DNC: Clinton: Nomination is on ‘march toward a more perfect union’

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Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination Thursday night with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise."

In her speech at the Democratic National Convention, the former U.S. senator and secretary of state said her campaign message of "stronger together" is a guiding principle for America.

Clinton said her nomination is a milestone on America’s "march toward a more perfect union." She delivered a message at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as a tough working mother who will fight for not only Democrats but Republicans and independents.

She attacked Republican rival Donald Trump’s record as a businessman, citing contractors in Atlantic City, N.J., who suffered when Trump failed to pay bills for work they’d done on casinos. She also said Trump touts putting America first, but some of his products are made overseas.

"Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, he could start by actually making things in America again,” she said.

Meanwhile, she called on Americans to stand up against "mean and divisive rhetoric." Trump and the GOP have vilified her for using a private email server that contained classified information.

Clinton also touted her foreign relations and national security expertise she gained secretary of state. She said she’d work toward a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, a stance in which she’s moved closer to Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders.

The final day of the convention included speeches by a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s administration and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official who leads a GOP group supporting Clinton. Other luminaries who spoke on the final night of the DNC included House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, retired Marine Gen. John Allen and entertainers Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Katy Perry, Carole King and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.

At least twice, delegates chanted "Hillary!" to drown out isolated hecklers in the convention hall. Some Sanders supporters still object to Clinton’s nomination. With tape over their mouths, some Washington state delegates left quietly as Clinton spoke. Elsewhere, others unfurled a banner that said, "Wikileaks," a reference to the leaked emails that indicated top party officials favored Clinton over Sanders.

Information from CNN and the Associated Press was used in this report.

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July 29, 2016 |
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