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Hillary Clinton to tell Democratic convention not to allow a ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda election’


Hillary Clinton will endorse Joe Biden at Democratic convention tonight four years after her stunning loss saying Donald Trump ‘is who he is’ and pleading with people to vote him out saying ‘this is not a coulda, woulda, shoulda election’

  • The former first lady and 2016 nominee addresses the Dem convention Wednesday night 
  • She says people tell her she didn’t realize ‘how dangerous’ Trump was 
  • The lost to Trump in the electoral college 
  • ‘Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are’ 
  • She served with Biden in the Senate as well as in the Obama administration

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning not to let 2020 be a ‘coulda shoulda woulda election’ and says people still come up to her they wish they had not voted for her 2016 rival Donald Trump

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee who won the popular vote but lost the election after failing to focus on some key states plans to tell convention viewers people come to her to justify their votes for Trump or express that they didn’t cast a ballot.

‘For four years, people have said to me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.” “I wish I could go back and do it over.” Or worst, “I should have voted,” Clinton says in advance remarks released by the Joe Biden campaign.

Hillary Clinton, with Joe Biden in the background, campaigning in Scranton. She will speak Wednesday about the 2016 election, saying people still approach her to say the didn’t know ‘how dangerous’ Donald Trump was when they voted for him

‘Well, this can’t be another woulda coulda shoulda election. If you vote by mail, request your ballot now, and send it back as soon as you can,’ she continues. ‘If you vote in person, do it early. Bring a friend and wear a mask. Become a poll worker. Most of all, no matter what, vote. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.’ 

Clinton, speaking a night after her husband Bill Clinton gave a 5-minute video address, will echo a theme of the convention: Trump ‘is who he is.’ She is resurrecting a withering line by former first lady Michelle Obama, who also included a similar line in her well-received speech, after Trump used the phrase while explaining the thousands of coronavirus deaths in the country during the pandemic.    

‘I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. But, sadly, he is who he is. America needs a president who shows the same compassion, determination, and leadership in the White House that we see in our communities,’ Clinton says.

In this screengrab taken from the PBS News Hour website, former first lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a live streamed town hall on April 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware where she officially endorsed Biden

Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a portrait unveiling ceremony for retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in Russell Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room, December 08, 2016

‘For four years, people have said to me, “I didn’t realize how dangerous he was.” “I wish I could go back and do it over,” Clinton will say

‘Throughout this crisis, Americans have kept going – checking on neighbors, showing up to jobs as first responders and in hospitals, grocery stores, and nursing homes. Because it still takes a village,’ she said, quoting her own book.

The ex-candidate who spoke of the highest ‘glass ceiling’ throughout her 2016 campaign will also invoke the historic fight for the vote by women – at a time when Biden holds a big edge over Trump with women but trails among men. 

Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party nomination as their candidate for president on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 28, 2016

In this image from video, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles after the roll call vote during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

‘100 years ago yesterday, the 19th Amendment was ratified. It took seven decades of suffragists marching, picketing, and going to jail to push us closer to a more perfect union. 55 years ago, John Lewis marched and bled in Selma because that work was unfinished,’ she says.

Now it is Biden running mate California Sen. Kamala Harris who is positioned as the female politician with the perhaps the best chance of reaching Clinton’s unfulfilled White House dream.

‘There’s a lot of heartbreak in America right now – and the truth is, many things were broken before the pandemic. But, as the saying goes, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. Joe Biden knows how to heal, unify, and lead, because he’s done all of that for his family and his country.’


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