Hillary Clinton: 'The sky's the limit'

Yolanda Curtis
August 8, 2016

Clinton, who aides say spent weeks working on her address, saw the speech as a major opportunity to answer what her husband called the "cartoon alternative". The PBS team had an illuminating discussion Thursday about Clinton's avoidance of news conferences, the strategy considerations that go into that and why the public - not just the press - should care.

Forcefully seeking to redefine her image to a national audience, Clinton presented herself as a job creator who will "empower all Americans to live better lives" and a commander in chief who will protect them from threats at home and overseas. "I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me".

Earlier Thursday, the first-ever speech by an openly transgender person at a US political convention was delivered.

Retired generals and Republicans, including a former official in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, a conservative icon, hammered away at Trumps proposals and called for the country to unite around Clinton.


Former President Bill Clinton, speaking Tuesday on his wife's behalf, told of campaigning this year in West Virginia - a now heavily Republican state the former president won twice - in front of coal miners who blame job losses on Democrats' policies. The Democratic events has more political star power too, although that was expected given that their party occupies the White House.

Democrats contrasted their optimistic, policy-laden message with the dark vision and lack of specifics that marked Trump's speech during the Republican convention a week earlier.

Devoting much of the night to a flag-wrapped ode to the military and police, Clinton made an unsubtle play for uneasy Republicans. "The only thing he makes in America are bankruptcies.", he said.

Yet the stream of women, African-Americans, Latinos, gay Americans - from US senators and celebrities to activists and, on Thursday, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself - also serves as a reminder of Democrats' struggles to connect with most heterosexual white men.


Almost 41 per cent of likely voters favour Clinton, 35 per cent favour Trump, and 25 per cent picked "Other", according to the new July 25-29 online poll of 1043 likely voters, which overlapped with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat who supported Clinton. But they invoked Hillary Clinton's name more: 251 times. She then asked for unity, "We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together". They say those delegates are ignoring the fact Sanders lost the nomination to Clinton, in part, because he didn't appeal strongly enough to African-American voters. "Yeah", said Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. "Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign".

"Both groups have strong feelings about what's going on", she said.

Sanders was tasked at the convention's start with calming the revolution he started.

"The optics were not pretty, but I couldn't be upset with them".


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