'Take it from me': Hillary Clinton calls on Americans to vote for Biden and Harris in overwhelming numbers

DNCC via Getty ImagesHillary Clinton spoke Wednesday evening during the Democratic National Convention.
  • Hillary Clinton has called on Americans to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ presidential ticket as if their lives “are on the line.”
  • During her virtual Democratic National Convention address on Wednesday night, Clinton reminded Americans that she won the popular vote in 2016 and argued that President Donald Trump needed to be overwhelmingly beaten this fall to ensure he couldn’t “cheat” his way to another win.
  • “Don’t forget, Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose,” she said, referring the margin of the 2016 election. “Take it from me.”
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Hillary Clinton has called on Americans to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ presidential ticket as if their lives “are on the line.”

During her virtual address for the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, her sixth speech at a Democratic convention, Clinton reflected on her own loss in 2016 and said she’d heard from many Americans who didn’t feel a sense of urgency in that election.

“For four years, people have said to me, ‘I didn’t realise how dangerous he was,’ ‘I wish I could go back and do it over.’ Or worst, ‘I should have voted,'” Clinton said. “Well, this can’t be another woulda-coulda-shoulda election.”

Echoing the former first lady Michelle Obama, Clinton emphasised the importance of voting, urging Americans to make a plan to vote.

“If you vote by mail, request your ballot now, and send it back as soon as you can,” she said. “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.”

She reminded Americans that she won the popular vote in 2016 and argued that President Donald Trump needed to be overwhelmingly beaten this fall to ensure he couldn’t “cheat” his way to another win.

“Don’t forget, Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose,” she said, referring to the margin of the 2016 election. “Take it from me.”

Clinton also recognised the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment this week.

“One hundred years ago yesterday, the 19th Amendment was ratified,” she said. “It took seven decades of suffragists marching, picketing, and going to jail to push us closer to a more perfect union. Fifty-five years ago, John Lewis marched and bled in Selma because that work was unfinished.”

The former first lady, senator, and secretary of state argued that Biden “knows how to heal, unify, and lead” the country in a dark moment.

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