Hillary Clinton has come a long way since her defeat to president Barack Obama, when she first ran for president in 2008. Clinton became the first woman in ‘US’ history to be nominated for president by a major party, securing a nomination from the Democratic Party’s White House. This is not only historical for the US, but for women too. After losing to Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said to the chairwoman from the convention floor, that Clinton should be the nominated candidate for the party, in the very intense build up, at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Although Sanders lost, he is happy to say: “I am proud to stand with her”.
Sanders has also endorsed Clinton, but his supporters have been protesting against his support for the Democratic nominee, during the fight between candidates. This could mean that some of Sanders supporters end up voting for the controversial Republican nominee Donald Trump, whom could become president. Clinton will go head to head with Trump at the election on ‘November 8th’, after she accepts the nomination on Thursday. Clinton said to the convention – during a video satellite link – “If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next,”
Congress delegates pointed out – when nominating Clinton – that this was indeed a turning point in America’s 240-year-old history. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that women were even allowed to vote in the ‘US’, after the 19th Amendment to the ‘US’ constitution was passed. Former President Bill Clinton depicted his wife as someone who would bring about change, when giving a speech to the convention, “Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks we face, and she is still the best darn change-maker I have ever known,” Clinton has promised to focus on income inequality and address gun control if she becomes president. The Democratic nominee portrays Trump as too unstable to be elected president. Trump hasn’t held elective office before, but since his nomination at the Republican convention last week, he was 2 points ahead of Clinton in Reuters and Ipsos opinion polls. This is significant because it is the first time he has taken the lead since May.
Protests became heated on Tuesday evening outside the convention hall. Police barricaded a protest that took place outside a subway station near the convention centre, as thousands marched. Black Lives Matter activists and supporters of Sanders were some of those protesting. As many as three people were arrested as they climbed over perimeter fences. The protest was in relation to the leaked emails, revealing that the Democratic National Committee attempted to sabotage Sanders’ campaign. Some protesters sang songs, chanting “Election fraud”, whilst others put together a candlelight vigil.
Delegates from ‘South Dakota’ gave Clinton 15 votes on Tuesday. This made sure she had over 2,383 votes that she needed, to be the leader of the party. Clinton had a total of 2,842 votes, whilst Sanders had 1,865 votes. The moment the result was revealed, two of the delegates held a red banner that said “History” in white letters and Clinton’s face appeared on the screen. Spousal speeches are usually gave by wives and not typically from former presidents, but this time it was Bill Clinton’s turn to give a spousal speech on Tuesday. Bill Clinton said his wife had been a political activist since they attended law school. He also mentioned how Clinton was very much a humanitarian who gave legal aid to the poor and unmasked a segregationist school in Alabama during the 1970s.
The polls show skepticism towards Clinton due to her use of personal email accounts on a non-government privately maintained server, instead of on a federal government server, during her tenure as Secretary of State. Members of congress, officials and experts said that this went against State Department protocol in the midst of her election campaigning.
According to Reuters and Ipsos polls, more than half are not in favour of Clinton. The convention taking place this week aims to change that by reintroducing Clinton to American voters. Those who support Clinton say she has the experience and knowledge to take on the economic issues, the rise of ‘China’ and the Islamic State terrorist organisation. However, those who are voting for the Republican Party think Clinton is too comfortable and that she brings political baggage from Bill Clinton’s first term at the White House, during the 1990s.
Those speaking on Wednesday consist of Tim Kaine, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was previously voted in as a Republican, but went on to being independent. He is likely to endorse Clinton which could mean that she wins over the independent and moderate voters. Are you in the ‘US’ ? If so, who will you be voting for? And who would you be voting for if you could? Leave a comment to let us know.
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