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Yes He Can: Barack Obama Gets the Presumptive Democratic Nod for PresidentTim King Salem-News.com
Obama is the presumptive winner of the Democratic ticket. He will be the first black American to ever run as a major party candidate for President.
(ST. PAUL, Minn.) - Barack Obama has grabbed another gear in the race for President. Hillary Clinton it is now unofficially revealed, may likely be his running mate.
Obama's speech on MSNBC, included below, carries strong words against Republican opponent John McCain. He isn't letting him off the hook for his support of fellow Republican George W. Bush.
"There are many words to describe McCain's attempts to brush off his embracing of George W. Bush's policies, but 'change' is not one of them."
He did not hesitate to say that McCain's vision of staying in Iraq for the next 100 years is not good American policy.
"Our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated and almost every other threat against America is being ignored."
Obama said Iraq should never have been authorized and the war should have not been waged; he also talked about the root causes of what brought the country to this point.
"What you won't see from this campaign is religion used as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon."
He also promises a middle class tax break and more money and attention in science, innovation and alternative energy, and he talked about the importance of balancing the budget. saying that, "Fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand in hand as it did when Bill Clinton was President."
"This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past; our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face, our time to offer a new direction for this county we love."
He admits that the journey will be difficult and the road will be long. But Obama says he faces this moment with profound humility and faith.
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