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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

Harry Reid, Obama at odds over future of government-backed lenders

Fri, Aug 9, 2013

President Barack Obama, much of Congress and leading housing experts and economists in Nevada may all be singing the praises of phasing out home-lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

White House continues to press for immigration reform, re-emphasizes economic benefits

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

he Obama administration continues pounding for immigration reform this week, with White House officials releasing two separate reports on the economic benefits of overhaul legislation.

Despite delay of Affordable Care Act provision, Nevadans still held to insurance requirement

Wed, Jul 3, 2013

The decision by President Barack Obama to delay a key part of the Affordable Care Act is not expected to have a big impact on Nevada, a state official said.

The world we leave to our children

Sun, Jun 30, 2013

On Tuesday, I unveiled a new national plan to confront climate change. It’s a plan that will reduce carbon pollution to prevent the worst effects of climate change, prepare our ...

Addressing mayors, Biden touches on immigration, job creation, background checks

Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden touted immigration reform as he addressed hundreds of the nation’s mayors gathered for a conference in Las Vegas. He also repeatedly stressed that cities are the ...

In Las Vegas, Biden touts 'transformative impact' of passing immigration reform

Thu, Jun 20, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden said that a definite path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States was long overdue.

Vice president making his way back to Las Vegas

Tue, Jun 4, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote speech at the annual convention for the League of United Latin American Citizens on June 20 in Las Vegas, the convention organizers ...

County elections chief to serve on presidential panel to streamline voting

Tue, May 21, 2013

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to appoint Clark County elections chief Larry Lomax to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a panel designed to improve voters’ access ...

The president's budget and you: Obama's proposals that should catch Nevadans' attention

Thu, Apr 11, 2013

President Barack Obama’s budget, unveiled Wednesday, came along too late in the year to dramatically change the course of budget discussions about fiscal 2014. The president’s budget raises a few ...

Harry Reid bites tongue over potential change to Social Security

Fri, Apr 5, 2013

Reports that President Barack Obama’s budget will include proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security set off a wave of criticism within the Democratic Party today. But in Nevada, Senate ...

Harry Reid, Mike Tyson seeking pardon for former boxing champ Jack Johnson

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid has forged some unorthodox alliances to better fight for his pet issues. But a new partnership with former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is arguably his most unexpected ...

Angry public rhetoric belies collegial meetings behind closed doors in D.C.

Sun, Mar 17, 2013

Harsh rhetoric flies across the Capitol and along Pennsylvania Avenue in this city where Republicans and Democrats are seemingly always at each other’s throats. In the past year, lawmakers have ...

Senate Democrats wary of Obama's hopes for 'grand bargain'

Wed, Mar 13, 2013

President Barack Obama began his week of congressional meetings among friends, huddling with Senate Democrats for over an hour during their regular weekly lunch to talk strategy as the country ...

Obama to woo lawmakers over budget, deficit reduction

Tue, Mar 12, 2013

As watchers of "The West Wing" will remember, few gestures have as much political significance as when a president goes down to the Capitol to make a deal with Congress.

Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act

Thu, Mar 7, 2013

President Barack Obama signed a law Thursday expanding protections for victims of domestic violence, renewing a measure credited with curbing violence against women a year and a half after it ...

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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