Despite the email scandal and resulting resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Convention is off to a much stronger start than the GOP’s. Compared to the backstabbing senators and celebrity has-beens of Donald Trump’s convention, the speakers at the DNC have all handled themselves with professionalism and dignity.
So far, every speaker has been well-received, and the second night is no different. Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and a leader within the Democratic Party, was Tuesday’s keynote speaker, and he gave a strong speech in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton.
The speech, which the former president wrote himself, was a largely personal affair meant to help voters get to know the real Hillary. Given that Hillary has often been accused of being cold or robotic during this campaign, a speech focusing on the real person underneath the presidential candidate is a smart move.
Bill began his speech by recounting the story of meeting Hillary in a class studying social and political issues. He went on to recount his proposals to Hillary; he was rejected the first two times. Regardless of one’s feelings on the primary results, it was a powerful opening segment that served to give some insight into the the real Hillary.
Bill’s speech did focus on Hillary’s accomplishments, but he didn’t focus on her political career so much as the years she spent working to improve the lives of children and women. The speech was peppered with stories of the lives Hillary has worked to improve, from rural Arkansas to her historical speech on women’s rights in Beijing.
He also subtly addressed some of the complaints that Hillary is too supportive of the status quo, arguing that she has never been satisfied with the status quo and would always fight for progress.
‘This woman has never been SATISFIED with the status quo in anything. She always wants to move the ball FORWARD. That is just who she is.’
Towards the middle of his speech, Bill did move into a discussion of Hillary’s political experience, including her time in the Senate and as Secretary of State. He also repeatedly emphasized her ability to compromise with the Republicans and work across the aisle.
One of the best parts of Bill’s speech was when he addressed the Republican attacks against Hillary, saying that rather than run against the real Hillary Clinton, the GOP and Donald Trump have constructed a cartoon to run against. This entire segment was especially strong because it emphasized the difference in message between the Democrats and the Republicans. And that message was a simple one: Unity. Not just for the Democratic Party, but for the United States of America.
‘So I say to you, if you love this country, you’re working hard, you’re paying taxes and you’re obeying the law, and you’d like to be come a citizen, you should choose immigration reform over somebody that wants to send you back.’
‘If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.’
‘If you’re a young African-American DISILLUSIONED and AFRAID, we saw in Dallas how great our police officers can be. Help us build a future where nobody’s afraid to walk outside, including the people that wore blue to protect our future.’
You can check out Bill’s full speech here:
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