Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cut a line from her prepared acceptance speech referencing her failed 2008 campaign for president.
Clinton’s remarks, as prepared for delivery at the Democratic National Convention, included a description of her past roles on the national stage:
“I’ve been your first lady. Served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York. I ran for President and lost. Then I represented all of you as secretary of state. But my job titles only tell you what I’ve done. They don’t tell you why.”
But in delivering the speech Thursday night in Philadelphia, Clinton didn’t mention her past presidential ambitions:
“I’ve been your first lady, served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York, then I represented all of you as secretary of state. But my job titles only tell you what I’ve done. They don’t tell you why.”
President Barack Obama, speaking a the convention Wednesday, talked about his 2008 win over Clinton.
“Let me tell you, eight years ago, you may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary was tough. I was worn out,” Obama said. “She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards in heels. And every time I thought I might have the race won, Hillary just came back stronger.”
Later in the speech, Clinton made a veiled reference to past failures.
“But I’m here to tell you tonight – progress is possible. I know because I’ve seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up,” Clinton said. “And I know it from my own life. More than a few times, I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.”