Clin­ton wins his­toric nom­i­na­tion

Hus­band Bill de­liv­ers key­note speech

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - JOHN WAG­NER AND ED O’KEEFE

PHILADELPHIA — Hil­lary Clin­ton on Tues­day be­came the first woman to be nom­i­nated for pres­i­dent by a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party on a his­toric night dur­ing which her cam­paign also sought to rein­tro­duce her to some skep­ti­cal voters and calm con­tin­u­ing ten­sions within parts of the party.

Part of that task fell to for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, who de­liv­ered a key­note speech at the Demo­cratic National Con­ven­tion that be­gan by re­count­ing his courtship of his wife and de­tailed her lengthy ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice, in­clud­ing help­ing chil­dren, im­mi­grants and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“She’s the best darn change maker I ever met in my en­tire life,” the for­mer pres­i­dent said. “This woman has never been sat­is­fied with the sta­tus quo on any­thing. She al­ways wants to move the ball for­ward. That’s just who she is.”

Clin­ton for­mally se­cured the nom­i­na­tion ear­lier in the night dur­ing the roll call of states, which ended with a sym­bolic ges­ture: Her pri­mary ri­val, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Ver­mont ask­ing that Clin­ton be de­clared the nom­i­nee by ac­cla­ma­tion, a move that prompted re­sound­ing cheers.

Soon af­ter, Clin­ton sent out a video on Twit­ter show­ing Sanders’s re­marks and declar­ing “Stronger to­gether,” her cam­paign motto.

Sanders’s ac­tion, how­ever, wasn’t suf­fi­cient to bring on board all of his del­e­gates, some of whom walked out of the hall in protest, adding to the party’s dif­fi­cul­ties this week in dis­play­ing unity as Clin­ton fights a pitched bat­tle against Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

The pro­gram then turned to a long se­ries of speak­ers of­fer­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s char­ac­ter and record of ser­vice.

They in­cluded a se­ries of moth­ers who have lost their chil­dren to gun vi­o­lence or in po­lice cus­tody and are now fight­ing for re­forms.

“Hil­lary is one mother who can en­sure our move­ment will suc­ceed,” said Sy­b­rina Ful­ton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was fa­tally shot by a neigh­bour­hood watch vol­un­teer in Florida.

Chants of “Black Lives Mat­ter!” could be heard in the con­ven­tion arena as the women, who call them­selves “The Moth­ers of the Move­ment,” made their emo­tional pre­sen­ta­tions.

Dur­ing the roll call of states, Clin­ton se­cured the 2,383 del­e­gates needed to win the party’s nom­i­na­tion when the South Dakota del­e­ga­tion cast its votes.

Sanders, the run­ner-up for the nom­i­na­tion, ap­peared on the con­ven­tion floor at the end of the process and made a mo­tion to sus­pend the rules. “I move that Hil­lary Clin­ton be se­lected as the nom­i­nee of the Demo­cratic Party for pres­i­dent of the United States,” he said. With the mo­tion sec­onded, a loud roar of aye’s arose.


For­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton speaks on the sec­ond day of the Demo­cratic National Con­ven­tion in Philadelphia Tues­day evening.

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