Clinton vows to ‘unify our country,’ while Trump emphasizes religious freedom

On Friday, the nation’s capital played host to dueling speeches from the polar-opposite presumptive presidential nominees. Though Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were mere miles away from one another geographically, their talking points -- and their audiences -- could not have differed more. Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.

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    The two presumptive nominees for president were in Washington today, each speaking to a friendly crowd and trying out attack lines aimed at the other.

    Political director Lisa Desjardins reports.


    It was an effort to reassure the religious right, Donald Trump speaking to an evangelical Christian audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference in Washington.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Presumptive Presidential Nominee: We want to uphold the sanctity and dignity of life.



    Religious freedom, the right for people of faith to freely practice their faith, so important.


    At the same time, he tried to address recent accusations of racism, including from some in his own party.


    Freedom of any kind means no one should be judged by their race or their color and the color of their skin, shouldn't be judged that way. And, right now, we have a very divided nation. We're going to bring our nation together.


    Trump seemed to gain ground with the crowd, if not a full embrace.

  • WHITNEY BLOUNT, Conservative Voter:

    I came in a little skeptical, but his speech was really what I wanted to hear. But I continue to be a little skeptical. But I am more excited about the outcome of what a president could over Christian voters.

    PENNY YOUNG NANCE, Concerned Women for America: This is a room full of conservative voters, so I think they came into this ready to vote for him, but the question now, but the question is, how hard will they work for him?


    And the Republican presumptive nominee tries to shore up his argument with the religious right, Hillary Clinton, she's pounding away with her base on the left.

    Clinton was also in the nation's capital, at a Planned Parenthood event, giving her first speech as the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presumptive Presidential Nominee: When Donald Trump says let's make America great again, that is code for let's take America backward, back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all, back to the days when abortion was illegal, women had far fewer options, and life for too many women and girls was limited.



    Last night, following a day of endorsements from the president and vice president, Clinton also received the backing of progressive champion Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D), Massachusetts: I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.


    This morning, the senator and the candidate met at the Clintons' Washington home. Clinton later declined to respond when asked if Warren is a potential running mate.

    Clinton hosts a fund-raiser at her D.C. home tonight, while Trump holds a rally in Richmond, Virginia. Their job now? Excite their respective bases enough to come out in November.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.

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