History: Hillary Clinton’s full speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide or read The Times’ annotations of her speech at latimes.com/clintontranscript

Evan Halper and Mark Z. Barabak
July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton built on a week of potent testimonials from the Democratic Party’s biggest stars, closing her nominating convention with an optimistic assessment of the country Thursday and casting her campaign as a fight to defend core American values against an opponent she depicted as unstable and unqualified.

The first woman to receive the presidential nomination of a major party, Clinton said she accepted it “with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise.” Her nearly hourlong address amounted to a sharply worded rejoinder to Donald Trump’s address to the nation one week ago.

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning,” Clinton said. “Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. … We have to decide whether we’re going to work together, so we can all rise together.”

Clinton’s speech bookended a week that started off rocky for the party as restive delegates supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders booed on the convention floor and embarrassing email disclosures forced the resignation of the party chair. But Democrats finished strong after leaders of varying factions delivered impassioned appeals for unity.

“We’re going to empower all Americans to live better lives,” Clinton said. “My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States, from my first day in office to my last, especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind.”

Clinton presented a “stark” choice for voters on national security at a time of international turbulence, and took aim at Trump’s pronouncement that he alone can solve America’s problems.

“Americans don’t say, ‘I alone can fix it,’” she said, quoting Trump. “They say, ‘We’ll fix it together.’”

She warned repeatedly that Trump is not qualified for the job. “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons,” she said.

Democrats sought to capitalize on the chaotic events that unfolded a week earlier at the GOP convention in the swing state of Ohio, where the host governor declined to show up and the nominee’s main rival delivered a back-stabbing speech.

To punctuate the point, the lineup of speakers in Philadelphia on Thursday included Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Lakers legend and civil rights activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made an appearance, as did pop star Katy Perry, whose empowerment-themed hits are played at most every public Clinton event. The day’s lineup, though, was notably light on star power, as anticipation built for Clinton, introduced by her daughter, Chelsea.

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