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Hillary Clinton: 'America At a Moment of Reckoning'

Hillary Clinton: 'America At a Moment of Reckoning'

(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:42 PM

Hillary Clinton took on Donald Trump and laid out her vision for America in accepting the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

From immigration to climate change to the war on terror, Clinton lambasted the populist GOP nominee.

"Now, you didn't hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention," she said. "He spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions."

Acknowledging her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders whose supporters remain stung by his loss in what they feel was a "rigged system," she said she will work with him to make college affordable to all.

Still, she was met with shouts of protests at times as her own supporters drowned them out with shouts of "Hillary! Hillary!"

Trump, she said, wants to divide the United States from the rest of the world and Americans from each other.

"He's betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise," she said. "He's taken the Republican Party a long way from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America.'"

Mocking Trump's statement that "I alone can fix it," Clinton said it takes everyone, evoking her book from 20 years ago, "It Takes a Village."

"Troops on the front lines. Police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us. Teachers who change lives. Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem. Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe," she said. "He's forgetting every last one of us."

Trump can't even keep his cool in the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign, she said, much less serve as commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.

"He loses his cool at the slightest provocation," she said. "When he's gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he's challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

People keep thinking another Donald Trump will finally appear, she said, "But here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump... This is it."

Clinton said she will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, and independents, for those who voted for her and for those who didn't.

"I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns," she said to critics fearful her agenda will do just that. "I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."

She vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices to take money out of politics and pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling that allowed for the creation of super PACs.

Clinton, like President Barack Obama, has been reluctant to use the term "Islamic terrorism," but she addressed the issue, saying, "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."

Keeping America safe and honoring those who do "will be my highest priority," she said.

"I've laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen," she said. "We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country."

Clinton is the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party, and said her achievement will not only pave the way for girls, but for men and boys as well.

"When there are no ceilings the sky's the limit," she said.

 

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