Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Part 5
Part 5 of 7. Partial transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2016:
He’s also on tape bragging to the radio personality Howard Stern that he would routinely barge into the dressing rooms of beauty pageant contestants while they were undressed to – quote – “inspect the women”. That was his word. He was “inspecting” them. “I sort of get away with that,” he said.
And maybe the most alarming part of what he said is that he admitted he did it with teenage contestants. Can you imagine? This is a man who relishes making women feel terrible about themselves in every possible way, someone who thinks belittling and objectifying women make him a bigger man. He goes after dignity and self-worth of women, and I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.
So this is who Donald Trump is. This is how he speaks. This is how he thinks. This is what he does.
Now, it’s time for all of us to stand up and say, “This is not we are. We are better than that. We are Americans.”
So I’ve got to say it’s no surprise that every policy that he talks about reflect the same disrespect and even contempt for women. So make no mistake – women’s health and rights, our futures, the futures of our daughters and our granddaughters are on the ballot.
We were reminded of that in the last debate when he pledged to overturn Roe v. Wade and end safe and legal abortion. He promised to defund Planned Parenthood, to wipe away the health care services that millions of women get for cancer screenings and so many other necessary help.
And I just have to say we have come too far to let Donald Trump take us back, haven’t we?
And you know, I fight for women’s issues not just because I’m a woman but because I believe these are American issues.
Again, remember those 112 countries I visited? I saw in many of them the way women were treated, how they were marginalized and sidelined, how they were not guaranteed an education, health care, and opportunity to pursue their own dreams and ambitions.
I think we have to continue to set the example that if you believe everyone in this country deserves an opportunity to go as far as their talent and hard work will take them, that includes both men and women, and everyone of us should be committed to that goal.
Well, you know, I started saying all this way back in the campaign months and months ago, and Donald Trump would say I was playing the woman card. Remember that?
And you know what I say. If standing up for women’s health and women’s rights is playing the woman’s card, then deal me in.
But we also have to make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Men and women, the young, the old, everybody should have an economic opportunity to go as far as they can. Because I believe when the middle class thrives, America thrives.
And we’re going to fight hard to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II, investments in infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, technology, innovation, small businesses, which are the real heart of any economy, where most of the new jobs will come from.
And we’re going to invest in clean renewable energy to create millions of new jobs in that field. We are going to make America the clean energy super power of the 21st century with your help.
And I go around bragging about Iowa because you already get a third of your electricity from clean energy, mostly wind. Right?