Scripting history, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday became the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US party as she secured the backing of the Democrats at the convention here to set up an epic clash with Republican rival Donald Trump in the November polls.
Clinton, who has been secretary of state, first lady and a Senator from New York, secured her nomination at the Democratic National Convention here after a majority of the 4,764 party delegates formally backed her.
If elected in the November 8 polls, Clinton would become America’s first female president and commander-in-chief. In an electrifying end to the Democratic convention’s second night, Clinton appeared by video from New York, saying, “What an incredible honour that you have given me and I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.” “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 me, let me just say I may become the first woman president but one of you is next,” the 68-year-old said.
Her rival from the primaries, Bernie Sanders moved a resolution for her nomination when the roll call got to his home state of Vermont — sending out a vital message of unity for a party struck by deep divisions.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate of the United States,” Sanders said as he called for suspension of rules to pave the way for unanimous nomination of Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate. Moments later, the Democratic delegates nominated Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Republican Trump.
Clinton is scheduled to deliver her acceptance speech on Friday. Last week she selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Her husband, the charismatic and controversial Bill Clinton was the President of the United States from 1993-2001. As the first lady she had launched several key initiatives in health care and women’s rights.A proponent of clean energy, Clinton is known for being a strong advocate of Indo-US ties. As a New York Senator, she was instrumental in the launch of the Senate India Caucus -– the only country-specific Senate Caucus, and was its founding co-chairman.
After being sworn in as the Secretary of State in January 2009, Clinton was instrumental in launch of annual India-US Strategic Dialogue.