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In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Tim Kaine Touts College Affordability Plan, Slams Trump-Pence Ticket On Bigotry and Divisiveness

Tim Kaine at DNC

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Yesterday, vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine spoke to a crowd of students on the campus of the University of Michigan about his and Hillary Clinton’s commitment to building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, including their concrete plan to make college affordable to millions of students across the country.

Kaine also addressed the Trump campaign’s troubling pattern of embracing and perpetuating divisiveness and bigotry, calling out Governor Mike Pence for his failure to call the former grand wizard of the KKK, David Duke “deplorable.”

“If you cannot call out bigotry, if you cannot call out racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant – if you can’t call it out and you stand back and you’re silent around it, you’re enabling it to grow,” Kaine said. “You’re enabling it to become more powerful. We want to be a nation of the positive virtues, not the dark emotions and not the negative virtues.”

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Kaine’s remarks as delivered are below:

“Go, Blue. They said it would be loud if I said that. Wow, and you didn’t disappoint. It is so great to be here in Ann Arbor, so great to be here in Michigan. And what a beautiful day, what a great crowd. Hey, being in a battleground state in September in a presidential year, not that bad, eh? And Michigan is very, very important, and that’s why I’m here.

I want to thank Shavon for her great words. I talked to her and asked, okay, you’re a poli-sci major, what do you want to do? She goes, ‘Look, I’d like to do some international politics. I might be secretary of state one day.’ How about that? Go, Shavon. I can see her taking after another great Secretary of State, my running mate, Hillary Clinton.

I had the good fortune to be greeted when I came in earlier by Mayor Taylor from Ann Arbor, and I want to give him a shout-out. I was a city councilman and mayor myself, and I really applaud him. Your president, Mark Schlissel, came and said hey, and what a great institution, Mark. You’re doing wonderful work. And then Collin Kelly, who is the head of the College Dems. He’s got a lot of – Collin’s got a lot of friends there. And then in addition, obviously, to Shavon you heard from Brandon Snyder, Larry Deitch, and Denise Ilitch. Thank you all for welcoming me to the campus. It is so good to be here. And it’s eight weeks till Election Day, folks. Eight weeks till Election Day.

And what I want to do, if I can, is I want to tell you a little bit about why I’m so proud to be on this ticket with Hillary Clinton. I want to talk about what’s at stake, especially focusing upon college and college affordability, and then I want to tell you how we win. So that’s really what I want to do, three things.

First, I’m proud to be on the ticket. Hillary called me on Friday, July 22nd at 7:32 p.m., not that it was a memorable phone call. Of course, I get calls like that all the time. And she called and asked if I would join her. And I’m going to tell you what she said because it shows you how she thinks. She said, ‘Look, Tim, will you be on the ticket with me?’ I started to say yes and she said, ‘No, don’t answer – I want to tell you why.’ And what she said was this. She said, ‘Look, the test of a Clinton administration is not going to be a bill-signing, it’s not going to be the margin by which something passes in Congress. It’s going to be, is the classroom better for a teacher or a kid? Is college tuition more affordable for a family? Is a neighborhood a little bit safer? Can a company hire a few more workers or a worker get skills a little bit easier? The test is going to be whether we can make a difference in people’s lives. You’ve been a missionary. You’ve been a civil rights lawyer. You’ve been a mayor. You’ve been a governor. I think you can help me figure out how to govern and keep the yardstick of making a difference in people’s lives.’ And that shows you the way she’s thinking about it.

And obviously, very humbling for me.  She was considering all kinds of good people and many people would have been great running mates.  But the important thing is she’s thinking about, how can I make a difference in people’s lives?  And obviously, that makes me so proud to join her, to be her governing partner.

There’s an additional reason that I’m very excited to be on this ticket.  I see a young photographer here that I’ve known since she was a teenager in Richmond, and she’s going to know very well what I’m about to say.  I have been in politics now, in elected office, since 1994, for 22 years. And I have been the one through eight elections – this is my ninth with my name on the bumper sticker, my name on the yard sign, my name on the ballot. But if I’m honest – if I’m honest, I would have to say that my political career has been built on a lot of support by very strong women. My wife – my wife. She’s sacrificed a lot to enable me to do what I do. And I’ve had women campaign managers and campaign volunteers and agency heads and staffers and donors. American voters – beginning in 1964, the presidential election, more women vote than men. So I’ve been the one in the office, but it’s been built on the shoulders of an awful lot of strong women supporting me. And so when she asked if I would be vice president and support making history with the first woman president of the United States, I’m like, I’m one strong man who’s thrilled to support a strong woman to make history and be our first woman president.

I mean, it’s only been 240 years since we said equality was going to be our yardstick, and 96 years since we said, gosh, I guess equality means women get to vote. And I think – well, here goes my whole speech. I think it’s time finally to break that glass ceiling and show the world that we understand that equality means equality, right? Equality means equality.

So I’m thrilled to support a strong woman. And hey, any strong women out there? Any strong men out there who like to support strong women? Absolutely. Absolutely. So that’s why I’m so proud to be on this ticket.

What’s at stake? Hillary and I have a pretty simple philosophy. We believe we’re stronger together. I’m seeing T-shirts and I’m seeing signs. It’s simple, but it basically describes what we want to do if we’re in office, that we’re stronger together than divided against one another. I mean, this is a great American value. This is – it shouldn’t be anything controversial or new. But we see an awful lot of division in this campaign.

Let me say about Hillary and I, there are three basic principles of our campaign that all fit within stronger together. Here’s the first: We want to build an economy in this country that works for everybody, and not just for a few. Pretty simple. Right? Now, let me say this about President Obama because he doesn’t get the shout-out that he deserves. We have created 15 million more private sector jobs, we’ve cut the unemployment rate in half, and 401(k)s are finally worth something again because President Obama has been a good President even though – even though the other side sometimes won’t even lift a finger to help him.

And Michigan understands that. If we had left it up to Donald Trump and Michael Pence, where would the American auto industry be today? But President Obama, with our support, said, no. We’re going to bet on our industry, not against our industry. And that’s why last year was the best year in a long time in terms of the auto industry. So we’re going to create an economy that offers opportunity for everybody. But everybody here knows that even though we’ve done a lot, we got a lot more to do.

Many people in this country, they don’t see the ladder that they can climb to be successful. It might be in inner cities, like Richmond, where I come from, or Detroit, or others. It might be in rural America. Might be in Indian Country. Might be in Coal Country. A lot of people don’t see the ladder that they can climb. And so we have to have a set of policies – investments in education, which I’ll talk about in a minute, manufacturing and research and infrastructure, equity issues, like equal pay and increasing the minimum wage and childcare tax credit, and a focus on small businesses. If we do those things, we can create an economy that works for everybody. That’s our view. The other side is more winner-take-all, kind of dog-eat-dog. But that’s not how we do our best work. That’s the first pillar of our stronger together message, is an economy that works for everybody.

The second one is the strength and safety of our nation. And that’s also about stronger together. Now, Michigan is just like Virginia. We’re patriotic people. We’re patriotic people. We support our military. I’m one of two Senators with a child in the military; I have a boy deployed overseas for the second time, in the Marine Corps. And I’ll just say this: I want a commander-in-chief with judgment. I would trust Hillary Clinton with my son’s life. And Donald Trump scares me to death. Hillary Clinton was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, worked with military families to shore them up. She’s been the nation’s chief diplomat. She understands that strength is about our own strength, but also the strength of our alliances. You’ve got to have diplomacy. You’ve got to have alliances.

Donald Trump has a different approach. Donald Trump, on the military, repeatedly he has said, ‘The American military is a disaster.’ Now, as a Blue Star family, when you hear somebody dissing two million young men and women who volunteer in a time of war, risking their lives and their health, and just saying, ‘Well, they’re a disaster,’ it infuriates me. ‘John McCain, he’s no hero because he was captured. I’d rather have somebody who wasn’t a prisoner of war.’ What kind of person thinks that, much less says it? And what kind of person who wants to be commander-in-chief would either think it or say it?

And then Donald Trump went after a Virginia family, the Khan family from Charlottesville, whose son was killed saving the lives of others when he was displayed overseas. And Donald Trump went after them because they questioned him. They questioned his anti-Muslim ideas. We don’t need a commander-in-chief who disses our military, and we don’t need a commander-in-chief who would tear up our alliances, wanting to jettison NATO, wanting to back away from commitments and alliances with other nations. Building walls and tearing up alliances will make us weak, not strong. And that’s why we need a strong president.

And then finally, and this is probably the one that’s the most important to me, and just looking at you, I know this is important to you: Do we want to build a community of respect or a community where it’s okay to disrespect others? I mean, that’s a big issue. I mean, I wouldn’t have thought that would have been a campaign issue in 2016. Hillary understands that we do our best work when everybody can be at the table. Right? We’ve always been that way as a nation. I’m proud of the Virginians who said in 1776, ‘Equality, that will be our measuring stick.’ That’s what Jefferson said.

Now, he wasn’t living that way. And nobody then was living that way. But think about it. They weren’t living anywhere near that way, but they were still wise enough to say – and I don’t know how many other nations say this – ‘Equality will be our North Star.’ They said that. And our whole history is about progressing toward that. ‘Equality is our North Star.’ Well, wait a minute. How can we reconcile that with slavery? We can’t. We shed blood. It was tumultuous. But we did it so we could get closer to our goal. How can we reconcile it with women can’t vote? We can’t, so we got to improve and get closer to our goal. How can we reconcile that with anti-immigrants? No, we can’t, so we got to improve ourselves and get closer to our goal. Even this election is about that, breaking the glass ceiling for Hillary. Hillary and I get this. We want a table where everybody can gather together. And America has no problem, inside the country or out, that we can’t solve if we just let everybody to the table because we just have such deep, deep resources of talent and ingenuity and innovation. We’ve got that.

But Donald Trump’s running a campaign that’s about something different. It’s okay to trash somebody, even a federal judge, because their parents were Mexican American. It’s okay to say things that are offensive about women. It’s okay to suggest that Muslims should be treated as second class citizens in a nation that they love. And that’s – I just have seen too much. I’m not willing to go back. I worked as a missionary in Honduras a while ago, 35 years ago, and we used to have this phrase, Adelante, no atrás. Forward, not back. We’re not going back. We’re going forward as a country. We’re not going back. We’re not going back.

Now, just in the last couple of days, Trump has been going after Hillary because she gave a speech calling out deplorable comments. She advanced the notion that if you’re chumming around with the head of the Ku Klux Klan or people that have that tie, that’s deplorable. You got to call that out. If you’re attacking immigrants, that’s deplorable. If you’re attacking LGBT Americans, that’s deplorable. If you’re attacking people because they’re Muslims, that’s deplorable. I think you can’t attack people. You shouldn’t be able to do it.

And so Donald Trump says, wow, how insulting of Hillary to make that point. And so last night on a new program, Wolf Blitzer asked his running mate, ‘So is David Duke, with all his connections with the Ku Klux Klan, is David Duke deplorable?’ ‘I don’t want to get into the name-calling business.’ If you cannot call out bigotry, if you cannot call out racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant – if you can’t call it out and you stand back and you’re silent around it, you’re enabling it to grow. You’re enabling it to become more powerful. We want to be a nation of the positive virtues, not the dark emotions and not the negative virtues.

So I’m happy to be – and I was a former civil rights lawyer – I’m happy to be on a ticket with somebody who’s not afraid to call out bad behavior. Now, there’s all kinds of issues where people who might vote against us have legitimate concerns that we have to listen to, and then, obviously, we have to govern in response to. But we don’t need to appease intolerable behavior. We don’t. We got to call it out when we see it, and that’s how we defeat it. That’s how we defeat it.

I want to show you something real quick because what I want to do now is talk about college affordability, which is something I think is absolutely critical, and I know everybody here understands that. But before I do, I just want to show you a difference, a very clear difference, because Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Okay? So we owe you answers. We owe you plans. How are we going to do it? How are you going to be affected by it? And how are we going to pay for it? And so Hillary Clinton and her team and me, we have a book, Stronger Together. Right? And this is something that you can get on Amazon, you can just get on the campaign website, And you can read this, and you see, stronger together. Everything in here, there’s a lot of wonky stuff in here, but it’s all about stronger together. And this is the campaign Hillary is running because this is the president that Hillary Clinton will be. This is us. This is us. Okay?

Now, I’m going to show you, Donald Trump decided, ‘I’m going to run for president, and I’m going to write my book. And I’m going to offer what I think about this country.’ And let me show his book to you. Crippled America. And if you see the picture, the guy had six lemons before he took this picture. Now, just, folks, look at this. Right? Stronger America. Upbeat, optimistic, patriotic, can-do. That’s who we are. That’s who we are. We’re that way as a party because we’re that way as a country. That’s who Hillary Clinton is.

If you read this, we don’t whitewash challenges. We talk about criminal justice reform.. We talk about poverty. We talk about a challenging world. But we’re not afraid of each other or dividing ourselves one against one another. We know that we are stronger together, and we can solve any challenge we have. But if you read this, you get a very, very different view of who we are. It’s, who can we blame? Who are we afraid of? Who can we point the finger at? It’s kind of a ‘blame America first’ attitude. And I sometimes think – if you just looked at these two books, here who Hillary Clinton is. Here’s who Donald Trump is. That tells you everything you need to know because we know as a nation we’re not going to leap forward blaming each other, dividing against each other, or calling ourselves ‘crippled America.’ It’s not going to do anything good.

Now, let’s talk about one of the issues that is really, really important, college affordability. This is an issue that I think resonates with just about every American. I know it does with me. I am one semester away from my wife and I finishing paying college tuition for our three kids. I really see a light at the end of the tunnel here at the end of May. And I’ll tell you, it was real different. When I went to college in 1976, it was a time in my family’s life where it was hard, hard for them. But they were able to do it because they cared, they valued education, but also because college costs hadn’t started to rise so much.

But you all know, beginning in the late 80s/early 90s, States started cutting back significantly on funding to college. And so costs went up and up and up. That’s happened here in Michigan. In Michigan, you’ve got $40 billion, $39 billion outstanding dollars of student debt. And the costs for a family to attend – and all of you know this, and your parents know it or your guardians or your grandparents know it – it is really, really difficult. This is something that matters personally to us. I was a mayor and governor, and education was the biggest part of my budget. I taught at the University of Richmond, where your basketball coach, John Beilein, got a very good start, and you are. And I ran a school that taught kids to be welders and carpenters in Honduras 35 years ago. This is important to me. My wife was Secretary of Education in Virginia, just stepped down to campaign full-time for Hillary. And you know Hillary – when she got out of law school, she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund to look at education inequities. This matters to us very, very personally. Very, very personally.

You guys just got ranked as the top public university in America. It might have been the top public university in the world. I mean, it was a very, very prestigious ranking. And that’s why we have worked together, Hillary and I, Senator Sanders, and others, to put an ambitious plan on the table for college. And it basically says this: First, we ought to guarantee as a nation that you can get out of college in this country debt-free. Now, that just seems basic. And it’s bold, but other nations do it, other nations that don’t have our median income, don’t have our economy, they do it. They do it because they make it a priority. And we ought to make it a priority.

And second, we want to go beyond that and say that if your family income is less than $125,000, you should be able to get free in-state tuition. And that would affect 90 percent, 90 percent, of Michigan families. This is something that we just need to make the commitment to as a nation. We spend money on other things that are of less importance than this, and we need to make a commitment to it as a nation. And that’s what Hillary and I will do.

And that’s not all. We’ve got to have strategies to go into the students who have debt. So if you’ve already graduated, this plan on the debt-free and the plan on the under-125,000, that’s not going to benefit you. But we got to find strategies to help students with debt. And the strategy that we’re going to use is to allow new ways for people to refinance debt to make it easier. Did you know it is easier to refinance a loan on a yacht in this country than to refinance student loan debt? And there’s something very, very wrong with that, and Hillary Clinton and I are going to change that.

So that is our basic plan. We know, too, that not everybody has to go to college or community college. Great career, technical, and trades – my dad ran an Ironworker-organized welding shop. I taught kids to be welders and carpenters in Honduras. We have to value that education every bit as much as a college education. Every big as much, because it’s very important, and get kids earlier exposure to trades. And we will.

Yesterday we released something. I would encourage you to go on, the college calculator. And it basically says, okay, Hillary’s got a plan. What does it mean to me? Go on college calculator on, and you can figure out what this plan would mean to you. And this is going to be part of our first 100 days in office, making this part of a comprehensive jobs plan, because the best way to grow the economy is to make sure that our workers, that our students, everybody, have the most skills they can. And this is our commitment to you, and we will start pushing this from day one. That’s the Hillary Clinton agenda on education.

now, let me just say a quick word about Donald Trump’s higher ed plan. And it’s going to be quick because he hasn’t rolled out a higher ed plan. The only thing we really know for sure about Donald Trump and higher ed is Trump University. Trump University. So if you haven’t followed the stories, Donald Trump started a for-profit university that made him a good bit of money, and the idea was to market to students, learn the wit and wisdom of Donald Trump and management styles of Donald Trump, and students paid him thousands, tens of thousands of dollars. His employees were trained to tell students, ‘Well, you don’t think you have enough money? Well, just max out your credit card. That’s fine.’ They were taught to sell more and more worthless classes to people. Unaccredited university. The diplomas weren’t worth the paper they were written on. And a lot of the folks that he got money from were veterans using GI Bill benefits who later said they felt completely ripped off. In some instances, even widows of veterans who had been killed in action who were using their spouse’s GI benefits and they felt ripped off. And that’s what he did, and he’s being sued for fraud in lawsuits all over this country because of what he did with education. We don’t need a president of this country who views education as a chance to get into people’s pocketbook, take their money, make some money, and do nothing for them. That’s not who we need as president. We need a real pro-education president like Hillary Clinton.

And then just to add to this, we found out in the last couple of weeks that Donald Trump has this charitable foundation, The Trump Foundation. Now, the Clinton’s have a foundation that’s battling AIDS around the world, that’s battling opioid addiction in this country. That’s what The Clinton Foundation is doing. But Trump has a foundation, and what we found just in the last week or two is he’s taking charitable money from the foundation and illegally giving it to politicians to stop investigating Trump University. Twenty-five thousand dollars from The Trump Foundation to the attorney general of Florida who then announced that they weren’t going to go forward on a lawsuit against Trump University even though their office had received complaints, and then Donald Trump did a fundraiser for her. The contribution was illegal. You can’t give charitable money to a political campaign. It’s illegal. And because they knew it was illegal, when they filed their year-end report, they hid it. They did a cover-up. They said, ‘No, that $25,000 went to some charity group in Kansas,’ but when the Kansas group was contacted, they said, ‘We never got anything from Donald Trump,’ and they had to trace it back to find that it was an illegal campaign contribution that was covered up and that was designed to stop an investigation into Trump University.

So again, I would say on this education issue, who understands higher education? Who understands the power of an education to rocket individuals ahead but also rocket our economy? And Hillary understands it, and Donald Trump has really demonstrated that to the extent he understands it, he thinks of it as an opportunity to benefit himself rather than to benefit students or benefit the economy. The choice is very, very clear: if you want a pro-education president, it’s got to be Hillary Clinton. Absolutely.

Now, I want to just now conclude because it’s hot and people have been out here awhile. So I’m going to just finish. I told you I was going to do three things, and the third was how do we win. Michigan’s really, really important. Both sides are competing very heavy in Michigan. We like what we see now. If you’re asking me how we’re doing, I’m going to tell you we like what we see. I’d rather be us than them, but it’s close. It’s close. And even if we see a poll one day that we like, we don’t really take much comfort in it because, let’s be honest, it’s a season of surprises. Polls have been wrong. Pundits have been wrong. Nobody thought the GOP was going to nominate Donald Trump, so it’s been a season of surprises and there could be more, right? There could be more twists and turns. In fact, there will be more. That’s what life’s like.

Second, we live in a political climate after Citizens United where anybody can just spend hundreds of millions of dollars, put ads on TV saying virtually anything, not even tell you who they are or who’s funding the ad, and that can change the election. And you’ve seen some of those ads and you’ll probably see more of them.

And then the third thing, just to – got to be clear about it – Hillary’s trying to do something that nobody has ever done. And if it had been easy for there to be a woman president of the United States, there would have been a woman president of the United States. In fact, let me just drill on that one just for a minute because this is an important point. Part of being a great nation is being proud of the things you’re good at but also being honest about the things you’re not good at. I think that’s part of being great, being honest about the things you’re not good at.

We are good at so much, but we are uniquely bad at electing women to federal office. So we know that we haven’t had a woman president. We know that. But let me tell you about Congress. Thank goodness you’ve got a fantastic senior senator in Debbie Stabenow, right? You have got a fantastic member of Congress right here in Debbie Dingell, right? You’ve got a great junior member of the Senate, Gary Peters, whose daughter is out here somewhere. I visited with her early. But we know we haven’t had a woman president, but get this, in Congress right now, 19 percent of Congress is women – 19 percent. That is the highest it’s ever been in American history, 19 percent, and that ranks us 75th in the world. Iraq, 26 percent. Afghanistan, 28 percent. Number one, Rwanda, about 64 percent. We are good at a lot of things, but electing women to federal office we’re not good at. In fact, we have a very bad record at it.

So my point is this. We feel good about where we are, but we can’t take it for granted because we’re trying to do something that’s not been done. Has anybody out here ever tried to do something and had somebody tell you, ‘I don’t think you’re going to be able to do it’, or felt that there was a barrier in your way? I bet everybody’s had that feeling here at least once, and I bet some have had that feeling an awful lot during their life. You know what that feeling is, and sometimes the person that’s telling you that is an enemy and sometimes it’s even a friend. ‘I don’t want you to be hurt. Don’t get your hopes up. It’s probably not going to work out for you.’ Hillary Clinton has been told that her entire life, and that’s why she’s so disciplined, and that’s why she is working so hard, even pushing through – she got told hey, you’re a little bit sick. Well, I’m going to still go at it. I’m going to still go at it. I’m going to still go at it. That’s who she is. She’s a person who shows up. She’s a person who doesn’t back down, who doesn’t give up. That’s who she is.

So the point I’m trying to make is I’d rather be us than them right now, but this thing’s going to be real close. It’s going to be close in Michigan, but you can be the difference. And this is how I’m going to close this thing. You can be the difference. There’s a lot of ads on TV, but voters are smart and now they’re starting to tune those out. They’re going, ‘I don’t know who is funding these and I’m not sure I can believe them.’ They kind of tune them out. It’s not because they’re not interested. They’re interested, but they just don’t believe what they’re seeing on TV an awful lot. But I’ll tell you what they do believe. Voters believe a word from somebody they trust – a friend, somebody in class together, a teacher, a parishioner, somebody I work with, a neighbor. Voters will believe a word from someone they trust. And I’ll tell you something else, you don’t even have to know them. If you call a voter or you knock on a door and say, ‘Hey, I’m volunteering for Hillary Clinton,’ here is what they will think. ‘Hmm, volunteering? They don’t have to do this. They think it’s important enough to volunteer and come out and make the case.’ It opens up the door to have a conversation, to talk about issues that matter, maybe to answer some questions. In states that are really close, it’s this volunteer, person to person, even in a nation of 330 million. That’s what it’s going to take to win Michigan, to win other battleground states, and to be victorious on November 8th. So that’s what I’m here to ask you to do.

If you haven’t – first, raise your hand if you’re doing any volunteering with the campaigns this cycle. Give them a round of applause, right? Give them a round of applause. If you did not raise your hand and you can volunteer even a little bit, please do. Just take out your cell phone and text ‘Together’ to 47246, 47246. You’ll be connected and you can be part of that person-to-person politics that will produce a win here in Michigan and produce all across the country.

The last thing I’m saying is this, okay? I have run eight races and I have won eight races, and I’m not losing this one. I’m not losing this one. I’ve never lost a race, and Hillary knows that. That’s one of the reasons she picked me. We are not losing this one. We’re not losing this one.

Now, I’ve got to make fun of myself because if I leave you with that, you’ll think I’m like really fantastic. I’ve got to be honest, I barely win my races. I mean, I just win them by a little. I just win them by a little because I’m running in tough real estate. Virginia has been a pretty red state. It’s a little bit better now. But I run in a tough part of the world, and I barely win my races. But the way that I win them is I put this thought in my brain: You’re the underdog until they call you the winner. You’re the underdog until they call you the winner. And when I think that way, then it helps me be disciplined to win.

Now, that’s something that I bet resonates with you all because, look, if you’re kind of favorable to Democratic candidates, it’s partly because you like underdogs. I mean, don’t we like underdogs? I mean, we’re kind of like the underdog people. We like underdogs. In my church, we kind of say Good Samaritan people, you know? Somebody’s beaten up and they’re on the side of the road – we’re not the ones that just walk by and do nothing. No, we’re the ones who are trying to help out a little bit. That’s a value that unifies all kinds of Democrats from all kinds of traditions, all kinds of backgrounds, every part of the country. We’re not just going to pass by. If there’s something to be done then we’re going to roll up our sleeves and we’re going to help somebody out and we’re going to do it.

And so put that in your head: we’re the underdog until we’re the winner. And if you think of it that way and if you will agree to volunteer a little bit to help us out, then we’re – you get to be part of a history-making election with existential stakes in terms of the difference. You will get to say when the nation needed me, I didn’t sit on the couch or sit on the sidelines; I stood up for the values of equality, I stood up for the values of togetherness, I stood up against division, and you’ll feel good about having a part in that outcome.

We can win this race with your help. With your help, I know we’ll win this race. Let’s do everything we can and we will make history in the United States on the evening of November 8 electing Hillary Clinton as president, and then we will go to work making history every day as we govern stronger together with the American people. Stronger together in Ann Arbor. Stronger together in Michigan. Thank you, guys. Great to be on campus with you. Appreciate it.”

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