Hillary Clinton took the stage tonight to cement history and become the first woman to accept a major political party's nomination for the presidency. After her daughter, Chelsea, introduced her, Clinton moved to unify not just her party, but every undecided voter. That included Bernie Sanders's seemingly stubborn supporters. She acknowledged his inspiring campaign and, more significantly, she brought up the issues he's championed: "I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause." It was a notable moment during a speech that went on to be less about partisan politics and more about fostering the values that America was founded upon.
Clinton went through a list of ideals, which could garner support from both sides of the aisle, and then made a simple proposition: If you agree with these things, I'm your candidate. She said:
"If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care — join us! . . . If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions — join us! And yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay — join us!"
Clinton also vowed to fight income inequality, offered an agenda for providing debt-free college, promised to introduce sensible gun control measures, and pledged to fight climate change — because she "believes in science." Her speech offered an olive branch to those unsure about her possible presidency, pointing out that she alone cannot fix our problems — as Donald Trump asserted he could.
Clinton didn't miss a chance to go after her opponent. She told Americans we cannot afford to elect Trump as president, warning: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
Clinton closed her speech with a call to all Americans: "Let's be stronger together, my fellow Americans." And she recognized the historic nature of the moment: "When there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit."