Barack Obama claims Democratic nomination
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Democrat Barack Obama declared victory Tuesday in the hard-fought race for the Democratic nomination and said the country faced a defining moment in the November presidential election against Republican John McCain.
“America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love,” Obama told a crowd of 32,000 people at a St. Paul hockey arena.
Obama, an Illinois senator who would be the first black U.S. president, gained enough delegates to win the bruising battle for the Democratic nomination against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who sought to be the first woman U.S. president.
“Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another — a journey that will bring a new and better day to America,” said Obama, who was joined on stage by his wife Michelle, with whom he shared a celebratory fist-bump.
Photo credit: Reuters/Eric Miller (Obama at St. Paul rally where he claimed the Democratic presidential nomination)