Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Deliver Remarks at the Al Smith Dinner CSPAN October 23, 2016 6:48pm-8:01pm EDT
>> ladies and gentlemen, your kind attention please. please welcome back to the podium, albert smith iv. al: i am back. a couple of shout outs. i want to thank anne mcgill bright, who really made this dinner possible. great job. [applause] al: and a shout out to jim. this is his last dinner. he has been here 37 years and he keeps the trains on time. jim, thank you.
[applause] al: before we go on, i would like to recognize several dignitaries in the room. governor cuomo is here tonight. [applause] al: at last night's debate, he came up with an idea. he wants the staff to start calling him a tough hombre. [laughter] al: mayor deblasio is here tonight. [applause] al: mr. mayor, we would like to apologize. we could not grant you your request to sit to the left of everybody. [laughter] al: he got here on time.
chuck schumer is here. [applause] al: you may not know this, but chuck is running for his fourth term. chuck has a favor to ask. can someone tell him who his opponent is? [laughter] al: senator gillibrand is also here. [applause] al: senator, it must be nice to see two new yorkers vying for the highest office in the land. it just goes to show you that if you were born to immense wealth or your husband was president, you can accomplish anything. [laughter] al: rudy giuliani is here.
[applause] al: mr. mayor, don't worry. we aimed the lights just right to make sure you will be in donald trump's shadow all night. [laughter] al: governor christie was supposed to be here, but he got stuck in bridge traffic. [laughter] al: it's always nice to be here with my friend, cardinal dolan. [applause] al: in this difficult time for our nation, we should think about the deep questions of faith that cardinal dolan asks us all. things like, how can we fully understand the holy spirit? what does salvation really mean? and -- are you going to finish that? [laughter]
al: i mean it sincerely. everyone in attendance is doing their part in supporting our charitable efforts. it could not be done without you. and without the amazing support of the many devoted catholics on stage, catholics like henry kissinger, howard rubenstein, mort zuckerman. [applause] al: i want to address the elephant in the room. i was talking to the cardinal -- [applause] al: bear with me. i was talking to him earlier about the wikileaks e-mails that
said certain members of the clinton campaign wanted to incitee a revolution in the catholic church. i was pretty concerned. we had a very constructive conversation with the clinton campaign, and cardinal dolan said if the cardinals and clergy have not destroyed the church in the last 2000 years, the democrats in congress do not stand a chance. [applause] [laughter] al: of course, the donald got the public tip of the pope last year. i know you discussed that with the cardinal last week, and it should be easy to meant that relationship. donald and pope francis are so -- have so much in common. they both lead lives of humility. [laughter] al: so for this evening, all is forgiven.
it is now my privilege to introduce this evening's speakers. we determined tonight's order backstage. no matter how the coin toss ended, our next speaker was going to say it was rigged. [laughter] [applause] al: i am speaking about the republican nominee, donald j. trump. [applause] al: there are actually some rumors going around that he was not going to show up tonight. he could say he wanted to keep us in suspense. [laughter] al: we considered having a
donald trump cut out on the dais, but if we wanted someone still, lifeless, we could ask charlie rose to speak again. [laughter] al: it is a stark that donald is here tonight. that's right, for the first time, the catholic church is not the largest tax-exempt landowner here tonight. [laughter] [applause] al: we are honored to have melania here tonight. donald, a kid from queens with a big heart and big mouth, is without question a new york institution. donald, the microphone is yours, and it is working. [laughter]
[applause] mr. trump: thank you, al. wow, that was good. i want to thank your emminence. we love it, governor cuomo, great senators. hi, chuck. he used to love me when i was a democrat, you know. [laughter] mr. trump: mr. mayor de blasio, wherever you are. where is mr. mayor de blasio? in the old days, i would have known him very well, but i have not been doing so much of the real estate anymore. i want to thank al smith.
just a fantastic job you do at the dinner, and congratulations on a record. [applause] mr. trump: and a special hello to all of you in this room who have known and loved me for many, many years. [laughter] mr. trump: the politicians. they have had me to their homes. they have introduced me to their children. i have become their best friends in many instances. they have asked for my endorsements and they always wanted my money. they even called me. really a dear dear friend. but suddenly, when i ran for president as a republican, they decided i have always been a no good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel, and they totally
forgot about me. but that's ok. you know, they say when you do this kind of event, you always start out with a self-deprecating joke. some people think this would be tough for me, but the truth is -- [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: the truth is i am actually a modest person, very modest. it is true. in fact, many people tell me that modesty is perhaps my best quality. [laughter] mr. trump: even better than my temperament. [laughter] mr. trump: you know, cardinal dolan and i have some things in common. for instance, we both run impressive properties on fifth avenue. [laughter] mr. trump: of course, his is much more impressive than mine.
that's because i built mine with my own beautifully formed hands. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: while his was built with the hands of god, and nobody can compete with god, is that correct? nobody, right? [applause] mr. trump: that's right. in him it's great to be here with a thousand wonderful people, or as i call it, a small intimate dinner with some friends. or as hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: this is corny stuff. [laughter] mr. trump: i do recognize that i come into this event with a little bit of an advantage. i know that so many of you in the archdiocese already have a
place in your heart. for a guy who started out as a carpenter working for his father. i was a carpenter working for my father. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: it's true. not for a long period of time, but about three weeks. [laughter] mr. trump what's great about the al smith dinner is that even in the rough and tumble world of a really hard-fought campaign -- in fact, i don't know if you know, hillary, but last night they said that was the most vicious debate in the history of politics, presidential debate. the most vicious. are we supposed to be proud of that? but we did say it, and i am trying to think back to lincoln. i don't know if they can really speak to that. but the candidates have some
lighthearted moments together, which is true. i have no doubt that hillary is going to laugh quite a bit tonight. sometimes even at an appropriate moment. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and even tonight, with all of the heated back-and-forth between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. in fact, just before taking the dais, hillary accidentally bumped into me, and she very civilly said, "pardon me." [laughter] [applause]
mr. trump: i very politely replied, "let me talk to you about that after i get into office." [laughter] replied, "let me talk to you about that after i get intomr. t kidding. and hillary was very gracious. she said that somehow if she gets elected, she wants me to be, without question, either ambassador to iraq or to afghanistan. [laughter] mr. trump: it's my choice. [applause] mr. trump: but one of the things i noticed tonight, and i've known hillary for a long time, is this is the first time in -- the first time ever that hillary clinton is sitting down and speaking to major corporate
leaders and not getting paid for it. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: it's true. you know, last night, i called hillary a nasty woman. but this stuff is all relative. after listening to hillary rattle on and on and on, i don't think so badly of rosie o'donnell anymore. [laughter] mr. trump: in fact, i am actually starting to like rosie a lot. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: these events gave not only the candidates chance to be with each other in a very social setting.
it also allows the candidates the opportunity to meet the other candidate's team. i know hillary met my campaign manager, and i got a chance to meet the people who are working so hard to get her elected. there they are, the heads of nbc -- [laughter] mr. trump: cnn, cbs, abc. there is "the new york times" right over there, and "the washington post." they are working overtime. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: this one is going to get me in trouble. not with hillary. you know, the president told me to stop whining, but i really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before. you want the proof? michelle obama gives a speech,
and everyone loves it. it's fantastic. they think she is absolutely great. my wife, melania, gives the exact same speech. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and people get on her case. at i don't get -- and i don't get it. i don't know why. [applause] mr. trump: and it was not her fault. stand up, melania. she took a lot of abuse. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: oh, i'm in trouble when i go home tonight. she did not know about that one. am i ok? is that ok? cardinal, please speak to her. [laughter] mr. trump: i'd like to address an important religious matter,
the issue of going to confession. or, as hillary calls it, the fourth of july weekend with fbi director comey. [laughter] mr. trump: i am told hillary went to confession before tonight's event, but the priest was having a hard time and he asked her about her sins and she said she could not remember 39 times. [laughter] mr. trump: hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the watergate commission. [boos] mr. trump: how corrupt the you have to be to get kicked off the watergate commission? pretty corrupt. hillary is and has been in politics since the 1970's.
what is her pitch? the economy is busted, the government is corrupt, washington is failing. vote for me. i have been working on these problems for 30 years. i can fix it, she says. i was not really sure if hillary was going to be here tonight, because, i guess, you did not send her an invitation by e-mail, or maybe you did and she just found out about it through the wonder of wikileaks. we have learned so much from wikileaks. for example, hillary clinton believes it is vital to deceive the people by having one public policy -- [boos] mr. trump: and it is only different policy in private. that's ok.
i don't know who they are angry at, you or i. here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate catholics. [boos] mr. trump: now, if some of you have not noticed, hillary is not laughing as much as the rest of us. that's because she knows the jokes. all of the jokes were given to her in advance of the dinner by donna brazile -- [boos] mr. trump: everyone knows, of course, hillary has believed that it takes a village, which only makes sense, after all, in places like haiti, where she has taken a number of them. [boos]
>> [indiscernible] mr. trump: thank you. i won't go this evening without saying something nice about my opponent. hillary has been in washington a long time. she knows a lot about how government works. and according to her sworn testimony, hillary has forgotten more things than most of us will ever, ever know, that i can tell you. [boos] [applause] mr. trump: we are having some fun here tonight, and that's good. on a personal note, what an amazing honor it is to be with all of you. i want to congratulate hillary on getting the nomination, and over the next 19 days, someone will be chosen. we will see what happens. but i have great memories of coming to this dinner with my father over the years when i was a young man. great experience for me. this was always a special experience for him and me to be
together. one thing we can all agree on is the need to support the great work that comes out of the dinner. millions of dollars have been raised to support disadvantaged children. and i applaud the many people who have worked to make this wonderful event a critical lifeline for children in need. [applause] mr. trump: and that we together broke the all-time record tonight is really something special. more than $6 million. we can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-catholic bias, to defend religious liberty, and to create a culture that celebrates life. america is in many ways divided. [applause] mr. trump: thank you.
america is in many ways divided like it has never been before. and the great religious leaders here tonight give us all an example that we can follow. we are living in a time and age that we never thought possible before. the vicious barbarism we read about in history books, but never thought we would see it in our so-called modern day world. who would have thought we would be witnessing what we are witnessing today? we have got to be very strong, very, very smart, and we've got to come together not only as a nation, but as a world community. thank you very much. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you. [applause]
al: as ronald reagan would say, "there you go again." [laughter] al: thank you very much, donald. we are honored by your presence. this dinner is a fundraiser for the needy children of the archdiocese. i am pleased to announce that tonight we have raised $6 million. [applause] al: let me put that in perspective for you. that would pay for nearly five minutes of our next speaker's speech. [laughter] al: hillary is a democratic nominee for president. but it was not exactly a smooth ride for her. she endured a tough primary challenge from that young centrist upstart bernie sanders.
[laughter] al: she endured questions about her health. madam secretary, i can't believe all these people said it was not presidential to catch pneumonia. just look at william henry harrison. [laughter] al: and she said that she later had to take back. for example, hillary really did not mean it when she called half of donald supporters a basket of deplorables. to be fair, donald did not really mean it when he said he would release his tax returns, either. [laughter] al: the secretary's career in public service has been admirable. she has devoted her life to public service in arkansas, washington, and new york. she has been a tireless advocate for children, and her being here
tonight is an example of that. ladies and gentlemen, please -- ladies and gentlemen please, welcome secretary hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: thank you. thank you. [applause] ms. clinton: thank you. thank you. your eminence, your excellencies, members of the clergy, donald and melania, and all the distinguished guests. earlier tonight, al reminded me that when he first ran for president, he chose the progressive senator from arkansas, joseph g robinson, who
is one of my husband's political heroes. this work that you do through the dinner, al, you have done it now for 30 years, is such a labor of love. you have been a hero for both the children of the archdiocese and for the city of new york, and i think we all owe al smithj a great round of applause. [applause] ms. clinton: this is such a special event that i took a break from my rigorous nap scheduled to be here. [laughter] ms. clinton: and as you have already heard, it is a treat for all of you too, because usually i charge a lot for speeches like this. [laughter] ms. clinton: but for me, it was kind of ironic taking about a -- thinking about a fiery populist, al smith.
if you were here today and saw -- if he were here today and saw how much money we had raised, he would be very proud. [applause] ms. clinton: and if he saw this magnificent room full of plutocrats celebrating his legacy, he would be very confused. [laughter] ms. clinton: it is a special honor to be here with your eminence. i know you were criticized for inviting both donald and me here tonight. you responded by saying, if i only sat down with those who are saints, i would be taking all my meals alone. now, just to be clear, i think the cardinal is saying i'm not eligible for sainthood. but getting through these three debates with donald has to count
as a miracle. [laughter] [applause] ms. clinton: so, i guess i am up against the highest, hardest stained-glass ceiling. but, your eminence, you do deserve great credit for bringing together two people who have been at each other's throats, mortal enemies, bitter foes. i've got to ask, how did you get the governor and mr. mayor here together tonight? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: i've got to say, there are a lot of friendly faces in this room, people i have been privileged to know and work with. i just want to put you all in a basket of adorables. [applause]
mrs. clinton: and you look so good in your tuxes, or as i refer to them, formal pantsuits. [laughter] mrs. clinton: and because this dinner is for such a great cause, donald, if at any time you don't like what i'm saying, feel free to stand up and shout "wrong" while i'm talking. [laughter] ms. clinton: come to think of it, i am up here after donald. i did not think he would be ok with a peaceful transition of power. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: and, donald, after listening to your speech, i will also enjoy listening to mike pence deny that you ever gave it. [laughter] ms. clinton: i have had the privilege of being at the al smith dinners in years past, and i always enjoy it. but remember, if you are not
happy with the way it comes out, it must be rigged. and it's always a special treat for me to be back in new york, a city which i love and i think truly embodies the best of america. don't you think? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: people look at the statue of liberty and see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. donald looks at the statue of liberty and sees a 4. [laughter] [groans] ms. clinton: may be a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. [laughter] ms. clinton: come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45. [cheers and applause]
ms. clinton: but i digress. i will try my best tonight, but i understand i am not known for my sense of humor. that's why it did take a village to write these jokes. [laughter] ms. clinton: people say, and i hear them, they say i'm boring compared to donald, but i'm not boring at all. in fact, i am the life of every party i attended, and i have been to three. [laughter] ms. clinton: and when the parties get out of hand, as occasionally they do, it is important to have a responsible chaperone who can get everyone home safely, and that is why i picked tim kaine to be my vice president. [laughter] ms. clinton: you notice there is no teleprompters here tonight, which is probably smart, because maybe you saw donald dismantle his prompter the other day.
i get that. it is hard to keep up with them, and probably even harder when you are translating from the original russian. [laughter] ms. clinton: but every year, this dinner brings together a collection of sensible, committed, mainstream republicans, or as we now like to call them, hillary supporters. [laughter] [applause] ms. clinton: now, some of my critics -- and i hear that, too -- >> [inaudible] ms. clinton: yeah. they think i only say what people want to hear. tonight that is true. and here's exactly what you want to hear. this election will be over very, very soon. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: and look at this dais.
we've got charlie rose and maria barbara romo and chris matthews and gayle king and katie couric. this counts as a press conference, right? [laughter] ms. clinton: it is great also to see mayor bloomberg here. [applause] ms. clinton: it is a shame he is not speaking tonight. i am curious to hear what a billionaire has to say. [laughter] ms. clinton: and look at the dais. we got the honorable chuck schumer, the honorable andrew cuomo the honorable bill de blasio, the honorable dave dickens, and so many other wonderful officials. and we have rudy giuliani. [laughter] ms. clinton: many don't know this, but rudy actually got his start as a prosecutor going
after wealthy new yorkers who avoided paying taxes. but as the saying goes, if you can't beat them, go on fox news and call him a genius. [laughter] ms. clinton: so as i said, we have now had our third and thankfully final debate. sharing the stage with donald trump is like, well, nothing really comes to mind. [laughter] ms. clinton: there is nothing like sharing a stage with donald trump. donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. [laughter] ms. clinton: and look, i've got to tell you, i am so flattered that donald used some sort of performance enhancer. [laughter] ms. clinton: actually, i did, it is called preparation. [laughter]
mrs. clinton: looking back, i've had to listen to donald for three full debates. he says i don't have any stamina. that is 4.5 hours. i have now stood next to donald trump longer than any of his campaign managers. look, i have deep respect for people like kellyanne conway. people like kellyanne conway. she is working day and night for donald. because she is a contractor, he is probably not even going to pay her. i think the good news is the debates finally allowed republicans to unite against their candidate. the bad news is, it is mike pence. it has been a long, long campaign. that should be one of our highest priorities, shortening the campaign. [applause] ms. clinton: whoever wins this
election, the outcome will be historic. we will either have the first female president or the first president who started a twitter war with cher. and, if donald wins, it will be awkward for the annual presidential day photo at the white house. not just with bill. how will obama get past the muslim ban. paul ryan told the republicans of the house com, do what is in your own best interest. i guess donald really has unified the party around his core philosophy. i don't understand the unhappiness. they say that donald has no policies, i keep hearing that. i would actually like to defend
him on this. donald has issues. serious issues. really, really serious issues. i worry about donald's go it alone attitude. for example, when he said at his convention, i alone can fix this. in the 1990's, i said the same about america's health care system. it did not work out well for me either. speaking of health, donald has been very ca concerned about mine. he actually sent a card to bring me here tonight, actually, a hearse. [laughter] clinton: i kind of want to put the information out there so everyone can draw your own conclusions. we have each we have each released our medical records. my blood pressure is 100/70. his is unbelievably great. [laughter] ms. clinton: my cholesterol is
189. his is "presidential." my heart rate is 72 beats per minute. his is "the most beats ever for the least beats ever, whichever sounds best." but donald really is as healthy as a horse, you know, the one that vladimir putin rides around on. [laughter] [boos] ms. clinton: but i can say without fear of contradiction that i will be the healthiest and youngest woman ever to serve as president. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: but this has been a really strange campaign. you saw it last night and tonight. donald has attacked me for life in public service. i did not get that at first. i kind of get it now. as he told howard stern, he does not like it when women have been around for more than 35 years.
but donald, we have so much more in common than you may realize. for example, i have tried to inspire young people by showing them that with resilience and hard work, anything is possible, and you are doing the same. a third grade teacher told me that one of her students refused to turn in his homework because it was "under audit." [laughter] ms. clinton: and here's another similarity. the republican national committee is not spending a dime to help either one of us. [laughter] ms. clinton: so tonight, let's embrace the spirit of the evening. let's come together, remember what unites us, and just rip on ted cruz. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: i hope you enjoyed my remarks tonight. i said no to some jokes that i thought were over the line, but i suppose you can judge for yourself on wikileaks in the next few days. [laughter] ms. clinton: donald will tell us
after the benediction whether he accepts that this dinner is over. he has to wait and see. but there is nothing funny about the stakes in this selection. in the end, what makes this dinner important are not the jokes we tell, but the legacy that we carry forward. it is often easy to forget how far this country has come. and there are a lot of people in this room tonight who themselves, or their parents or grandparents, came here as immigrants, made a life for yourselves, took advantage of the american dream and the greatest system that has ever been created in the history of the world, to unleash the individual talent, energy, and ambition of everyone willing to work hard. and when i think about what al smith went through, it is important to just reflect how
groundbreaking it was for him, a catholic, to be my party's nominee for president. don't forget, school boards sent home letters with children saying that if al smith is elected president, you will not be allowed to have or read a bible. home letters with children voters were told that he would annul protestant marriages. and i saw a story recently that claimed people thought the would be a secret tunnel for pope to rule our country. those fears of division can cause us to treat each other as the other. rhetoric like that makes it harder for us to see each other , to see each other and listen to each other, and certainly a
lot harder to love our neighbor as ourselves. i believe the way we treat others is the highest expression of faith and of service. i am not catholic, i'm a methodist, but one of the things that we share is the belief that in order to achieve salvation, we need both faith and good works. you certainly don't need to be catholic to be inspired by the humility and heart of the holy father, pope francis, or to embrace his message. [applause] ms. clinton: his message about rejecting a mindset of hostility. his calls to reduce inequality. his warnings about climate change. his appeal that we build bridges, not walls. now, as you may know, my running mate, tim, is catholic, and he went to jesuit schools, and one
of the things we have talked idea that the more, the better. we need to get better at finding ways to disagree on matters of policy while agreeing on questions of decency and civility. how we talk to each other, treat each other, respect each other. [applause] ms. clinton: so i have taken this concept to heart in this campaign. as best as one can in the daily heat, the back and forth of a presidential campaign. to ask how we can do more for each other and better for each other. because i believe that for each of us, our greatest monument on this earth won't be what we build, but the lives we touch. and that is ultimately what this dinner is all about. and it is why it has been such a great honor to join you all again. thank you.
[cheers and applause] al: hillary, thank you very much. that was terrific. an observation -- i did see the candidates reach across a great divide tonight and shake hands. [laughter] al: i think we should nominate cardinal dolan for the nobel peace prize. what do you think? [applause] al: it is my honor to present cardinal dolan. your eminence. [applause]
cardinal dolan: thank you. thanks it -- thanks. thank you, everybody. it has been the honor of my predecessors, and now mine as archbishop of new york, to conclude this joyful and historic evening with a word of gratitude to all of you, and more solemnly, to the lord himself. pardon my congestion and cough. i'm afraid i am coming down with a cold, which is completely understandable, because i have had a seat between the two candidates in what is probably the iciest place on the planet. where is global warming when you need it? [laughter] in the name of
the members of the devoted board of the foundation, who generously underwrite this endeavor and to carefully distribute and account for the fruits of this great dinner, i thank all of you. secretary clinton and mr. trump, distinguished leaders in religion, commerce, education, communication, health care, charity and philanthropy, here graciously present on the dais and in this radiant ballroom. two other persons are with us this happy evening. the first are those thousands of women and children in this city we cherish as our earthly home who will benefit from the proceeds of this event. [applause] cardinal dolan: i'm talking about the african-american mom in the bronx, eager for a
scholarship to get her children into one of our renowned inner-city catholic school. [applause] cardinal dolan: i am talking to the troubled young mother needing support and encouragement to bring a tiny baby in the sanctuary of her womb to birth. [applause] cardinal dolan: i'm talking to the mexican immigrant mom approaching our catholic charities for help in uniting her family. for obtaining citizenship, english language instruction and job training. none of these women could afford a ticket to the al smith dinner because it is more than they make in a month, but they are sure grateful that you could, because as of tomorrow, because of all of you, $6 million will begin to float out to lift them up. [applause] cardinal dolan: and the other person who is really here with
us this evening, the lord. he has told us in the scriptures that have -- that us jews, muslims, he has told us that he is in the midst of any event, characterized by love, care, concern, and service. his son, jesus, is here in our midst. his bride, the church, is honored to be here to affirm the dignity of every person and sacredness of all human life. please stand and join me in the final prayer. we praise you, lord, for our faith, our families, and our friends. our call to serve those in need. we are grateful to be citizens of one nation under god, who a claim this evening that in god we trust. blessed our two candidates, our benefactors, and those who the al smith foundation has been honored to serve for seven decades.
guide us safely home both this evening and for all eternity, through christ, our lord, amen. god bless and thank you. thank you, al. 30 years? wow. how about it? al: thank you, your eminence. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, they said this could not be done. we got it done. thank you very much. [applause] [inaudible chatter] ♪
news sunday, then we hear from the clinton campaign manager rob by mook on cnn's state of the union. >> our path is sort of ohio, and in.evada, arizona you'll get new hampshire and maine, where the congressional districts are selected than we are also going to continue to visit colorado, virginia, pennsylvania. there are several different. april came up yesterday in michigan, we are not even there. a fact is that this race is not over. many in the immediate want to say it is over. for the 12th time they are counting donald trump out. listed -- using listed samples and you only identify people who voted in 2012 and you're not bringing in people who have not voted in a who are truly enthusiastic about donald trump
as an outsider trying to really shake up the system. there are many people like that. we are not giving up, we know we can win this. we are certainly not exceeding to the same chattering class that has an wrong about donald formp for about 15 years -- about a year and a half. >> we are just as focused on ohio, florida, as we have ever been. there is a special opportunity that popped up late in arizona where donald trump's divisive rhetoric about latinos, a shameful remark about john mccain has been that state into play. it is possible to win it, but it will be razor thin. it is an uphill climb. we have to stay focused on these other states. we have a very -- >> what about turnout? is lowerard that it than where it was for obama in 2012. >> we are seeing high turnout
generally across the country. the voter rolls have reached a high water mark. -- 200 million people for the first time in our country. we expect more people than ever in our country's history to turnout. north carolina has only been voting for a few days, so we need to let the data comment. we should all assume that there is a mountain of work left to be done. there is. we have to stay focused. what is important to us as we do not want anyone to wake up after election a day, this historic event has happened, and they did not have a plan to participate. announcer: tomorrow, hillary clinton speaks in new hampshire. joining her, massachusetts senator elizabeth moran. white house coverage beginning at 12:30 eastern on c-span. a -- next, q%a.
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