After the Democratic National Convention formally makes Hillary Clinton its presidential nominee, prime time speakers will include former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Hillary Clinton was formally nominated by Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who invoked the historic nature of a major political party picking a woman. At the end of the roll call, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her former primary rival, closed ranks and moved for the nomination of Hillary Clinton.
There will also be segments on the convention schedule that feature biographical aspects of her career, including issues impacting women and families, Sept. 11, health care and her tenure as secretary of state.
11:15 p.m. — Hillary Clinton appears live via satellite from New York, standing next to a little girl:
Clinton’s face appeared on a video image of all 44 presidents — all men — with the sound of shattering glass.
“Hello Philadelphia,” she said. “What an incredible honor you’ve given me. And we’ve put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. This is really your victory, this is really your night.
“And if any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, I may become the next woman president. But one of you is next.”
11 p.m. — Actress Meryl Streep takes the stage.
Streep said it takes grit and grace to become the first woman nominated for president.
She has been attacked over the years. “How does she do it?”
“Capacity of mind, fullness of heart and a burning passion for their cause,” said Streep of great women in history.
“Tonight...100 years after women got the vote, you people made history, and you’re going to make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president.”
10:10 p.m. — Former president Bill Clinton speaks after an introductory video.
Taking the stage, the former president wove the story of how he met and courted Hillary Rodham with her record in public service, crisscrossing the country working to desegregate school and provide access to schools for those with disabilities.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl” in a class on politics. “She exuded the sense of strength and self-possession that I found magnetic.”
“One night, I was in the law library talking to a classmate who wanted me to join the Yale law journal....then I saw the girl again standing at the opposite end of that long room. Finally she was staring back at me.”
She told him “If you’re going to keep staring at me.....we at least ought to know each other’s names...I’m Hillary Rodham, who are you? ..momentarily I was speechless.”
“We built up a lifetime of memories,” he said.
He said “I really liked her family.”
“Knowing her was one of the greatest gifts Hillary ever gave me,” he said of her mother.
“Hillary opened my eyes to a whole new world of public service by a private citizen,” he said.
She helped register Mexican-American voters in Texas and went to South Carolina to see why juveniles were being housed with adults in jail.
“I asked her to marry me and she said ‘I can’t do it.’ ”
She moved to Massachusetts and he went to Arkansas.
“She never made fun of people with disbilities,” she empowers them, he said.
She eventually moved to Arkansas to teach. “She loved her teaching.”
She started the first Legal Aid clinic there.
He bought a house she liked, saying “You have to marry me now...the third time was the charm.”
He became attorney general and she became active in child advocacy and health care.
“I married my best friend,” Clinton said. “I was still in awe after more than 4 years, of how smart and strong and caring she was.”
Daughter Chelsea’s birth was the “happiest day of my life.”
Bill Clinton said as a mother, she was “born with an extra worrying gene.”
“She’s insatiably curious. She’s a natural leader, a good organizer and she is the best darn change-maker I have ever met in my entire life.”
“This woman has never been satisified with the status quo in anything. She always wants to move the ball forward. That’s just who she is,” he said.
Hillary was elected senator for New York and was a member of the Armed Services Committee.
She “hesitated” to take a cabinet post when President Barack Obama asked because “she so loved” being a senator.
As secretary of state “she put climate change at the center of our foreign policy....she worked to empower women and girls around the world,” he said.
“How do you square” her actual record with what was said about her at the Republican convention. “One is real and one is made up...you have to just decide which is which my fellow Americans.”
Bill Clinton said Republicans had tried to make a “cartoon” of her to tear her down, but said the party nominated the “real person” he knows.
He called her the “best-darn change maker I have ever known.”
He noted his description was much different than the picture painted of her at the Republican National Convention. “How do you square it? You can’t. One is real. You just have to decide which is real,” he said. With the other side trying to portray them as unable to “run a two-car parade” he said her ability “represents a real threat. Your only option is to create a cartoon - a cartoon character.”
“She’s still the best darn change-maker I have ever known.”
Bill Clinton said, “I have lived a long full blessed life. It really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl in 1971.”
He implored immigrants, Muslims, young African Americans to vote for Clinton. “Your children and grandchildren will always bless you if you do,” he said.
9:58 p.m. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks.
“Tonight in Philadelphia we nominated someone with [president Harry] Truman’s fighting spirit to be president...
“I have seen her fight and win for causes that count.”
They traveled together through the world. When she served in the Senate’s Armed Services Committee she “worked day and night” and “restored our country’s reputation around the world” as secretary of state, she said.
Clinton promoted “smart power” in “every corner of the world.”
“We know what it’s like to step off that plane with the word United States of America on it...it’s not like hosting a tv reality show....it is a complex round the clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head but a big heart.”
Albright said Trump has hurt national security with his run for president and poked at his relationship with Russia.
“He has already done damage just by running for president,” she said. She said he has “undermined the fight against terrorism” by alienating Muslim allies and undermining commitments to allies.
She criticized his praise for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and Russia’s Vladamir Putin. “A Trump victory in November would be a gift to Vladamir Putin.”
She said foreign policy is “not like a TV reality show. It is a complex round the clock job that demands not only a steady hand and cool head, but also a big heart.”
“Trump’s dark vision” would “be a disaster.”
9:50 p.m. — After a video introduction about Clinton’s experience in foreign affairs, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota speaks.
Addressing human trafficking, Klobuchar, a former prosecutor said, Clinton had said in China that women’s rights were human rights. “Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal enterprise in the world.”
“When women are held back, Democracies falter. When women are held as sex slaves, tyrants rule,” she said.
Addressing Trump’s comment that Clinton is playing “the women’s card,” she said “There are hundreds of millions of women in this world who are ready to play that card. Ans in the United States of America it’s called the voting card.”
9:35 p.m. — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean speaks.
Donald Trump will “take you back to a time when insurance companies could charge you more if you were a woman.”
“Mike Pence voted to end Medicare as we know it,” he said.
“The choice in this election is clear...we need a president whose decisions are rooted in the facts...who knows what it takes to destroy ISIS...who will never stop fighting to make sure that universal health care is a basic human right.”
9:30 p.m. — Ryan Moore, who has a rare form of dwarfism, met Clinton during her fight for health care reform, speaks.
“I am honored to call her my friend. Here’s what I can tell from my years of knowing Hillary Clinton...she’s compassionate. Every time she sees me she remembers details of my life.”
“She’s thoughtful. Everytime I have a big operation coming up, I get a note from Hillary...she lifts my spirits. She helps me believe that everything is going to be alright.”
“No matter how busy she is, she makes you feel like you are the most important person in her day...she really cares.”
9:20 p.m. — Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York speaks.
Crowley, who lost a brother who was a New York City firefighter, praised Clinton for her response to 9/11, contrasting it to Trump, who he said took $150,000 in federal funds intended to help small businesses recover.
“He cashed in,” Crowley said. “It was just another chance for Donald Trump to make a quick buck.”
9:15 p.m. — Laura Manning, 9/11 survivor, who was badly burned, and former partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, speaks.
“I fought as hard as I could so that the terrorists would not get one more.”
“In the darkest of days and in the hardest of times the people who show up in your life are the people who mean everything...Hillary Clinton showed up....our connection....was person to person.”
“For years she visited, called and continued to check in because Hillary cares. When I needed her, she was there...when first responders needed her, she was there. New York needed her and she was there. I trusted her when my life was on the line and she came through....she had my back.”
9:10 p.m. — Joe Sweeney, NYPD detective who worked on Ground Zero on 9/11 speaks.
Sweeney said Clinton helped get First Responders to 9/11 the help they need, calling her “our toughest champion.”
“Sen. Clinton has devoted her career to a simple creed: protect and serve,” he said.
9 p.m. — California Sen. Barbara Boxer speaks.
Boxer said Clinton has stood up to decades of attacks.
“They throw everything at her, and she’s still standing!” Boxer said.
“We need a president who knows it’s just plain wrong, a woman makes 79 cents for every dollar a man makes,” she said. She said Clinton would fight to raise the minimum, while Trump “said wages are too high.”
She attacked Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence for his position on abortion. “I have a message for Donald Trump and Mike Pence: We’re not going back to days when women died in back alleys. We’re never going back. Never, ever.”
She said, “There’s a lot of talk about what makes America great. It’s not when we insult each other, not when we tear each other down. It’s when we work together, build together, fight together.”
8: 50 p.m. — Actresses America Ferrara and Lena Dunham
Dunham and Ferrera walked out together taking sharp jabs at Trump.
Dunham opened by saying, “According to Donald Trump my body is about a two.”
Ferrera said, “And according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.”
Dunham then said, “We know what you’re all thinking. Why should we care what some television celebrity thinks about politics?”
“We feel the same way,” Ferrera said. “But he is the Republican nominee, so we need to talk about it.”
Dunham, getting serious, said, “His rhetoric about women is meant to take us back to a time when we were meant to be beautiful and silent. Meanwhile, 22 years ago, Hillary Clinton declared that women rights were human rights.”
Ferrera said, “Donald is not making America great again. Donald is making America hate again.”
8:45 p.m. — Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood speaks.
Walking out after a clip of Trump soundbites about women, Richards said, “It’s not just important to elect a woman president. It’s important to elect this woman president.”
She praised Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who has said he’s personally against abortion because of his Catholic religion. She called him “a man who has been a champion to women and children his entire lifetime.” The crowd had a mixed reaction to Kaine’s name.
Richards defended Planned Parenthood, a target of Republican calls to defund it, for providing life saving care for women. “Make no doubt about it. Women’s health and care are on the line and on the ballot. “
“Donald Trump has pledged to appoint justices who will overturn Roe vs. Wade [and has]... a deeply disturbing world view...he wants to punish women for having an abortion and has said pregnancy is an inconvenience for an employer...come this Novemeber, women are going to be a lot more than an inconvenience, they’re going to be the reason you’re not elected president.”
8:20 p.m. — The “mothers of the movement” begins speaking, including Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner.
A video called “Mothers of the Movement” played off a meeting between Clinton and mothers of African Americans who were killed by police or while in police custody, as well as the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012. What was supposed to be a half-hour meeting turned into a two-hour meeting.
The mothers walked out and stood in a semi-circle to chants of “black lives matter.”
Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland: Her daughter was found hanging in a jail cell after an “unlawful traffic stop.” She said: “So many of our children are gone, but not forgotten. I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is...a mother. She knows when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss, it’s a personal loss, it’s a national loss, it’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”
“What a blessing to stand here tonight so that Sandy can still speak through her mama.”
Sybrina Fulton: “I am here today for my son Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven...I did not want this spotlight but I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on a path through the darkness.
Clinton “has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers... She has a plan for the divide between law enforcement and communities she serves.
“This is not about being politically correct, this is about saving our children... We are imploring you, all of you to vote this election day.”
8:15 p.m. — Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay speaks.
He said there is a “crisis in trust” because of the recent shootings of young black Americans.
“Things are fragile,” he said, adding that police feel “under siege” in light of the recent shootings of officers.
“We cannot succeed unless we come together with the communities we serve. We must each as human beings fight our natural tendency to hide behind our own world view...we must seek common ground.”
8:05 p.m. — Former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder speaks.
Holder said Clinton was best to lead “our already great nation. Donald, did you hear me? Already great nation.”
He said, “Despite the fiction and fearmongering, violent crime has gone down since President Obama became president.”
While addressing the strained relations between police and minority communities, he spoke out against “heinous” shootings of police. “It’s not enough to praise law enforcement officers after they’re killed,” he said, but to praise them, equip them and support them “while they’re still alive.”
The choice between Clinton and Trump “is about the arc we are on as a country.”
7:40 p.m. — Child advocates begin their speeches, highlighting Hillary Clinton’s longtime interest in child welfare and education.
Advocates for children, those with disabilities, youth and gun violence spoke about Hillary Clinton’s history working on policy.
Donna Brazile Democratic National Committee vice-chair, said “I’ve lived through and survived the segregated South. I sat at the back of bus. I saw the first black president... I’ve never ever in all of my years seen a leader so committed to delivering that future to all of our children like Hillary Clinton.”
She said Clinton, who she met at the Children’s Defense Fund, “when nobody was watching, she quietly fought for the voiceless.”
As incoming DNC chairwoman, she said, “We will have a party you can be proud of. We’ll elect Democrats up and down the ballot and Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States of America.”
Daniele Mellott, who adopted her son through a 1997 law championed by Clinton, said Clinton fought for landmark legislation to help people adopt kids with special needs. “It feels like she’s always been part of our family,” she said. “And that’s why I’m with her.”
Jelani Freedman, an attorney who grew up in foster care and interned in Clinton’s Senate office, said when Clinton told him she was proud of him “I felt seen and heard for the first time in my life...she has remained a source of encouragement...she has taught me there is a high cost for low expections of our kids....she inspired me to become a lawyer and an advocate for children.....love dignifies us, it elevates us to higher plateaus. Hillary’s love did that for me....that’s why I’m for her.”
7:35 p..m. — Actress Elizabeth Banks speaks after making a Donald Trump-esque entrance with a fog machine and “We Are the Champions.”
“The Trump Machine is so hard up for money I bought that fog machine on e-bay for $30 bucks. I don’t feel good about it,” she said.
She introduced the biographical theme of the night, “the fights of her life.”
7:30 p.m. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks.
Schumer said, “I’m from Brooklyn. It’s in our blood to sniff out bull. There’s a lot of that in politics. But not in Hillary. When she tells you something, take it to the bank.”
He pointed to her advocacy on behalf of 9/11 responders.
And said Donald Trump “can only see an angry America. Fearful, and small. Hillary Clinton sees a different America.”
He said, “we don’t build walls. We break down barriers and shatter ceilings.”
He also pitched help in switching control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats, to appoint Supreme Court justices, invest in infrastructure, make college more affordable and overturn Citizens United.
“Hillary Clinton has the right vision for and of America.”
7:38 p.m. Former President Jimmy Carter speaks by video:
He said the election will help “define who we are as a nation and people. There is a clear choice before us.”
He said, the Republican candidate “seems to violate the moral and ethical principles our nation was founded on.” Carter said of Clinton and Sanders: “I am proud that these two candidates comported themselves with dignity, talked about issues that matter.”
Clinton “offers a stark contrast in both substance and style” to the Republican nominee.
She has “always demonstrated a wilingness to take on” the biggest challenges.
“We need someone with a strong heart and a deep understanding of the issues...and a steady hand. Hillary Clinton has my support.”
7:25 p.m. Former State Sen. Jason Carter (grandson of former President Jimmy Carter) introduces Carter:
Carter said his grandfather is now cancer-free.
He fought it with “faith, with grace, dignity and strength you’d expect,” he said while continuing to teach Sunday school and advocate peace.
7:05 p.m. — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks, introducing Democratic women of the House of Representatives.
“When women succeed, America succeeds,” Pelosi said.
7 p.m. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks
Just after the formal nomination of Clinton, McAuliffe said Tuesday marked “a day that will change the political history of our country” with Clinton as the first female major party nominee.
“You will be able to say I was there when we nominated Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States of Amercia...when we made history...when we selected the first woman nominee in American history.
She is “a nominee who had fought her whole life for greater justice and equality for every single American....to send Donald Trump back to his bankrupt casinos where he belongs.”
McAuliffe said Clinton had a plan to fight terrorism while Republicans offer “no solutions but to give the nuclear codes to someone who praises Vladimir Putin and Saddam Hussein.”