Melania Trump gives rare campaign speech in swing state Pennsylvania video

Melania Trump said her husband would be "beholden to no one" except the "American people".
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Melania Trump said her husband would be "beholden to no one" except the "American people".

Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on the US campaign trail in Pennsylvania on Thursday. 

The highly personal speech, which also touched on conversations with her young son, her marriage and her experience as a US immigrant, appeared aimed at humanising her husband in front of an audience of suburban women who are critical to Donald Trump's hopes in Pennsylvania and other key states.

Growing up in her native Slovenia, "America was the word for freedom and opportunity", shared Mrs Trump. She described her decision to move to the US and eventually earn citizenship as "the greatest privilege in the world".

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Melania Trump speaks about the dangers of social media on the campaign trail.

"America meant 'if you could dream it, you could become it'," said Mrs Trump.

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She was introduced by Karen Pence, the wife of her husband's running mate, who praised Mrs Trump as "amazing" and "strong".

In urging the crowd to vote, Mrs Trump said her husband had a "deep love" for the American people.

"I come here today to talk about my husband Donald, and his deep love and respect for this country and all its people."

She said her husband would be "beholden to no one" except the "American people", and described him as a "fighter" who would "never give up".

The possible next US First Lady said she would focus on combatting cyber-bullying as part of her efforts to be "an advocate for women and children".

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"I'm a full-time mother to our son, Barron, an incredible boy. I want my little boy to know he's blessed to be born in a country with ... constitutional democracy.

"We need to teach our youth American values: Kindness, honesty, respect, compassion.

"Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers."

Mrs Trump called it "absolutely unacceptable" when children are mocked, bullied and attacked online anonymously.

Her goals may seem at odds with her husband, who has a long history of using Twitter to insult rivals, reporters, pundits and others who he feels have slighted him.

"We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other," she said.

 - AP

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