August 2016

Democratic National Convention Nominates Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and family at the Democratic National ConventionHillary Clinton and family at the Democratic National Convention

Hillary Clinton and family at the Democratic National Convention
Hillary Clinton celebrated her presidential nomination on the Democratic National Convention stage with daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, and husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention began on July 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the four-day event, delegates of the Democratic Party chose their nominees for President and Vice President of the United States for the 2016 national election. They also developed the party’s platform—a written document of a party’s ideas and goals. On July 28, the final day of the convention, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination. She is the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States.

Each night of the convention had a theme. The theme for the first night was “United Together.” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gave the keynote address. She spoke about the importance of Democrats uniting together to elect Hillary Clinton. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont also spoke that night about how important it is for Democrats to unite behind Clinton. In the final speech of the evening, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about what makes the United States a great country, including the fact that a person’s race or gender is not an obstacle to becoming President.

The theme for the second night of the convention was “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.” Former President Bill Clinton gave a speech about how Hillary Clinton will work to make life better for Americans. He said that she is the “best change-maker” he has ever known. That evening, delegates formally voted for Hillary Clinton to be the presidential nominee, and she made a surprise video appearance to address the convention.

On the third night of the convention, important party members and guests spoke on the theme of “Working Together.” Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech about the importance of the middle class in the United States and his belief that the country has a bright future. In his speech, President Barack Obama spoke about the progress the country has made under his administration, saying, “By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.” He said that there was still more work to do and that nobody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to lead the country. That evening, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was officially nominated as the party’s vice presidential nominee. He gave a speech about Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments and her passion for children and families.

Hillary Clinton concluded the final day of the convention with her acceptance speech. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland nominated Hillary Clinton, and Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for President. She then gave a speech on the evening’s theme—“Stronger Together.” She spoke about America’s history of working together to build a stronger nation. She outlined how her administration would build a better economy and healthcare system, improve education and national security, and expand civil rights, if she is elected. She said, “We will empower Americans to live better lives,” and encouraged Americans to “Look to the future with courage and confidence.” Clinton ended her speech with a call-to-action to all Americans to build a better future for the children and the entire country.

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Question 1
Which position in government did Hillary Clinton last hold before running for President?

Question 2
Who did Hillary Clinton select as her running mate?

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