Trump vs. Clinton: Comparing the Speeches

A look at the speeches of the presidential candidates.

— -- Length of Speech

Clinton: 66 minutes and 18 seconds

Trump: 75 minutes and 6 seconds

Walk on Music

Clinton: "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten

Trump: Theme from “Air Force One

Introduced by

Clinton: Chelsea Clinton

Trump: Ivanka Trump

Notable Attack Lines

Clinton:

"You really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. 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 protester at a rally. Imagine, if you dare, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

  • "At first, I admit, I couldn't believe [Trump] meant [the mean and divisive rhetoric] either. It was just too hard to fathom -- that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things, could be like that. But here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump. This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn't get: that America is great because America is good."
  • "You didn't hear any [plans to make the economy work for everyone] did you from Donald Trump at his convention? He spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn't believe these things."

    Trump:

    “We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths, the Democrats are holding their convention next week, go there.”

    “After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness. But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy.”

    “America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.”

    Lines About Vision for the Country

    Clinton:

    "In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we'll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future. And we will also transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs. Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt-free for all."

    "We will help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it. We will give small businesses like my dad's a boost, make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. We're going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable childcare and paid family leave is playing the 'woman card,' then deal me in."

    "We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. And we will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women's rights and workers' rights, LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities."

    Trump:

    “We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s Border Patrol Agents, and will work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful, lawful immigration System. By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence.”

    “I will make individual deals with individual countries. No longer will we enter into these massive transactions with many countries that are thousands of pages long and which no one from our country even reads or understands. We are going to enforce all trade violations against any country that cheats. This includes stopping China’s outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation.”

    “We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. My opponent would rather protect bureaucrats than serve American children, and that's what she's doing and that's what she's done. We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports, which is a total disaster.”

    Number of Mentions of Their Opponent

    Clinton: 21

    Trump: 11

    Walk off Music

    Clinton: "Firework" by Katy Perry

    Trump: “All Right Now” by Free