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Barack Obama offers full-throated support for Hillary Clinton’s bid to defeat Donald Trump

Republicans have painted Clinton as a Washington insider who would represent a "third term" for what they view as failed policies under Obama, elected to a second term in 2012.

By: Reuters | Philadelphia | Updated: August 2, 2016 11:37 am
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President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America’s future and offered full-throated support for Hillary Clinton’s bid to defeat Republican Donald Trump in a speech that electrified the Democratic National Convention.

He urged Democrats to enable Clinton to finish the job he started with his election nearly eight years ago in a rousing speech that capped a night when party luminaries took to the stage to contrast the party’s new standard-bearer with Trump, whom they portrayed as a threat to US values.

“There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill – nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States,” Obama said to cheers at the Philadelphia convention on Wednesday night.

Hillary Clinton, the wife of former president Bill Clinton, will accept the party’s White House nomination in a speech to end the convention on Thursday night. The election is on November 8.

“Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me,” Obama said. When he finished, she joined him on stage where they hugged, clasped hands and waved to the crowd.The two were rivals in the hard-fought 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination. After winning that election to become America’s first black president, Obama appointed Clinton his secretary of state and now looks to her to carry on his legacy.

Republicans have painted Clinton as a Washington insider who would represent a “third term” for what they view as failed policies under Obama, elected to a second term in 2012.

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Speaking to delegates, Obama offered an alternative to businessman Trump’s vision of the United States as being under siege from illegal immigrants, crime and terrorism and losing influence in the world.

“I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before,” Obama said at the Wells Fargo Center, a basketball and hockey arena.

A former first lady and US senator, Clinton made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination of a major party. She will lead the Democrats against Republican nominee Trump.

Obama took aim at Trump’s campaign slogan and promise to “Make America Great Again.”

“America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” he said.

“Preach!” members of the crowd shouted. “Best president ever,” someone screamed.

Obama listed what he described as progress during his two terms in office, such as recovery from an economic recession, the Obamacare healthcare reform and the 2011 killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

He said American values, not race, religion or political preference, were what made the United States great.

“That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” Obama said.

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Senior Democrats and former national security figures lined up earlier on Wednesday to describe Trump as unable to steer America through the dangerous waters of today’s world.

By contrast, many prominent Republicans, alarmed by Trump’s provocative comments on illegal immigrants and Muslims, were absent from the party convention that nominated Trump for the White House in Cleveland last week.

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Trump has proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country and building a wall on the border with Mexico to stop illegal immigrants.

After his convention Trump got a boost in opinion polls. He had a 2-point lead over Clinton in a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday, the first time he has been ahead since early May.

On Wednesday night, US Senator Tim Kaine accepted the party’s nomination as Clinton’s vice presidential running mate and in a speech described billionaire Trump as “a one-man wrecking crew” who cannot be trusted in the Oval Office.

Trump, who has never held public office, offered his critics fresh lines of attack on Wednesday, urging Russia to find and release tens of thousands of emails that Clinton did not hand over to US officials as part of a probe into her use of a private email system while she was secretary of state. Clinton has said those emails were private.

Speaking to the convention, US Vice President Joe Biden said Trump was an opportunist who had no clue about how to make America great or to help working families.

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Drawing chants of “Not a clue” from the floor of the convention, Biden took Trump, a reality TV host, to task for his trademark slogan, “You’re fired.”

“He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey!” Biden said.

New York media mogul Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, assailed fellow billionaire Trump in a speech of his own, calling Trump’s presidential bid a “con” and ripping into his history of bankruptcies and lawsuits.

“Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us,” Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, said to roaring applause. “I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.”

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Trump has hammered Clinton as untrustworthy and cast America as a place where security threats abound and law and order are breaking down.

Clinton waged another hard-fought primary battle this year, beating off an unexpectedly strong challenge from the left by Bernie Sanders, a US senator from Vermont.

Democratic leaders have sought to tamp down lingering bitterness among some die-hard Sanders supporters, and move past unruly displays of dissent that marked the convention’s first day on Monday.

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    Caperdiem
    Jul 28, 2016 at 9:44 am
    Absolutely masterful oratory by President Obama.Watched the entire thing live and was zapped! Definitely Hilary Clinton will walk away with this one. She has been in training since past 15-16 years and is ready for the job. If I needed to go to a doctor, would I go to someone who as a bar-tender till one year ago or would I go to someone who has watched and trained for 15 years?
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      Clifford
      Jul 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm
      Because he has cow dung inside his skull.
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        MP Singh
        Jul 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm
        Obama has outlived his utility in the US and Hillary Clinton is unacceptable for her perverse characteristics. With a selfish motive, Obama wants to ratify his legacy through Hillary Clinton, which is not like to happen. Though a dynastic candidate, Mrs. Clinton has proved herself thoroughly unreliable. Her record of lies would surprise even those who never speak the truth. The FBI was supposed to indict her but could not because of political pressure. The voters know the reality and reject that outcome. Trump is por with the voters and only voters will decide the Presidency. His wild opposition by the mainstream media and most of the politicians irks public rather than doing any good the the Democrats. The US media has ganged up with selfish politicians, jealousy of Trump, which ultimately will help-Trump I do not see any chance for Hillary Clinton..
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          Vedic Hindu
          Jul 28, 2016 at 6:54 am
          Trump will defeat Hillary like Modi defeated Sonia. Scenario is similar
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            sudhasri
            Jul 28, 2016 at 6:23 am
            " ............. fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” Obama said.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Which countries leaders represent the (i) "fascists" (ii)communists (iii)jihadistslt;br/gt;(iv) homegrown demagogues? ...will always fail in the end obama said. lt;br/gt;It's interesting for refined comments by President Obama. Case (i) to whom?
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