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and, you know, certainly not everything about our narrative is right and not everything about the russian narrative is wrong. there are different perceptions of the same events. and the fact that we're not talking to each other about them as much as we should be doing, in some ways we're talking less than during soviet times i think is a real detriment and increases the danger for miscalculations, accidents and bad policy, frankly. so maybe one small effort that i would suggest is that i think it would be interesting to exercise, to do a scenario like this that included russians, europeans and americans, but on mixed teams. and i think we would learn a lot from each other about how we see different phenomena through a different lens, but how that different lens may not necessarily be right or wrong, but we need to understand really
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yesterday. this is her second visit to the state since announcing her presidential campaign in april. the event is hosted by gary swenson and dean gent, one of the first same sex couples to marry in iowa. >> thank you, thank you, everyone. you can be seated. we are so thrilled to have each and every one of you here but even more excited to have what i consider to be the person that is most ready for leading our nation because she has been tried, she's been tested. i've been telling people earlier this morning there's no other human being on the planet that has the resume that hillary rodham clinton has. [ applause ] before i introduce our hillary campaign staffer who's now living with us here in mason
city, i want to welcome a few of the very important folks that do the day-to-day democratic business here in the greater north iowa area. and we have with us a list of people. as i call your name, would you kind of hold up your hand and step forward? so madam secretary can see you. and then hold your applause to the end of the list, if you would. and we'll let you acknowledge those folks. so if you're sitting, maybe stand. i'd like to introduce john columbo, chair of the franklin county democrats. he's below the light over there. [ applause ] hold your applause. state senator amanda reagan, our state senator from mason city district. d.o. kohning, former state representative from st. ansgor. and jay erdahl, is he in the house? he had something come up i know and couldn't be here. phil doherty, our county supervisor.
phil's right over here in the blue shirt. alex kund, councilman at large for the mason city council. pat wright, our saragota county treasurer. and colleen pierce, our democratic saragota county recorder. we have another representative, todd pritchard from the state of iowa. we also have with us two folks that have welcomed sarah to the community. and they're good friends of mine. and we were going to be gone for ten days when sarah landed and i says joanne, can you help me out, we've got a young lady coming working for hillary clinton and we need a place for her to stay and those two people who stepped up were jo ann hardy right here behind me and her husband russ hardy. there in the blue jacket. so thank you very much. so i was just reminded that good
about a month ago -- oh, yes. a round of applause. [ applause ] about a month ago a young lady gave me a call and she goes hi, my name's sarah, can i come talk to you? and i said sure, we talk to everybody. we're a welcoming household. come ahead. we sat on this white sofa that usually sits in a circular fashion here in the living room, and she told me about somebody she really was excited about and that she was coming here to live and start work. so it gives me great pleasure to turn the microphone over to our very own sarah marino. >> good afternoon. thank you all so much for being here today. for those of you i haven't yet met, as gene said, i'm sarah marino. and i am the organizer here in cerro gordo county. i also cover franklin, floyd, wikashee, howard, and mitchell
counties. i think i got them all. i'll take a couple more if you want. as many of you know i'm new to iowa. i'm originally from bedford, new york. just a few miles away from chappaqua where our special guest here today lives. but i'm living right here in mason city, where everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. so thank you so much to awful all of you who made it very easy to call north iowa my new home. so i'm involved with this campaign because i know that secretary clinton has been a fighter for american families and for women like my mom, my friends, my cousins, my aunts, my sister. my little sister maggie is 18. she's about to graduate from high school in a month, and she's heading off to college to study business and sports marketing. and i've always been so impressed by her dedication and her drive to the subject that she loves. and i'm really excited to see the glass ceiling i know my
sister is going to break not too long from now in her field. so i'm here to fight for her because she deserves, as she starts her career, to be paid the same as her male colleagues. [ applause ] and i'm so proud to be working for a champion for young women like maggie. for that and many, many other reasons i am so thrilled and proud to be here. but to build up this campaign we need the support and the input of each and every one of you in this room. we need your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers to get involved to make this caucus a success. we've been starting to have community events like house parties, coffee chats, book clubs, potlucks all across the state just to start the conversation and to open the dialogue about this campaign. and if you haven't already please fill out one of these commit to caucus cards saying you'll commit to caucus on february 1st for hillary.
and if you have already filled one out please take one home, have a friend fill it out because we're working to identify supporters all across iowa and we need your help. and those of you in this room are the most equipped to help us identify support all across the state. you can also join us online. we have our hillary for iowa facebook page and we also have local facebook groups. so you can join northeast central iowa for hillary and northwest central iowa for hillary. and you can follow me on twitter. it's @smarino92. to stay updated. but of course you all aren't here to hear from me. so with that i am so honored to introduce our candidate, former senator, first lady, secretary of state hillary clinton. [ applause ] >> thank you. wow. thank you.
i am thrilled to be here with all of you. and sarah, that was excellent. i thank you so much. and i hope you'll get to know sarah and spend time with her and help her as she works so hard between now and february 1st. and dean and gary, thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful home. what a delight it is to be here with you. somebody asked me the other day, well, you know, you're going to these events where you're taking time to actually talk and listen to people, is that really what you're going to do? and i said, yes, it is. because not only do i learn a lot but i also feel like it's the best way to make those connections that will not only give me a firm foundation in the caucus here in iowa or in a primary in new hampshire,
because it really is about people to people connections if we're really talking about what we want to do, but it will also give me the kind of information i need to be an even better president. and i just had another example of that. you may know that gary's a radiologist, and right before we came in we were talking about his work. he's an expert in breast cancer. and i asked him about the mammography recommendation that's at least the women in the room i'm sure have seen over the last several years, and he was giving me some really important insight into the commission that made those recommendations and his expert opinion about them. i'm so grateful to you about that because it's the kind of discussion you can't have unless you have an opportunity to talk and listen with people. i want to thank all of you for coming.
i'm delighted to have this chance to talk with you. i think what we're going to do is i'll say a few words about the campaign and what i want to achieve and then we'll have a chance to talk individually and i'll be able to hear from each and every one of you. i have been incredibly impressed over the last several years at how hard the american people have worked to pull ourselves out of the great recession. people have made sacrifices. people have lost jobs. they've lost houses. they lost the chance to finish or go on with their education. and they did everything they could think of to do to get back on their feet. and i'm so relieved that as i travel around the country and talk with people there is a sense that we are on our feet. we're not running yet but we are
on our feet. and we can see the changes that are happening in people's lives and put them in a context as to where we go from here now as a country. i'm very grateful to president obama for the hard decisions he made when he inherited the mess he inherited when he became president in 2009. [ applause ] and i know that he and i and everyone who was in his administration realizes that unless the american family and the american worker is strong everything we want to see happen for our country is going to be much more difficult. and so i come to this campaign committed to being a champion for americans and american families. that's what my work has been
throughout my entire adult life. starting with my first job out of law school when i went to work for the children's defense fund. all the way through to the work that i did as secretary of state promoting women's rights, promoting the rights of people who would otherwise be marginalized or left on the sidelines. and i know that although we have to -- it's still hard to imagine exactly how we're going to get to the point where people are not just getting by but getting ahead and staying ahead. because look, the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. we know that. and so we have to be especially focused on how we're going to bring about the changes that will ignite opportunity for everybody willing to work hard for it again. so when i look at where we are as a nation and where we need to be, i see four big challenges
that we have to take on together. and there are going to be fights. because if they were easy they would already be done. so i will posit that right now. number one, we have to build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. it needs to be innovative. it needs to be sustainable. it needs to be producing good jobs with rising wages. we need to get back into the habit of actually rewarding workers with increases in their paychecks for the increases in productivity and profitability that they have helped to bring about. [ applause ] warren buffett has said it but so have a lot of other people. there's something wrong when the average american ceo makes 300 times more than the typical american worker. or when hedge fund managers
themselves make more and pay less in taxes than nurses and truck drivers. in fact, i heard a statistic the other day that really made a big impact on me, that the top 25 hedge fund managers together made more money than all the kindergarten teachers in america. and when you think about value, what it is that's going to get us moving again, i think kindergarten teachers are really important. [ applause ] and we've got to make a claim on becoming the 21st century clean energy superpower. iowa has really helped us. the rfs, the renewable fuel standard, and a lot of the investments that have been made here has been one of the reasons why we have made some real progress but not near enough. and other countries are going to seize that title unless we do what we have to.
it's also imperative that we give people the tools through education and job training and skills not just in rhetoric but in reality. so they can make the most of their own lives. and for me that starts at the very beginning. i've been a child advocate and a child development proponent for my entire adult life because it's what i really care about, what i believe in. and i think we have to start before kindergarten. we have to have universal pre-k but we also have to do more to reach out to families so they know the tools they should use to be their children's first teachers. we've got this new granddaughter who is unbelievable. we were with her this weekend. you know, we go and just stare at her. i mean, that's what -- it's wonderful and silly at the same time. but we also read to her. here she is 7 1/2 months old, we're reading and reading and
reading. and i imagine among her first words will be "enough with the reading" because between her mom and her dad and bill and i we're constantly doing that. but we're doing it not only because we love to do it and we love to see her begin to reach her hands out and grab onto the books, we're doing it because we know that it aids her brain development. that has been one of the great discoveries with brain research in the last couple of decades. we increasingly can see what happens when you are literally feeding the brain as well as the body of these infants and then the babies and the toddlers. that will help them be better prepared when they actually end up in kindergarten, and it will begin to close the achievement gap. because you know, we're going to do everything we can for our granddaughter. charlotte will get every opportunity we can possibly imagine. but what kind of country will she grow up in? and what kind of world will she enter? and what will happen to all of
the other infants, babies, toddlers and children in our country today? so we have to look at education from the very beginning. then we have to make sure we are doing all we can to empower our teachers, to make sure that they have the support of parents so that they can do the job they have been trained to do to help prepare our kids. and then we've got to make sure that college is affordable. and that cannot happen at the rate we're going unless we change the way we fund college education for young people who wish to have that experience. many of us in this room i bet, as i did, borrowed money to go to college. but then we were able to pay it back because it wasn't such an overwhelming burden as it has become now. the average student in iowa graduates with $30,000 in debt, and that then makes it very difficult for them to start a business or buy a new home or even get married, as one young man told me not so long ago.
so we have to deal with the indebtedness to try to move toward making college as debt-free as possible. i'm 100% behind president obama's proposal for free community college. we've got to try to get that through, and then we've got to try to do everything we can to make college available and affordable to all of our young people. [ applause ] you know, when you think about our economy today, it is absolutely linked to education. it is also linked to strong families and strong communities. and that's our second challenge. because a lot of families and communities have been under tremendous strain. one of the biggest stresses in anybody's life is health care. i will fight to protect the affordable care act, and i will work to make the changes that are required. [ applause ]
we are really now in a different world. 16 million people who didn't have health insurance who now do. we have to do everything we can to make sure that medicare is as available and protected and affordable as possible. and we have to be sure that where there are changes that can be made we try to find ways to work across the aisle to make them. i don't hear my friends on the other side of the aisle talking as much as they used to about getting rid of the affordable care act. i think the reason is because there are a lot of people that they may actually be encountering from time to time who have been helped. and we need to make sure to make the argument over and over again that, what will you do if you say to people we're going to take away the health care we finally have been able to provide for you? that is just unacceptable. but there are some problems. one of the problems, and i heard about this in iowa, is what happens when a 26-year-old
becomes a 27-year-old and is no longer eligible to be on his or her parents' policy? that was one of the best changes in the affordable care act. and the fact is that a lot of young people aren't making the income they need yet to be able to afford their own health care. so we have to look out to see what we'll be able to do to help them. there are two issues that fall into this category that are huge strains on families. and i heard about them first. i heard first in davenport, and i heard about it all across the state until i got to council bluffs. one is the drug epidemic. meth, pills in iowa. and then i got to new hampshire. and at my very first coffee shop meeting i heard about the heroin epidemic in new hampshire. in the past year i've been told
reliably we've had more people die of drug overdoses in america than automobile accidents for the first time in our history. this is tearing families apart but it is below the surface. people aren't talking about it because it's something that is hard to deal with. i also heard a lot about untreated mental health problems. and so many communities, so many states turning their backs on people with mental health problems. facilities are being closed. even though we now require there to be treatment in the affordable care act, there's not enough available treatment. not enough resources. the other day i was in california at an event, and i just said what i said. i said, you know, mental health is not being treated. we claim we're now going to be able to help people with their health care problems but if we don't help with mental health
we're leaving out a huge number of people. and a young woman came up to me and asked me a question. she said did you know we're having all these suicides in my high school? i said no, i didn't know. she said we've had four young people kill themselves in the last month. then i was in new york at an event this past week. said the same thing i said to you. i was visiting with people. and a woman came up to me and she goes, thank you for mentioning mental health. we have gone in the last six months to four funerals of friends of my children who have killed themselves. i have to tell you when i start running, when i started thinking about this campaign, i did not believe i would be standing in your living room talking about the drug abuse problem, the mental health problem, and the suicide problem. but i'm now convinced i have to talk about it. i have to do everything i can in this campaign to raise it, to end the stigma of talking about it.
[ applause ] and we also have a challenge that affects everything we do, and that is to fix our dysfunctional political system. that underlies everything that we can possibly hope to get done. i'm very committed to meeting with anybody, going to have any conversation, to try to find common ground. but we also have to stand our ground and we have to try to figure out how we're going to get people to work with us for the betterment of our country, the betterment of people who need a good positive support system, whether it be health care or aid for college or anything else. we also have to address the unaccountable dark money in politics. i think the supreme court made a grave error with its citizens
united decision. and i will do everything i can do to appoint supreme court justices who will protect the right to vote and not the right of billionaires to buy elections. right to vote and not the right of billionaires to buy elections. [ applause ] and i've been consulting with a lot of legal experts, and some of them think there may be a way to get legislation through that will enable us to regulate this kind of use of money in our political system, which is so corruptive and corrosive. but others agree with former justice john paul stevens who recently wrote a book in which he said it's going to take a constitutional amendment. i will work for that if that's the only way to fix this problem. because we cannot continue with the kind of assault on our democracy, on voting rights, and
on the opportunity for us to know where the money is coming from that influences our political system. now, fourth, we have challenges around the world. as i was coming through the garage there's a tv that dean and gary have, and it was talking about isis in iraq. we have threats that we know of that we can begin to try to figure out how best to address. it's not just dictators. also disease, climate change, which i think global warming is a threat to us. but we have to be confident and strong in understanding that there are many ways to approach the problems that america will be confronting in the world, and we must do so in cooperation with our friends, our allies, our fellow democracies around the world. i am convinced that the 21st century can once again be a century in which the united states leads and helps to set
the values and the standards. but we have to have an agreement, first of all, foremost with our own country >> and our own congress about how to do that. i was outraged and said at the time that when a group of republican senators sent a letter to the ayatollah of iran essentially criticizing the actions of the president of the united states, i don't care what party you are, we have one president and we should stand behind that president when he's trying to work out very difficult problems. [ applause ] i know there are a lot of hard choices ahead of us. i wrote a book called "hard choices." there it is. there it is. i'll sign that for you. but i think we're more than up
to it. i am a confident optimist about where america's future lies. that doesn't mean i'm not aware of how difficult it is with my eyes wide open about how hard it is to be the president of the united states. i have a little experience about that. and i have to tell you i find it very reassuring because i do have that experience to know what's possible and how best to proceed. but i also know that we are living in an incredibly complicated time in american history. it is not a time for easy answers or glib answers or one-liners or applause lines. those are all great. that's part of campaigning. but at the end of the day we need a president who has both the experience and the understanding to deal with the complexity of the problems that we face. and i appreciate what both dean
and sarah said about the experiences that i've been privileged to have during the last decades. i really believe that i can go into that office on the very first day and begin to do what is required. so i look forward to visiting with each and every one of you. i look forward to working with you not only as we move toward the caucuses. i would be honored to have your support on february 1st, and then i will need your help as we move toward the john election because i don't want this election to be about me. i want it to be about us and the agenda we want to set for our country. you know, when i campaigned so hard against then senator obama i was working as hard as i could, he was working as hard as he could. and at the end of the day he won. and then i went to work to make sure he got elected, our president.
and i was so relieved and happy when that finally happened. the sunday after the election bill and i went for a walk in an area that sarah would know. a big kind of nature preserve near where we both live. and we just wanted to let down because we'd been working so hard to elect then president-elect obama. so we're wandering through the woods, and bill's phone rings. which is sort of a miracle since we have terrible cell coverage there. and he pulled it out of his pocket, and it was the president-elect. and he said i'd like to talk to you and hillary. and bill said, well, we're kind of in the middle of a forest. can we get home and call you back? and so we did. and when he called back, when bill called back he talked to the president-elect and then i talked to him and he said to me i want you to come see me in chicago. i said sure, when? he said soon as you can get here. so i said okay. the following thursday i went to chicago, and he asked me if i would serve as secretary of state.
and i said, you know, mr. president-elect, i really want to go back to the senate, i'm very flattered, but there are a lot of other people who can do it. he said no, i know what i want and i want you to do this. i said, well, mr. president-elect, i really want to go back to the senate. and that's where i think i can best work with you and best serve you. he goes, look, i don't want to hear from you again until you say yes. so i told him no, you know, again. later. and he just said don't call me till you say yes. and i did tell my husband, he's so persistent, i've told him no twice and he keeps saying, you know, i'm waiting for you to say yes. and bill said, yeah, well, i asked you to marry me twice before you said yes. so -- i guess there's a connection there. so then i stayed up that night. and i thought, suppose i'd been honored to win and i had wanted this incredibly talented american to be in my cabinet and i'd asked him, i'd want him to
say yes. and i thought, you know, that's what i have to do. so i called him and said president-elect, i would be honored to serve in your cabinet. and we immediately got started to work. a few months later on my very first trip as secretary of state i went to asia. and i went in park because everybody i called, all of the leaders in the countries that i spoke with were saying, you know, we just don't know whether the united states cares about us anymore. nobody's been paying any attention to us. we feel like we're not important anymore. i said we are and the president feels that way.
so i went out and one of the countries i went to was indonesia. in part because it's a very important country but also president obama had had a personal connection with it. and my idea was not only to talk to the leaders but to talk to the people, what's called public diplomacy. so that as i was out there talking to presidents and prime ministers and others i would also find ways of trying to connect to tell people, look, the united states really does care about the world we're trying to create together, and that's part of my message from my new president. so i went on -- i agreed to go on a show in jakarta, which was their morning show. and it was like a combination of mtv and a reality show and all of that. i had no idea what i was getting myself into. so i go onto the set and people are jumping and they're singing and they're dancing. and it's called "the awesome show." so i'm on "the awesome show." and i'm talking a little bit with the interviewer. and then they asked people if they have any questions. and somebody in the audience says, i want to ask you, we saw you campaigned very hard against president obama, he campaigned very hard against you. he won. you lost. and then he asked you to be his secretary of state. why? and i realized, you know, in a lot of these new democracies and other places of course, you run
against somebody and you lose, you could get exiled or imprisoned, even killed, not asked to be secretary of state. so this was a very legitimate question. and i thought i have to answer this in a very, you know, serious way that maybe they can understand. if n. our democracy we do try to close ranks after we have hard elections. at least that's what we should be doing. so i said, well, you're right. we campaigned hard. he won. i lost. i then campaigned to get him elected. he asked me to be secretary of state. and i said yes. for the same reason. we both love our country. and at the end of the day to me that's what elections are supposed to be about.
we can disagree. and we will. we'll have all kinds of arguments even about the best way to do things. but we should be coming from a place of love, of loving our country and of respecting one another. and we have to rebuild this feeling in our country again. we have too much work to be done. we have too many people who deserve a better shot at a future for themselves and their families. i want to be their champion. and with your help i will get up every single day doing the best i can to make sure that the country we love is the country we deserve to have. thank you all. [ applause ]