After days of priming delegates with surrogate speeches, Hillary Clinton finally accepted the historic Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.
Amid holdout Bernie Sanders supporters staging a walk-out on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Clinton delegates were still poised to hear from the nominee herself. The long-awaited speech was more than an outline of her priorities as President, it was a response to attacks by Republican nominee Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention.
“He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other. He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise,” said Clinton. “He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America.’ He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.”
The evening’s speech capped a historic four days where Clinton became the first woman to receive the nomination by a major political party. Following her failed bid against President Obama in previous years, her tone this time focused on unity across party lines.
The former Secretary of State reminded delegates that Philadelphia was the site of the country’s initial foray into independence. Clinton also noted that such measures were undertaken by a country that saw “themselves as one nation” and that still is despite the divisive tone during the campaign thus far.
“We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one,” said Clinton. “And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy. We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight terrorism.”
Touching on her familiar message that it takes a village, Clinton continued to contend that any successful policy is done in the spirit of cooperation. In speeches leading up to her keynote address, former President Bill Clinton painted a picture of a woman that consistently built partnerships.
Throughout the convention, speakers reminded delegates and the viewing public that national problems require comprehensive approaches.
“I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For those who vote for me and for those who don’t,” continued Clinton. “For all Americans. Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President.”
Clinton was introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, who told stories of her mother’s compassion. She even recalled her mother’s time as First Lady and the numerous roles she took in initiatives like children’s healthcare.
“She’s a listener and a doer. She’s a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love,” said the 36 year-old. “So, this November, I’m voting for a woman who is my role model, as a mother and as an advocate. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children.”
Now the attention turns to the general election where both Clinton and Republican nominee, Donald Trump, will vie for the highest office in the land.