Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, walk through the falling balloons during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite, St. George News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world. She aggressively challenged Republican Donald Trump’s ability to do the same.

“Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,” Clinton said as she accepted the Democratic nomination for president. “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after taking the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016 |AP Photo by Paul Sancya, St. George News
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after taking the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016 |AP Photo by Paul Sancya, St. George News

Clinton took the stage to roaring applause from flag-waving delegates on the final night of the Democratic convention, relishing her nomination as the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party.

But her real audience was the millions of voters watching at home, many of whom may welcome her experience as secretary of state, senator and first lady, but question her character.

She acknowledged those concerns briefly.

“I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me,” she said.

But her primary focus was persuading Americans to not be seduced by Trump’s vague promises to restore economic security and fend off threats from abroad.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite, St. George News
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to delegates during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite, St. George News

Clinton’s four-day convention began with efforts to shore up liberals who backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, and it ended with an outstretched hand to Republicans and independents unnerved by Trump. A parade of military leaders, law enforcement officials and Republicans took the stage ahead of Clinton to endorse her in the general election contest with Trump.

“This is the moment, this is the opportunity for our future,” said retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, a former commander in Afghanistan. “We must seize this moment to elect Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America.”

American flags waved in the stands of the packed convention hall. There were persistent but scattered calls of “No more war,” but the crowd drowned them out with chants of “Hill-a-ry” and “U-S-A!”

The Democratic nomination now officially hers, Clinton has just over three months to persuade Americans that Trump is unfit for the Oval Office and overcome the visceral connection he has with some voters in a way the Democratic nominee does not.

She embraced her reputation as a studious wonk, a politician more comfortable with policy proposals than rhetorical flourishes.

“I sweat the details of policy,” she said.

Former President Bill Clinton, right, hugs Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., hugs his wife wife Anne Holton during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia | AP Photo by John Locher, St. George News
Former President Bill Clinton, right, hugs Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., hugs his wife, Anne Holton, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia | AP Photo by John Locher, St. George News

Clinton’s proposals are an extension of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office: tackling climate change, overhauling the nation’s fractured immigration laws and restricting access to guns. She disputed Trump’s assertion that she wants to repeal the Second Amendment.

“I’m not here to take away your guns,” she said. “I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

Campaigning in Iowa Thursday, Trump said there were “a lot of lies being told” at Clinton’s convention. Later, he tweeted that Clinton’s vision is “a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.”

Clinton came into the convention facing deep voter concerns with her honesty and trustworthiness, stemming in part from her controversial use of a private internet server at the State Department.

A separate pre-convention controversy over hacked Democratic Party emails showing favoritism for Clinton in the primary threatens to deepen the perception that Clinton prefers to play by her own rules.

Through four nights of polished convention pageantry, Democratic heavyweights told a different story about Clinton. The most powerful validation came Wednesday night from 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.”

Chelsea Clinton embraces her mother, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by Mark J. Terrill, St. George News
Chelsea Clinton embraces her mother, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by Mark J. Terrill, St. George News

Clinton was introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, who spoke warmly of her mother as a woman “driven by compassion, by faith, by kindness, a fierce sense of justice, and a heart full of love.”

Former President Bill Clinton watched from a seat on the convention floor, beaming with pride and repeatedly leaping to his feet.

Clinton was joined on stage at the end of the night by her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who addressed the convention Wednesday. Fireworks exploded inside the arena, and red, white and blue balloons plunged from the arena rafters.

Clinton and Kaine head into the general election seeking support from the same coalition of voters that propelled Obama into the White House: blacks, Hispanics, women and young people. The diverse parade of speakers who took the stage in Philadelphia this week underscored that goal.

On the convention’s closing night, Khizr Khan, an American Muslim whose son was killed in military service, emotionally implored voters to stop Trump, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Khan said. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by Paul Sancya, St. George News
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 28, 2016 | AP Photo by Paul Sancya, St. George News

The program paid tribute to law enforcement officers killed on duty, including five who died in Dallas earlier this month in retaliation for officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.

“Violence is not the answer,” Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez said. “Yelling, screaming and calling each other names is not going to do it.”

Clinton sought to reach beyond the Democratic base, particularly to moderate Republicans worried about Trump’s experience and temperament.

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.

Written by JULIE PACE, ROBERT FURLOW, Associated Press

AP writers Catherine Lucey, Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.

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9 Comments

  • 42214 July 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    The only thing she uses a steady hand for is to hit the “delete” key on her computer 33,000 times.

  • ladybugavenger July 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    LOL! What’s a promise of a steady hand? She makes me sick ?

  • .... July 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I’m really happy for Real Life . It seems his Aunt Hillary is doing great

    • Real Life July 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      You should be a big supporter of Hillary. She wants to help pay for your meds.

      • .... August 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

        It’s a good thing your Aunt Hillary is running for president. .because she will have the political leverage to help you continue your mental hygiene appointments and your Uncle Bill can drive you there !

  • Utahguns July 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Just another lie from Madame Scandal.
    She’s poison for America.

    • .... July 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Don’t say bad things about Hillary because Real Life doesn’t like it. .

  • digger July 30, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Why are you even posting this Insanity? Huh? Really? It’s Sickening???

  • .... August 1, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Don’t say the sickening when referring to Hillary Clinton because Real Life doesn’t like it !

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