Accepting historic presidential nomination, Clinton touts Israel’s security, Iran deal
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On Trump: 'A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons'

Accepting historic presidential nomination, Clinton touts Israel’s security, Iran deal

Democratic leader says keeping US safe is ‘highest priority’; amid scathing rebuke of ‘divisive’ Trump, she admits ‘some people just don’t know what to make of me’

  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses delegates during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB)
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses delegates during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB)
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embraces her daughter Chelsea Clinton after being introduced on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embraces her daughter Chelsea Clinton after being introduced on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
  • Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 2016. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
    Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 2016. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, acknowledge the crowd at the end of the fourth day of the party's convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, acknowledge the crowd at the end of the fourth day of the party's convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)
  • Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs-up at the end of the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/Nicholas Kamm)
    Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs-up at the end of the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/Nicholas Kamm)
  • Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the end of the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)
    Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the end of the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)
  • Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks with her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine at the close of the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY)
    Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks with her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine at the close of the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY)

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president at the close of the party’s convention on Thursday, becoming the first woman nominee of a major political party. She blasted Republican rival Donald Trump for fear-mongering, pledged to keep Israel safe and vowed to be a president for “all Americans,” whether they voted for her or not.

Clinton said she accepted the nomination with “humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise.

“Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do that work will be my highest priority,” she maintained. “For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans.”

She also underlined the “milestone” in becoming the first female nominee.

“When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone,” she continued. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

The Democratic nominee said she was “proud” of the Iranian nuclear deal clinched between world powers and the Islamic Republic last year, and urged continued US support for Israel’s security.

“I’m proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot — now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel’s security,” she stated.

She also launched a scathing rebuke of Trump for painting a misleadingly dark picture of American society and she pledged repeatedly to create new jobs.

“He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other,” Clinton told the Democratic convention, mocking Trump’s claim that he alone can “fix” the country.

“He loses his cool at the slightest provocation… 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,” she claimed.

Chelsea Clinton greets Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she arrives on stage during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm)
Chelsea Clinton greets Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she arrives on stage during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 2016. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

 

Clinton also slammed Trump’s proposals to build a wall to prevent immigration from Mexico and his calls to ban Muslims from the US.

“We will not build a wall — instead we will build an economy in which everyone who wants a good job can get one,” she said. “We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.

“When we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out,” she later added.

When Trump addressed the Republican convention in Cleveland, “He spoke for 70 odd minutes, and I do mean odd,” Clinton said. “And he offered zero solutions.”

Former US President Bill Clinton applauds as US Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK)
Former US president Bill Clinton applauds as US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 2016. (AFP/Robyn Beck)

She acknowledged that Americans were right to be furious about an economy that was “not yet” working for all.

“I have heard from many who feel that the economy sure isn’t working for them,” Clinton said.

“Some of you are frustrated, even furious. And you know what? You’re right. It’s not yet working the way it should.”

Much of the address focused on perhaps her biggest weakness come November — a tough public image forged over decades of withering political trench warfare.

“Some people just don’t know what to make of me,” she commented with a frankness that is unusual in American politics. “The truth is, through all of these years of public service, the service part has always come easier to me than the public part.”

But addressing her image of putting policy above politics, Clinton was unrepentant.

“It’s true,” she said. “I sweat the details,” be it the amount of lead permissible in drinking water or the cost of prescription drugs.

“It’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family,” she said.

She also offered an olive branch to those who backed her rival Bernie Sanders, telling the convention their voice had been heard.

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders… And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know I’ve heard you,” Clinton said. “Your cause is our cause.”

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