From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –
Declaring the 2016 elections “a moment of reckoning for the voters,” Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, vowing to spur new economic growth and create new opportunities for Americans, as she joined other Democrats in ridiculing Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is not offering real change, he’s offering empty promises,” Clinton said.
Before a packed convention hall, Clinton was introduced to delegates by her daughter Chelsea.
“My friends, 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 cheers.
Clinton made sure to note the historic nature of her nomination, as the first woman chosen by a major political party in the United States.
“Because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone,” Clinton said.
“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she said to cheers.
With her husband, former President Bill Clinton looking on, Clinton also tried to steer her speech to address widespread concerns about jobs and the economy.
“My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States,” Clinton said.
“From my first day in office to my last.”
During her speech, a number of supporters of Bernie Sanders heckled Clinton, booing, shouting and screaming at times, and displaying signs in silent protest. There were at least several people removed from the floor for their outbursts.
But if Clinton heard their cries, or saw their signs, she never slowed her speech to acknowledge them.
Instead, she focused much of her attention on the Republican nominee.
“Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us,” Clinton told her party’s convention.
We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together,” the former Secretary of State added.
But Clinton returned to what many Democrats say should be emphasized repeatedly in the run to November, that being what they say is Donald Trump’s temperament, which Clinton argued is ill-fitted to the Oval Office.
“Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief?” Clinton asked.
“No!” the crowd responded.
“Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” Clinton said in a dismissive tone.
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said to a delighted crowd.
Now Clinton will see if she can defeat Trump at the ballot box. The election is November 8.