PHILADELPHIA-- Making history in her signature pant suit, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman to accept a major political party’s presidential nomination Thursday night.
She accepted the nomination “with humility, determination, and boundless confidence” from her fellow Democrats.
Clinton used her speech not only to discuss her past accomplishments in her decorated public service career, but also outlined her ideas for the future.
The former Secretary of State thanked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) for his support throughout the week and reassured the his supporters that with her as the nominee, their causes, like social justice and economic reform, will become her causes. She also promised to continue to work with Sanders to make “college free for middle class and debt free for everyone.”
Clinton attempted to distinguish her message from Republican rival Donald Trump and called his convention speech “odd” while questioning his experience and temperament.
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” she said.
Focused on her campaign slogan, “Stronger Together,” Clinton told Americans it takes more than one person to fix the country, clearly rebuking the real estate tycoon's claim in his acceptance speech of "I alone can fix it." She made a similar argument in a rally for campaign volunteers in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this week. Unlike Trump, who says he could solve America’s problems by himself, Clinton called on the American people to come together to make a difference.
“Americans don't say, ‘I alone can fix it’,” she said. “We say, ‘We'll fix it together.'"
Clinton: "America is once again at a moment of reckoning...we have to decide whether we all will work together." https://t.co/GmQ7R4v9Zi— ABC News (@ABC) July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton emphasizes the importnace of togetherness to fix America's problems during her acceptance speech.
Clinton then thanked the many families and individuals who had a positive impact throughout her career.
“In this campaign, I've met so many people who motivate me to keep fighting for change,” she said, “And, with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House”.
Looking to make major strides within her first 100 days of taking office, Clinton promised jobs for the middle class in fields such as infrastructure and manufacturing should she become president. She said she believes America's success hinges on the middle class, which means creating jobs for them will be a major priority.
She also touched on multiple social issues including LGBTQIA rights, equal pay for women, and gun violence. Clinton promised to work with gun owners to keep assault weapons out of the hands of criminals. Gun control continues to be a topic of contentious in Congress, especially in light of recent mass shootings like the Orlando nightclub in June.
“I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns,” she said, “I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place.”
Clinton was introduced by her daughter Chelsea, who now has the distinction of both of her parents being the nominee for president of the Democratic Party. Chelsea spoke about her mother as a parent and a grandparent.