Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hillary Clinton At AFSCME and UNITE HERE in Las Vegas

Hillary was in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  She spoke at the AFSCME convention and also attended a voter registration event at UNITE HERE which endorsed her.

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In Las Vegas, UNITE HERE Endorses Hillary Clinton

At a voter registration event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton thanked UNITE HERE for their endorsement and reiterated her commitment to fighting for working families as president, repealing the Cadillac Tax, and passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Pointing to Trump’s history of battling against unionization at his Las Vegas hotel, Clinton pledged to build an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top
Clinton also highlighted a new voter registration drive to get more than 3 million Americans to register or commit to vote in this November’s election. She featured an online voter registration tool in both English and Spanish, and encouraged supporters to volunteer for a voter registration shift.
Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below: “Wow, didn’t Celia do a great job?  Let’s give her another round of applause. I am so excited to be here with all of you, and to have this endorsement of such a diverse group of hardworking people who are the backbone of our economy, not only here in Las Vegas and Nevada, but across the United States. And I promise you that I will be your champion in the White House.
I want to endorse someone you know well because you also worked to elect him, to nominate him.  That is Ruben Kihuen.  I’ve got to say, Ruben is someone who I admire and like so much.  You’ve got to get him elected to Congress so he and I can work together in 2017.
I want to thank Ivana and Ted and […] and all of the officers and everyone who is here, because this is an important moment for my campaign.  We are going to work together to turn back the tide – the tide of negativity, the tide of violence and bigotry and bullying.  I know that Donald Trump fought against you at his Las Vegas hotel.  I was with you twice in front of the property on a picket line. Because I believe we have got to recognize that unions have helped to build the strongest middle class in the history of the world. I have supported your efforts here and in Atlantic City.  I was there about a week and a half ago, visiting another picket line, in front of another property that Trump used to own and the new owners are refusing to recognize the union.
This is no way, my friends, to grow the economy, to give people a chance to have their own dreams fulfilled – and I know Las Vegas is full of dreamers. Whether you’re working in a hotel on the strip or whether you’re in some other role and job, you expect when you make a contract with somebody, that they fulfill it, right?  You expect, under our law, when you win an election to unionize, they negotiate.  But that’s not Donald Trump’s way.  He not only refuses to negotiate with you, he actually refuses to pay bills of businesses that provide services and goods for his properties. He stiffs – he stiffs small businesses, contractors, workers too.  Why, just here in Las Vegas, he refused to pay $400,000 to a local drapery company. Somebody who had a contract and thought, “Okay, I’ve got a contract.  I’m going to provide the draperies,” and when the time came after the work was done, and Trump and his officials said, “No, we’re not going to pay you.”  So that small company had to close their factory.
I got to tell you, this is par for the course.  Even I have been surprised.  This goes way beyond politics, where you criticize somebody.  That’s fair game.  But his record of exploiting people, of mistreating them by refusing to pay up, whether you’re a union worker with UNITE HERE, you’re a small businessperson, you’re an investor – it doesn’t matter to him.  He’s going to try to avoid paying what he should.  Now, he thinks that’s smart business.  I think it’s disgraceful. And you can hear what they’re saying.  I don’t know if any of you subjected yourselves to watching the Republican convention last night.  This is a very smart group of people.  Well, you didn’t miss anything.  They don’t have a single idea about how to put people to work – how to grow incomes, improve education or health care.  Not a single idea.  Their ideas are all about turn the clock back, stop the progress we’ve made.
Well, I’ll tell you what, I want to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II.  I want to get incomes rising again. I want to make college debt-free for all of you […].  I want to help you if you’ve got student debt to pay it back at a lower rate […] I want to rewrite the rules so that companies actually share their profits with employees. It’s time we end them shipping off jobs and profits overseas.  I want to make sure that the corporations and the super-rich in particular pay their fair share of taxes, and that means I’m the only candidate who ran for president this time who said over and over and over again, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.
And we are going to work to change our policies to support the way families live and the jobs they do in the 21st century.  And that includes why I’ve called on Congress to repeal the Cadillac tax on your health benefits. But I got to be clear with you.  We can’t do any of this unless we win. It doesn’t do us any good being here in July, applauding and yelling about Donald Trump and his terrible ideas if we don’t get out and win.
Yesterday our campaign launched a nationwide drive to register 3 million more people (applause) who we will ask to commit to vote in November.  We are having over 500 registration events just this week across America.  We are creating an online, one place to go, voter registration tool in both English and Spanish. We are having labor mobilization weekends starting in August because I know there’s nobody, nobody, better at organizing and mobilizing than Unite Here. I am going to fight for every vote in this state, in every part of this state.  And with your help, we are going to win this state in November.
So here is what I ask of you.  Please, get others to sign up for voter registration.  Come to one of our offices here in Clark County, across Nevada.  Bring friends.  Bring five friends.  And here’s what I want you to tell your friends.  We are hiring people. We are hiring people to work on this registration effort.  If you know somebody who’s interested or you are interested, go to because we’re not leaving anything to chance.
I was thinking about coming back out here for today, and I was remembering all of the great times that I had here in Las Vegas.  And yeah, what happens in Vegas. But also, I was thinking about all the people who helped in the caucus, all the people who were there on the front lines, working so hard.  (Applause.)  I was thinking about all the hotels that I visited, all of the back of the house cafeterias and workrooms that I visited.  And I was thinking of coming here to this training facility and seeing the pride on people’s faces as you learn your trade.  I was so touched because what I’ve seen here are hard-working people, people who do their very best to get ahead and stay ahead.  You deserve an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top, and you deserve a government that works for everybody, not just those at the top.
So we’re proud of this.  In America, whether you’ve been here 10 generations or 10 weeks, in America we don’t tear each other down.  We lift each other up. In America, we don’t build walls.  We build bridges. In America, we work together because we know we are stronger together, just like all of you know.  In this union, you are stronger together.  I want everybody in America to know.  Let’s pull together.  Let’s set forth.  I journey to the future with confidence and optimism.  Let’s make sure we bring everybody along.
That is what is at stake in this election.  With your help, we’re going to win this state.  We’re going to win the election in November.  And then we’re going to go on and work to make the future […]”

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