Chelsea Clinton introduced Hillary Clinton as "my mother, my hero and our next president," at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
Chelsea Clinton addresses delegates during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
“I’m here as as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother, and tonight in particular a very, very proud daughter,” Chelsea said prior to her mother’s acceptance speech.
Chelsea Clinton’s speech, much like her father’s earlier this week, offered a more personal portrayal of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Despite her mother’s busy schedule, “she was always always there for me,” and is now always there for her grandchildren. She said that her mother will “drop everything” in order to FaceTime for a few moments with her granddaughter Charlotte, Chelsea Clinton said.
“I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always, always knew they loved me,” she continued. “That thought of being valued is what my mom wants for every child. It is the calling of her life.”
Chelsea Clinton said said that when she was a child and her mother was away, she would leave “a note for me to open every day when she was gone.”
“I treasured each and every one of those notes. They were always a reminder that I was always in her thoughts and in her heart,” Chelsea Clinton said.
She said that her parents would listen to the details of her day and her thoughts on current events prior to telling her about their own.
“I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions and to be able to back them up with facts,” Chelsea Clinton said. “I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always, always knew how deeply they loved me. That feeling of being valued and loved, that’s what my mom wants for every child.”
Chelsea Clinton did not mention her mother’s rival Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but said that in November, she will vote for “a woman who is my role model as a mother and as an advocate.”
“I hope that my children will someday be as proud of me as I am of my mother,” Chelsea Clinton said. “She makes me proud every single day. And to everyone watching tonight, I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president.”
Chelsea Clinton: "This November, I'm voting for a woman who is my role model as a mother and as an advocate." https://t.co/sw6ReaiFdf— ABC News (@ABC) July 29, 2016
Both of her parents praised Chelsea Clinton's speech on Twitter.
Tuesday I said Chelsea’s birth was the greatest moment of my life. Seeing her introduce her mother tonight is right up there! #DemsinPhilly— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 29, 2016
So proud. pic.twitter.com/ketX6fS9NY— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 29, 2016
During her speech, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination for president of the United States.
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