BY SALENA ZITO firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILADELPHIA – In a show of symbolic party unity and a bridge to his rival, Bernie Sanders and the state of Vermont formally made former secretary of state Hillary Clinton the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. party Tuesday evening.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said after a lengthy roll call with each state and territory announcing its votes at the Democratic National Convention.
Wild cheers filled Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center as Sanders took to the microphone with chants of “Bernie! Bernie!” as he read the historic announcement.
Like the Republicans who made sure that nominee Donald J. Trump was nominated by his home state of New York and announced by his son Donald Jr., the Democrats orchestrated their evening so that the delegates from Sanders’ home state of Vermont would deliver the nomination.
Sanders had an emotional moment earlier in the evening when his big brother Larry Sanders cast a vote on behalf of Democrats Abroad for Bernie Sanders.
“They did not have easy lives, and they died young,” said Sanders as he spoke about their parents Eli and Dorothy. “They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments.”
“They loved him,” said the elder Sanders, visibly choking back tears. “They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is pursuing that vision. It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.”
Bernie was shown both tearing up and smiling along with his wife.
Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolfe cast Pennsylvania’s vote to Clinton with a nod to Sanders calling “his fight for inclusion, justice and fairness” something that has invigorated the party.
Clinton makes history at the time the party has been visibly hashing out their family divisions in the City of Brother Love, especially after proof surfaced that DNC party leaders favored Clinton during in the primary process.
The release of hacked internal emails forced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign and absent herself from any official duties at the big party.
Clinton began her political career as the First Lady of Arkansas, then as a policy activist First Lady to her husband Bill Clinton. She went on to run and win a New York U.S. Senate seat twice, lost a brutal primary presidential election contest to then senator Barack Obama, served as secretary of state, and then began her second run for president in April of 2015.
Clinton will formally accept the historic nomination with a speech Thursday evening. Tuesday night Bill Clinton gave the first ever keynote address from a former president for his wife.
This story was first posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10:58 p.m.