Clinton wins historic nomination
Husband Bill delivers keynote speech
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.