Transcript Of Nancy Pelosi's DNC Speech Praises The Inclusivity Of The Party
A few hours before Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic Party's nomination, one of her key Congressional allies addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. In summarizing Democrats' party platform, House Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in her DNC speech praised Clinton's values, strength, and leadership.
Pelosi's primetime speech Thursday was the second time this week the California representative has stood before party delegates to tout Clinton's qualifications. The House minority leader joined dozens of other female Democratic legislatures Tuesday in marking the historic nature of Clinton's nomination by celebrating just how far women have come since obtaining the right to vote. As the only woman to have ever served as speaker of the House, Pelosi remains one of the most powerful female politicians on Capitol Hill. During her 29 years in the House, she's seen the number of women in Congress steadily increase.
Although a handful of California delegates loyal to Sen. Bernie Sanders have voiced dissatisfaction with Pelosi's endorsement of Clinton — Pelosi was booed for mentioning Clinton during a California delegate breakfast on Monday — she packs serious influence within the party thanks in part to the significant amount of money she brings to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Pelosi is credited with fundraising nearly 60 percent of the committee's overall donations, according to the Washington Post.
Along with helping Clinton nab the presidency, Pelosi is also looking to assist the Democratic Party in taking back the 30 seats needed for Democrats to regain control of the House.
Here's the full transcript of Pelosi's speech from the final evening of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:
I am honored to stand before you as a proud member of the progressive California delegation. I'm also very happy to acknowledge my D'Alesandro Maryland roots. It is a privilege to stand before you as the Leader of the House Democrats — a caucus honored to serve with our partner Sen. Harry Reid and our friend Vice President Joe Biden; a caucus honored to serve with one of the greatest presidents in our history, President Barack Obama! Together we passed the Affordable Care Act, which would not have been possible without the courage of the House Democrats
We are a caucus proud that we look like 21st-century America; more than 50 percent women, people of color, and LGBT members. What a contrast with the narrow and restricted club that met in convention in Cleveland last week. Our convention is different, and so is our mission.
We come to public service and to this convention not to trumpet darkness, but to light a way forward for our country.
We come here conscious that we are approaching a milestone moment in the American journey — the election of the first woman President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton knows that this moment is not just about one woman's achievement. It's about what electing a woman president will mean for achieving the dreams and hopes and aspirations of every woman, every daughter, every son, and every family, all across our land, for generations to come.
This moment is about the landmark progress President Hillary Clinton will achieve for families everywhere yearning for a better life, a better chance, in a better America. Hillary Clinton has a vision rooted in deeply held values. She has a genuine strength that differs profoundly from her opponent's bluster. She has a gift for strategic thinking, seasoned by knowledge and experience. And she has a connection to hard-working American families forged in her lifetime of leadership and service to others.
Leadership and public service are our cause and our calling as Democrats. Here is our commitment to the American people, for a stronger America. First, secure our nation with strong action to keep Americans safe, fighting terror at home and abroad, and eliminating ISIS. We must be strong and smart, not reckless and rash.
At home, safer communities demand courage, not cowardice, in the face of the NRA. For the sake of the 91 Americans who are killed by gun violence each day, we must break the grip of the gun lobby on Congress and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and suspected terrorists. If you're on the no-fly list, then you belong on the no-buy list. That is why Democrats, led by Congressman John Lewis, held our historic 26-hour sit-in in the Capitol. And we won't stop until Congress heeds the will of the American people and disarms hate.
Second, secure our future — by investing in education, innovation, and opportunity. Our imperative is to create more good jobs and a living wage, with equal pay and paid leave for everyone, so that every family can earn their dreams — buy a home, send their children to college, retire with dignity — and never have to worry that their Social Security will be privatized or Medicare's guarantee will be taken away. And our imperative is quality health care that builds on the Affordable Care Act — which now covers 20 million more Americans.
Third, secure our democracy by removing barriers to voting and draining the poisonous swamp of secret money in our politics. We Democrats believe the future of America should be decided by the voices of the voters, not the pocketbooks of the powerful.
Not far from here, our Founders pledged their lives, their liberty, and their sacred honor to create a democracy. A government of the many, not a government of the money. So Hillary Clinton and Democrats in the House and Senate are sworn to free our democracy by overturning Citizens United. Then — and only then — can we make America truly fair.
And only then can we have fairness in a budget that is a statement of our values, that invests in the future, creates jobs, reduces the deficit, and ensures that everyone is paying their fair share.
We know what is on the line in what truly is the most important election of our lifetime: for the future of the Supreme Court, for the fate of a planet imperiled by climate change, for the sake of immigration reform, for the promise of an America that rewards hard work instead of those who exploit America's workers, for women's reproductive rights, equal rights, civil rights, and to do what is right for our service members, veterans and military families who have given so much for our country.
We will stand and speak and campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. And I tell you this: They will win in November. We will fight to restore Democratic majorities in the Senate and the House, and I tell you this: We can do it.
Are you ready to work for a great Democratic victory? Are you ready to make history, electing Hillary Clinton President of the United States? I thought so. Onward to victory!
God bless you. God bless our men and women in uniform. God bless America.