ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- White House hopeful Barack Obama, taking a fellow black lawmaker to task, said Saturday voters are ready to elect a black president.
''At every turn in our history, there's been somebody who said we can't,'' the Democratic senator from Illinois told a nearly all-black audience of about 2,000 at Claflin University.
''Some people said we can't do this, we can't do that, so we shouldn't even try. If I have your support, if I have your energy and involvement and commitment and ideas, then I'm here to tell you, 'Yes we can.'''
Later Saturday, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia endorsed Obama's candidacy.
''Just the opportunities we have had to work together, my sense of where the nation is and what the nation needs makes me believe that the senator is the right candidate,'' Kaine said at a news conference with Obama outside Virginia's Executive Mansion in Richmond.
Monday, February 19, 2007
"Obama Says U.S. Ready for a Black Leader"
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