Clinton Becomes First Woman Nominated For President By A Major Political Party In U.S. History
For former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made history when she clinched the Democratic nomination and became the first woman in 240 years of American history to be chosen as the nominee for a major political party. The announcement was made last night by the Associated Press after they polled all of the super-delegates then adding her pledged delegates together Clinton had broken the 2,383 barrier of needed garner the Democratic 2016 nomination.
No sooner than the AP call was made Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, was out disparaging everything from the math to the media, and even Team Clinton was hedging. There are still primaries to win in six states today, after all.
“I got to tell you, according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don’t we?” Clinton said. “We have six elections tomorrow, and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”
This election she was supposed to glide easily into her position as the Democratic nominee months ago; instead it’s been a knock-down, drag-out fight and the threat that the party will remain divided through the convention still looms large.
Sanders was impressive in his ability to craft a campaign that not only moved Clinton to the left it also mobilized many first time voters. His populist message brought millions of new voters into the Democratic party and that means he will be a player in the party beyond the convention.
Back in 2008 she was initially the party’s favored candidate before a historic young candidate, by the name of Barack Obama, with a talent for oratory pushed his way to party’s nomination. It was Clinton herself described, the young Senator from Illinois as a greater political talent went on to win the presidency and make history of his own.
Now in 2016 Clinton, becoming her party’s presumptive nominee is the latest chapter in a remarkable career that has taken her from being the first lady to being one election away from returning to the White House as president.
“Anyone who’s supported me, anyone who has supported Senator Sanders has a lot at stake in this election in preventing Donald Trump from being our president, which I can barely say,” she told reporters on Monday.
But Clinton must also work in the coming weeks to improve her own standing with voters, both with Mr. Sanders’s hordes of young supporters and with a majority of registered voters who say they do not like or trust her. So, there is a long way to go inside her party before she heads into a national campaign against the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
*The video in this story is courtesy from NBC News