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Transcript Of Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention Shows She Nailed It


The laundry list of requirements for Hillary Clinton's final speech on Thursday night set lofty criteria: Be warm yet strong; take the high road while gingerly undermining your competitor; exhibit a full record of public service, but make sure it isn't boring; ignite and unify a fractured party that continues to grasp for resolution; make them love you, respect you, revere you, and want to vote for you. The transcript of Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech showed she absolutely, 100 percent nailed it.

Stellar endorsements from already-beloved figures weren't enough for the Bernie-or-Bust crowd or for undecided independents. Though the endorsers are reputable, Clinton's approval ratings remain low. She's viewed as a separate entity entirely from these Democratic all-stars, and in this final, closing speech, she was required to sell herself to members of the public who've ardently rejected her candidacy. In the same, enigmatic way that Tim Kaine's eyebrows, Bill Clinton's drawl, Michelle Obama's grace, Barack Obama's humor, and Bernie Sanders' furrowed brow lend them credibility, viewers looked for a "tell" signaling Clinton's trustworthiness, or the absence of it. To a live crowd, her words came off as completely personal; to viewers sounding off online, it was more so received as firm and focused.

The speech balanced her experience with her passion, while straying away from deep digs into her competitor's faults. Clinton's tone was genuine, emulating the speakers who addressed the convention before her. Ultimately, her heart shone through.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embraces her daughter Chelsea Clinton (L) after being introduced on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

A full transcript of Hillary Clinton's convention speech can be found below: