Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday made history by becoming the first woman to win a major US political party’s White House nomination, earning the backing of convention Democrats and prime-time praise from a presidential superstar: her husband, Bill.
Since the beginning of the Democratic Convention hundreds of people have protested outside and inside the Wells Fargo Center against the Democratic National Committee after a chain of emails was leaked earlier this week showing that the party meant to find ways to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign and favor Clinton’s.
Once at the podium Sanders joked with delegates saying there were more people in the room than in his home state. Some had covered their mouths with duct tape, to illustrate that they felt they had been silenced by the DNC.
And he seized on Trump’s strong message to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies suggesting he will insist they have fulfilled financial responsibilities before the US would come to their aid.
“If you’re rightly concerned about who’s going to keep you and your family safe in a risky world – well, the choice is even clearer”, Obama said. “The political revolution was not just about winning a campaign”, he said.
Ann Lewis has known the Clintons for over 20 years.
Clinton has embraced Obama – saying she wants to build on his vision – a marked difference from past years when presidential hopefuls have run away from their party’s presidents because of personality clashes or low approval ratings.
“She’ll never quit on you”, he said. “She’s been around a long time, she sure has, and she sure been worth every single year she’s put into making people’s lives better”.
Trump fired back at the largely optimistic tone of Obama and other Democratic speakers who this week have taken exception to Trump’s campaign slogan pledging to “Make America Great Again”. “She always wants to move the ball forward, that is just who she is”. Sanders faced criticism for attracting mostly white voters, but further along in his candidacy several minority groups started springing up to support him. “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America”, he said.
“We can not be the partner that Israel deserves if we weaken our own ability to be effective internationally”, she added.
Twelve years later, after the election and reelection of the nation’s first black president led many to believe we’d entered a new era, it seems those divisions have only grown.
“It’s a story that people tend to forgo, with all of the attacks and the scandals and all of this”.
In two weeks he’ll join Clinton in the town he grew up in, Scranton, Pa. His mission: testify to her ability to deliver for middle class and economically distressed voters who might be drawn to Trump. When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the November 8 election.
Chelsea will introduce her mother on the final night of the convention, and her mother-in-law has no worries. Yet, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver noted that the poll only offered Sanders and Trump as the option, and postulated that 30 percent of Sanders supporters might break for the Green Party’s Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson.