Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and senator, earlier Tuesday became the first woman nominated for president by a major American party. Speaking from New York on a video screen in the arena, Clinton said "we've put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."
She has recently been dogged by concerns about her tenure as secretary of state and leaked emails that raised questions about the Democratic primary's fairness. FBI Director James Comey deemed Clinton's handling of classified information "careless," but she will not face criminal charges for it. Her Republican opponents have claimed she led to more instability in the Middle East.
Delegates at the Republican National Convention last week portrayed Hillary Clinton as untrustworthy and called to "lock her up!" Bill Clinton contended that one version of his wife is "real and the other is made up," prompting delegates to applaud and shake signs on the Wells Fargo Center floor.
"You just have to decide which is which my fellow Americans. The real one had done more public change-making before she was 30 than many politicians have done in a lifetime in office," he said.
Clinton shared stories of early work his wife did for education, health care, race relations and voting rights, issues she has repeatedly pledged to address in this election. He detailed her posing as a housewife in the early 1970s to examine race relations in Alabama schools and helping to register Mexican-American voters.
He also outlined compromises she made with Republican colleagues during her time in the Senate.
Bill Clinton has campaigned for his wife during the primary process, putting his presidential record and past in the crosshairs of Republican nominee Donald Trump. Trump, an opponent of trade deals, has bashed Clinton for the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure.