Clinton Lays Out Hopes, Policies For America (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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While accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton laid out her hopes and policy plans for the future of the United States (video below).

"Today, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president," Clinton said of her history making moment. "Standing here as my mother's daughter's, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come."

During her speech, Clinton laid out her plans as president.

“My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States ... From my first day in office to my last! Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind,” she said.

Clinton added that the country thrives when the middle class thrives, and that to get our democracy working as it should, Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights need to be appointed, and, if necessary, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United must be passed.

She also said that Wall Street should never be allowed to wreck Main Street again.

On the topic of climate change, Clinton said that she believes it to be real and that the planet can be saved while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.

As for illegal immigrants, she wants to put them to work -- not deport them.

“Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together -- and it's the right thing to do,” Clinton said.

She also said that she does not want to take guns out of the hands of American citizens.

"I'm not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns," Clinton said. "I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."

According to Clinton, voters from any party -- if they want companies to share profits, believe in a living wage, equal pay for women, the right for all to affordable health care, are against unfair trade deals, think Social Security should be expanded, and want to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions -- then she is the candidate they should vote for in November.

The Democratic presidential nominee spoke of how America is at a moment of reckoning, and that powerful forces are threatening to pull the country apart.

“Bonds of trust and respect are fraying,” she said.

“It truly is up to us,” Clinton said. “We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together.”

Addressing her opponent for the Oval Office, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Clinton outlined the differences in what she wants for the future versus his policies.

“He wants to divide us -- from the rest of the world, and from each other,” she said. “He's betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He's taken the Republican Party a long way ... from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America.' He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.”

Clinton said that the country knows what it is up against and that we are not afraid.

“We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have,” she said. “We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one ... We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.”

Clinton admitted there is much to do, such as increase wages, and that inequality, too little social mobility, paralysis in Washington, and threats at home and abroad must be addressed.

But she sees hope in the American people.

“Just look at the strengths we bring as Americans to meet these challenges,” Clinton said. “We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we've ever had. We have the most powerful military. The most innovative entrepreneurs. The most enduring values.”

“So don't let anyone tell you that our country is weak,” she said, again referring to Trump. “We're not. Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes. We do.

“And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.”

Clinton believes if the American people work together, progress can be made.

This was the first time Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention, according to ABC News. She did make an appearance via video message on July 26, hours after she was formally nominated by the roll call and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who ran against her for the nomination. On July 27, she went on stage to thank President Barack Obama after his speech.

Sources: PBS NewsHour/YouTube, ABC News / Photo credit: PBS NewsHour/YouTube

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