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Obama makes case for Hillary Clinton

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016

President Barack Obama has painted an optimistic picture of America's future in a rousing speech that offered full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton in her campaign to defeat Republican Donald Trump and become the first woman elected US president.

"There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton) - nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States," Obama said to cheers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

"Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me."

After Obama's speech, Clinton joined him on stage where they hugged, clasped hands and waved to the crowd.

Obama and Clinton were rivals in the hard-fought campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. After winning that election to become America's first black president, he appointed her his secretary of state.

Speaking to delegates, Obama offered an alternative to businessman Trump's vision of the US as being under siege from illegal immigrants, crime and terrorism and losing its way in the world.

"I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before," Obama said at the Wells Fargo Center.

Clinton made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination from a major party.

When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the November 8 election.

Obama took aim at Trump's campaign slogan and promise to "Make America Great Again".

"America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump," he said.

"Preach!" members of the crowd shouted. "Best president ever," someone screamed.

Obama listed what he described as a series of advances during his two terms in office, such as recovery from economic recession, the Obamacare healthcare reform and the 2011 killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Nodding to voters' concerns, Obama said he understood frustrations "with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions" and the slow pace of economic growth.

"There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures, men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten," Obama said.

US Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate, described Trump as "a one-man wrecking crew" who cannot be trusted in the Oval Office.

"Our nation, it is just too great to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one-man wrecking crew," Kaine said in a keynote speech to convention.

Peppering his speech with phrases in Spanish, the bilingual Kaine said he and Clinton were "companeros de alma", or soul mates, and led chants from the crowd of "Si, se puede." ("Yes, we can.")

Kaine said Trump was fundamentally untrustworthy.

"He never tells you how he's going to do any of the things he says he's going to do. He just says, 'believe me.' So here's the question. Do you really believe him? Donald Trump's whole career says you better not," Kaine said.

In an earlier speech in Philadelphia, US Vice-President Joe Biden said Trump was an opportunist who has no clue about how to make America great or help working families.

Drawing chants of "Not a clue" from the floor of the convention, Biden took Trump to task for his trademark reality TV slogan, "You're fired."

"He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That's a bunch of malarkey!" Biden shouted to cheers in the Wells Fargo Center.

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