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Presidential Nominee Barack Obama

ImageBarack Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 United States presidential election.

Obama is the first African American to be nominated by a major political party for president.[1] A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003. After a primary victory in March 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 with 70 percent of the vote.

As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel. Obama announced his presidential campaign in February 2007, and was formally nominated at the 2008 Democratic National Convention with Delaware senator Joe Biden as his running mate.

Vice-Presidential Nominee Joseph Biden


ImageJoseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from Delaware. He is both the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the November 2008 presidential election and a candidate for re-election in the U.S. Senate.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and lived there for ten years prior to moving to Delaware. He became an attorney in 1969 and was elected to a county council in 1970. Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, and became the fifth-youngest senator in U.S. history. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002, and has served for the sixth-longest period among current senators.

Biden is a long-time member and current chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. His strong advocacy helped bring about U.S. military assistance and intervention during the Bosnian War. He voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution, but later proposed resolutions to alter U.S. strategy there. He has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties, and led creation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Violence Against Women Act. He chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

Biden unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008, both times dropping out early in the process. Barack Obama selected Biden to be the Democratic Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 U.S. election. If elected he will be the first Roman Catholic Vice President and the first Vice President from Delaware.

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‘Don’t Count Me Out” Clinton Wins In Pennsylvania

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By BVN Staff

Obama says, ‘It’s up to you Indiana.’

Hilary Rodham Clinton easily won the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday night, defeating Barack Obama and staving off elimination in their fierce nominating battle. Her solid victory ensures the race will go on at least another two weeks. 

The New York senator's comfortable win sends the race on to North Carolina May 6, where the flush-with-money Obama is favored; and Indiana, where the two are close.

Obama was able to stave off an eyebrow-arching blowout by Clinton even while falling short in his effort to bring the polarizing competition effectively to a close. Clinton beat him by about 10 points.

"Some counted me out and said to drop out," the former first lady told Philadelphia supporters who roared their disapproval of that idea and cheered her victory in a state where Obama outspent her 2-to-1. "But the American people don't quit. And they deserve a president who doesn't quit, either."

In a round of television interviews Wednesday morning, Clinton argued that she's the stronger candidate to take on Republican John McCain because she's won big swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Democratic Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton ground out a gritty victory in the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday night, defeating rival Sen. Barack Obama.

"The fair question is if you can't win the states we have to win in the fall maybe that says something about your general election appeal," Clinton told

Their Keystone state matchup was fierce and bitter, which seemed to harden attitudes among Democrats even as Republican John McCain tended to the unification of his party and campaigned across the country in preparation for the fall. Only half of each Democrat's supporters said they would be satisfied if the other Democrat won the nomination, according to interviews with voters as they left polling stations.

"After 14 long months, it's easy to forget what this campaign's about from time to time," Obama told an Evansville, Ind., rally, obliquely conceding that the Pennsylvania race turned nasty.

"It's easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and the tit-for-tat that consumes our politics, the bickering that none of us are entirely immune to, and it trivializes the profound issues: two wars, an economy in recession, a planet in peril, issues that confront our nation. That kind of politics is not why we are here tonight. It's not why I'm here, and it's not why you're here."

Obama wasted no time making tracks to Indiana. His plane was in the air when the primary was called in Clinton's favor, which he discovered upon landing.

The Illinois senator trailed in opinion polls all along but had made up ground in the last few weeks, despite a series of inartful episodes in a campaign that once seemed smooth at every turn.

Clinton was winning 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Obama with 99 percent of the vote counted. She won the votes of blue-collar workers, women and white men in an election where the economy was the dominant concern. He was favored by Blacks, the affluent and voters who recently switched to the Democratic Party, a group that comprised about one in 10 Pennsylvania voters.

Clinton won at least 80 delegates to the party's national convention, with 12 still to be awarded, according to AP's analysis of election returns. Obama won at least 66.

Obama maintains a clear delegate advantage as well as the lead in the popular vote, and there are not many opportunities left for Clinton to turn that around. Moreover, party leaders are growing impatient with the drawn-out struggle and have watched nervously as McCain, his nomination race long settled, has climbed in opinion polls.

Clinton, Obama Step Back From Race Debate

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By Chris Levister

Obama Offers Olive Leaf as King Controversy Boils Over

Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama sensing a head-on train wreck jointly pledged to bury a rancorous debate over race Tuesday agreeing that a prolonged clash over civil rights could derail the party's drive to win the White House.

Both blamed supporters for some of the ferment that had seeped into the competition for the party's presidential nomination in recent days.

"We both have exuberant and sometimes uncontrollable supporters," Clinton said during the opening moments of a two hour debate televised on MSNBC.

On Dr. Martin Luther King's 79th birthday, the two leading Democratic contenders shifted gears after Clinton's comment that it had taken President Lyndon B. Johnson, a white politician, to finally realize King's dream of racial equality by signing the Civil Rights Act.  

The Clinton-Obama racial tempest boiled over this weekend, whipping around the Internet, print media, and on television like a brushfire. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking Black member of Congress, expressed disappointment at the comments by Hillary and Bill Clinton that he sees as diminishing the historic role of civil rights activists.

Obama offered Clinton an olive leaf Monday night, issuing a statement saying he didn't want the campaign to "degenerate into so much tit-for-tat, back-and-forth, that we would lose sight of why we are all doing this."

Referring to Clinton and Sen. John Edwards, he said that while they may have disagreements, "we share the same goals. We are all Democrats. We all believe in civil rights, we all believe in equal rights."

Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama agree to focus on bread and butter issues after racial tempest turns nasty.  

Clinton's campaign issued a statement, saying it was time to seek common ground.

"Both Senator Obama and I know we are where we are today because of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King," Clinton said at a labor-sponsored birthday party in honor of the slain civil rights leader.  "We have to bring our party together and our country together."

Meanwhile Clinton, Obama and the surviving presidential candidates have put Iowa and New Hampshire in the rear view mirror they're speeding toward a very big, very Western political panorama where Nevada voters will caucus on January 19 and Californians offer the largest delegate prize of all on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Speaking at a rally in Commerce Friday Clinton unveiled a $70 billion economic stimulus package aimed at making it easier for millions of people to pay their mortgages and home heating bills.  Clinton's call for a freeze on foreclosures and tax cuts for middle class workers came during an appearance at the Electrical Training Institute, a facility affiliated with the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Obama this week hit the San Francisco area - a powerhouse urban arena and political fundraising center that has a population bigger than all of New Hampshire. The senator seeking to become the first Black president is aiming direct appeals to younger, inspired Latino voters.

Political observers say there are a handful of key factors at play as the Feb. 5 primary approaches that will define the West's unique role as new territory for presidential candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side, among them female voters, and Latinos, the fastest growing constituency in the state and an acknowledged political force of the future.

Senator Forgoes Pay Increase

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Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod announced today that in light of the current budget situation, she will not be accepting the pay increase granted by an independent citizen's commission.

The Governor has declared a fiscal emergency and called the legislature into special session to address the budget crisis.

"That is why I am instructing the Secretary of the Senate and the State Controller to immediately rescind my recent salary increase approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission," Senator Negrete McLeod said.  "The Legislature and the Governor have to come together to make some tough decisions on how best to bring the state's budget back into balance.  We are all going to have to tighten our belts this year."

Senator Negrete McLeod is one of twenty-two legislators declining the pay hike.

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