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Obama E-Mail Accuses GOP Of Attacking ‘Ordinary People’

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Since last night’s acceptance speech by Sarah Palin, the Barack Obama campaign has issued two fundraising e-mails, the latest about 20 minutes ago.

With the nation watching, the Republicans mocked, dismissed, and actually laughed out loud at Americans who engage in community service and organizing,” the latest e-mail said.

The campaign asked for donations of $5 or more to prove “the McCain attack squad doesn’t understand is that people like you – who devote part of their busy lives to organizing and building their communities – have the power to change this country.”

Marc Ambinder reports via Twitter that the campaign says they’ve raised $10 million since last night alone.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Rudy Giuliani Slams Democratic Ticket At New York Delegation Lunch

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

MINNEAPOLIS–Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani used sharp words to attack the Democratic the presidential ticket at a luncheon held by the New York Republican Delegation.

He confused the name of the Illinois Legislature, where Barack Obama served as a state senator, with that of the “Chicago legislature” multiple times, resigning himself at last to calling it the “Chicago machine, that’s it.”

Giuliani mocked Obama’s time as a community organizer. “What do they do?” he said. “I’m trying to figure it out.”

He also chided Biden’s verbosity. “Joe has a great amount of experience talking, and talking and talking.”

After describing Sarah Palin’s experience as mayor of Wasilla, he said something Obama used once to great criticism at a fundraiser: “They’re probably part of that group of people that clings to religion and guns,” he said.”

“They’re part of that group that doesn’t count: small-town America. Oh, gee. I guess you don’t study that at Harvard,” he said.

He left without taking any questions from the press.

Full speech here:

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September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Obama Texts Relief Message

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Barack Obama presidential campaign sent text messages at 3 p.m. Monday to its supporters requesting they send $5 donations to the Red Cross as aid in the relief effort for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 12:43 am

Obama Upstages Biden In ‘Surprise’ Appearance

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Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Barack Obama giving Jill Biden a kiss after striding out on stage to end the third night of the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–The rock star closer relieved the set-up man Wednesday night.

After Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, delivered a much-improvised speech – so much so that the Democratic National Committee had to reissue his speech verbatim since is was so different than the original – Barack Obama walked out and upstaged him.

Biden said Obama’s was an example of “the great American story,” and lauded him for his courage and judgement throughout his life.

But after the speech concluded and people began leaving their seats, Barack Obama strode on stage, announced as a “very special surprise guest” by Jill Biden, Joe’s wife.

“Hello Democrats,” Obama said, to thunderous applause. “I just wanted to come out here for a little, little something to say.

“I want everybody to understand why I am so proud to have Joe Biden and Jill Biden and Beau Biden and Mama Biden and the whole Biden family with me on this journey to take America back,” he said.

He thanked each of the major speakers from the last three nights, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. “I think Hillary rocked the house last night, don’t you think?” he said, then applauding himself for 15 seconds. “And, just in case you were wondering, I think President Clinton reminded us of what it was like when a president put people first.”

During Biden’s speech, he attacked McCain forcefully, but only after saying their friendship transcended politics. “We’ve traveled the world together,” Biden said.

Biden also notably made a Freudian slip sure to last throughout the duration of the campaign. After describing what he called an American dream slipping away, Biden said: “That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the America we’ll continue to get if George – excuse me – if John McCain is elected president of the United States of America.”

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August 28, 2008 at 1:18 am

Obama Officially Becomes Democratic Presidential Nominee

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DENVER–There were reports of tears in the eyes of black leaders on the convention floor as Barack Obama, the son of a black Kenyan man and a white Kansan woman, officially became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

After the New York delegation cast its votes for Obama, at 4:48 p.m. local time, Hillary Clinton motioned for the roll call to end and for Obama to receive the nomination by acclamation, or voice vote.

“Let’s declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” Clinton said.

“I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” she said, causing the hall to erupt and begin chanting “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”

The move comes after Clinton released her delegates earlier in the afternoon at an event in the Colorado Convention Center.

Update: Photos of the acclamation moment from Irene Jay Liu of The Albany Times-Union.

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August 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Obama Arrives In Denver

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DENVER–Barack Obama’s plane landed in Denver Wednesday afternoon.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Hillary Clinton Releases Her Delegates

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By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Hillary Clinton formally released her delegates, allowing them to vote for Barack Obama during roll call, in a highly anticipated speech to delegates and supporters Wednesday at the Colorado Convention Center.

Her speech, which she called an attempt to get all of her “at last count, 1,920 delegates” together in a room, was a tearful affair for many of her most fervent supporters.

“I am here to release you as delegates,” she said to jeers and groans, adding later, “I am not telling you what to do…I signed my ballot for Senator Obama.”

She thanked her supporters for their work. “Yes, we didn’t make it but boy did we have a good time,” she said.

A Clinton delegate from Fort Greene, New York, Jane Galvin-Lewis, said she’ll vote for Obama in November after voting for Clinton during balloting this morning. “Who in the world would vote for McCain?” she said. “Bush is sickness, McCain is death.”

Update: Video of a Clinton supporter from Kentucky who signed the petition to get Clinton’s name in nomination:

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August 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm