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Barack Obama Formally Becomes Democratic Party Nominee

August 28, 2008

From the New York Times:

Senator Barack Obama, the Hawaiian-born son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, officially become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party on Wednesday, capping a meteoric rise from a little-known first-term Senator to the first African-American to win a major party nomination.

Mr. Obama’s formal nomination was secured at 6:48p.m. local time on the third day of the Democratic National Convention here, as his primary season rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, moved that Mr. Obama be nominated by acclamation.

Still, the formal nomination of Mr. Obama will not completely end the drama that has driven the Obama and Clinton camps and provided a consuming story line of this convention. At 7 p.m. local time, former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to address the convention, whose theme for Wednesday is foreign policy and a tribute to the military, giving the Clintons two nights of prominence at this high-profile event.

A draft of Mr. Clinton’s speech will be sent to the Obama campaign Wednesday afternoon, a Clinton aide said. Mr. Obama has said in recent days that the former president free to talk about whatever subject he chooses, though he has been granted only 10 minutes of podium time (though that might change). Mr. Clinton’s aides said he intends to deliver an impassioned plea for Democratic unity and an end to what he will characterize as the fiscal and foreign policy disasters of the Bush administration.

Earlier today, New York Senator Hillary Clinton released her delegates, allowing those who had been pledged to her to vote for whomever they choose in a roll call vote later today.

From CNN:

Clinton engaged in a bitter primary battle with Barack Obama until the last contest in June before conceding. On Tuesday night, she delivered the headline address to the party’s convention in Denver, which was intended to heal any rift that the contentious campaign had caused.

Clinton told the delegation that she had waited to address them in one place so she could address them all before releasing them.

“It is traditional that we have nominations, that we have a roll call, that we have candidates who look for ways to make sure we come out of here ready to win in November,” she said. “As part of that tradition, I am here today to release you as my delegates.”

Controversy has surrounded the role of Clinton’s nearly 1,700 pledged delegates. Last month, she said allowing them to cast a vote for her in a roll call at the convention could provide a “catharsis.”

Clinton said Wednesday she signed her ballot for Obama.

Tonight will be a historic night in our country and it will be interesting to see if the Democrats can now band together to defeat John McCain in the November election. Polls currently show the race in a dead heat and I’m sure that it will remain tight until Election Day. Thoughts?

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