PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton, the newly minted Democratic nominee for president, closed out the second day of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday with a brief video message to delegates, thanking them for their historic vote.
Clinton, who was at home in New York, will officially accept the nomination on Thursday to close the convention.
She appeared on screen as sound effect of glass breaking filled the arena.
“What an incredible honor you’ve given me,” she said. “And I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. This is really your victory. This is really your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch let me just say I may become the first woman president but one of you is next.”
Just before her video appearance, her husband, former President Bill Clinton gave a 45-minute speech that recounted the couple’s long history together, from a college classroom in 1971 to the height of political power.
Bill Clinton avoided politics for more than two thirds of his speech, but ended with a call to action.
After running through her accomplishments as a senator and secretary of State, Clinton asked, “How does this square with the things that you heard at the Republican convention? How do you square it? You can’t. One is real, the other is made up. You just have to decide which is which my fellow American.”
It’s easy, he said.
“The real one had done more real positive change-making before she was 30 than public officials do in a life time,” he said. “The real one calls you when you’re sick, when your kid is in trouble or when there’s a death in the family. The real one is who drew praise from prominent republicans when she was a senator and secretary of State.”
The only option to fight someone like Hillary Clinton, he said, “is to create a cartoon. A cartoon alternative. A cartoon is two dimensional. They are easy to absorb. The life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard and a lot of people even think it’s boring.”
Throughout the 45 minute address Clinton never uttered the words “Donald Trump.”