Hillary Clinton has made history by winning the Democratic presidential nomination to become the first woman flag-bearer of a major US party. She will fight against her Republican rival Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon in the November elections.
Clinton, the former Secretary of State, and a Senator from New York, secured her nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia after a majority of the 4,764 party delegates formally backed her.
If elected in the November 8 polls, Clinton will become America’s first female president and commander-in-chief.
At the end of the second day at the Democratic convention, Clinton’s video message from New York was played out.
“What an incredible honour that you have given me and I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” said the former First Lady.
“Thanks to you and to everyone who’s fought so hard to make this possible…This is really your victory. This is really your night. And 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,” Clinton told thousands of her supporters.
Her rival from the primaries, Bernie Sanders moved a resolution for her nomination.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate of the United States,” Sanders said as he called for suspension of rules to pave the way for unanimous nomination of Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate.
Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton too made a strong case for her in his speech. He narrated his personal story with “a girl” he met in 1971 to emphasise that she is “uniquely qualified” for the top job and the “best change-maker” he has ever known.
“Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it because she spent a lifetime doing it…She is still the best darn change-maker I have ever known,” Bill said in his address to the convention while sharing other personal stories about his wife.
As the first lady Clinton had launched several key initiatives in health care and women’s rights. But her campaign suffered a jolt in the email leaks row where she was probed for using of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. However, recently the FBI gave her a clean chit and dismissed the case as an act of negligence.
Clinton is scheduled to deliver her acceptance speech on Thursday. Last week she selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.
(With inputs from PTI)