The Illinois Senator claims victory in the Democratic race while kicking off his general election campaign on the GOP convention’s turf.
Puts focus on November’s contest: “The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.”
Spends majority of speech focusing on criticizing McCain: “While John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign. It’s not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year.”
Also speaks highly of Clinton, assuring voters the party will be unified: “Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign…Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
ONE OF THE BEST WRITTEN/DELIVERED OBAMA SPEECHES OF THE CAMPAIGN.
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