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“Biggest Crack in Glass Ceiling Yet”: Clinton Becomes First Female Major-Party Presidential Nominee

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Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday when she secured the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. During the roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders joined the Vermont delegation and moved to give Clinton the party’s presidential nomination by acclamation.

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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: It was an historic evening here in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, as Hillary Clinton secured the party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Clinton was officially nominated by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

REP. JOHN LEWIS: So, tonight, on behalf of our mothers, trying to make ends meet, and our fathers, who haven’t seen a pay increase in years, on behalf of the students, drowning in a sea of debt, on behalf of all who suffer the injustice of discrimination because of the color of their skin, who protest for immigrants’ rights, gay rights, voting rights and more fairness in America, on behalf the—all of the victims of senseless gun violence, I give you a leader, a great leader, who can unite us as a nation and as a people, a leader who can break down the barriers and build a better future for every American. She will fight for us all with her heart, her soul and her mind. My fellow Democrats, I am pleased to second the nomination for Hillary Clinton as the party candidate for the president of the United States.

AMY GOODMAN: Ahead of the roll call vote, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was nominated by Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard.

REP. TULSI GABBARD: Let us draw inspiration from the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” Now, my friends, because this is a movement fueled by love, it can never be stopped or defeated. Now, on behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love, compassion and justice for all, and dedicated to a government of the people, by the people and for the people, I am truly honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for president of the United States.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: During the roll call vote, Senator Sanders’s brother Larry, who lives in Britain, spoke on behalf of Democrats abroad.

LARRY SANDERS: I want to bring before this convention the names of our parents, Eli Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg Sanders. They did not have easy lives, and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.


LARRY SANDERS: They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. It is with enormous pride, so I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.


AMY GOODMAN: That was Larry Sanders, Bernie Sanders’s brother. Later, Bernie Sanders joined the Vermont delegation, then moved to give Clinton the party’s presidential nomination by acclamation.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Madam Chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. 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.

REP. MARCIA FUDGE: Thank you, Senator Sanders. Senator Sanders has moved, in the spirit of unity, to suspend the rules, to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. Is there a second?

DELEGATES: [cheers]

REP. MARCIA FUDGE: All in favor of the motion, say “aye.”


REP. MARCIA FUDGE: Opposed, “no.”


REP. MARCIA FUDGE: The ayes have it.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The second night of the Democratic National Convention ended with a short message from Hillary Clinton, who spoke from New York.

HILLARY CLINTON: What an incredible honor that you have given me! And I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. 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.

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