hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's noon in des moines, iowa. 1:00 p.m. in washington, 8:00 nm aleppo, syria. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks for joining us. keeping an eye on two big stages, one in iowa, presidential candidate donald trump is set to speak literally at any moment. the other in philadelphia, where president barack obama hits the campaign trail this hour in support of his party's candidate, hillary clinton. all of this with just under 56 days to go until the u.s. presidential election. 13 days out from the first presidential debate. the two campaigns are in very
different footing right now. donald trump is on the offensive taking shots at hillary clinton over her calling half of his supporters, i'm quoting now, deplorables. that has become the nexus of his latest attacks. >> we have everybody supporting us, folks. everybody. we have people -- we have people that have been so successful. we have some that haven't quite been as successful. let me tell you, we have everybody, because everybody knows what a mess our country is in. she looks down on the people who cook her meals, drive her cars and dig the coal that power her electricity. >> on the other side, you have the clinton campaign right now hillary clinton is scheduled to get back into the campaign game by thursday, and a congressional hispanic caucus event here in washington. for now she's obeying her doctors' orders are getting some rest while she deals with a bout of pneumonia that has put
clinton and her campaign on the defense, spending the majority of their time explaining her illness and the reason her diagnosis wasn't revealed right away. >> i just didn't think it was going to be that big a deal. you know, i know chuck said today, he didn't tell anybody. it's just the kind of thing if it happen to you and your a busy, active person, you keep moving forward, and, you know, i think it's fair to say, anderson that people know more about me than almost anyone in public life. it's so strange that with all of that information out there, and as soon as it became clear i couldn't power through, we, you know, we said what was going on. >> i think everything's a campaign issue. i think her lifestyle and her underlying indicator from blood pressure to amount of exercise to everything else means it's almost certain she's in better health than her opponent, but we don't know, because he hasn't disclosed.
>> the clinton campaign is pushing for more transparency from donald trump, from medical records to tax records to charitable foundation records, but for donald trump, he's got his foot on the gas now full speed ahead with his attacks against hillary clinton. our national correspondent jason carroll is in iowa right now at the trump event. our white house correspondent michelle kaczynski is with the president in philadelphia for the clinton event later this hour. we'll have coverage of both. stand by for that. jason, should we expect donald trump to keep focusing in on that narrative and clinton's deplorables comment? >> reporter: without question, wolf. look, even before i walked into this venue i ran into a woman wearing an "i love deplorables" t-shirt. she made it herself. one of the speakers just up a short while ago reached out and said what a great looking group of deplorables, and the crowd erupted with applause. something, wolf, that touch add nerve with a number of trump supporters. the trump campaign knows that. trump criticized clinton for
this last night. he's going to do it again today when when he take as stage a few moments from now. expect more criticism. he says it's more evidence that hillary clinton is out of touch with working-class voters. so more criticism of clinton today. tonight, though, wolf, we should tell you, trump will be talking policy when he's in pennsylvania. he'll be unveiling his child care affordability plan, his daughter ivanka trump planning to join him. she's been actively involved in putting together this plan. so tonight it's going to be policy, but today here in iowa, it's going to be all that criticism and hillary clinton and that deplorables comment. wolf? >> we're told he'll hit the hillary clinton campaign very hard. michelle, you're there in philadelphia. the president of the united states is speaking later this hour there. we're told he'll be hitting donald trump pretty hard as well. what are you hearing about the tone, the substance of what the president will say? >> reporter: we know generally the president likes to stay out of the fray. he doesn't like to, even mention
his name, when out in a public event like this. he will refer, though, to the republican candidate. in a setting like this he likes to give these kinds of digs, sometimes using humor to get the crowd going. kind of like an aside. hint, hint, we all know who i'm talking about, right? it's a press conference setting he is asked questions directly about certain things donald trump has said that he gets more cutting. that he really gets critical. recently we heard him say that donald trump is not qualified to be president of the united states. and the president said he proves that every time he opens his mouth. i don't know he's going to be that critical here. i mean, at an event like this, where he has hundreds of people gathered, here in philadelphia, at the art museum, the steps, known as the rocky steps, e had likes to keep the tone positive. likes to boost hillary clinton. try to rev the base up, get people out to vote. that's really what the white house sees president obama's
number one goal being. not necessarily to try to win voters away from donald trump. i mean, look at this. obviously he's preaching to the choir, but they see him as motivating people to get the vote out. that's what's really going to be critical, of course in this tight race, wolf. >> this is the first time, michelle that the president has gone out on his own, solo, to campaign for hillary clinton, but what do we expect in the weeks to come between now and november 8th, the day of the election? >> reporter: i mean, we did expect to see more. remember a couple of months ago talking how president obama would likely be the most active president on the campaign trail in history, but we really haven't seen that. mainly because of his schedule. remember that first event planned with hillary clinton had to be postponed because of the orlando shootings. so some unforeseen events got in the way as well. that was such a difficult time that he had to focus on and kind of cool things off a little bit. and we saw him out with hillary in july and, of course, two months ago on the campaign trail
that seems like an eternity, but his schedule is still difficult this month. we just got back from a foreign trip. he has the u.n. general assembly coming up. it's really going to be october that we see him active. and we've seen reports out there and people speculating that he might spend virtually the entire month out on the trail. our sources say that's probably not going to be possible, for it to be that that extent, we surely can expect to see much, much more of him as soon as we see october, wolf. >> live coverage of his remarks coming up. michelle kaczynski, thank you. and jason carroll with donald trump expected to speak momentarily. thank you to you as well. trading blows over whose campaign is less transparent. in an interview with cnn's rndson cooper, hillary clinton tried to turntab the tables on trump. >> you've got a medical report on me that meets the same standard at mitt romney and
barack obama. donald trump's doctor said he'd be the healthiest president in history. that's just not even serious. and i've released nearly 40 years of tax returns. he hasn't released one. this is a man with unknown numbers of partners and investors who says he's doing 120 foreign deals. the american people deserve to know what he's up to and what he is hiding. >> let's bring in our panel, our senior political reporter with us, "time" magazine political reporter zeke miller and "washington post" reporter ed o'keefe. thanks for joining us. is this an effective strategy we saw her display last night in the phone interview with anderson cooper? >> i think so. we obviously know she has transparency problems and they show up in trustworthy numbers, in this episode with the health issue magnified nap in turns the tables on donald trump she has to make sure he's getting
questions about his tax returns, the clinton foundation. the clinton campaign pushed this idea long ago that donald trump doesn't have, isn't judged by the same standards. right? that he gets a pass on many of these things. the press sometimes let's him get a pass. so i think in trying to turn the conversation to donald trump, it is affected, and we've seen donald trump trying to do the same thing with her. i think it also waters down his key argument about her which is that she's the one who's got something to hide, she's the one looking in transparency. i think we'll continue to see her do that and donald trump. >> he's under a lot of pressure, zeke to release his tax returns. says he can't do that because he's still under irs audit. earlier this morning on cnn's "new day" alison cam wrought k camerota said -- >> are you calling him a liar? >> taking his word for. >> it and taking hillary
clinton's word she was overheated and didn't have pneumonia or is going to be aspirational, uplifting, start talking to the press. seriously, we're running against a clinton and going to challenge someone's veracity? >> that was campaign manager kellyanne conway basically saying he's under audit. are you calling him a liar, if you want proof. this is a sensitive issue for both of these campaigns but hillary clinton released 20 years of her irs returns. >> a lot of place, it's been a race to the bot whum it comes to press access, transparency, voluntary disclosure of any sort of information. for instance, the basket of deplorables comment at a fund-raiser hillary clinton had. traditionally these, speaking of breaking with the president from mitt romney and president obama, hillary clinton generally doesn't allow press in her fund-raisers. in terms of getting information out to the press in a timely manner, sunday morning, the health episode, she waited a while before telling the press about it. donald trump and tax returns, yes, asking people to trust him,
and yes, he does get a business of a pass, mostly from voters, not the press. we're talking about this now. his voters right now don't care he's not releasing tax returns. >> the president of the united states arriving in philadelphia, just moments ago. he'll speak shortly, later this hour, in philadelphia to campaign rally in support of hillary clinton. ed, is there any indication at all you covered this very well, that donald trump is going to release at least some aspects of his tax returns? eastern the years that are, that already have been audited? up to 2008. he could release those. he could also just release the percentage of tax he paid the charitiability contributions he made. he could release that kind of information without jeopardizing his audit? >> i'd say the "washington post" has been looking at this specifically, my colleague would be thrilled to see all that information, because it's led to reams of reporting that include no comment from the campaign, and thus leaves all of these questions open.
he absolutely could, and medical information as well. the excuse of, we, i may not have given anything, but he's worse. sorry. everyone at this table, everyone in this building and every news organization should be furious with both of these campaigns for being so secretive, frankly, about this stuff, and it was encouraging to see the clinton campaign admit over the weekend perhaps they stumbled a bit informing us's all of these things but no excuse. this person wants to be the most powerful person in the world. voters traditionally want this. supporter upset with us about that, well, it's because we've been doing it on think behalf these years and expect it this time as well. >> remember in 2008, john mccain, 70, 71 years old released everything and invited medical correspondents like our own dr. sanjay gupta to spend hours going through all the records and speaking to the physicians who treated him. >> that's right. i don't think we'll necessarily see that this time. although joe biden seemed to
suggest maybe we'll hear from hillary clinton's doctor on thursday. i guess we'll hear dr. oz interview donald trump about hif an interview and veneer of access, but -- >> won't ask tough questions. >> right. and dr. oz has his own issues with credibility. you know, eve fln 2008, look back at that campaign, barack obama only released very minimal amount about his, you know, health records, in 2012. mitt romney, same thing. basically a single page, a physical kind of cholesterol numbers. so, you know, that's in some ways what hillary clinton is doing this time as well. >> he did say yesterday, donald trump, zeke, he had a complete physical checkup last week and would release the numbers later this week. i assume you refer, release them on the dr. oz show? >> said he'd turn them over to dr. oz. dr. oz did an interview this morning saying he wouldn't ask
tough questions of mr. trump. interesting. see if he releases, that releases anymore detail than the one we got last year which was that comical two paragraph statement from his doctor that he then said was written from the back of a limousine that didn't reveal much ash the candidate's health other than a doctor we don't know have us take his word for it. >> releasing your medical records to dr. oz is like releasing your tax returns to drew carey on "the price is right." ridiculous. if you want to do it allow all the american public to look at this to whatever extent, release it on the website. be transparent. anything short, i don't understand in this day and age when so. information is out there about everybody else, we can't learn more about them. what are they hiding? >> i had a chance to interview the vice president running mate mike pence in "the situation room" last night and i asked about what hillary clinton's been talking about this basket of deplorables, if you will, and we had this exchange. let me play it.
>> i'm not really sure why the media keeps dropping david duke's name. donald trump has denounced david duke repeatedly. we don't want his support and we don't want the support of people who think like him. >> you call him deplorable? >> i'm not in the name-calling business, wolf. you know me better than that. >> this morning asked to follow-up up on capitol hill. he said david duke was bad guy but wasn't going to get into the name-calling again. >> yeah. calling him a bad guy, but a form of name-calling? they don't want to give up this talking point of deplorable. the trump campaign. you'll see i think trump talk about it today. and you see them releasing ads on it. he doesn't want to use that phrase, deplorable, that word deplorable, to describe david duke, because they like this talking point. they think it does them good, energizing supporters and there's proof it energizing trump supporters as well as hillary clinton supporters. >> talk about name ca-calling, lot more believable if donald
trump campaign didn't come up with crooked hillary. and his campaign, name-calling. a lot more defensible on mike pence's part. >> a lot of name-calling. >> there has, and this deplorable enters a vernacular and you didn't do that with joe the plumber, drill, baby drill. to be clear, the republican party, reince priebus on down, not supporting david duke's candidacy. not running for the senate and made it clear. >> clear that mike pence, denounced david duke. >> right. >> didn't want anything to do with him, didn't want supporters in all that but getting heat because he didn't say deplorable -- >> wouldn't use the d word. >> a word hillary clinton came up with and don't want to give it credibility. could have come up with another. that's the way it goes right now. don't go anywhere. vice president candidate mike pence was up on capitol hill today defending his decision not
to call david duke deplorable. more on that, and meeting with one of donald trump's biggest rivals. meeting with ted cruz. details, fascinating information, and trump says he's given tens of millions of dollars to charity over the years. see far provided no proof. we'll take a closer look into the details of the trump charitable foundation. that's coming up. thritis, and you're talking to your doctor about your medication... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me go further. humira works for many adults. it targets and helps to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to ra symptoms. humira has been clinically studied for over 18 years. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened, as have blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure.
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hour as well. he arrived a little while ago aboard air force one and then went out to the crowds there. near the tarmac. reading something with folks, getting ready for his speech in support of hillary clinton. trump's running mate, mike pence, meanwhile, spent the morning meeting with republican lawmakers up on capitol hill. among those on thelet the texas republican senator former trump rival ted cruz. let's bring in our senior political reporter manu raju up on capitol hill. interesting, we remember the ted cruz, he had a platform at the republican convention in cleveland. spoke there. but pointedly did not endorse donald trump. what do we know about what happened today? >> reporter: we don't know yet whether or not ted cruz will actually endorse donald trump before november. we know that mike pence and ted cruz have a pretty good relationship. mike pence endorsing ted cruz in that ind republican primary. so clearly they have some -- some friendship they can rely on and having this discussion going
forward, but both camps actually realizing that it would be beneficial to come to terms. why? because on the donald trump side of the equation, mike pence is here to help unite the party, and donald trump still having a hard time bringing a lot of his party behind him, particularly folks on capitol hill, people who supported other presidential candidates, people who frankly don't like the way that his campaign has been run. mike pence trying to deal with that. getting ted cruz onboard would help in that regard. also on ted cruz' side, wolf, he may have a primary challenge in his senate race in 2018 and his speech at the convention angered a lot of donald trump supporters, perhaps if he were to do a little more to help donald trump, maybe that would eleerch yate that tension heading into a possible primary challenge himself in 2018. so both sides seeing political benefit, could, and we'll see what happens when we talk to them. >> and republican leaders, including the speaker of the house, paul ryan, and remerged
at a news conference. you were there. how did that go? >> reporter: asked about the issue whether or not he considers david duke deplorable. you had asked him about that yesterday, wolf, and he sidestep ed that question i don't get into name-calling. mike pence, of course. today asked whether or not he would amend that statement, whether or not he actually believes david duke, the former kkk leader is deplorable. here's what he had to say. >> donald trump and i have denounced david duke repeatedly. we have said that we do not want his support, and we do not want the support of people who think like him. and yesterday i was, i was asked a question about that, and i repeated that again. and -- the simple fact is that i'm not in the name-calling business. my colleagues in the house of representatives know that i believe that civility is essential in a vibrant democracy and it's just never been my practice.
>> so democrats jumping all over mike pence saying he should have called david duke deplorable. so this debate over the basket of deplorables, that comment that hillary clinton made on friday, still playing out, probably not going away anytime soon, wolf. >> also up on capitol hill, very interesting. i was watching some of the coverage. the house oversight committee holding a hearing on hillary clinton's private e-mail server. tell us about this, because those who showed up to testify, it was pretty fascinating. >> reporter: yes. you know, you emphasize those who showed up. bryan pagliano, one of the two who set up that private e-mail server did not show up even though served with a subpoena prompting a bitter back and forth between the republicans and the democrats on that committee about whether or not he should have showed up to the hearing. another man, justin cooper, a former bill clinton aide who helped set up that private e-mail server was asked a bunch of questions about what he knew about setting up this server. he said he was not a technical
expert. so didn't get into a lot of details for these members, but also saying that he did not have a security clearance while he set up this server. so this is going to just add fuel to the fire of that debate over clinton's e-mail server and republicans will go after mr. pagliano for not showing up at today's hearing, wolf. >> this investigation will go on and on and on, i suspect even if hillary clinton is electsed in november, the investigations on the hill will continue to go forward. manu, thanks very much. manu raju reporting from capitol hill. coming up, hillary clinton once again calling on donald trump to release his tax returns. this is new questions arising about trump's charitable contributions. we'll discuss it with a senior adviser to his campaign, jack kingston. you see him standing by live. we'll take a quick break. we'll be right back.
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behalf of hillary clinton, the democratic nominee. coverage of that as well. stand by. new questions asked about the donald john trump foundation. questions about the size of the foundation, where its money has come from and how much donald trump has personally donated to that charitable foundation. answers that could be found in trump's tax returns if he were to release them. he has not released them pending an irs audit. our senior investigative correspondent drew griffin joins us from new york right now. what are we learning today about this charitable foundation, drew? >> reporter: first, the charitable foundation unlike donald trump does have to release his taxes, wolf. where we're getting this information, from the trump foundation's open tax records. what they show, donald trump hasn't given any of his own money to this foundation that bears his name since his last doan asi donation in 2008. before that, gave more than $2.7 million of his own money from
2001 to 2008. where does the money come from currently? well, his foundation gets money from many different places. but what's interesting is just how little of it there is, wolf. just $1.3 million in the latest tax returns. he's gotten money from nbc. the company gave him $500,000 back in 2012. a year earlier, comedy central donated $400,000 to the trump foundation. and in 2009, world wrestling entertainment gave $1 million. all of these, of course, entities that had business with him. in many cases if not all the recent ones, though, he simply takes this money, wolf, donated to his foundation, puts his name on it and gives it to people. so he uses other people's money to make these donations. >> who are they giving the money to? >> it's pretty wide. the trump foundation, not very specific. it's even given money to the clinton foundation, which has been reported, but also
$100,000, for instance, to citizens united foundation. that's the conservative political group whose plareside has just joined trump's campaign. for two years the trump foundation gave lib really to the palm beach police foundation. the group holds its policemen's ball at the maralago every winter. but get this, actually charged the politician foundation for using the ballroom. not a small amount either. foundation tax records show it paid you trump more than $500,000 over the course of two years for two of the balls held there. >> and mike pence, donald trump's running mate said something we've heard before. that trump has given tens of millions of dollars to various charitable causing. is there any backup you've discovered? any backup for that? >> reporter: no, there's not, and we have been asking for quite a long time. this goes back months and months. the trump campaign insists that a lot of this negative reporting about the trump foundation is just inaccurate.
the statement they center last night reiterates that, and reiterates that mike pence said. mr. trump donated tens of millions both through this foundation and otherwise. in addition it says friends of mr. trump have generously donated to his foundation. statement points out trump doesn't get paid. and that trump additionally makes regular personal contributions to charities and causes of his choosing outside of the foundation. here's the problem. we can't really find much proof of that. now, to be absolutely fair, wolf, donald trump did give $1 million to the marine corps law enforcement foundation earlier this year. a veterans-related group. he also just did give $100,000 to a church in the hard-hit flood region of baton rouge, but tens of millions of dollars, we just don't see any proof, wolf. >> those contributions came from his personal account rather than that charitable foundation, the donald j. trump foundation.
is that right? >> reporter: absolutely right. first involved the vet charity event in iowa. a lot of reporting pressure on him to tell us where that money came from and verified $1 million came from him and just did get off the phone with the church down in baton rouge, louisiana, that said they indeed got a $100,000 check from donald trump. not the foundation. >> interesting. thank you drew, for that are the roing. for more on the questions about donald trump's charitable giving and other issues in the president's race we bring in a senior adviser to the trump campaign. former georgia republican congressman jack kingston joining us from new york. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> great to be with you. >> you want to react to what we just heard from drew, in that reporting? it's very similar to what the "washington post" has been reporting as well, and they've done a thorough investigation of his charitable contributions over the years. >> well, a couple of things, wolf. number one, drew did say that donald trump has given to his foundation, and he has given
money outside of the foundation, and those numbers are extremely high. i'm going out of memory here, but you may remember that when joe biden and barack obama disclosed what they had given to charity in 2008, i think biden had only given something like $300. i'm not saying that is a fact right now, but my recollection. you may remember. it might be interesting to see how they donated to charity, but the other thing is, in terms of disclosing what he has given, he's abided by the law. he has given millions of dollars to causes, and he is required by law to get income from other sources, because the trump foundation is a public charity, and that's a legal requirement, that they have, but in terms of where the money comes from, and where is it going, we would lay down the trump foundation against the clinton foundation any day, because we're all
scratching our head about the clinton foundation. i'm not saying sarcastically, maybe donald trump's spouse should be secretary of state and the money should pour in from foreign countries, got goodness sakes, this is a private citizen and his charity and i don't think he's trying to claim anything on it. this is something, you know, is more media driven than him making claims that vote for me because i've got the greatest charity in the world. >> i just want to point out in 2008, joe biden was a u.s. senator. barack obama was a u.s. senator. and their incomes were obviously significant, under $200,000 a year as a u.s. senator, but certainly neither one of them were billionaires. donald trump says he's worth $10 billion, as you know. so somebody worth that much money should obviously be giving some of that money, a significant chunk of that money to charities. right? >> well, and i think he has done that and why charities pay close attention to donald trump and
they like him, but point is, he still has given millions what drew has said, not just me, not just the trump folks, but he has given millions to charities and he's going to continue to do so. he likes to support a lot of causes which is what drew also reported. i think that's very interesting, but again, he's not saying that's the reason to vote for him. donald trump's talking about the economy, about national security. tonight he's talking about child care. he's also talking last week about education. so he's continuing to talk about the issues which people who are under-employed, looking for opportunities, they want to hear, and i think some of this, wolf, sort of tends to be a side show. >> i know that mike pence, your vice presidential running mate, he just released ten years of his tax returns. hillary clinton i think has released 20 or 30 years of her tax returns. donald trump hasn't released any of his tax returns. do you think -- he says it's
because, since 2008, he's been under audit, but he could release some numbers. wouldn't it be wise, given the fact the polls show a combined 62% of voters say it would be very important, or somewhat important, for the presidential candidate to release -- would it be wise to release at least some of the numbers what percentage he was paying for taxes, how much charitable contribution he gave? that kind of basic ninformation? that wouldn't violate audit rules if will you? >> well, had e did disclose in may his financial disclosure which i believe -- >> that didn't show what percentage of tax returns, how much charitable contributions he was donating. >> well, but two points. it's 104-page report. so it does go into some details in his finances, but the second thing, remember, you actually had an attorney on cnn from steptoe and johnson, a tax return, who said if he was my client or under counsel, saying, don't disclose your tax returns
during an audit, then i think that's what his situation is. he can't do it under advice of counsel right now. >> congressman, stand by. you can see the president of the united states approaching the microphone. there he's in philadelphia. firsto trip in support of hillary clinton. he's working the crowd a little bit. live coverage of the president, anxious to hear what he says about -- obviously praising hillary clinton and also presumably make some attacks against donald trump, the republican presidential nominee. i want viewers to stay with us. also standing by, donald trump is getting ready to speak in iowa. we'll show that as well. let's listen in for the president right now. >> hello, philly! [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting "obama" ]
hello, philadelphia! oh, it is good to be back in philly! can everybody, please, give patrick a big round of applause noor great introduction? [ cheers and applause ] ah! it is -- it is good -- it is good to be back on the campaign trail. now, now, i understand i am not -- i know i'm not the first person from the white house to come to philly this week. some of you may have seen joe biden at the eagles' game. [ cheers ] he told me barack, you've got to
get on the wentz wagon. a new quarterback. hope in philly. i had to explain, joe, i am a bears' fan. and we play philly next monday night. so i've got to stick with my team, but i am going to go to philly and scout out what all the fuss is about. i -- i also am here because you've got some of the best public servants in america. they work their heart out every day for you. you got favorite son into addition to joe biden, senator bob casey. one of the best senators, and outstanding governor, tom wolfe is here. your wonderful mayor, jim kenny is here. one of your outstanding members of the house of representatives, bob brady is in the house.
your candidate for the united states senate, this is a special woman. she's going to do a great job, katie mcginty is here. and your candidate for attorney general, an old friend of mine, somebody who was with me early, early, early on, josh shapiro. give josh a big round of applause. now, i love you, too. [ cheers and applause ] but i've got to -- we got to -- we got some business to do here, so -- we got some business to do. this will be -- this -- this is going to be one of the last times i visit philly as president. and so, so my first order of business is to say, thank you. for all the support you've given me all of these years. [ cheers ] and i -- and i've got, i've got incredible memories here in
philly. most recently at the democratic national convention. and i could not be prouder of the leader that we have nominated to take my place. so even though i've run my last campaign, i am going to work as hard as i can this fall to elect hillary clinton as our next president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting "hillary" ] >> now -- you know, in election season you will often hear crazy stuff. but i've got to say, this year we've been hearing a little more crazier than usual.
having said that, after almost two terms as your president, i am -- i am here to tell you i am more optimistic about our future than i have ever been. look -- because -- because i've seen in america that for all the challenges, for all the noise of the politics, still has the capacity to come together and do great things. you think about it. we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years. we turned around a declining economy. we helped our auto industry set new records. our businesses created 15 million new jobs. slashed our dependence on foreign oil. doubled our production of clean energy. made equality in all 50 states. [ cheers ] we brought more of our troops home to their families. we delivered justice to osama
bin laden. through diplomacy rather than war we shut down iran's nuclear program. opened up a new chapter with the people of cuba. brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids and our grandkids. that's what we've done. [ cheers and applause ] by so many measures, america is stronger and more prosperous than when we started out on this journey together. in fact, some of you may have saw, there was a -- a new report out just today showing that last year across every age, every race in america, incomes rose and the poverty rate fell. [ cheers and applause ] in fact -- the typical household income of
americans rose by $2,800, which is the single biggest one-year increase on record. we lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty. that's the largest one-year drop in poverty since 1968. [ cheers and applause ] the uninsured rate is the lowest it has been since they kept records. the pay gap between men and women shrank to the lowest level ever. [ applause ] so -- so, now, let's face it. republicans don't like to hear good news right now. but it's important. just to understand this is a big deal. more americans are working. more have health insurance. incomes are rising. poverty is falling.
and gas is $2 a gallon. [ cheers and applause ] i didn't even -- i -- thank you for reminding me. thanks, obama. yes. so the sets thteps we have beeng over these years are paying off. we've shown that progress is possible, and, of course, none of this was easy. we knew all along that change wasn't going to be quick. we knew that we wouldn't meet all of our challenges in one term or even in one presidency. but we're lehere today, becausee know we have more work to do for every worker who still needs a good job. for every worker who still needs a raise, or a decent retirement.
for every child who still needs a world-class education, or ladder out of poverty, for every family, who hasn't felt progress, we've got more work to do. we know that. and the choice that you make, that we make, just eight weeks from today will determine the direction of this country for a long time. and -- and i've already said this. this is not a choice. this is not the usual choice between parties and policies and left and right. this is more fundamental. this is a fundamental choice about who we are as a people. this is a choice about the very meaning of america. [ cheers and applause ] you know, democrats and republicans, we've always had our differences. there's nothing wrong with that. that's how the country moves forward. right? we have debates. different ideas. compete. we see what's going to make us
work. but in this election, this isn't abraham lincoln's republican party. this isn't even the vision of freedom that ronald reagan talked about. this is a dark, pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, we turn away from the rest of the world. they're not offering serious solutions. they're just fanning resentment and blame and anger and hate. and that is not the america we know. that's not the america i know. [ cheers and applause ] the america i know is full of courage and optimism and generosity and ingenuity and innovation. yes, we've got real concerns, we worry about paying the bills, we
worry about protecting our kids, we worry about caring for a sick parent. lord knows we get frustrated about washington and all the gridlock. we worry about racial division. there are pockets of america that never fully recover from the factories closing down, parents worrying about whether their kids will have the same opportunities they had. but, look, i've travelled in every state. and i've seen more than anything everything that is good and right about america. [ cheers and applause ] i see people working hard. i see folks starting businesses. i see teachers digging in their own pockets to buy school materials and teaching kids just because they love kids. [ cheers and applause ] i see men and women in uniform serving their country, making incredible sacrifices. i see engineers inventing new stuff and doctors coming up with
new cures and most of all i see this younger generation that is so full of energy and ideas that aren't going to be hold back by old ideas. imagine what can be instead of just what is. and i see americans of every party, every background, every faith who ultimately believe we're stronger together. all of us, young, old, men, women, black, white, latino, asian, native american, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance to the same proud flag. that is the america i know. that's the america you know and believe in. and there's just one candidate in this race who's devoted her life to building that america. [ cheers and applause ] a mother and a grandmother who would do anything to help our children do better.
a leader who's got real plans to break down barriers and blast through glass ceilings. widen opportunity for every single american, the next president of the united states of america, hillary clinton. [ crowd chanting "hillary" ] now can i just say i am really into electing hillary clinton. [ cheers and applause ] this is not me going through the motions here. i really, really, really want too elect hillary clinton. [ cheers and applause ] and sometimes, folks, you know, they're kind of surprised by that because they remember, man, you guys had a tough fight eight
years ago. and it was tough because hillary's tu. every time i thought i had that race won. i was like going up "rocky" steps. i was about to celebrate and i look and she's right there. and i got whooped here in pennsylvania. she whooped me. now you did make it up to me in november when i won. but i had seen what she could accomplish. i had seen how smart and savvy and tough she was so i asked her, i said, join my team. and she wasn't sure about it at first. but she ultimately knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. that's the kind of patriot she is. and so for four years i had a front row seat. i watched her intelligence, i watched her judgment, i watched her discipline, i saw her in the
situation room where she argued in favor of the mission for bin laden. [ cheers and applause ] i watched her pursue diplomacy to open up new partnerships to help promote democracy, to help reduce the nuclear threat and she worked hard tirelessly flying around the world again and again. i don't know how many times she lapped the world but she went around a long time. [ laughter ] because she had never forgotten what she was fighting for. to make sure every child has the same opportunity as her granddaughter and her daughters and your kids. and if there's one thing i can tell you, philadelphia nobody fully understands the demands of my job, this job of the president, until you sit behind that desk. look, i didn't understand it before i had the job. you think you do.
[ crowd chanting "thank you" ] hold on, appreciate that. but i'm not going yet, so save the thank yous. [ laughter ] i'm not finished yet. i've got a few more months. [ cheers and applause ] what you're coming to realize when you're in this job is anybody can pop off, everybody can fire off a tweet, everybody's a critic, but that doesn't mean you know what it's like to manage a global crisis. you don't know what it's like to send a group or young people to war knowing some won't come back. but the closest you can come to understanding what it's like is to be where hillary's been.
to be part of that decision. she knows what it means for working families and senior citizens and small business owners and soldiers and veterans when we make policy in the white house. and in the middle of crisis she'll listen to people and keep her cool and she treats everybody with respect and no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how many times people knock her down and mess with her, she does not quit. she doesn't quit. she doesn't quit. that's the hillary that i know and that'sbly i wa why i want tr elected. that's the hillary i admire. i believe there has never been a man or woman more qualified than hillary clinton to serve as our president [ cheers and applause ] .
now hillary has plans to help workers share in their companies profits, things she's heard about from you. to help put kids in pre-school so they get a good start. and to put students through college without taking on a mountain of debt. [ cheers and applause ] i know that these days in campaigns sometimes the plans get ignored but they're there and they make sense and they add up and then there's the other guy. [ laughter ] donald trump. [ boos ] don't boo. vote. don't boo, vote. booing is easy. i need you to vote. look, let's talk about mr. trump. [ laughter ] he's not really a plans guy, a
fact guy. he calls himself a business guy. but america's got a lot of businessmen and women who succeeded without hiding their tax returns or leaving a trail of lawsuits or workers who didn't get paid. is people feeling like they got cheated. look, i keep on reading this analysis that, well, you know, trump has support from, like, working folks. really? like, this is the guy you want to be championing working people? this guy who spent 70 years on this earth showing no concern for working people. this guy is suddenly going to be your champion? i mean, he spent most of his life trying to stay as far away
from working people as he could. and now this guy's going to be the champion of working people? i mean, he wasn't going to let you on his golf course. [ laughter ] he wasn't going to let you buy in his condo. and now suddenly this guy cease going to be your champion? sko so if y-- so if you oppose raising the minimum wage you should vote for trump. you should also vote for pat toomey. a trump/toomey economy will be right up your ally. but if you are concerned about paying your bills, growing the economy, creating opportunity for everybody, keeping the trend of rising incomes going and rising wages going. and uninsured going down and poverty going down, if that's what you're looking for this shouldn't even be close. if you want higher