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QUESTION: What does that mean to you and how are you reflecting on that?
SEC. HILLARY CLINTON: Dan, I am really just so focused on all the states that are voting tomorrow. That is my singular focus, because I know that there's a lot of work still going on. I have just a huge number of supporters and volunteers across all of these states and I'm going to stay focused on the contests that are going to take place tomorrow.
And I'll have more to say about all this. Obviously I was delighted to win Puerto Rico, delighted to win the Virgin Islands. We are moving forward everyday and by tomorrow night, I'll have more to say about it, but I want everyone in the states that vote tomorrow to come out and vote and bring their family and their friends and everybody else because it’s not over until it's over.
And tomorrow is a really important day, particularly right here in California.
QUESTION: No matter what happens tomorrow, Bernie Sanders has said the convention in Philadelphia will be contested. Do you think there's anything you can do to change that at this point?
HILLARY CLINTON: I'm going to wait and see where we all are after tomorrow. I am, as you rightly point out, on the path to not only have a very big lead in the popular vote, but a very significant lead in the pledged delegates. So we'll take stock about where we are tomorrow. I'm going to do everything I can to unify the Democratic Party, and I certainly am going to be reaching out to Senator Sanders and hope he will join me in that, because we thought it would be unified going into the convention and coming out of the convention to take on Donald Trump. And to repudiate the kind of campaign he is running and make it very clear that's not the kind of president or Commander in Chief we want.
QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, [inaudible] regarding Dan's question, Secretary Clinton, is it setting in that you might be making some serious history here tomorrow?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well I am obviously really excited about that, but I'm not letting myself focus on it yet because I want people to come out and vote tomorrow, particularly here in California. We have worked so hard. I have a huge number of supporters and organizers that are working as we speak to get out and vote, to get people to mail in their ballots who haven't yet. So I'm going to wait until everyone has voted tomorrow night. We'll have a chance to talk more about this. But it's been an incredible journey and I will have a lot to say about it. But right now, I'm still out here, as you can tell, in the senior center in Compton talking to voters, encouraging people to come out and vote.
QUESTION: Do you believe that the Senate Democrats who have come out to say we need to re-evaluate the superdelegate system more broadly, in respect to this primary, do you support getting rid of them?
HILLARY CLINTON: Oh there will be plenty of time to talk about that. But I believe that as of tomorrow I will have more than 3 million votes more than Bernie Sanders. I will have a substantial leads in pledged delegates. Superdelegates have always followed the will of the voters. I expect them to do the same this time
QUESTION: Do you he should concede as you did in 2008?
HILLARY CLINTON: We'll wait. We'll wait and find out. Actually, tomorrow is eight years to the day after I withdrew and endorsed then Senator Obama. I believed it was the right thing to do no matter what differences we had in our long campaign. They paled in comparison with the differences we have with the Republicans. And that is actually even more true today because whatever differences Senator Sanders and I have had, we've stuck mostly to the issues. We have differences there, but we have discussed them and put forth our cases. And Donald Trump has run a campaign of insults. So anyone who has supported me, anyone who has supported Senator Sanders, has a lot at stake in this election in preventing Donald Trump from being our President, which I can barely say.
HILLARY CLINTON: Well we'll be talking all about that in the next days. And I look forward to that. Obviously I'm excited about having the President's support because I have said throughout this campaign, I was honored to serve in the President's cabinet as his Secretary of State. I don't think he's gotten the credit he deserves for saving our economy from the great recession that he was experiencing when he became President.
I want to continue and further the progress that we've made. And that's another big difference between where I stand and where Donald Trump stands. He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He wants to go back to failed economic policies that would really hurt working people in our country. He doesn't want to raise the minimum wage. He believes equal pay is not a real issue, on and on. So I'm going to look forward campaigning as a really strong advocate for what I think will make the country get going again with the economy growing — the President got us out of that ditch. Now we've got to run with it, and I've laid out plans to do just that.
TAMARA KEITH: Secretary, last night when you took stage in Sacramento, there was a woman standing next to me who was absolutely sobbing. And she said, you know, it's time, it's past time. And you see the women, you see people here. And people just come up to you and they get tears in their eyes.
HILLARY CLINTON: Right.
TAMARA KEITH: Do you feel -- do you feel the weight of what this means for people?
HILLARY CLINTON: I do. I do. And you saw it yesterday. I've seen it for more than a year. My supporters are passionate, they are committed, they have voted for me in great numbers across our country for many reasons. But among those reasons is their belief that having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement about what kind of country we are, what we stand for. It's really emotional. And I am someone who has been very touched and really encouraged by this extraordinary conviction that people have.
It's predominantly women and girls but not exclusively. Men bring their daughters to meet me and tell me that they are supporting me because of their daughters. And I do think it will make a very big difference for a father or a mother to be able to look at their daughter just like they can look at their son and say you can be anything you want to be in this country including President of the United States.
QUESTION: Do you expect the President's endorsement as soon as this week?
HILLARY CLINTON: That's up to the President. I'm going to be, as I said, working hard, all day today, we're going to continue to do everything we can to get people out to vote in the upcoming contests tomorrow. I'll have something to say tomorrow night, but I look forward to campaigning with the President and everyone else because as I said in San Diego last week, I think that Donald Trump is unqualified to be president.
And he is temperamentally unfit to be Commander in Chief, and I believe that with all my heart. And even if I weren't running, even if I were not about to become the nominee, I would be making the case against Donald Trump. And I will not stop making the case because I love this country. This country has been an extraordinary blessing to generations of Americans. We have fought through a lot of our problems and our challenges.
We have moved forward toward a more perfect union. I will not let somebody who traffics in bigotry and bullying become President of the United States. That will not happen.