Action News is there as Obama is nominated

August 27, 2008 9:15:51 PM PDT
After a long and sometimes bitter primary, it was up to Hillary Clinton to give Barack Obama the prize she so desperately wanted. During Wednesday's roll call vote, Sen. Clinton stepped up to the microphone, surrounded by New York delegates, and called for a vote of acclamation. The motion passed, and Barack Obama was nominated for President of the United States.

The arena erupted in jubilation, with many people brought to tears by the sight of the first African-American being nominated on a major party ticket.

"I went through segregation and desegregation," said Gail Conner of Edgemont Twp., Pennsylvania. "I can't explain it to you. It's moving and I just praise God for it."

Some of Pennsylvania's best-known delegates even weighed in.

"The game is over. Obama won. We are going to the big game. I can't wait to be a part of that," said former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris.

There was even a sense of renewed optimism as the thought of an Obama-Biden ticket sunk in. Once again, Governor Ed Rendell praised Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden as a running mate.

"I think he brings a tremendous experience to Senator Barack Obama's ticket, his background with foreign relations and policy definitely helps to stabilize and strengthen the ticket," said Governor Ed Rendell.


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