Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Part 7
Part 7 of 7. Partial transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2016:
This is Donald Trump to a T. He is the poster boy for bad business behavior.
His companies denied housing to African-Americans because of their race.
He made most of his products in other countries, not the United States.
He bought Chinese steel instead of American steel to build his hotels.
He stiffs small businesses, and I’ve these people. I mean, my dad was a small businessman and I know how hard he worked. And I’ve met people who had a contract with Donald Trump. They thought they’d died and gone to heaven. They were so excited. So they supplied pianos to his hotels. They installed marble or glass. They installed drapery fabrics. They worked hard. And then it came time to be paid and he stiffed them. He wouldn’t pay them.
And honestly, it just made me very happy that my father never had a contract from Donald Trump because when you work that hard, you deserve to be paid for the work and the services and the products you provide.
So my friends, here’s the bottom line. We all need to think about whatever issue is most important and visualize that on the ballot. And then compare – compare and contrast what I’ve done for the last 30 years with what he’s done, what I’ve produced for people to improve their lives and what he’s done, what I will do as your president if given the chance to serve, and what he will do.
Think about every single concern you’ve got. Think about your kids and your grandkids and what you’ll tell them about how you voted.
Because I want you to join me in voting for a better America. And here in Iowa, it’s really easy. You can vote today or tomorrow at the auditor’s office or next week at libraries in Cedar Rapids, in Marion.
You can get flier as you leave from our organizers telling you the details. You can go to IWillVote.com to confirm your polling place to make sure you have a plan to vote.
You can reach out to people who are maybe shut-ins or who have trouble getting around and help them to be able to vote.
Every phone call you make, every door you knock on will help us make a difference in this election.
So please go to HillaryClinton.com and sign up to volunteer or take your phone out and text JOIN to 47246.
Because here’s one thing you know for sure – on Jan. 20th, America will have a new president.
And the real question is what kind of change are we going to have? Change is inevitable. It’s up to us to determine how we’re going to guide and shape that change.
I personally don’t think people when they stop to consider it want the kind of change Donald Trump is offering – going back to the days when insurance companies and Wall Street could write their own rules, which is what he says he wants to do, rolling back marriage equality and women’s rights, abandoning our alliances and allowing more countries to get nuclear weapons. Now, that’s change all right. But not the change we need.
I have a very different vision. It’s more positive. It’s more unifying.
I want us to be a country with good high-paying jobs in every community, where college is affordable, where hard-working immigrants who pay taxes have a path to citizenship, where we respect each other – men and women, immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, everybody, that we recognize we are in this together, and where we lead with strength and intelligence in the world, working with our allies to fight and defeat terrorism, and stop the spread of nuclear weapon.
So change is coming. The choice is yours as to what kind of country we will have.
I want you to join me to build a stronger and fairer America, and I have made absolutely clear I will fight for you, I will work for you, I will make a difference – a positive difference – with results for you.
We will have a future we can be proud of. And we will prove once and for all that love trumps hate.