Hillary Clinton on Thursday night delivered an historic speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which she accepted her nomination as the party's presidential candidate, becoming the first woman to be a presidential candidate in the United States.
“America is stronger because of Obama's leadership and I'm stronger because of his friendship,” she began, and also thanked Bernie Sanders, who challenged her for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders, said Clinton, “put economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong,” “I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause.”
"America is once again at a moment of reckoning," said Clinton, adding, “Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It's truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.”
Trump, she charged, “wants to divide us from the rest of the world. He's taken the Republican party a long way – from morning in America to midnight in America.”
“He wants us to fear the future and fear each other. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” said Clinton, quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
"We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have,” she stressed.
“We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one. And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!”
“We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight terrorism,” she stressed.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, 'I alone can fix it,'” she added, in a reference to Trump.
“Americans don’t say, 'I alone can fix it.' We say: 'We’ll fix it together.'”
“America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger. I believe that with all my heart. That’s why 'Stronger Together' is not just a lesson from our history. It’s not just a slogan for our campaign. It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.”
“And so it is with humility. . . determination . . . and boundless confidence in America’s promise… that I accept your nomination for President of the United States!” said Clinton to a round of applause.
“My primary mission as President,” said Clinton, “will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States. From my first day in office to my last. Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, Indian Country to Coal Country. From the industrial Midwest to the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley.”
"The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance -- looking for steady leadership,” she continued.
"Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That's why we are stronger together."
Clinton promised to “be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans.”
“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President. Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.”
She said that she was proud of the Iranian nuclear agreement and of the fact that “we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
“Now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel’s security,” she added.
She also blasted Trump, hinting he does not have knowledge on the economy, despite his being a businessman.
“In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you’ll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills. People who did the work and needed the money, and didn’t get it – not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them.”
“That sales pitch he’s making to be your president? Put your faith in him – and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away, and left working people holding the bag,” she charged.
“He also talks a big game about putting America First. Please explain to me what part of America First leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado. Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin.”
“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again,” she said.
“A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” added Clinton.
Trump is “not offering real change,” she claimed. “He’s offering empty promises. What are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country - to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve. The choice is clear.”
“Let's be stronger together, my fellow Americans. Let's build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever.”