Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Part 6
Part 6 of 7. Partial transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 28, 2016:
So we know we can do this on a national basis.
And we also have to make the economy fairer, and that means raising the national minimum wage so if you work full-time, you’re not mired in poverty. It means finally equal pay for women’s work.
And it means affordable child care and paid family leave because families are under so much stress today, and I met so many, so many young family members – moms and dads – as I travel across Iowa. And I keep meeting people who are really under tremendous pressure.
Tim Kaine and I were in Pittsburgh last week and Tim was talking to a big group of folks and one of the women was holding a 3-year-old daughter, and Tim said as we do, “What a beautiful little girl.” And the woman said, “I came here to tell you and to tell Hillary Clinton that right after I had my baby, I got fired from my job because I had a tough pregnancy and a tough labor and delivery, I couldn’t come right back to work so they fired me.”
I’ll tell you, if we say we care about children and family values, don’t you think we ought to have paid family leave and actually prove that we do?
And you’ve heard me say before we’re going to have universal pre-kindergarten because we need to start our kids off with the best possible education beginning.
We’re going to have good teachers and good schools in every zip code in Iowa and across America.
And you know, I’m very proud of the campaign that Sen. Sanders and I ran. It was a campaign about issues and ideas, not insults. Right?
And when it finished, he and I got together and we have a plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free for families making less than $125,000 a year. That’s the vast majority of families.
But if you’re over that number, we’re going to make it debt free so you pay what you can afford but you don’t go into debt.
And no matter where you go to college, we are going to make it easier and quicker for you to refinance, pay back, and end your student debt.
I think it’s time to support teachers and students so vote to put a world class education within reach for everyone.
And we are also going to make sure that we have a tax system that is fair.
And you know what that means? Nobody making less than $250,000 a year will have your taxes raised one bit. I have made that pledge. I’m going to carry through with that pledge.
But we’re going to tax millionaires and billionaires and corporations because they’re not paying their fair share.
And you can hear it when Trump talks about what he wants to do. He says he wants to cut trillions – that’s trillions with a “T” – trillions of dollars in taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations. Man, that is trickle down economics on steroids. That is the worst idea.
We need to build the economy from the middle out and the bottom up. That’s what’s going to get it growing and providing more jobs and opportunities.
And it’s especially ironic coming from a guy who didn’t pay any federal income taxes. Right?
You know, back in the ‘90s he lost $1 billion. He says that makes him smart.
Look, I just don’t know how smart you have to be to lose $1 billion in one year running casinos. But I’ve never met somebody who lost money with casinos because with casinos, the house always wins. Right?
So he calls himself smart. His supporters call him a genius. I guess you have to be a genius to lose $1 billion in a year.
But here’s what’s important. Every one of us, every one of us who’s worked, gotten a paycheck, we’ve paid more in income tax to support our military, our vets, Pell Grants for students, health care, highways, education, agriculture than Donald Trump. And I think that tells you everything you need to know about him.