In her address on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton impressed the urgent need for Americans to vote at the upcoming election, urging those who didn’t last time to vote like their lives depend on it.
“For four years, people have said to me, ‘I didn’t realise how dangerous he was’, ‘I wish I could go back and do it over’, or worse, ‘I should have voted’.”
“Well, this can’t be another coulda, woulda, shoulda election. If you vote by mail, request your ballot now and send it back as soon as you can. If you vote in person, do it early. Bring a friend and wear a mask. Become a poll worker. Most of all, no matter what, vote. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.”
Clinton also spoke about Trump’s ineptitude as President and the need for new leadership.
“I wish Donald Trump knew how to be a president because America needs a president right now,” she said.
“Remember back in 2016, when Trump asked: what do you have to lose? Well now we know our health care, our jobs, our loved ones, our leadership in the world – and even our post office.
“If Trump is re-elected things will get even worse… we need unity now more than ever.”
Speaking about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Clinton said they are leaders who can match the moment.
“Everyone has a story about Joe’s thoughtfulness and empathy. I remember him calling after my mother, Dorothy, died. We talked about being raised by strong, no-nonsense women.
“And boy, did Joe, pick the right partner in Kamala Harris—another daughter of an extraordinary mother. Kamala is relentless in the pursuit of justice, and uncommonly kind.
“I know something about the slings and arrows, she’ll face and believe me, this former district attorney and Attorney General can handle them all.”
Hillary spoke about the significance of Kamala Harris’ nomination for Vice President, especially as the first Black woman and Asian-American to accept a spot on a major presidential ticket.
“Tonight I am thinking of the girls and boys who see themselves in America’s future because of Kamala Harris—a Black woman, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and our nominee for Vice President of the United States. This is our country’s story: breaking down barriers and expanding the circle of possibility.”
“Remember: Joe and Kamala can win 3 million more votes and still lose. Take. It. From. Me. We need numbers so overwhelming Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory.”
The full transcript of Clinton’s speech can be found here.