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Barack Obama Accepts Democratic Nomination, With Challenging Speech

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Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States, making history as the first-ever African-American candidate of a major political party. Fireworks followed Barack Obama's speech. See his acceptance speech with this story.

Obama is giving his acceptance speech before an audience of tens of thousands of people at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on racial equality.

Obama pledged to fix the broken politics of Washington, saying the country cannot afford another eight years of presidential failure. He also promised to cut taxes for
small businesses and 95 percent of working families.

The Illinois senator also sharply criticized Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying the Arizona lawmaker has voted with President George Bush "90 percent of the time." Before his speech, the audience watched a film about Obama's life and a video tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Former Vice President Al Gore, who lost to George Bush in the bitterly contested 2000 presidential election, also gave a speech. He told convention delegates that Republican candidate John McCain's election as president would be little more than a continuation of Bush-Cheney policies.

Once a rival to Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for Obama's nomination by acclamation Wednesday during the roll call vote of the states. Delegates in the convention hall cheered, clapped and chanted the Obama campaign slogan "Yes We Can."

Republicans hold their national convention next week in the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, where McCain will become that party's presidential nominee.

By VOA News

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