Hillary Clinton's Closing Statement At The Final Debate Focused On Her Accomplishments For Families

At the end of Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace said he wanted to end on a happy note, and asked the candidates to tell the American people why they should vote for them. And Hillary Clinton did just that, with an inclusive plea that touted her years of governmental experience and making children and families a priority. In Clinton's closing statement at the finale debate, she said:

"Well I want to say to everyone watching tonight that I'm reaching out to all Americans; Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, because we need everybody to help make our country what it should be. To grow the economy, to make it fairer, to make it work for everyone. We need your talents, your skills, your commitment, your energy, your ambition. You know, I've been privileged to see the presidency up close, and I know the awesome responsibility of protecting our country, and the incredible opportunity of working to try to make life better for all of you. I have made the cause of children and families really my life's work. That's what my mission will be in the presidency. I will stand up for families against powerful interests, against corporations. I will do everything that I can to make sure you have good jobs with rising incomes. That your kids have good educations, from preschool through college. I hope you will give me a chance to serve as your president."

Clinton's closing statement was an optimistic ray of sunshine in what has become a dark campaign season. The most memorable moments of all three debates are lasting because they were either bizarre or acrimonious. So to close on a statement that focused on what is good about our country—the strength of its people—and the desire of a politician to make life the best it can be for everyone, was a welcome breath of fresh air for an electorate drowning in scandalous controversies and scathing soundbites.

Clinton chose to focus her statement on her history of work on behalf of families and children. Her long career has included time at the Children's Defense Fund, and a focus on healthcare reform as first lady. And she showed reverence for the office of president, regarding it as an opportunity to serve the American people.

In an election cycle that seems driven by hate and fear, Clinton's statement of hope and ambition was the perfect way to remind people that there's more to being president than defeating your opponent. That Election Day isn't the end, it's just the beginning.