Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, becoming the first woman in American history to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party and laying out a case for American voters to elect her in November.
During her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she said the country was at “a moment of reckoning,” presenting herself as the responsible choice for president instead of Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Clinton cited President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s best-known remark in a rebuke of Trump’s platform, saying “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
She later took a shot at one of Trump’s comments from the Republican convention in Cleveland last week by telling the audience they shouldn’t “believe anyone who says, ‘I alone can fix it.'”
She would later rip his lengthy speech, saying “he spoke for 70-odd minutes – and I do mean odd,” drawing laughs and cheers from her supporters in Philadelphia.
The former secretary of state, in wrapping up her four-day convention, acknowledged the gravity of the moment. She said the US must “keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.”
“But, even more important than the history we make tonight is the history we will write together in the years ahead,” she continued.