"The end of one historic journey... the beginning of another"
Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination in a long-time-coming victory speech Tuesday at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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. "Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States," he said.