Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Hillary Clinton Speaks at the 1996 Democratic National Convention

Today's Throwback Thursday continues our July series focusing on Democratic National Conventions of the past with this breakthrough speech from 1996.

I watched it live at the time, and I still remember the huge welcome she received and the overwhelmingly positive message. This speech changed some minds about her at the time and was an important step toward her future as an elected official.

Looking back, it's interesting to see how far she has come as a public speaker on the national stage...she's definitely loosened up and generally gotten better at this sort of thing over the past two decades!

Here's summers ago:
In a measured appeal, America's controversial First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton told delegates at the Democratic convention that raising children in strong families depends on leaders who promote family friendly policies.

"As Christopher Reeve so eloquently reminded us last night, we are all part of one family -- the American family -- and each one of us has value," Mrs. Clinton said in her first prime-time speech, which focused on her favorite themes of families and children. "Each child who comes into this world should feel special."

Securing that vision, she said, depends on a "nation that doesn't just talk about family values, but acts in ways that value families." Her speech, because of a reshuffled schedule, became the night's de facto keynote address.

"It takes a president who believes not only in the potential of his own child, but of all children; who believes not only in the strength of his own family, but of the American family," she said. "It takes Bill Clinton."

In the face of persistent Republican attacks over her management of the Clinton Administration's failed health care initiative and her roles in the Whitewater and Travelgate affairs, Mrs. Clinton faced high personal and political stakes tonight.
In response, she delivered a spirited address designed to rebut criticisms leveled by GOP nominee Bob Dole, who recently took aim at her book on raising children, "It Takes A Village."
Watch the full speech here, which begins after a brief introduction from Tipper Gore:

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