9 Must-Read Quotes from Hillary Clinton’s DNC Speech
The former secretary of state just made history in Philadelphia.
Hillary Clinton made history (or should I say herstory?) Thursday night when she accepted the nomination for president from the Democratic Party. She’s the first woman ever to be nominated by a major political party in the US, bringing hope to hundreds of thousands of girls and women across the country.
Clinton, who also ran for the party’s nomination in 2008 but lost to current President Barack Obama, accepted the nomination with a positive, hope-filled speech that called this fall’s election a “moment of reckoning” for the United States as she faces Donald Trump in the general election.
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Here are the the passages that rang loudest:
On women in America
“When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.”
On 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.”
“I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return. Many of them are. But too many aren't. It's wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.”
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On climate change
“I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real, and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.”
“I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to try to kick them out. Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together - and it's the right thing to do.”
On uniting America
“We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns, but on race, immigration, and more. That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other's shoes.”
“So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.”
“We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women's rights and workers' rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of people with disabilities!”
“I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we'll ever pull together again. But I'm here to tell you tonight – progress is possible. I know because I've seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up."
Watch Clinton's full speech here: