This is IN THE NEWS in
VOA Special English.
On Friday, Republican
candidate John McCain announced his choice for vice president: Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin. She is forty-four years old and largely unknown in national
politics. She was elected governor two years ago.
She will be the first
woman on a Republican presidential ballot. The Democrats nominated Geraldine
Ferraro for vice president in nineteen eighty-four. Governor Palin praised
Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton for their historic campaigns. And she
said her own candidacy means that women still have a chance for the White
She appeared with John
McCain in Ohio Friday, on the Arizona senator's seventy-second birthday. The
Republican Party opens its nominating convention Monday in Minneapolis-Saint
On Thursday night, in
Denver, Colorado, Democrat Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination to be
the forty-fourth president.
BARACK OBAMA: "With
profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the
presidency of the United States."
The first-term senator
from Illinois is the first black nominee of a major American political party.
He is forty-seven, the Hawaiian-born son of a father from Kenya and a white
mother from Kansas. He narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in the primary season.
She received eighteen million votes.
The race against John
McCain was very close heading into the conventions. In large part, this week's
Democratic convention was aimed at uniting the party.
Hillary and Bill Clinton
gave speeches in support of Barack Obama. And she called on delegates during a
roll call vote of the states to vote for him "with one voice." They
suspended the voting and declared him the nominee.
His running mate is Joe
Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The longtime Delaware
senator ran for president twenty years ago and again this year.
Barack Obama gave his
acceptance speech before tens of thousands at an open-air sports stadium. He
said America is at a defining moment, with the nation at war and the economy in
great trouble. He said "the American promise" is threatened from
eight years of what he called "the failed policies of George W.
Barack Obama said he
does not think Senator McCain knows what is going on in the lives of Americans.
The Democrat promised to cut taxes for ninety-five percent of working families.
And he promised a goal to end dependence on oil from the Middle East in ten
years. He also said he would only send troops into harm's way with a clear
BARACK OBAMA: "I
will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against al-Qaida and
the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future
conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent
Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression."
Barack Obama spoke on
the anniversary of a major event in the American civil rights movement.
Thursday was forty-five years since Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a
Dream" speech in Washington.
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written
by Brianna Blake. I'm Steve Ember.