Melania Trump opens up about Donald's softer side in first primetime convention speech

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Melania Trump made her primetime debut on the national stage Monday night, kicking off the Republican National Convention with a speech that extolled Donald Trump's strength as a leader and softer side as a loving and kind father and husband.

The former model, who was introduced by her husband as America's next first lady, spoke about her heritage and the pride she felt when becoming an American citizen almost ten years ago.

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"Only July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States," she said, describing the honor as "the greatest privilege on planet Earth" to cheers from the audience in Cleveland.

"I cannot or will not take the freedoms this country offers for granted, but these freedoms have come with a price so many times," she said.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gets a kiss from his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Melania Trump gestures at her husband Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump as they leave the stage, after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump escorts his wife Melania after her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his wife Melania after her speech during the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Melania took the opportunity to highlight one of the handful of high-profile Republicans in the convention hall this year, as she thanked former presidential candidate Bob Dole for his service.

She also opened up about Trump's softer side, talking about his caring and loyal nature as a husband and a father -- while also describing him as a tough businessman who achieves results.

"Donald is intensely loyal to his family, to his friends, to his employees, and to his country," she said.

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She also made a point to open her husband's campaign to all Americans.

"Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people," she said. "That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims. It includes Hispanics and African Americans and Asians and the poor and the middle class."

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