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  • Hillary Clinton arrives to accept the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.

    Hillary Clinton arrives to accept the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 July 2016

Reports suggested security personnel locked down convention’s arena to stop delegates of Bernie Sanders from staging a mass walkout during Clinton speech.

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton formally accepted Thursday the Democratic Party’s nomination for president as Thursday as she stressed that people in the U.S. must work together to conquer domestic and foreign challenges that threaten to tear the country apart.

After highlighting speeches by President Barack Obama and her husband and former President Bill Clinton, Clinton thanked her tough opponent during the primaries – Bernie Sanders.

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“I want to thank Bernie Sanders,” she said amid major applaud as people start chanting “Bernie!” but she continues. “He put economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong … I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause.”

Clinton further thanked Anastasia Somoza, the great granddaughter of Nicaragua's U.S.-backed dictator as she attended the convention to support Hillary Clinton's nomination.

“And my heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza on this stage, representing millions of young people who – because of those changes to our laws – are able to get an education.”

Slamming Donald Trump without mentioning his name, Clinton talks about her upbringing and how she did not have a rich family. “The family I’m from . . . well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind,” she said.

“They used whatever tools they had – whatever God gave them – and whatever life in America provided – and built better lives and better futures for their kids. My grandfather worked in the same Scranton lace mill for 50 years.”

Touching on the issue of police killings and uproar against law enforcement in the country, Clinton called for rebuilding “trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

“So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable,” she said.

“Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.”

Clinton spent most of her speech denouncing Trump’s policies as she already begins to gear up for a tough few months ahead before she faces Trump in the November general elections.

“Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” she told the crowd.

“He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally.”

Introducing Clinton, daughter Chelsea said she was speaking as a “proud Democrat, mother and a very very proud daughter.”

Ahead of her speech, a vided narrated by Morgan Freeman began with a testimony by President Barack Obama “She’s got this wonderful infectious laugh that carries quite far,” he said. “Sometimes it surprises you.”

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