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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

A look at new Obama policy proposals that could affect Nevada

Tue, Feb 12, 2013

The State of the Union is the president’s opportunity to lay out his vision for what Congress can and should try to achieve in the next year. The president introduced ...

Obama should prepare for long road to achieving energy goals

Tue, Feb 12, 2013

When he speaks to Congress tonight, President Barack Obama will repeat many familiar points about his 2013 agenda. He already has articulated the stakes facing gun control and, more or ...

State of the Union is Act 2 of president's inaugural address

Tue, Feb 12, 2013

For a preview of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, look no further than his recent inaugural address.

Undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to attend State of Union

Mon, Feb 11, 2013

Every year, a hand-picked set of special guests sits with the first lady as the president delivers the State of the Union address.

Young immigrant discusses life outside the shadows, president’s recognition

Sun, Feb 10, 2013

In the excitement of the moment Alan Aleman did not capture all of the little details, and he struggles to recall them now. President Barack Obama held up Aleman as ...

Unions come to embrace immigration reform

Thu, Feb 7, 2013

Until the start of the millennium, the AFL-CIO openly opposed immigrants living and working in the country illegally. In 2000, the group’s executive council voted to endorse a new policy ...

Immigration reform may be tougher sell with House Republicans

Fri, Feb 1, 2013

If this week’s immigration announcements from President Obama and a bipartisan Senate group established anything, it is that there are more points upon which they agree than disagree. But what ...

Obama hits the road to sell immigration reform in Las Vegas

Tue, Jan 29, 2013

President Barack Obama will kick off his public push for immigration reform with a visit to Las Vegas today. But the center of the immigration debate appears to be settling ...

Obama making return trip to Las Vegas next week

Thu, Jan 24, 2013

President Barack Obama will be coming to Las Vegas on Tuesday, according to the White House. No details about the purpose of the visit — or whether Vegas would be ...

Inaugural scenes you didn't see on television

Tue, Jan 22, 2013

Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama — its pomp and circumstance, fanfare and tedium — were easily enjoyed by millions of viewers, thanks to nonstop television coverage. But we can ...

Live blog: President Obama inaugurated for second term

Mon, Jan 21, 2013

Live coverage from the Associated Press and Sun Washington correspondent Karoun Demirjian of the inauguration of President Barack Obama for a second term.

Obama sworn in for 4 more years in office

Sun, Jan 20, 2013

Stepping into his second term, President Barack Obama took the oath of office Sunday. The subdued ceremony was a function of the calendar and the Constitution, which says presidents begin ...

Reid insists immigration reform must include path to citizenship

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is hoping to build an immigration reform bill with bipartisan support but that some related issues are not up for debate in his ...

SHOT Show attendees respond to Obama gun control proposal

Thu, Jan 17, 2013

As President Barack Obama laid out his plan for increased gun control in a Washington press conference just before 9 a.m., approximately 60,000 people were roaming the Sands Convention Center ...

U.S. may focus more on gun background checks

Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Nearly 80,000 Americans were denied guns in 2010, according to Justice Department data, because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories on background-check forms. Yet just 44 ...

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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