Primary night speeches

June 3, 2008, may well go down as a historic moments in U.S. politics, as Barack Obama became the first black presumptive presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

The night brought to conclusion a long primary season, as voters in Montana and South Dakota voted in the nation's last primaries. All three candidates took the opportunity to speak to their supporters.

John McCain, presumptive Republican nominee

McCain at Louisiana rally
Republican presidential candidate John McCain speaks at Pontchartrain Center June 3, 2008 in Kenner, Louisiana. The Arizona senator was speaking on the night that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) secured the Democratic nomination for president. McCain cast the race as one about experience.
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John McCain spoke to group of supporters in New Orleans, La., in a 20 minute speech.

During his speech, McCain welcomed Obama to the race, and he offered fresh criticism of Obama's inexperience.

Listen to John McCain's speech

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Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential hopeful and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses supporters during her election night event at Baruch College on June 3, 2008 in New York. Clinton said she had made no decision yet on the future of her candidacy for president after her rival Barack Obama clinched the Democratic party nomination.

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. from New York

Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters in New York City.

Clinton thanked her supporters for a long fought race. Even though Obama seemed to have wrapped up the nomination, Clinton said she would not talk about her future for a couple of days.

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Obama Holds Final Primary Night Event In St. Paul
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) addresses supporters at an election night rally at the Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2008 in St. Paul. Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination following today's primaries in South Dakota and Montana, although his rival Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has not yet conceded the race.
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Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic nominee

Barack Obama spoke to 17,000 supporters inside of the Xcel Center in St. Paul, while 15,000 stood outside.

Obama declared himself the presumptive Democratic nominee. During his speech he echoed his centrla campaign theme of change.

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