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Monday, February 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Wednesday for a renewed fight for a more-inclusive United States despite disappointment over an election loss that laid bare national divisions.

In her first public remarks since conceding to Republican Donald Trump last week, Clinton said that many Americans were asking whether his victory meant the United States was still the country they thought it was.

“The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this. America is worth it, our children are worth it,” she said at a Children Defense Fund event honoring scholarship winners.

“Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up.”

Although Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman called the nonprofit advocacy group’s event “a love-in for Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the former first lady said it had not been easy for her to attend.

“There have been times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again,” said Clinton, whose ties to the Children Defense Fund date back to her work there as a young law student.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, won the popular vote but lost the crucial electoral college tally to Trump, a New York real estate magnate who has taken a hard line on immigration and has opposed accepting Syrian refugees.

“I know many of you are deeply disappointed by the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express,” Clinton said.

“But as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love, and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big hearted.”

She said that help for children backed by Republicans and Democrats was a hopeful sign of both parties working together. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, for example, now covers 8 million children and its creation had relied on bipartisan support, Clinton said.

“For the sake of our children, and our families and our country, I ask you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every level,” Clinton said.

She added, “I am as sure of this as anything I have ever known. America is still the greatest country in the world, it is still the place where anyone can beat the odds.”

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Michael Perry)

IMAGE: Hillary Clinton speaks to the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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9 responses to “Hillary Clinton Urges Renewed ‘Fight For Values’”

  1. TMZ1928 says:

    Values? You mean like raking hundreds of millions off the billions that flowed through your family foundations for yourself?

  2. PatrickHenry says:

    Americans of ALL races, ages, wealth, gender, & ethnicity rejected those Democrat-Socialist “values” last week. The Left, after pushing hard to the Left, always then tries to “act” more Right to fool voters. Now Millions more know the obvious corruption and hypocricy of the Left. Thanks.

    • FireBaron says:

      Gee. Considering that Hillary received way more votes than Teflon Donnie. And in something that came to no surprise, Democratic candidates in Texas received more votes than Republican candidates. But thanks to Gerrymandering, the Republican Congressmen all won reelection. So much for your voice of the people.

      • RED says:

        Really, Texas had more democratic votes? I didn’t know that. That’s good news. The democratic party sux and has sold it soul to the bankers and corporations. But at least it tells me that more people are against the sick disgusting racism of Trump than supporting it.

      • PatrickHenry says:

        Democrats have long used gerrymandering to excess, so what goes around, comes around. After seeing how corrupt Hillary is, you now understand the wisdom of the Electoral College, but mainly, it gives people from ALL States representation, not just the most populated States. Our Country was always about State’s Rights ahead of a powerful Central Government, why ALL States have 2 Senators, regardless of population.

        p.s. Didn’t JFK have less popular votes than Nixon as well? Get over it.

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