''I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me,'' says President Barack Obama, who embraces Hillary Clinton on stage at the Democratic National Convention. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama says he is ready to "pass the baton," but asks America to "reject cynicism and reject fear and to summon what is best in us to elect Hillary Clinton." "Time and again, you've picked me up. And I hope sometimes I've picked you up too. And 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," Obama said on Wednesday (July 27) during the Democratic National Convention. "America, you've vindicated that hope these past few years. And now I'm ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen," he said. Obama continued, "So this year in this election, I'm asking you to join me to reject cynicism and reject fear and to summon what is best in us to elect Hillary Clinton..." Clinton joined Obama on stage as he wrapped up his speech. Hillary Clinton made history when she secured the Democratic party's nomination on Tuesday. When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the Nov. 8 election. Democrats have buttressed Clinton with a star gathering of current and past party notables. By contrast, many prominent Republicans were absent from the party convention that nominated Trump for the White House last week. Clinton waged another hard-fought primary battle this year, beating off an unexpectedly strong challenge from the left by Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont. Other speakers on Wednesday included Clinton's vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Leon Panetta, a former defense secretary and CIA director.