Pres­i­dent’s speech: Clin­ton tested by crises

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Their po­lit­i­cal fates now en­twined, US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is im­plor­ing vot­ers to elect Hil­lary Clin­ton to the White House, join­ing a cho­rus of Democrats vouch­ing Wed­nes­day night for her readi­ness to be com­man­der in chief at time of volatil­ity around the world.

“Even in the mid­dle of cri­sis, she lis­tens to peo­ple, and keeps her cool, and treats ev­ery­body with re­spect,” Obama said in ex­cerpts re­leased ahead of his re­marks at the Demo­cratic con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia. “And no mat­ter how daunt­ing the odds, no mat­ter how much peo­ple try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”

Even in the mid­dle of cri­sis, she lis­tens to peo­ple, and keeps her cool, and treats ev­ery­body with re­spect.” US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama

For Democrats, Obama’s ad­dress mo­ment was steeped in sym­bol­ism, the pass­ing of the ba­ton from a bar­rier-breaking pres­i­dent to a can­di­date try­ing to make his­tory her­self.

His ro­bust sup­port for Clin­ton, his po­lit­i­cal foe-turned-friend, is also driven by deep con­cern that Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump might win in Novem­ber and un­ravel the pres­i­dent’s eight years in of­fice.

On the heels of re­ports that Rus­sia may have hacked Demo­cratic Party emails, Trump said, “Rus­sia, if you’re lis­ten­ing,” it would be de­sir­able to see Moscow find and pub­lish the thou­sands of emails Clin­ton says she deleted dur­ing her years as sec­re­tary of state.

“Don­ald Trump, who wants to be pres­i­dent of the United States, is ask­ing one of our ad­ver­saries to en­gage in hack­ing or in­tel­li­gence ef­forts against the United States of Amer­ica to af­fect our elec­tion,” said Leon Panetta, Obama’s for­mer Pen­ta­gon chief.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den said Trump backs “tor­ture” and “re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance”. Bi­den said that “be­trays our values” and makes it harder for the US to de­feat Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, Vir­ginia Sen. Tim Kaine, was also ad­dress­ing the con­ven­tion, his high­est pro­file op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce him­self to the na­tion.

In a move aimed at broad­en­ing Clin­ton’s ap­peal, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg en­dorsed the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee.

Bloomberg took aim at Trump’s bank­rupt­cies, re­liance on for­eign fac­to­ries and other eco­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence: “The rich­est thing about Don­ald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

Bloomberg said that the coun­try must unite around Clin­ton be­cause she can “de­feat a dan­ger­ous dem­a­gogue.”

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