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Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, carrying a message of change and an inspiring speaking style that brought thousands to his campaign rallies, battled through the state primaries earlier this year to eventually win the Democratic nomination for president — making history as the first African-American to do so.

Obama picked as his running mate fellow U.S. senator Joe Biden of Deleware. Biden was an early presidential rival to Obama, but dropped out after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses when he got only 2 percent of the delegates.

However, Biden has had to eat some of his early criticisms of Obama, including a debate statement that Obama was too inexperienced to be president. (See YouTube video.)

NEVADA CAUCUS — Obama made several trips to Nevada during the primary season and won the endorsement of the powerful Culinary union. However, Nevada Democrats didn't immediately embrace Obama — he lost the first round of the Nevada caucuses on Jan. 19 to Hillary Clinton. (See the Sun's extensive coverage.)

But by the time the final numbers rolled in, Obama finally won the majority of Nevada's state delegates — and enough delegates overall to beat Clinton and secure the Democratic nomination.

WINNING THE WEST — After the grueling primary battle, a team of Sun journalists took a "Winning the West" road trip in August through the Southwest on the way to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. (See stories, videos, photos and blogs.)

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION — At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Obama brought olive branches to Clinton supporters, enlisting the Clintons to try to put some salve on the deep wounds that the slashing, sometimes ugly primary battles had brought to the party. (See the Sun's team coverage.)

Since that time, Obama has continued his message of change, saying that Republican presidential nominee John McCain represents the same type of Republican leadership that allowed the Wall Street meltdown to happen. He took swings at McCain during a September visit to Las Vegas.

Archive highlights

Barack Obama - bio information

Mon, Aug 25, 2008

Barack Obama's bio information.

Barack Obama on the issues

Mon, Oct 6, 2008

The following are Barack Obama's positions on selected issues.

All stories

Nevada politicians, advocate react to shift in Cuba policy

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Nevada’s reaction to President Obama’s announcement on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba has been mixed. Some expressed concern over Obama’s efforts to weaken the country’s embargo against Cuba, while others ...

Video: ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ take on how laws are made

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Remember Schoolhouse Rock? We wrote in July that the cartoon doesn't quite depict how a bill becomes a law. It can take years for ...

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Among the recipients are Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of ...

How many presidents have played golf at Shadow Creek? Four!

Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Today’s reported golf round at Shadow Creek Golf Course involving President Barack Obama, ex-Yankee Derek Jeter, Diamond Resorts International founder Stephen Cloobeck and Greenspun Media Group owner Brian Greenspun is ...

Obama playing golf with Jeter at Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas

Sat, Nov 22, 2014

The White House said the foursome at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Saturday includes retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Obama campaign supporter Stephen Cloobeck, and Brian Greenspun, the ...

What Obama said in Las Vegas and what it means

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

The success of President Obama’s freshly signed deal to spare millions from deportation hinges on how well he sells it to Americans. He’s counting on newly famous Las Vegan ...

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues Obama over immigration plan

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an outspoken critic of the federal government, announced late Thursday he’s suing President Barack Obama over his recently unveiled plan to reform the nation’s immigration system. ...

Obama’s immigration speech to cut into 2014 Latin Grammys on Univision

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

President Barack Obama’s immigration speech will officially cut into as many as 40 minutes of today’s live Univision telecast of the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Why Obama chose Las Vegas to rally public support for immigration plan

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

A Las Vegas high school will serve as President Barack Obama’s backdrop Friday when he touts his plan to reform the country’s immigration system without the approval of Congress. Obama ...

‘If we vote, we win. If we don’t, we lose,’ Biden says in Las Vegas

Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden said if Republicans win a the majority of races in this election, partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., would continue. Biden’s appearance was an eleventh-hour effort by ...

Challenger running Horsford ad featuring Obama in rural Nevada

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Rep. Steven Horsford is getting free help sharing one of his newest political ads — from Republican challenger Cresent Hardy. In an attempt to rally North Las Vegas Democrats ...

Vice President Joe Biden coming to Las Vegas to rally voters

Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Underscoring the trouble Nevada Democrats are in this election cycle, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Las Vegas on Saturday to try to get Democrats to the polls. Biden ...

Apply now: Obama gets a job offer in California

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants. And he's got ...

Biden in Las Vegas to push for increasing minimum wage

Mon, Oct 6, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is rallying support in Las Vegas today to push Congress to raise the minimum wage. Biden’s effort to mobilize support comes with less than a month ...

U.S. and allies hit Islamic State targets in Syria

Mon, Sep 22, 2014

The U.S. and five Arab countries began unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on ...

Videos

Obama Rally at Cashman
Obama Rally at Cashman
Barack Obama spoke at a rally at Cashman Field in North Las Vegas on Wednesday ...
Presidential Candidates on Health Care
Presidential Candidates on Health Care
With the latest scandal or character attack dominating most of today's political headlines, many voters ...
Albuquerque Ladies' Man
Albuquerque Ladies' Man
Barack Obama answers questions from a group of Albuquerque women. Topics range from health care, ...
Reality Check: Barack Obama's Campaign Advertisement
Reality Check: Barack Obama's Campaign Advertisement
Jon puts presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's new campaign ad through a Reality Check.

Slideshows

Obama speaks at Cashman Center
Barack Obama speaks to supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Center in Las Vegas. ...
Obama's moment
Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination at Denver's Mile High Stadium.
Obama in Vegas
On Sunday, Jan. 13, presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Las Vegas, making a stop at ...
Obama in Nevada
On Friday, Jan. 11, presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Las Vegas, making stops at the ...

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