Hillary Clinton moved a step closer to becoming the first female president of the United States of America, after giving a rousing acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination on Thursday night in Philadelphia, urging America to help her break that glass ceiling. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come,” she said in her convention speech. “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.”
At times biographical, at times sharply critical of her opponent Donald Trump, and most frequently confident in the her abilities as a leader, the speech outlined why Clinton should become the 45th president of the United States.
“I’ve been your first lady, I served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York, and then I represented all of you as Secretary of State,” she said. “But my job titles only tell you what I’ve done, they don’t tell you why.”
Clinton explained how her own Democratic values of helping others and building a better life for the next generation came directly from her grandparents and parents, factory workers and small business owners who scraped by, played football at Penn State, served in the Navy, and taught her that “no one gets through life alone, we have to look out for each other and lift each other up.”
She outlined broad policy proposals, saying she would infuse billions of dollars into the economy for job creation in her first 100 days of her term, what she called the “biggest investment in new, good, paying jobs since World War II,” in manufacturing, clean energy, tech and innovations, small businesses, and infrastructure. She also said she would take her former opponent Bernie Sander’s main issues of fair living wages and affordable college educations seriously, and work with him to implement the latter, encouraging his voters to support her candidacy. Clinton said she would pay for her new programs with increased taxes on corporations and the wealthy; tackle climate change because, as she said, “I believe in science;” expand access to a woman’s right to choose; create vocational programs; and expand healthcare.
And she didn’t mince words when it came to Trump.
“You really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be Commander in Chief?” she asked. “Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign…A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
“Enough with the bigotry and bombast,” she added. “He’s not offering real change, he’s offering empty promises. What we are offering is a bold agenda to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they observe. The choice is clear my friends.”
Watch Hillary Clinton’s full speech to the 2016 DNC: