President Bill Clinton, the keynote speaker on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, urged the convention hall and TV audience to vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a “change maker.”
He recounted how the Democratic nominee for president “always made things better” for people throughout her public life, working to help get federal funds removed from segregated public schools in the South and working to ensure equal rights to education for children with disabilities.
“She never made fun of people with disabilities. She tried to empower them,” President Clinton said to applause.
He urged the audience to vote for Hillary Clinton “if you believe in making change from the bottom up…”
Some people say she has been around a long time, the president said. “She sure has and has been worth it every single year making the lives of people better! She wants to move the ball forward. She’s a change maker. That’s what she does.”
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The president spent some time recounting his life with the nominee and their daughter, Chelsea.
“Hillary has done a pretty good job at being a mother,” he said, to applause. “And so has Michelle Obama.”
When Hillary was elected to the senate seat in New York, she took the seat once held by another outsider, Robert Kennedy, her husband said. “She didn’t let him down,” he said.
In 2003, she became the first senator from New York to service on the Armed Services Committee. She also served on the special Pentagon committee that dealt with security issues.
She became the de facto economic development director for the state of New York. “She worked for farmers, winemakers, small manufacturers, something that we have to do again in rural America and yes, in coal country,” he said.
Again, the former president recounted Hillary Clinton’s successes in public life. Her team got Russia and China to agree on an arms treaty, he said. She backed President Obama’s decision to go after Osama bin Laden, he said. She fought for women’s rights in Beijing.
“We’ve got to win this battle in the mind field,” the former president said.
“How does this square with the things you heard at the Republican National Convention? You can’t. One is real. The other is made up. You just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans.”
The real one, he said, has friends who have gone all across America to fight for the friend they know. The real one calls you when you’re sick, when your kids are in trouble. The real one drew praise from Congress while she was Secretary of State.
“A real change maker represents a real threat. Your only option is to create a cartoon. Real change is hard. A lot of people think it’s boring.
“Good for you, because earlier today, you nominated the real one! he said to rousing applause and a standing ovation.
“And she is still the best darn change maker I have ever known. You can drop her into any trouble spot. Pick one. Come back in a month and somehow, she will have made it better. That’s just who she is.
“You should elect her because she’ll never quit when the going gets tough,” he said. He recalled when Mrs. Clinton sent him to coal country, he said, where he told the coal miners that if she wins, she’s coming back to take them on the American journey.
“Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it, because she has spent a lifetime doing it. In the greatest country on Earth, it’s always been about tomorrow. If you vote for her, your children will thank you forever.”
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