tv Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Fort Pierce Florida CSPAN October 1, 2016 11:55am-12:41pm EDT
presidential debate between joe biden and sarah palin. , just's commit ourselves every day, american people, hockey moms across the nation, we need to band together and say never again. >> the middle class needs tax relief, they need help now, and the focus will change with barack obama. >> watch tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern and any time at www.c-span.org and listen at 8:00 p.m. eastern on the c-span radio app. >> hillary clinton announced her plan to create a national service reserve during a campaign rally yesterday in fort pierce, florida. she also outlined plans to increase participation in americorps and the peace corps. this is about 45 minutes. [cheering] [applause] ♪
very much. wow. what a wonderful welcome. it is great to be here in fort pierce in this beautiful theater . i love being in the sunshine and i really want to recognize a few people, a u.s. congressman and -- congresswoman lois frankel is here, as you saw, randy perkins, candidate for congress. kym johnson, chair of the st. lucie county commission. junior, state representative. everyone, all the elected officials, all of the students and young people, it is wonderful to be with you and i want to thank eileen for her
introduction. we know how hard nurses like eileen work [applause] . hillary clinton: now that she is retired, she is volunteering for our campaign. this woman never quits. eileen, we are so glad you are on our team. [applause] gratefullinton: i am to all of the elected officials, all of the commissioners, the county commissioners, martin , for all youucie do for the community, but especially for all you did this summer to clean up the algae that polluted the water. the threatened wildlife that
made life hard for local residents and businesses. , complicatedious problem, isn't it? .or the entire treasure coast eight is a reminder if we needed it how important good leadership is. i think all the leaders for the are 39ent now, there novemberen now and eight, just 39 days left in the most important election in our lifetime. we have to make every single day count, we have to get more people registered to vote, get more people committed to turn out to vote, we have to drive in this stakes collection, stronger families,
safer communities, and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. [applause] [cheering] and underneath all of the rhetoric, coverage, and the back and forth, this campaign comes down to two questions. what kind of future do we want for ourselves, our kids and grandkids, and how do we make it a reality? also i said the other night -- how many of you saw the debate. [cheering] well, as i said, i now have two grandchildren, and no offense to
anybody but the two most wonderful, amazing, extraordinary, little girl and little boy. and so i think a lot about the future. and you may have noticed that my opponent and i have different views. about, well, nearly everything when it gets right down to it. not just about what makes america great, because i think america already is great. [applause] but about what we should do to make it even greater. and about that basic question of how progress happens at all. my opponent believes in what i call a strong man approach. he stood on that stage, at his convention, and described a hopeless, broken nation. i'm sorry. i'm looking at you.
i don't see that. that in no way resembles a strong, vibrant america i know. and here's what he said. he said, i alone can fix it. [booing] i alone. well, we learned that that's his way. one person getting supreme power and exercising it ruthlessly. that's why he admires dictators like vladimir putin so much. but that is not how change happens in america. it is never just one person. not even someone as powerful as the president. every good thing our country has ever achieved has always
happened because people have worked together, to make it a reality. not just the wealthy or the powerful. all of us. we see at that time every day across america and i bet many of you have been part of it. maybe you've taught kids to read. right? or cleaned up your local parks. or the beach. maybe you've organized a cancer walk. or you have run a food drive. whatever it is, chances are you have done something to serve your community, and by extension, your country. how many of you -- just think back over your lives. how many hough you performed some are kind of service of some sort for your community, for other people. [cheering]
the reason i know you have is because tens and tens of millions of americans do some kind of volunteering in your home towns every single year. it is one of the best things about the american people. we are doers. you know, we don't just shrug our shoulders when we see something that needs fixing. we don't get resigned or pap the tick -- apathetic and turn on each other to find scapegoats we role up our sleeve sleeves and work to make things bet inner our community, our states and our country. that's the american story since the beginning of our nation and still going strong today. now, for many americans, including a lot of you here, serving our country has included serving in our armed forces. [applause] people are starting to call out their services. there is no greater service or
sacrifice, and we are grateful to our men and women in uniform to their families and our veterans every single day. [applause] but what is so greet is that national service can take many different forms, and it's something that i believe in so deep lie that every stage of our lives gives us a chance from grade school through grandparenthood, to find a way to give back. we've got folks here today from
americorps, which my husband created back in 1993. [applause] and to this day it is one of his proudest achievements because every day, americorps members are out there building houses, respond to narl disaster, heaping people with disabilities find jobs, find safe places to live, and next week, on october 7th. amore core will sell -- americorps will celebrator they one million. member.illionth [applause] i'll tell you, bill is really excited about this and so am i. and by the way, americorps has one of the best swearing in pledges i've ever heard. here's how it starts. i will get things done for
america. isn't that great? i think we should make that a national slogan. now, we also have folks here today from city ear which is part part of americorps, and every day they are working with students who are at risk of dropping out of school. they're touter toking and mentoring and running after-school programs to help young people understand how capable they are and be empowered and stay in school. i'm grateful to them. we also have people here today from the peace corps, which represents the best of america to the world. peace corps volunteers are teaching english in kosovo, supporting farmers in nepal.
both at first lady and secretary of state i got to see the results of their work. they're makerring the world a healthier, more prosperous and more peaceful place. now, maybe not all of you have been a part of one of these programs, but in no you served in different ways. maybe you volunteer through your school with your church or synagogue. maybe you find through faith-based organizations, as i did, when i was a teenager, service opportunities, because for many americans, service is part of our faith. my running mate, tim kaine, volunteered in honduras with the
jesuits as a young man, and it changed his life. or maybe your whole family volunteers together. bill and chelsea and i every holiday season would work another a food bank back in arkansas. however you serve, it feels good, doesn't it? to be part of something bigger than ourselves. to take our time and labor and put it towards something good that can happen in our country and the world. and you know something very interesting? service makes us happier, makes us healthier, and there are studies proving that. it's not just how we feel. they've actually followed people. it can also help us find our next job or our true calling in life. it's a smart way to use our greatest asset, our people, and service does something important for us as a society. too often we americans can become separated from each
other. and i think a lot of people are feeling this way during this election. it's easy to surround ourselves with only those who think like us, talk like us, look like us, read the same news as us. that's understandable to an extent. but it comes with a cost because it magnifies our differences which then makes it harder to put the differences aside when our community or country needs us. there aren't many places where people of all ages, all races, all background, all beliefs, come together in common cause but service is one of them and that's one of the reasons i think it's so valuable because in addition to the good work it does, it helps us reconnect with each other. to feel more a part of our shared american life. i believe one of the jobs of the president is to encourage more service. to help more americans answer president kennedy's call you know it: ask not what your done trick do for you but what you can do for your country. but you know, sometimes it's hard to figure out, how do you make a difference?
especially with everything else going on in our lives. and too often volunteering becomes something only people with lots of time and financial security can do. but that's not hough it should be. everyone should be able to contribute. so what if we as a country made it easier for everybody to do that. for everybody to give back. what if we created more service opportunities for americans of all ages. invested in programs that work, and encouraged entrepreneurs to add a social component to their businesses. what if we strengthen the culture of service in america. so it wasn't just something we did one day a year but it became a regular part of our lives. i think that would reflect our values and would tap into something so great about america. i talk a lot about how america is an exceptional nation. we're not exceptional just
because of the size of our military or the size of our economy. we're exceptional because of the generosity and ingenuity of our people. way back, nearly 200 years ago, a frenchman came to the united states, his name was alexis de tocqueville. he was trying to figure out what is this new place called america. they fought a revolution. what are they doing some who are they? he saw how we set up our government and we had three branches and everything that our founders really put into place.
but the thing that made the biggest impression on him was our spirit of volunteerism. that made a democracy as diverse and ambitious as ours possible. if i'm elected president this fall, i want to build on that strength. i by making a major push in support of more national service. [cheering] so here's what i plan to do. first, let's triple-a triple -- americorps. that was the goal of my friend and the great senator ted kennedy. it was laid out in a law named in his honor, the edward m. kennedy service america act. it's finally time we get it done. every year, there are hundreds of thousands of more applications for americorps than
there are spots in the program. so if we grow the program, from 75,000 annual members to 250,000, we're going to give more people who already want to serve the chance to do so. and then i want to double the college scholarships that americorps members earn through their service. [cheering] and i want to find ways for more students to get college credit for service. [applause] because i know too many talented, committed young people, pass up on serving with americorps because with their student loans, they can't afford it. so let lighten that burden. if you do national service, we will begin a program to forgive your loans because you are giving back to your country. [cheering]
americans the experience of a lifetime, and it's fostered friendships and cooperation between americans and people in more than 100 nations. we've got to do more of that in the world today. we need more americans of all ages, around the world, showing our values, serving people. so let's make it possible for more americans to be a part of this extraordinary program. third, let's expand service opportunities for people of all ages. right? now, let's see be fair. the younger generation is way ahead on this. i've talked to so many young people who are deeply thoughtful about how your lives impact others and the world. service isn't just something to do to jeck a box before graduation. it really is woven into your
lives, and many who are just getting started in your careers say that having a positive social impact is more important to you than getting a job that, yeah, may pay a sally but doesn't with -- salary but doesn't give you meaning or purpose in your lives. and i love the fact that as you do service, you come up with new ways of giving back, and find a path into charities and nonprofit organizations and other ways to serve. that's a sign of true commitment. i've also been impressed how many young entrepreneurs tell me they're building a social component into their businesses, whether it's dedicating a portion of their profits to a charity. giving employees time off to volunteer, or adopting a school or community center as a pro-bono project for the whole company. that's why my plan to help you
refinance and pay back your student loans includes loan forgiveness if you want a social enterprise or start a business in an underserved community. we should make it easier for young innovators to follow their dreams while honoring their values and giving back. now, also want to get older americans more involved. service isn't something only students and young people do. i know that. so i intend to make sure that ten percent of americorps slots go to americans over the age of 55. [applause] let's give people an encore opportunity after they've ended their formal careers so they can apply a lifetime of knowledge and experience toward a stronger community, and finally, want to create a new means for people to serve in serious, meaningful ways without a full-time commitment. americorps is a full time commitmentment the peace corps, the armed forces or a full-time commitment. if the armed forces has another model. the reserves. right? it gives people the chance to make a high impact contribution while still building careers and pier suing their dreams in other
-- pursuing their dreams in other way. so let's do something like that in the civilian space. call it the national service reserves. [applause] and here's the idea. if you join the national service reserves, you will receive some basic training, just like you would in military reserves, and then when your city or state needs you, you'll get the call. say, natural disaster strikes and the red cross needs all hands on deck. or maybe like the crisis in flint, and clean water has to be distributed every day to a lot of families. or maybe your city launches a major public health campaign to reduce drug abuse, or promote mental health. you will then be sent into action.
now, some of these assignments may be just for a few days, a month. some might be longer term. but they will directly address a vital need in your own community. and one of the other advantages is you can help meet that need while still being a full-time student, having a job, taking care of your family. you won't have to make service your only priority. our goal is five million people spread across all 50 states. we will have an open door to people of all ages but want to put a special focus on people under 30 who have said again and again they want to have a bigger impact in their community, but they can't leave their jobs. understandably. we'll work with governors and mayors, republicans and democrats, because i want this to be a true bipartisan public/private partnership.
[applause] i also want to include businesses, colleges, and universities, who have unique resources to offer, and because we want workers and students to know that as they make this contribution, their schools and their employers will have their backs, i really think a national service reserve could make a difference for cities and states. there's so much work to be done. and so many people who want to help do it. so let's bridge that divide, get people working together in ways that can help communities. now, i don't think you'll hear anything about this from my opponent. and you know what? i think that's a shame. because national service has always been a bipartisan goal. of course, president kennedy started the peace corps and my husband started americorps, but president nixon signed the
domestic volunteer service act. president george h.w. bush created the white house office of national service. and both president george w. bush and president obama have been huge champions of service. this should be something that we all can get behind. and when you listen to what is being said in this campaign it can be discouraging, right? it can seem hard to find any common ground. so that makes it even more important that we come together wherever and whenever we can. now, i am well aware that candidates don't usually focus on national service in the final stretch of a hotly fought presidential election. some might say you only have 39 days to go. why aren't our out there beating up on our you own phone and doing everything get to the volt out and all the rhett of it. well, i'll do that, but -- [applause] i've become think
innings in for a long time and i did not want this campaign to end without talking about it because it means a lot to me. i'm trying to end the campaign, focusing on issues that are really close to my heart and this one of them. [applause] i >> we love you, hillary! >> thank you. you know, for me, service is really all about fulfilling the
instruction of my methodist face and you can see part of the creed i like to follow behind me, do all the good you can in all the ways you can, in all the places you can and all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can. [applause] i have carried those words with me ever since i heard. the as a little girl, and it's an idea that get to into my head and my heart. but what has kept me going are the people that i've met.
in a country founded on liberty and equality, can't think of a more important notion than every one of us is valuable. we all deserve respect. we all should listen to each other. we all can make our mark on the world. and when we come together in common purpose, we can do so much more than we could ever do on our own. that's why stronger together is more than a slogan. it's a course of action. so here's what i want to do. i want you to hear me pledge that this will be a vital aspect of my presidency. and i want you to help me bring our nation together. to solve our problems, strengthen our communities, to and join with people across america. who care about service. because this speaks to both what is great and good about the united states.
you know, america is great because we are good. [applause] so there are lots of examples. we'll be putting examples up on my web site of people who have served and who are inspirations, but i want everybody here to know that it can be done. we can too more. and we can provide the opportunities to enlist more people. there are so many examples in this community and communities across america. 39 days left. this is the choice. do we lift each other up or do we tear each other down? [applause] do we listen and respect each other? or do we scapegoat, point fingers and insult each other? i'll tell you which seem i'd going to -- which side i'm going to be on, and with your help
>> tomorrow, another chance to see the debate between donald trump and hillary clinton. we will show it in its entirety starting at 10:30 eastern. now, another debate on whether donald trump can make america great again. speakers include new green granholm -- fer newt gingrich, jennifer granholm. after the debate, we will get your comments on who won the argument. ♪
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