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this isn't just another campaign stop. this is the first time trump will be speaking live since a slew of new allegations have surfaced against him overnight. will he address the wave of brand-new allegations of unwanted kissing, unwanted touching and groping that have come out against him? donald trump started the morning off already taking to twitter to defend himself. here's one tweet. help sa he said this, a total fabrication written by the same people as the last discredited story on women. watch. he says. two women did speak to "the new york times" on the record. cnn has not been able to independently verify their accounts, we do want to say. one woman was a 22-year-old receptionist in trump tower in 2005 when she says donald trump kissed her without permission. the other women, jessica leeds, she says donald trump assault heard on a plane more than 30 years ago. listen to her account. >> it was a real shock when all a sudden his hands were all over me. he started encroaching on my space. and i hesitate to use this
expression but i'm going to. and that is he was like an octopus. it was like he had six arms. he was all over the place. if he had stuck with the upper part of the body, i might not have gotten -- i might not have gotten that upset. but it's when he started putting his hand up my skirt and that was it. >> all right, that is not all. a writer for "people" magazine says that trump pushed her up against a wall and kissed her when she was at an assignment at his palm beach estate in 2005. she was writing a story of the one-year anniversary between donald trump and melania. donald trump responded to this charge this morning on twitter. he wrote, why did the writer of the 12-year-old article in "people" magazine mention the incident in her story because it did not happen, donald trump says. let's go straight now to cnn's jim acosta. he is live in west palm beach where we will hear from donald
trump out loud very shortly. jim what do we expect to hear? >> you know, i think that is the question, john. i can tell you from talking to people inside the trump campaign, i talked to a trump campaign official earlier this morning who say they plan on fighting fire with fire. they plan on responding to these latest allegations against donald trump by essentially having more bill clinton accusers come forward. so that is something we can expect to see in the days to come. not necessarily today according to this official but in the days to come. and as you pointed out in those tweets, donald trump is not backing away. he is refusing these charges, saying plainly they are not true. we saw as much in that statement from the campaign overnight. when they demanded that "the new york times" retract that article with the threat of a lawsuit. and of course that statement they released yesterday evening saying that these accounts in "the new york times" are fiction. but what we can tell you, if past is prologue, john and kate, in terms of donald trump coming
out here in front of this rally to talk to these supporters about all this, my guess is he won't. we'll have to wait and see of course. he tends to go to and seek out refuge with conservative media outlets when he wants to talk about these sorts of things and defend himself. and my expectation is that at some point in time, he will do that. i will tell you, though, that ever since a few days ago when donald trump said he was unshackleled, after house speaker paul ryan said that he was no longer going to defend trump, the gop nominee has been just that, unshackled, saying yesterday hillary clinton should go to jail, accusing paul ryan of being part of some sinister deal to stop him from becoming president. so my guess is we will hear more of that when donald trump comes out here in a few moments. just one last thing, we have not noticed a drop-off in terms of the enthusiasm coming from his supporters at these campaign events. i was at one in lakeland and
they are just as revved up as donald trump supporters have been all along. the only noticeable difference is we're getting closer to this election and these are desperate times for this campaign. is that many of these supporters are venting their frustrations at us media because they just don't like the news coverage. they don't like the stories they're seeing right now about their candidate. john and kate. >> we've seen that in many ways. it's unfortunate. thank you very much for your reporting. we enjoy what you have to say. thanks, jim. in response to the allegations reported by "the new york times," trump's legal team is threatening a lawsuit and demanding a full retraction of the story, writing, your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se. it is apart from, among other things, the timing of the article, it is nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat mr. trump's candidacy. >> paul callan, former professor of media law at seton hall
university. and brian stelter, host of cnn's "reliable sources." brian, first to you, because we'll get to the lawsuit, you have information about "the new york times" and this back and forth and also to jim acosta's point when we could hear from donald trump. >> that's right, donald trump had one interview scheduled today with his friend sean hannity, one of his favorite interviewers over at fox news. trump backing out of the interview. hannity will still be interviewing four clinton critics tonight. women who accuse bill clinton of various sexual abuses. but donald trump won't. this raises the prospect of trump doing no interviews even with his friend at fox news. >> more of a campaign appearance. >> right, but even that is now -- >> you have some word on "the new york times." >> "the times" is working on a response to what you just read there about the retraction. cleerply, clearly, "the times" is not retracting the story. they're standing by it.
what's going on behind the scenes there, today happened to be the one time of the year where the chief lawyer comes down to the newsroom for an annual education system with how the law works. he just had to cancel that. he's a little busy. >> paul callan, exactly to this point, donald trump is threatening legal action. what legal action, what's the ramifications, what do you see here? >> well, this is the media lesson that he is probably going to give the staff at "the new york times." >> on a different day. >> exactly. it is that a public figure like donald trump, like a politician, can only sue somebody else for defaming them for, you know, hurting their reputation in a serious way if they can prove actual malice. now, for normal people, who aren't well known, who aren't public figures, they just have to go into court and prove a lie was said about them and that it hurt their reputation. if you're "the new york times," being sued, you've got to prove that the "times" deliberately lied or acted with a reckless
indifference to journalistic standards in the way they handled the story and went forward and published it. it's a very difficult standard to meet. >> it's very hard when you have two women on the record, one of whom made an on camera video, right there. they have these women saying it. so "the new york times," you know, they have to have a reason to believe they were flat out lying to put them in any kind of legal jeopardy. to be clear, everyone's been saying overnight donald trump's threatening legal action. there's that letter from the lawyer there. that's not a lawsuit. i mean that letter is about as far from a lawsuit as you can get. there are no facts stated there. it's just a threat that seems to be the purpose to intimidate. >> he regularly threatens people with lawsuits. but let me tell you something, you sue "the new york times" for defamation, you're going to create a monstrous battle that will lead to discovery and a lot of embarrassing things coming out. i think you may see a lawsuit. trump could sue the alleged victims who say they were molested by him because they'd
have to lawyer up and endure a lot of expenses and maybe if nobody's picking up the tab for their legal expense, but we don't know, maybe somebody is, that would be a reason for them to walk away from the lawsuit. it might be done as a harassing tactic to get them to walk away -- >> but discovery, that would mean donald trump would have to face questions about what? >> well, he'd have to face questions about his prior sexual history. he would have to face questions about other women who may have made claims that haven't come publicly forward. that the lawyers will find out about in discovery. i will caution, it's highly unlikely any discovery would take place in a civil case before the election. most of this would happen after november. so i don't think that's realistic threat. >> we're keeping an eye on this box in the bottom of your screen, that is where donald trump will be taking to the stage very shortly, waiting to hear, as jim acosta said, we don't know what donald trump will say. when have we ever. so we're going to wait and see
about that. it is an important day in his campaign to hear what he has to say. let us discuss. cnn political commentator kevin madden, former senior adviser to mitt romney's presidential campaign, a partner at hamilton play strategies. cnn's chief political correspondent gloria borger. and correspondent for the christian broadcasting network david brody. gloria, what do you make of this moment? we're waiting for trump to take the stage right now. >> well, we've heard him tweet about -- we read his tweets about these charges that came out overnight. we haven't heard him speak about it. and the question that i have is how directly is he going to address it and how directly then is he going to start deflecting all of this to bill clinton. we've heard from jim acosta they're going to start making charges about bill clinton. one would presume also hillary clinton. i presume also wikileaks and john po des ta's e-mail.
i think this is -- the hints have been, and they've been strong hints, that what we're going to see for the next month is really a scorched earth strategy. his supporters, as you've heard, are not running away from donald trump. so if he is out there, what he is trying to do is get his base ginned up so they go out and vote. and the trump campaign believes they've got a lot of supporters that we're not counting out there. that could potentially get them over the line. i do not think that is the case. given his huge gender gap. problems right now. but what they're trying to do is gin up the base and get those -- get those voters out there. so that's what i think we'll be seeing from him today. >> so, kevin madden, the risks of scorched earth, explain. >> well, scorched earth is not a strategy. scorched earth is a reflex.
and the idea that -- >> it's like acid reflux, there's a pill for that? >> it is, and the other thing is the idea there's a lot of voters out there we're not counting in you can win just by appealing to your base is also -- is just hoping and hope is not a strategy. the way to win this race right now is to win undecided voters. it's to bring together a larger republican base that would -- where essentially donald trump would be getting 90% of republican voters. that way, he can go out and get a lot of undecided voters and potentially be competitive. the problem with the scorched earth approach is he's actually going to lose a whole bunch of republicans and he's probably only going to get 75% to 80% of it and then he's going to turn often so many suburban women, independent voters and suburbs all around the country. and that is -- it just doesn't add up for him as a strategy. >> that's the math. math is tough for donald trump
right now, david. one thing we've also seen is the unconventional donald trump. you've said this, things have piled up on trump before. and he has shown the ability to survive. largely because of his base of support. it does not -- the sequence of events does not change their opinion of the candidate. when does it become too much though? at some point? or do you think this could be, yet again, things pile up and donald trump can weather the storm? >> well, i guess we'll find out. october has quite a few surprises. maybe at some point, how much water can be in the boat before the whole thing tips over. honestly, you can make the argument that donald trump has everybody right where he wants them. he is a counterpuncher. he's a fighter. he's a street brawler. and here we go. i know scorched earth isn't necessarily a strategy, but what strategy do you have at this point. i mean, if all a sudden he's going to be mr. presidential teleprompter donald trump, into
the squishy middle, that ain't gonna work. so basically you have a double-down here and honestly, kate and john, i got to tell you, he has an argument to be made about the mainstream media. i know a lot of folks in the mainstream media will disagree. but there are voters out there, and i'm not just talking about donald trump rabid fans shouting at cnn and other outlets but he can make an argument to say, well, isn't this interesting, in october, how "the washington post," then "the new york times," and you can go on down the list, and it comes out three weeks before the election, there is a element to that where donald trump can play very well in his base and the question becomes how much the base can get out. there was a democrat strategist i was talking to privately said he is extremely worried, democratic strategist here, extremely worried about the silent majority that is out there that is not out there in the polls, that we haven't seen so far. >> no, not out there in the polls. i want to get to one last thing. we are also waiting. we're waiting on donald trump
who's speaking in florida. you're looking at live pictures of that. we're also waiting on an event in new hampshire. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, is getting ready to speak up there. we're going to keep our eye on that speech as well. because she has dealt a little bit with this notion that david brody was just talking about, the scorched earth that donald trump may level new charges. she has said, if they go low, we'll go high. is she the very messenger that the team clinton wants out there today? >> i think so. i think -- i think we saw in the last debate hillary clinton decided not to address any of the charges. that donald trump leveled against her husband in the press conference just an hour before the debate. and i think that in terms of appealing to women and those suburban women that kevin madden is talking about. i think that michelle obama is a great messenger. i think what she's going to try and do, because they understand that the trump base is going to
get energized by what is occurring right now. and what the democrats have to worry about is that their voters are thinking, oh, this thing is over, we can stay home. they don't want that to occur. that's what they're worried about. they want to get their voters out there. but, you know, david brody was talking about trump may have people where he wants them. i don't think so. if you look at the polls that came out today, clinton is up 9 in pennsylvania, up 12 in michigan, up 7 in the state of wisconsin. >> you can make -- you can make the argument he has them right where he wants them but that doesn't mean it's a credible argument. >> right. >> i don't think it is. >> well, i don't -- >> stick around, we'll let david defend himself right after the break. we're going to take a quick break. don't go anywhere. we're watching two live events. pictures from manchester new hampshire where michelle obama will speak shortly. and from florida, donald trump, he will speak for the first time
since these new accusations about unwanted touching and kissing came out. we're waiting on both those events. >> and we also have some breaking news coming in about the bridgegate scandal. we've learned that new jersey governor chris christie will be facing a criminal summons. details on what that means. that's coming in. we'll be right back. your insurance company
some breaking news just in about new jersey governor chris christie. we've now learned he will be getting a criminal summons for the bridgegate scandal of 2013. a citizen accusing the governor of official misconduct for the nightmarish lane closures on the george washington bridge in fort lee new jersey. >> cnn's deborah feyerick has the details. deb, explain exactly what this means. >> it means things could get a lot uglier for chris christie who is currently spearheading donald trump's transition effort should the republican become president. now, a county judge in new jersey has found probable cause to issue a criminal summons against the new jersey governor. prosecutors right now trying to determine exactly what their next steps will be. this stems from a civilian complaints f s filed by a new jy
resident. the civilian complaint basically accuses christie of knowingly refraining from ordering his subordinates to reopen lanes from fort lee new jersey to the george washington bridge. something that caused massive backups back in 2013 for a four-day period. the governor spokesperson says this is a dishonorable complaint filed by a known serial complainant and political activist with a history of abusing the judicial system. christie repeated hi denied having any knowledge of the lane closures. the timing of this complaint, kate and john, comes during a federal trial of two of christie's aides. the complacent telling cnn he wants accountable from the governor. now he's facing a criminal summons. christie, represented by the international law firm austin and bird. we've reached out to them but so far are waiting to get comment.
>> all right, watch this space, deb feyerick, thank you so much. coming up for us, we have two live events, major events today. donald trump will speak at any moment from west palm beach, florida. his first chance to address the wave of accusations that came out overnight of women who accuse him of inappropriate conduct. and, also, in manchester, new hampshire, michelle obama, she will speak. she will talk to democratic voters up there. will she talk about the new accusations? we're watching both events. we'll take you there live. are you on medicare? do you have the coverage you need? open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time to get on a path that could be right for you... with plans including aarp medicarecomplete insured through unitedhealthcare. call today or go online to enroll. these medicare advantage plans can combine your hospital and doctor coverage with prescription drug coverage, and extra benefits all in one complete plan for a low monthly premium, or in some areas
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ta palooza at this moment. we're watching two big events. happening any moment now. on the right, rudy giuliani, chief adviser to donald trump, speaking to the crowd there. donald trump will be taking to the stage any moment. his first live remarks since a slew of new allegations have come out against him as we've been discussing of inappropriate touching of women in the past. on left hand screen, you're look at new hampshire, michelle obama, the first lady, is going to be speaking there. very interested to hear what she has to say about everything we've been seeing playing out on the campaign trail just in the past 24 hours. >> let's talk about all of this. and there is a lot of it. joining us is a radio and tv host and trump supporter. bob cusack, editor and chief of the hill. angela rye, former executive director of the black caucus. and gloria borger, our chief political analyst. >> you did that in one breath, impressive. >> gina, we are looking at live
pictures, rude yi giuliani warming up the crowd. we are close to donald trump taking that stage. this is the first time we will hear from him since this slew of allegations as kate put it that came out overnight accusing him of unwanted touching and kissing. what do you think at the needs to say today? >> well, i think they just need to stay the course. people don't want to talk about this. they want to talk about issues, the things that really matter, like national security and economic security. things where hillary clinton has a very tarnished record. making insider deals just to get elected. basically admitting via wikileaks she is going to say one thing to voters and another thing to wall street. these are the kinds of things that really scare voters. not someone's -- not last-minute, 11th hour allegations that are completely unfounded and unequivocally denied. >> it's interesting you put it that way, last-minute allegations, because that's what you're saying you would like to
hear from donald trump. it's not what his campaign has said is going to be their strategist going forward. joshua green of bloomberg said this morning they're going to come out with new accusers of bill clinton. what they're going to do now in the last 20-plus days is go harder, go deeper and dirtier into these allegations against bill clinton. so it seems like it's the same thing. >> well, they said they're going to counterpunch and mr. trump has never denied that he will. and he be has to, frankly. this is an outsider who came on and took on the intentire establishment. we expected last minute smear campaign and mr. trump will always fire back at that. but i think the focus will be on proving these women who made these allegations that mr. trump has evidence that none of it is true. i think we can expect that. i also think we can expect him to then try to refocus on the issues which is what i think people are going to care about when they get into the actual
ballot box. >> jerry falwell jr. did tell us that donald trump told him he had evidence, which will call into question the credibility of the women making these accusations. matt boress, ohio rnc chair, told us yesterday that donald trump said nothing bad happened there was no other shoe to drop. mike pence was on cnn and he be too said donald trump promised him there was no inappropriate contact. listen, i hope, do we have that, what mike pence said? >> governor, if it came out, if there were evidence that came out that this was more than just locker room talk, that, in fact, donald trump had done those things that he said he had done to women, then would you drop off the ticket? >> well, alison, he said last night that that was talk, not action, and i believe him. >> is that a problem now, as
woman after woman after woman comes out with the stories in the press? >> it is a problem. the republican party right now is in disarray when we're talking about the senate going to democrats and possibly even the house. that's a problem. i think overall, the key word there is evidence. you have more coming forward in the weeks ahead. this is really going to hurt donald trump. he needs to get this behind him. i think, you know, this e-mail issue is being just overshadowed. wikileaks releasing a lot of e-mails about the clinton campaign by this sex scandal and the bottom line is donald trump needs an october surprise that will help him and then he needs to hit a grand slam in next week's debate. otherwise, this thing's other. >> angela are you concerned when we hear the donald trump strategy going forward is the scorched earth kind of path of they're going to go harder against bill clinton.
they say they have new accusers they're going to roll out against bill clint nt. does that concern you? >> so, absolutely, kate, but part of it is, i don't think this is a new donald trump policy. this has been donald trump's way of operating from the outset. we can think no further than the primary contest, when he tied ted cruz's father to the assassination of jfk. he's always run a national enquirer type of campaign and it's no different now. it's dirty, it's below the belt. the interesting part now is it's below his belt. while this campaign representative here said this is not the kind of campaign they want to run, they want to talk about issues that really matter, how dare you. this is an issue that matters to women and men all over this country who have been sexually assaulted who have been raped who have been molested, and all of that, so this is an issue that matters. the one silver lining out of this, john and kate, is there are women and men coming forward with #notokay and so many others
to finally say they can face their abusers because of donald trump's record with women and these types of scandalous activities. whether they've been underage women, the pageantry, all these things, these are now people coming forward. so that is the one silver lining, people finally have courage to speak up. i actually think it is an issue that matters and it needs to be discussed. we have a perverted commander in chief. not only is the country's national security at risk, we have all types of people who will be afraid of this bully and it's time out for them. >> you guys, hang on -- i'm sorry to interrupt, but i think michelle obama is taking the stage. if we can get the video feed in. let's listen to the first lady. michelle obama speaking in manchester, new hampshire.
>> you guys are fired up. [ cheers and applause ] well, let's just say hello, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] >> i am so thrilled to be here with you all today in new hampshire. this is like home to me. this state -- thank you for a beautiful fall day. you just ordered this day up for me, didn't you? thank you for your fabulous governor, your next u.s. senator, want to thank her for that lovely introduction. i also want to recognize your congresswoman annie mcclane who's a dear, dear friend. your soon to be congresswoman once again, carol shea porter.
all of whom have been terrific friends to us. and your executive council and candidate for governor, colin van ostern. and of course thanks to all of you for taking the time to be here today. thanks so much. that's very sweet of you. i love you guys too. i can't believe it's just a few weeks before election day. as we come together to support the next president and vice president of the united states, hillary clinton and tim kaine. new hampshire is going to be important as always. so i'm going to get a little serious here. because i think we can all agree that this has been a rough week in an already rough election.
this week has been particularly interesting for me personally because it has been a week of profound contrast. see, on tuesday, at the white house, we celebrated the international day of the girl. and let girls learn. and it was a wonderful celebration. it was the last event that i'm going to be doing as first lady for let girls learn. and i had the pleasure of spending hours talking to some of the most amazing young women you will ever meet, young girls here in the u.s. and all around the world. and we talked about their hopes and their dreams. we talked about their aspirations. see, because many of these girls have faced unthinkable obstacles just to attend school, jeopardizing their personal safety, their freedom, risking
the rejection of their families and communities. so i thought it would be important to remind these young women how valuable and precious they are. i wanted them to understand the measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls. [ cheers and applause ] i told them they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. and i told them that they should disregard anyone who demeans or devalues them. and they should make their voices heard in the world. and i walked away feeling so inspired just like i'm inspired by all the young people here. [ cheers ] and i was so uplifted by these girls. that was tuesday.
now here i am, out on the campaign trail in an election where we have consistently been hurting hateful language about women. language painful for so many of us. not just as women but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring respectful adults. who think our nation's leader should meet basic standards of human decency. the fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the united states who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking. so demeaning. i simply will not repeat anything here today.
and last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. and i can't believe that i'm saying that. a candidate for president of the united states has bragged about sexually assaulting women. and i have to tell you that i can't stop thinking about this. it has shaken me to my core in a way that i couldn't have predicted. so while i'd love nothing more than to pretend like this isn't happening and come out here and do my normal campaign speech. it would be dishonest and disingenuous for me to move on to the next thing like this was just a bad dream. this is not something we can ignore. it's not something we can sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. because this was not just a lewd conversation. this wasn't locker room banter.
this was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predator behavior. and actually bragging about kissing and globing women. using language so obscene that many of us are worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the tv. to make matters worse it now seems clear this isn't an isolated incident. it's one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life. i have to tell you that i listened to all this. and i feel it so personally. and i'm sure that many of you do too. particularly the women. the shameful comments about our bodies. the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. it is cruel. it is frightening.
and the truth is, it hurts. it hurts. it's like that sick sinking feeling you get when you're walking down the street minding your own business. some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares just a little too long, you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. it's that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they've said no but he didn't listen. something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day. it reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how in their day the boss could do whatever he pleased to the women in the office and even though they worked so hard, jumped over
every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough. we thought all of that was ancient history. didn't we. so many have worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect. but here we are, 2016, and we're hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. we are drowning. all of us doing what women have always done. we're trying to keep our heads above water. just trying to get through it. trying to pretend like this doesn't really bother us. maybe because we think that admitting how much it hurts makes us as women look weak. maybe we're afraid to be that vulnerable. maybe we've grown accustomed to swallowing these emotions and staying quiet.
because we've seen that people often won't take our word over his. or maybe we don't want to believe that there's still people out there who think so little of us as women. too many are treating this as just another day's headline. as if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted. as if this is normal. just politics as usual. but new hampshire, be clear, this is not normal. this is not politics as usual. [ cheers and applause ] this is disgraceful. it is intolerable. doesn't matter what party you belong to. no woman deserves to be treated
this way. no one deserves this kind of abuse. i know it's a campaign, but this isn't about politics. it's about basic human decency. it's about right and wrong. we cannot endure this or expose our children to this for any longer. not for another minute, let alone four years. now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. this has got to stop right now. because conservatives, if all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children?
what messages are our little girls hearing about how they should look, how they should act? what lessons are they learning as their value as professionals and human beings, about their dreams and aspirations. and how is this affecting men and boys in this country. because i can tell you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. i know my family is not unusual. to dismiss this every day locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere. the men that you and i know don't treat women this way. they are loving fathers sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of language about women. they are us s and brothers and sons who don't tolerate women
being treated and demeaned. like us, the men are worried about the impact this election is looking for boys, role models for what it means to be a man. in fact, someone told me a story about their 6-year-old son who one day was watching the news. watching the news together. and the little boy out of the blue said i think hillary clinton will be president. and his mom said, well, why do you say that? this little 6-year-old said the other guy called someone a piggy. he said, you cannot be president if you call someone a piggy. [ cheers and applause ] so even a 6-year-old knows better. a 6-year-old knows this is not
how adults behave. it's not how decent human beings behave. this is certainly not how someone who wants to be president of the united states behaves. because let's be very clear, strong men, strong men, men who are truly role models, don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. people who are truly powerful bring others together. that is what we need in our next president. we need someone who is a uniting force in this country. we need someone who will heal the wounds that divide us. someone who truly cares about us and our children. someone with strength and compassion to lead this country forward. i'm here today because i believe with all of my heart that hillary clinton will be that president.
see, we know that hillary's the right person for the job because we've seen her character and commitment not just in this campaign but over the course of her entire life. the fact is that hillary embodies so many of the values we try so hard to teach our young people. we tell our young people, work hard in school. get a good education. we encourage them to use that education to help others. which is exactly what hillary did with her college and law degrees. advocating for kids with disabilities. fighting for children's health care as first lady. affordable child care in the senate. we teach our kids the value of being a team player. which is what hillary exemplified when she lost the
'08 election and agreed to work for her opponent as secretary of state, earning sky-high approval ratings serving her country once again. we also teach our kids that you don't take short cuts in life and you strive for meaningful success in whatever job you do. well, hillary has been a law professor. first lady arkansas. first lady of the united states. a u.s. senator. secretary of state. and she has been successful in every role. more experience and exsposh u p the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime. more than barack. more than bill. and, yes, she happens to be a woman. and finally, we teach our kids
that when you hit challenges in life, you don't give up. you stick with it. well, during her four years as secretary of state alone, hillary's faced her share of challenges. she's traveled to 112 countries. negotiated a cease-fire. a peace agreement. a release of dissidents. she spent 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee. we know when things get tough, hillary doesn't complain. she doesn't blame others. she doesn't abandon ship for something easier. no, hillary clinton has never quit on anything in life. so in hillary, we have a candidate who has dedicated her life to public service. someone who has waited her turn and helped out while waiting.
she is an outstanding mother. she has raised a phenomenal young woman. she is a loving loyal wife. she's a devoted daughter. who cared for her mother until her final days. and if any of us had raised a daughter like hillary clinton, we would be so proud. we would be proud. regardless who the opponent might be, no one could be more qualified for the job than hillary. no one. in this election, if we turn away from her, if we just stand up and allow her opponent to be elected, then what are we teaching our children about the values they should hold. about the kind of life they should lead. what are we saying in our hearts, in our hearts.
we all know if we let hillary's opponent win this election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything they're seeing and hearing is perfectly okay. we are validating it. we are endorsing it. we're telling our sons that it's okay to humiliate women. we're telling our daughters this is how they deserve to be treated. we're teaching all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country. is that what we want for our children? remember, he won't just be setting a bad example for our kids. for our entire world. because for so long america has been a model for countries across the globe. pushing them to educate their girls. insisting they give more rights to their women. but if we have a president who routinely degrades women who brags about sexually assaulting
women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world? how can we continue to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human dignity. fortunately, new hampshire, here's -- we have everything we need to stop this madness. you see, while our mother, grandmothers, were often powerless to change their circumstances, today, we as women have all the power we need to determine the outcome of this election. we have knowledge. we have a voice. we have a vote. and on november the 8th, we as americans, we as decent human beings, can come together and declare that enough is enough. and we do not tolerate this kind
of behavior. remember this. 2012, women votes were the difference between barack winning and losing in key swing states including right here in new hampshire. so for anyone who might be thinking that your one vote doesn't really matter or that one person can't really make a difference, consider this. back in 2012, barack won new hampshire by about 40,000 votes which sounds like a lot but when you break that number down, difference between winning and losing this state was only six votes per precinct. just take that in. if 66 people, each precinct, had gone the other way, barack would have lost. so each of you right here today could help swing your precinct
win this election for hillary just by getting yourselves, your families and neighbors out to vote. you can do it right here. but you could all help swing an entire precinct for hillary's opponent with a protest vote or by staying home out of frustration. because here's the truth. either hillary clinton or her opponent will be elected president this year. and if you vote for someone other than hillary or if you don't vote at all, then you are helping to elect her opponent. and just think about how you will feel if that happens. imagine waking up on november the 9th and looking into the eyes of your daughter or son or looking into your own eyes as you stare into the mirror. imagine how you'll feel if you stayed home. or if you didn't do everything possible to elect hillary. we simply cannot let that
happen. we cannot allow ourselves to be so disgusted that we just shut off the tv and look away. and we can't just sit around wringing our hands. we need to recover from our shock and depression and do what women have always done in this country. we need you to roll up your sleeves. you need to get to work. because remember this, when they go low, we go -- [ audience shouts "high." ] >> yes, we do. and voting ourselves is a great start. but we also have to step up and start organizing. so we need you to make calls and knock on doors and get folks to the polls on election day. and sign up to volunteer with one of the hillary campaign folks who are here today just waiting for you to step up.
and young people, social media. share your story of why this election matters. why it should matter for all people of conscious in this country. there is so much at stake in this election. see, the choice you make november 8th could determine whether we have a president who treats people with respect or not. a president who will fight for our kids, for good schools. for good jobs. for our families. a president who thinks that women deserve the right to make our own choices about our bodies, health or not. that's just a little bit of what's at stake. so we cannot afford to be tired or turned off. and we cannot afford to stay home on election day. because on november 8th, we have the power to show our children
that america's greatness comes from recognizing the innate dignity and worth of all our people. on november the 8th, we can show our children that this country is big enough to have a place for us all. men and women. folks of every background and walk of life. and that each of us is a precious part of this great american story. and we are always stronger together. [ cheers and applause ] on november 8th, we need to show our children here in america we reject hatred and fear and in difficult times we don't discard our highest ideals. no, we rise up to meet them. we rise up to perfect our union. we rise up to defend our blessings. we rise up to embody the values
of equality, opportunity and sacrifice that have always made this country the greatest nation on earth. if we are and don't ever let anyone tell you differently. hope is important for our young people. and we deserve a president who can see those truths in us. a president who can bring us together and bring out the very best in us. hillary clinton will be that president. [ cheers and applause ] so for the next 26 days, we need to do everything we can to help her and tim kaine win this election. i know i'm going to be doing it. are you with me? are you all with me? are you ready to roll up your sleeves? get to