Clin­ton makes his­tory in Philadel­phia

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES and AMY HE in Philadel­phia

2016 ELEC­TION

Break­ing a his­toric bar­rier, Hil­lary Clin­ton tri­umphantly cap­tured the Democratic nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent Tues­day night, the first woman ever to lead a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party in the race for the White House.

Del­e­gates erupted in cheers as Clin­ton’s pri­mary ri­val, Bernie San­ders, helped make it of­fi­cial when the roll call got to his home state of Ver­mont — an im­por­tant show of unity for a party trying to heal deep di­vi­sions.

“I move that Hil­lary Clin­ton be se­lected as the nom­i­nee of the Democratic Party for pres­i­dent of the United States,” San­ders de­clared, ask­ing that it be by ac­cla­ma­tion.

It was a strik­ing par­al­lel to the role Clin­ton played eight years ago when she stepped to the mi­cro­phone on the con­ven­tion floor in Den­ver in sup­port of her for­mer ri­val, Barack Obama.

This time, Clin­ton shat­tered the glass ceil­ing she couldn’t crack in 2008. And in Novem­ber, she will take on Don­ald Trump, nom­i­nated last week at the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion in Cleve­land.

Tues­day night wasn’t all sweetness and light. Mo­ments af­ter Clin­ton claimed the nom­i­na­tion, a group of San­ders sup­port­ers ex­ited the con­ven­tion and headed to a me­dia tent to protest what they said was be­ing shut out of their party.

The San­ders sup­port­ers, who in­cluded var­i­ous state del­e­gates, shouted, “Walk out! Walk out!” as they made their way to the exit. “This is what hap­pens when you steal an elec­tion, Hil­lary,” said one.

Ear­lier, sev­eral hun­dred gath­ered at Philadel­phia’s City Hall un­der a blaz­ing sun chant­ing “Bernie or bust.”

In the main hall, the se­cond night of the con­ven­tion fea­tured for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, who was tak­ing the stage to de­liver a per­sonal val­i­da­tion for his wife. For­mer pres­i­dents of­ten vouch for their po­ten­tial

That I’m go­ing to be here when the first woman pres­i­dent is nom­i­nated is over­whelm­ing.” Martha McKenna, Clin­ton del­e­gate from Mary­land

suc­ces­sors, but never be­fore has that can­di­date also been a spouse.

Her land­mark achieve­ment sat­u­rated the roll call with emo­tion and sym­bols of women’s long strug­gle to break through po­lit­i­cal bar­ri­ers. A 102-year-old woman, born be­fore women had the right to vote, cast the bal­lots for Ari­zona.

Martha McKenna, a Clin­ton del­e­gate from Mary­land, said the night felt like a cel­e­bra­tion for San­ders’ cam­paign as well as Clin­ton’s.

She added, “The idea that I’m go­ing to be here when the first woman pres­i­dent is nom­i­nated is over­whelm­ing.”

Clin­ton’s cam­paign hoped the night of achieve­ment, per­sonal sto­ries and praise could chip away at the deep dis­trust many vot­ers, in­clud­ing some Democrats, have of the for­mer sec­re­tary of state, se­na­tor and first lady.

Much of the night was de­voted to in­tro­duc­ing vot­ers to Clin­ton anew, in­clud­ing three hours of speak­ers high­light­ing is­sues she has cham­pi­oned for years, in­clud­ing health care and ad­vo­cacy for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

“Tonight we will make his­tory, about 100 years in the mak­ing,” said Karen Fin­ney, a se­nior ad­viser for Clin­ton’s cam­paign. “What we’re re­ally go­ing to fo­cus on tonight is telling that story, and telling her story, talk­ing about the fights of her life.”

AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Hun­dreds of Bernie San­ders sup­port­ers walk out of the Wells Fargo Cen­ter on Tues­day af­ter Hil­lary Clin­ton was for­mally nom­i­nated to be the Democratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

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