According to exit polls, Barack Obama has secured the nomination to run as the U.S. Democratic party’s candidate for president. He has a fine reputation as a consistent senator who listens to his voters and is willing to work with people to get things done.
The third African-American Senator since Reconstruction makes history
—by Jennifer Parker
After a bruising battle, Sen. Barack Obama has won enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, ABC News projects based on exit polls and reporting.
Obama, D-Ill., becomes the first African-American major party presidential candidate in the nation’s history.
But the candidate emerges battered after a bitter, five-month fight against Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who was vying to become the party’s first female presidential nominee and was once considered the likely nominee.
Delivering soaring speeches tied to a popular message of hope and change, Obama’s insurgent candidacy inspired record-breaking campaign contributions, record turnout by black voters, and wide support from independents, liberals, young voters, and high-income, better-educated Democrats.
Although he won the majority of primary contests — 33 to Clinton’s 20, not including Michigan and Florida — the Illinois senator struggled to win the support of white, blue-collar voters, older voters and Hispanic voters.
The issue of race cropped up again and again for the man seeking to become the nation’s first black president.
Hillary Clinton is hinting that she’d be willing to run as Vice President. But many commentators feel that Hillary Clinton is the wrong VP candidate.
Hillary Clinton the wrong choice for Barack Obama’s running mate
—by Barb Shelly, Kansas City Star editorial page columnist
The latest on Hillary Clinton is that she’s denying her presidential run is over, but telling people she’d be “open” to accepting a vice presidential offer from Barack Obama.
Maybe, at the end of the day, an Obama-Clinton ticket will be the Democrats best strategy. But right now, it’s a bit hard to fathom.
Clinton has spent months running around the country telling people–implicitly and explicitly–that Obama doesn’t have what it takes to beat John McCain and be the chief executive.
So what is her role in his campaign and administration? Is it to round out the ticket and be a back-seat adviser and break ties in the Senate?
Doesn’t seem likely. Hillary and Bill Clinton regard themselves as entitled, and I don’t think they’ll be able to resist temptation to try to wedge themselves into the driver’s seat.