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Hillary Clinton Officially Accepts Dems' Nomination, Capping Historic Convention

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- After being introduced by her daughter Chelsea, Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination, of the Democratic Party, for president of the United States, marking a historic moment for American politics.

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Clinton's speech wrapped up a week of speeches that included President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine, and former President Bill Clinton.

After a video introduction, narrated by Morgan Freeman, Hillary Clinton took the stage and hugged her daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton thanked her daughter and everyone in attendance for the convention. Chants of "Hillary!, Hillary!," rang out throughout the arena.

Early in her speech, Clinton recognized the man that she hopes to take over for in 2017. "America is stronger because of President Obama's leadership and I'm better because of his friendship," Clinton said.

She also acknowledge the person that ran a strong race against her, Bernie Sanders, as well as his loud supporters. "Bernie your campaign inspired millions of Americans," she said. "To all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause."

Clinton made it clear that this was a moment of real history that could soon be realized. "We wrote it together. Now, let's make it happen together."

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Clinton preached a message of unity saying, "We are stronger together." She painted America as being "in a moment of reckoning." Clinton asserted that Americans have to decide if they are willing to work together, in an effort to thrive together.

She juxtaposed her message of togetherness with what she claimed was a message of separatism coming from Republican nominee Donald Trump. "We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job, will get one." Clinton added that she would also build a bridge to citizenship.

"Don't believe anyone who says 'I alone can fix it,'" Clinton said, invoking Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention. "He's forgetting every last one of us...we say, we'll fix it together."

Clinton added that American is a nation where "love trumps hate." She then officially accepted the nomination for president of the United States.

She went through her last few responsibilities, touching on her roles as First Lady, a senator from New York and Secretary of State. "My job titles only tell you what I've done. They don't tell you why," Clinton said. She explained that the service part of public service came easier to her than the public part.

She also discussed her upbringing, citing her grandfather's influence from his time working in Scranton. She also mentioned her father and brother who played football at Penn State.

"To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws" Clinton said. She talked about her drive to change the circumstances for people in this country, whether it is a family that is seeking a better life for their children, or a child with a disability hoping to receive the same education as other children.

"I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House," Clinton said of people she has met during her campaign who have inspired her to work for change. She promised to be a president for all people, whether you vote for her, or night.

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Clinton called Thursday night a milestone for America in its quest for a more perfect union. Clinton said she was happy for woman, considering the historic moment and also for men, because she said that when a barrier is broken, it helps everyone, saying to imagine what could happen, "when there are no ceilings."

She asserted that the Democratic Party is the party of the working class, but she mentioned that it had not done of good enough job of hearing the people and acting for them. Clinton made it clear that her primary mission will be to create more jobs and opportunities for Americans. "Wall Street should never be allowed to wreck Main Street again."

"You didn't hear anything like this from Donald Trump at his convention, did you?" Clinton asked. "He spoke for 70-odd minutes and I do mean odd."

As Clinton continued about Trump, the crowd booed. She reminded them of what Obama said the night before, "Don't boo. Vote."

"Trump says he wants to make America great again. He can start by making things in America again," she said as she rattled off a number of Trump products she says are produced outside of the United States.

She also attacked Trump's statement about him knowing more about ISIS than national security officials saying "No Donald, you don't."

She also addressed the notion that she wants to infringe upon the Second Amendment.

"We can't afford to have a president who's in the pocket of the gun lobby." Clinton said she's not here to take away guns. She said she wants to protect people "from being shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."

Clinton said that America has to bridge the divides in this country in regards to guns, race and religion. She also bridged the connection between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Attention then went back to Trump. Clinton attacked what she calls bigotry from Trump, devoid of any real solutions to America's problems.

Clinton wrapped up her message by emphasizing service and planting seeds for the future. "Let's build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country."

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