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Tim Kaine's campaign remarks from Friday Houston stop

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Today in Houston, vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine laid out his and Hillary Clinton's plan to build an inclusive economy -- one in which the nearly 1 in 5 Americans living with disabilities are able to participate fully in the workforce, where we value everyone's work and treat everyone with respect. U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced Senator Kaine to the stage.

Senator Kaine spoke about the tragic shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, as well as the ongoing unrest in Charlotte, calling for an end to the cycle of violence and distrust between local law enforcement and communities of color. "Our hearts go out when we see these horrible shootings around the country. Our hearts went out when we saw the shooting in Charlotte and Tulsa. [...] How are we going to be stronger and safer at home? Hillary and I believe in community policing, and training and working together to make sure that the community and police are together."

Senator Kaine also laid out the broad array of issues at stake in this election: college affordability, comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, paid family leave that actually helps, not hurts women's efforts to balance work and family.

No one can afford to sit on the sidelines in this election, Kaine said. "There are sharp differences between these tickets, these candidates. There’s a sharp difference in these visions. This isn’t an election as much as it’s about the candidates. This is an election that really is America looking in the mirror, and what is it that we see there? This is a self-definition election. We cannot afford to get this wrong. We have to win."

Kaine's remarks

“Sheila Jackson Lee. What a remarkable friend. Congresswoman Lee, we kind of claim her as a Virginian too. Sheila Jackson Lee has a degree from the University of Virginia, and do you know none of the Virginia senators were smart enough even to get into UVA? So I’ve had a great time working with her. And it’s great to be back in Houston. You guys are great.

I love being in Houston. My brother, Steve, is a pediatric cardiologist and he trained at Baylor, at the medical school then at Texas Children’s Hospital. So for many years – he’s now back in Kansas City where my parents live, but for many years we would come here for family.

And then I was chairman of the party, as your congresswoman said, and the first DNC meeting when I was national party chair, I said, ‘We’re going to Texas.’ We haven’t done one in Texas for a very long time. We had a meeting in Austin. Because, I’ll tell you, we take Texas very seriously, Hillary and I do. We look at what you’re doing, especially here in Houston, Harris County, and we are very, very proud of what you’re doing. We can see the spirit. We can see the energy. We can see a state that has been a red state moving in the best direction. I even can recognize a little bit about you because of what we have been in Virginia. See, Virginia was as reliably Democratic for a very long time as Texas was. Virginia then went over heavily Republican about 15 years or so before you guys made that same move statewide. In fact, we were so Republican in Virginia that when I ran my first statewide race in 2001, we had five statewide officials – all of them were Republican. We had not gone Democratic in a presidential year since some guy named LBJ won Virginia in 1964. We were as red as red could be in 2001, and let me tell you about Virginia in 2016: all five of our statewide officials elected are Democrats. We have gone – we have gone blue for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and we’re going blue for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And so when I look at a Texas and I look at a Virginia, I just want to tell you here in Houston, you’ve been out keeping hope alive for the Democratic Party, helping Democratic candidates. You’re going to see the same thing happen in Texas that we saw in Virginia. There’s going to be a day when it’s going to start to move statewide, and then it’s going to move very fast your direction, and that’s because of the great work that you’re doing. So I’m just here to tell you just keep at it. I want to talk about this race, but just keep at it because you are making us proud and you’re doing great work, and that’s why I am so glad to be here. So glad to be here.

I also want to say thanks to labor. We are in a CWA union hall. And we have not just CWA folks here but I met folks from AFSCME and the Seafarers Union, and it’s really important. Give a big round of applause for labor, right? This is AFT. This is important to mention labor. I grew up in a small business household in Kansas City. My dad ran an ironworker-organized ironworking shop. There were five employees in a bad year, 10 in a good year, plus my two brothers and me and my mom – small business, classic American small business. My dad was management, but he would always say to us, ‘Look, my business judgment is going to put my workers’ kids through school, but remember, it’s their hard work and artistry that is going to put you boys through school.’ It was a team. It wasn’t management against the employee; it wasn’t the owner against labor. It was a team. My dad knew before this campaign, long before, that we’re stronger together. When we work as a team, there’s nothing we can’t do. And that’s why I love working with labor so much in Virginia and beyond. They’ve got that team ethic that is so important in life, so important in campaigns, and so that’s really great to be here.

And then you’ve got other wonderful officials. I saw Senator Garcia, visited with her last night and again today; Robert Gallegos from the city council. Alright. I started on a city council. I’ll tell you, it’s the toughest job there is. So to local officials and everybody who’s here, volunteers, everybody, I just feel really, really proud to be with you.

I want to talk about three things here today. I have already done some campaigning in Texas in Austin, and here I am in Houston and Harris County, going back to Austin later today. But I want to just talk about three things. First, why I’m so proud to be on the ticket – why I’m so proud to be with Hillary Clinton, running to be her vice president. Second, what’s at stake in the election. And third, how we win.

So I’ll start with how proud I am to be on the ticket. Barack Obama said it pretty well at the convention. He said Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be nominated by a major party for a very, very long time – a very long time. The other side likes to name-call her. I don’t know if you’ve noticed. They like to name call her, right? That’s no surprise – a presidential candidate who calls women fat pigs, dogs, slobs. No surprise that he’s going to name-call Hillary Clinton. No surprise that he won’t recognize her decades of dedication, right? Do you know this? On the Trump official website right now, they are selling buttons that say ‘Hillary for Prison.’ This is not some guy who just made up a few buttons and selling them in a parking lot. No, this is on their official website, trying to make money selling buttons saying ‘Hillary for Prison’ – a First Lady of Arkansas who worked on maternal and prenatal health; the First Lady of the United States who did great things; a Senator who after 9/11 got health care for first responders and their families; a Secretary of State who negotiated treaties and held up women’s rights all around the world. Any respect? No. Any? None. No respect. They name-call her because that’s all they’ve got, folks. That’s all they’ve got.

I’m going to tell you my favorite Hillary Clinton story, and this is a story – I’ll just be immodest for a second. I tell this a lot better than she tells it. Because she doesn’t like to brag about herself. She’s a Midwesterner. She doesn’t like to brag about herself. But I don’t mind bragging about her. This is my favorite story about Hillary Clinton. You know – we have some youngsters here who don’t remember, but most of us will – when Hillary Clinton was First Lady and President Clinton decided we’re going to try to do health reform. Thank goodness President Obama pushed and we got the Affordable Care Act – 20 million people with health insurance who didn’t have it before. But it was tried in the ‘90s; President Clinton tried it. And Hillary, passionate about it because it was going to help families and kids. And those who fought against it and beat it – and look, when you’re trying to make progress, people will fight against you. This has been a forever thing, right? They’ll fight against you. What they did when they beat it was they labeled it Hillarycare. They kind of decided to demonize Hillary and demonize health care and wrap it all together and sync it, and the forces against progress were successful, sadly, and health care failed.

It was kind of a humiliating failure. It was a very personal failure. It wasn’t just like another bill going down. This was something that Hillary believed deeply in, and they wrapped it around her and called it Hillarycare just like they call it Obamacare now. What’s wrong with caring? They make Obamacare a bad word. What’s wrong with caring? Well, they made it a bad word about Hillary and they beat it and it was humiliating, and then she had a choice to make, and this is a choice that leaders have to make at times when things don’t go their way. Let’s see, do I go a different direction, do something different, or do I say, well, okay, we’re going to have to wait another 10 or 15 years and do something, or do I go away quietly or sulk and blame everybody? No, what Hillary did as First Lady immediately was she said we couldn’t get health care done, we couldn’t get what we wanted, they made it personal and they name-called me, but you know what, can we get health insurance at least for every low-income child in this country? We can’t get it for everybody, but how about children? How about children? And Hillary worked with Republican and Democratic legislators in Congress as First Lady and they got the CHIP program passed, Children’s Health Insurance Program. And do you know today, eight million children in this country have health insurance because Hillary Clinton wouldn’t back down, she wouldn’t give up, she wouldn’t turn a different direction, she wouldn’t let them humiliate her or beat her?

Now, I told you I tell that story better than Hillary does because when she tells it, she often tells it as a story of an accomplishment – an amazing accomplishment, the CHIP program. But I tell it for a different reason. I love the accomplishment, but I love what it says about her. It’s about character. It’s about her passion for somebody other than herself and her willingness to get knocked down and say, but you can’t keep me down – I’m getting back up and I’m going to keep on fighting. And that’s who Hillary Clinton is and that’s why she’s going to be a great president and that’s why I am proud to be on the ticket with her.

I’m also proud for one other reason, and then we’ll talk a little bit about what’s at stake. The other reason I’m proud to be on the ticket is I’ve now been in politics for 22 years. I ran my first race for city council in 1994. I’m 8-0 in races and I’m going to be 9-0 on November 8th. I’ll be 9-0. So I’ve been the guy on the ballot. I’ve had my name on the bumper sticker. I’ve had my name on the yard sign. But if I’m honest, I’ve got to say, who has enabled me to do that? It’s been strong women that have enabled me to do all that. My wife, who’s a great public servant, has had to sacrifice for me. I’ve had women campaign managers, women cabinet secretaries, women agency heads, women donors, women volunteers. In LBJ’s race in ’64, more women voted than men that year and in every presidential race since, more women have voted than men.

So if I am honest, I’ve got to say, look, I’m a strong man and I’ve built a strong career in politics, but it’s been because of the support of strong women. And strong women, since they were given that right to vote in 1920, in election after election after election, strong women have been willing to put their support behind strong men in presidential elections. And so when Hillary asked me if I’d be on the ticket, I thought payback isn’t hell, payback is fantastic. I’ve had all this support from strong women; I am one strong man who is very excited to support a strong woman to make history and be the first woman president of the United States.

And we know, too, this is just our story. This is just our story as a people. The Virginian Thomas Jefferson, who said our whole country is going to be based on the equality principle – he wasn’t living that way. Nobody was living that way. But for some reason they decided that will be our goal, and our whole history as a people is this history of a generation waking up and saying, well, we said it was about equality but slavery? We’re not living the way we said we were going to live. And so then a Civil War and rewriting the Constitution to get a little more like we promised we would be. And then in 19 – we said it was about equality, but guess what? Women can’t vote. We’re not living the way we said we would. And so then we adjust the Constitution and get a little more like it. We said it was about equality but African American people still really don’t have voting rights, so 1965, President Johnson powered – we said it was about equality, but LGBT people aren’t being treated as equal; they’re being discriminated against, so we wake up to that and we move forward.

This whole country is based on this journey that we’re on, and we’ll never be perfect because we’re not perfect – we’re like sailors orienting toward a North Star. You never get to the North Star but you’ve got to orient to it. Equality is out there as ideal, and part of that story is electing a woman president for gosh sake. Just like President Obama’s election suddenly created a whole group of successors who had never been able to see themselves as president, who suddenly could see, ‘I can be president, I can be president,’ Hillary Clinton’s election is going to create a whole group of successors who’d never been able to see themselves as president but they day she is elected they will know they can be president, they can be anything. And that’s why I’m so proud to be on this ticket.

Now, let’s talk about what’s at stake. And I want to just – I’ll go through some issues pretty fast, but before I do, even before we get to issues, what’s at stake is a vision of who we are and where we’re going. It’s a vision for the country: who we are, where we’re going.

Before I got on the ticket, Hillary chose the campaign theme, and some of you have the signs here: ‘Stronger Together.’ We have now written and published a book that has all of our plans, all of our policies, because we think we owe you answers. We’re running for a job interview, right? We think we owe you answers.

Donald Trump is in a job interview and refusing to answer your questions, like where are your tax returns? ‘Oh, I’m just not going to give it to you.’ If somebody interviewed with you for a summer job and you said, ‘Hey, can you give me some references?’ ‘Nope, not going to do that.’ You wouldn’t hire them for a summer job. Donald Trump won’t answer basic questions like tax returns, and he thinks he’s going to be president of the United States.

Anyway, we put it all out. Here it is: ‘Stronger Together.’ ‘Stronger Together’ is not just a bumper sticker thing. This really expresses deeply what Hillary and I believe. I was a civil rights lawyer for 17 years and then a local and state and federal official. Hillary was battling with the Children’s Defense Fund and then as a public servant to expand opportunity. And there’s three basic pillars of the campaign, and they all fit under ‘Stronger Together.’

First, we have to have an economy that works for everybody, not just for those at the top – for everybody. You guys know, President Obama came in in the worst recession since the 1930s. Fifteen million new private sector jobs. Unemployment rate cut in half. 401(k)s are worth something again. And he’s had to do it all with no help from one of the two parties in this country. He’s done a remarkable job at that. But we also know there’s more work to do because a lot of people, they – maybe because of the ZIP code where they live or maybe because of the industry that they were trained up in, they don’t see the ladder they can climb to be successful. They don’t see that.

And so Hillary and I believe you’ve got to create that economy that works for everybody with investments in education, with investments in infrastructure and research. I was talking to some of the union guys about investments at the port of Houston or the port in Virginia – hire people, and then also raise your platform for economic success. Hillary and I believe on the economy, we’re stronger together – we’ve got to create an economy that works for everybody.

Second pillar. How are you safe in this world? How are you safe in this world? Safety at home – our hearts go out when we see these horrible shootings around the country. Our hearts went out when we saw the shooting in Charlotte and Tulsa. Our heart went out when we saw the shootings of police officers in Dallas a while back. How are we going to be stronger and safer at home? Hillary and I believe in community policing, and training and working together to make sure that the community and police are together. This is what I did in Richmond when I was mayor and it worked. It made our city safer, and cities all around the country are doing that.

Donald Trump yesterday said no, it’s got to be more stop and frisk. If you make the relationship between the police and the community more adversarial, you’re not going to close down the gap, you’re going to widen the gap. And that gap is dangerous to people in neighborhoods, and it’s dangerous to police. We believe stronger together. Stronger together.

And then our safety abroad. To be safe against threats like terrorism, we got to have a strong military. My oldest boy’s a Marine infantry commander who’s deployed overseas for the second time right now. This matters to me very, very deeply. Very, very deeply. Strong military. We got a lot of vets here, which is spectacular. Give them a round of applause.

But let’s be honest. In the world of today, strong military isn’t enough. You have to have strong alliances because – say you’re trying to stop a terrorist attack, and somebody’s flying from one country to the next, and you’re trying to find out who they are and stop them. How do you do that? That’s not really the military. That’s having alliances and sharing intelligence and talking, and then using the tools at your disposal to stop somebody. So it’s strong military, strong alliances, stronger together.

Donald Trump – get this – he trashes the military. He says the American military is a disaster. He makes fun of John McCain because he was a pow. He made fun of and went after a Virginia family, the Khan family, who were a Gold Star family. They lost their son because he was trying to save other people’s lives and he was killed in Afghanistan. And he goes after them. So he disses the military. And on the other hand, he talks about tearing up the alliances – we don’t need NATO. We can just build a wall and tear up alliances and we’re going to be safer. No way. If you build walls and tear up alliances, you’ll be weaker, not safer. Stronger together means strong alliances, strongly supporting our military. And that’s what that means.

And then the last thing that stronger together means, the last pillar of the campaign, is the simple one. It’s just, let’s just respect each other, for gosh sake. Let’s just treat each other – let’s just treat each other as equals. That’s the kind of person Hillary is, and that’s the kind of person I am, and that’s the kind of person all of you are. That unifies us. We’re not the ticket that goes after somebody and says, Mexicans are rapists and criminals. That’s not us. Or goes after a federal judge and goes after him because his parents were Mexican American. Or says those negative things about women that I don’t even want to repeat. I don’t like saying them.

Or saying that Muslims should be treated as second class because of how they choose to worship. One of the greatest things about this country – I was a missionary in Honduras – is the First Amendment says – the First Amendment says in our country, everybody can worship as they want or not, and you won’t be preferred or punished. We are open to and celebrate all traditions. That’s made us a great nation. That’s made us a great nation. Es importante – es importante a trabajar juntos. Somos más fuerte juntos, verdad. Somos más fuerte juntos. And so that is the vision. That’s Hillary Clinton’s vision, right there. Right there.

Now, I’ve spent some time on that because I want to contrast with Donald Trump’s vision because Hillary has put it all out here to see. You see this picture of the two of us, and we’re smiling, and we’re upbeat, and we’re telling you what we’re going to do. Donald Trump wrote a book when he decided to run for president laying out his vision of who we are and where we’re going. Let me show it to you. I hated giving him a royalty, but this is a motivator for me. Crippled America. First, that phrase needs to be punted back to the 18th century. Right? That’s not the way we talk. But it’s his vision for who we are. And lest you think I did this, no. He chose that picture that’s on the front of his book. I didn’t pick it. He’s sitting up in a penthouse tower somewhere, looking down on everybody with a big scowl on his face. When he looks out at our country – our country – what he sees is ‘crippled America.’

I tell you something: I don’t recognize that. I don’t recognize that. As I travel around the country – I’ve been in 30 states since I got on the ticket – and I see people working hard in their communities, coming out to rallies with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Or Armed Services member – I go to a graduation at the Officer Candidate School of Marine officers, people signing up after 15 years of war, volunteering to serve their country with an upbeat, positive spirit. I go to a naturalization service. I see people deciding to become United States citizens. And they talk about why, with such pride, about what a great nation we are. I am traveling all over this country. I don’t recognize ‘crippled America.’

Do we have problems? Yeah, we got problems. We got problems here. We got problems abroad. But we can solve any problem we have if we just let everybody around the table to solve the problem. And the only time we run into a problem trying to solve a problem is when we push people away from the table like Donald Trump is trying to do. Americans are upbeat, can-do, optimistic, practical, patriotic, problem-solving people. That’s what stronger together means. That’s why ‘crippled America’ doesn’t describe who we are. And that’s the difference in vision in this campaign.

Now, you may also be talking to folks and trying to talk to them a little bit about the race, and they ask you what differences there are. So there’s so many issues; I could talk about so many. But let me just kind of run through a bunch and try to do it quick so if you get asked by people who are trying to decide either who to vote for, or maybe they decided but they’re not 100 percent sure they’re going to vote and you get asked, you can just say it like this. Just say it like this. Just say it like this.

Do you believe in climate science or don’t you? If you do, you should vote for Hillary and Tim because the other guys are against you. Do you believe women should make their own health care decisions or don’t you? If you do, vote for Hillary and Tim. The other guys are against you. Do you believe in immigration reform or not? If you do, vote for Hillary and Tim because the other guys are against you. Do you believe in equal pay for women or not? If you do, vote for Hillary and Tim because the other guys are against you. Do you think the minimum wage ought to be raised? If you do, vote for Hillary and Tim because the other guys are against you. Do you believe in LGBT equality or not? If you do, vote for Hillary and Tim because the other guys are against you. Pretty simple issues. Pretty – sí, se puede. Vamos a ganar. Vamos a ganar con su apoyo.

There are sharp differences between these tickets, these candidates. There’s a sharp difference in these visions. This isn’t an election as much as it’s about the candidates. This is an election that really is America looking in the mirror, and what is it that we see there? This is a self-definition election. We cannot afford to get this wrong. We have to win. And Texas and Houston can be a big, big part of it. Big, big part of it. Sí, se puede.

One other thing that I’d like to just point out because one of the challenges sometimes in a campaign is even when you put out policy, sometimes folks aren’t – the press, they don’t cover the policy so much and it’s more about, Donald Trump said something wild today. Right? Hillary did something really cool two days ago that I really appreciate. My civil rights practice was working for people who’d been discriminated against when they were looking for housing, either because of skin color or because of their disability. That was the work that I did. And when I was the lieutenant governor of Virginia, I was chair of the state’s Disability Commission. So disability-related issues are really important to me. One out of five Americans has or will have a disability at some point during their life, and this is a huge and important issue.

Hillary gave a really good speech two days ago in Florida where she called for inclusive economy, making sure that we are broadening the gate of opportunity so that everybody can come in and be all they can be and contribute all they can contribute in the workplace, in the school, especially folks with disabilities. This hadn’t been part of any presidential campaign in a major way for a very long time. But Hillary thinks it’s really, really important, and she gave a wonderful talk about it. And it’s funny, I’ve been carrying around this book with this kind of grotesque title, Crippled America, and contrasting that with this compassionate and economically smart vision of the inclusive economy that works for everybody, including those with disabilities. So that’s something I just wanted to mention, too.Let me get into the third point I wanted to talk about, which is how we’re going to win this thing. Right now, right now, this is close. We’re ahead, but it’s close. If you look at Nate Silver or whatever, we’ve got the better chance. We’ve got the edge. In battleground states especially, we have some where we have big leads, some we’re head very narrow leads that are stable, but some others where we’re not there yet. We got more work to do in the next six and a half weeks. And it starts to really ramp up next week because Monday night, big debate. Big debate. And if you’ve watched Hillary Clinton over the years, what you noticed is when the spotlights are at their brightest and the pressure is at its most intense, that’s when she brings the A-plus game. And I think she’s going to do very, very well in explaining these visions, contrasting visions, next Monday.

But we do have a lot of hard work to do because even though we can say we got a little bit of an edge, it’s close, we got to be honest. Hillary’s trying to do something that’s never been done. Right? We live in a time, like Citizens United says, billionaires can spend a hundred million dollars and say anything they want on TV, and that can swamp the election around. And we also live in a time of surprises, where polls turn out to be wrong or pundits turn out to be wrong. But when you really get right down to it, the thing that makes this hard is that Hillary is trying to do something that nobody has ever done. If it had been easy for us to have a woman president, we would have had a woman president.

In fact, let me give you a statistic that kind of shocked me. Some of you might know this. We all know we haven’t had a woman president, but right now in Congress, 19 percent of Congress is women, and that is the most we’ve ever been, and that ranks us – hold on a second – that ranks us 75th in the world, below the global average. If you look at the election of women to the national legislative body, we are worse than average. Part of being a great nation is being proud of what you’re good at. Part of being a great nation is being able to say, here’s some things we’re not so good at. We got to get better at it.

I said the U.S. is 19 percent. Iraq is 26 percent. Afghanistan is 28 percent. Number one is Rwanda; about 64 percent of their national legislative body is women. And the interesting thing about the list, if you look at it, you will see that it doesn’t matter what continent you’re on. Continents will have really good ones and really bad ones. It’s a fascinating thing to see which countries do well and which countries don’t. But that’s just again to underline the proposition. We may have a little bit of an edge now, but Hillary’s trying to do something that’s never been done before.

Maybe you here, maybe some of you, have tried to do something that has never been done before – in your family or in your professional life, or maybe expand it a little bit beyond that. Maybe some of you here have tried to do something and have had people tell you, it’s probably not going to work out. Not your time. This is not going to happen for you. Sometimes the people who say that to you are enemies who want to get in your way. Sometimes it’s even friends. I don’t want you to get your hopes up. I don’t want to see you hurt. Don’t want to see you disappointed. Maybe everybody here has had that experience in your life at some point.

Can I tell you that Hillary Clinton has been hearing people say that to her her entire life? Her entire life? Not your time. You’re not likeable enough. Why don’t you smile more? Donald Trump said, about two weeks ago, ‘She doesn’t look very presidential, does she, fellas?’ I mean, could it be any more obvious? I mean, could it be any more obvious? So that’s just to say this underdog thinking, we’re trying to do something hard.

I told you earlier that I’ve run eight races and I’ve won eight races. But I didn’t tell you I barely win my races. I barely win them. In fact, I often tell – like at career days and stuff, I say, hey, look. I mean, politics, if 51 percent of the people like you, you can build quite a career out of that. I mean, there’s not many other professions that’ll let you get by with that. So if you find that you’re a barely likeable enough person, I mean, just think about doing what I do. It’s a great career.

The reason I barely win my races is because Virginia’s tough. I’m not running in the bluest state in the country. So I barely win my races because Virginia’s been pretty tough. But the way I win them is this: I put this thought in my head, and this is what Hillary – this is how she thinks, too – I’m the underdog till they call me the winner. I’m the underdog till they call me the winner. Now, you Texas Democrats, you’re underdogs. You guys are underdogs. But if you have that in your head, I’m the underdog till they call me the winner, then that will be the discipline, right, that you need – that’s the discipline that you need to do the best work.

The other thing I like about this thought about I’m the underdog till they call me the winner, and I know Hillary feels exactly the same way, it’s not just about campaigns. It’s a little bit a life. Democrats are kind of a rag-tag bunch – labor, environmentalists, students, new Americans. We can be super-progressives or super Blue Dogs and everything in between. But there are some things that unify us, and one of the things that I think really unifies who Dems are is we’re kind of underdog people. I mean, I don’t know. We’re probably born with it or something. We just have like this instinctive kind of sympathy for the underdog. That’s kind of who we are.

In my church, we would say kind of good Samaritan people. Right? You know the story. Somebody’s beaten up. Somebody’s laying at the side of the road. And a whole lot of people are passing by and not doing anything. That’s not us. that’s not who we are. We’re the people that, if we see somebody who needs a hand, even if we don’t have all the answers, even if we don’t know everything that we must do – but if we see somebody who’s literally or figuratively, the side of the road, beaten up, we’re just – we have the instinct to just jump in and roll up our sleeves and, how can we help? How can we help? That’s what makes our party so great. And I’ll tell you something: That’s what makes our nation so great because our nation has always had that attitude, too. And that’s who I am. That’s who Hillary Clinton is. That’s who you are. That’s who our party is.

So I’m just telling you here, in the next six and a half weeks here in Texas, here in Houston, in Virginia, all across the country, let’s just have that fighting underdog spirit, a spirit of service, a spirit of compassion, a spirit of, don’t tell me I can’t do this. Don’t tell me it’s not time for this yet. No, no. With that underdog spirit, we can make big, big history on November 8. We can elect Hillary Clinton president. We can elect the first woman in this history of this country. We can make sure we build an economy that works for everybody and not just a few. We can move forward on important priorities like immigration reform or fighting climate change. And we can do that, and then after November 8, then the real work starts, making history for the American people working together.

We are stronger together, folks. We are más fuerte juntos. Thank you so much por su apoyo, y vamos a ganar en noviembre. A la victoria! A la victoria! A la victoria! Gracias.”

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