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Tuesday, 15 August, 2000, 05:59 GMT 06:59 UK
Hillary thanks America
Chelsea (left), Bill and Hillary Clinton
The Clintons take their final bows
US First Lady Hillary Clinton has thanked her fellow Americans for their support in good times and bad, and urged them to elect Al Gore as the country's next president.

"I've watched him as Bill's trusted partner in the White House," Mrs Clinton said in a farewell address on the opening night of the Democratic national convention in Los Angeles.

"Together, they made the hard decisions to renew our economy and our national spirit; to advance democracy and defend freedom around the world."


This extraordinary moment - the most peaceful, prosperous, promising time in our nation's history

Hillary Clinton
Her thanks to the nation came right at the end of her speech, and may have been a reference to President Clinton's infidelity with Monica Lewinsky, and subsequent impeachment.

But most of what the first lady said was devoted to the policy successes of her husband's eight years in power.

America, she said, was now a stronger and better place.

'Proud'

"I am so proud to stand here at this extraordinary moment - the most peaceful, prosperous, promising time in our nation's history."

And Mrs Clinton urged voters to elect Mr Gore, and his running mate for vice-president, Joseph Lieberman, to ensure that what she called "America's progress" continued.

"They have what it takes," the first lady said. "And they'll do what it takes."

She also managed to find time to promote her own campaign to represent New York in the Senate.

"Bill and I are closing one chapter of our lives, and soon we'll be starting a new one. For me, it will be up to the people of New York to decide whether I'll have the privilege of serving them."

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