Here is the entire 27 minute speech delivered by Barack Obama declaring himself the Democratic Party’s nominee and speaking about moving forward into the general election versus John McCain. At this point, it appears as though it will not be fruitful for Hillary Clinton to continue pursuing the nomination using superdelegates.
The full video of Obama’s speech from St. Paul, Minnesota at the same arena in which the Republican convention will be held:
Story from Yahoo News:
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination in a long-time-coming victory speech Tuesday that taunted Republicans on their own turf and reached out to heal Democratic wounds with lofty praise for his rival.
“Let us begin the work together,” Obama exhorted thousands of cheering supporters in a packed sports arena. “Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.”
Speaking in the same arena that will host the Republican nominating convention in early September, Obama said the long, hard primary campaign, now finally ended, should help steel a deeply divided party to do more effective battle against Republicans and their candidate, John McCain.
“Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she’s a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she’s a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight,” Obama said.
“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 her, he said.
Obama called Clinton to congratulate her on the South Dakota win and got her voicemail, according to aides. He asked Clinton to call him back.
Speculation spread over whether he would invite her to share the ticket as his running mate, and Clinton only encouraged it. But Obama aides tied to tamp down such talk.
So it begins.. the general election is now upon us in the coming months..