Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Part 4
Part 4 of 7. Partial transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2016:
But now, his final target seems to be democracy itself.
You know, I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State and in a lot of those countries they are – they’re nowhere near democracies. They’re dictatorships. They’re authoritarian regimes. Or they pretend to be democracies but, you know, one of the people on the ballot gets 99% of the vote.
And I knew every time I went anywhere else in the world how blessed I am to be an American. There are so many things to be grateful for and how we govern ourselves and how we conduct our election is among them.
So, we cannot just blow off what he’s saying because he’s still saying it. He’s standing up in front of large crowds and you can see how he’s egging them on, talking about rigged elections, talking about how we should just cancel the election and make him president.
Well, we’ve got to be vigilant about this. This is not something to be made light of because there’ve been too many times in world history where somebody gets elected and then that’s the last election that is held.
So we not only have to hand stand up for whoever our candidates are, we have to stand up for the process of electing them because that’s how we lead ourselves, that’s how we make decisions together.
Now, I really believe that people are responding to that.
And look at what’s already happened. More than 16.5 million people have already voted, and here in Iowa, 370,000 people have cast their votes.
One of those voters is Ruline Steininger [sp] in Des Moines and she was born in 1913 before women had the right to vote. She’s 103 now and she’s a pistol. She came to see me last time I was in Des Moines, which happened to be the first day of early voting. And she came to tell me she was on her way to cast her vote. She had her walker. She had some of her young family members there with her. But she was determined that she was going to vote and vote early.
So don’t let anyone tell you they’re too busy to vote. If Ruline can do it, anybody can get to the polls, get to the early voting places, get to the mailbox, cast your vote.
I’m excited about what we’re seeing across the country because I think people turn out because they want to be for a better future, a common vision, a dynamic America where everyone counts and everyone has a place.
So let me just briefly talk about some of the issues that I think people care about because when you stop to think about it, every one of those issues is truly on the ballot. Now, they might not be listed. It might be my name and my opponent’s name. But they’re on the ballot.
Here’s one example. Throughout this campaign, actually throughout his life, Donald Trump has demeaned and insulted women.
Now, we all heard the tape of him on the bus bragging about what he did to women, and given his long track record of lewd and offensive comments about women, it was shocking but not surprising.
And then one woman after another has come forward to say, “What he said on that tape is exactly what he did to me.”
Now, how did Donald Trump respond? Well, he started holding big rallies broadcast on TV and he said he couldn’t possibly have done those things because the women speaking out weren’t attractive enough for him to have assaulted.
He said, one woman – and I quote him – “would not be my first choice. Look at her. I don’t think so.”
He even called the female journalist covering the story “disgusting”, which he has called other women as well.