Hillary Clinton on Monday tried to unite disparate elements of the Democratic Party behind her presumptive nomination, using a stop in Chicago to acknowledge she needs to do more than talk to earn the trust of voters.Watch the full speech above and the "trust" segment here:
Speaking for nearly a half-hour at an international women's luncheon of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition at McCormick Place, the former secretary of state also decried gun violence in Chicago and throughout the nation, calling it "a civil rights issue."
Clinton, who was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Park Ridge, made few references to her likely GOP rival, presumptive nominee and controversial businessman Donald Trump. Delivering a largely low-key talk, she indicated her belief that Trump has been a beneficiary of voters who have lost trust with government.
"Now, I personally know that I have work to do on this front. A lot of people tell pollsters they don't trust me," said Clinton, who blamed "25 years' worth of wild accusations" that would make anyone question her.
"It's certainly true. I've made mistakes. I don't know anyone who hasn't. So I understand people have some questions," Clinton said.
"You can't just talk someone into trusting you. You've got to earn it. So, yes, I could say the reason I sometimes sound careful with my words is not that I'm hiding something. It's just that I'm careful with my words," she said....
It was the 50th annual convention of Rainbow/PUSH, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who recently gave his personal endorsement to Clinton. Jackson said Clinton was someone the voters know and "trust."
"We trust her to walk the streets of Englewood again, as she has in the past," Jackson said.
.@HillaryClinton says "a lot of people tell pollsters they don't trust me": "I have work to do on this front" https://t.co/GRrYkhxyD5— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 27, 2016