The Latest: Clinton sees ‘biggest crack’ in glass ceiling
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):
Hillary Clinton tells Democrats they’ve “just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling” by nominating her for president.
Clinton was speaking to the Democratic convention by satellite video, and offering this message to any little girls who might have stayed up to see the historic moment Tuesday night: “I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”
Earlier in the evening, Clinton became the first woman in the U.S. to be nominated for president by a major political party.
Former President Bill Clinton has ended his speech to the Democratic convention by pushing back against what he calls the Republicans’ “cartoon” version of his wife.
The former president tells the crowd in Philadelphia about Hillary Clinton’s role as a mother, a child advocate, an elected official and secretary of state.
Bill Clinton says “life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard.” But he calls her the best “change-maker” he’s ever known, and urges them to vote for her for the sake of their children and grandchildren.
Former President Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton never quits, and he recalls some of his primary campaigning this spring as proof.
He says his wife sent him to West Virginia “to look those coal miners in the eye” even though “we knew we were going to lose” the state to Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
Hillary Clinton has been criticized for saying in an interview that coal miners and companies would be put out of work.
She later said she meant only that a changing energy market place was shrinking demand. But some coal miners took the comments personally.
Bill Clinton says he and his wife campaigned in coal country anyway. He says she wants to prove she’ll work for a new economy that benefits all Americans, including coal miners who will never vote for her.
Former President Bill Clinton is offering a spirited defense of his wife’s tenure as secretary of state.
He tells Democratic convention delegates in Philadelphia that his wife was instrumental in protecting American interests, combating terrorism and advancing human rights.
Contrast that with the Republicans’ view — they paint “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy” as a failure.
Among other things, Bill Clinton says his wife put “climate change at the center of our foreign policy” and “backed President Barack Obama’s decision to go after Osama bin Laden.”
Clinton notes that his wife accepted the nation’s top diplomatic post only after losing a bitter Democratic primary contest to Obama in 2008.
He says she “loved being a senator from New York,” but ultimately accepted the president-elect’s request that she join his Cabinet.
Bill Clinton says that experience is part of what makes his wife so prepared to be the 45th president.
Former President Bill Clinton is drawing attention to Hillary Clinton’s Senate years — noting she held the same New York seat as the late Robert F. Kennedy.
And, he tells delegates at the Democratic convention, “she didn’t let him down.”
Bill Clinton recalls that his wife’s early days in the Senate were dominated by the 9/11 attacks and her later work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He recalls that she served on a special Pentagon commission with former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Clinton says Gingrich said she did a good job.
Summing up her record, Bill Clinton says she had a “totally progressive record on economic and social issues.”
The “best darn change-maker I’ve met in my entire life.”
That’s how former President Bill Clinton is describing his wife as he lays out her life story in a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
He cites her work as first lady in winning congressional approval for a children’s health insurance program and a bill that made it easy for parents to adopt children.
The 42nd president tells the crowd that Hillary Clinton worked with Republican House leader and fierce Clinton critic Tom Delay on the adoption bill.
Bill Clinton says she did it because “she’s a change-maker. That’s what she does.”
Among those in the crowd are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Chelsea Clinton — seated with the North Dakota delegation.
Former President Bill Clinton is telling the Democratic convention about Hillary Clinton working on projects in rural and small town Arkansas to help children and others.
He says his wife embraced their early years of marriage in Arkansas, even though it was “more culturally conservative” than anywhere she’d ever lived before.
He notes she started a legal aid clinic and an advocacy group for children that still exists.
During Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, she generally performed best in more urban areas, while struggling in more rural districts.
Former President Bill Clinton is describing some of the lesser known parts of Hillary Clinton’s biography.
His speech at the Democratic National Convention is emphasizing her work to help children and voting rights.
He recalls her work on children’s issues in the South and voter registration in Texas. In a light touch, he recalls that she declined his initial marriage proposals.
And in a subtle dig at Republican nominee Donald Trump, Bill Clinton says his spouse “never made fun of people with disabilities. She tried to empower them.”
Bill Clinton is praising his late mother-in-law and Hillary Clinton’s youth minister as essential influences on his wife’s life and values.
The former president tells the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that knowing mother-in-law Dorothy Rodham was “one of the greatest gifts Hillary ever gave me.”
He says Dorothy Rodham “had a childhood that made mine look like a piece of cake.”
Bill Clinton also is praising Hillary Clinton’s faith as leading to her support for civil rights and her opposition to the Vietnam War.
And he says those decisions led her to abandon the Republican Party and become a Democrat.
Bill Clinton is using his address to tell delegates details of Hillary Clinton’s early life and work before the couple entered public life.
Bill Clinton has opened his address to the Democratic National Committee with a simple story: “I met a girl.”
The former president is describing how he met Hillary Clinton as a law student at Yale University in 1971.
Bill Clinton tells the thousands of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia about the first time they first time they met.
Hillary Clinton — who’s now the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — walked up to him and told him that if he was going to stare at her, she ought to know her name.
Clinton says he finally asked her to walk to an art museum.
He says, “We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since.”
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is trying to undercut Donald Trump’s argument that he can lead the United States around the globe.
Albright tells the Democrat National Convention that the GOP’s White House nominee has “already done damage just by running for president.”
Albright says Trump has a “strange admiration for dictators” and says a Trump victory in November “would be a gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
There’s a video playing about Bill Clinton before his gives his speech at the Democratic National Convention — and it features people thanking the former president for what he accomplished during his two terms.
The video highlights his White House achievements, but there’s no mention or any image of his wife Hillary — who’s now the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
People interviewed in the video say Clinton’s presidency empowered them to get out of poverty, pay off debts and buy houses.
The video says that Clinton created 23 million jobs, signed the Family and Medical Leave Act and gave historic tax relief to working poor families.
Howard Dean — the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate — is revisiting what’s become known as “Dean Scream.”
Dean says with gusto at the Democratic National Convention that the 2106 presidential race will be won in “Colorado and Iowa and North Carolina and Michigan and Florida and Ohio and Pennsylvania.” He means it’s a national campaign.
The crowd roared as he said they would take it “all the way to Washington, D.C.”
Think back 12 years — when Dean delivered a fiery speech on the night of his third-place finish in the 2004 Iowa caucuses. At the time, Dean pledged to campaign across the nation.
He wrapped up his speech with a defiant shriek. A video of the address got unending play on cable television and provided fodder for comedians to lampoon.
Several speakers at the Democratic National Convention are paying tribute to Hillary Clinton for her work — while she was a New York senator — in helping New Yorkers after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The testimonials are coming from a New York City police detective, a New York congressman and a woman who spent more than six months in the hospital after recovering from severe burns in the attack.
Lauren Manning tells the delegates that Clinton “had my back. This is the Hillary Clinton I want you to know.”
“Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks and other speakers at the Democratic convention have noted that Hillary Clinton devoted her early law career to children’s causes.
It’s true that Clinton did work for the Children’s Defense Fund. But she also worked at the prestigious Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s the third oldest firm in the United States.
Clinton became the firm’s first female partner when her husband, Bill, was Arkansas attorney general and then governor.
Among the firm’s clients were Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and several brokerage houses.
The firm became well known during the Whitewater scandal, when investigators probed real estate deals between the Clintons and a Rose client, Jim McDougal.
Trayvon Martin’s mother is telling Democrats that she supports Hillary Clinton because the presidential nominee “is a mother who can assure our movement will succeed.”
Sybrina Fulton spoke Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, along with a group of women who had lost their children to gun violence or after contact with police.
They call themselves the Mothers of the Movement.
Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 at the age of 17. The gunman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.
Martin’s mother says at the convention that Clinton “has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation.”
A group of mothers who lost children to violence is drawing applause and chants of “black lives matter” at the Democratic National Convention.
The group is known as the Mothers of the Movement, and they include the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.
These women have campaigned for Hillary Clinton across the country in recent months, advocating for criminal justice reforms and gun control.
Geneva Reed-Veal is the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell last year after her arrest during a traffic stop.
Reed-Veal says, “I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names.”
President Barack Obama says experts have attributed the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russians, and he says the FBI continues to investigate.
Obama says this incident aside, the Russians “hack our systems.” He says they hack both government systems and private systems.
Obama tells NBC News that he can’t say what the motives were in leaking thousands of DNC emails. But he says Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He says Trump has been covered favorably by the Russian media.
Asked whether Russia could have leaked the emails to help Trump, Obama says, “Anything’s possible.”
Former President Jimmy Carter says Hillary Clinton has his support — and he tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention — “I know she will also have yours.”
Carter’s message cane in a video address to delegates.
The former president says these are “perilous times” and the nation needs someone with a “strong heart,” a deep understanding of issues and a “steady hand.”
Carter is also thanking Bernie Sanders for energizing young people and bringing them into the political process.
This one’s for posterity purposes.
Here’s what Bernie Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to bring the party’s presidential race to a close and formally nominate Hillary Clinton:
“Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.”
That’s how Brian Pine, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Vermont, describes the feeling he had watching Sanders make his call at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
Pine says the Vermont senator’s supporters must accept the gains they’ve made in the party platform and now move on to support Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.
Pine puts it this way: “In so many ways we’ve won, but the primary’s over and we came up short in the end,” he said.
He says Sanders’ supporters will need time to heal, but should consider the dark reality of a potential Trump presidency.
Moments after Hillary Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination for president, a large group of Bernie Sanders’ supporters left the convention hall in Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.
Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang “This Land is Your Land” and held a banner that read, “We The People.”
They say they’re holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by the Democratic Party.
One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San Bernardino, California.
She says: “It’s for the betterment of our children and the future of our children.”
Earlier Tuesday, Sanders asked the convention to nominate Clinton by acclamation. The delegates did so, to wild cheers inside the Wells Fargo Center.
Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after rival Bernie Sanders asked delegates at the party’s national convention to nominate her by acclamation.
It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.
Sanders told the convention that he wanted the procedural rules to be suspended and that Clinton be selected as the party’s nominee.
And that’s what happened. And that’s how Clinton was declared the nominee.
A historic moment in Philadelphia — and for the United States.
Hillary Clinton is the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. That first has just come at the Democratic National Convention.
The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady wants to be the first female president in U.S. history — and to do that, she’ll have to beat Republican Donald Trump in the general election in November.
Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America, so it’s fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting 51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.
Clinton is in line to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party. And she’d make more history by being elected the first female president of the United States.
Emmett is 102 years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.
Emmett is legally blind and doesn’t hear very well, but she says she walks about a mile a day and still bakes pies.
She says she was thrilled to be at the Democratic National Convention — where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read: “Centenarian for Hillary.”