Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd, Barack Obama promised a clean break from the "broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush" Thursday night as he embarked on the final lap of his audacious bid to become the nation’s first black president.
"America, now is not the time for small plans," the 47-year-old Democratic Illinois senator told an estimated 84,000 people packed into Invesco Field, a huge football stadium at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
An aggressive, re-energized Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President Thursday night with a stirring speech long on specifics, peppered with in-your-face challenges to John McCain and one that delivered on the promise that has drawn so many to enthusiastically support the Senator from Illinois.
Originally, the antiwar march that started after an afternoon concert at Denver’s Coliseum this week wasn’t a permitted parade.
But when police got word Wednesday that thousands were expected to take to the streets in what had the potential to be the largest protest of the Democratic National Convention so far, they struck a deal with protest leaders.
Republican White House hopeful John McCain has picked his running mate to stand with him against the Democrats in the November election, his campaign said Thursday.
Asked to confirm reports that McCain had made his choice, spokesman Brian Rogers replied "Yep" by email.