Full Transcript: President Trump’s Inauguration Speech

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Donald Trump Inaguration Speech


00:36 Trump: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you.


00:57 Trump: We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world, for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you. Continue reading “Full Transcript: President Trump’s Inauguration Speech”

Trump, Clinton, and Obama Election Results Speech Transcripts

Donald Trump Presidential Acceptance Speech Transcript

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Final Election Speech Transcripts


Donald Trump Acceptance Speech

Trump: Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business, complicated.


Trump: Thank you very much.


Trump: I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton.

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Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript

2016 Final Debate Transcript


Wallace: Good evening. From the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I’m Chris Wallace of Fox News. And I welcome you to the third and final of the 2016 presidential debates between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump. This debate is sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The commission has designed the format, six roughly, 15-minute segments with two-minute answers to the first question, then open discussion for the rest of each segment. Both campaigns have agreed to those rules. For the record, I decided the topics and the questions in each topic. None of those questions has been shared with the commission or the two candidates. The audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. No cheers, boos, or other interruptions, so we and you can focus on what the candidates have to say. No noise except right now, as we welcome the Democratic nominee for President, Secretary Clinton and the Republican nominee for President, Mr Trump. Continue reading “Third Presidential Debate Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Full Transcript”

Full Second Presidential Debate Transcript – Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton

2016 Debate Transcript

Raddatz: Nominee for President, Donald J. Trump and the Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton.


Cooper: Thank you very much for being here. We’re gonna begin with a question from one of the members in our town hall. Each of you will have two minutes to respond to this question. Secretary Clinton, you won the coin toss, so you’ll go first. Our first question comes from Patrice Brock. Patrice? Continue reading “Full Second Presidential Debate Transcript – Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton”

Mike Pence vs Tim Kaine – Vice Presidential Debate Transcript 2016

2016 VP Debate

2016 Vice Presidential Debate Full Transcript

Quijano: Gentlemen welcome. It truly is a privilege to be with both of you tonight. I’d like to start with the topic of Presidential Leadership. 28 years ago, tomorrow night, Lloyd Benson said, “The Vice Presidential Debate was not about the qualifications for the Vice Presidency, but about how if tragedy should occur, the Vice President has to step in without any margin for error, without time for preparation, to take over the responsibility for the biggest job in the world.” What about your qualities, your skills, and your temperament equip you to step into that role at a moment’s notice, Senator Kaine? Continue reading “Mike Pence vs Tim Kaine – Vice Presidential Debate Transcript 2016”

Clinton vs. Trump: The First U.S. Presidential Debate Full Transcript

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

Monday, Sep 27, 2016


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Holt: The Commission drafted tonight’s format and the rules have been agreed to by the campaigns. The 90-minute debate is divided into six segments, each 15 minutes long. We’ll explore three topic areas tonight; Achieving Prosperity, America’s Direction and Securing America. At the start of each segment, I will ask the same lead-off question to both candidates and they will each have up to two minutes to respond. From that point until the end of the segment, we’ll have an open discussion. The questions are mine and have not been shared with the Commission or the campaigns. The audience here in the room has agreed to remain silent, so that we can focus on what the candidates are saying. I will invite you to applaud, however, at this moment as we walk in the candidates. Democratic nominee for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.


[background conversation]

Holt: Well, I don’t expect us to cover all the issues of this campaign tonight, but I remind everyone there are two more presidential debates scheduled. We are gonna focus on many of the issues that voters tell us are most important and we’re gonna press for specifics. I am honored to have this role, but this evening belongs to the candidates and just as important to the American people. Candidates, we look forward to hearing you articulate your policies and your positions, as well as your visions and your values. So, let’s begin.

Holt: We’re calling this opening segment, ‘Achieving Prosperity’, and central to that is jobs. There are two economic realities in America today. There’s been a record six straight years of job growth and new census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation. However, income inequality remains significant and nearly half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Beginning with you, Secretary Clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American workers?

Clinton: Well, thank you, Lester, and thanks to Hofstra for hosting us. The central question in this election is really, what kind of country we wanna be and what kind of future we’ll build together? Today is my granddaughter’s second birthday, so I think about this a lot. First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means, we need new jobs, good jobs with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.

Clinton: We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also, guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work. I also wanna see more companies do profit sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top. And I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. I’ve heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you’re under. So, let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let’s be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college. How’re we gonna do it? We’re gonna do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.

Clinton: Finally, we, tonight, are on the stage together, Donald Trump and I. Donald, it’s good to be with you. We’re going to have a debate where we are talking about the important issues facing our country. You have to judge us, who can shoulder the immense awesome responsibilities of the Presidency? Who can put into action the plans that will make your life better? I hope that I will be able to earn your vote on November 8th.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, thank you. Mr. Trump, the same question to you. It’s about putting more money into the pockets of American workers. You have up to two minutes.

Trump: Thank you, Lester. Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency and there’s nobody in our government to fight them, and we have a very good fight and we have a winning fight, because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China and many other countries are doing the same thing. So, we’re losing our good jobs, so many of them. When you look at what’s happening in Mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said, “It’s the eighth wonder of the world.” They’re building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States, as he said, “Not so much.” So, Ford is leaving, you see that their small car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving. And we can’t allow it to happen anymore.

Trump: As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we’re going to do, but perhaps we’ll be talking about that later. But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop our companies from leaving the United States, and with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier Air Conditioning in Indianapolis. They fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico. So many, hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this. We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35% to 15% for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch. Companies will come, they will build, they will expand, new companies will start. And I look very, very much forward to doing it. We have to renegotiate our trade deals, and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, would you like to respond?

Clinton: Well, I think that trade is an important issue. Of course, we are 5% of the world’s population, we have to trade with the other 95%. And we need to have smart, fair trade deals. We also, though, need to have a tax system that rewards work and not just financial transactions. And the kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. In fact, it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top percents of the people in this country than we’ve ever had. I call it ‘trumped-up trickle-down’, because that’s exactly what it would be. That is not how we grow the economy. We just have a different view about what’s best for growing the economy, how we make investments that will actually produce jobs and rising incomes.

Clinton: I think we come at it from somewhat different perspectives. I understand that. Donald was very fortunate in his life, and that’s all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we’ll be and that everything will work out from there. I don’t buy that. I have a different experience. My father was a small businessman. He worked really hard. He printed drapery fabrics on long tables, where he pulled out those fabrics and he went down with a silkscreen and dumped the paint in and took the squeegee and kept going. And so what I believe is the more we can do for the middle class, the more we can invest in you, your education, your skills, your future, the better we will be off and the better we’ll grow. That’s the kind of economy I want us to see again.

Holt: Let me follow up with Mr. Trump, if I can. You’ve talked about creating 25 million jobs, and you’ve promised to bring back millions of jobs for Americans. How are you going to bring back the industries that have left this country for cheaper labor overseas? How, specifically, are you gonna tell American manufacturers that you have to come back?

Trump: Well, for one thing, and before we start on that, my father gave me a very small loan in 1975 and I built it into a company that’s worth many, many billions of dollars, with some of the greatest assets in the world, and I say that only because that’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. Our country’s in deep trouble. We don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to devaluations, and all of these countries all over the world, especially China. They’re the best, the best ever at it. What they’re doing to us is a very, very sad thing. So, we have to do that. We have to renegotiate our trade deals. And, Lester, they’re taking our jobs, they’re giving incentives, they’re doing things that, frankly, we don’t do.

Trump: Let me give you the example of Mexico. They have a VAT tax, we’re on a different system. When we sell into Mexico, there’s a tax. When they sell in… Automatic, 16% approximately. When they sell into us, there’s no tax. It’s a defective agreement. It’s been defective for a long time, many years, but the politicians haven’t done anything about it. Now, in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, yes, is that okay? Good. I want you to be very happy. [chuckle] It’s very important to me. But in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, when she started talking about this, it was really very recently. She’s been doing this for 30 years. And why hasn’t she made the agreements better? The NAFTA agreement is defective. Just because of the tax and many other reasons, but just because of the fact…

Holt: Let me interrupt just a moment, but…

Trump: Secretary Clinton and others, politicians, should’ve been doing this for years, not right now, because of the fact that we’ve created a movement. They should’ve been doing this for years. What’s happened to our jobs and our country and our economy generally is… Look, we owe $20 trillion. We cannot do it any longer, Lester.

Holt: Back to the question, though. How do you bring back, specifically bring back jobs? American manufacturers, how do you make them bring the jobs back?

Trump: Well, the first thing you do is don’t let the jobs leave. The companies are leaving. I could name, I mean, there are thousands of them. They’re leaving, and they’re leaving in bigger numbers than ever. And what you do is you say, “Fine, you wanna go to Mexico or some other country, good luck. We wish you a lot of luck. But if you think you’re going to make your air conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you’re wrong.” And once you say you’re gonna have to tax them coming in, and our politicians never do this, because they have special interests and the special interests want those companies to leave, because in many cases, they own the companies. So what I’m saying is, we can stop them from leaving, we have to stop them from leaving. And that’s a big, big factor.

Holt: Let me let Secretary Clinton get in here.

Clinton: Well, let’s stop for a second and remember where we were eight years ago. We had the worst financial crisis, the Great Recession, the worst since the 1930s. That was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off the Wall Street, and created a perfect storm. In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, ’cause then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.

Trump: That’s called business by the way.

Clinton: Nine million people lost their jobs, five million people lost their homes, and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. Now, we have come back from that abyss and it has not been easy. So we’re now on the precipice of having a potentially much better economy, but the last thing we need to do, is to go back to the policies that failed us in the first place. Independent experts have looked at what I’ve proposed and looked at what Donald’s proposed, and basically, they’ve said this, that if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion, and would, in some instances, disadvantage middle class families compared to the wealthy, were to go into effect, we would lose three-and-a-half million jobs and maybe have another recession.

Clinton: They’ve looked at my plans, and they’ve said, “Okay, if we can do this,” and I intend to get it done, “we will have 10 million more new jobs.” Because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.

Trump: I did not, I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that.

Clinton: I think science is real, and I think it’s important that we grip this and deal with it both at home, and abroad. And here’s what we can do, we can deploy a half a billion more solar panels. We can have enough clean energy to power every home. We can build a new, modern electric grid. That’s a lot of jobs, that’s a lot of new economic activity. So, I’ve tried to be very specific about what we can and should do. And I am determined that we’re going to get the economy really moving again, building on the progress we’ve made over the last eight years, but never going back to what got us in trouble in the first place.

Holt: Mr. Trump.

Trump: She talks about solar panels. We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster, they lost plenty of money on that one. Now look, I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work. Our energy policies are a disaster. Our country is losing so much in terms of energy, in terms of paying off our debt. You can’t do what you’re looking to do with $20 trillion in debt. The Obama administration, from the time they’ve come in, is over 230 years worth of debt. And he’s topped it, he’s doubled it in the course of almost eight years, seven-and-a-half years to be semi-exact. So I will tell you this, we have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs. And we have to do a much better job at giving companies incentive to build new companies or to expand, because they’re not doing it.

Trump: And all you have to do is look at Michigan, and look at Ohio, and look at all of these places where so many of their jobs and their companies are just leaving, they’re gone. And Hillary, I just ask you this. You’ve been doing this for 30 years, why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it, and now, you’re just starting to think of solutions.

Clinton: Well, actually that…

Trump: Excuse me. I will bring back jobs, you can’t bring back jobs.

Clinton: Well, actually, I have thought about this quite a bit. And I have…

Clinton: Yeah, for 30 years.


Clinton: Well, not quite that long. I think my husband did a pretty good job in the 1990s. So, I think a lot about what worked and how we can make it work again.

Trump: Well, he approved NAFTA.

[overlapping conversation]

Clinton: 23 million new jobs, a balanced budget…

Trump: He approved NAFTA, which is the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country.

Clinton: And incomes went up for everybody. Manufacturing jobs went up also in the 1990s, if we’re actually gonna look at the facts. When I was in the Senate, I had a number of trade deals that came before me, and I held them all to the same test: Will they create jobs in America? Will they raise incomes in America, and are they good for our national security? Some of them I voted for. The biggest one, a multinational one known as CAFTA, I voted against, and because I hold the same standards as I look at all of these trade deals. But, let’s not assume that trade is the only challenge we have in the economy. I think it is a part of it and I’ve said what I’m going to do. I’m gonna have a special prosecutor. We’re going to enforce the trade deals we have and we’re going to hold people accountable. When I was Secretary of State, we actually increased American exports globally 30%, we increased them to China 50%. So, I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs.

Trump: Well, you haven’t done in 30 years or 26 years, or any number you wanna…

Clinton: Well, I’ve been a Senator Donald…

Trump: You haven’t done it, you haven’t done it.

Clinton: And I’ve been a Secretary of State and I have done a lot.

Trump: And excuse me, you’re husband signed NAFTA, which was one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.

Clinton: Well, that’s your opinion. That is your opinion.

Trump: You go to New England, you go to Ohio, Pennsylvania, you go anywhere you want, Secretary Clinton, and you will see devastation where manufacture is down 30, 40, sometimes 50%. NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country. And now, you want to approve Trans-Pacific partnership. You were totally in favor of it, then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, “I can’t win that debate.” But you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA.

Clinton: Well, that is just not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out. I wrote about that in…

Trump: You called it the ‘gold standard’.

Clinton: I wrote about… Well, I hope…

Trump: You called it the ‘gold standard of trade deals.’

Holt: And, you know what…

Trump: You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen. And then, you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it.

Clinton: Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, [chuckle] but that is not the facts. The facts are, I did say, I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated, which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn’t. I wrote about that in my book…

Trump: So is it President Obama’s fault? Is it President Obama’s fault?

Clinton: Before you even announced… Look, there are different…

Trump: Secretary, is it President Obama’s fault?

Clinton: There are different…

Trump: Because he’s pushing it.

Clinton: There are different views about what’s good for our country, our economy and our leadership in the world. And I think it’s important to look at what we need to do to get the economy going again. That’s why I said, new jobs with rising incomes, investments, not in more tax cuts that would add $5 trillion to the debt…

Trump: But you have no plan.

Clinton: But in educa… Oh, I do.

Trump: Secretary, you have no plan.

Clinton: In fact, I have written a book about it. It’s called ‘Stronger Together,’ you can pick it up tomorrow…

Trump: That’s about all you…

Holt: Folks, we’re gonna…

Clinton: At the bookstore or at an airport near you.

Holt: We’re gonna move to…

Clinton: But it’s because I see this, we need to have strong growth, fair growth, sustained growth. We also have to look at how we help families balance the responsibilities at home and the responsibilities at business. So we have a very robust set of plans, and people who have looked at both of our plans, have concluded that mine would create 10 million jobs and yours would lose us three-and-a-half million jobs and explode the debt, which would have a recession.

[overlapping conversation]

Trump: You are going to approve one of the biggest tax cuts in history. You are going to approve one of the biggest tax increases in history. You are gonna drive business out. Your regulations are a disaster and you’re gonna increase regulations all over the place. And by the way, my tax cut is the biggest since Ronald Reagan, I’m very proud of it. It will create tremendous numbers of new jobs. But, regulations, you are going to regulate these businesses out of existence. When I go around, Lester, I tell you this. I’ve been all over. And when I go around, despite the tax cut, the things that business as in people like the most, is the fact that I’m cutting regulation. You have regulations on top of regulations and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business, and you wanna increase the regulations and make them even worse. I’m gonna cut regulations. But I’m going to cut taxes big league and you’re gonna raise taxes big league, end of story.

Holt: Let me get you to pause right there, ’cause we’re gonna move into the next segment. We’re gonna talk taxes.

Clinton: That can’t be left to stand…

Trump: Please take 30 seconds and then we’re gonna go on.

Clinton: I kind of assumed that there would be a lot of these charges and claims, and so…

Trump: Facts.

Clinton: We have taken the homepage of my website, hillaryclinton.com and we’ve turned it into a fact checker. So if you wanna see in real time what the facts are, please go and take a look, because…

Trump: And take a look at mine also and you’ll see…

Clinton: What I have proposed does not add a penny to the debt and your plans would add $5 trillion to the debt. What I have proposed would cut regulations and streamline them for small businesses. What I have proposed would be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy, because they have made all the gains in the economy and I think it’s time that the wealthy incorporations paid their fair share to support this country.

Holt: Well, you just opened the next segment…

Trump: Well, could I just finish? I think I should…

[overlapping conversation]

Holt: I’m gonna give you a chance right here.

Trump: You go to her website…

Holt: With the new 15-minute segment it’s gonna be…

Trump: And you take a look at her website. She’s gonna raise taxes $1.3 trillion.

Holt: Mr. Trump, I’m gonna…

Trump: And look at her website. You know what? It’s no different than this. She’s telling us how to fight ISIS, just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.


Holt: Alright. The next segment we’re continuing the subject of achieving prosperity…

Clinton: Well, at least I have a plan to fight ISIS.

Trump: No, no. You’re telling the enemy everything you wanna do.

Clinton: No, we’re not.

Trump: See, you’re telling the enemy everything you wanna do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.


Holt: Folks, let me…

Clinton: That’s… Go to the… Please, the fact checkers, get to work.

Holt:  Okay. You are unpacking a lot here and we’re still in the issue of achieving prosperity and I wanna talk about taxes. The fundamental difference between the two of you concerns the wealthy. Secretary Clinton, you’re calling for a tax increase in the wealthiest Americans. I’d like you to further defend that. And Mr. Trump, you’re calling for tax cuts for the wealthy. I’d like you to defend that, and this next two-minute answer goes to you, Mr. Trump.

Trump: Well, I’m really for major jobs, because the wealthy are going to create tremendous jobs. They’re gonna expand their companies, they’re gonna do a tremendous job. I’m getting rid of the carried interest provision, and if you really look, it’s not a tax… It’s really not a great thing for the wealthy, it’s a great thing for middle class, it’s a great thing for companies to expand. And when these people are gonna put billions and billions of dollars into companies, and when they’re gonna bring two-and-a-half trillion dollars back from overseas, where they can’t bring the money back, because politicians like Secretary Clinton won’t allow them to bring the money back, because the taxes are so onerous, and the bureaucratic red tape. So what… Is so bad. So what they’re doing is, they’re leaving our country, and they’re, believe it or not, leaving because taxes are too high, and because some of them have lots of money outside of our country. And instead of bringing it back and putting the money to work, because they can’t work out a deal to… And everybody agrees it should be brought back. Instead of that, they’re leaving our country to get their money. Because they can’t bring their money back into our country, because of bureaucratic red tape. Because they can’t get together. ‘Cause we have a president that can’t sit them around the table, and get them to approve something.

Trump: And here’s the thing, Republicans and Democrats agree that this should be done. Two-and-a-half trillion, I happen to think it’s double that. It’s probably $5 trillion that we can’t bring into our country, Lester. And with a little leadership you’d get it in here very quickly, and it could be put to use on the inner cities and lots of other things, and it would be beautiful. But we have no leadership, and honestly that starts with Secretary Clinton.

Holt: Alright, you have two minutes on the same question to defend tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m gonna be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.

Trump: Why not?

Clinton: Why not? Yeah, why not?


Clinton: Just join the debate by saying more crazy things. Now let me say this.

Trump: There’s nothing crazy…

Clinton: It is absolutely the case.

Trump: About not letting our companies bring their money back into their country.

Holt: This is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes please.

Trump: Yes.

Clinton: Yeah, well let’s start the clock again Lester. We’ve looked at your tax proposals, I don’t see changes in the corporate tax rates, or the kinds of proposals you’re referring to that would cause the repatriation, bringing back of money that’s stranded overseas. I happen to support that.

Trump: Then you didn’t read it.

Clinton: I happen to support that in a way that will actually work to our benefit. But when I look at what you have proposed, you have what is called now the ‘Trump loophole’, because it would so advantage you and the business you do. You’ve proposed…

Trump: Who gave them that name? The first ever…

Clinton: An approach that has a…

Trump: Who gave it that…

Holt: This is, sorry, this is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes.

Clinton: $4 billion tax benefit for your family. And when you look at what you are proposing…

Trump: How much, how much for my family? Lester, how much?

Clinton: It is, as I said, trumped up, trickle down. Trickle down did not work. It got us into the mess we were in in 2008 and ’09. Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked, and a lot of really smart wealthy people know that. And they are saying, “Hey, we need to do more to make the contributions we should be making to rebuild the middle class.” I don’t think top down works in America. I think building the middle class, investing in the middle class, making college debt-free, so more young people can get their education, helping people refinance their tax… Their debt from college at a lower rate. Those are the kinds of things that will really boost the economy. Broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in America. Not more advantages for people at the very top.

Holt: Mr. Trump, we’re…

Trump: Typical politician. All talk, no action, sounds good, doesn’t work, never gonna happen. Our country is suffering, because people like Secretary Clinton have made such bad decisions in terms of our jobs and in terms of what’s going on. Now look, we have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression. And believe me, we’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s gonna come crashing down. We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble, and we’d better be awfully careful. And we have a Fed that’s doing political things. This Janet Yellen of the Fed. The Fed is doing political by keeping the interest rates at this level. And believe me, the day Obama goes off, and he leaves, and he goes out to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf, when they raise interest rates, you’re gonna see some very bad things happen. Because the Fed is not doing their job. The Fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton.

Holt: Mr. Trump we’re talking about the burden that American’s have to pay, yet you have not released your tax returns. And the reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to… Who he owes it to, and any business conflicts. Don’t Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?

Trump: I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit, and it’ll be released, and as soon as the audit’s finished it’ll be released. But you will learn more about Donald Trump by going down to the federal elections where I filed a 104-page essentially financial statement of sorts, the forms that they have. It shows income… In fact the income… I just looked today. The income is filed at $694 million for this past year, $694 million. If you would have told me I was gonna make that 15 or 20 years ago, I would have been very surprised. But that’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. When we have a country that’s doing so badly, that’s being ripped off by every single country in the world, it’s the kind of thinking that our country needs. Because everybody, Lester, we have a trade deficit with all of the countries that we do business with, of almost $800 billion a year. You know what that is? That means, who’s negotiating these trade deals? We have people that are political hacks negotiating our trade deals.

Holt: The IRS says an audit of your taxes…

Trump: Excuse me.

Holt: You’re perfectly free to release your taxes during an audit. And so the question is, does the public’s right to know outweigh your personal…

Trump: Well, I told you, I will release them as soon as the audit… Look, I’ve been under audit almost for 15 years. I know a lot of wealthy people that have never been audited. I said, “Do you get audited?” I get audited almost every year. And in a way, I should be complaining. I’m not even complaining. I don’t mind it. It’s almost become a way of life. I get audited by the IRS. But other people don’t. I will say this. We have a situation in this country that has to be taken care of. I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer’s wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release.


Trump: I will release my tax returns. And that’s against… My lawyers, they say, “Don’t do it.” I will tell you this. No… In fact, watching shows, they’re reading the papers. Almost every lawyer says, “You don’t release your returns until the audit’s complete.” When the audit’s complete, I’ll do it. But I would go against them if she releases her emails.

Holt: So it’s negotiable?

Trump: It’s not negotiable. No, let her release the e… Why did she delete 33,000 emails?

Holt: Well, I’ll let her answer that, but let me just admonish the audience one more time. There was an agreement. We did ask you to be silent, so it would be helpful for us. Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I think you’ve just seen another example of bait-and-switch here. For 40 years, everyone running for president has released their tax returns. You can go and see nearly, I think, 39, 40 years of our tax returns, but everyone has done it. We know the IRS has made clear, there is no prohibition on releasing it when you’re under audit. So you’ve got to ask yourself, why won’t he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed, he didn’t pay any federal income tax.

Trump: That makes me smart.

Clinton: So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he’s not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he’s trying to hide. And the financial disclosure statements, they don’t give you the tax rate. They don’t give you all the details that tax returns would. And it just seems to me that this is something that the American people deserve to see. And I have no reason to believe that he’s ever going to release his tax returns, because there’s something he’s hiding. And we’ll guess. We’ll keep guessing at what it might be that he’s hiding. But I think the question is, were he ever to get near the White House, what would be those conflicts? Who does he owe money to? Well, he owes you the answers to that, and he should provide them.

Holt: He also raised the issue of your emails. Do you wanna respond to that?

Clinton: I do. You know, I made a mistake using a private email.

Trump: That’s for sure.

Clinton: And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I’m not gonna make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that.

Holt: Mr. Trump?

Trump: That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OKay? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment… Taking the Fifth, so they’re not prosecuted. When you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it’s… Really thinks it’s disgraceful also. As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn that much from tax returns, that I can tell you. You learn a lot from financial disclosure. And you should go down and take a look at that. The other thing, I’m extremely under-leveraged. Thee report that said, 650, which by the way, a lot of friends of mine that know my business say, “Boy, that’s really not a lot of money.” It’s not a lot of money relative to what I had. The buildings that were in question, they said in the same report, which was… Actually, it wasn’t even a bad story, to be honest with you, but the buildings are worth $3.9 billion. And the 650 isn’t even on that. But it’s not 650, it’s much less than that. But I could give you a list of banks, if that would help you, I would give you a list of banks. These are very fine institutions, very fine banks. I could do that very quickly. I am very under-leveraged. I have a great company. I have a tremendous income.

Trump: And the reason I say that is not in a braggadocios way, it’s because it’s about time that this country had somebody running it that has an idea about money. When we have $20 trillion in debt, and our county’s a mess… You know, it’s one thing to have 20 trillion in debt and our roads are good, and our bridges are good, and everything’s in great shape, our airports… Our airports are like from a third world country. You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible… You come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land… We’ve become a third world country. So, the worst of all things has happened, we owe $20 trillion and we’re a mess. We haven’t even started. And we’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, according to a report that I just saw, whether it’s six or five, but it looks like it’s six. $6 trillion in the Middle East, we could have rebuilt our country twice, and it’s really a shame. And it’s politicians like Secretary Clinton that have caused this problem. Our country has tremendous problems. We’re a debtor nation, we’re a serious debtor nation, and we have a country that needs new roads, new tunnels, new bridges, new airports, new schools, new hospitals. And we don’t have the money, because it’s been squandered on so many of your ideas.

Holt: Let you respond and we’ll move to the next…

Clinton: And maybe because you haven’t paid any federal income tax for a lot of years.


Clinton: And the other thing I think is important to point out is…

Trump: It would be squandered too, believe me.

Clinton: If your main claim to be president of the United States is your business, then I think we should talk about that. You know, your campaign manager said that you built a lot of businesses on the backs of little guys. And indeed, I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald. I’ve met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that you asked them to do. We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses. It’s a beautiful facility. It immediately was put to use. And you wouldn’t pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you to do…

Trump: Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.

Clinton: Well, do thousands…

Trump: Which our country should do too.

Clinton: Do the thousands of people that you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some kind apology from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they produced, and then refused to pay them? I can only say that I’m certainly relieved that my late father never did business with you. He provided a good middle-class life for us, but the people he worked for, he expected the bargain to be kept on both sides. And when we talk about your business, you’ve taken business bankruptcy six times. There are a lot of great business people that have never taken bankruptcy once. You call yourself the king of debt, you talk about leverage. You even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the…

Trump: Wrong. Wrong.

Clinton: The national debt of the United States. Well, sometimes there’s not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government…

Holt: Let’s let Mr. Trump…

Trump: So, yeah, I think it’s… I do think it’s time.

Clinton: And we need to be very clear about that.

Trump: Look, it’s all words, it’s all sound bites. I built an unbelievable company, some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world, real estate assets anywhere in the world beyond the United States, in Europe, lots of different places. It’s an unbelievable company. But on occasion, four times, we used certain laws that are there. And when Secretary Clinton talks about people that didn’t get paid, first of all, they did get paid a lot, but taking advantage of the laws of the nation, now if you wanna change the laws you’ve been there a long time, change the laws. But I take advantage of the laws of the nation, because I’m running a company, my obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies, and that’s what I do. But, what she doesn’t say is the tens of thousands of people that are unbelievably happy and that love me. I’ll give you an example. We’re just opening up on Pennsylvania Avenue, right next to the White House, so if I don’t get there one way, I’m gonna get to Pennsylvania Avenue another.

Trump: But we’re opening the old post office, under budget, ahead of schedule, saved tremendous money, I’m a year ahead of schedule, and that’s what this country should be doing. We build roads and they cost two and three and four times what they’re supposed to cost. We buy products for our military and they come at costs that are so far above what they were supposed to be, because we don’t have people that know what they’re doing. When we look at the budget, the budget is bad to a large extent, because we have people that have no idea as to what to do and how to buy. The Trump International is way under budget and way ahead of schedule, and we should be able to do that for our county.

Holt: Well, we’re well behind schedule, so I wanna move to our next segment. We move into our next segment talking about America’s direction, and let’s start by talking about race. The share of Americans who say race relations are bad in this country is the highest it’s been in decades, much of it amplified by shootings of African-Americans by police, as we’ve seen recently in Charlotte and Tulsa. Race has been a big issue in this campaign and one of you is gonna have to bridge a very wide and bitter gap. So how do you heal the divide? Secretary Clinton you get two minutes on this.

Clinton: Well you’re right, race remains a significant challenge in our country. Unfortunately race still determines too much. Often determines where people live, determines what kind of education in their public schools they can get, and yes, it determines how they’re treated in the criminal justice system. We’ve just seen those too tragic examples in both Tulsa and Charlotte. And we’ve gotta do several things at the same time. We have to restore trust between communities and the police. We have to work to make sure that our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they’re well prepared to use force only when necessary. Everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law. Right now, that’s not the case in a lot of our neighborhoods.

Clinton: So I have, ever since the first day of my campaign called for criminal justice reform. I’ve laid out a platform that I think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system. But we also have to recognize in addition to the challenges that we face with policing, there are so many good brave police officers who equally want reform. So we have to bring communities together in order to begin working on that as a mutual goal. And we’ve got to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. The gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young African-American men, more than the next nine causes put together. So we have to do two things as I said, we have to restore trust, we have to work with the police, we have to make sure they respect the communities and the communities respect them, and we have to tackle the plague of gun violence, which is a big contributor to a lot of the problems that we’re seeing today.

Holt: Alright Mr. Trump, you have two minutes. How do you heal the divide?

Trump: Well first of all, Secretary Clinton doesn’t want to use a couple of words and that’s “law and order”. And we need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not gonna have a country. And when I look at what’s going on in Charlotte, the city I love, the city where I have investments. When I look at what’s going on throughout various parts of our country whether it’s… I mean, I can just keep naming them all day long. We need law and order in our country. And I just got today, as you know, the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. It just came in. We have endorsements from I think almost every police group, very… I mean, a large percentage of them in the United States. We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African-Americans, Hispanics, are living in hell, because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street you get shot.

Trump: In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings, thousands, since January 1st, thousands of shootings. And I’m saying, “Where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing?” And we have to stop the violence, we have to bring back law and order in a place like Chicago, where thousands of people have been killed, thousands over the last number of years. In fact, almost 4,000 have been killed since Barack Obama became President. Over four… Almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed. We have to bring back law and order. Now whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop-and-frisk, which worked very well, Mayor Giuliani is here, worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down. But you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn’t be having it. We have gangs roaming the street, and in many cases they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants, and they have guns, and they shoot people. And we have to be very strong, and we have to be very vigilant. We have to know what we’re doing. Right now, our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything. We have to protect our inner cities, because African-American communities are being decimated by crime.

Holt: Your two minutes has expired, but I do wanna follow up. Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.

Trump: No, you’re wrong. It went before a judge who was a very against-police judge. It was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it throughout the country there are many places…

Holt: The argument is that it’s a form of racial profiling.

Trump: No. The argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them, and that are bad people that shouldn’t have them. These are felons, these are people that are bad people that shouldn’t be… When you have 3000 shootings in Chicago from January first, when you have 4000 people killed in Chicago by guns from the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama, his hometown. You have to have stop-and-frisk. You need more police, you need a better community relation. You don’t have good community relations in Chicago. It’s terrible. I have property there, it’s terrible what’s going on in Chicago. But when you look… And Chicago is not the only… You go to Ferguson, you go to so many different places. You need better relationships, I agree with Secretary Clinton on this, you need better relationships between the communities and the police, because in some cases it’s not good.

Trump: But you look at Dallas, where the relationships were really studied. The relationships were really a beautiful thing. And then five police officers were killed one night very violently. So there’s some bad things going on, some really bad things. But we need…

Holt: Secretary Clinton…

Trump: Lester, we need law and order. And we need law and order in the inner cities, because the people that are most affected by what’s happening are African-American and Hispanic people. And it’s very unfair to them what our politicians are allowing to happen.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I’ve heard Donald say this at his rallies. And it’s really unfortunate that he paints such a dire negative picture of black communities in our country.

Trump: Uh.

Clinton: You know, the vibrancy of the black church, the black businesses that employ so many people, the opportunities that so many families are working to provide for their kids. There’s a lot that we should be proud of, and we should be supporting and lifting up. But we do always have to make sure we keep people safe. There are the right ways of doing it, and then there are ways that are ineffective. Stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional. And in part, because it was ineffective. It did not do what it needed to do.

Clinton: Now, I believe in community policing. And in fact, violent crime is one-half of what it was in 1991. Property crime is down 40%. We just don’t wanna see it creep back up. We’ve had 25 years of very good cooperation, but there were some problems, some unintended consequences. Too many young African-American and Latino men ended up in jail for non-violent offenses. And it’s just a fact that if you’re a young African-American man, and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated. So we’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. We cannot just say, “Law and order.” We have to say… We have to come forward with a plan that is going to divert people from the criminal justice system, deal with mandatory minimum sentences, which have put too many people away for too long for doing too little. We need to have more second-chance programs. I’m glad that we’re ending private prisons in the federal system. I wanna see them ended in the state system. You shouldn’t have a profit motivation to fill prison cells with young Americans.

Clinton: So, there are some positive ways we can work on this. And I believe strongly that common sense gun safety measures would assist us right now. And this is something Donald has supported along with the gun lobby. Right now, we’ve got too many military-style weapons on the streets. In a lot of places our police are outgunned. We need comprehensive background checks, and we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who will do harm. And we finally need to pass a probation on anyone who’s on the terrorist watch list for being able to buy a gun in our country. If you’re too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun. So there are things we can do, and we ought to do it in a bipartisan way.

Holt: Secretary Clinton, last week you said, “We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing to go right at implicit bias.” Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?

Clinton: Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone not just police. I think unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. And therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, “Why am I feeling this way?” But when it comes to policing, since it can have, literally, fatal consequences, I have said in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers. I’ve met with a group of very distinguished experienced police chiefs a few weeks ago. They admit it’s an issue. They’ve got a lot of concerns. Mental health is one of the biggest concerns, because now police are having to handle a lot of really difficult mental health problems on the street. They want support. They want more training. They want more assistance. And I think the federal government could be in a position where we would offer and provide that.

Holt: Mister…

Trump: I’d like respond to that.

Holt: Please.

Trump: First of all, I agree and a lot of people even within my own party want to give certain rights to people on watch lists and no-fly lists. I agree with you. When a person is on a watch list or a no-fly list, and I have the endorsement of the NRA, which I’m very proud of. These, are very, very good people, and they are protecting the Second Amendment. But I think we have to look very strongly at no-fly lists, and watch lists, and when people are on there, even if they shouldn’t be on there, we’ll help them, we’ll help them legally, we’ll help them get off. But I tend to agree with that quite strongly. I do wanna bring up the fact that you were the one that brought up the word ‘super predator’ about young black youth. And that’s a term that I think was a… It’s been horribly met, as you know. I think you’ve apologized for it. But I think it was a terrible thing to say. And, when it comes to stop-and-frisk, you’re talking about taking guns away. Well, I’m talking about taking guns away from gangs and people that use them. And I don’t think… I really don’t think you disagree with me on this, if you wanna know the truth.

Trump: I think, maybe there’s a political reason why you can’t say it, but I really don’t believe… In New York City stop-and-frisk, we had 2,200 murders and stop-and-frisk brought it down to 500 murders. 500 murders is a lot of murders. Hard to believe 500, is it supposed to be good? But we went from 2,200 to 500. And it was continued on by Mayor Bloomberg and it was terminated by our current mayor. But stop-and-frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City, tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very, very big impact.

Clinton: Well it’s also fair to say if we’re gonna talk about mayors that under the current mayor, crime has continued to drop, including murders. So there is…

Trump: You’re wrong. You’re wrong.

Clinton: No, I’m not.

Trump: Murders are up. Alright, you check.

Clinton: New York has done an excellent job, and I give credit. I give credit across the board going back two mayors, two police chiefs, because it has worked, and other communities need to come together to do what will work as well. Look, one murder is too many. But it is important that we learn about what has been effective and not go to things that sound good that really did not have the kind of impact that we would want. Who disagrees with keeping neighborhoods safe? But let’s also add, no one should disagree about respecting the rights of young men who live in those neighborhoods. And so we need to do a better job of working, again, with the communities, faith communities, business communities, as well as the police to try to deal with this problem.

Holt: This conversation is about race. And so Mr. Trump I have to ask you, for five…

Trump: But I’d like to just respond, if I might?

Holt: Please, 20 seconds.

Trump: I’d just like to respond.

Holt: Please respond, then I’ve got a follow-up for you.

Trump: I will. Look, the African-American community has been let down by our politicians. They talk good around election time, like right now, and after the election they said, “See you later, I’ll see you in four years.” The African-American… Look, the community within the inner cities has been so badly treated. They’ve been abused and used in order to get votes by Democrat politicians, because that’s what it is. They’ve controlled these communities for up to 100 years.

Holt: Mr. Trump, let me…

Trump: Well, I do…

Trump: Unbroken, and I will tell you, you look at the inner cities and I just left Detroit and I just left Philadelphia, and I just… You know, you’ve seen me. I’ve been all over the place. You decided to stay home and that’s okay. [chuckle] But I will tell you, I’ve been all over and I’ve met some of the greatest people I’ll ever meet within these communities, and they are very, very upset with what their politicians have told them and what their politicians have done.

Holt: Mr. Trump…

Clinton: I think that… I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing.


Holt: Mr. Trump, for five years you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black president was not a natural-born citizen. You questioned his legitimacy. In the last couple of weeks you acknowledge what most Americans have accepted for years, the president was born in the United States. Can you tell us what took you so long?

Trump: I’ll tell you very… Well, just very simple to say. Sidney Blumenthal works for the campaign and very close friend of Secretary Clinton, and her campaign manager, Patti Doyle, went to… During the campaign, her campaign against President Obama, fought very hard, and you can go look it up and you can check it out. And if you look at CNN this past week, Patti Solis Doyle was on Wolf Blitzer saying that this happened. Blumenthal sent McClatchy, a highly-respected reporter at McClatchy, to Kenya to find out about it. They were pressing it very hard. She failed to get the birth certificate. When I got involved, I didn’t fail. I got him to give the birth certificate. So I’m satisfied with it, and I’ll tell you why I’m satisfied with it.

Holt: That was in 2011.

Trump: Because I wanna get on to defeating ISIS. Because I wanna get on to creating jobs. Because I wanna get on to having a strong border. Because I wanna get on to things that are very important to me and that are very important to the country.

Holt: I will let you respond, it’s important, but I just wanna get the answer here. The birth certificate was produced in 2011. You continued to tell the story and question the President’s legitimacy in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15…

Trump: Yeah.

Holt: As recently as January. So the question is, what changed your mind?

Trump: Well, nobody was pressing it. Nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d ask the question tonight of course, but nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got them to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it. I mean, you know, now everybody in the mainstream is gonna say, “Oh, that’s not true.” Look, it’s true. Sidney Blumenthal sent the reporter. You just have to take a look at CNN last week, the interview with your former campaign manager, and she was involved. But just like she can’t bring back jobs, she can’t produce.

Holt: I’m sorry, I’m just gonna follow up and I will let you respond to that, because there’s a lot there, but we’re talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans, especially people of color who…

[overlapping conversation]

Trump: Well it was very… I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing. But let me just tell you, when you talk about healing, I think that I’ve developed very, very good relationships over the last little while with the African-American community. I think you can see that. And I feel that they really wanted me to come to that conclusion, and I think I did a great job and a great service, not only for the country, but even for the President in getting him to produce his birth certificate.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, just listen to what you heard. [laughter] And clearly, as Donald just  admitted he knew he was gonna stand on this debate stage and Lester Holt … Holt was gonna be asking us questions, so he tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily, he has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted, he persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it. But remember, Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination, because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy. He actually was sued twice by the Justice Department. So he has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one. You know, Barack Obama is a man of great dignity and I could tell how much it bothered him and annoyed him that this was being touted and used against him. But I like to remember what Michelle Obama said in her amazing speech at our Democratic National Convention, “When they go low, we go high,” and Barack Obama went high despite Donald Trump’s best efforts to bring him down.

Holt: Mr. Trump, you can respond and then we’re gonna move on to the next segment.

Trump: I would love to respond. First of all I got to watch, in preparing for this, some of your debates against Barack Obama, you treated him with terrible disrespect. And I watch the way you talk now about how lovely everything is and how wonderful you are. Doesn’t work that way. You were after him, you were trying to… You even sent out, or your campaign sent out, pictures of him in a certain garb, very famous pictures, I don’t think you can deny that. But just last week your campaign manager said it was true. So when you try to act holier than thou, it really doesn’t work, it really doesn’t. Now as far as the lawsuit, yes, when I was very young I went into my father’s company, he had a real estate company in Brooklyn and Queens. And we along with many, many other companies throughout the country, it was a federal lawsuit, were sued. We settled the suit with zero, with no admission of guilt, it was very easy to do, but they sued many people.

Trump: I notice you bring that up a lot, and I also noticed the very nasty commercials that you do on me in so many different ways, which I don’t do on you. Maybe I’m trying to save the money. But frankly, I look at that and I say, “Isn’t that amazing?” Because I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many real estate firms, and it’s just one of those things. I’ll go on one step further. In Palm Beach, Florida, tough community, a brilliant community, a wealthy community, probably the wealthiest community there is in the world, I opened a club and really got great credit for it. No discrimination against African-Americans, against Muslims, against anybody. And it’s a tremendously successful club and I’m so glad I did it. And I have been given great credit for what I did and I’m very, very proud of it. And that’s the way I feel. That is the true way I feel.

Holt: Our next segment is called ‘Securing America.’ We wanna start with a 21st-century war happening every day in this country. Our institutions are under cyber attack and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who’s behind it and how do we fight it? Secretary Clinton, this answer goes to you.

Trump: Well, I think cybersecurity, cyberwarfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president, because clearly we’re facing at this point two different kinds of adversaries. There are the independent hacking groups that do it mostly for commercial reasons, to try to steal information that they then can use to make money. But increasingly, we are seeing cyber attacks coming from states, organs of states. The most recent and troubling of these has been Russia. There’s no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald’s very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin, but Putin is playing a really tough, long game here. And one of the things he’s done, is to let loose cyber attackers to hack in to government files, to hack in to personal files, hack in to the Democratic National Committee. And we recently have learned that this is one of their preferred methods of trying to wreak havoc and collect information.

Clinton: We need to make it very clear, whether it’s Russia, China, Iran, or anybody else, the United States has much greater capacity, and we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private sector information or our public sector information. And we’re going to have to make it clear that we don’t want to use the kinds of tools that we have, we don’t want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country, and the Russians need to understand that. I think they’ve been treating it as almost a probing, how far would we go, how much would we do? And that’s why I was so shocked when Donald publicly invited Putin to hack into Americans. That is just unacceptable, it’s one of the reasons why 50 national security officials, who served in republican information… Administration…

Holt: Your two minutes has expired.

Clinton: Have said that Donald is unfit to be the commander-in-chief. It’s comments like that, that really worry people who understand the threats that we face.

Holt: Mr. Trump, you have two minutes on the same question. Who’s behind it, and how do we fight it?

Trump: Yeah. I do want to say that I was just endorsed and more are coming next week. It’ll be over 200 admirals, many of them are here, admirals and generals endorsed me to lead this country. That just happened and many more are coming, and I’m very proud of it. In addition, I was just endorsed by ICE, they’ve never endorsed anybody before on immigration. I was just endorsed by ICE. I was just recently endorsed, 16,500 border patrol agents. So, when Secretary Clinton talks about this, I mean, I’ll take the admirals, and I’ll take the generals any day over the political hacks that I see, that have led our country so brilliantly over the last 10 years with their knowledge. Okay? Because look at the mess that we’re in. Look at the mess that we’re in. As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC, she’s saying “Russia, Russia, Russia”, but I don’t… Maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China, it could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed, that weights 400 pounds. Okay? You don’t know who broke in to DNC. But what did we learn with DNC?

Trump: We learned that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people, by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of, that’s what it is. Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don’t know. Because the truth is, under President Obama, we’ve lost control of things that we used to have control of. We came in with the Internet, we came up with the Internet. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game, ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyberwarfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son, he’s 10 years old, he has computers, he is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough, and maybe it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them.

Holt: Secretary Clinton?

Clinton: Well, I think there are a number of issues that we should be addressing. I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS. It does involve going after them online. I think we need to do much more with our tech companies to prevent ISIS and their operatives from being able to use the Internet, to radicalize even direct people in our country, in Europe and elsewhere. But we also have to intensify our air strikes against ISIS. And eventually support our Arab and Kurdish partners to be able to actually take out ISIS in Raqqah, and their claim of being a caliphate. We’re making progress, our military is assisting in Iraq, and we’re hoping that within the year, we’ll be able to push ISIS out of Iraq, and then really squeeze them in Syria.

Clinton: But we have to be cognizant of the fact that they’ve had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons. So we have to make this the top priority, and I would also do everything possible to take out their leadership. I was involved in a number of efforts to take out Al-Qaeda leadership when I was Secretary of State, including of course, taking out Bin Laden. And I think we need to go after Baghdadi as well, make that one of our organizing principles. Because, we’ve got to defeat ISIS, and we’ve got to do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts online.

Holt: You mentioned ISIS, and we think of ISIS certainly as over there. But there are American citizens who have been inspired to commit acts of terror on American soil. And the latest incident, of course, the bombings we just saw in New York and New Jersey, the knife attack at a mall in Minnesota, in the last year, deadly attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando. I’ll ask this to both of you, tell us specifically how you would prevent homegrown attacks by American citizens? Mr. Trump.

Trump: Well, first I have to say one thing, very important, Secretary Clinton is talking about taking out ISIS, “We will take out ISIS.” Well, President Obama and Secretary Clinton created a vacuum, the way they got out of Iraq. Because they got out what they shouldn’t had been in, but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster. And ISIS was formed. So, she talks about taking them out, she’s been doing it a long time, she’s been trying to take them out for a long time. But they wouldn’t have even been formed if they left some troops behind, like 10,000 or maybe, something more than that, and then, you wouldn’t have had them. Or, as I’ve been saying for a long time and I think you’ll agree, ’cause I said it to you once, had we taken the oil and we should have taken the oil, ISIS would not have been able to form either, because the oil was their primary source of income. And now, they have the oil all over the place, including the oil, a lot of the oil, in Libya, which was another one of her disasters.

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Well, I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard. Donald supported the invasion of Iraq.

Trump: Wrong.

Clinton: That is absolutely proved over and over again.

Trump: Wrong. Wrong.

Clinton: He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya and urged that Gaddafi be taken out after actually doing some business with him one time. But the larger point, he says this constantly, is George W. Bush made the agreement about when American troops would leave Iraq, not Barack Obama. And the only way that American troops could have stayed in Iraq is to get an agreement from the then Iraqi government that would have protected our troops and the Iraqi government would not give that.

Clinton: But, let’s talk about the question you asked, Lester. The question you asked is what do we do here in the United States? That’s the most important part of this. How do we prevent attacks? How do we protect our people? And I think, we’ve got to have an intelligence surge where we are looking for every scrap of information. I was so proud of law enforcement in New York, in Minnesota, in New Jersey. They responded to quickly, so professionally to the attacks that occurred by Rahami, and they brought him down. And we may find out more information, because he is still alive, which may prove to be an intelligence benefit.

Clinton: So, we’ve got to do every thing we can to vacuum up intelligence from Europe, from the Middle East. That means we’ve got to work more closely with our allies. And that’s something that Donald has been very dismissive of. We’re working with NATO, the longest military alliance in the history of the world, to really turn our attention to terrorism. We’re working with our friends in the Middle East, many of which as you know are Muslim-majority nations. Donald has consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home when we need to be cooperating with Muslim nations and with the American Muslim community. They’re on the front lines. They can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. They need to have close working cooperation with law-enforcement in these communities, not be alienated and pushed away, as some of Donald’s rhetoric, unfortunately, has led to.

Holt: Mister…

Trump: Well, I have to respond.

Holt: Please respond.

Trump: The Secretary said very strongly about working with… We’ve been working with them for many years, and we have the greatest mess anyone’s ever seen. You look at the Middle East. It’s a total mess, under your direction to a large extent, but you look at the Middle East. You started the Iran deal. That’s another beauty where you have a country that was ready to fall. I mean, they were doing so badly, they were choking on the sanctions and now, they’re gonna be actually probably a major power at some point pretty soon, the way they’re going.

Trump: But when you look at NATO, I was asked on a major show, “What do you think of NATO?” Now, you’ve to understand, I’m a business person. I did really well, but I have common sense. And I said, “Well, I’ll tell you. I haven’t given lots of thought to NATO, but two things. Number one, the 28 countries of NATO, many of them aren’t paying their fair share. Number two, and that bothers me, because we should be ask… We’re defending them and they should at least be paying us what they’re supposed to be paying by treaty and contract. And number two, I said, and very strongly, NATO could be obsolete, because… And I was very strong on this and it was actually covered very accurately in the New York Times, which is unusual for the New York Times, to be honest. But I said, “They do not focus on terror.” And I was very strong, and I said it numerous times. And about four months ago, I read it on the front page of the Wall Street Journal that NATO is opening up a major terror division, and I think that’s great. And I think we should get… Because we pay approximately 73% of the cost of NATO, it’s a lot of money to protect other people. But, I’m all for NATO. But I said they have to focus on terror also. And they’re gonna do that. And that was… Believe me, I’m sure not gonna get credit for it, but that was largely because of what I was saying and my criticism of NATO.

Trump: It’s NATO. I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us, in addition to surrounding nations, and we have to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we have to do it fast. When ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton, and believe me, you were the ones that took out the troops. Not only that, you’ve named the day. They couldn’t believe it. They sat back probably and said, “I can’t believe it.” They said…

Clinton: Lester, we’ve covered…

Trump: No, wait a minute.

Clinton: We’ve covered this ground.

Trump: When they formed, when they formed… This is something that never should have happened. It should have never happened. Now you’re talking about taking out ISIS. But you were there, and you were Secretary of State when it was a little infant. Now it’s in over 30 countries. And you’re going to stop them? I don’t think so.

Holt: Mr. Trump, a lot of these are judgment questions. You had supported the war in Iraq before the invasion. What makes your judgement…

Trump: I did not support the war in Iraq.

Holt: In 2002…

Trump: That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her, because she… Frankly, I think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media.

Holt: My question is, since you supported it…

Trump: Would you like to hear…

Holt: Why is your judgment…

Trump: Wait a minute. I was against the war in Iraq. Just so you put it out.

Holt: The record shows otherwise, but why was…

Trump: The record does not show that.

Holt: Is your judgment any…

Trump: The record shows that I’m right. When I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone’s asked me, that I said very lightly, “I don’t know. Maybe. Who knows?” Essentially. I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. We talked about the economy is more important. I then spoke to Sean Hannity, which everybody refuses to call Sean Hannity. I had numerous conversations with Sean Hannity at Fox. And Sean Hannity said… And he called me the other day… And I spoke to him about it… He said, “You were totally against the war.” ‘Cause he was for the war.

Holt: Why is your judgment better than…

Trump: And when he… Excuse me. And that was before the war started. Sean Hannity said very strongly to me and other people… He’s willing to say it, but nobody wants to call him. I was against the war. He said, “You used to have fights with me.” ‘Cause Sean was in favor of the war. And I understand that side also. Not very much ’cause we should’ve never been there.

Trump: But nobody called Sean Hannity. And then they did an article in a major magazine shortly after the war started, I think in ’04, but they did an article which had me totally against the war in Iraq. And one of your compatriots said, “You know, whether it was before or right after, Trump was definitely”… ‘Cause if you read this article there’s no doubt. But if somebody, and I’ll ask the press, if somebody would call up Sean Hannity, this was before the war started. He and I used to have arguments about the war. I said, “it’s a terrible and a stupid thing. It’s going to destabilize the Middle East”, and that’s exactly what it’s done. It’s been a disaster.

Holt: My reference was to what you had said in 2002.

Trump: No, no. You didn’t hear what I said.

Holt: And my question was why is your judgment any different than Mrs. Clinton’s?

Trump: Well I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has. I have a much better… She spent… Let me tell you. She spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising… They get Madison Avenue into a room, they put names… Oh temperament. Let’s go after… I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not… How to win…

Holt: Secretary Clinton…

Trump: Wait. The AFL-CIO, the other day behind the blue screen. I don’t know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control. I said, “There’s a person with a temperament that’s got a problem.”

Holt: Secretary Clinton.

Clinton: Whew! Okay. Let’s talk about two important issues that were briefly mentioned by Donald. First, NATO. NATO as a military alliance has something called Article 5, and basically it says this “An attack on one is an attack on all.” And you know the only time it’s ever been invoked, after 9/11, when the 28 nations of NATO said that they would go to Afghanistan with us, to fight terrorism.

Clinton: Something that they still are doing by our side. With respect to Iran, when I became Secretary of State, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb. They had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle under the Bush administration. They had built covert facilities. They had stocked them with centrifuges that were whirling away.

Clinton: And we had sanctioned them. I voted for every sanction against Iran when I was in the Senate, but it wasn’t enough. So I spent a year and a half putting together a coalition that included Russia and China to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran. And we did drive them to the negotiating table. And my successor, John Kerry, and President Obama got a deal that put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot. That’s diplomacy.

Clinton: That’s coalition-building. That’s working with other nations. The other day, I saw Donald saying that there were some Iranian sailors on a ship in the waters off of Iran, and they were taunting American sailors who were on a nearby ship. He said, “You know, if they taunted our sailors, I’d blow them out of the water and start another war.” That’s not good judgment.

Trump: That would not start a war.

Clinton: That is not the right temperament to be commander in chief, to be taunted. And the worst part…

Trump: No, they were taunting us.

Clinton: Of what we heard Donald say, has been about nuclear weapons. He has said repeatedly that he didn’t care if other nations got nuclear weapons: Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. It has been the policy of the United States, Democrats and Republicans, to do everything we could to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He even said well, “You know if there were nuclear war in the east Asia, well that’s fine.”

Trump: Wrong.

Clinton: “Have a good time, folks.”

Trump: That’s ____.

Clinton: And in fact, his cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons is so deeply troubling. That is the number one threat we face in the world, and it becomes particularly threatening if terrorists ever get their hands on any nuclear material. So a man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes, as far as I think anyone with any sense about this should be concerned.

Trump: That line’s getting a little bit old, I must say. Listen, I would like to…

Clinton: It’s a good one though. Well describes the problem.

Trump: It’s not an accurate one at all. It’s not an accurate one. So I just wanna give a lot of things and just to respond. I agree with her on one thing. The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons. Not global warming like you think and your president thinks. Nuclear is the single greatest threat. Just to go down the list.

Trump: We defend Japan, we defend Germany, we defend South Korea, we defend Saudi Arabia, we defend countries. They do not pay us what they should be paying us, because we are providing tremendous service, and we’re losing a fortune. That’s why we’re losing. We’re losing everything. I say who makes these, we lose on everything.

Trump: Well, I said that it’s very possible that if they don’t pay a fair share, because this isn’t 40 years ago where we could do what we’re doing. We can’t defend Japan, a behemoth selling us cars by the millions.

Holt: We need to move on.

Trump: But wait, but it’s very important. All I said was they may have to defend themselves, or they have to help us out. We’re a country that owes $20 trillion. They have to help us out. As far as the nuclear is concerned, I agree. It is the single greatest threat that this country has.

Holt: Which leads to my next question as we enter our last segment here, and we’re still in the subject of securing America on nuclear weapons. President Obama reportedly considered changing the nation’s long standing policy on first use. Do you support the current policy? Mr. Trump, you have two minutes on that.

Trump: Well I have to say that for what Secretary Clinton was saying about nuclear with Russia. She’s very cavalier in the way she talks about various countries. But Russia’s been expanding. They have a much newer capability than we do. We have not been updating from the new standpoint. I looked the other night, I was seeing B52s there old enough that your father, your grandfather could be flying them. We are not keeping up with other countries. I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strike. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.

Trump: At the same time we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table. Because you look at some of these countries, you look at North Korea. We’re doing nothing there. China should solve that problem for us. China should go into North Korea. China is totally powerful as it relates to North Korea. And by the way, another one powerful is the worst deal I think I’ve ever seen negotiated that you started is the Iran deal.

Trump: Iran is one of their biggest trading partners. Iran has power over North Korea. And when they made that horrible deal with Iran, they should’ve included the fact that they do something with respect to North Korea. And they should have done something with respect to Yemen, and all these other places. And when asked to Secretary Kerry, “Why didn’t you do that, why didn’t you add other things into the deal?” One of the great giveaways of all time, of all time, including $400 million in cash. Nobody’s ever seen that before. That turned out to be wrong, it was actually $1.7 billion in cash. Obviously I guess for the hostages, it certainly looks that way.

Trump: So you say to yourself, “Why didn’t they make the right deal?” This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. The deal with Iran will lead to nuclear problems. All they have to do is sit back 10 years, and they don’t have to do much, and they’re gonna end up getting nuclear. I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day, believe me, he is not a happy camper.

Holt: Mrs. Clinton, Secretary Clinton, you have two minutes.

Clinton: Let me start by saying, words matter. Words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president. And I want to reassure our allies in Japan and South Korea and elsewhere that we have mutual defense treaties and we will honor them. It is essential that America’s word be good.

Clinton: And so I know that this campaign has caused some questioning, and some worries on the part of many leaders across the globe. I’ve talked with a number of them. But I want to, on behalf of myself, and I think on behalf of a majority of the American people, say that our word is good. It’s also important that we look at the entire global situation.

Clinton: There’s no doubt that we have other problems with Iran, but personally, I’d rather deal with the other problems having put that lid on their nuclear program than still to be facing that. And Donald never tells you what he would do. Would he have started a war? Would he have bombed Iran? If he’s going to criticize a deal that has been very successful in giving us access to Iranian facilities that we never had before, then he should tell us what his alternative would be.

Clinton: But it’s like his plan to defeat ISIS, he says it’s a secret plan, but the only secret is that he has no plan. So we need to be more precise in how we talk about these issues. People around the world follow our presidential campaigns so closely, trying to get hints about what we will do.

Clinton: Can they rely on us? Are we gonna lead the world with strength, in accordance with our values? That’s what I intend to do. I intend to be a leader of our country that people can count on both here at home, and around the world to make decisions that will further peace and prosperity, but also stand up to bullies, whether they’re abroad or at home. We cannot let those who would try to destabilize the world to interfere with American interest and security…

Holt: Your two minutes is…

Clinton: To be given any opportunities at all.

Holt: Is expired. Mr. Trump…

Trump: Lester, one thing I’d like to say.

Holt: Very quickly…

Trump: I will go very quickly, but I will tell you that Hillary will tell you to go to her website and read all about how to defeat ISIS, which she could have defeated by never having it get going in the first place. Right now it’s getting tougher and tougher to defeat them because they are in more and more places, more and more states, more and more nations, and it’s a big problem. And as far as Japan is concerned, I wanna help all of our allies, but we are losing billions and billions of dollars. We cannot be the policeman of the world. We cannot protect countries all over the world where they’re not paying us what we need.

Holt: We have just a few final questions here.

Trump: And she doesn’t say that because she’s got no business ability. We need heart, we need a lot of things, but you have to have some basic ability, and sadly, she doesn’t have that. All of the things that she’s talking about could have been taken care of during the last 10 years, let’s say, while she had great power. But they weren’t taken care of, and if she ever wins this race, they won’t be taken care of.

Holt: Mr. Trump, this year, Secretary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major party. Earlier this month, you said she doesn’t have, “a presidential look.” She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?

Trump: She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.

Holt: The quote was, “I just don’t think she has a presidential look.”

Trump: Wait a minute, you asked me a question. Did you ask me a question? You have to be able to negotiate our trade deals. You have to be able to negotiate… That’s right… With Japan, with Saudi Arabia. I mean, can you imagine we’re defending Saudi Arabia, and with all of the money they have, we’re defending them and they’re not paying. All you have to do is speak to them. Wait. You have so many different things you have to be able to do, and I don’t believe that Hillary has the stamina.

Holt: Let’s let her respond.

Clinton: Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a ceasefire, a release of dissidence and opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk about stamina. [laughter]


Trump: Let me tell you. Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience. We have made so many bad deals during the last…


Trump: So she’s got experience, that I agree. But it’s bad, bad experience. Whether it’s the Iran deal that you’re so in love with, where we gave them $150 billion back; Whether it’s the Iran deal, whether it’s… Anything you can… You almost can’t name a good deal. I agree, she’s got experience but it’s bad experience. And this country can’t afford to have another four years of that kind of experience.


Holt: We are the final question. Very quickly, because we’re at the final question now.

Clinton: One thing, Lester, is he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs, and someone who has said, “Pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.”

Trump: I never said that.

Clinton: Who has said, “Women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job…

Trump: Didn’t say that.

Clinton: As men.” And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them, and hanging around them. And he called this woman “Ms. Piggy.” Then he called her “Ms. Housekeeping” because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.

Trump: Where did you find this?

Clinton: Her name is Alicia Machado and she has become a US citizen and you can bet, she’s going to vote this November.


Trump: Oh, really? Okay, okay, good. Let me just tell you.

Holt: Mr. Trump, just take 10 seconds and then we’re gonna have the final question.

Trump: Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, some of it said… Somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie O’Donnell. I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.

Trump: But do you wanna know the truth? I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, “I can’t do it, I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate. It’s not nice.” But she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue. They’re untrue and they’re misrepresentations.

Trump: And I will tell you this Lester, it’s not nice and I don’t deserve that. But it’s certainly not a nice thing that she’s done. It’s hundreds of millions of ads and the only gratifying thing is, I saw the polls come in today, and with all of that money over…

Holt: We have to move on to the final question.

Trump: $200 million is spent, and I’m either winning or tied.

Holt: One of you…

Trump: And I spent practically nothing.


Holt: One of you will not win this election, so my final question to you tonight: Are you willing to accept the outcome as the will of the voters? Secretary Clinton?

Clinton: Well, I support our democracy. And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I certainly will support the outcome of this election. And I know Donald’s trying very hard to plant doubts about it, but I hope the people out there understand, this election’s really up to you. It’s not about us so much as it is about you and your families, and the kind of country and future you want. So I sure hope you will get out and vote as though your future depended on it, because I think it does.

Holt: Mr. Trump, very quickly, same question. Will you accept the outcome as the will of the voters?

Trump: I want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We’re losing our jobs, people are pouring into our country. The other day we were deporting 800 people. And perhaps they passed the wrong button, they pressed the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that, it was corruption. But these people that we were going to deport for good reason ended up becoming citizens. Ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800 and now it turns out it might be 1,800 and they don’t even know.

Holt: Will you accept the outcome of the election?

Trump: Look here’s the story… I want to make America great again. I’m gonna be able to do it I don’t believe Hillary will. The answer is if she wins, I will absolutely support her.


Holt: Alright. Well, that is going to do it for us. That concludes our debate for this evening, a spirited one.


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Full Speech Transcript: Warren Buffett Endorses Hillary Clinton in Omaha, NE

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01:04 Warren Buffet: Thank you. Thank you.


01:11 WB: I think you made it pretty clear who you’ve come to hear, so I’ll… In just a minute, I’m going to talk about my favorite subject, which is going to be what Hillary can and will do in the eight years following January 20th.


01:44 WB: But before that, there have been a couple of things said by Donald Trump in the last few weeks that I’ve… Wait ’till you hear them, then you’ll really boo. I’d like to clarify a little bit. And these are important points that he’s made, and it’s important that you hear the answer on them. The first point was when he was asked about revealing his income tax returns, which every presidential candidate has done for 40 years. He said, “None of your business,” which did not go over so well. And then he started giving various explanations. And one of the explanations was that he had given his financial statement to the Election Commission that listed his assets and liabilities, but believe me, as someone who’s filled out financial statements and someone who has filled out an income tax return, I can tell you, they are two very different animals.


03:04 WB: You will learn a whole lot more about Donald Trump, if he produces those income tax returns. And so, that’s why I’d like to make him an offer. An offer I hope he can’t refuse.


03:26 WB: Donald Trump, at one point… He says various things at different times, but at one point, and he said it several times, he said he can’t do it, can’t release it because he’s under audit. Now, I’ve got news for him. I’m under audit, too. And I would be delighted to meet him anyplace, anytime, between now and election, I will bring my tax return, he can bring his tax return, nobody’s going to arrest us. It is not… There are no rules against showing your tax returns, and just let people ask us questions about the items that are on there.


04:19 WB: How many of you would be afraid to have your tax return made public? No.


04:31 WB: You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid about.


04:45 WB: And he’s not afraid because of what? Of the IRS. He’s afraid because of you.


05:00 WB: So I will meet him in Omaha, or MiraLago, or he can pick the place, anytime between now and election. I’ll bring my return, he’ll bring his return, we’re both under audit, and believe me, nobody’s gonna stop us from talking about what’s on those returns. And send the word to him, if you will.


05:25 WB: Now, another thing he said, is he says, “America isn’t great anymore.” You need him. Because America just isn’t great anymore. Now, everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I disagree with him violently on that subject, which I’ll say a little bit about more later. But it’s how he explains what he would do about that, because I’m gonna quote his exact words. I’m gonna read this because I want to make sure I’ve got it exactly right. He says, “No one knows the system better than me, which is why I, alone, can fix it.”

[background conversation]

06:00 WB: Well, la-di-da, you know what I mean? He says, only he can fix it.


06:17 WB: I didn’t really realize we were in such grave danger. I mean, there’s 325 million Americans, and if this guy leaves for Canada, it’s supposed to be hopeless for the rest of us. Although he alone can fix it. It takes some kind of nerve, or something else, to really have the notion that out of 325 million people, you’re the only ones that can fix it. Now, I think when someone makes a statement like that, you should look at his record when he has appealed to the American public before. Now, Donald Trump has been in a lot of businesses, he’s had a lot of bankruptcies. But usually, that’s just involved borrowing money from the American public. But in 1995, to my knowledge it’s the only time, Donald Trump went to the American people and he said, “Join me, I’m a winner. Join me and invest in my company. Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts.” It’s the only time he asked the public. But now, you got a chance to join the great man in this investment. That was in 1995. They listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Mr Trump, very modestly, made the ticker symbol DJT. Guess what that’s for. So he names the company after himself. He gets the ticker symbol after himself. The next 10 years, the company loses money every year, every single year. He takes out $44 million in compensation during that period. In 1995, when he offered this company, if a monkey had thrown a dart at the stock page, the monkey on average would have made 150%.


08:03 WB: But the people that believed in him, that listened to his siren song, came away losing well over 90 cents on the dollar. They got back less than a dime. And you know the history of his enterprises, where he was borrowing money. Well, one time after another, he went into bankruptcy. I’ve really never known another businessman that brags about his bankruptcies.


08:31 WB: To tell you the truth, why not? I mean. It’s his claim to stardom. I don’t know anybody else that’s had six bankruptcies, but there he is. Now, the final straw occurred this weekend, and you know about it. Donald Trump managed to get in front of George Stephanopoulos after Mr. And Mrs. Khan had told about their gold star son. Mr. Khan offered Mr. Trump a copy of the constitution. And Donald Trump said this, asked by George Stephanopoulos about what Mr. Khan first said, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” quite an accurate statement. And Trump said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I worked very, very hard. I’ve created thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs. Built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success.” And George, a little overcome, said, “Those are sacrifices?”



09:47 WB: And Trump, believe it or not said, “Oh, sure, I think they’re sacrifices.” Now, the young son of Mr. And Mrs. Khan died a dozen or so years ago. In that dozen of years, we’ve employed a lot of people. And I’ve had fun doing it, we’ve made money just like Donald Trump has made. I have made no sacrifice. No member of my family has gone…


10:27 WB: No member of the Buffett family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. No member of the Trump family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. We’ve both done extremely well during this period. And our families haven’t sacrificed anything and Donald Trump and I haven’t sacrificed anything. But how in the world can you stand up to a couple or parents who’ve lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings. When I heard that, my mind went back. And this goes back before most of you were born. But they went back to the McCarthy hearings. And at the time of the McCarthy hearings…


11:12 WB: At the time of the Senate McCarthy hearings with the Army, Joe Welch had a young assistant of his maligned by Senator McCarthy. And McCarthy went on and on implying this guy was a communist and doing all kinds of things. And finally, Joe Welch couldn’t take it anymore and he said, and I’ll quote him, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”


11:53 WB: And I ask Donald Trump, “Have you no sense of decency sir?”


12:07 WB: Thank you.


12:07 WB: And I add, I just add one thing. McCarthy’s career went straight downhill after that.


[background conversation]

12:28 WB: Let’s move on to more pleasant subjects. Unlike what Mr. Trump says, America is great.


12:58 WB: Let’s talk about the USA, ’cause 240 years ago, we started with a piece of paper. It was a blueprint for a new society, a society unlike anything the world has ever seen before. And in 1776, that blueprint started us on a path that has finally led to the next woman president. It is imperfect.


13:30 WB: But it is aspirational. Now, that blueprint has done wonders for this country in terms of overall prosperity. When I was born in 1930, if my parents had seen what the world would look like in 2016, they wouldn’t have believed it. The GDP per capita is six times what it was when I was born. That’s never happened in the history of mankind. It’s a miracle. And the miracle, the miracle is America and it still has all the qualities that it had in 1930, and which propelled us forward like this. So America in terms of delivering wealth has been incredible. In terms of distributing wealth, it has not been living up to, what I consider it’s potential.


14:32 WB: I just described to you $56,000 of GDP per capita, and that means a family of four on average would have 224,000 of GDP per capita, but it hasn’t worked out that way. This country, while making some people enormously wealthy, has left people behind, and those people were just as willing, probably more willing, to go to Afghanistan, as they were as willing to go to Normandy 70 years ago. And then…


15:10 WB: And in Hillary Clinton, you have somebody that cares about that. And I would venture…


15:21 WB: Let me give you just one more statistic, and I’ll get away from that, but I know how popular that is. But in the first year of the Forbes 400 back in the 1980s, the aggregate wealth of the 400 was 93 billion. You can look at up on the internet. Currently, it’s $2,374,000,000,000. That’s 25 for one. Now, I’d like, everybody that’s had 25 for one themselves, if they’d raise their hand. It hasn’t happened. They told us it would trickle down. But what has happened… What has happened is that it’s flooded upward, and that almost 2.4 trillion from 400 people in this country, they’re not bad people. I know a good many of them. I’d like to know more, actually.


16:16 WB: But they have benefited from the system that, frankly, is tilted towards people like me, and the rest of that group. It’s not because they’re evil, but they’ve taken advantage. They are the ones with the lobbyists, they’re the ones that have come up carried interest, where their income is taxed at rates far lower than almost all of the people in this room. And it’s going to take somebody with strength, resoluteness, brains, energy…


16:58 WB: It’s going to take that somebody to affect change. There’s no question about it. It won’t happen by itself. It takes guts. It is a tough, tough job when you’re trying to change the code on people who are making millions and millions of dollars a year in order to give a better break to the people who work just as hard, maybe harder, and take home a few hundred dollars a week. It’s really wrong that in a country where $56,000 of GDP per person for anybody that works 40 hours a week, not to be able to provide a decent living for their family. It just doesn’t make any sense.


17:57 WB: And it won’t cure itself. And it certainly won’t be cured with Donald Trump. It’s going to take Hillary Clinton, it’s going to take powers of persuasion, it’s going to take a mandate from the people in her election, but she’s spelling out like she’s going to do as contrasted to the other candidates. She is telling you what she is going to do about the tax code. And when that gets enacted, I’ll be a little worse off, and believe me I can take it. And you’ll be better off.


18:39 WB: I’d like to make a little news, and this a surprise even to Hillary. It’s very easy, there were 129 million votes cast in the last presidential election. It’s very easy to think if you’re watching a TV show or the weather is a little bad or something to think, “Well, my vote really doesn’t count, what difference it could make with 129 million?” Well, I’ve got some real news for you. It doesn’t make much difference if you’re a Democrat in Idaho or a Republican in California, you are in the state where the electoral vote is gonna be decided by majority vote. And you’re on the short side in that case. But we live in a very special place.


19:30 WB: And in Nebraska and Maine, we also cast electoral votes by Congressional district. And we don’t have to think about 129 million popular votes throughout the country, we have to think about 538 electoral votes. And…


19:57 WB: And yesterday on that same George Stephanopoulos show, they had four people predicting how the election would come out. And Jonathan Karl of ABC News had gone state by state, and he came up with his notion as to who was going to carry each state, and how that would cause the electoral vote to come out. And those of you who watched the show yesterday saw that he came out 269 to 269. He absolutely said that he did not try to come out that way, he just looked state by state, 269 to 269. Now, there’s one district in the United States…


21:00 WB: I am looking at the people that can change that 269 to 270.


21:21 WB: It happened in 2008. By 3200, or 3325 votes, by… We actually gave a vote separate than the rest of Nebraska. So it’s been done, it’s been done.


21:35 WB: But we’re gonna help that process along this time. I have pledged today that on election day, November 8th, I will take at least ten people to the polls who would otherwise have difficulty getting there.


22:02 WB: And when you go home tonight, you can go to our website called Drive2, that’s for the second Congressional districts, the number two. Drive2Vote. And if you go there, it will offer you information on three things. How to register, how if you need a ride on November 8th, you may find someone who will take you, we’ll take care of that. And it’ll also give you the chance to volunteer to take some people, whether it’s ten or a lesser number. Today, I reserved Ollie the Trolley for November 8th and…


22:51 WB: It seats 32, I’m gonna be out the whole day, I’m gonna do selfies, whatever it takes, and…


23:01 WB: If it’s snowing, if it’s cold, my goal, and the goal of the people who’ll join me on this, in this Drive2Vote, my goal is to have the turnout in Douglas and Sarpy County, the second district, is to have the turnout here be the highest percentage of potential voters of any district in the country. Let’s…


23:50 WB: Let’s give America a civics lesson, how about it? Everybody in the second district, yeah?


23:58 WB: And if the people in this room, if each one of you would pledge to take 10 people, I can almost guarantee, that will be the march to the victory. So, join me, if you can take 20 do that, if you can only take three or four, that’s fine, too. But get that neighbor who you know is watching that television program, who feels it’s a little cold, and shame them, and they’re coming with you to the polls. Now, just remember, Drive2Vote, okay.


24:37 WB: Now, if you’ve read the Constitution, which apparently, some people haven’t.


24:45 WB: If you read Article Two, it deals with the presidency. Article Two of the constitution, look it up. That’s where they described the presidency. We wrote that constitution, 39 men signed it. How would you ever guess? You’ll find out in a minute. 39 men signed it, and in Article Two, describing the qualifications for the President of the United States, male pronouns ‘he,’ ‘his,’ and ‘him’ were used 20 times. Just imagine that, and that’s still in the Constitution 227 years later. He, his, and him. No hers, no shes. Well, on January 20th, we’re going to elect the best president we’ve ever had, and somebody’s gonna change those pronouns.

Hillary Clinton Full DNC Acceptance Speech Transcript

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Hillary Clinton Full Nomination Speech at Democratic National Convention




Chelsea Clinton: Ladies and gentlemen, my mother, my hero, and our next President, Hillary Clinton.


Hillary: Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you all so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all very, very much.


Hillary: Thank you for that amazing welcome. Thank you all for the great convention that we’ve had. And Chelsea, thank you. I am so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you’ve become. Thank you for bringing Marc into our family, and Charlotte and Aidan into the world. And Bill, that conversation we started in the Law Library 45 years ago, it is still going strong.

Crowd: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

Hillary: That conversation has lasted through good times that filled us with joy and hard times that tested us, and I’ve even gotten a few words in along the way. On Tuesday night, I was so happy to see that my explainer-in-chief is still on the job. I’m also grateful to the rest of my family and to the friends of a lifetime. For all of you whose hard work brought us here tonight, and to those of you who joined this campaign this week, thank you. What a remarkable week it’s been.


Hillary: We heard ‘The Man From Hope’, Bill Clinton and the man of hope, Barack Obama.


Hillary: America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership. And I’m better because of his friendship.


Hillary: We heard from our terrific Vice President, the one and only Joe Biden.


Hillary: He spoke from his big heart about our party’s commitment to working people as only he can do. And First Lady Michelle Obama reminded us, that our children are watching. And the President we elect is going to be their President too. And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine, you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him from City Council and Mayor, to Governor and now Senator. And he will make our whole country proud as our Vice President.


Hillary: And I want to thank Bernie Sanders.


Hillary: Bernie. Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong. And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause.


Hillary: Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.


Hillary: We wrote it together. Now let’s go out and make it happen together.


Hillary: My friends, we’ve come to Philadelphia; the birthplace of our nation, because what happened in this city 240 years ago, still has something to teach us today. We all know the story, but we usually focus on how it turned out, and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all. When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road from here, some wanted to stick with the king and some wanted to stick it to the king.


Hillary: The revolution hung in the balance. Then somehow they began listening to each other, compromising, finding common purpose. And by the time they left Philadelphia they had begun to see themselves as one nation. That’s what made it possible to stand up to a king. That took courage, they had courage. Our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.


Hillary: Now… Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together, so we can all rise together.


Hillary: Our country’s motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum’, ‘Out of many, we are one’. Will we stay true to that motto? Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention, he wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other. He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from morning in America to midnight in America.


Hillary: He wants us to fear the future. And fear each other. Well, you know, a great Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump, more than 80 years ago during a much more perilous time. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”


Hillary: Now. We are clear eyed, about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one.


Hillary: And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy.


Hillary: We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies, to fight and defeat terrorism. Yet we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the crash. There’s too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad. But just look for a minute at the strengths we bring as Americans to meet these challenges. We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had.


Hillary: We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values: Freedom and equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us.


Hillary: I have to tell you, as your Secretary of State I went to 112 countries. When people hear those words, they hear, ‘America’. So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, “I alone can fix it.”


Hillary: Yes. Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? “I alone can fix it”? Isn’t he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and firefighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us. Teachers who change lives. Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem. Mothers who lost children to violence, and are building a movement to keep other kids safe. He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say, “I alone can fix it.” We say, “We’ll fix it together.”


Hillary: And remember, remember, our founders fought a revolution and wrote a constitution. So America would never be a nation where one person had all the power. 240 years later, we still put our faith in each other. Look at what happened in Dallas after the assassinations of five brave police officers. Police Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them. And you know how the community responded? Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days.


Hillary: That’s how Americans answer when the call for help goes out. 20 years ago, I wrote a book called ‘It Takes A Village.’


Hillary: And a lot of people looked at the title and asked “What the heck do you mean by that?” This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.


Hillary: America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger. I believe that with all my heart. That’s why stronger together is not just a lesson from our history. It’s not just a slogan for our campaign. It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build. A country where the economy works for everyone not just those at the top.


Hillary: Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in. A country where all our children can dream and those dreams are within reach. Where families are strong, communities are safe and, yes, where love trumps hate.

Crowd: Love trumps hate! Love trumps hate! Love trumps hate!


Hillary: That’s the country we’re fighting for, that’s the future we’re working toward. And so my friends it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States.


Hillary: Now. Sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage. As you know, I’m not one of those people. I’ve been your first lady, served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York.


Hillary: Then I represented all of you as secretary of state.


Hillary: But my job titles only tell you, what I’ve done. They don’t tell you, why. The truth is, through all these years of public service, the service part has always come easier to me than the public part. I get it. That some people just don’t know what to make of me. So let me tell you, the family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind. Builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them, and whatever life in America provided and built better lives and better futures for their kids. My grandfather worked in the same Scranton Lace mill for 50 years. Because he believed that if he gave everything he had, his children would have a better life than he did. And he was right. My dad, who made it to college, he played football at Penn State and enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor.

Hillary: When the war was over, he started his own small business printing fabric for draperies. I remember watching him stand for hours over silk screens. He wanted to give my brothers and me opportunities he never had. And he did. My mother Dorothy was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She ended up on her own at 14, working as a housemaid. She was saved by the kindness of others. Her first grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and brought extra food to share the entire year. The lesson she passed on to me, years later, stuck with me. “No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.” And she made sure I learned the words from our Methodist faith, “Do all the good you can for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”


Hillary: So I went to work for The Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Hillary: On behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school. I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair, on the small back porch of her house. She told me how badly she wanted to go to school. It just didn’t seem possible in those days. And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she’d gone through as a child. It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action. So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped to convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities. It’s a big idea, isn’t it? Every kid with a disability has the right to go to school.


Hillary: But how? How do you make an idea like that real? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year, sometimes even door-by-door. My heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza representing millions of young people on this stage.


Hillary: Because we changed our law to make sure she got an education. So it’s true. I sweat the details of policy, whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family. It’s a big deal and it should be a big deal to your President too.


Hillary: After the four days of this convention you’ve seen some of the people who have inspired me, people who let me into their lives and became a part of mine. People like Ryan Moore and Lauren Manning. They told their stories Tuesday night. I first met Ryan as a 7-year-old. He was wearing a full-body brace that must have weighed 40 pounds, because I leaned over to lift him up. Children like Ryan kept me going when our plan for universal health care failed. And kept me working with leaders of both parties, to help create the Children’s Health Insurance program, that covers eight million kids in our country.


Hillary: Lauren Manning who stood here with such grace and power was gravely injured on 9/11. It was the thought of her and Debbie St. John, who you saw in the movie, and John Dolan, and Joe Sweeney, and all the victims and survivors that kept me working as hard as I could in the Senate, on behalf of 9/11 families, and our first responders who got sick from their time at Ground Zero. I was thinking of Lauren, Debbie, and all the others 10 years later in the White House Situation Room, when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama Bin Laden to justice.


Hillary: And in this campaign I’ve met many more people who motivate me to keep fighting for change. And with your help I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House.


Hillary: And you heard from Republicans and Independents who are supporting our campaign. Well, I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, for the struggling, the striving, the successful, for all those who vote for me and for those who don’t. For all Americans together.


Hillary: Tonight we’ve reached a milestone in our nations march toward a more perfect union, the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President.


Hillary: Standing here… Standing here as my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother. I’m so happy this day has come, I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls, and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men because when any barrier falls in America it clears the way for every one.


Hillary: After-all when there are no ceilings the sky’s the limit.


Hillary: So let’s keep going. Let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.


Hillary: But even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead. Let’s began with, what we’re going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead. Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from, the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.


Hillary: Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office, nearly 15 million new private sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance and an auto industry that just had its best year ever.


Hillary: Now, that’s real progress, but none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot. We’re still facing deep seated problems that develop long before the recession, and stayed with us through the recovery. I’ve gone around the country talking to working families, and I’ve heard from many who feel like the economy sure isn’t working for them. Some of you are frustrated, even furious. And you know what? You’re right. It’s not yet working the way it should. Americans are willing to work and work hard. But right now an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do. And less respect for them, period. Democrats, we are the party of working people.


Hillary: But we haven’t done a good enough job showing we get what you’re going through. And we’re going to do something to help. So tonight I wanna tell you, how we will empower Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages, right here in the United States.


Hillary: From my first day in office to my last. Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns. From Indian country to coal country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures. And here’s what I believe. I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.


Hillary: That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices, who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And if necessary we will pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return. Many of them are, but too many aren’t. It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.


Hillary: And I believe Wall Street can never ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again. And I believe in Science.



Hillary: I believe climate change is real. And that we could save our planet while creating millions of good paying clean energy jobs.


Hillary: I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self defeating and inhumane to try to kick them out.


Hillary: Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together. And it’s the right thing to do. Whatever party you belong to or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs this is your campaign.


Hillary: If you believe that companies should share profits, not had executive bonuses. Join us.


Hillary: If you believe, the minimum wage should be a living wage. And no one working full-time should have to raise their children in poverty. Join us.


Hillary: If you believe that every man, woman and child in America has the right to affordable health care. Join us.


Hillary: If you believe that we should say no to unfair trade deals, that we should stand up to China, that we should support our steel workers, and auto workers, and homegrown manufacturer. Then, join us.


Hillary: If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect the woman’s right to make our own health care decision. Then join us.


Hillary: And yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister or daughter deserves equal pay. Join us.


Hillary: That’s how we’re going to make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Now you didn’t hear any of this, did you? From Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70 odd minutes, and I do mean odd.


Hillary: And he offered zero solutions, but we already know he doesn’t believe these things. No wonder he doesn’t like talking about his plans. You might have noticed, I love talking about mine. In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new good paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation. Small business and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future. And we will also transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs. Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all.


Hillary: We will also… We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt. It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, and students and families can’t refinance their debts.


Hillary: And something we don’t say often enough, sure college is crucial, but a four year degree should not be the only path to a good job.


Hillary: We will help more people learn a skill or practice a trade. And make a good living doing it. We will give small businesses, like my dad’s, a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. And we will help you balance family and work. And you know what? If fighting for affordable child care, and paid family leave is playing the woman card then, “Deal me in.” [laughter]


Hillary: Now here’s the other thing…

Crowd: Deal me in! Deal me in! Deal me in!

Hillary: Now, we’re not only going to make all of these investments. We’re going to pay for every single one of them, and here’s how, Wall Street, corporations and the super rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.


Hillary: This is not because we resent success. But when more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top 1%, that’s where the money is. And we are going to follow the money.


Hillary: And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we’ll make them pay us back. And we’ll put that money to work where it belongs, creating jobs here at home. Now, I imagine that some of you are sitting at home thinking, “Well, that all sounds pretty good, but how are you going to get it done? How are you going to break through the gridlock in Washington?”

Hillary: Well, look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties, and to launch new programs that help millions of people. And if you give me the chance that’s exactly what I’ll do as President. But then I also imagine people are thinking out there, “But Trump. He’s a businessman. He must know something about the economy.” Well, let’s take a closer look, shall we? In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.

Crowd: Boo!

Hillary: Now remember what the President said last night, “Don’t boo. Vote.” But think of this, people who did the work and needed the money, not because he couldn’t pay them but because he wouldn’t pay them. He just stiffed them. And you know that sales pitch he’s making to be President. Put your faith in him and you’ll win big. That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away and left working people holding the bag. He also talks a big game about putting America first. Well, please explain, what part of America first leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado. Trump socks in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, he could start by actually making things in America again.


Hillary: Now, the choice we face in this election is just as stark when it comes to our national security.

Crowd: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

Hillary: You know anyone… Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face from Baghdad to Kabul, to Nice and Paris, and Brussels. From San Bernardino to Orlando we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. So it’s no wonder that people are anxious and looking for reassurance, looking for steady leadership. Wanting a leader who understands, we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world and care for our veterans here at home. Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do that work, will be my highest priority. I’m proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.


S0: Now, we have to enforce it. And we must keep supporting Israel’s security.


Hillary: I’m proud that we shaped a global climate agreement. Now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves. And I’m proud to stand by our allies in NATO again…


Hillary: To make the hardest decisions…

Hillary: Well, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with out troops and our veterans for many years including as a Senator on the armed services committee and I know how wrong he is. Our military is a national treasure. We entrust our Commander-in-Chief. A President should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country.


Hillary: Including Captain Khan and the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines.


Hillary: So just ask yourself. You really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief?

Crowd: No.

Hillary: Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign.


Hillary: He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. What he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter, when he’s challenged in a debate, when he sees a protester at a rally. Imagine, if you dare imagine, imagine him in the oval office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.


Hillary: I can’t put it, I can’t put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was, that a war might be started; not by big man with self-control and restraint, but by little man that once moved by fear and pride.


Hillary: America’s strength doesn’t come from lashing out, it relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power, and that’s the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be.


Hillary: And if we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.


Hillary: I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment, I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.


Hillary: We will work tirelessly with responsible gun owners to pass common sense, reforms, and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and all others who would do us harm. You know for decades people have said this issue was too hard to solve at the politics, too hot to touch. But I ask you, how can we just stand by and do nothing? You heard, you saw family members of people killed by gun violence on this stage. You heard, you saw family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals. I refuse to believe we can’t find common ground here. We have to heal the divides in our country, not just on guns but on race, immigration and more.


Hillary: And that starts with listening, listening to each other trying as best we can. To walk in each other’s shoes. So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.


Hillary: Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day, heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job. We will reform our criminal justice system from end to end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. And we will defend, we will defend all our rights, civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers rights, LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities.


Hillary: And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from. You know, for the past year many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments, excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show. They thought he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says. Like when he called women pigs, or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage, or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability, or insults prisoners of war like John McCain, a hero and a patriot who deserves our respect. Now at first I admit, I couldn’t believe he meant it either, it was just too hard to fathom that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things. Could be like that. But here’s the sad truth, there is no other Donald Trump. This is it. And in the end it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get. America is great because America is good.


Hillary: So, enough with the bigotry and the bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change, he’s offering empty promises. And what are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, to give your kids the opportunities they deserve. The choice is clear my friends. Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer and stronger. None of us ever have, or can do it alone. I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we’ll ever pull together. But I’m here to tell you tonight progress is possible. I know, I know because I’ve seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up. And I know it, I know it from my own life, more than a few times I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.


Hillary: Like so much else in my life. I got this from my mother too, she never let me back down from any challenge. When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door, “Go back out there” she said. And she was right, you have to stand up to bullies, you have to keep working to make things better. Even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce. We lost our mother a few years ago, but I miss her everyday, and I still hear her voice urging me to keep working, keep fighting for right no matter what. That’s what we need to do together as a nation.


Hillary: And though we may not live to see the glory as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, “Let us gladly join the fight. Let our legacy be about planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” That’s why we’re here, not just in this hall but on this earth. The founders showed us that, and so have many others since, they were drawn together by love of country and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow. That is the story of America and we began a new chapter tonight. Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together my fellow Americans. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever. Thank you. And may God bless you and the United States of America.



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Bernie Sanders Full Speech Transcript at 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Bernie Sanders: Thank you. Thank you. It is an honor to be here tonight and to be following in the footsteps of my good friend Elizabeth Warren, and to be here tonight to thank Michelle Obama for her incredible service to our country.


BS: She has made all of us proud. Let me begin by thanking the hundreds of thousands of Americans who actively participated in our campaign as volunteers. Thank you.


BS: Let me thank the two-and-a-half million Americans who helped fund our campaign with an unprecedented eight million individual campaign contributions.


BS: Anyone know what that average contribution was?

Crowd: $27.

BS: Right, $27. And let me thank the 13 million Americans who voted for the political revolution.


BS: Giving us the 1,846 pledged delegates here tonight.


BS: And delegates, thank you for being here, and thank you for all the work you have done. I look forward…


BS: I look forward to your votes during the roll call tomorrow night.


BS: And let me offer a special thanks to the people of my own state of Vermont who have sustained me and supported me as a mayor, congressman, senator and presidential candidate. And to my family, my wife, Jane, our four kids and seven grandchildren, thank you very much.


BS: I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am.


BS: But to all of our supporters here and around the country, I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.


BS: Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues.


BS: Election days come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1%.


BS: A government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice, that struggle continues.

BS: And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.


BS: Let me be as clear as I can be. This election is not about, and has never been about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency. This election is not about political gossip, it’s not about polls, it’s not about campaign strategy, it’s not about fund-raising, it’s not about all the things that the media spends so much time discussing.


BS: This election is about, and must be about, the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren.


BS: This election is about ending the 40-year decline of our middle class.


BS: The reality that 47 million men, women and children today live in poverty. It is about understanding that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will likely have a lower standard of living than their parents. This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America today.


BS: It is not moral, it is not acceptable, and it is not sustainable that the top one-tenth of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Or that the top 1% in recent years has earned 85% of all new income. That is unacceptable. That must change. This election is about remembering where we were seven-and-a-half years ago when President Obama came into office after eight years of Republican trickle-down economics.


BS: The Republicans want us to forget that as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, our economy was in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That’s where we were. That is where we were. Some 800,000 people a month were losing their jobs, 800,000 people. We were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion, and by the way, the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse. That’s where we were when President Obama came into office. Well, we have come a long way in the last seven-and-a-half years and I thank President Obama and Vice-President Biden.


BS: I thank them for their leadership in pulling us out of that terrible recession. Yes, we have made progress, but I think we can all agree that much, much more needs to be done.


BS: This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions.


BS: Not just bombast, not just fear-mongering, not just name-calling and the divisiveness. We need leadership in this country which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.


BS: Not leadership which insults Latinos and Mexicans, insults Muslims and women, African-Americans and veterans and Sikhs, to divide us up.


BS: By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that, based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.


BS: The choice…


BS: This election is about a single mother, a single mom I saw in Nevada. Who, with tears in her eyes, told me she was scared to death about the future because she and her daughter were not making it on the $10.45 an hour she was earning. This election is about that woman and the millions of other workers in this country who are struggling to survive on totally inadequate wages.


BS: Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in this country works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty.


BS: She understands that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she is determined to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants. But her opponent, Donald Trump, well, he has a very different point of view. He does not support raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, a starvation wage. While Trump believes in huge tax breaks, huge tax break for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25. Brothers and sisters, this election is about overturning Citizens United.


BS: Citizens United is one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in the history of our country. That decision allows the wealthiest people in America, like the billionaire Koch brothers, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections, and in the process, undermine American democracy. Hillary Clinton will nominate Justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United.


BS: And end the movement toward oligarchy that we are seeing in this country. Her Supreme Court appointments will also defend a woman’s right to choose, workers’ rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants, and the government’s ability to protect our environment.


BS: If you don’t believe that this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court Justices that Donald Trump would nominate, and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country. This election is about the thousands of young people I have met all over this country.


BS: The thousands that I have met who left college deeply in debt, and, tragically, the many others who cannot afford to go to college. During the Primary campaign, Secretary Clinton and I, both focused on this issue but with somewhat different approaches. Recently, however, we have come together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America.


BS: It will guarantee that the children of any family in this country with an annual income of $125,000 a year or less, 83% of our population, will be able to go to a public college or university, tuition-free.


BS: That proposal also substantially reduces student debt.


BS: This election is about climate change, the great environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our children and future generations.


BS: Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists, who tell us that unless we act boldly to transform our energy system in the very near future, there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels. She understands that we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs transforming our energy system.


BS: And Donald Trump? Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes that climate change is a ‘hoax’, no need to address it. Hillary Clinton understands that a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the profits of the fossil fuel industry.


BS: This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care.


BS: And reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured. Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their Healthcare Exchange.


BS: She believes that anyone 55 or older, should be able to opt in to Medicare.


BS: And she wants to see millions more Americans gain access to primary healthcare, dental care, mental health counseling, low-cost prescription drugs, through a major expansion of community health centers.


BS: And what is Donald Trump’s position on healthcare? Well, no surprise there. Same old, same old Republican contempt for working families. He wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million people off of health insurance, and cut Medicaid for lower-income Americans. Hillary Clinton also understands that millions of seniors, disabled vets and others are struggling with the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs. And the fact that Americans pay the highest prices in the world for the medicine we use. She knows that Medicare must negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry.


BS: And that drug companies should not be making billions in profit, when one out of five Americans are unable to afford the medicine they need. The greed of the drug companies must end.


BS: This election is about the leadership we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform and repair a broken criminal justice system.


BS: It’s about making sure that young people in this country are in good schools and in good jobs, not rotting in jail cells.


BS: Hillary Clinton understands that we have to invest in education and jobs for our young people, not more jails or incarceration.


BS: In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up.


BS: While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.


BS: Yes, we become stronger when black and whites, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, when all of us stand together.


BS: Yes, we become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant, fight together to create the kind of country we all know we can become.


BS: It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That is what this campaign has been about. That is what democracy is about.


BS: Well, I’m happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns, and we produced, by far the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.


BS: Among many, many other strong provisions, the Democratic Party now calls for breaking up the major financial institutions on Wall Street.


BS: And the passage of a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act.


BS: It also calls for strong opposition to job-killing trade agreements, like the TPP.


Crowd: Go TPP, go TPP, go, TPP…

BS: Our job… [chuckle] Alright. We have got to make sure that TPP does not get to the floor of the Congress in the lame duck session.


BS: Our job now is to see that strong Democratic Platform implemented by a Democratic-controlled Senate.


BS: By a Democratic House, and a Hillary Clinton presidency.


BS: And I am going to do all that I can to make that happen.


BS: I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her, as you do, as a great First Lady, who broke precedent in terms of the role that a First Lady was supposed to play, as she helped lead the fight for universal health care.


BS: I served with her in the United States Senate, and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children, for women and for the disabled.


BS: Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight. Thank you all very much.