During the last week of July I was extremely fortunate to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia when history was made. For the first time, a major American political party nominated a woman to run for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton.
Over the four days of the Convention we heard from a host of senior Democrat figures. The first key note speaker was Michelle Obama, the current First Lady, who electrified the Convention as she talked about the need to make America even better for the next generation.
The theme of the Convention was ‘Stronger Together’ and the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine, and leading Democrat Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all spoke in support of the presumptive Nominee.
The former President, Bill Clinton, made a highly personal speech about his wife. In a powerful address to the Convention he spoke of her strengths and experience.
The best speech of the Convention came from the current President, Barack Obama. He made a fantastic speech reflecting not only on his legacy, but also extolling the virtues and capabilities of Hillary Clinton. Time after time, the Convention rose to its feet to applaud as the Party rallied behind Hillary Clinton after what had at times been a fraught and bitter nomination process.
The Convention drew to a close with Hilary Clinton’s acceptance speech. Her challenge was to explain to the audience – both in the Convention Centre and more importantly those watching at home on television – her vision for America, what motivates and drives her and how she sees the future of America unfolding under a Clinton Presidency. If the instant opinion polls taken after the speech are to be believed, she accomplished this with an approval rating of 73%, compared to her Republican rival, Donald Trump, who when he delivered his key note speech to the Republican Convention the week before had an approval rating of 57%.
The campaign for the White House will continue until the 8th November when either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected as the 45th President of the United States. Key swing States like Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania will be the ones to watch as the world waits to see whether the United States of America will elect its first female President and Commander in Chief.