Hillary Clinton formally accepts Democratic nomination

Hillary Rodham Clinton took to the stage with an impassioned speech to formally accept her party's presidential nomination and close out the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

"So my friends, it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States," Clinton said.

Thousands packed the convention floor to hear Clinton deliver a unifying message, acknowledging the tough challenges faced by the nation, saying "none of us can do it alone - that's why we are stronger together."

The Clinton campaign embraced the historic nature of the night, reminding everyone how she has helped women by fighting for equal pay and women's health care. Clinton said her primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages.

The phrase "stronger together" is becoming a key theme of Clinton's campaign as a way to differentiate her from Trump, who critics have said is exploiting national divides for political gain.

Over the past four days at the Wells Fargo Arena, some of the most powerful and influential people in the country have hit the convention stage, building a case for a Clinton-led White House.

Delegates from Long Island, New York City and the Hudson Valley got front-row seats to Clinton's history-making speech, as she was the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president.

Before Clinton's closing address, another star-studded lineup of celebrities and Democratic Party heavyweights spoke, including New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. His primetime address delivered powerful words about Clinton. Cuomo said that the Republicans only want to take steps backward, not forward.

Clinton's daughter Chelsea made the last pitch to voters before introducing her mother, who made what is most likely the most critical speech of her career.

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