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Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman to Accept Major-Party Presidential Nomination in U.S. History

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination. “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 said. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.”

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, “Breaking with Convention: War, Peace and the Presidency.” I’m Amy Goodman. In an historic moment, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination.

HILLARY CLINTON: 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. Standing here—standing here as my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother, I am so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men, because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going. Let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.

AMY GOODMAN: Speaking at the Wells Fargo Center here in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton thanked her Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders.

HILLARY CLINTON: And I want to thank Bernie Sanders. Bernie—Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people, who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. 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. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.

AMY GOODMAN: The final night of the Democratic convention featured singer Katy Perry, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and retired four-star Marine General John Allen. Khizr Khan also spoke. He’s the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart after he was killed in Iraq.

KHIZR KHAN: Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution? I will—I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words—look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.” Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one. We cannot solve—we cannot solve our problems by building walls, sowing division.

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