Youngstown, Ohio–(ENEWSPF)–July 31, 2016. At a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday night, Hillary Clinton closed out the second day of a jobs-focused bus tour touting her “100 Days Jobs Plan,” the largest investment in American jobs since World War II they would make in their first 100 days in office. Clinton criticized Trump after he called General John R. Allen, who served with courage and honor, a “failed general.” Clinton also pointed to Trump’s volatile temperament as proof that he is unfit to be President. As Clinton said, “Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing. I don’t know what it is. I’m not going to get into that. But yesterday he attacked a distinguished Marine general, John Allen. He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Captain Khan. He’s attacked immigrants and women. He’s attacked people with disabilities. It’s a long list, my friends. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t have anything positive to say […] I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief. And as I said Thursday night, someone who can get provoked by a tweet should not be responsible for nuclear weapons..”
This has been a long day and a fun day, and I am so glad to be here with my wife, Anne, who until a few days ago was the secretary of education in Virginia. But my wife Anne walked into the office Monday, before we went to the convention, and resigned so she could be full-time on the trail to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected our next president. And how great is this to be campaigning with President Clinton? I mean – I started my career in elected office 22 years ago, and I’ve learned more on the bus in the last eight hours – about politics than I’ve learned in 22 years. We have had a wonderful, wonderful time.
It has been a great week, and I tell you, when Hillary Clinton called me at 7:32 last Friday night – I mean, who’s counting? – 7:32-ish last Friday night and asked if I would be her running mate in this history-making campaign in an incredibly important time in our country, I just can’t tell you how humbled it made me – excited, but humbled too. I mean, this is just a remarkable woman, a remarkable leader, the most qualified person. As President Obama said the other night when he spoke – wasn’t his speech fantastic Wednesday night? As he said the other night when he spoke, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to head a ticket of any party for a long time, and probably ever. And so of course I was honored; as somebody who’s been a mayor and a governor and Senator, I was honored to say I would love to be on this ticket to help this most qualified person be the next president and to help tackle one challenge after the next and keep America moving forward with an optimistic and patriotic view of this country. Of course I’m going to do it.
But there was one other reason that made me very, very excited. As we stood out on the stage together on Thursday night after she gave that magnificent speech following that fantastic introduction by Chelsea – as we stood out on that stage together with balloons falling and the history of electing – nominating the first woman of a major party to be our nominee, my 81-year-old mom, Kathy, was with me out on stage; Anne and my whole family, my mom and dad were there. And my mom looked at me as the balloons were falling and said, ‘Tim, this is the best night of my life.’ And I’ll tell you why. We’re backing Hillary because she’s the most qualified person to be president, but we can add to our excitement a little bit because I just was reflecting, as my mom said that, the number of strong women who have supported me through my 22-year political career – Anne supporting me just as I’ve supported her in her career. But think about – thinking about all the campaign managers and volunteers and finance directors and staff and voters, and the majority of the American electorate is women, and by far the majority of the electorate to vote for Democrats is women, and I have always been able to be in leadership positions because strong women were willing to support me. And I think it’s just about time, after like 240-plus years – after about 240-plus years. I think it’s time. I think it’s time. I think it’s time for strong men to show that they can support strong women in leadership positions, including the president of the United States. It’s just about time. It’s just about time.
So everything about this week has been great except one thing. Now, I mean, everything’s been great. Until I joined the ticket, I was under the radar screen and Donald Trump wasn’t saying anything bad about me. I mean, he wasn’t threatened by me, so he didn’t have to say anything bad about me. But as soon as I got onto the ticket, Donald Trump had to come up with something to blast me about. So let me tell you what he said. The morning after I accepted the nomination of our party, the oldest party in the world, the Democratic Party, to be vice presidential nominee, Donald Trump said about me, ‘That Kaine, he was a lousy governor of New Jersey.’ I mean, I guess I was a lousy governor of New Jersey. I mean, I don’t have the thick skin that Hillary Clinton has built up during the campaign, so that kind of affected me. I was kind of feeling bad about it, and then I realized, wait a minute, I was never governor of New Jersey. I’ve never lived in New Jersey.
But look, you’ve got to give Donald a break. He’s new to this thing. So 50 states, and Virginia is different than New Jersey. I mean, okay, so he doesn’t understand much; this whole thing is a big civics lesson for him. But he wants to be president, so go figure. I mean, go figure.
We have been on this tour because what we want to do is talk about something really important: how to make sure that our economy grows and […] for a few, but for everybody. Now, you all […] this. Hillary Clinton and I both grew up in small business families. She’ll probably talk about her dad’s business, a drapery and printing fabric factory in Chicago. I grew up working in my dad’s manufacturing business, an ironworker-organized union shop in the stockyards of Kansas City – welding and ironworking. And it was five employees in a bad year, eight employees in a good year, plus my mom, plus my brothers and me. The old thing, if you’re in a family business, if there’s an order that has to go out then the kids are working on weekends or the kids are coming in on holidays or summers, and that’s what we did. So we come out of a small business background, though, and that’s where jobs get created. And we’re here to talk about – in Youngstown and in Pennsylvania earlier today and yesterday – how to grow the economy for all.
And this is – on the economy, this thing is super simple. Super simple. Do you guys want […] a ‘you’re fired’ president or a ‘you’re hired’ president? I thought so. I thought that would be the answer. I mean, you know that Trump’s the ‘you’re fired’ guy. These are the two words that he is most known for. And I’ve got a prediction: after this whole campaign is over and after Donald Trump has lost and after people have forgotten everything about the race he ran, the two words they will remember about Donald Trump is, ‘You’re fired!’
Hillary has been just laying out the details and talking about a ‘you’re hired’ economy, a job-growth economy. So it’s skills training, and it’s tax reform. Right now we have a tax code that loves investors and hates workers. We’ve got to flip that around. I like investors; that’s great. But we’ve got to love workers as much or more, and that’s what she’s talking about.
We have to promote manufacturing. We’ve got to promote research – this great innovation. We have to promote – I mean, what about, like, wages? I mean, a minimum wage so you’re not under the poverty level. Or what about the radical notion that women should make the same salary and wages as men?
One of the best lines in my opinion that – from Hillary’s speech the other night – she had a lot of great lines, but one I really liked because I’m kind of a – look, I was a mayor, I was a city council person, I was a governor. I kind of like the details about things. You know, it’s not just pie in the sky. You’ve got to tell people how you’ll do it. And Hillary Clinton said the other night, ‘I’ve got a lot of plans with some details to it. I feel like I ought to tell you what I’m going to do.’ And some give me grief about that, but if it’s your kid or your business, it’s not just details. It’s kind of a big deal. Right? I mean, you’re entitled to know what your president wants to do before you cast a vote in the ballot box, and that’s one of the things that I love about Hillary Clinton. The details matter.
If you want to, go home and go on hillaryclinton.com, and you can see how she’ll make college debt-free, and how she’ll invest $10 billion to regrow advanced manufacturing, and how she’ll make sure that we combat bad trade deals and only accept trade deals if they’re really good for American workers, and how we’ll get to pay equity, and how we’ll raise the minimum wage. You go on that web page, you will know how she’ll pay for it and how we’ll benefit by it. And that’s what a presidential candidate ought to do.
On the other hand, on the Trump side, he doesn’t give any details, folks. You’re not getting any details. I mean, when he tells you, ‘We’re going to be rich,’ and you ask why and he just says, ‘believe me.’ Or, ‘We’re going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, believe me.’ Well, wait a minute. ‘Believe me. We’re going to defeat – believe me.’ ‘Don’t worry, there’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns, believe me,’ Now, I know something about Ohio folks. I know you ain’t gullible.
Do you really think that there’s nothing wrong with his tax returns? How about this: Do you think Donald Trump, if he wants to be president, should do what every presidential candidate in modern history has done and show his tax returns to the American public? Absolutely. Because what we’ve seen, and the convention laid this out, is Donald Trump has said ‘believe me’ to a lot of people. Now, he’s saying it in 2016 to the American voters.
But let’s just go back before the election. He said ‘believe me’ to a bunch of contractors who have done work for him, and then he stiffed them on paying their bills. He said ‘believe me’ to a bunch of employees at his companies, and then he outsourced their jobs and laid them off. He said ‘believe me’ to retirees who gave him money because they wanted to live in a condo community in Florida, and then they ended up losing their money, they didn’t get their condos, and Trump walks away with a lot of dough. He said ‘believe me’ to thousands of students of Trump U. and what did they get? They lost their dough, and they got a certificate that wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. When Donald Trump says ‘believe me’ and you believe him, you’re going to get hurt. You’re going to get hurt.
And I just think we are too great a nation to put it in the hands – to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, self-promoting, empty-promising, one-man wrecking crew. We just can’t do it. we just can’t do it. So can I ask you, is there anybody here in this place who believes Donald Trump? The guy who co-wrote his autobiography says about Donald Trump recently, ‘Lying is second nature to him.’ So when he says ‘Believe me,’ I got this question – well, here’s my attitude: I ain’t believing you. I ain’t believing one word. Not one word, folks. Not one word. Not one word. Not one word. Not one word. Not one word.
Not one – but we can believe somebody who has been about helping others since she was a teenager, a Midwestern Methodist Church kid growing up inspired by a wonderful youth pastor in her church in suburban Chicago who opened up the fact that in this broad world, there are a lot of folks who need a voice, who need a friend, who need a hand. And from that early moment, Hillary Clinton has been battling, and battling hard, for families and kids, long before she was in office. Long before she was in office.
So I said to you, do you want a ‘you’re hired’ president or a ‘you’re fired’ president? And you answered right. But I’m going to bring up Hillary Clinton now and say the real issue is– the real issue is, with Donald Trump, you get a ‘me first’ president. With Hillary Clinton you get a ‘families and children first’ president. And Ohio, I know how you’re going to pick. We got work to do.. Let’s bring a warm Ohio welcome to the next president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton!”
I want to thank Glenn Johnson and Robert Morales for being up here to introduce us to the stage. I am very proud to have the support and the endorsement of the UAW. I’m also very pleased to see our long-time friend, your former governor, Ted Strickland, a decent, hard-working, committed man who I hope you will send to the United States Senate in November. I appreciate State Senator Joe Schiavoni, and Joe, we do want that pizza. We need that pizza.
And finally, I got to tell you, I am just the biggest fan of your congressman, Tim Ryan. How many of you saw him speak at the Democratic Convention? Wasn’t he terrific? Tim and I have a lot in common. I started the Manufacturing Caucus in the Senate when I was there. He has led the House of Representatives Manufacturing Caucus. We are both commit to bringing manufacturing back so that there is a real path to the middle class for people who help to actually make things in America again.
Tim and I also share a love for hot sauce. And he told me there would be one up here, but Tim, somebody got to it. It’s gone. So I’m going to hold you to it. I understand there’s kind of a special hot sauce that’s made right here. Right? Hot peppers! […] Yes, I want to try that. I told Tim some years ago that when Bill ran for President in 1992, I read an article which said that if you ate hot peppers, it would build your immune system. I figured, well, it’s worth a try. I started heating hot peppers back in ‘92. I’m still eating them. And I’m still standing. And I’m still ready to go to the White House!
Now, we’re on this bus tour to highlight what our plans are to create more good jobs and raise incomes. And we wanted to come to Pennsylvania and Ohio because these are two states where people still make things, where people believe that it’s possible to be a builder, to make a contribution, to have a good life for your family. So we’ve been visiting factories. We’ve been talking to folks, getting ideas. And here’s what I think. I think that if you agree that our major challenge economically is to create more good-paying jobs with rising incomes and good benefits so that more people in America – right here in the Mahoning Valley, across Ohio, and across our country – have a chance to get ahead and stay ahead, which is the basic bargain of America that joined this campaign.
I started that Manufacturing Caucus back in the Senate because I represented New York. And in Upstate New York – some of you know because you may have traveled through there – we had a lot of hard-working people who got caught up in technology, with automation, with jobs being moved out of our country. And they deserved better. And we began to put together plans, and that’s exactly what I will do as your president. We’re going to have the biggest job creation program since World War II. And we’re going to invest in infrastructure, we’re going to build and maintain our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems. There is so much good work to be done in America. And it’s not just what we can see; not just the physical infrastructure, which is critically important. We need a new electric grid. If we’re going to be creating renewable energy, we’ve got to be able to distribute it. We need to make sure every person, every home, every business in America has access to broadband. Internet connectivity that will give them a chance to compete and win in the economy.
I said in Harrisburg Pennsylvania last night that that’s what I wanted to do, and I told folks that teachers had told me, just recently, there was a big national survey of teachers – and you know I love teachers. And so these teachers that were telling me that after they did this survey, they found that about 70 percent of our nation’s teachers assign homework that requires kids to use the Internet. And I see some teachers’ heads nodding. Well, that makes perfect sense because we want our kids prepared for the future. They’re going to live in the information age, and goodness knows, it’s going to be moving even faster.
That’s the good news. The bad news is, there are 5 million kids in America who cannot access the Internet from their homes when they’re supposed to be doing their homework. And there are parts of every state – because when I finished speaking last night, I went out, as I will later, and meet everybody, shake your hands – and some of the people there told me, they said, you have no idea how bad it is in places in Pennsylvania. We still have dial-up. A lot of places, we can’t get access. That is unacceptable. It is 2016. We are going to finish providing broadband Internet connectivity to every place in America.
We are also going to invest in advanced manufacturing. I can’t wait until I get to work with Tim Ryan and Ted Strickland and Sherrod Brown about how we’re going to do this. We’re going to invest, we’re going to work the public and the private sectors to make sure, number one, that businesses get the support they need in order to have the kind of plant and equipment that will enable them to be more competitive. We are going to make sure that people have the skills that they can immediately put to work.
I am a strong believer is that, yes, it’s great to get a four year college education, and we’re going to make that debt free. But I don’t believe that a four year college education should be the only path for people having a good middle class job, and a future that gives them and their kids better opportunities. We were in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and we were meeting with the management and the Steelworkers Union, a unionized plant, and they helped to train their people. And then their workers are making, on average, $70,000 a year. I’m telling you, we can do this. Because there are now million jobs in America that are not being filled. We don’t have enough machinists, tool and die workers, welders, coaters. We need more skilled people in the trades. I’ve got a plan to encourage businesses to pay to train people, and to support union apprenticeship programs so that we get those skills and get ready to make a good future.
And, you know, I believe strongly that some nation is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. I want it to be us. Because there are millions of new jobs and businesses if we do this. So we are going to grow the economy. I’m going to invest $10 billion in manufacturing communities like those in the Mahoning Valley. And I’m going to do it by defending American workers. We are not going to let Republican governors and Republican legislatures undermine the right to join a union, undermine the right to bargain collectively. I believe Right to Work is wrong for America, and I will stand against that effort.
And we are going to say no to unfair trade deals. I’m going to appoint a special trade prosecutor to go after companies and countries that undercut our businesses and are unfair to our workers. We’re going to enforce rules of origin. We saved the American auto industry from a certain demise. And I’ll tell you, it was the Democrats who did it, wasn’t it? And it was the right thing to do. The American auto industry just had its best year ever last year. Well, we’re going to keep that going. And the way we are is, we’re going to stand up for our companies and our workers, and we’re not going to let China continue to dump cheap steel into the American market.
Another way we’re going to grow the economy is by supporting small business. You heard Tim say his dad was a small businessman. So was mine. My father had a small business that printed fabric for draperies. He had a – what we called a print plant. It was a kind of low ceilinged, kind of dark place in Chicago, with two really long tables. And the way you did this – because I helped him when I had to, and he needed the help – you would take the fabric, you’d put it on the long table, then you’d take what’s called a silkscreen, and you’d put it down, and then you’d take the paint – you’d pour it into the silkscreen, then you’d take the squeegee and you’d go from left to right, then you’d lift it up and you’d keep going down the table.
I know how hard he worked. And I know how many opportunities that hard work gave my family. That’s why I take really personally what Donald Trump does to small businesses. This is not just a campaign talking point. This is personal. You know, because my dad did all that work – he would get contracts, he’d load the fabrics into the car, then he’d take them – he’d provide them to the hotel or the restaurant, the office – and then he expected to be paid. I mean, that’s the way we do business, isn’t it? I mean, my first job is I babysat. I expected to be paid. Every job I’ve had since, I expected to be paid after I did the job.
Well, apparently Donald Trump thinks he’s immune from all of those rules and requirements. And so, person after person has come forward to say the same thing: I got the contract, I did the work, he wouldn’t pay me. I’m talking about plumbers and painters, glass installers, marble installers, all kinds of people. And then what happens is, you know, they do the work, they go to get paid – he or his minions say, no, we’re not going to pay you. And, you know, it’s a kind of – like, a shock – what do you mean you’re not going to pay me? They say, if you don’t like it, go sue us. Well, if you’re a small business person, you can’t afford to sue a guy who puts his name on big buildings all over the place, has a battalion of lawyers. This man has been sued 3,500 times. He plays the odds. ‘A lot of people won’t sue me. A lot of people will give up if they try. So maybe at the end we’ll have to pay them 50 cents, 30 cents on the dollar.’ That is so wrong, and it is something – it is something that people who have been treated like this are coming to the forefront to speak out about. Because, you know what? They don’t want America being treated by Donald Trump the way they were treated by Donald Trump.
I looked it up: nearly 98 percent of businesses in Ohio are small business. So again, I take this personally. We’re going to help small business. We’re going to help get you more access to credit, cut red tape, remove obstacles so that small businesses can thrive. But we’re not only going to grow the economy, we’re going to make the economy fairer. Because the economy needs to work for everybody, not just those at the top. And we need to be doing everything we can to lift more people up. So we’re going to raise the national minimum wage. We’re going to make it a living wage that can produce a good, solid, middle-class life.
And the fastest way to increase family incomes is to make sure women get paid for the work that we do. Now, I’ll tell you, this is not a woman’s issue. It’s a family issue. If you have a working mother, wife, daughter, or sister, it’s your issue. And so therefore, finally, we’re going to put this right.
So I’m excited about what we’re going to do to create jobs, raise incomes, grow the economy, make it fair. And we’re going to pay for everything, I’m telling you, and I’m telling you how I’m going to pay for it. It’s pretty simple. We’re going to increase taxes on corporations, Wall Street, and the wealthy in America.
Now, that is not because I’m against success. We don’t resent success in America. But it’s because that’s where the money is. 90 percent of the income gains have gone to the top 1 percent of Americans. So it’s like that movie. You want to know what we’re going to do? We’re going to Follow the Money, and the money leads to the super wealthy and corporations and Wall Street, who need to be paying for the benefits that they have received from living in the greatest country in the world.
So as you can tell, I’m pretty excited. It may be late, but I’m really jazzed up about what we’re going to do. And I don’t think the stakes could be higher. Tim told you some of the reasons why Donald Trump is offering empty promises and totally at odds with what he’s done in business, how he’s treated people. Well, let’s just take one more example. He talks about let’s make America great, right? Well, he talks about putting America first, right? Well, then why does he make Trump suits in Mexico instead of Brooklyn, Ohio? Why does he make furniture in Turkey instead of Cleveland? Why does he make barware in Slovenia instead of Jackson, Ohio?
Well, if you saw your great senator, Sherrod Brown, at the Democrat convention – he was great. He said he bought his suit not far from where he lives in Cleveland, bought his tie in Ohio, bought his shirt in Ohio. Now, I don’t want to stir up any rivalry with Pennsylvania but – my husband is wearing a shirt that was made in Reading, Pennsylvania. So if we’re going to make America great again, Donald Trump ought to start making things in America again.
This is going to be a very intense campaign, right? One hundred days from today, people are going to go vote. Tim and Ann and Bill and I and everyone working with us, we’re going to work our hearts out, because I have to tell you this is not a normal election. Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing. I don’t know what it is. I’m not going to get into that. But yesterday he attacked a distinguished Marine general, John Allen. He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Captain Khan. He’s attacked immigrants and women. He’s attacked people with disabilities. It’s a long list, my friends. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t have anything positive to say.
But when you run for president, it’s kind of like a giant job interview. If you were interviewing somebody to hire and that person came in to see you and that person spent all of his time insulting and scapegoating and blaming other people, and then got up and left your office, you’d be kind of wondering what does that person do. I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief. And as I said Thursday night, someone who can get provoked by a tweet should not be responsible for nuclear weapons.
So here’s what I’m asking you. We’re going to be back. We’ll be in the Mahoning Valley. We’ll be all over Ohio. Because I want people to understand what the choice is and how it will affect you, your job, your future. And just yesterday, the Republican economist who advised Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008, he looked at the plans that I’ve put forth and he’s looked at what Donald Trump has said he wants to do, and here’s what he concluded: Under my plans, America will create at least 10 million new jobs in the first four years. And this is not me saying it. This is not me saying it. It’s not even a Democrat saying it. But then he goes on and says under Trump’s plans America will lose 3.5 million jobs. So this is serious business. Yes, don’t boo. Vote.
So here’s what I’m asking. I am asking for your help in this campaign. I want you to talk to your friends, your neighbors, your family members. I know that there are people here in the Mahoning Valley who think they want to support Trump. I just want you to try to have a conversation with them. I want you to ask them please to look at the facts. I want you to ask them to look at the stories that are coming out in the press every day about people who were stiffed, mistreated. I want you to look at the stories of all the foreign workers that he hires. I want you to look at where he makes the things he sells. And then I want you to ask your friends and neighbors, ‘Is this somebody who really cares about the people of the Mahoning Valley, the people of this great state?’
And I want you to join the campaign. Here’s what you can do: Text JOIN, J-O-I-N, to 47246 or go to hillaryclinton.com. And by the way, we are hiring organizers in Ohio, so if you’re interested, go to hillaryclinton.com and look for where we’re hiring, because we are going to reach out. We’re going to register 3 million more people. We are going to turn everybody out to vote.
Because like I said, I want you to know what my plans are as your president and I want you to hold me accountable. I’m not going to sit in the White House. I’m going to keep traveling around America. I’m going to come back to the Mahoning Valley. I’m going to sit down; I’m going to ask you what’s working, what’s not working. As you heard in the convention, when I tell you I will try to help you, you can count on it, because I will do everything I possibly can to deliver results for you.
So I know the hour is late. I know you have been incredibly patient. But I am so excited to be back here. I will be back. My team will be back. And we want you to be part of winning this election and moving our country into the future with optimism. Thank you.”