Formally accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for US President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday lashed out at her rival Republican Donald Trump, saying that he cannot be trusted with the country’s nuclear weapons.
Clinton pledged “steady leadership” and more economic opportunities for Americans.
“It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said.
“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,” Clinton said as the audience applauded.
“Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
“Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead. Let’s begin with what we’re going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead, ” she said.
“Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes,” she said. “Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That’s real progress.”
“Your cause is our cause,” she declared as her party members waved placards and flags and roared their support. “Our country needs your ideas and commitment.”
She promised to take on Wall Street, large corporations and the rich to make them pay their fair share of taxes and treat workers fairly.
The former First Lady also said she would penalise corporations that send jobs abroad and hit out at Trump for having some of his products manufactured abroad, mentioning picture frames made in India.
“He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America” Clinton said and added that “a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other.”
At the same time she promised stern against terrorism, but by working with allies. Clinton said she would strike the Islamic State (IS) terror group from the air and and empower allies to defeat them, while countering its appeal to youth.
To declare her commitment to the Armed Forces and to keep the nation safe, she invoked the commitment of Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Pakistani American Army captain who was killed in 2004 in Iraq trying to save his soldiers, and Nat Kaine, Marine son of her Vice-President nominee Tim Kaine.
“Philadelphia was where the US Independence Declaration was signed 240 years ago. From the Convention in the city, the party and the nation should get the message of unity, liberty and equality enshrined in it,” she said.
President Barack Obama praised Clinton after her speech. ” She is ready, She never quits,” Obama tweeted.
Great speech. She’s tested. She’s ready. She never quits. That’s why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She’ll get the Twitter handle, too)
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 29, 2016
In a series of tweets after her address, Donald Trump said Clinton’s speech lacked vision.
Hillary’s refusal to mention Radical Islam, as she pushes a 550% increase in refugees, is more proof that she is unfit to lead the country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
The former Secretary of State presented her vision of a “country that works for everyone, not only those at the top”.