Kansas City Star:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday — using surprisingly personal and religious language — urged Americans to re-dedicate themselves to faith and community service.
“I’ve made my share of mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t,” Clinton told roughly 4,000 delegates to the National Baptist Convention USA meeting at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. “It’s grace that lifts us up.”Watch the full speech above and read the full transcript here.
She was grateful, she said, for “the gift of personal salvation.”
Clinton campaign officials told reporters the speech was the first in a series of events designed to present the candidate’s “vision” for the country. In future speeches, they said, she will call for a commitment to national service and a more inclusive economy.
The speech was laced with biblical quotations. Many in the audience recited the verses from memory as the candidate spoke.
“It’s always been about trying to live up to the responsibility described by the Prophet Micah,” Clinton said. “That we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.”
The National Baptist Convention is the largest African-American religious organization the United States, and delegates applauded warmly throughout the speech.