Speaking to a crowd of roughly 500 people in Homewood, former President Bill Clinton celebrated the audience's diversity, while calling for unity behind the presidential campaign of his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.Watch the full speech above.
"Don't substitute anger for answers," he said at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, referring to what he called a divisive message from Republican nominee Donald Trump. “Don't substitute resentment for responsibility. Remember, empowerment comes from being stronger together. We can do it. You can do it. But Hillary, to do it, has to win Pennsylvania, and that's you."
During his 35-minute speech, Mr. Clinton mixed a folksy appeal -- at one point he referred to the winter temperatures of the outhouse he used as a child -- with Clintonian wonkishness on policy. Mostly, though, he portrayed Democrats as offering a more expansive view of the country and its future than Mr. Trump's pledge to "Make America Great Again."
"Hey folks, I'm a white Southerner. I know exactly what [that promise] means," he said, suggesting it was an attempt to assure white Americans that they'd be restored to the top of "the totem pole."
But, he said, "saying 'I'll make it great the way it was 50 years ago' ignores two things." One, that "It wasn't so great for some people" -- including racial minorities and LGBT Americans. And second, "Saying 'I'll make it the way it used to be' is like me saying I'd like to be 20 again. I would actually, but I wouldn't vote for anybody who promised to make me 20 again."
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