From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –
Democrats officially nominated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for their party’s nomination for President, as she became the first woman to be the nominee of a major political party in the U.S.
“It is with a full heart that I am here today as we nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman President,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate on her own.
“I must tell you, I have known Hillary Clinton for many years. She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for President,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) to cheers.
The feeling in the convention hall was much different as the votes were counted than on Monday, when the mere mention of Clinton’s name drew loud boos, jeers and heckling from supporters of Bernie Sanders.
None of that was evident as Democrats went through the Roll Call of the States, as supporters of Clinton and Sanders cheered lustily for their candidates like fans at a football game.
The most emotional moment came as “Americans Abroad” cast their votes – one of them, Larry Sanders, the brother of Bernie Sanders. Larry was near tears as he paid tribute to his parents and his brother.
While the Sanders delegates were not booing loudly at the mention of Clinton’s name, her victory was still difficult for some to digest, leading to at least one sharp exchange off the floor:
Sanders wrapped up the roll call vote – as his state of Vermont was held until the end – as he asked that Clinton be named the nominee.
This was the view from my perch high up in the convention hall:
There were some Sanders delegates who walked out – but for the story line on Tuesday for Democrats had them on the same page, unlike the first convention session on Monday.