Clinton and Kaine kick off post-DNC campaign at Temple University


The day after accepting her historic nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton held a rally at Temple University in Philadelphia. 

“I have to begin by thanking our hosts, the people of Philadelphia,” Clinton said to a crowd of about 5,200 supporters at McGonigle Hall. “You know a little something about history and about making history and I am so grateful to everyone in this city who pulled such a great convention together, who were so gracious, welcoming and hospitable.”

Other than her warm words for Philadelphia — and shoutouts to local Democratic hopefuls U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty and Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro — Clinton’s speech was mostly a recap of some of the big lines from last night’s acceptance speech.  She repeated her rebuke of Trump’s statement that he alone could fix the country’s political and economic systems, and her plan to “pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II” within her first 100 days in office.

The rally was mostly devoid of the tension that marked the convention (one heckler was escorted out) and served as the kick-off to a bus tour Clinton is taking with running mate, Tim Kaine through Pennsylvania and Ohio. These are battleground states where Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump both say they have a chance to win. 

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Hence, the theme of the tour: jobs. 

During today’s rally, Kaine debuted what is likely to become an oft-repeated line on the campaign trail, referencing Trump’s catchphrase from his reality TV show “The Apprentice.”

“When it comes to the economy — we’re at a college, can I ask you a question?” Kaine asked the audience. “In Hillary, we got a ‘you’re hired’ president. Would you rather have that or a ‘you’re fired president?'”

The first stop on the bus tour after Philadelphia is an event in Harrisburg tonight. From there, Clinton and Kaine will move on to Pittsburgh on Saturday and then on to Ohio.

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