Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic party’s presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia — making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States.
“Today, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President,” Clinton said. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter’s, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come.”
“Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone,” she continued. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
Clinton was clearly emotional as she walked on stage, and said: “I’m so happy this day has come.”
The former secretary of state, introduced by her daughter Chelsea, drew on the historic roots of Philadelphia as a way to reiterate one of her campaign slogans.
“Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together,” she said. “America is once again at a moment of reckoning.”
“Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary,” Clinton said.
“And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion,” she said.
Watch Hillary’s full speech below.