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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.

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Obama cites Americans’ release as win for ‘smart’ diplomacy

Sun, Jan 17, 2016

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President’s State of the Union address remarks

Sun, Jan 17, 2016

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State of union in 2016: Strong job market, middling economy

Mon, Jan 11, 2016

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Obama: Terror threat against U.S. has entered ‘new phase’

Sun, Dec 6, 2015

In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night that the United States would overcome a new terror threat that seeks to "poison the minds" of people ...

Obama to urge Americans not to give into fear of terrorism

Sun, Dec 6, 2015

In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama on Sunday night will urge Americans to not give into fear following attacks in Paris and California, while trying to assure ...

Obama prods world on climate change, faces pushback at home

Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders ...

Obama warns against overreaction to Islamic State attacks

Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Trying to reassure a nation on edge, President Barack Obama said Sunday the Islamic State group "cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S., and he warned that overreacting to ...

Harry Reid applauds Obama for rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

Fri, Nov 6, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a leading advocate for reducing carbon emissions, praised President Barack Obama for stopping a Canadian oil company from ...

Hardy holds hearing on Obama overtime proposal

Fri, Oct 9, 2015

As the House Republican caucus plunged into chaos over the surprise withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the race to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner, one of Nevada’s representatives found ...

Obama makes forceful defense of new development goals

Sun, Sep 27, 2015

President Barack Obama on Sunday committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, telling a global summit that a sweeping new development agenda ...

Obama: Women made civil rights movement happen

Sat, Sep 19, 2015

President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to black women for their role in helping shape American democracy, calling them "the thinkers and the doers" who made things happen at the ...

After Iran deal, Obama struggles to gain Israel’s trust

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Seeking to sell his nuclear deal with Iran to a skeptical Israeli public, President Barack Obama has repeatedly declared his deep affection for the Jewish state. But the feelings do ...

Alaska-bound, Obama renames America’s tallest peak

Sun, Aug 30, 2015

Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided ...

Tardy! UNLV students gripe after Obama’s motorcade causes traffic delays

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

President Obama’s trip to Las Vegas to speak at Harry Reid’s Clean Energy Summit may have been a chance for Obama to connect with supporters. But his trip also stirred ...

In Las Vegas speech, Obama touts continued clean energy investment

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

President Barack Obama told a crowd in Las Vegas today that now "is not the time to pull back" on federal investment in renewable energy projects. The president's remark came ...

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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