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Obama passes torch to Clinton

z_p13-obamaUS: President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about politics, but the nature of US democracy.

Speaking before a rapt Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Obama praised Clinton’s caliber and readiness for the White House while painting her Republican rival as a know-nothing authoritarian.

The election, Obama said, was “not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right.”

“This is a more fundamental choice,” he said.

In the city where America’s founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, Obama declared the November election a “fundamental choice” about what the country is and the very “meaning of our democracy.”

Obama spearheaded a day-long effort by Democrats to depict Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief, contrasting the political neophyte with his more experienced Democratic rival.

Trump, he said, was “betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election.”

The wealthy real estate mogul has run on a hard-right platform of banning Muslims from entering the United States and building a border wall to keep Hispanic migrants out.

Earlier in the day, he launched a pre-emptive attack against Obama, calling him “the most ignorant president in our history.”

The President fired right back. Acting as a character reference for his secretary of state of four years, with whom he battled in the 2008 primaries, Obama said Clinton was uniquely qualified to succeed him.

He said the 68-year-old former first lady and senator knew what it’s like to be in the room when tough epoch-making and presidency-breaking decisions were taken — like the move to strike Osama bin Laden.

“I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill (Clinton), nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America,” he said.

– AFP

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