tv NY State Democratic Party Convention Hillary Clinton Remarks CSPAN May 26, 2018 6:02am-6:21am EDT
knowing when to stop and doing something else, reassurance. >> john lewis jihadis and his book "grand strategy, strategic thinking for global strategies," on c-span's q&a. on wednesday, former secretary of state and new york senator hillary clinton addressed attendees of the new york democratic convention today. the former presidential candidate and new york senator spoke about democratic values and governor and wrote, andrew cuomo, who is running for a third term in november. this is about 15 minutes. this is about 15 minutes.
a reunion, but the one where you get cornered by the person you least want to talk to. those were the good old days. i remember so fondly being at this convention in 2000 in albany, when i became your nominee for the united states senate. i followed in the footsteps of daniel padgett monahan. he said everyone is entitled to their opinion, but not his own facts. as democrats, we believe in facts, real ones, not the alternative kind. it is hard to believe this even needs to be said, but that is where we are these days. that is why it is so important
what you are doing for this convention, helping to chart the future for new york. there is a question i hear a lot these days. what do democrats stand for? you see people that stand for an economy that works for everyone, who stand for universal health care. and even better, they actually have plans to get us there. you will also see defenders of rights,ghts and women's lgbt writes, the rights of people with disabilities. i do not believe these are minor issues. they matter to millions and millions of new yorkers and americans. so much of the progress we have seen in the united states has happened because we pushed open doors of opportunity to people who have been shut out. and we, my friends, are not going back.
another question i hear is what are the democrats' bold ideas? i don't know about you, but i think it is a bold idea everyone in this country should have a decent standard of living and a good job that pays well. i think it is a bold idea that everyone deserves the best possible start in life, quality health care throughout life, and a safe and secure retirement. it's even bolder to have real plans to make those ideas into reality, the way the democrats do here in new york and across america. these are difficult times for our country. i have never been prouder to be a new yorker or a democrat than i am today.
let's remind ourselves, democrats are the party that rescued our economy from the worst financial crisis since the great depression. democrats are the party that passed and then saved the affordable care act aired -- act. democrats helped keep planned parenthood's doors open. we are the party that will save medicare, medicaid, and social security from persistent republican attacks. we are the party that will keep fighting every day to achieve universal health care and job opportunities. don't let anyone tell you differently. if you want and economy that -- if you want an economy that works for you and your family, you have to vote for democrats.
if you want to be sure you have affordable quality health care, you have to vote for democrats. if you want to protect and expand the rights of all americans, not just those in the top 1%, you have to vote for democrats. if you believe a woman's right is to equip a and to make her own health care decisions, you have to vote for democrats. if you believe we can stand up to our values and keep our country safe, you have to vote for democrats. if you understand we are facing a real crisis with climate change, you have to vote for democrats.
if you believe in comprehensive immigration reform and protecting dreamers, you have to vote for democrats. if you believe in getting money out of politics and our voters to the polls, you have to vote for democrats. if you believe in standing up for evidence and reason and respecting the rule of law is critical to our democracy, you have to vote for democrats. now, more than ever, they need -- we need leaders who will stand up for progressive values and those who try to turn neighbor against neighbor. most of all, we need leaders that believe in producing results and getting things done, leaders like andrew cuomo and kathy hope.
i've had the personal privilege of working with governor cuomo for a very long time, ever since he worked in the clinton administration as the secretary of housing. i saw his compassion and determination as he worked to confront homelessness. we traveled together to puerto rico after hurricane george and i saw how committed he was to solving problems and making our country more resilient. i am not surprised he is the only elected official consistently trying to help puerto rico right now. as our governor, he led the way forward on so many issues that matter to new york's hard-working families. under his leadership, our state has erased a $10 million deficit
and added more than a million private sector jobs. i was proud to stand with him when new york was the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. because no one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty. after the heartbreak of the 2016 election, i was overjoyed when he announced plans to put an affordable college education within reach for every new yorker. he made our state the first in the nation to provide tuition-free college for low income and middle-class families. but that is not all. since governor cuomo took office, new york has passed marriage equality, implemented common sense gun safety laws, and adopted a strong, the
-- the strongest paid family leave policy anywhere in america. so our state is a shining example that progress is possible and we have top, experienced democratic leaders and fendingr values off the onslaught of attacks. that is exactly what andrew cuomo has done, whether he is standing with immigrant families, fighting back against tax changes that will arm new -- that will harm new yorkers, or urging schools in texas to do something after the school shootings. he is not afraid to take on anyone who tries to hurt this state or our country. i know he will continue to rally others and joined this fight. i know he is going to have some
new allies come november. that is one of the reasons i am thrilled to see stacey abrams on -- won the primary in georgia last night. i supported her in the primary and i look forward to supporting her campaign. of course, governor cuomo is not doing all of this alone. we are fortunate to have a really terrific delegation representing us in washington, committed elected officials, like my longtime friend who just addressed to you. tom dinapoli. and exciting candidates all up and down the ticket. in spite of very real challenges, i am inspired by the grassroots energy and activism we are seeing across america. people in every corner of this state are mounting a massive resistance, from the students marching to demand an end to gun violence, for the people from all walks of life standing with
immigrants and dreamers, to the advocates speaking out for criminal justice reform. that is one of the reasons i started a new group to support and lift up these people and groups on the front lines to fight for our shared progressive values. also really inspired by women making their voices heard like never before. it was women lawyers who first brought their colleagues together at airports to some heart are muslim neighbors in the wake of the first travel ban. that the stateng where elizabeth cady stanton and frederick douglass and susan b anthony and many others came together in seneca falls to declare for the first time all men and women were created equal is now home to leaders like the lieutenant governor.
kathy hogle. i worked with kathy for a long time. i have really admired the way she has consistently stood up for progressive values in places where it is not so easy. having represented the state for eight wonderful years, it is one thing to stand up and fight for civil and lgbt and women's rights in a place where people already agreed with you, but kathy was walking right into the lions den, and she never wavered. she is one tough customer. and i'm so glad she is going to continue as our senate governor. we are lucky as new yorkers because we stand on the shoulders of brave trailblazers. and history makers. today is to pick up that torch, terry tie and
-- carry it high, carry it now that each of us is fighting, in the words of elizabeth cady stanton, not for ourselves alone, but for generations to come. we are not going to win every fight. take it from me. if we stand together for the values we share. we will get there together. i know our best days as democrats, new yorkers, and americans, are still ahead. let's go with these elections in november. thank you. god bless you. [cheers and applause]
gov. cuomo: do we love hillary clinton? [cheers and applause] on behalf of everyone here, i'm a the democrats in new york, listening to your speech, it is so inspirational. you talk about carrying the torch. you carry the torch. you are the one who really showed so many girls and women their potential and encouraged them to stand up. you are the one who always taught us to set the bar higher. you are an inspiration, a crusader, a pioneer, and we are so grateful you are a new yorker and we are so proud of you. thank you for everything. [cheers] hillary clinton: thank you.
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