Transcript: Clinton's Victory Speech

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you so much. I mean, wow, this is amazing. Thank you all. Thank you.

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You know, we started this great effort on a sunny July morning in Pinder’s Corner on Pat and Liz Moynihan’s beautiful farm. And 62 counties, 16 months, three debates, two opponents and six black pantsuits later, because of you, here we are.

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You came out and said that issues and ideals matter; jobs matter, down state and upstate; health care matters; education matters; the environment matters; Social Security matters; a woman’s right to choose matters.

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It all matters. And I just want to say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you, New York.

Thank you for opening up your minds and your hearts, for seeing the possibility of what we could do together for our children and for our future here in this state and in our nation. I am profoundly grateful to all of you for giving me the chance to serve you.

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I will do everything I can to be worthy of your faith and trust, and to honor the powerful example of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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I would like all of you and the countless New Yorkers and Americans watching to join me in honoring him for his incredible half- century of service to New York and our nation.

Senator Moynihan, on behalf of New York and America, thank you.

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And I thank Chuck Schumer for his generous support and friendship.

He has been and will be a great champion for the people of New York. And I very much look forward to fighting by his side in the United States Senate.

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I want to thank both of my opponents, Mayor Giuliani and Congressman Lazio.

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Congressman Lazio and I just spoke. I congratulate him on a hard-fought race, and I thank him for his service to the people of New York and Long Island. And I wish him, Pat and their two beautiful daughters well.

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I promise you tonight that I will reach across party lines to bring progress for all of New York’s families. Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans; tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers.

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And how fortunate we are, indeed, to live in the most diverse, dynamic and beautiful state in the entire union.

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You know, from the South Bronx to the southern tier, from Brooklyn to Buffalo, from Montauk to Massena, from the world’s tallest skyscrapers to breathtaking mountain ranges, I’ve met people whose faces and stories I will never forget.

Thousands of New Yorkers from all 62 counties welcomed me into your schools, your local diners, your factory floors, your living rooms and front porches. You taught me. You tested me. And you shared with me your challenges and concerns about overcrowded or crumbling schools, about the struggle to care for growing children and aging parents, about the continuing challenge of providing equal opportunity for all, and about children moving away from their home towns because good jobs are so hard to find in upstate New York.

Now, I’ve worked on issues like these for a long time. Some of them for 30 years, and I am determined to make a difference for all of you.

You see, I believe our nation owes every responsible citizen and every responsible family the tools that they need to make the most of their own lives. That’s the basic bargain I’ll do my best to honor in the United States Senate.

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