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and there's a lot of diversity in a community college. a lot of difference of opinion but you don't get condemned because of your differences. we embrace it. we debate. we discuss things. we try to figure out how to do it. i was the first president ever to commit at a community college commencement and it was in new hampshire. so -- here's what i want to say. the hottest this election gets, the more i wish i were just the former president and just for a few months not the spouse of the next one. because, you know, i'd be careful what i say. and i'm so happy all the time because of our granddaughter and grandchild-to-be that i'm not mad at everybody but i respect the anger, the apprehension and the anxiety that so many americans have. i understand people who get
madder every day when they keep reading we're the best performing economy in the world. grown 14 million jobs in 5 years and yet 84% of the people haven't had an increase in their income since the crash. half of the people out for inflation living on what they were the last day i was in office. the great irish poet yates said too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. so we need big changes. that's right. you'll hear hilary talk about her vision for that. but in my life, i have learned two things. one is, when you get done with all this, the only thing that matters is whether people are better off than when you quit and whether we're coming together or being torn apart. the rest is background music. the big question is not do we need big changes? yes. the question is who has the best ideas and who would be the best change maker.
and therefore, it's only thing i'll say about this. it bothers me to be in an election where debate is impossible because if you disagree you're just part of the establishment. you'll have to forgive me. but i don't think your governor and your senator -- i don't think of them as establishment politicians in the old ways. nor do i think of the governor of vermont the only governor in the country to try to get single payer health care who had to give it up because it would have doubled the budget of the state. that's hardly an establishment credential. and the senior senator of vermont. america's number one champion of human rights around the world in the senate. doesn't strike me as establishment or let me give you another example. all the arkansas travel eres that are here. look at them. who paid their way here. some of them that some distress
to themselves to tell about the person they know. one of them, and i don't want to embarrass him, one of them is our immediate past senator mark p pryor who was defeated in the landslide in large measure because he voted for the health care law. that doesn't strike me as establishment and nobody alive in my state thinks he lost because people thought he wasn't liberal enough. change is hard. and it's worth the effort. i am so grateful for all the millennial young people who are supporting hilary and why -- they're just as mad as the ones who aren't. they know they have to translate the anger into answers and into results. here's what i want to tell you. from the day i met her 45 years
ago next month, to this morning when we got up and she was trying to explain to me what was going on, she's a best change maker i've ever known. you just got to decide whether that makes -- i asked mark pryor what he said to people knocking on doors. he said i like them both. i served with them both. she gets a lot more done. we need somebody that gets something done. and so, when we met in law school, weren't many women in law school then. she was helping with legal services to poor people. then she spent a fourth year to go to the yale child study center to learn about the challenges children face in america, especially poor children. then she went to work for the children's defense fund. she went to alabama to end the tax exemption that bogus
academies were getting. then she went to south carolina to find out why so african-american teenagers trapped in adult prisons for years and years and years having their lives and futures ruined. then she came home to arkansas. opened the first legal clinic. rural, conservative. then she started our first preschool program where there was no such thing as preschool. something she found in israel. got the woman to come from israel to arkansas and pretty soon i was going to little pre-school graduations with parents that became the kids' first teachers. this is all over the country now. there are thousands of young people who went through one of these hippie programs who learned more, went further and having better lives today just because she always makes something good happen. they have no idea she did it. she always makes something good
happen. and the white house, remember this in the health care daeblt. in the white house when we tried to get health care, the experts said we had a good sloetd. there's not a single change in health care in 60 years plus since harry truman tried to get universal health coverage that didn't have 60 votes in the senate to break a republican filibuster. she just kept working. she and senator kennedy and others worked on the children's health program. stuck it in the balanced budget act in 1976. there were 5 million kids getting health care when we left office, there are now 9 today. it's an integral part of the affordable health care act. she made something good happen. she worked with a house republican leader who did not like me to put it mildly. to increase by 65% the number of kids that were being adopted out
of foster care. by giving a tax credit for adopting a child with disability. or giving people incentives to adopt older children because they were afraid to adopt non-infants. she just made something good happen. in the senate she was a walking make something good happen person. and everything she did just about had republican support. getting $20 billion for new york city. to rebuild after 9/11. not just buildings, lives. she meat woman who was engaged on 9/11, survived but had to have -- i can't remember 10 or 11 plastic surgeries to get her life back. her fiancee stayed with her and so did hilary and she'll stay with you. she helped the farmers. she helped the small manufacturers. and she helped the veterans. first, to make sure they got the
same health care if they were in the national guard and reserves as the military did. she did that with lindsey graham and john mccain. she was on the alzheimer's caucus and she was the first presidential candidate ever to have a position on autism and one reason she wants paid leave is so people can take care of their family members with severe conditions. and she's made something good happen. and as secretary of state, she can tell you about that. but i'll tell you this. henry kissinger of all people said she ran the state department better and got more out of the personnel at the state department than any secretary of state in decades and it's true. and she negotiated the iran sanctions. she negotiated a treaty with russia that reduces the threat of nuclear war. one thing that survives the
efforts to get along with mr. putin. 67 votes in the senate. she got them. a lot of republicans. all her life she just did make something good happen. yesterday, hilary went to flyin, michigan. and she talked about what a horrible moral failing what they're going through was. not just the financial one. but we have to do something about it. the most revealing answer to me is someone when's president not her husband to any question reflected well on both hilary and her opponent. in terms of their values. at the end of the debate in south carolina, the moderator says, is there anything we should have talked about that we haven't? and he called on hilary first. she said, yeah, i want to talk about that lead in the water in
flint. she knew exactly what too much lead can do to a baby yet to be born. baby can come out with a very smaller head and a smaller brain. and even those that don't seem to be physical damaged can be damaged and whole life is taken away from them. and there's lead in more pipes than in flint. and she -- she talked about it. and she said, i called the mayor. i said can i send somebody to see you? my staff member went down. the mayor said what you can really do, hilary, is to get the money i need because i asked for this much money to take care of this and the state only gave me 10%. so i want you to go on television. do an interview and tell them -- don't talk about your campaign. don't talk about anything. talk about us and tell people why we need the other 90%. one, two, three, four, five. she did. they got the money. now -- and she would be the
first to tell you that's probably not the only reason but it didn't do any harm. her opponent was just as outraged. just as upset. she said, the governor should resign. and maybe he should. but i doubt if he cares what two democrats running for president think about it. in other words, you want a president who's good on the great days when you sign a bill to put up 500 million solar panels or 100% insurance coverage. great on the tough days when something happens and great on all the other days. you want a president whoever day says what can i do to make it better. so, that's my pitch. we can't get a place where we're
so mad that we demonize anybody who's against us. where we can't have an honest discussion about who's got a better health care plan. where everybody who's on the other side is part of some mythical establishment including people like planned parenthood and human rights campaign fund. we can't do that. we have to do this like this community college works together. and for pro deuproducing result. so i would like to bring to the stage not only someone i've been married to 40 years, but who for 45 years has made everything she touched and everybody she touched better. the single best change maker i have ever known, hilary rodham clinton.
♪ >> hello! thank you so much! wow! thank you! thank you. wow. wow. thank you all. oh, thank you. thank you. thank you! thank you so much! honestly, this is -- this is the most amazing experience to be here with all of you. i apologize for those of you who can't get in. i hope you can hear me back there because i am thrilled to be here. the day before the first of the nation primary to make my final
push to convince as many granite staters as possible to come out and vote for me tomorrow! i don't think a little snow is going to stop anybody. do you? well, it is a great, a great privilege once again to be competing in this primary asking all of you to conduct the most important job interview in the country because that in effect what it is. and i know voters in new hampshire give everybody a first, a second, sometimes a third and a fourth look. and i thank everybody here who's already made up their mind and you're coming to vote for me tomorrow. i appreciate you! i'm grateful to you! and, and for all of those of you who are still shopping, i hope i can close the deal between now
and the time the polls close. i am so grateful to my husband and my daughter for being here with me. i do -- i do just love having the chance to have my daughter with me any chance i can get. and i appreciate the great help she gives me and the opportunity i have to see my granddaughter whenever possible. but i also am reminded every time i think about her or any of the young people in this audience that this is what this election really is about. and to all the young people who are supporting me, i thank you from the bottom of my heart. and to all of the young people who are supporting my opponent, i thank you, too. i thank you for being part of this process, for understanding the importance of getting involved in the politics of america. if you want the future that you deserve. and i will say this to them.
you may not support me now but i will always support you and i will always have your back and i will always work to produce results for you. and i am thrilled to have my husband here because, you know, new hampshire means a lot to us. going all the way back to 1992 when new hampshire gave bill a chance, really, to come out of here with momentum and head toward the nomination and we have never forgotten that. we have also never forgotten how important it was to make the changes happen that he talked about in that campaign. there were a lot of places in this state in '92 that were in bad economic straits. a lot of small factories being closed. production being shipped overseas. the empty buildings in some places outnumbered those that were in use. and so, it's thrill for me to go back, for example, to clairemont and to see the revitalization of
that town because of a law that my husband passed, the new market tax credit, that enabled the people of clairemont to get a better shot at a better economic future for themselves. so we can actually meet people here in this state who know what it takes to turn the economy around because they experienced it. i only wish we hadn't gotten off track in 2001 because honestly i believe that so much of the anger, the insecurity, the fear and worry that people feel now about the economy, about our prospects, about what's going to happen to young people coming out of college with debt, or unable to find a job that really gives them the best possible opportunities, it's related to the choices that were made starting in the bush administration. bad choices for america.
wrong choices for the economy. taking their eyes off the financial markets. deregulating and turning a blind eye to the mortgage markets and having us end up in the worst financial crisis since the great depression. so when i think -- when i think about what young people today have gone through, what they have known of our country, starting with the horrible attack on 9/11, going into the great recession, there is no wonder that they along with so many of us are saying, wait a minute. we're better than this. we can do more. we can once again chart this ship of state in the right direction. that's what our mission must be. for me, this election is a turning point election in so many ways. and i want you to imagine with me what it is we are trying to
accomplish together. imagine an economy again that produces many, many millions of new jobs. with rising incomes. with pathways of opportunity for advancement. imagine returning manufacturing to america by changing the tax incentives this too often now send it overseas. imagine -- imagine tending to our failing infrastructure in ways large and small and i saw it firsthand yesterday in flint. the idea that any city in america would be drinking poisoned water for two years because of indifference, because of stonewalling, from their government, is heart breaking. but it's also got to be motivating. we have a lot of work to do and a lot of people to put to work.
building and maintaining our infrastructure. not just what we can see. in terms of roads and tunnels and bridges and ports and airports. but when's under the ground. what brings our water, what brings our energy, what takes our sewage. this could be one of the great jobs programs that we have had in a really long time. i was at a small diner this morning having some breakfast with bill and one of the men there said, to my husband, thanks so much for that economy. i worked all the way through it. i want to work again. but more than that, i want my kids and my grand kids to work. that's what we have to think of. imagine an economy that once again produces those kinds of good jobs. imagine an economy where incomes are rising again. not stagnant where people are working harder than ever. but not getting ahead. imagine that we combat climate change by going right at clean renewable energy.
there is no doubt in my mind some country will be the 21st century clean energy superpower. i think the best odds are germany, china or us. i want it to be us. i know it can be us. i know we can create the technology. we can create the jobs and the small businesses. and even export. imagine that we meet my goal of installing half a billion more solar panels by the end of my first term and enough clean energy to power every home in the next eight years. imagine what that will do to how we are once again the leaders in the most important global challenge we face. imagine getting back to being number one in creating small businesses instead of where we are. we have fallen down the ranks because we are not providing credit, we are not providing the
kind of support that small businesses need. imagine raising the minimum wage so people who work full-time are not mired in poverty but have a chance to get ahead and see their children get ahead. and yes, let's imagine finally making sure women get equal pay for equal work in america. you see, you see, i think that there is a lot that we have to be against, a lot we have to stop, a lot we have to prevent. the abuse of power. economic or political. the imposition of ideology. the refusal to extend the rights of our fellow americans. there's a lot we have to stop. but we have to make good things happen, too. what i have just told you about what i imagine we can do together, the republicans don't agree with any of it. they are not in the job creation business.
they leave that to the marketplace. that hasn't worked so well for us. we need the government playing an active, involved role. they're not interested in more money and infrastructure or my idea of a national infrastructure bank. they sure don't want to talk about let alone combat climate change. but all of this adds up to a path forward. a vision that not only can we imagine but we can do together. and so, when i think about these closing hours of this campaign, i want you to imagine what you need and want for you, for your families, for your community and what you want for our country. you see, i believe with all my heart that we are well positioned if we have the right leadership to seize the future just like we have in the past. that won't happen by wishing for it. it will happen by working for
it. and particularly, particularly that's true when it comes to health care because i'm proud of the campaign we have run trying to draw differences on issues because that's what you have to make decisions about. but when i think of one of the biggest differences it has to do with health care. you see, it was called hilary care before it was called obamacare all those years ago. and we tried really hard and we weren't successful. the drug companies, insurance companies really spent a lot of money as they seem to do whenever i'm around trying to prevent good things from happening. and it was disappointing. i sure felt after having talked to so many americans that the direction we were trying to head was exactly right. because look what was going on back then. some of us remember. the insurance companies called all the shots. if you had preexisting conditions, you were out of
luck. if you were a women, you paid more than a man. if you were a young person, there was no way you could get insurance. and there were lifetime limit that is prevented people from getting the health care they needed. so after we were unsuccessful i thought hard about what can i do? there were a lot of stories that i had heard in the course of my work but i just want to tell you one. i was at the children's hospital in cleveland and i went there because i was meeting with parents of very ill children who could not get insurance. and i listened to their stories and, you know, as a mom they were hard to hear. and then one man said, you know, here's what i don't understand. he told me, he said, i'm successful. i have my own business. i provide health insurance for employees and their families. i have two daughters with cystic fibrosis. no one will sell me an insurance policy no matter what i offer. i said, what do they say to you?
he said, the last conversation i had, i asked, i told them i could afford anything, something to help me. he said, you don't understand, we don't insure burning houses and this father with tears in his eyes just said, they called my little girls burning houses. so that's why i went to work on the children's health insurance program and we got a bipartisan coalition in the senate and the house and we passed it and 8 million kids at least had insurance. was it everything we wanted? no. it wasn't. it wasn't everything we wanted. but i -- i often think of that old saying. you know, a person who refuses a half a loaf because he's not offered a whole loaf has never gone hungry. making sure we took care of those 8 million kids was a big deal and then i was thrilled when president obama passed and
signed the affordable care act. and so, for me we have to build on that. we have to defend it against the republicans' continuing efforts to repeal it. i have said, look. we're going to get costs down out of pocket costs, deductibles. get prescription drug costs down. i know what we have to get from where we are 90% coverage to 100% coverage. but what we cannot do is start over. we cannot take what looks good on paper, an idea, and say, you know what? we're going to thrust our nation into a contentious debate and start all over. it's a lot easier to get from 90% coverage to 100% than it is from 0% to 100% and i will not -- i will not stop until we get the affordable care act the way it should be, how it works, how it produces results for
people. because you see, i imagine a country where we do have universal health care coverage. where everybody can afford coverage. where we finally have drug costs under control because we have made the drug companies negotiate for lower costs with medicare and other insurers. i also imagine a time when we'll have early childhood education. where we will help prepare our children to succeed. where we'll have the services available that are so desperately needed by the kids in flint and also by a lot of other kids, as well. where we'll work with our teachers and support them, not scapegoat them and give them what they need to do the best job they can do. and imagine when we get back to making college affordable again like it used to be for all of us.
i don't know exactly how we got so far off the track on affordable college. i have thought a lot about this. tuition has gone up 40% in 10 years. nothing else has gone up that high. no other service. what is going on here? so yes, i want to get college affordable by making sure every young person can attend without borrowing money for tuition, books and fees but i also want to get the cost down because it is too expensive. and so, my plan asks something from everybody. i want states to quit building so many prisons and start building more colleges and supporting higher education again. i want families and young people only to afford what they can. that's why i am not in favor of totally free college because, frankly, donald trump should pay
for his kids to go to college as far as i'm concerned. i also don't want to tell the colleges you have a guarantee channel of money so don't worry about the costs. that will be impossible to keep up with. yes, i expect young people to work ten hours a week because i think being invested in your college education is a good commitment. but we're also going to get the debt under control. right now, we have too many people -- i meet them everywhere i go. who borrowed money to go to college but now they're owing 2, 2 1/2, sometimes 3 times as much because of interest. i borrowed money but i paid it and only had to pay back the principle. i borrowed it and i said, okay, i'm going to pay it back as a percentage of my income. that's why i went to the children's defense fund. we'll let you refinance your debt. save thousands of debt.
we'll move you off the high interest rates that too many of you currently have. we're going to move you in to the income contingency plan so you pay as a percentage of the income. we'll triple the number of public service positions and double the amount of the education grant. so every young person can afford to go to college. and when you graduate, you won't be bankrupt. you'll be able to get on with your lives like so many of us had the chance to do and we are going to make community college free so more young people get the skills and the credentials they need to get on the path to a life of opportunity. imagine that we'll be back doing what we should be, investing in our young people an i am going to end the practice of the federal government making money off of lending money to young people. that is going to be over. and we are going to take on the
abuses in these, these loan collectors, these companies who harassing our young people. even harassing our veterans. we have got to stop this. this should not be a profit-making center for anybody. this is an investment in individuals and in our nation. and that's what it will be again. now, i do have a pretty active imagination. so imagine, imagine that we finally make it absolutely clear that no special interest, no powerful interest is going to be able to call the shots because we're going to overturn citizens united either by the supreme court or a constitutional amendment. we're going to imagine a time where we are free to go back to public financing so all the
questions raised about everybody in politics can be put to rest. because you deserve to know people who are running to serve you and serving you are putting you at the center of their attention. and that you know that you are their ultimate employer. that is what we need to get back to. we also need to make sure that as we look at voting, we register every 18-year-old in the country to vote automatically. imagine a time when we end discrimination against the lgbt community so that -- so that our fellow americans can be just as involved in every walk of life as anybody else. now you can get married on saturday and fired on monday. that's not right. that needs to end.
imagine that we finally get comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship that will add to our economy. right now, undocumented workers contribute $12 billion to the social security trust fund. that will rise another 20 billion if we get on the path to citizenship. it will also take people out of the shadows so that there's no more exploitation of anybody's labor. imagine that we finally once and for all end the efforts by the republicans to privatize social security and instead we look for ways to extend the life of the trust fund. imagine that we all -- that we all pay more attention to fixing the v.a. than trying to privatize it and end it the way the koch brothers and the republicans want to do. imagine that we do get the kind of criminal justice reforms that our people deserve being equal
under the law should not just be a slogan. it should be a reality. imagine that we end the era of mass incarceration and provide enough jobs and housing and opportunities in communities wherever they are that are distressed and behind. imagine that finally women not only get equal pay but our rights to make our own decisions are finally respected. and imagine that planned parenthood could take care of people instead of having to fend off these lawsuits and these partisan attacks. imagine that we finally get common sense gun safety reform. you know, i was interviewed a bunch of interviews today. lots of local press and somebody
said, well, you know you talk a lot about this gun safety issue. is that really a voting issue? i said, you know, i don't know. i hope so. i hope because what we're looking at here are 33,000 people a year dying. and i know we're better than this. i know we can do this consistent with responsible gun owners' constitutional rights. but you talk about lobbies and there's talk about lobbies in this campaign. the most powerful lobby by far is the gun lobby. they intimidate more legislators. they call the shots on more legislate or thes. they active work to defeat legislators who stand up against them. they try to control the congress. they try to control governors. i'm telling you, folks. we can't let any lobby, we can't let any unelected force for money, for guns, for drugs, for big oil, for insurance, you name it, they cannot control our government any longer!
and this is one of the points that i want you to take away from this. you know, senator sanders and i share a lot of the same goals. and i think that has made for a very good contest in this campaign. we have really tried insofar as possible to keep it on the issues compared to the republicans mostly engaging in insults all the time but there are differences and it is important you understand those differences. i have been speaking out against and working to rein in powerful forces for many years. i have the scars to prove that. i have the scars to prove that. and they have spent a lot of money against me. a lot of money against me. you know, i want people to just think about this. ask yourself, imagine, if wall street were so interested in
supporting democrats like the president and like me for their own reasons, why are they spending $6 million trying to defeat me in this primary? i'll tell you why. because i want you to understand this. i haven't just talked. i haven't just given speeches. i've introduced legislation. i've called them out. i've gone to wall street. i've said they were going to wreck the economy over the mortgage markets. they know where i stand because i have always stood there. and like president obama, yes, i have donations. no doubt about that. but, well, you know, ask yourself. president obama had a lot of donations. did that stop him from signing dodd-frank, the toughest regulations against the financial sex or the since the 1930s? and, you know, i was kind of -- i was kind of amused just the other day. senator sanders took about $200,000 from wall street firms. not directly but through the democratic senate campaign
committee. you know? there was nothing wrong with that. it hasn't changed his view. it didn't change my view or my vote either. so let me just leave you with this. on this issue, let me just leave you with this, when you look at, when you look at who has put out the toughest plan, who has the most comprehensive approach to making sure wall street never wrecks main street again, which has in turn encourages the wall street guys and karl rove to gang up on me to the tune of $6 million, i take that as a badge of honor. these guys know i say what i mean and i do what i say. i will take them on and i know how to beat them and prevent them from ever doing to us again what they did in 2008. so, we've got work to do.
imagine a tax system that actually goes after where the money is which is at the top! imagine the only candidate on either side who has said, will raise your incomes, not your taxes. middle class families will not have a tax increase when i am president. but i'm going after the millionaires, the multi-millionaires, the corporate loopholes, the gimmicks, the money through bahamas, through bermuda. imagine that we can once again believe that it truly is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. that is, that is what we must imagine and create together. and imagine that we have on day one someone prepared and ready to protect our country. to keep our families safe. to be the commander in chief to protect our men and women in uniform and their families, as well. imagine that we face new
challenges every day. we don't even know from where. and as part of this job interview, you have to decide who will be in that white house on january 20th, 2017. now -- let me -- let me end, let me end with some thank yous. i want to thank the great people of this state. i want to thank all of the public officials who have supported me. particularly i want to thank your amazing senator jeanne shaheen. your wonderful governor and i hope the next senator maggie hasen. carol shay porter, the former and i hope future member of congress. i'm grateful for their support. it means a lot to me. i also want to thank marty walsh, the incredible mayor from boston. and a lot of the local officials
who are here and i also want to thank our friends from vermont, the governor of vermont, the senator from vermont, the two former governors from vermont all supporting me. and i've got to tell you. they're supporting me because they know me. they know my opponent, too. that's absolutely true. but they're supporting me because they can imagine with me as our president, we can actually get these things done. we can make a real difference in people's lives. because at the end of the day, that's what this job should be about. are people going to be better off when i finish than when i started? is our country going to be stronger and coming together instead of weaker and falling apart? is our economy going to be producing more good jobs with rising incomes or more stagnation where people feel they're slipping back? that's the question we all have to ask ourselves.
you know, being in flint yesterday really focused my mind on what we have to worry about and what we have to do in america. it's hard to square what i know and love about my country with what happened there. but that's not the only place it's happened. it's not the only place where people being left out and left behind. that's not the only place where children are breathing dirty air or drinking dirty water. that's not the only place that lost the jobs of the past and has no help getting the jobs of the future. that's what motivates me. that's what i care about to make sure together we imagine and then we create the country that is worthy of all those who came before and one that our children and our grandchildren deserve to inherit. please come out and help me tomorrow. thank you so much, new hampshire!
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