Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday when she accepted the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party, saying to a cheering crowd, “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.”
Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia formally nominated Clinton for president, a historic moment making the former first lady, former Secretary of State and former Senator from New York, the first woman in American history to be named the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Eight years ago when she lost the nomination to President Barack Obama, Clinton acknowledged that “we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time,” but “thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”
All of that changed Tuesday night when Clinton secured the commitment of enough delegates to qualify as the Democratic nominee.
Clinton secured the nomination when South Dakota cast the qualifying votes for her nomination. Ann Tornberg, chair of the state’s Democratic Party, stood up and said, “We proudly cast our 25 votes — 10 for the Senator, Bernie Sanders, who inspired us all, and 15 for the 45th president of the United States and the first one who will be called Madam President, Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Clinton was nominated by acclamation when Bernie Sanders closed out the roll call vote to nominate Clinton, a symbolic move for party unity. Sen. Sanders said, “I move that all votes — all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”
Monday night, first lady Michelle Obama delivered a stirring prime-time speech fully endorsing Clinton as the candidate she trusts to lead her and America’s children.
“Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”