The promise of America has been made and kept as we nominate a man whose life story encapsulates the heritage of our nation, and his candidacy promises to open the stage for the next American century.
As I sit here, Sen. Obama is addressing supporters in St. Paul Minnesota. A good friend lives outside St. Paul, and he and I talk politics on the phone from time to time. In 2004, he was a moderate Republican watching the Democratic national convention. He saw then-Senate candidate Obama's speech and said "that guy should be the nominee." In 2008, he campaigned and caucused for Sen. Obama, and tonight sits in that audience in St. Paul.
Another friend has been a Democrat for a very long time. He served as the Chair of the LCDC during dark times for Loudoun Democrats. He has fought for the progress of our America his entire life. This year, he stood up early and strong for Sen. Obama, and has worked tirelessly for the Senator, and all Democrats, all year. A few weeks ago, he achieved his dream and was selected as one of the Virginia Electors for Sen. Obama. It will be our honor to spend the next five months ensuring he casts a vote that counts.
Tonight, however, I hope it is okay to take a few moments to stop and consider what has occurred over the past six months. We grew our party in every corner of America, we kept the criticality of the election on the front pages. And we nominated a man who inspires to carry our standard.
Yes, you bet your ass, we can.