Harry Clinton creates history, becomes first women nominee


Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party on a historic night on which her campaign also sought to reintroduce her to sceptical voters and calm continuing tensions here.


The former secretary of state formally secured the nomination during the roll call of states at the Democratic National Convention, which ended with a symbolic gesture: her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, asking that Clinton be declared the nominee by acclamation, a move that prompted resounding cheers.

When the voting of all the states and territories were announced, Sanders asked to suspend the process and nominate her by acclamation without counting the delegate votes. The Convention immediately approved the nomination with loud cheers.

However, some of his supporters persisted in opposing Clinton and shouted their opposition.

The formal nominating session began with Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu to be elected to Congress, invoking Mahatma Gandhi to formally nominate Sanders, the progressive with broad appeal.

Gabbard spoke of the revolutionary changes Sanders brought to the election process and the political discourse with his progressive, anti-establishment agenda, and said the movement would continue.

She quoted Mahatma Gandhi’s quotation: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“We will fight for the change we need and we will never forget our leader,” she said.

Earlier as the counting of delegates from states and territories continued, a young Indian woman, Struti Palaniyappan introduced Iowa’s voting announcement. Sanders won the majority only in 11 states and territories.

His state, Vermont, passed its turn to announce its vote and after all the states had announced theirs, its leaders took their turn and announced a majority for him. Sanders dramatically stood up to ask for suspending the voting and nominate by acclamation.

But the party still has to get all his supporters on board as some persisted in opposing the Clinton nomination.

Speaking at the convention’s opening on Monday, the First Lady Michelle Obama announced her support for Clinton. She also offered a thinly veiled jab at Trump while discussing how her family has had to adapt to the shrill tone of today’s politics.

Wefornews Bureau

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