PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Hillary Clinton on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila) claimed her place in history as the first woman presidential nominee of a major US party, promising economic opportunity for all and rejecting Donald Trump’s dark vision of America.
Pledging to be a President for “all Americans,” the former secretary of State received thunderous cheers from thousands of delegates in the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where she called for unity in a nation at a “state of reckoning.”
Clinton repeated the convention’s theme of “stronger together,” declaring that her lifelong goal has been to ensure that Americans can use their talent and ambition to strengthen the nation.
While she soaked in the historic nature of her accomplishment, the 68-year-old Clinton spent much of the biggest speech of her career taking aim at her Republican opponent in the November election, slamming Trump as a fear-monger with no policy credibility.
The former first lady and New York senator said Americans should not trust a candidate who pledges that “I alone can fix it,” as Trump said last week in Cleveland.
“He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say: ‘I alone can fix it.’ We say: ‘We’ll fix it together,’” Clinton said, as her husband former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea looked on.
In an hour-long address, she laid out an optimistic plan to improve the US economy, stressing that “my primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages.”