Hillary Clinton made history last night (June 7) by becoming the first woman ever to be officially nominated to run for President of the United States. In a rousing victory speech delivered in Brooklyn, New York, the former Secretary of State achieved a goal that she was nearly close to snagging in 2008 against current President Barack Obama.
The former first lady and senator took to the stage at a rally in the New York borough filled with raucous supporters. Clinton reveled in the adoration and zeroed in with her victory speech with a message that looks to unify the Democratic Party.
From Vox (not an official transcript):
I want to congratulate Sen. Sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run. He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and he’s excited millions of voters, especially young people. And let there be no mistake: Sen. Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we’ve had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, and increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.
This has been a hard fought, deeply felt campaign. But whether you supported me or Sen. Sanders or one of the Republicans, we all need to keep working toward a better, stronger America. Now I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. I know that feeling well.
Other highlights of the speech included Clinton speaking about her late mother and how she inspired her. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea were also mentioned in the speech.
Watch Hillary Clinton’s victory speech courtesy of PBS Newshour below.
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