On Thursday, at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President becoming the first female candidate of a major US party.
“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 to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.
In her speech at the convention, Hillary recognised President Obama’s work in building of a stronger nation. “America is strong because of US President Obama’s leadership and I’m better because of his friendship,” she said.
“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.”
“We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to defeat terrorism,” she added.
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.
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.
She invoked the commitment of Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Pakistani American Army captain, killed in 2004 in Iraq trying to save his soldiers, and Nat Kaine, the Marine son of her Vice President nominee, Tim Kaine, to protect the US to declare her commitment the armed forces and to keeping the nation safe.
Hillary also slammed Republican Party’s Presidential nominee Donald Trump on his statement. “Don’t believe anyone who says- I alone can fix it. ‘I can alone fix it’, these were Trump’s words. Isn’t he forgetting our military, teachers and nurses who take care of us? Isn’t he forgetting our teachers who change lives, our entrepreneurs who see possibility? Americans don’t say ‘I alone can fix it’, we say ‘We’ll fix it together’,” she said.
The former Secretary of State presented her vision of a “country that works for everyone, not only those at the top.
Philadelphia was where the US Independence Declaration was signed 240 years ago. From the Convention in the city, the party and the nation should message of unity, liberty and equality enshrined in it, she said.
Clinton promised to work to bring jobs, penalise corporations that hurt workers, and improve the life of the citizens. She said she would work along with the Republican Party to make the biggest investments since the Second World War to create jobs.
In an appeal to the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ backers and to assuage the sense of economic insecurity that plagues also the supporters of Trump, she said, “Our economy isn’t working the way it should because democracy isn’t working the way it should.”
She said that she would appoint Supreme Court judges who would overturn judgments that allowed some types of political donations and, if necessary, introduce a constitutional amendment.
“Wall Street will not be allowed to wreck Main Street,” she said, outlining her populist agenda.
Corporations, Wall Street and the rich will be made to pay more taxes, Clinton added.
Working with Sanders, she said she would work to make college tuition free and eliminate college tuition debts.
Overcoming an early party leadership crisis and the persistent vociferous opposition to her from the supporters of insurgent rival, Sanders, the Convention ended generally on an upbeat note.
In a political coup to tamp down dissent and build unity for the party, Sanders on Tuesday night asked the convention to discard the votes cast for him and nominate Clinton unanimously by acclamation.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama addressed the Convention and gave her a resounding endorsement and declare Clinton the leader to pick up the baton and give the nation continuity and strong leadership.
Now comes the momentous task of waging a tough electoral battle against Republican Donald Trump, who has taken the campaign to new levels of bitter and aggressive animosity.
The Democratic Party presented her as an amalgam of compassion and toughness, a leader who can heal the economic, social and racial of the nation, but is also has the steely resolve to taken the enemies of her nation.
Trump loomed large over the Convention as an ominous presence that Democrats saw as a divisive and disrupt force. Clinton said he had taken the country from “morning in America to midnight”.
She also spoke about how Trump didn’t provide any solutions in his 70 minute long speech at the Republican National Convention.
Hillary went on to point out that Trump wasn’t the best choice for President. “We are dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons. We can’t afford to have a President who is in the pocket of gun lobby. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place,” she said.
“Simply caring is not enough. You have to change hearts and laws to drive real progress,” Hillary said while accepting her nomination for President. “I accept nomination for President of the United States,” she said.
The four-day convention began on an uneasy note with the party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning after WikiLeaks revealed emails by party leaders strategizing to undermine Sanders, who is Jewish by portraying him as an atheist, and a vociferous revolt by his supporters.
The scenario changed on the second day, when Sanders strongly endorsed her. Every major political speaker from Obama to Clinton herself praised Sanders for bringing progressive ideas to the public discourse.
Now in the tight race, polls have been seesawing. The latest polls released Thursday and consolidated by Real Clear Politics showed Clinton leading by between 1 per cent and 9 per cent, enjoying a bounce from the Convention coverage and reversing Trump’s edge.
With a large number of voters questioning her trustworthiness because of the email scandal involving her communications being kept on a private computer in contravention of government rules and her handling of the Benghazi attack on the US consulate there and it aftermath, Obama took on the issue head-on.
In his endorsement speech he admitted she made mistakes, but so had everyone at some time. Sitting on the sidelines was not the way to avoid mistakes he said.