Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Part 3
Part 3 of 7. Partial transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2016:
Because I want you to be part of helping us implement an agenda that’s going to move our country forward.
I started my career all those years ago fighting for kids and families. That’s been the cause of my life. It will be the mission of my presidency.
I will get up every single day in the White House saying, “What am I going to do to help every single person and especially every child in this country have the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential?”
Now, I will admit to this. I am sometimes criticized for having too many policies. And you know, it’s probably true. I have a plan for just about everything.
I even wrote a book with my wonderful running mate, Tim Kaine, called Stronger Together, which has all of our ideas in it.
And the other day, it struck me, because you know, I do hear people making fun of me like, “Oh, all the policies and the plans and everything.” And I said, “You know, maybe this is a woman thing. We make lists.” Right?
I love making lists and then I love crossing things off.
So, I want you to imagine that together we’re going to vote on Nov. 8th for an agenda that will become a list that we will work on to implement to improve your lives and make our country stronger and fairer and better in the future.
Now, did any of you see that last debate?
Oh, my goodness. Well, I stood next to Donald Trump for 4.5 hours during those three debates. I think that proves once and for all I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief.
And I have to tell you, he was always saying something that I was finding, “Oh boy, unacceptable.”
And I kept reminding myself – people say, “Well, how did you keep your composure.”
Well, I practiced that a lot. I had my team and the young man playing Trump for me just insult me up and down. It was exhausting. I spent hours being insulted by my team and my friends. And boy, did it prepare me to stand there with the insulter known as Donald Trump.
And so I kept thinking to myself that wonderful line that Michelle Obama delivered in our convention when she gave her speech, “When they go low, we go high.”
Well, Donald Trump has gone low but in that last debate, he said something that was truly horrifying. He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election.
I know. It has never been done before. Nobody. If you go back and look at debates and speeches, nobody running for president representing one of our two major parties has ever said that.
And I have to say the first thing a president does on Jan. 20th is to take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
In our country, we have free and fair elections and a peaceful transfer of power. That is one of the great hallmarks of American democracy.
And when you question the very institutions of our democracy going back to the founding of our country, you are attacking democracy.
Now, we have seen Donald Trump attack so many different kinds of Americans. He’s attacked African-Americans and Latinos and immigrants and Muslims and POWs and, of course, women and people with disabilities. Right?