Obama takes nomination, McCain speaks in Louisiana

Before the night is over, Barack Obama will be crowned the Democratic nominee which will officially kick off the general election between him and John McCain. Word is that Hillary Clinton has become “open” to the possibility of the vice presidential slot for Obama’s candidacy.

Of course, the South Dakota and Montana primary results are coming in which you can follow here.

A report on the day’s events from MyWay:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois sealed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation’s first black president. A defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuvered for the vice presidential spot on his fall ticket.

Obama’s victory set up a five-month campaign with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a race between a 46-year-old opponent of the Iraq War and a 71-year-old former Vietnam prisoner of war and staunch supporter of the current U.S. military mission.

McCain was plainly eager for the race to begin, and accused his younger rival of voting “to deny funds to the soldiers who have done a brilliant and brave job” in Iraq.

In remarks prepared for delivery in New Orleans, McCain agreed with Obama that the presidential race would focus on change. “But the choice is between the right change and the wrong change, between going forward and going backward,” he added.

Video report from ABC News:

Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro isn’t too pleased:

We’ll have video of each speech as they’re delivered later this evening. Furthermore, the question remains what Hillary Clinton will say in her speech, will she concede anything or concede everything? Nobody really knows at this point, however, Obama will be hitting the 2,118 delegate number soon.

Update

About 5 minutes of McCain’s speech:

Update

Hillary’s done speaking, video up soon. She did not concede an inch and says she “will make no decision tonight” but she will be consulting with party leaders and advisers on where to go next.

Watch Hillary’s full speech here.

Update

3 minutes of Obama’s lengthy speech:

Will have the full speech up soon…