US election 2016: Clinton hails ‘milestone for women’

Hillary Clinton has thanked her supporters for helping
her reach a historic moment for women – the
Democratic nomination for president.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” she told
cheering crowds at a rally in New York.
She hailed “the first time in our nation’s history that a
woman will be a major party’s nominee”.
Earlier Mrs Clinton won the Democratic primary in New
Jersey, cementing her hold on her party’s nomination.
She went on to win South Dakota and New Mexico, while her
rival Bernie Sanders found victory in the North Dakota
caucuses.
Six states have been voting in primaries on Tuesday but the
race in California will count the most.
Mr Sanders is hoping for a win in that state, where polls
show the race is close.
He aims to sway super delegates to support him instead of
Mrs Clinton at the party’s convention in July, but
commentators say the Vermont Senator is unlikely to
succeed in his bid for the nomination.
The AP news agency reported on Monday that Mrs Clinton
already had enough delegates to qualify as the Democratic
nominee.
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President Barack Obama called both Mrs Clinton and Mr
Sanders on Tuesday, according to the White House.
He congratulated Mrs Clinton on “securing the delegates
necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for
President”.
Mr Sanders will visit Mr Obama at the White House on
Thursday, per Mr Sanders’ request, according to the White
House memo. They will discuss “the significant issues at
stake in this election that matter most to America’s working
families”.
Claiming the nomination in a speech in Brooklyn, New York,
Mrs Clinton said Republican presumptive nominee Donald
Trump was “temperamentally unfit” to be president.
“My mother… taught me to never back down to a bully.
Which turned out to be pretty good advice,” she said.
Analysis – Anthony Zurcher, BBC News North America
Reporter
In what amounted to a Democratic nomination contest
victory speech, Hillary Clinton took some time to
acknowledge the historic nature of her achievement. She
made reference to the metaphorical glass ceiling that she
has now shattered. She referenced the long struggles of the
women’s rights movement. And she tipped her hat to her
Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders.
Then it was on to the work at hand – wrapping Donald
Trump’s recent controversies around his neck and pitching
him into the Hudson River.
If Mrs Clinton has run a joyless primary campaign, it has
been in part because she’s spent much of it nurturing her
built-in advantages within the Democratic Party and playing
not to lose. Last week, in a foreign policy speech in San
Diego, she went on the attack. And Tuesday night, she
continued the broadsides. It’s a role that allows her to show
considerably more energy and passion.
Earlier in the evening, Mr Trump, speaking from a
Teleprompter, focused almost exclusively on economic
issues. Gone were references to Muslim immigration bans
or border walls. Instead he made an explicit pitch to Bernie
Sanders supporters and other Americans disaffected by the
current state of the US political system.
It was the kind of primary night speech that will be well
received by Republicans politicians who have spent the last
week in a cave or a coma. The rest of the party faithful will
likely be more inclined to wait and see.
“To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything
you want—even president. Tonight is for you,” Mrs Clinton
tweeted following her win in New Jersey.
Meanwhile Mr Trump won in his party’s vote in New Jersey,
South Dakota, New Mexico, California and Montana.
The billionaire turned his attention to the election in
November in his remarks at Trump National Golf Club in
Briarcliff Manor, New York.
“We’re only getting started and it’s gonna be beautiful,” he
said.

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