Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (As prepared for delivery)
Thank you, Governor Patrick!
First, I want to thank my husband, Tom. Tom has been right there with me in parades and in the diners — shaking hands, going door to door – and that has meant the world to me.
Thank you to my sisters who are here tonight, and to the rest of my family who have supported me in this race. And there are 8 other good reasons why I’m fighting for the future of Massachusetts – my 7 grand nieces and my grand nephew!
Thank you to the best campaign team and group of volunteers you’ve ever seen. I said when we started this campaign that no one would work harder, knock on more doors, make more calls, and shake more hands than we would – and that’s exactly what we did.
I want to thank, and I know you do too, Steve Grossman and Don Berwick – and let me also thank Juliette Kayyem and Joe Avellone. They poured their hearts and souls into this campaign – and we applaud their commitment to our party and our values. Massachusetts is lucky to have such fine candidates.
I also want to acknowledge Barbara Grossman and Ann Berwick. I know they have been out there just like Tom has.
I have spoken with both Steve and Don tonight and we are united as a party. I welcome them – and their supporters – to join us in this important fight ahead.
To my supporters: tonight, you have sent a powerful message.
The insiders… the big money, the SuperPacs…they are not going to decide this election.
This election will be decided by hardworking men and women and their families who just want a fair shot…who want to build an economy on our terms.
It was just a few years ago when Wall Street and the big banks nearly destroyed our economy.
They gambled with our money and our pensions. They took people’s homes.
And in the process they destroyed a lot of dreams and a lot of lives.
I’ve spent much of the past few years holding the big banks accountable for what they did and standing up for the people who got hurt.
Now I’m running for Governor to take on an even bigger fight.
What we need now is a strong economy, that we build on our terms, that works for us. All of us. As Don Berwick says – All means all.
An economy where there is equal opportunity. Where everyone gets a fair shot and a chance to succeed. That is what will make us prosperous and fair.
We will start by building upon our strong public education system from pre-kindergarten to college.
When I am Governor, we will provide universal pre-kindergarten to all children in Massachusetts.
We will learn from successful pilot, charter and innovation schools, and move from just teaching to the test to teaching children to love learning, and include music and art.
I visited Malden High School recently, where the kids speak over 70 languages. I met with computer science teacher Paul Marques – he is here tonight.
His students were so excited about what they were learning. They told me: “Mr. Marques teaches us how to walk – and we learn how to fly.”
That’s what we want for all of our kids – to help them find a dream and to give them each the chance to follow it.
And we’ll guarantee that our community colleges remain affordable by instituting a need-based financial aid policy, so that cost is no longer a barrier for any qualified student.
We will connect our community colleges with businesses so we are training our workers for the jobs of the 21st century.
We want every part of Massachusetts to thrive. We need a regional economic strategy that makes a commitment to creating jobs in every part of the state.
That’s why I’ve proposed investing 500 million dollars over the next 10 years, to support the most effective economic development strategies in each of our unique regions.
Projects that create good-paying jobs in Springfield and Worcester, Taunton and New Bedford, Lowell and Salem.
Mayors all across Massachusetts support this plan and are eager for the next governor to work with them to support sustainable economic development projects.
The next governor can and should be a partner to our business community. She must cut red tape, streamline our regulations, and roll out a red carpet so new and established companies know Massachusetts is a great place to come, stay and grow.
She must also invest in our roads, bridges and public transit – so that we can continue to be a world-class economy in the years ahead.
I promise you that as governor I will continue my fight on behalf of all of our workers. We will provide earned sick time for all. We will close the gender wage gap.
We will support the rights of workers to organize, and create true economic fairness for our families.
And I want to give a big shout out to those fabulous Market Basket workers – they were willing to stick their necks out!
And there’s one more thing we will do. We will increase access and reduce the stigma around mental and behavioral health care. My family struggled with that with my younger brother Edward – just like many families struggle in Massachusetts. No one should suffer in silence anymore.
Republican Charlie Baker has a very different vision for Massachusetts.
Charlie Baker believes working families should be on their own when their children are sick or when adult parents need care. We believe clearly and firmly that these families deserve earned sick time.
Charlie Baker believes in an economy that works for a few at the top while everybody else is on their own. We believe in an economy that works for everyone – including women, people of color and new immigrants to our state.
Charlie Baker believes in Big Dig finance plans that pass on the costs to future generations – and in trying to hide those costs for political gain. We believe in making real investments in our roads, bridges, and public transit to spur economic development.
Charlie Baker believes the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case “doesn’t matter.” We believe in access for women exercising their right to choose – and that women should get equal pay for equal work!
I know it’s hard to believe, but Charlie Baker says we should not invest in early education for our children! We believe in investing in our kids, and that means universal pre-k and affordable higher education.
Oh, and one last thing. Charlie Baker believes that voters won’t remember he ran as a tea-party conservative in 2010, railing against what he called “the bathroom bill” and putting Governor Patrick’s face on EBT cards as a political stunt.
We believe the voters are smart enough to see through Charlie’s superficial transformation.
From our economic well-being to defending our personal rights, we know Republican Charlie Baker is the wrong choice for Massachusetts.
Now, it’s no secret that I wasn’t the choice of the insiders and special interests. And it’s no secret I won’t be in the general election either. They are already lining up behind Charlie Baker.
But I’m ok with that. Like I said before, I’m not in this race for the insiders. I’m in it for you.
It’s time that your voice mattered. It’s time you were heard louder and more forcefully than the special interests, the big money Super PACs.
It’s time we let the people of Massachusetts decide.
So, tonight I’m challenging Charlie Baker to join me in keeping outside money out of the race for governor.
And tomorrow I hope he’ll join me, and follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown by signing a People’s Pledge.
Charlie, it’s your choice. You can lead, or you can remain beholden to the special interests.
I’m in this fight for people who don’t have money or power. Because I’ve learned over the past few years, that the most powerful moments – are sometimes the most personal.
Kate Reynolds and her family were doing fine until her husband Eddie fell at work and was paralyzed. Without his income and increased uncovered medical bills, they fell behind in their mortgage payments, and their bank threatened to foreclose on their home for 18 months.
We were able to help Kate get a loan modification, and she, Eddie and their kids are still in their home today. Kate and Eddie are here tonight.
That is why I do this job. Those are the people who inspired me to run for governor.
Now it’s time to get to work. This election is going to be won on successful ideas and organizing – on ourvision for a stronger Massachusetts, and with your voice.
We will provide earned sick time for all our working families.
We will deliver universal pre-K for all our children.
We will invest in regional economies and create jobs across all of Massachusetts.
We will increase clean energy sources and will continue to address climate change.
We will continue to ensure Massachusetts is a leader on LGBTQ rights.
And we will reduce the stigma around mental and behavioral health.
I promise you this – just as I promised when this campaign began: No one will work harder, make more phone calls, shake more hands, and knock on more doors than I will. There is too much at stake.
To my supporters here tonight and at home, and to those who will join us in the coming days, it’s time to get to work! To everyone in Massachusetts: It’s a new day: Let’s make it ours!