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Hillary Clinton places her hand over her hand as she walks to the podium to address the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Hillary Clinton spoke publicly for the first time since concession speech Wednesday night


Speaking for the first time since her concession speech, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said  it "wasn't the easiest thing" to get back in the public eye so soon after her defeat.

Clinton spoke at a Children Defense Fund event on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., talking about the importance of helping children and preparing them for a better future. The group honored the former Secretary of State for her dedication and contributions to the Children Defense Fund throughout her career. 

She said, "I will admit, coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me."

Clinton encouraged her supporters to keep fighting for America despite her loss.

"I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was," Clinton said. "The divisions laid bare by this election run deep. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never ever give up."

The Children Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit group that has worked for over 40 years to promote curriculums for underprivileged children -- preventing poverty, abuse, neglect and access to health care and education. 

"Never has there been a more urgent time for all of us to help bind our wounds and heal our divisions and work for a nation and world where all children are respected and protected," Marian Wright Edelman, president of the CDF, said. 

Don't lose heart, don't give up on the values we share.
Hillary Clinton- former Secretary of State

Wednesday night's appearance had been scheduled before her campaign ended. And at times Clinton choked up during her remarks, but she continued through.

Before the speech, a Clinton aide stated, "Despite the progress we've made recently, 31 million kids still live at or near poverty in America, in every part of our country." 

"Hillary will urge Americans -- including everyone who supported her campaign -- not to give up, to do their part to help give all our kids a better future and to remain engaged in progressive politics at every level." 

The Democratic Party is hoping to find balance after last week's surprising loss to President-elect Donald Trump.

Clinton has not announced what she will do next.   


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