Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s first fundraiser for the DNC this evening, the RNC has obtained excerpts of her remarks, as prepared for delivery.
DNC Fundraising event
Secretary Hillary Clinton
May 17, 2018
Thank you. Thank you very much for that warm welcome. You all did so much for me last cycle!
I am so grateful to be here tonight with my biggest client – the DNC.
I realize money’s been a little tight around here – by the way, where’s Tom? Everyone give a round of applause for DNC Chair Tom Perez! [clap]
Tom, I know what it’s like to be “dead broke” and in debt, but if anyone can fix the mess with the Democratic Party, it’s a former cabinet secretary with a law degree that’s been handpicked by the establishment. [wink at Tom]
Now, I know some of you want me to give back the millions Bill and I are being paid from the DNC right now for access to my email list, but nothing warms our hearts more than opening that little $165,000 check from you all every month. You know we love getting six-figure checks.
Speaking of taking money from Wall Street, I heard Kamala Harris is headlining tomorrow night’s dinner. If you thought my ties to big corporations were a problem, wait until you hear about my good friend Kamala. Between her non-stop fundraising in the Hamptons and lavish five-star travel, I should really start charging her for stealing a page from my playbook!
Now, I know haven’t spent much time dwelling on the past, so I wanted to take a minute to reflect on why I think I lost…
[read “What Happened” book tour speech]
…but back to superdelegates. I know there’s a lot of chatter among a certain socialist-leaning crowd about Democrats possibly getting rid of them. But I say double them. Yes, double them. Triple them even!
With all due respect, why do these self-avowed socialist types get a vote anyway? I mean, they’re not even Democrats. I bet Bernie didn’t even vote for me.- - -
For the record, since a lot of you have been asking, I do stand by what I said about all of those “backwards” Americans when I was in Mumbai. Speaking of Indians, is Elizabeth Warren here tonight? I know, I know, different continents.
I’d be remiss not to mention my dear friend Kirsten Gillibrand. We have so much in common: Our conservative roots…senators from New York…we’ve both soured on Bill a bit….
Gosh, beating all 50 candidates in 2020 is going to be so much fun. I’m only kidding! I would never run again. [smirk]
In closing, I hope you will all stay active and engaged and working to elect Democrats. Now is not the time to be complacent. Somebody’s got to get out there and mobilize our voters while I stay focused on making money.
Know that I’m there with you in spirit, because we are truly stronger together. Thank you all, God bless you and God bless the United States of America. [smile and clap]
And Tom, I’ll leave May’s invoice with your staff on the way out!