With his party in jubilant mood Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the US presidency. After months of internal struggling the Democrats closed ranks behind the Illinois senator at a convention in Denver. He was greeted more like a rock star than a politician. “This moment, this election is our chance to keep in the 21st century the American promise alive,” he told his followers.
In his acceptance speech Obama launched a stinging attack on his Republican rival: “John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 per cent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgement, but really what does it say about your judgement when you think that George Bush has been right more than 90 per cent of the time. I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to take a 10 per cent chance on change.” “John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell, but he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives.”
The Republicans will have their say when McCain accepts his party’s nomination at a convention in early September, ahead of November’s presidential vote.