Clinton makes history in Philadelphia
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.”
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.