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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton: "I accept your nomination for president of the United States!"

Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination for president of the United States Thursday during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She was introduced by her daughter Chelsea who lauded her mother as the "best mom and grandma", and the best choice for president.

During her acceptance speech Hillary made the case, to a jammed-packed Wells Fargo Center audience, for why she would be the better choice as president of the United States - over her rival Donald Trump.

"My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States", said Clinton. "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."

Her remarks were met with mixed opinions as callers in to radio and TV shows cite that not being able to trust Clinton was a major factor in deciding whether to vote for, or against, Clinton.

Speaking at an International Women's luncheon in June Clinton said she "didn't like hearing people don't trust me."

"And I’ve thought a lot about what’s behind it," Clinton said.  "You hear 25 years’ worth of wild accusations, anyone would start to wonder. And it certainly is true — I’ve made mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. So I understand people having questions."

Clinton has faced criticism over the use of a private email server in her upstate New York home where classified emails may have been compromised.  As Secretary of State Clinton was also criticized for her role in not saving the lives of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012.

While American voters share in the sentiment that Clinton 'isn't perfect' they concede that she has done much to help women, children and American families during her tenure as more than a two-decade long public servant.

Those points were well made during the four-day convention where Democratic speaker, after Democratic speaker, spoke to Clinton's record - including that of one Meryl Streep, and conceding running mate, Bernie Sanders.

"I know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children, women and the disabled", Sanders said. "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her tonight."

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A full-out effort to elect the next U.S. president.

From one convention to the next, amid claims and allegations of plagiarism, lies and improprieties, U.S. presidential nominees bring their speeches, party members to convince Americans their party is better to hold the highest political office.

"I'm more optimistic about the future of America than ever before", said President Obama Wednesday night during the Democratic National Convention where he lauded the record of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"And for four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline.  I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention – that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion.  I understood that after all these years, she has never forgotten just who she’s fighting for."

While Clinton made a surprise appearance on stage after the president's remarks, she will formally accept the Democratic nomination Thursday night during the final evening of the convention in Philadelphia.


DNC Speeches:

Presidential nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention.

"There can be no prosperity without law and order", the Republican nominee said in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. On the economy Trump said, "I will add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth."

Trump also suggested that the system was rigged against Bernie Sanders winning the nomination.

"He never had a chance", Trump said.


RNC Speeches: Rudy Giuliani  | Malania Trump  |   VP Nominee Mike Pence  | Donald Trump, Jr.