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From The Archives -- 2007 Candidate Speech Series: Hillary Clinton

[ Posted Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 – 12:00 UTC ]

[Program Note: While I am away this week attending Netroots Nation, I thought a blast from the past would be entertaining for my readers. In 2007, also while away on vacation, I conducted a journalistic experiment. I contacted the campaigns of all eight Democratic candidates for president and asked them for permission to reprint a transcript of the speech of their choice from their candidate. All responded, although Dennis Kucinich's campaign was unable to provide me with a transcript because he always spoke without notes (I ran one of his white papers instead).

The introduction to this series explained everything, and it is still kind of interesting to read for the inside-baseball points that it made. I should mention that as internet bandwidth improved by leaps and bounds, such an experiment was never necessary again, because by the next contested Democratic nomination, the campaign websites had not only transcripts but videos of each candidates' speeches, for everyone to see.

Anyway, this week I am reprinting five of these speeches, one each day, for your amusement. I begin with the two candidates who are also running again this year, Joe Biden and Mike Gravel. Then I'll move on to the two who lasted until the bitter end, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the candidate that I personally supported in the race, John Edwards.

What's interesting about reading these speeches again is how times have changed (all Democrats were running against George W. Bush's record, at the time) as well as how things have remained the same (the same themes used today pop up in more than one speech). So sit back and enjoy this nostalgic trip into presidential politics from 12 years ago. I may also be able to post live columns throughout the week, but make no promises on that score (time is a serious constraint during these conferences).

 

Originally published November 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

 

Remarks at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Des Moines, Iowa
11/10/07

 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you Iowa Democrats. Thank you all. Thank you. What a night. What a great, great night. Thank you all. There's no better place to be than right here in Iowa with the great elected officials that you have: your governor, your lieutenant governor, your congressional delegation, our wonderful friend, Senator Tom Harkin and his wife Ruth. Isn't it a special treat to have the Speaker of the House, Madam Speaker here tonight?

You know, on January 20th, 2009, someone will stand on the steps of the Capitol and raise his or her hand to take the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States of America. And we are here tonight to make sure that that next president is a Democrat. Because, we know, after seven years of George W. Bush, seven years of incompetence, cronyism, and corruption, seven years of a government of the few by the few and for the few. We, as a nation cannot afford any other choice.

We have to have a Democratic president because we have big challenges to meet. We have a war to end. We have an economy to revive. We have a 47 million Americans to insure. We have an energy crisis to solve. We have a homeland to protect, we have alliances to rebuild and we have a world to lead. So, we are ready for change.

But, you know what? Change, change is just a word if you do not have the strength and experience to make it happen. We must nominate a nominee who has been tested, and elect a president who is ready to lead on day one.

I know what it is going to take to win. I know it's going to take all of us and millions more and a candidate who will work and fight every single day for the next year and then will go into the White House determined to bring about that change that we care so much about. Fortunately, I have a little experience standing up and fighting for what I believe is right and what I think America needs and how we can get there together.

I have spent 35 years making a difference and fighting for what I believe matters to people. As a young lawyer, I went to work for the Children's Defense Fund, fighting for abused and neglected kids, fighting for kids in the foster care system, fighting for kids with disabilities, kids without health care, kids without educational opportunities. In Arkansas, I helped to expand health care into rural areas and to reform the school system so that every child would have a chance to succeed.

As president, I will continue those fights. Continue so that we leave no person and no child out of America's promise. As first lady, I fought my heart out for health care, and, well we might not have been successful that time, but I am so proud that I played a part helping to create the Children's Health Insurance Program and to insure 6 million children. When I'm president, we are going to finish the job and provide quality affordable health care for every single American man, woman, and child.

And, as Senator, I have continued to fight for family farmers and for workers. To fight for soldiers to get the body armor they needed, and for first responders to get the health care they required after 9/11. I have fought against the privatizing of Social Security and against the failed policies of George W. Bush at home and around the world. And, when I am President, I will work to reverse the damage of the eight years of George Bush and I will restore the pride and progress in America that should be our birthright. That is who America is. We want to be proud again. We want to be progressive again and we will, when I am president.

Now, there are some who will say that they do not know where I stand. Well, I think you know better than that. I stand where I have stood for 35 years. I stand with you and with your children, and with every American who needs a fighter in their corner for a better life. Now, I know how easy it is in a campaign to get distracted; to focus on who is up and who is down, and who says what about whom. But, that is not what this election is about.

This election is about those Iowans and those Americans who feel invisible in their own country; who feel invisible to their own president. This election is about the woman I met in LeClair. She and her husband both work really hard, but they had to sell half the family farm to pay their medical expenses. This election is about a veteran I met in Sioux Center, who bravely fought in Iraq and came home and had to keep fighting to get the health care that he needed. This election is about the mother from Greenville, whose daughter got sick and they did not have insurance, and she died. And on her death certificate, they could not even put a cause of death, because nobody had ever made a diagnosis. She was just 18-years old. There should not be any invisible Americans and when I am president, there will not be. We will have a president again, who gets up every day, worries about, thinks about, and fights for every single one of us. That's what America deserves, and that is what my candidacy offers.

Now, we are getting closer to the Iowa caucuses. They are going to be earlier than ever before. I know as the campaign goes on, that it's going to get a little hotter out there. But that is fine with me. Because, you know, as Harry Truman said, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I'll tell you what, I feel really comfortable in the kitchen.

So, we have to ask ourselves, what is this election going to be focused on? Well, I will tell you what I want to do. I am not interested in attacking my opponents. I am interested in attacking the problems of America, and I believe we should be turning up the heat on the Republicans; they deserve all the heat we can give them.

You know, you listen to the Republicans who are running this year, they see eight more years of George Bush. They see a nine trillion dollar debt and say let's spend trillions more. They see that we had one rush to war and then say, wait, wait, why not have one more? Well, I think we are going to tell them, in the course of this campaign, that they do not have any more time. America is done with the Republicans and their failed policies and their refusal to give America back the future that we deserve. But we Democrats, we have to decide what we are for. We Democrats believe that the middle class is the backbone of our country and the guarantor of the American dream. So, when the Republicans stand by and watch rising gas prices and rising health care costs and increases in college tuition and falling housing prices, and struggling families, and they have turned China into our banker, what are we going to do?

Turn up the heat!

And we Democrats, we believe that every child has a God-given potential that we want to help unlock. So, when the Republicans cut Head Start, and refuse to fix No Child Left Behind? What do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And when we Democrats fight for universal health care and the Republicans veto health care for children and then let the insurance companies and the drug companies undermine health care for the rest of us, what do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And we Democrats, we believe in labor rights and women's rights and gay rights, and civil rights.

And we believe in a Department of Labor that is actually pro-labor, and a Department of Justice that delivers justice. So, when the Republicans tried to turn the clock back on women's rights, when they tried to stomp out labor unions, when they try to undermine civil rights, what do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And we Democrats, we believe in protecting the environment and we believe in solving the energy crisis. So, when the Republicans turn over our energy policy to the oil companies and deny global warming, what do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And we Democrats, we believe in a government that works for all Americans again. We actually believe in appointing qualified people to do the jobs in the United States Government. So, when the Republicans stock the government with their cronies, when they give no-bid contracts to Halliburton and legal immunity to Blackwater, what do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And we Democrats, we believe in the power of science and innovation. We know it can lift up lives and grow the economy, so when President Bush declares a war on science, when he bans stem cell research, when he tries to turn Washington into an evidence-free zone and put ideology in front of facts. What do we do?

Turn up the heat!

And finally, we believe that our country is both great and good. And as president, I will end the war in Iraq, end the era of cowboy diplomacy and restore America's standing and leadership in the world.

So, when the Republicans engage in fear-mongering and saber-rattling and talk about World War III, what do we do to them?

Turn up the heat!

Well, that is what it's going to take. We are going to turn up the heat on the Republicans and we are going to turn America around. But, we cannot do it if we are not united and together; not only Democrats, but Independents, and even Republicans who reject this radical experiment in extremism. I know we can win this election and I know we don't have a choice. I am proud to have the support of so many Democrats and Democratic leaders from across America. And I am especially proud to have the support of so many Democratic leaders from the so-called red states to know that I can win. Leaders like the governor Beebe of Arkansas and Senator Bayh of Indiana and Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio, who is here with me tonight. Because, Democrats know, when we win Ohio, we win the White House.

I am so grateful to all of the Iowans who are supporting me and I absolutely appreciate everything you have done for me and for all of the candidates throughout the campaign. I ask all of you to join my campaign. I ask you to go and stand for me in the caucus on January 3. If you will stand for me for a night, I will stand and fight for you every day in this campaign and every day in the White House. Because together, we are going to restore America's leadership, rebuild a strong and prosperous middle-class, reform the government and reclaim the future for our children. Let's do it, Iowa Democrats. Let's make sure that we turn up the heat and turn America around. Thank you and God bless you.

 

-- Chris Weigant

 

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34 Comments on “From The Archives -- 2007 Candidate Speech Series: Hillary Clinton”

  1. [1] 
    Balthasar wrote:

    Well you've got to admit, she sounds great in print.

  2. [2] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    This one's not loaded at all......

  3. [3] 
    Michale wrote:

    Jefferson Jackson dinner!??

    For shame!!! heh

  4. [4] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yea, Hillary sounds good and all.. She knows all the right phrases to use and all the buttons to push..

    But when the rubber hits the road, it's all about one thing and one thing only..

    Hillary is all about Hillary...

    Not American First. But Hillary First, Last and Always..

    THAT is why she lost the election...

  5. [5] 
    Michale wrote:

    Remind me again how the Democrat Party is SOOOOO United going into the primary season??

    Pelosi's isolation gambit leaves four liberals struggling

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished Democrats for personally attacking one another, warning in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the party's fracturing was jeopardizing its majority.

    Without naming names, her target was clear: the four liberal freshmen known as "the Squad."

    "You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK," Pelosi, D-Calif., told Democrats.

    But "the Squad" - Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts - is convinced it is Pelosi who is being the bully.

    The four are struggling with the speaker's moves to isolate them in recent weeks, according to interviews with the lawmakers, congressional aides and allies. Pelosi has made at least half-dozen remarks dismissing the group or their far-left proposals on the environment and health care. More recently she scorned their lonely opposition to the party's emergency border bill last month.
    https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Regrets-is-not-what-I-do-Pelosi-defends-her-14085447.php

    I seem to have forgotten, what with all the FACTS to the contrary... :D

    Love the inter-Party brawls.. Popcorn worthy.. :D

  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    "When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color."
    -Occasional Cortex

    Ahh... So now NANCY PELOSI is a racist..... :eyeroll:

    Can't wait to see Pelosi's response to such a broadside accusation.. :D

    I think it's time for a quote...

    "We are able to have differing opinions on how we best solve problems without having to resort to name calling and insults."

  7. [7] 
    Michale wrote:

    President Trump graciously gave Democrats in Congress time to come up with something..

    Democrats failed..

    ICE deportation raids set to being Sunday after Trump delay, report says

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are preparing to conduct raids beginning Sunday to arrest thousands of illegal immigrants across the U.S. just weeks after President Trump announced that he was delaying the operation.

    The ICE agents will target at least 2,000 immigrants whose deportations have already been ordered, a New York Times report said, citing one former and two current Department of Homeland Security officials.

    Neither the White House nor ICE immediately responded to emails from Fox News seeking comment. An ICE spokesman declined to comment to the Times to ensure the safety of the department's agents.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ice-deportation-raids-to-start-sunday-report

    "Bad Boys, Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do?? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you.."
    -Theme To "COPS"

    "You had your chance, Venkmen. But you thought it was more fun to insult me. Well, now it's my turn wiseass!"
    -Walter Peck, GHOSTBUSTERS

  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    The Left Has Managed To Mainstream Anti-Americanism

    From the repudiation of the Fourth of July to calls for reparations, anti-Americanism that once was belonged to the far-left is now mainstream.
    https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/10/left-managed-mainstream-anti-americanism/

    There are those who claim that the Overton window has not moved for/to the Left..

    They are living in a dream world..

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    The irony is that the hyper-focus on people’s backgrounds is a feature of the left, not the right. Democrats and progressives are the ones who push for hyphenation and separation according to ethnic and sexual identities, while conservatives generally try to see people as individuals.

    Ultimately, it’s both sad and frightening that Omar and these young women, for whom America has been a lifeline, can’t see that social justice culture and identity politics, which have seeped into the mainstream, have betrayed them and turned what should have been to them a great blessing—a home in America—into a curse.

    #sad

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    As I have pointed out time and time again..

    Kamala Harris' sincerity problem
    https://theweek.com/articles/851631/kamala-harris-sincerity-problem

    Democrats don't mind liars.. As long as they are DEMOCRAT liars...

  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    The left no longer even has a clue as to what makes America great

    Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a “Salute to America” last week, because some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, the New York Times posted a video op-ed challenging what it called the “mythology” of American greatness. “America may once have been the greatest,” the video declares, “but today, America, we’re just OK.”

    The video is like a caricature of how conservatives think the left sees America — except it isn’t a caricature; it’s real. It’s a straw man come to life. As evidence we’re just OK, the video cites statistics showing that other developed countries, such as Luxembourg, Sweden and Norway, have lower poverty rates or better education and health care outcomes than we do. As for our “kick-ass democracy,” the Times says, it’s not that big a deal because “a lot of countries have freedoms.”
    https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/the-left-no-longer-even-has-a-clue-as-to-what-makes-america-great/

    Democrats simply don't get it anymore..

    They cannot be trusted to do what's in the best interests of the country regardless of any other considerations..

    That is why they will continue to lose elections..

  12. [12] 
    Michale wrote:

    About halfway thru... :D

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    The reason that “a lot of countries have freedoms” today is because our Founding Fathers pioneered the principle of popular sovereignty, where governments answer to the people. At the time of our founding, the rest of the world was ruled by monarchs. Our founders established the first country in human history that was built not only on blood and soil, but on an idea — the idea of human liberty.

    For most of our history, American democracy was a global outlier. In 1938, on the eve of World War II, there were just 17 democracies. It was not until 1998 — just two decades ago — that there were more democracies than autocracies.

    That dramatic explosion of freedom didn’t just happen. It was the direct result of the rise of the United States as a global superpower. The US-powered victory over Nazi tyranny in World War II and our triumph over Soviet tyranny in the Cold War defeated the hateful ideologies of fascism and communism and unleashed a global wave of freedom.

    Today, 4.1 billion people live in democracies. (Of those who don’t, four out of five live in China.) The unprecedented expansion of liberty has produced unprecedented prosperity.

  14. [14] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, let’s be clear: Every country that enjoys democratic governance today owes its birth of freedom to our Founding Fathers and the continued existence of their democracy to the US military.

    Today, for all its flaws, America remains the freest, most innovative, most prosperous country in the history of the world. We invented the lightbulb and the iPhone. We put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars. We are a nation of unparalleled military power and unlimited opportunity. There’s a reason we have a crisis on our southern border; millions want to come here so that they can share in the abundance of American prosperity.

    The men and women who flew those fighters and bombers over the Mall last week make it all possible. They provide the critical foundation of peace and security upon which our freedom, and the freedom of all the world’s democracies, are built.

    Maybe Luxembourg scores better on some measures, but no one is counting on Luxembourg to secure the peace of the world. Trump was right to shine a spotlight on our men and women in uniform and to remind those who have lost sight of it that the United States isn’t simply the greatest nation on Earth; we are indispensable. Without us, the world would be mired in the darkness of totalitarianism rather than the light of liberty.

    That is better than “just OK.”

    Any American who claims that the US is just "ok" has no right to call themselves an American...

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    ***URGENT NEWS FLASH***

    CRIMINAL BREAKS INTO AOC'S HOUSE!!!

    After a long day at the resistance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes home to find me sitting completely alone and uninvited at her kitchen table.

    While I wait, I do not raid her fridge for a sustainable snack of a few celery sticks with spicy hummus. And I suppress the urge to turn on her garbage disposal to see if it’s as terrifying as she found it to be in that video she posted awhile back.

    In this completely made-up scenario, I am simply in her home illegally. She knows this as she comes in. On my blue blazer I’ve pinned a name tag that says, “Hello my name is John. Hate Has No Home Here”

    It doesn’t have to be AOC’s home. You might fashion your own nightmare dream sequence and put yourself in Bernie Sanders’ home, or Joe Biden’s or Kamala Harris’. Or the home of any of the other Democratic presidential candidates who raised their hands promising taxpayer-subsidized health care to those who crossed the border illegally, and also raised their hands supporting the decriminalization of illegal crossing, thus endorsing de facto open borders.

    So, no criminal penalty for crossing. And if you make it here, you get free stuff at taxpayer expense. Sounds like a great deal to me.

    Does it apply to the kitchen table?

    “Who ARE you,” asks AOC. “WHY are you HERE? Do you belong in my house?”

    These are simple, reasonable questions any homeowner might ask of a stranger at her or his kitchen table.

    So why can’t Americans ask it of people in our country? Why can’t we ask people in this country — on the 2020 census — if they are citizens of the United States?

    But if you dare ask it, or support the idea that it’s a reasonable question, you’ll be denounced by the Democratic left as a racist, a tool of Trump, and you’ll be exiled for your sins.
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-census-citizenship-question-kass-20190710-xzofchbyf5atpmupxla6bvd2aq-story.html

    Imagine you and your family come home from a long vacation and find an entire family living in your home, eating your food, using your credit cards and money, playing with your stuff...

    You call the cops and the cops say, "Nothing we can do.. They made it into your home so they now have the right to stay.. That's Democrat Law now.. You should have secured your borders better..."

    THAT is the scenario that Democrats want America to be..

    Of course, no reasonable or rational person would accept such a scenario...

  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/10/american-carnage-excerpt-access-hollywood-tape-227269

    Ya'all should take heart..

    You ALMOST got President Trump out of the 2016 election.. :D

    Almost... :D

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    From Kamala Harris and Biden to Nancy Pelosi and AOC, the Democratic Party is a mess

    Fault lines are deeper than ever between the young socialists and the old establishment figures who run the Democratic Party, Scott Jenning says
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/07/10/2020-democratic-party-presidential-primaries-mayhem-good-trump/1683751001/

    Party Unity My Ass! :D

    PUMA strikes again! :D

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    Let’s start with the Democratic primary for president, where Kamala Harris took us on a head-spinning journey that began with her flogging of former Vice President Joe Biden. At the first primary debate, Harris assailed Biden for opposing federally mandated busing, an extremely unpopular policy among people of all races and political parties. Debate viewers were left to believe that Harris — who emotionally attributed busing to her getting a quality education — supported the federal mandates.

    A few days later, however, Harris backed away from federal mandates and instead took much the same position as Biden — that states and school districts should make decisions.

    Biden and Harris fight shows deep divide
    This flip was on top of her Medicare for All flop, wherein she said on the stage that she would eliminate all private insurance and then the next day said she wouldn’t. Harris appears to get caught up in moments; she tells liberal debate audiences what they want to hear before her advisers swoop in with polling data that shows the political reality of her positions. This is a dangerous trait in a president; the office frequently demands its occupants to make decisions that run afoul of popular passions.

    I have to admit, Liz.. I am very surprised.. I thought you would lay into Harris for her flip flop.. In essence, Harris admitted that Joe Biden was RIGHT in his busing position...

    Yet you gave her a pass..

    Good on you.. That makes you a better person...

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    Tired, Irrelevant Democratic Candidates Point To Trump Reelection

    It is easier to notice the drift of American political public opinion after being away from it in England for six weeks. It is obvious that President Trump is steadily gaining ground. The human wave of kooks and retreads seeking the Democratic nomination have been shooting furiously inside their 360-degree firing squad and some of the 1 percent group will have to be carried out soon to make it a tighter circle. (The most irritating loudmouth of all of them, Representative Eric Swallwell of California, had the honor of being the first to fold on Monday.)

    The Democrats’ major problems are that almost all the president’s policies are working. The collapse of the Russian collusion fraud has created an eerie silence as the country awaits possible indictments of the Democrats responsible for that outrage; and the Democrats themselves are completely unfeasible.

    All the economic news is positive: 83 percent of taxpayers have had their taxes reduced and those who have not are the citizens of chronic Democratic states where the state governments have been so incompetent they have laid on higher state income taxes that the administration no longer will deduct from federal taxes. Why should the residents of other states pay for the profligacy and incompetence of the Andrew Cuomos and Jerry Browns of the big blue states? One hundred percent of taxpayers in states where Trump has a reasonable chance to win have lower taxes. There are now more than 1.5 million additional Americans jobs to be filled than there are unemployed people.

    Just six weeks ago, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) was promising a blizzard of subpoenas to “get to the bottom of” what Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others had spent years investigating. (If Mueller testifies before Nadler’s committee, it will be the greatest administration self-inflicted wound since the Nixon tapes.) Six weeks ago, there were still echoes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the crisis at the border was phony and manufactured as well as war-cries demanding the courts stop Trump’s construction of his southern border wall. While I was overseas, the House “reluctantly” approved the spending on the wall.
    https://amgreatness.com/2019/07/09/tired-irrelevant-democratic-candidates-point-to-trump-reelection/

    Once again, as I am wont to do, I will point out that President Trump is WRONG!!!

    I am decidedly NOT tired of WINNING!!

    Just as ya'all are not tired of WHINNING...

    Ya see what I did there!? :D

  20. [20] 
    Michale wrote:

    This is all the Democrats are left with: a group of radical nonentities that constitute a monotone Götterdämmerung: the self-immolation not only of the America of Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney, but also of Bill Clinton and even of candidate Barack Obama.

    The Democrat Party has LEFT the building!!

  21. [21] 
    Michale wrote:

    PIERS MORGAN: The only ‘clumsy, inept, incompetent’ character in this memo scandal is the Trump-hating British Ambassador – the world’s least diplomatic diplomat - who’s burned bridges not built them and must now be fired
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7229291/PIERS-MORGAN-Trump-hating-British-Ambassador-needs-burning-bridges.html

    Piers Morgan should not keep it all inside..

    He should tell us how he REALLY feels!! :D

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    Rather than build bridges as he was supposed to do, he’s burned them.

    Sir Kim’s recklessness has thus caused enormous damage to Britain’s relationship with the United States, just when so many, led by the Queen, had worked so hard with the state visit to strengthen it.

    President Trump, who has repeatedly promised a ‘great new trade deal’ with Britain after it leaves the European Union, now feels utterly betrayed, and if I were him, I would feel exactly the same way.

    Sir Kim’s betrayed his own country too with his rank stupidity.

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    Ross Perot, a Morning Star of Trumpism

    His folksy-billionaire style and working-man sensibility provided a model for Gingrich, Trump, and others.
    Ross Perot died today, and there is no doubt that he changed the course of modern American history. In 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, President George H. W. Bush had stratospheric approval ratings and seemed a shoo-in for reelection. Perot had opposed the Iraq War, and his subsequent run for the presidency contributed heavily to Bush’s defeat.

    Like Perot, President Trump is also a billionaire populist and a trade protectionist. Trump appeals to the same secular, nationalist voters that were Perot’s base. But Trump also appealed to and made pacts with all the factions of the Republican party. Of its billionaire populists, America chose the reality-TV show star and New York real-estate figure over the Texas naval veteran and entrepreneur.

    Perot’s death was greeted with well-wishing and statements of admiration from his former political rivals. In his final public interview, Perot was asked to sum up his legacy. He replied “Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I’ll be Texas dead. Ha!”
    https://tinyurl.com/y3lfy962

    The final Political Act by Ross Perot was to make a mega substantial donation to President Trump's re-election campaign..

    RIP Ross Perot and thank you for your support of President Trump and America...

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats care more about helping illegal aliens than Americans

    The contrast is stark.

    While President Trump is working daily to improve the economy, create good-paying jobs and solve pressing problems facing Americans, the biggest issue right now for Democrats running for president in 2020 is helping illegal aliens get into the United States to get services paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

    Some candidates are literally going to Mexico to literally help foreigners literally cross the border.

    Sen. Cory A. Booker, New Jersey Democrat, last week went into Mexico to help escort five female foreigners into the United States, according to Fox News. He crossed the El Paso, Texas, port of entry into Ciudad Juarez with several immigrant-rights attorneys to help the women get admitted into the U.S. after they had been sent back to Mexico.

    It’s becoming a popular political stunt. In his first international trip as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas also traveled to Ciudad Juarez to meet what his campaign called “individuals and families directly impacted by Donald Trump’s cruel and inhumane policies,” The Associated Press reported.
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/9/democrats-care-more-about-helping-illegal-aliens-t/

    This is why Democrats will lose in 2020..

    They don't really like America or care about Americans..

  25. [25] 
    Michale wrote:

    Calif. Dem Who Flipped GOP Seat in '18 Trails in New Poll
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/07/09/calif_dem_who_flipped_gop_seat_in_18_trails_in_new_poll__140739.html

    Looks like the Democrat Party is gonna cede the House back to the GOP.....

    :D

  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    @CW,

    Facts straight from the BLS. Not Trump spin. So of course you'll admit that Obama was better at job creation than Trump, right?

    (holds breath waiting... heh...)

    Sure.. If you cheery pick the comparison time frame, you might be able to tweak the numbers to get the desired result..

    What are the numbers for Obama his first two and a half years in office..

    That is the ONLY legitimate comparison to make..

    Between 2009 and 2013, Obama created 1,213 jobs

    Between 2017 and 2019 (HALF OF OBAMA time frame), President Trump created TEN TIMES as many jobs!! 11,169

    So, if you REALLY want to compare job creation, use the parameters that are accurate..

    Sure, you can pick a good month for Obama and a bad month for Trump and crow how much better Obama did.. You can compare apples and alligators and make it sing and dance all you want..

    But the FACT remains.. President Trump has been a better job creator then Obama could EVER hope to be..

    President Trump has created SLIGHTLY less jobs in 2 years what it took Obama to create in EIGHT YEARS!!!!

    Facts don't lie, my friend...

    #KeepAmericaGreat
    #Trump2020

  27. [27] 
    Michale wrote:

    SEA STANDOFF Royal Navy frigate trains guns on Iranian boats trying to storm Brit tanker in Persian Gulf forcing them to back off
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9482610/iran-standoff-royal-navy-oil-tanker/

    Oh yea.. Iranians are peaceful. Obama was fully justified in giving them hundreds of billions of dollars.. :eyeroll:

  28. [28] 
    Michale wrote:

    Remind me again how President Trump is such a bad person??

    Lockheed Martin’s Pennsylvania plant to remain open after Trump’s request, saving over 400 jobs
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/industrials/lockheed-martins-pennsylvania-plant-open-trump-request

    I seem to have forgotten what with all the FACTS to the contrary....

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:

    And also remind me how President Trump lost on the census citizenship question??

    Trump expected to announce executive action on census question
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-to-discuss-census-citizenship-question-at-white-house-press-conference

    Once again, I forgot what with all the facts to the contrary... :D

  30. [30] 
    Michale wrote:

    Dow jumps 200 points to break above 27,000 for the first time ever
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/11/stock-market-fed-chief-signals-a-rate-cut.html

    I forgot.. Who gets the credit when things are good???

    :D

  31. [31] 
    Michale wrote:

    Wow.. You people sure are intimidated into silence.. heh :D

    Else ya'all went out and got actual lives... :D

  32. [32] 
    Michale wrote:

    Gingrich on Dems' infighting: AOC, other freshmen questioning why they need to listen to Pelosi

    During a Thursday morning appearance on "America's Newsroom," the former Speaker of the House said that Ocasio-Cortez's argument is a "classic comment by the hard left."

    "Everything becomes either an attack on women, but since Pelosi is a woman, it has to be women of color," Gingrich said. "The key thing here is very simple. We have now seen a group of genuine radicals who are way outside any reasonable position, and their public spokesperson is AOC.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/newt-gingrich-nancy-pelosi-aoc-feud

    Occasional Cortex thinks she's all growed up now and don't have to listen to Grandma Pelosi... :D

    LOVE IT!!!!! :D

  33. [33] 
    Michale wrote:

    https://www.facebook.com/VT/videos/598130190359668/?v=598130190359668

    Even MORE appropriate today than it was back on 12 Nov 2016....

  34. [34] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    29

    And also remind me how President Trump lost on the census citizenship question??

    As I've told you multiple times already, the SCOTUS ruled that the Trump administration lied *shocker, not shocker* about their reason to include the citizenship question on the census. That lie is already out there and not going anywhere. No other new lie is going to pass muster since that toothpaste is already out of the tube.

    Trump expected to announce executive action on census question.

    Yes. But how many times must you be told that Trump lost big time in the SCOTUS before it sinks in?

    Once again, I forgot what with all the facts to the contrary... :D

    The fact is: Trump lost in the SCOTUS. Got that yet?

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