COLUMBIA, S.C. – Barack Obama put all his rhetorical skills to work tonight in his buoyant victory speech, leading the crowd in a chant of, “Yes, we can!”
He had plenty to say in response to the nasty fight of the last week.
“We are up against the idea that it’s acceptable to say anything and do anything to win an election,” he said. “We know that this is exactly what’s wrong with our politics; this is why people don’t believe what their leaders say anymore; this is why they tune out. And this election is our chance to give the American people a reason to believe again.”
He decried “the assumption that African-Americans can’t support the white candidate; whites can’t support the African-American candidate; blacks and Latinos can’t come together.”
And answered: “But we are here tonight to say that this is not the America we believe in.”
Even though the Iraq war seemed to have totally faded away from the race in the last week, the Obama campaign hinted they know it might come back. The candidate was introduced to the crowd by a young Iraq war veteran who welcomed him on stage as “the person I expect to be the next commander-in-chief.”
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, moved onto Tennessee tonight.
And, this year, with every delegate counting, Massachusetts may actually matter. Clinton is speaking in Springfield at 11:30 on Monday morning. We expect she’ll probably attend a Boston fundraiser later in the day as well.
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