In a show of party unity, Clinton’s former rival, US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced her presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Clinton got the Democrat nomination with the support of a majority of 4,764 delegates, with the convention hall erupting in applause.
Being in public life US first lady, senator and secretary of state, Clinton will become the party’s rival against Republican nominee Donald Trump in the November 8 US presidential election.
In nominating Clinton, delegates said that by choosing a woman candidate the party has made a mark in the country’s 240-year-old history.
“This moment is for every little girl who dreams big. #WeMadeHistory,” tweeted Clinton, 69. “Stronger together,” she added, in another tweet.
In former US president Bill Clinton’s personal address, he exhorted the gathering to vote for her. If Hillary wins, the Clintons would be the first married couple to each serve as president.
But Sanders call wasn’t enough to bring all delegates on board; some of them walked out of the hall in protest. Sanders said he will return to the Senate but as an independent and not a Democrat.
If she becomes president, Clinton promises to ease out income inequality and rein in Wall Street if. Eager to show Trump, a businessman and former reality TV show host, as too unstable to sit in the Oval Office, she said there were affordable solutions to problems facing the nation but we won’t get to them if the US makes the wrong choice.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Sanders’ delegates and supporters left the convention and held a sit-in to protest about being shut out by the Democratic Party. Some had their mouths taped shut. The protests continued well into the night.