August 28th, 2008
10:56 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama tells Dems: 'I accept your nomination'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination Thursday night."]
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is laying out his plan to lead the country into an era of change after what he called eight years of failed policies.

Watch: 'I accept,' says Obama

"I believe that as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming. Because I've seen it. Because I've lived it," Obama will say, according to a copy of his speech released Thursday evening.

"Change happens because the American people demand it - because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time," he will say.

Watch: 'Eight is enough'

At the beginning of his speech, he detailed what he called the failures of the Bush administration.

Watch: Obama: 'We are better'

"America, we are better than these last eight years," he said. "This moment, this election, is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive."

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Update: McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds released this statement in response to Sen. Obama's acceptance speech: "Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. . . . The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President."

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Tom Knotts

    It seems that Obama has promised everything with little explanation on how to pay for them. How does he plan to make those fuel efficient cars affordable to everyone without placing price controls on auto companies who make them? How are auto companies to pay those high union labor costs to employees and keep the price down? He is a socialist who believes government should control all aspects of people's lives. The government will pay for your education, the government will provide you a job, the government will give you a car to go to that government job, the government will take care of your health care, the government will provide you a retirement. Tell me where is the need for that "hard work" that he talks about? Who does he think pays the government's bills?

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. dustin

    amazing speech. will be studied for decades. i just donated and this weekend i'll volunteer.

    tonight was an historic event and will be remembered as a catalyst. change is coming.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. April

    Good speech. Hope he lives up to his hype. We only see one side, let the other side present itself.

    Good luck to all of us Americans.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Darren

    Stark choice.
    Democrats: Tax, spend, get social programs, have enough money to cover. May recover some modicum of respect in the world.
    Republicans: Don't tax, spend anyway, get way, have big deficit. Entire world hates us.
    Put the politics aside. Do what you want. You choose.

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. M.Suznavick

    Wow! The best political speech I have ever heard. Afterward my husband and I went out and danced in the street! CHANGE- It will come from the people and OBAMA-BIDEN will lead the way.
    America join all of us and take back the American way

    August 28, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Obama/Biden Good choice

    Can someone tell me where the ego was in this speech. It was a little slow in the beginning but it did improve. I didn't hear anything that look anything likeor smelled of ego. Some people in life will not be happy because they are not happy, but you will not bring me nor my fellow Democrats down. Go get some chunky monkey and your web cams and fuss at each other, because the true democrats are not listening Go OBAMA and BIDEN

    Joan Harrington, Cspan was the only network that covered the prayer God bless

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. Yes We Can

    What a wonderful evening! I've never felt so hopeful and inspired. This ticket has it together, and I can't wait for November 4th when I cast my vote for Barack Obama!

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Non-Kool Aid Drinker

    McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time? Guess who voted with McCain 90% of the time while in Senate, here is a hint, his name rhymes with nObama....


    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Beverly Tatum

    Barack was brilliant! He shows what intelligence and leadership qualities can accomplish! He is the best choice and the only choice worthy to be our President. Barack was Presidential tonight and he will be the President elected in November!

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. Crush Rush

    What a joke Leslie Sanchez is,she just doesnt get it.

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Wrob in GA

    Let's not be confused next week – the choice is clear. Barack Obama should be the next President of the United States! We know it – the whole world knows it!

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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