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Thankyou!Oh,thankyouall!Thankyousovery,verymuch.(Cheers,applause.

Itiswonderfultobeherewithallofyou.

TobeinNewYork(cheers)withmyfamily,withsomanyfriends,includingmanyNewYorkers
whogavemethehonorofservingthemintheSenateforeightyears.(Cheers,applause.)

ToberightacrossthewaterfromtheheadquartersoftheUnitedNations,whereIrepresented
ourcountrymanytimes.(Cheers,applause.)

TobehereinthisbeautifulparkdedicatedtoFranklinRooseveltsenduringvisionofAmerica,
thenationwewanttobe.

Andinaplacewithabsolutelynoceilings.(Cheers,applause.)

Youknow,PresidentRooseveltsFourFreedomsareatestamenttoournationsunmatched
aspirationsandareminderofourunfinishedworkathomeandabroad.Hislegacyliftedupa
nationandinspiredpresidentswhofollowed.OneisthemanIservedasSecretaryofState,
BarackObama,(cheers,applause)andanotherismyhusband,BillClinton.(Cheers,applause.)

TwoDemocratsguidedbythe(cheering)Oh,thatwillmakehimsohappy.Theywereand
aretwoDemocratsguidedbythefundamentalAmericanbeliefthatrealandlastingprosperity
mustbebuiltbyallandsharedbyall.(Cheers,applause.)

PresidentRooseveltcalledoneveryAmericantodohisorherpart,andeveryAmerican
answered.Hesaidtheresnomysteryaboutwhatittakestobuildastrongandprosperous
America:EqualityofopportunityJobsforthosewhocanworkSecurityforthosewhoneed
itTheendingofspecialprivilegeforthefew(cheers,applause.)Thepreservationofcivil
libertiesforall(cheers,applause)awiderandconstantlyrisingstandardofliving.

Thatstillsoundsgoodtome.(Cheers,applause.)

ItsAmericasbasicbargain.Ifyoudoyourpartyououghttobeabletogetahead.Andwhen
everybodydoestheirpart,Americagetsaheadtoo.

Thatbargaininspiredgenerationsoffamilies,includingmyown.

ItswhatkeptmygrandfathergoingtoworkinthesameScrantonlacemilleverydayfor50
years.


Itswhatledmyfathertobelievethatifhescrimpedandsaved,hissmallbusinessprinting
draperyfabricinChicagocouldprovideuswithamiddleclasslife.Anditdid.

WhenPresidentClintonhonoredthebargain,wehadthelongestpeacetimeexpansioninhistory,
abalancedbudget,(cheers,applause)andthefirsttimeindecadesweallgrewtogether,withthe
bottom20percentofworkersincreasingtheirincomesbythesamepercentageasthetop5
percent.(Cheers,applause.)

WhenPresidentObamahonoredthebargain,wepulledbackfromthebrinkofDepression,saved
theautoindustry,providedhealthcareto16millionworkingpeople,(cheers,applause)and
replacedthejobswelostfasterthanafterafinancialcrash.

But,itsnot1941,or1993,oreven2009.Wefacenewchallengesinoureconomyandour
democracy.

Werestillworkingourwaybackfromacrisisthathappenedbecausetimetestedvalueswere
replacedbyfalsepromises.

InsteadofaneconomybuiltbyeveryAmerican,foreveryAmerican,weweretoldthatifwelet
thoseatthetoppaylowertaxesandbendtherules,theirsuccesswouldtrickledowntoeveryone
else.(Jeers,booing.)

Whathappened?

Well,insteadofabalancedbudgetwithsurplusesthatcouldhaveeventuallypaidoffour
nationaldebt,theRepublicanstwicecuttaxesforthewealthiest,borrowedmoneyfromother
countriestopayfortwowars,andfamilyincomesdropped.Youknowwhereweendedup.

Exceptitwasnttheend.

Aswehavesinceourfounding,Americansmadeanewbeginning.

Youworkedextrashifts,tooksecondjobs,postponedhomerepairs...youfiguredouthowto
makeitwork.Andnowpeoplearebeginningtothinkabouttheirfutureagaingoingtocollege,
startingabusiness,buyingahouse,finallybeingabletoputawaysomethingforretirement.

Sowerestandingagain.But,weallknowwerenotyetrunningthewayAmericashould.

Youseecorporationsmakingrecordprofits,withCEOsmakingrecordpay,butyourpaychecks
havebarelybudged.

Whilemanyofyouareworkingmultiplejobstomakeendsmeet,youseethetop25hedgefund
managersmakingmorethanallofAmericaskindergartenteacherscombined.And,often
payingalowertaxrate.

So,youhavetowonder:Whendoesmyhardworkpayoff?Whendoesmyfamilygetahead?
When?

Isaynow.(Cheers,applause.)

ProsperitycantbejustforCEOsandhedgefundmanagers.

Democracycantbejustforbillionairesandcorporations.(Cheers,applause.)

Prosperityanddemocracyarepartofyourbasicbargaintoo.

Youbroughtourcountryback.

Nowitstimeyourtimetosecurethegainsandmoveahead.

And,youknowwhat?

Americacantsucceedunlessyousucceed.(Cheers,applause.)

ThatiswhyIamrunningforPresidentoftheUnitedStates.(Cheers,applause,chanting.)

Here,onRooseveltIsland,Ibelievewehaveacontinuingrendezvouswithdestiny.Each
Americanandthecountrywecherish.

ImrunningtomakeoureconomyworkforyouandforeveryAmerican.

Forthesuccessfulandthestruggling.

Fortheinnovatorsandinventors.

Forthosebreakingbarriersintechnologyanddiscoveringcuresfordiseases.

Forthefactoryworkersandfoodserverswhostandontheirfeetallday.(Cheers,applause.)

Forthenurseswhoworkthenightshift.(Cheers,applause.)

Forthetruckerswhodriveforhoursandthefarmerswhofeedus.(Cheers,applause.)

Fortheveteranswhoservedourcountry.

Forthesmallbusinessownerswhotookarisk.

Foreveryonewhoseverbeenknockeddown,butrefusedtobeknockedout.(Cheers,
applause.)

ImnotrunningforsomeAmericans,butforallAmericans.(Cheers,applause.)

OurcountryschallengesdidntbeginwiththeGreatRecessionandtheywontendwiththe
recovery.

Fordecades,Americanshavebeenbuffetedbypowerfulcurrents.

Advancesintechnologyandtheriseofglobaltradehavecreatedwholenewareasofeconomic
activityandopenednewmarketsforourexports,buttheyhavealsodisplacedjobsandundercut
wagesformillionsofAmericans.

Thefinancialindustryandmanymultinationalcorporationshavecreatedhugewealthforafew
byfocusingtoomuchonshorttermprofitandtoolittleonlongtermvaluetoomuchon
complextradingschemesandstockbuybacks,toolittleoninvestmentsinnewbusinesses,jobs,
andfaircompensation.(Cheers,applause.)

OurpoliticalsystemissoparalyzedbygridlockanddysfunctionthatmostAmericanshavelost
confidencethatanythingcanactuallygetdone.Andtheyvelosttrustintheabilityofboth
governmentandBigBusinesstochangecourse.

Now,wecanblamehistoricforcesbeyondourcontrolforsomeofthis,butthechoicesweve
madeasanation,leadersandcitizensalike,havealsoplayedabigrole.

OurnextPresidentmustworkwithCongressandeveryotherwillingpartneracrossourentire
country.AndIwilldojustthat(cheers,applause)toturnthetidesothesecurrentsstart
workingforusmorethanagainstus.


Atourbest,thatswhatAmericansdo.Wereproblemsolvers,notdeniers.Wedonthidefrom
change,weharnessit.(Cheers,applause.)

Butwecantdothatifwegobacktothetopdowneconomicpoliciesthatfailedusbefore.

Americanshavecometoofartoseeourprogressrippedaway.

Now,theremaybesomenewvoicesinthepresidentialRepublicanchoir,(laughter)buttheyre
allsingingthesameoldsong...

AsongcalledYesterday.(Laughter,cheers,applause.)

Youknowtheoneallourtroubleslookasthoughtheyreheretostay(laughter)andwe
needaplacetohideawayTheybelieveinyesterday.

AndyoureluckyIdidnttrysingingthat,too,I'lltellyou!(Laughter,cheers,applause.)

TheseRepublicanstripoverthemselvespromisinglowertaxesforthewealthyandfewerrules
forthebiggestcorporationswithoutregardforhowthatwillmakeincomeinequalityevenworse.

Weveheardthistunebefore.Andweknowhowitturnsout.

Askmanyofthesecandidatesaboutclimatechange,oneofthedefiningthreatsofourtime,
(cheers,applause)andtheyllsay:Imnotascientist.(Laughter.)Well,then,whydontthey
startlisteningtothosewhoare?(Cheers,applause.)

TheypledgetowipeouttoughrulesonWallStreet,ratherthanreininthebanksthatarestilltoo
risky,courtingfuturefailures.Inacasethatcanonlybeconsideredmassamnesia.

Theywanttotakeawayhealthinsurancefrommorethan16millionAmericanswithoutoffering
anycrediblealternative.(Booing.)

Theyshameandblamewomen,ratherthanrespectourrighttomakeourownreproductive
healthdecisions.(Cheers,applause.)

Theywanttoputimmigrants,whoworkhardandpaytaxes,atriskofdeportation.(Booing.)

Andtheyturntheirbacksongaypeoplewholoveeachother.(Cheers,applause.)


Fundamentally,theyrejectwhatittakestobuildaninclusiveeconomy.Ittakesaninclusive
society.(Cheers,applause.)WhatIoncecalledavillage(cheers)thathasaplacefor
everyone.

Now,myvaluesandalifetimeofexperienceshavegivenmeadifferentvisionforAmerica.
IbelievethatsuccessisntmeasuredbyhowmuchthewealthiestAmericanshave,butbyhow
manychildrenclimboutofpoverty...(cheers,applause)

Howmanystartupsandsmallbusinessesopenandthrive

Howmanyyoungpeoplegotocollegewithoutdrowningindebt(cheers,applause)

Howmanypeoplefindagoodjob

Howmanyfamiliesgetaheadandstayahead.

Ididntlearnthisfrompolitics.Ilearneditfrommyownfamily.

Mymothertaughtmethateverybodyneedsachanceandachampion.Sheknewwhatitwaslike
nottohaveeitherone.

Herownparentsabandonedher,andby14shewasoutonherown,workingasahousemaid.
Yearslater,whenIwasoldenoughtounderstand,Iaskedwhatkepthergoing.

Youknowwhatheranswerwas?Somethingverysimple:Kindnessfromsomeonewho
believedshemattered.

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gradeteacherwhosawshehadnothingtoeatatlunchand,withoutembarrassingher,
broughtextrafoodtoshare.

Thewomanwhosehouseshecleanedlettinghergotohighschoolsolongasherworkgotdone.
Thatwasabargainsheleapttoaccept.

And,becausesomepeoplebelievedinher,shebelievedinme.(Cheers,applause.)

That'swhyIbelievewithallmyheartinAmericaandinthepotentialofeveryAmerican.

Tomeeteverychallenge.


Toberesilientnomatterwhattheworldthrowsatyou.

Tosolvethetoughestproblems.

IbelievewecandoallthesethingsbecauseIveseenithappen.

Asayounggirl,IsignedupatmyMethodistChurchtobabysitthechildrenofMexican
farmworkers,whiletheirparentsworkedinthefieldsontheweekends.Andlater,asalaw
student,IadvocatedforCongresstorequirebetterworkingandlivingconditionsforfarm
workerswhosechildrendeservedbetteropportunities.(Cheers,applause.)

MyfirstjoboutoflawschoolwasfortheChildrensDefenseFund.(Cheers,applause.)I
walkeddoortodoortofindouthowmanychildrenwithdisabilitiescouldntgotoschool,andto
helpbuildthecaseforalawguaranteeingthemaccesstoeducation.(Cheers,applause.)

AsaleaderoftheLegalServicesCorporation,Idefendedtherightofpoorpeopletohavea
lawyer.Andsawliveschangedbecauseanabusivemarriageendedoranillegaleviction
stopped.

InArkansas,Isupervisedlawstudentswhorepresentedclientsincourtsandprisons,organized
scholarshipsforsingleparentsgoingtocollege,ledeffortsforbetterschoolsandhealthcare,and
personallyknewthepeoplewhoseliveswereimproved.

AsSenator,Ihadthehonorofrepresentingbravefirefighters,policeofficers,EMTs,
constructionworkers,andvolunteers(cheers,applause)whorantowarddangeron9/11and
stayedthere,becomingsickthemselves.

Ittookyearsofeffort,butCongressfinallyapprovedthehealthcaretheyneeded.(Applause.)

TherearesomanyfacesandstoriesthatIcarrywithmeofpeoplewhogavetheirbestandthen
neededhelpthemselves.

Justweeksago,Imetanotherpersonlikethat,asinglemomjugglingajobandclassesat
communitycollege,whileraisingthreekids.

Shedoesntexpectanythingtocomeeasy.Butshedidaskme:Whatmorecanbedonesoit
isntquitesohardforfamilieslikehers?

Iwanttobeherchampionandyourchampion.(Cheers,applause.)

Ifyoullgivemethechance,IllwageandwinFourFightsforyou.

ThefirstistomaketheeconomyworkforeverydayAmericans,notjustthoseatthetop.
(Cheers,applause.)

Tomakethemiddleclassmeansomethingagain,withrisingincomesandbroaderhorizons.
Andtogivethepoorachancetoworktheirwayintoit.(Cheers,applause.)

Themiddleclassneedsmoregrowthandmorefairness.Growthandfairnessgotogether.For
lastingprosperity,youcanthaveonewithouttheother.

Isthispossibleintodaysworld?(Crowdresponds.)

IbelieveitisorIwouldntbestandinghere.(Cheers,applause.)

DoIthinkitwillbeeasy?Ofcoursenot.

But,heresthegoodnews:Therearealliesforchangeeverywherewhoknowwecantstandby
whileinequalityincreases,wagesstagnate,andthepromiseofAmericadims.Weshould
welcomethesupportofallAmericanswhowanttogoforwardtogetherwithus.(Cheers,
applause.)

TherearepublicofficialswhoknowAmericansneedabetterdeal.

Businessleaderswhowanthigherpayforemployees,equalpayforwomen(cheers,applause)
andnodiscriminationagainsttheLGBTcommunityeither.(Cheers,applause.)

Thereareleadersoffinancewhowantlessshorttermtradingandmorelongterminvesting.

Thereareunionleaderswhoareinvestingtheirownpensionfundsinputtingpeopletoworkto
buildtomorrowseconomy.(Cheers,applause.)Weneedeveryonetocometothetableand
workwithus.

Inthecomingweeks,Illproposespecificpoliciesto:

Rewardbusinesseswhoinvestinlongtermvalueratherthanthequickbuckbecausethatleads
tohighergrowthfortheeconomy,higherwagesforworkers,andyes,biggerprofits,everybody
willhaveabettertime.

Iwillrewritethetaxcodesoitrewardshardworkandinvestmentshereathome,notquick
tradesorstashingprofitsoverseas.(Cheers,applause.)

Iwillgivenewincentivestocompaniesthatgivetheiremployeesafairshareoftheprofitstheir
hardworkearns.(Cheers,applause.)

Wewillunleashanewgenerationofentrepreneursandsmallbusinessownersbyprovidingtax
relief,cuttingredtape,andmakingiteasiertogetasmallbusinessloan.

WewillrestoreAmericatothecuttingedgeofinnovation,science,andresearchbyincreasing
bothpublicandprivateinvestments.(Cheers,applause.)

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AndwewillmakeAmericathecleanenergysuperpowerofthe21
century.(Cheers,applause.)

Developingrenewablepowerwind,solar,advancedbiofuels

Buildingcleanerpowerplants,smarterelectricgrids,greenerbuildings

Usingadditionalfeesandroyaltiesfromfossilfuelextractiontoprotecttheenvironment
(cheers,applause)

Andeasethetransitionfordistressedcommunitiestoamorediverseandsustainableeconomic
futurefromcoalcountrytoIndiancountry,fromsmalltownsintheMississippiDeltatotheRio
GrandeValleytoourinnercities,wehavetohelpourfellowAmericans.(Cheers,applause.)

Now,thiswillcreatemillionsofjobsandcountlessnewbusinesses,andenableAmericatolead
theglobalfightagainstclimatechange.(Cheers,applause.)

Wewillalsoconnectworkerstotheirjobsandbusinesses.Customerswillhaveabetterchance
toactuallygetwheretheyneedandgetwhattheydesirewithroads,railways,bridges,airports,
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ports,andbroadbandbroughtuptoglobalstandardsforthe21
century.(Cheers,applause.)

Wewillestablishaninfrastructurebankandsellbondstopayforsomeoftheseimprovements.

Now,buildinganeconomyfortomorrowalsorequiresinvestinginourmostimportantasset,our
people,beginningwithouryoungest.(Cheers,applause.)

ThatswhyIwillproposethatwemakepreschoolandqualitychildcareavailabletoeverychild
inAmerica.(Cheers,applause.)

AndIwantyoutorememberthis,becausetome,thisisabsolutelythemostcompelling
argumentwhyweshoulddothis.Researchtellsushowmuchearlylearninginthefirstfive
yearsoflifecanimpactlifelongsuccess.Infact,80percentofthebrainisdevelopedbyage
three.

OnethingIvelearnedisthattalentisuniversalyoucanfinditanywherebutopportunityis
not.(Cheers,applause.)Toomanyofourkidsneverhavethechancetolearnandthriveasthey
shouldandasweneedthemto.

Ourcountrywontbecompetitiveorfairifwedonthelpmorefamiliesgivetheirkidsthebest
possiblestartinlife.

Soletsstaffourprimaryandsecondaryschoolswithteacherswhoaresecondtononeinthe
world,andreceivetherespecttheydeserveforsparkingtheloveoflearningineverychild.
(Cheers,applause.)

Letsmakecollegeaffordableandavailabletoallandliftthecrushingburdenofstudentdebt.
(Cheers,applause.)

Letsprovidelifelonglearningforworkerstogainorimproveskillstheeconomyrequires,
settingupmanymoreAmericansforsuccess.

Now,thesecondfightistostrengthenAmericasfamilies,becausewhenourfamiliesarestrong,
Americaisstrong.

Andtodaysfamiliesfacenewanduniquepressures.Parentsneedmoresupportandflexibility
todotheirjobatworkandathome.(Cheers.)

Ibelieveyoushouldhavetherighttoearnpaidsickdays.(Cheers,applause.)

Ibelieveyoushouldreceiveyourworkschedulewithenoughnoticetoarrangechildcareortake
collegecoursestogetahead.(Cheers,applause.)

Ibelieveyoushouldlookforwardtoretirementwithconfidence,notanxiety.

Thatyoushouldhavethepeaceofmindthatyourhealthcarewillbetherewhenyouneedit,
withoutbreakingthebank.(Cheers,applause.)

Ibelieveweshouldofferpaidfamilyleave(cheers,applause)sonoonehastochoosebetween
keepingapaycheckandcaringforanewbabyorasickrelative.(Cheers,applause.)

Anditiswaypasttimetoendtheoutrageofsomanywomenstillearninglessthanmenonthe
job(cheers,applause)andwomenofcoloroftenmakingevenless.(Cheers,applause.)

Thisisntawomensissue.Itsafamilyissue.Justlikeraisingtheminimumwageisafamily
issue.(Cheers,applause.)Expandingchildcareisafamilyissue.Decliningmarriageratesisa
familyissue.Theunequalratesofincarcerationisafamilyissue.(Cheers,applause.)Helping
morepeoplewithanaddictionoramentalhealthproblemgethelpisafamilyissue.(Cheers,
applause.)

InAmerica,everyfamilyshouldfeelliketheybelong.

Soweshouldofferhardworking,lawabidingimmigrantfamiliesapathtocitizenship.(Cheers,
applause.)Notsecondclassstatus.(Cheers,applause.)

And,weshouldbandiscriminationagainstLGBTAmericansandtheirfamilies(cheers,
applause)sotheycanlive,learn,marry,andworkjustlikeeverybodyelse.(Cheers,applause.)

Youknow,Americasdiversity,ouropenness,ourdevotiontohumanrightsandfreedomis
whatsdrawnsomanytoourshores.Whatsinspiredpeopleallovertheworld.Iknow.Ive
seenitwithmyowneyes.

Andthesearealsoqualitiesthatprepareuswellforthedemandsofaworldthatismore
interconnectedthaneverbefore.

Sowehaveathirdfight:toharnessallofAmericaspower,smarts,andvaluestomaintainour
leadershipforpeace,security,andprosperity.

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NoothercountryonEarthisbetterpositionedtothriveinthe21
century.Noothercountryis
betterequippedtomeettraditionalthreatsfromcountrieslikeRussia,NorthKorea,andIran
andtodealwiththeriseofnewpowerslikeChina.

Noothercountryisbetterpreparedtomeetemergingthreatsfromcyberattacks,transnational
terrornetworkslikeISIS,anddiseasesthatspreadacrossoceansandcontinents.

AsyourPresident,IlldowhateverittakestokeepAmericanssafe.(Cheers,applause.)

AndifyoulookovermyleftshoulderyoucanseethenewWorldTradeCentersoaringskyward.
(Cheers,applause.)

AsaSenatorfromNewYork,Idedicatedmyselftogettingourcityandstatethehelpweneeded
torecover.AndasamemberoftheArmedServicesCommittee,Iworkedtomaintainthe
besttrained,bestequipped,strongestmilitary,readyfortodaysthreatsandtomorrows.

Andwhenourbravemenandwomencomehomefromwarorfinishtheirservice,Illseetoit
thattheygetnotjustthethanksofagratefulnation,butthecareandbenefitstheyveearned.
(Cheers,applause.)

IvestooduptoadversarieslikePutinandreinforcedallieslikeIsrael.IwasintheSituation
RoomonthedaywegotbinLaden.(Cheers,applause.)

But,IknowIknowwehavetobesmartaswellasstrong.

MeetingtodaysglobalchallengesrequireseveryelementofAmerica'spower,includingskillful
diplomacy,economicinfluence,andbuildingpartnershipstoimprovelivesaroundtheworld
withpeople,notjusttheirgovernments.

Therearealotoftroublespotsintheworld,buttheresalotofgoodnewsouttheretoo.

Ibelievethefutureholdsfarmoreopportunitiesthanthreatsifweexercisecreativeand
confidentleadershipthatenablesustoshapeglobaleventsratherthanbeshapedbythem.
(Cheers,applause.)

Andweallknowthatinordertobestrongintheworld,though,wefirsthavetobestrongat
home.Thatswhywehavetowinthefourthfightreformingourgovernmentandrevitalizing
ourdemocracysothatitworksforeverydayAmericans.(Cheers,applause.)

Wehavetostoptheendlessflowofsecret,unaccountablemoneythatisdistortingourelections,
corruptingourpoliticalprocess,anddrowningoutthevoicesofourpeople.(Cheers,applause.)

WeneedJusticesontheSupremeCourtwhowillprotecteverycitizensrighttovote,(cheers,
applause)ratherthaneverycorporationsrighttobuyelections.(Cheers,applause.)

Ifnecessary,IwillsupportaconstitutionalamendmenttoundotheSupremeCourtsdecisionin
CitizensUnited.(Cheers,applause.)

Iwanttomakeiteasierforeverycitizentovote.That'swhyI'veproposeduniversal,automatic
registrationandexpandedearlyvoting.(Cheers,applause.)

IllfightbackagainstRepublicaneffortstodisempoweranddisenfranchiseyoungpeople,poor
people,peoplewithdisabilities,andpeopleofcolor.(Cheers,applause.)

Whatpartofdemocracyaretheyafraidof?(Cheers,applause.)

Nomatterhoweasywemakeittovote,westillhavetogiveAmericanssomethingworthvoting
for.(Cheers,applause.)

Governmentisnevergoingtohavealltheanswersbutithastobesmarter,simpler,more
efficient,andabetterpartner.

Thatmeansaccesstoadvancedtechnologysogovernmentagenciescanmoreeffectivelyserve
theircustomers,theAmericanpeople.

Weneedexpertiseandinnovationfromtheprivatesectortohelpcutwasteandstreamline
services.

TheressomuchthatworksinAmerica.Foreveryproblemweface,someonesomewherein
Americaissolvingit.SiliconValleycrackedthecodeonsharingandscalingawhileago.Many
statesarepioneeringnewwaystodeliverservices.IwanttohelpWashingtoncatchup.
(Cheers,applause.)

Todothat,weneedapoliticalsystemthatproducesresultsbysolvingproblemsthatholdus
back,notoneoverwhelmedbyextremepartisanshipandinflexibility.

Now,Illalwaysseekcommongroundwithfriendandopponentalike.ButIllalsostandmy
groundwhenImust.(Cheers,applause.)

ThatssomethingIdidasSenatorandSecretaryofStatewhetheritwasworkingwith
RepublicanstoexpandhealthcareforchildrenandforourNationalGuard,orimproveourfoster

careandadoptionsystem,orpassatreatytoreducethenumberofRussiannuclearwarheadsthat
couldthreatenourcitiesanditssomethingIwillalwaysdoasyourPresident.

WeAmericansmaydiffer,bicker,stumble,andfallbutweareatourbestwhenwepickeach
otherup,whenwehaveeachothersback.

Likeanyfamily,ourAmericanfamilyisstrongestwhenwecherishwhatwehaveincommon,
andfightbackagainstthosewhowoulddriveusapart.

Peopleallovertheworldhaveaskedme:HowcouldyouandPresidentObamaworktogether
afteryoufoughtsohardagainsteachotherinthatlongcampaign?

Now,thatisanunderstandablequestionconsideringthatinmanyplaces,ifyouloseanelection
youcouldgetimprisonedorexiledevenkillednothiredasSecretaryofState.(Cheers,
applause.)

ButPresidentObamaaskedmetoserve,andIacceptedbecausewebothloveourcountry.
(Cheers,applause.)ThatshowwedoitinAmerica.

Withthatsamespirit,together,wecanwinthesefourfights.

Wecanbuildaneconomywherehardworkisrewarded.

Wecanstrengthenourfamilies.

Wecandefendourcountryandincreaseouropportunitiesallovertheworld.

Andwecanrenewthepromiseofourdemocracy.

Ifwealldoourpart.Inourfamilies,inourbusinesses,unions,housesofworship,schools,and,
yes,inthevotingbooth.

Iwantyoutojoinmeinthiseffort.Helpmebuildthiscampaignandmakeityourown.

Talktoyourfriends,yourfamily,yourneighbors.

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andsignuptomakecallsandknockondoors.(Cheers,applause.)


Itsnosecretthatweregoingupagainstsomeprettypowerfulforcesthatwilldoandspend
whateverittakestoadvanceaverydifferentvisionforAmerica.ButIvespentmylifefighting
forchildren,families,andourcountry.AndImnotstoppingnow.(Cheers,applause,chanting.)

Youknow,Iknowhowhardthisjobis.Iveseenitupcloseandpersonal.(Laughter.)

AllourPresidentscomeintoofficelookingsovigorous.(Laughter.)Andthenwewatchtheir
hairgrowgrayerandgrayer.

Well,Imaynotbetheyoungestcandidateinthisrace.ButIwillbetheyoungestwoman
PresidentinthehistoryoftheUnitedStates!(Cheers,applause.)

Andthefirstgrandmotheraswell.(Cheers,applause.)

Andoneadditionaladvantage:YourewontseemyhairturnwhiteintheWhiteHouse.Ive
beencoloringitforyears!

(Cheers,applause.)

SoImlookingforwardtoagreatdebateamongDemocrats,Republicans,andIndependents.
ImnotrunningtobeaPresidentonlyforthoseAmericanswhoalreadyagreewithme.Iwantto
beaPresidentforallAmericans.

Andalongtheway,I'lljustletyouinonthislittlesecret.(Laughter.)Iwontgeteverything
right.LordknowsIvemademyshareofmistakes.Well,theresnoshortageofpeoplepointing
themout!(Laughter.)

AndIcertainlyhaventwoneverybattleIvefought.Butleadershipmeansperseveranceand
hardchoices.Youhavetopushthroughthesetbacksanddisappointmentsandkeepatit.
(Cheers,applause.)

IthinkyouknowbynowthatIvebeencalledmanythingsbymanypeople(laughter)
quitterisnotoneofthem.(Cheers,applause.)

Likesomuchelseinmylife,Igotthisfrommymother.

WhenIwasagirl,sheneverletmebackdownfromanybullyorbarrier.Inherlateryears,
Momlivedwithus,andshewasstillteachingmethesamelessons.Idcomehomefromahard
dayattheSenateortheStateDepartment,sitdownwithheratthesmalltableinourbreakfast

nook,andjustleteverythingpourout.Andshewouldremindmewhywekeepfighting,even
whentheoddsarelongandtheoppositionisfierce.

Icanstillhearhersaying:Lifesnotaboutwhathappenstoyou,itsaboutwhatyoudowith
whathappenstoyousogetbackoutthere.(Cheers,applause.)

Shelivedtobe92yearsold,andIoftenthinkaboutallthebattlesshewitnessedoverthecourse
ofthelastcenturyalltheprogressthatwaswonbecauseAmericansrefusedtogiveuporback
down.

ShewasbornonJune4,1919beforewomeninAmericahadtherighttovote.Butonthat
veryday,afteryearsofstruggle,CongresspassedtheConstitutionalAmendmentthatwould
changethatforever.

ThestoryofAmericaisastoryofhardfought,hardwonprogress.Anditcontinuestoday.New
chaptersarebeingwrittenbymenandwomenwhobelievethatallofusnotjustsome,butall
shouldhavethechancetoliveuptoourGodgivenpotential.

Notonlybecausewereatolerantcountry,oragenerouscountry,oracompassionatecountry,
butbecausewereabetter,stronger,moreprosperouscountrywhenweharnessthetalent,hard
work,andingenuityofeverysingleAmerican.

Iwishmymothercouldhavebeenwithuslonger.IwishshecouldhaveseenChelseabecomea
motherherself.IwishshecouldhavemetCharlotte.

IwishshecouldhaveseentheAmericaweregoingtobuildtogether.(Cheers,applause.)

AnAmerica,whereifyoudoyourpart,youreaptherewards.

Wherewedontleaveanyoneout,oranyonebehind.

AnAmericawhereafathercantellhisdaughter:yes,youcanbeanythingyouwanttobe.Even
PresidentoftheUnitedStates.(Cheers,applause.)

Thankyouall.Godblessyou.AndmayGodblessAmerica.(Cheers,applause.)