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Last night, Hillary Clinton showed America why she is the only choice for president — and she did it in the first five minutes of the debate. She reiterated that we need equal pay for equal work and real solutions for Americans who struggle to balance work and family — not desperate, last-minute, half-cocked “plans,” like the so-called child care and maternity leave plans Donald Trump has offered. This is why we need Hillary Clinton in the White House and why #We’reWithHer.


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The central question in this election is really what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we’ll build together. Today is my granddaughter's second birthday, so I think about this a lot. First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs and infrastructure and advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business — because most of the new jobs will come from small business.


We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women's work. I also want to see more companies do profit sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top. And I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. I've heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you're under. So let's have paid family leave. Earned sick days. Let's be sure we have affordable childcare and debt-free college. How are we going to do it? We're going to do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.


Finally, we tonight are on the stage together, Donald Trump and I. Donald, it's good to be with you. We're going to have a debate where we are talking about the important issues facing our country. You have to judge us. Who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency? Who can put into action the plans that will make your life better? I hope that I will be able to earn your vote on November 8th.