Clin­ton ‘clear-eyed’ on chal­lenges

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS and CHEN WEIHUA in Philadel­phia

Hil­lary Clin­ton is cast­ing her­self as a uni­fier for di­vided times and as a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world.

“We are clear-eyed about what our coun­try is up against,” she said in ex­cerpts re­leased ahead of her speech Thurs­day to ac­cept the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in Philadel­phia. “But we are not afraid. We will rise to the chal­lenge, just as we al­ways have.”

Clin­ton’s na­tional con­ven­tion ad­dress at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter fol­lows three nights of Demo­cratic stars, in­clud­ing a past and present pres­i­dent, as­sert­ing she is ready for the White House.

Clin­ton is vow­ing to cre­ate economic op­por­tu­ni­ties in in­ner cities and strug­gling small towns. She also says ter­ror at­tacks around the world re­quire “steady lead­er­ship” to de­feat a de­ter­mined en­emy.

The first woman to lead a

Hil­lary Clin­ton, win speech ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tion as Demo­cratic can­di­date for pres­i­dent

ma­jor US po­lit­i­cal party in a bid for the White House, Clin­ton will be greeted by a crowd of cheer­ing del­e­gates ea­ger to see his­tory made in the Novem­ber election.

But her real au­di­ence will be mil­lions of vot­ers who may wel­come her ex­pe­ri­ence but ques­tion her char­ac­ter as she prepares to face Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump in Novem­ber.

Clin­ton also has had to deal with a di­vided con­ven­tion that saw many sup­port­ers of her pri­mary op­po­nent, Se­na­tor Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, en­gage in var­i­ous forms or protest this week.

Late Thurs­day, the San­ders cam­paign was urg­ing calm among its 1,900 del­e­gates at­tend­ing the ac­cep­tance speech.

The cam­paign said in a text mes­sage to del­e­gates it would be a “cour­tesy to Bernie” if the del­e­gates show re­spect to Clin­ton when she gives her speech ac­cept­ing the party’s nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent.

The text tells the del­e­gates the Clin­ton cam­paign asked her del­e­gates on Mon­day to be re­spect­ful to San­ders when he spoke to the con­ven­tion. The text asks del­e­gates to “ex­tend the same re­spect” to Clin­ton.

Some San­ders del­e­gates were wear­ing high-vis­i­bil­ity green T-shirts at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter.

China Daily sought re­ac­tion from Democrats about any im­pact San­ders’ an­nounce­ment that he would give up his short-term mem­ber­ship in the Demo­cratic Party and go back to be­ing an in­de­pen­dent would have on the cam­paign.

“I think that Bernie did a great job of bring­ing a lot of very se­ri­ous ideas and pro­pos­als to the Demo­cratic Party,” said Alissa Keny-Guyer, an Ore­gon state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Port­land, who is also a del­e­gate to the con­ven­tion.

“I come from a state where Bernie won a big ma­jor­ity of the del­e­gates, but I will be work­ing very hard to make sure those del­e­gates come over to Hil­lary. I think there’s about 90 per­cent agree­ment (on the is­sues). … Both of them are to­tally op­po­site Trump. … I sure hope that both Democrats and in­de­pen­dents and mod­er­ate Repub­li­cans or rea­son­able Repub­li­cans would see that choos­ing Trump would be a to­tal dis­as­ter.”

Wil­liam Lit­tle of New York, who de­scribed him­self as a con­trib­u­tor, didn’t see any leg­isla­tive im­pact from San­ders be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent again.

We are not afraid. We will rise to the chal­lenge, just as we al­ways have..”

“He’s al­ways been an in­de­pen­dent se­na­tor, but he cau­cuses with the Democrats. I’m sure he’s going to con­tinue to cau­cus with the Democrats be­cause he’s ac­tu­ally to the left of the Democrats,” Lit­tle said. “He couldn’t pos­si­bly con­sider cau­cus­ing with the Repub­li­cans.”

Even as Clin­ton and her val­ida­tors ar­gue Trump is un­qual­i­fied for the Oval Of­fice, they rec­og­nize the busi­ness­man has a vis­ceral con­nec­tion with some vot­ers in a way the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee does not.

Cam­paign­ing in Iowa on Thurs­day, Trump said there were “a lot of lies be­ing told” at the Demo­cratic con­ven­tion. He has ac­cused Democrats of liv­ing in a “fan­tasy world”, ig­nor­ing economic and se­cu­rity trou­bles as well as Clin­ton’s con­tro­ver­sial email use at the State De­part­ment.

The Clin­tons’ daugh­ter, Chelsea, in­tro­duced her on Thurs­day night.

The week’s most pow­er­ful val­i­da­tion came Wed­nes­day night from Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, her vic­to­ri­ous pri­mary ri­val in 2008. Obama de­clared Clin­ton not only can de­feat Trump’s “deeply pes­simistic vi­sion” but also re­al­ize the “prom­ise of this great na­tion.”

On Thurs­day, for­mer Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial Doug El­mets an­nounced he was cast­ing his first vote for a Demo­crat in Novem­ber, and urged other Repub­li­cans who “be­lieve loy­alty to our coun­try is more im­por­tant than loy­alty to party” to do the same.

Re­tired Marine Gen­eral John R. Allen, a for­mer com­man­der in Afghanistan, said that with Clin­ton as com­man­der in chief, “America will con­tinue to lead in this volatile world”.

Allen said that un­der Clin­ton, the mil­i­tary won’t be­come what he calls an “in­stru­ment of tor­ture”. He said that with Clin­ton in the White House, US in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions won’t be re­duced to a busi­ness trans­ac­tion.

The fa­ther of an Army cap­tain — a Mus­lim-Amer­i­can killed in Iraq — con­demned Trump’s pro­posal to bar Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the United States. Khizr Khan came to the US from the United Arab Emi­rates.

“Let me ask you, have you ever read the United States’ Con­sti­tu­tion?” Khan said rhetor­i­cally to Trump.

Fol­low­ing re­ports that Rus­sia hacked Demo­cratic Party emails, Trump said he’d like to see Mos­cow find the thou­sands of emails Clin­ton deleted from the ac­count she used as sec­re­tary of state.

Trump told Fox News he was be­ing “sar­cas­tic” al­though shortly af­ter his re­marks, he tweeted that Rus­sia should share the emails with the FBI.

CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS

Sup­port­ers of Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton cheer on the con­ven­tion floor on the fourth and fi­nal night of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia on Thurs­day.

REUTERS/DOMINICK REUTER

Sup­port­ers of US Se­na­tor Bernie San­ders protest a flag burn­ing by a group of com­mu­nists op­posed to all the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates out­side the Wells Fargo Cen­ter on the fi­nal day of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia on Thurs­day.

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