Politics July 29, 2016: Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination and place in history

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Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination and place in history

By Bonnie K. Goodman

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 28: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made history on Thursday evening, July 28, 2016, becoming the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination for president. Capping off the last night Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Clinton tried to define herself and get Americans to vote for her by attacking her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.

Clinton’s speech topped off a Democratic convention that had a multitude of speakers, with women and Hollywood celebrities from the 1960s to today taking center stage. Clinton faced the monstrous task of delivering her address after the Democratic Party’s most dynamic speakers: First Lady Michelle Obama on the convention’s opening day, Monday, July 25, her husband former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday, July 26, and Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, who gave the speech of his political career on Wednesday, July 27.

Her party formally nominated Clinton on Tuesday. On Thursday evening she was introduced by her daughter Chelsea Clinton. Clinton faced the formable task of generating excitement for her campaign from the American electorate who according to polls deeply do not trust her after the scandal revolving her private email server as Secretary of State.

Clinton tried to shape the 2016 election as a “moment of reckoning.” The newly minted Democratic nominee mixed her campaign slogan with history, “Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together. America is once again at a moment of reckoning.”

Clinton proclaimed that she accepted the Democratic nomination, with “humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise.” She expressed, “Today, 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. Standing here as my mother’s daughter’s, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.”

Continuing her emphasis on being the nation’s first woman in history to be nominated to a major party, Clinton said, that she is “Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

Clinton also tried to unify the party, attempting to appeal to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, who have been protesting Clinton’s nomination throughout the convention. Clinton reached out saying, “Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion.” Despite her calls, Clinton still faced protesters’ wrath during her speech.

Although she touched on her historic moment, Clinton’s focus was her rival Trump. Clinton criticized Trump, acceptance speech at the Republican convention the week before, saying “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.”

Clinton also criticized Trump’s remarks on the military, foreign policy, and terrorist group ISIS, claiming, “Ask yourself: Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Trump and his campaign were quick to respond and attack back, Trump on Twitter, wrote, “No one has worse judgment than Hillary Clinton – corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes. Hillary’s wars in the Middle East have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world.”  While Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller called Clinton’s speech an “insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric.” Miller continued, saying, “She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.”

Although post-speech reviews for Clinton were mixed, President Obama’s seemed to have approved. The president is campaigning this election not only for the Democratic nominee but for his legacy. Obama took to Twitter, writing, “Great speech. She’s tested. She’s ready. She never quits. That’s why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She’ll get the Twitter handle, too).” Clinton supporters enjoyed her speech more than detractors did; however, more Americans viewed her rival Trump’s speech than Clinton, 34.9 million to 33.3 million despite the historic nature.

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Politics July 12, 2016: Sanders endorses Clinton vows to help beat Trump

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Sanders endorses Clinton vows to help beat Trump

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PORTSMOUTH, NH -  Democratic Presumptive Nominee for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Portsmouth High School Gymnasium in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Democratic Presumptive Nominee for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Portsmouth High School Gymnasium in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Vermont Senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has finally endorsed rival and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders endorsed Clinton at a joint rally at Portsmouth High School, New Hampshire. To gain the endorsement, Clinton relented to many of Sanders’s progressive requests for the Democratic Party’s platform, including health care, college tuition, climate change and raising the minimum wage.

Speaking at the rally surrounded by banners reading, “Stronger Together,” Sanders announced he is endorsing Clinton. The Vermont Senator declared, Clinton “will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

Continuing, Sanders explained why he is supporting Clinton after the divisive primary season. Sanders said, “I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”
Sanders took aim at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Sanders pointed out, “This campaign is changing soon. Trump is expected to announce his running mate any day now, and the GOP platform is taking shape. This is the last week we can pull together and show how unified we are before Trump and the Republicans come after us – and the values we hold dear – in Cleveland.”

Clinton in turn also gave some remarks. The presumptive nominee said, “I cannot help but reflect how much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we are on the same side.” Clinton vowed to beat Trump, “We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November and, yes, together, build a future we can all believe in.”

Clinton also praised Sanders and the way he created a movement, saying he “brought people off the sidelines and into the political process.” Clinton said Sanders “has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country and are building a movement that is bigger than one candidate or one campaign.” Clinton also expressed, “Thank you for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice.”

At the same time as the rally, Clinton’s campaign sent out a fundraising email. The email read,  “Today, I am so honored that Senator Sanders is joining me on the campaign trail and is ready to take on Trump and the GOP,” Clinton also asked the Vermont Senator’s supporters to “stand with Senator Sanders and me.”

Trump’s campaign criticized Sanders’ decision to endorse Clinton. Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller commented, “Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system – the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few.”

Sanders appearance with Clinton ends the primary campaign and unifies the party’s leadership. Although it remains to be seen whether Sanders’ supporters will follow their candidate and support Clinton. Many Sanders supporters appeared at the rally shooting “Bernie” while others shouted “unity.” When Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) spoke introducing Sanders and Clinton, some in the crowds chanted “no.” Both Clinton and Sanders’s campaign are still negotiating further joint events and campaigning.

Politics June 7, 2016: Hillary Clinton makes history clinches Democratic presidential nomination

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Hillary Clinton makes history clinches Democratic presidential nomination

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June 7, 2016 1:06 AM MST
Hillary Clinton is making history according to the Associated Press she has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination becoming the first woman to do so, June 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton is making history according to the Associated Press she has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination becoming the first woman to do so, June 6, 2016
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Politics June 6, 2016: Obama ready to endorse Clinton this week as she clinches Democratic nomination

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Obama ready to endorse Clinton this week as she clinches Democratic nomination

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June 6, 2016 10:49 PM MST

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Politics May 18, 2016: Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats

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Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats

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May 18, 2016 6:51 PM MST

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton had a bittersweet victory with the Kentucky primary; she was virtually tied with rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, later Sanders decisively won Oregon's primary, May 17, 2016
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton had a bittersweet victory with the Kentucky primary; she was virtually tied with rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, later Sanders decisively won Oregon’s primary, May 17, 2016
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Politics May 11, 2016: Sanders beats Clinton wins big in West Virginia vows to win the nomination

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Sanders beats Clinton wins big in West Virginia vows to win the nomination

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May 11, 2016 4:18 AM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders beat rival, Hillary Clinton, again this time in West Virginia proving the Democratic primary race is still alive and well, May 10, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders beat rival, Hillary Clinton, again this time in West Virginia proving the Democratic primary race is still alive and well, May 10, 2016
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Politics April 7, 2016: New frontrunner? Sanders leads Clinton nationally as campaign gains momentum

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April 7, 2016 4:04 AM MST

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton nationally according to a new poll that suggests deep divisions within the Democratic Party, April 5, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton nationally according to a new poll that suggests deep divisions within the Democratic Party, April 5, 2016
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Politics March 28, 2016: Sanders can win Democratic nomination if he steals superdelegates from Clinton

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March 28, 2016 1:15 PM MST

 After major primary victories on Western Saturday Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders is hoping to translate that momentum into superdelegate support, March 27, 2016
After major primary victories on Western Saturday Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders is hoping to translate that momentum into superdelegate support, March 27, 2016
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Politics March 27, 2016: Sanders sweeps Western Saturday wins big Alaska, Washington and Hawaii caucuses

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March 27, 2016 7:31 AM MST

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders's campaign gained momentum winning all three Western Saturday caucuses causing some concern for frontrunner Hillary Clinton's campaign, March 26, 2016
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’s campaign gained momentum winning all three Western Saturday caucuses causing some concern for frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign, March 26, 2016
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Politics February 18, 2016: Clinton gets desperate steals superdelegates as Sanders tops first national poll

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February 18, 2016 10:29 PM MST

Bernie Sanders is topping the Democratic polls, while Hillary Clinton gets desperate as she grabs up as many delegates as possible before the public gets to vote, Feb. 18, 2016
Bernie Sanders is topping the Democratic polls, while Hillary Clinton gets desperate as she grabs up as many delegates as possible before the public gets to vote, Feb. 18, 2016
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Politics February 11, 2016: Is Hillary Clinton trying to steal the Democratic presidential nomination?

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February 11, 2016 1:54 AM MST

Many people on Twitter expressed surprise that Hillary Clinton basically walked away with the same amount of total delegates as Bernie Sanders after the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, despite the decisive 20-plus-point rout by Sanders. It...

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Politics December 15, 2015: Donald Trump takes runaway lead in polls but still cannot beat Hillary Clinton

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump sees his largest poll numbers, but he still cannot beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a potential general election matchup, Dec. 15, 2015
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump sees his largest poll numbers, but he still cannot beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a potential general election matchup, Dec. 15, 2015
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Politics May 16, 2015: Clinton gains more competition as Democrat Martin O’Malley enters race on May 30

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Hillary Clinton is always struggling against presidential candidate spoilers, in 2008 there was Barack Obama, now Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. A new poll from ABC News/Washington Post released Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 shows the former first lady, New…