By COLlive reporter
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will be accepting the Democratic party’s nomination on Thursday night, becoming the first woman in history to a candidate for president by a major U.S. political party.
Clinton served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009 and First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001.
She is the headline speaker on the final night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The former first lady will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Aides told NBC News that Clinton has been working on this speech for weeks. She went back to work on the speech after appearing alongside President Barack Obama last night and will likely keep tweaking it up until its delivery.
Hillary for America on Thursday released the below excerpts from Clinton’s address as prepared for delivery:
“America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.
“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.
“So I want to tell you tonight how we’re going to empower all Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States. From my first day in office to my last. Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, Indian Country to Coal Country. From the industrial Midwest to the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley.
“The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance — looking for steady leadership.
“Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That’s why we are stronger together.”
Clinton’s opponents in the general election are Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein, presumptive nominee of the Green Party.