I got to tell you, if you look at the policies of the other republican candidates, they are just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair.

He says hateful things about immigrants, they don’t support a real path to citizenship. We need comprehensive reform, not demagoguery and deportations. We have heard Mr. Trump insult and demean women. By the way Donald, when you say you cherish women, that really doesn’t make it any better. Why don’t you stop cherishing women, and start respecting women. But let’s listen closely, he’s not the only one, all of the republican candidates want to defund Planned Parenthood. Many are willing to shut down our government to do it, no matter the consequences for our country. We are talking about a woman’s health service that provides half a million breast cancer exams every year. That’s what they want to stop.

Here in New Hampshire, you know about this, last month your Executive Council cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in this state. Well, actually three men on the Executive Council, voted to deny women access to health care across New Hampshire. I’d like them, along with the republican candidates, to meet the mom who caught her cancer early thanks to a screening. Or the teenager who avoided an unintended pregnancy, because she had access to birth control. Or the survivor of sexual assault who got emergency contraception. You know these extreme views might be right for the Republican primary, but they are dead wrong for America. Now, I know that when I talk like this, some of the republicans say I’m playing the gender card, well if calling for equal pay, and paid leave, and women’s health, is playing the gender card, deal me in. I’m going to keep fighting. I’m going to fight until every woman has the rights, the opportunities, and the respect she deserves. Until every little girl in America knows without a doubt she can grow up to be anything she wants, even President of the United States.

My friends, let’s go out and wage this campaign and elect Democrats at every level, let’s take back school boards, let’s take back legislature’s, 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. When you hear Mr. Trump saying he wants to make America great again, respond America is great. We just need to make it work for all the people in our country again.

So, I think we’re going to have a great campaign, it’s 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 that we do to really build a country where everybody has a place. Where there are no limits on what we can achieve when we put our common interest ahead of our self-interest, and our common sense ahead of nonsense. I am fighting for that America. I’m fighting for all Americans, not just some. For those struggling, the striving, and the successful. I’m fighting for everyone who’s ever been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out. I am fighting for you, Democrats, and New Hampshire and America. Let’s go out and make that future we want to see.

Thank you all, and God bless you.

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