The Democratic Party made it official Tuesday night, nominating Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to lead a major national presidential ticket.
Regular Americans and luminaries from the spheres of politics and entertainment took the stage throughout the evening, aiming to bring harmony to the party, extolling the party’s ideological virtues and its chosen standard-bearer, Hillary Clinton.
The headliner, and highlight, of the night was Bill Clinton, who delivered a 43-minute speech that was in turns vehement and intimate, and began, “In the spring of 1971, I met a girl.”
He described their courtship, his marriage proposals (she accepted the third time), and raising a family. He catalogued her career, her drive and accomplishments. He called her “the best darn change-maker” he has ever met.
“The reason you should elect her is that, in the greatest country on Earth, we have always been about tomorrow,” he said. Watch the full speech, here.
There are 104 days until the polls open across the nation.
If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.
Hillary Clinton, speaking to the Democratic National Convention in a brief satellite appearance.
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On Tuesday, it was South Dakota’s delegates that put Clinton over the 2,382 needed to secure the party’s nomination. But the big moment in the delegate count came at the very end, when Bernie Sanders called on the the party to suspend the party’s rules and affirm her nomination by acclamation.
It was a step toward unity, in a party recently fractured between two candidates.
▪ The Mothers of the Movement, women who lost children to gun violence or in police encounters, took the stage and spoke for Clinton.
▪ Former President Jimmy Carter spoke, from Georgia.
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