tv Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Announcement CSPAN June 13, 2015 8:00pm-9:01pm EDT
survived the scrutiny of the white house. a great summertime read available from public affairs as a hardcover or >>, hillary clinton launches her presidential campaign at a rally in new york city. then a conversation with chris christie. senior staffers with the hillary clinton campaign talk about their operation and the 2016 presidential race. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton officially launched percodan with -- launched her campaign with a rally in new york city. with her was her husband, former president bill clinton and their daughter chelsea. the event was held at the roosevelt island in new york's
thank you all. thank you so very much. [applause] it is wonderful to be here with all of you. to be in new york with my family , with so many friends including so many new yorkers who gave me the honor of serving them in the senate for eight years. to be right across the water from the headquarters of the united nations where i represented our country many times. to be here in this beautiful park dedicated to franklin roosevelt's enduring vision of america. the nation we want it to be and
in a place where -- with absolutely no ceilings. you know, president roosevelt fought for freedom's and was a testament to our nation's aspirations and a reminder of our unfinished work at home and abroad. his legacy lifted up a nation and inspired presidents who followed. one is the man that i serve as secretary of state, barack obama. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: and another is my husband, bill clinton. >> [cheering]
hillary clinton: two democrats guided by -- oh, that will make him so happy. >> [laughter] hillary clinton: two democrats guided by the fundamental american belief that real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: president roosevelt called on every american to do his or her part and every american answered. he said, there is no mystery about what it takes to build a strong and prosperous america. equality of opportunity, jobs for those who can work, security for those who need it, the ending of special privilege for the few -- >> [cheering]
hillary clinton: -- the preservation of civil liberties for all -- >> [cheering] hillary clinton: -- a wider and constantly rising standard of living. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: that still sounds good to me. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: it is america's basic bargain -- if you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead. and when everybody does their part, america gets ahead, too. that bargain inspired generations of families, including my own. it is what kept my grandfather
going to work in the same mill every day for 50 years. it is what led my father to believe that if he scrimped and saved, his small business printing drapery fabric in chicago could provide us with a middle-class life. and it did. when president clinton honored the bargain, we had the longest peace time expansion in history, a balanced budget -- >> [cheering] hillary clinton: -- and for the first time in decades, we all grew together. with the bottom 20% of workers increasing their incomes by the same percentage as the top 5%. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: when president obama honored the bargain, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved the auto
industry, provided health care to 16 million working people -- >> [cheering] hillary clinton: -- and replaced the jobs we lost faster than the historical average after a financial crash. >> [cheering] hillary clinton: but it is not 1941. or 1993. or even 2009. we face new challenges in our economy and our democracy. we are still working our way back from a crisis that happened because time-tested values were replaced by false promises. instead of an economy built by every american, for every american, we were told that if we let those at the top pay
lower taxes and bend the rules their success would trickle down to everyone else. what happened? well, instead of a balanced budget with surpluses that could have eventually paid off our national debt, the republicans twice cut taxes for the wealthiest, borrowed money from other countries to pay for two wars, and family incomes dropped. you know where we ended up. except it wasn't the end. as we have since our founding, americans made a new beginning. you worked extra shifts, took second jobs, postponed home repairs. you figured out how to make it work. and now people are beginning to think about their future again.
going to college, started his business, buying a house finally being able to put away something for retirement. we all know we are not yet running the way america should. you see corporations making record profits, with ceos making record pay, but your paychecks have barely budged. while many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of america's kindergarten teachers combined, and often paying a lower tax rate. you have to wonder. when does my hard work pay off? when does my family get ahead? when? i say now. [applause]
prosperity can't just be for ceos and hedge fund managers. democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations. prosperity and democracy are part of your basic rights too. you brought our country back and now it is time for you to secure the gains and move ahead. you know what? america cannot succeed unless you succeed. that is why i am running for president of the united states. [cheering] [applause]
here on roosevelt island, i believe we have a continuing rendezvous with destiny. each american and the country we cherish, i am running to make the economy work for you, and for every american. for the successful and the struggling. for the innovators and inventors. for those breaking barriers and technology and discovering cures for diseases. for the factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day. for the nurses who work the night shift. for the truckers who drive for hours, and the farmers to feed us.
for the veterans who served our country. for the small business owners who took a risk for everyone. everyone who has been knocked down, but refuses to be knocked out. [cheering] i am not running for some americans, but for all americans. our country's challenges did not start with the great recession. we open new markets for our experts, but have also displaced jobs and undercut wages for
millions of americans. the financial industry, and many multinational corporations, have created huge wealth for a few, by focusing too much on short-term profits. too much on complex trading schemes and stock buybacks. too little investment in new businesses, jobs, and fair compensation. [applause] our political system is so paralyzed by gridlock and dysfunction that most americans have lost confidence that anything can actually get done. they have lost trust in the ability of the government and big business to change course.
we can blame historic forces beyond our control for some of this, but the choices that we have made as a nation, leaders and citizens alike, have also played a big role. our next president must work with congress and every other willing partner across our entire country. i will do just that. [applause] to turn the tide so that these currents start working for us instead of against us. at our best, that is what americans do. we are problem solvers, not deniers. we do not hide from change, we harness it. but, we cannot do that if we go back to the top-down economic policies that failed us before. americans have come too far to see our progress ripped away.
there may be some new voices in the presidential republican choir. [laughter] but, they are all singing the same old song. a song called "yesterday." you know the one. "all our troubles look as though they are here to stay, and we need a place to hide away." they believe in yesterday. you are lucky that i did not try singing that. [applause] these republicans trip over themselves, promising lower taxes for the wealthy, and fewer rules for the corporations without regard for how that will make income inequality worse.
we have heard this tune before and we know how it turns out. ask any of these candidates are -- about climate change, one of the defining threats of our time, and they will say, "i am not a scientist." well, then why don't they start listening to those who are? [applause] they pledge to wipe out tough rules on wall street, rather than rein in the banks that are still too risky in the case that can only be considered mass amnesia. they want to take away health insurance for more than 16
million americans without any credible alternative. the shame and blame women, rather than respect our right to make our own decisions. [cheering] they want to put immigrants, who work hard and pay taxes, at risk of deportation. and, they turned their backs on gay people who love each other. [applause] fundamentally, they reject what it takes to build an inclusive economy. it takes an inclusive society. what i once called a village that has a place for everyone.
my values, and a lifetime of experiences, have given me a different vision for america. i believe that success is not measured by how much the wealthiest americans have, but how many children climb out of poverty. [applause] how many startups and small businesses open and thrive. how many young people go to college without drowning in debt. how many people find a good job. how many families get ahead and stay ahead. i didn't learn this from politics. i learned it from my own family. my mother taught me that everybody needs a chance, and a champion. she knew what it was like not to have either one.
her own parents abandon her and by 14, she was out on her own, working as a house maid. years later, asked her what kept her going. her answer was something very simple. kindness from someone who believed that she mattered. the first grade teacher who saw that she had nothing to eat at lunch, and without embarrassing her, brought extra food to share. the woman, whose house she cleaned, letting her go to high school, so long as her work got
done. and, because some people believed in her, she believed in me. that is why -- [applause] i believe with all my heart in america and in the potential of every american to meet every challenge, be resilient, no matter what the world throws at you, to solve the toughest problems. i believe we can do all of these things because i have seen it happen. as a young girl, i signed up at my methodist church to babysit the children of mexican farmworkers while their parents worked in the fields on the weekends. later, as a law student, i lobbied congress to provide better conditions for migrants. my first job out of law school was for the children's defense fund. i walked door-to-door to find out how many children with disabilities couldn't go to
school, and to help the case for a law, guaranteeing them access to education. [applause] as a leader of the legal services corporation, i defended the right of poor people to have a lawyer. i saw lives changed because an abusive marriage ended. in arkansas, i supervised law students who represented clients in prisons, led efforts for better schools and health care and personally knew that people's lives who were improved. as senator, i had the honor of representing the firefighters,
police officers, emts, construction workers, and volunteers, who ran toward danger on 9/11 and stayed there, becoming sick themselves. it took years of effort, but congress finally approved the health care that they need it. -- they needed. there are so many faces and stories that i carry with me of people who gave their best, and then needed help themselves. just weeks ago, i met another person like that, a single mom juggling a job and classes that committee college, while raising three kids. she does not expect anything to come easy, but she did ask me, what more can be done so it is not so hard for families like hers? i want to be her champion, and your champion. [applause]
if you will give me the chance i will wage and win f fights for -- four fights for you. the first is to make the economy work for all americans, not just those at the top. [applause] to make the middle-class mean something again with the rising incomes and broader horizons and to give the poor a chance to work their way into it. [applause] the middle-class needs more growth, and more fairness. growth and fairness go together.
for lasting prosperity, you cannot have one without the other. is this possible in today's world? i believe it is, or i would not be standing here. [cheering] do i think it will be easy? of course not. here is the good news. there are allies for change everywhere, who know that we cannot stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnant, and the promise of america dims. we should welcome the support of all americans who want to go forward with us. [applause] there are public officials who know americans need a better deal, business leaders who want higher pay for employees, equal pay for women -- [cheering] and no discrimination against the lgbt community either. [applause] there are leaders who want less short-term trading and more long-term investing.
there are union leaders who are investing their own pension funds and putting people to work to build tomorrow's economy. we need everyone to come to the table and work with us. in the coming weeks, i will propose specific policies to reward businesses who invest in long-term value rather than a quick buck. that leads to higher growth for the economy, higher wages for workers, and bigger profits. everyone will have a better time. i will rewrite the tax code so that it rewards hard work at home, and not stashing profits overseas. i will give new incentive to companies that give their employees a fair share of the profits their hard work earns.
we will unleash a new generation of entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and make it easier to get a small business loan. we will restore america to the cutting edge of innovation science, and research by increasing both public and private investments. [applause] and, we will make america the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. [cheering] developing renewable power wind, solar, biofuels, smarter electric grids, greener buildings, using additional fees
and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment, and ease the transition for distressed communities to a more diverse and sustainable economic future. from country to indian country to small-town mississippi. that, to the rio grande valley, to the inner city. we have to help our fellow >> we have to help our fellow americans. this will create millions of jobs and countless new businesses, and allow america to lead the global fight against climate change. we will also connect workers do their jobs and businesses. customers will have a better chance to actually get to where they need, and get what they desire with roads, railways, bridges, airports, ports, and broadband brought up to global standards for the 21st century. we will establish an
infrastructure bank and sell bonds to pay for some of these improvements. now, building an economy for tomorrow also requires investing in our most important asset, our people, beginning with our youngest. that is why i will propose that we make preschool and quality child care to every child in america. [cheering] i want you to remember this because to me this is the absolutely most compelling argument as to why we should do this. research tell us how learning in the first five years of life can impact your level of success. 80% of your brain is developed
by age three. one thing that i have learned is that talent is universal, you can find it everywhere, but opportunity is not. too many of our kids never have the chance to learn and thrive as they should, and as we need them to. our country will be competitive warfare if we don't help more -- our country will not be competitive warfare -- or fair if we don't help more families give their kids the best possible start in life. let staff are primary and secondary schools with teachers that are second to none in the world, and receive the respect they deserve. [applause] let's make college affordable and available to all. let's lift the burden of student debt. the second fight is to
strengthen america's families. when our families are strong america is strong. today's families face new and unique pressures. parents need more support and flexibility to do that job at work and at home. i believe you should have the right to paid sick days. i believe you should receive your work schedule with enough notice to arrange childcare, or take college courses, to get a head. i believe you should look forward to retirement with confidence, not anxiety. you should have the peace of mind that your health care will be there when you need it without breaking the bank.
i believe we should offer paid family leave. [cheering] so no one has to choose between keeping a paycheck and caring for a new baby or a sick relative. and, it is way past time to end the outrage of so many women still earning less than men on the job. [cheering] and women of color often making even less. this isn't a women's issue. it is a family issue, just like raising the minimum wage is a family issue. expanding childcare is a family issue. declining marriage rate is a family issue.
the unequal rates of incarceration is a family issue. [cheering] helping more people with an addiction or mental health problem get help is a family issue. [applause] in america, every family should feel like they belong. we should offer hard-working law-abiding immigrants families a path to citizenship. [applause] not second-class status. and, we should ban discrimination against lgbt americans and their families. [cheering] so they can live, learn, mary,
rry, and work, just like everybody else. you know, america's diversity, our openness, devotion to human rights and freedom is what has drawn so many to our shores. what inspires people all over the world -- i know, i have seen it with my own eyes. these are also the qualities that repair as well for a world -- prepare us well for a world that is more interconnected than ever before. we have a third fight -- to harness all of america's power, smarts, and values to maintain our leadership for peace security, and prosperity. no other country on earth is better positioned than to thrive in the 21st century. no other country is better equipped to meet threats from russia, north korea, and iran, and deal with new powers like china.
no other country is better prepared to meet emerging threats from cyberattacks, transnational terror networks like isis, and diseases that spread across oceans and continents. as your president, i will do whatever it takes to keep america safe. [applause] if you are over my left shoulder, you can see the new world trade center soaring skyward. [applause] as a senator from new york, i dedicated myself to getting our city and state the help we needed to recover. as a member of the armed services committee, i worked to maintain the best equipped and strongest military. when our brave men and women come home from service, i will see to it that they get not just the things of a grateful nation, but the care and benefits that they have earned.
[applause] i stood up to adversaries like putin and reinforced allies like israel. i was in the situation room the day that we got bin laden. i know that we have to be smart as well as strong. meeting today's global challenges requires every element of our power including diplomacy, and building partnerships to improve lives around the world with people not just governments. there are a lot of trouble spots in the world, but there is a lot of good news out there too. i believe the future holds far
more opportunities than threats if we exercise creative and confident leadership that enables us to shape global events, rather than to be shaped by them. [applause] and we all know, in order to be strong in the world, we first have to be strong at home. that is why we have to win the fourth fight -- reforming our government and revitalizing our democracy so that it works for everyday americans. we have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political process, and drowning out the voices of our people. we need justices on the supreme court who will protect every citizen's right to vote. [cheering] rather than every corporation's right to buy elections.
if necessary, i will support a constitutional amendment to undo the supreme court's decision in citizens united. [cheering] i want to make it easier for every citizen to vote. that is why i proposed universal automatic registration and expanded early voting. i will fight back against republican efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people with disabilities, and people of color. [applause] what part of democracy are they afraid of?
but no matter how easy we make it to grow, we still have to -- two vote, we still have to give americans something worth voting for. government is never going to have all the answers, but it has to be smarter, simpler, more efficient, and a better partner. that means access to advanced technology so that government agencies can more effectively serve their customers, the american people. we need expertise and innovation from the private sector to help cut waste and streamlined. -- streamline services. there is so much that works in america. for every problem that we face someone, somewhere is solving it. silicon valley cracked the code on sharing and scaling a while ago. many states are pioneering new ways to offer services. i want to help washington catch up. to do that, we need a political
system that produces results by solving problems that hold us back not one overwhelmed by extreme partisanship and inflexibility. i will always find common ground with allies and opponents alike, but i will also stand my ground. that is something that i did as senator and secretary of state. whether it was working with republicans to expand health care for children or our national guard, or improving foster care in the adoption system. or pass a treaty to reduce the number of russian nuclear warheads. it is something i will always do as your president. we americans may differ, bigger, -- baker -- bicker, stumble and
fall, but we are at our best when we take each other up, and have each other's backs. like any family, our american family is strongest when we cherish what we have in common and fight back against those who would drive us apart. people all over the world have asked me, how could you and president obama worked together after you fought so hard against each other in that long campaign? that is an understandable question considering that in many places, if you lose an election, you could get in prison, exiled, even killed. not hired as secretary of state. [applause] but president obama asked me to serve, and i excepted because we -- i accepted because we both love our country. [applause] that is how we do in america. with that same spirit together we can win.
we can build an economy where hard work is rewarded. we can strengthen our families. we can defend our country, and increase our opportunities all over the world. and we can renew the promises of our democracy if we all do our part in our families, places of unions, and yes, in the voting booth. help me build this campaign, and make it your own. talk to your friends, family neighbors. text "join" to 47246. go to hillaryclinton.com and sign up to make calls and knock on doors. [applause] it is no secret that we are going up against some pretty powerful forces that will do and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision
for america. i have spent my life fighting for children, families, and our country, and i'm not stopping now. [applause] [cheering] [chanting: hillary] i know how hard this job is. i have seen up close and personal. all the presidents come in office looking so vigorous, and then we watch their hair grow getrayer and grayer.
i may not be the youngest candidate in the race, but i will be the youngest woman president in the history of the united states. [applause] and the first grandmother as well. [applause] and one additional advantage. you won't see my hair turn white in the white house, i have been coloring it for years. [applause] i am looking for a great debate amongst democrats, republicans and independents. i am not running to be president for those americans who already agree with me. i want to be president for all americans. along the way, i will let you in
on the secret. i will not get everything right. lord knows that i have made my share of mistakes -- and i certainly have not won every battle that i have fought. leadership means perseverance and hard choices. you have to push through the setbacks and disappointments and keep at it. you know by now that i have been called many things by many people. quitter is not one of them. [applause] like so much else in my life, i got it from my mother. when i was a girl, she never let me back down from bullies or barriers. in her later years, mom lived with us, and she was still teaching me the same lessons. i would come home from a hard day at the senate or state department, sit down with her at a small table in the breakfast
nook and let everything pour out. she would remind me why we keep fighting even when the hours are long and opposition is fierce. i can still hear her saying, life is not about what happens to you, it is about what you do with what happens to you. get back out there. [applause] she lived to be 92 years old. i often think about all the battles that she witnessed over the course of the last century. all the progress that was one because -- that was won because americans refuse to give up or back down. she was born on june 4, 1919 before american women have the right to vote. but on that day, after years of
struggle, congress passed the constitutional amendment that would change that forever. the story of america is the story of hard-fought, hard-won progress, and it continues today. new chapters are being written by men and women who believe that all of us, not just some, but all should have the chance to live up to our god-given potential. not only because we are a tolerant country or generous country, or compassionate country, but because we are a better, stronger, more prosperous country what we -- when we harness the talent, hard work, and ingenuity of every single hard-working american. i wish my mother could have been with us longer. i wish you could have seen chelsea become a mother herself. i wish she could have met charlotte. i wish you could have seen the america that we will build together. an america, where if you do your part, we reap the reward. an america where a father can