— Read the text of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prepared remarks to the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Rodham Clinton:
Thank you so much for your warm welcome. Thank you Senator Mikulski and all the women Senators, who have brought vital voices and fresh perspectives to our public life.
It’s great to be here with my mother and my family and to see so many old friends.
And thank you for supporting my husband, whose visionary leadership and hard work have led America into the 21st Century.
We’re a stronger, better country than we were in 1992.
When Bill, Al, Tipper and I got on that bus after our convention eight years ago, we began a journey that took us through America’s heartland. Along the way we saw faces of hope — but also faces of despair — fathers out of work, mothers trapped on welfare, children with unmet medical needs.
I remember a group of children holding a sign: “Please stop. If you give us eight minutes, we’ll give you eight years.”
Well, we did stop, we did listen. And what an eight years it’s been!
I’m proud to stand here at this extraordinary moment — the most peaceful, prosperous, promising time in our nation’s history.
How can we continue America’s progress? By electing Al Gore and Joe Lieberman the next President and Vice President of the United States!
Even before he was Vice President, I admired Al for his leadership in the Senate; his understanding of the future; his pioneering efforts to fight environmental threats to our children; his work with Tipper to promote responsible parenting — and what great parents the two of them are!
I’ve watched him as Bill’s trusted partner in the White House. Together, they made the hard decisions to renew our economy and our national spirit; to advance democracy and defend freedom around the world.
And I can’t wait to watch Al Gore take the oath of office on January 20th, 2001.
Standing next to him will be his wonderful wife and my dear friend — who inspires us through her work for the homeless and her advocacy on behalf of mental health. Tipper Gore will make a great First Lady.
And, the country has again seen Al Gore’s leadership in his choice of Joe Lieberman.
I first met Joe Lieberman 30 years ago when Bill and I were law students. We saw then what America sees now-a person of uncommon wisdom and integrity. I admire Joe’s work to reduce the violence in our media. And I appreciate his steadfast support for a woman’s right to choose.
With him is his remarkable wife Hadassah, the immigrant daughter of Holocaust survivors. Their story tells our children that in America, no dream is beyond our reach.
In 1992, Bill and Al promised to put people first. That simply meant that when people live up to their responsibilities, we ought to live up to ours and give them the tools and the opportunities they need to build better lives. That’s the basic bargain at the heart of the American dream.
From a stronger economy to more Americans attending college to a cleaner environment, Bill Clinton and Al Gore have put people first. Not only that, they put children first.
More children lifted out of poverty.
More children receiving Head Start, child care and after school care.
More children than ever getting immunized against disease.
More children whose parents can take family and medical leave to care for them.
And more neglected and abused foster children being adopted into loving, permanent families.