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We heard John King of the graphics

walk talking about the record low

ratings of President Bush but also

the fact that at present this -

John McCain is checking well below

George Bush was in 2004. George Bush was in 2004. We have John McCain is checking well below

that the case of the incredible

shrinking President. What does it

say about Republicans that Bush has

been absent from this campaign?

Here I think the results could have

been signalled - - significantly

worse bifida as a Bush had been

active. His popularity is solo, I

would have suggest his popularity

is significantly below with the

Republicans have as well. He has

done a favour to his party,

particularly people running for the

Senate and House, by making himself

absent. Maybe he is always present

in the presidential race, but in

the Senate and congressional races,

if he is out of sight, he is

somewhat out of mind. That is quite

an amazing be to say. In terms of

endorsements, we had Barack Obama

using as a campaign at the fact

that detainee had endorsed John

McCain. What is going on? A very

clever and. He began with the

comment that Barack Obama had been

endorsed by Colin Powell. But then

John McCain had been endorsed by

Dick Cheney in some storyline pass

in Wyoming or somewhere. There is

tha away from last of politics as

the vice-president arrive, and

suddenly you had the confirmation

and the linkage between Bush and

cocaine. That is Earth the thing,

boat on again a bed of the Bush 90%

of the time. It really damaged his

credibility. We have to talk about

Sarah Palin at some point. We Sarah Palin at some point. We know

that she is up the convention,

there was a huge bump in the

approval ratings, and she turned

those classes into an absolute

must-have fashion item. Bottomley,

did she bring this to get down? She

also made it comedian's career on

Saturday Night Live. Up she was

valuable to the Republican campaign

in terms of energising the base,

the evangelicals who may well have

stayed home if she were not to

appear on the ticket. But she

turned off a lot of people in the

middle ground and in terms of

crossover, I think there was no way

that was could happen. He is not

just a circumstance where a great

many Americans could imagine Sarah

Palin stepping into the

presidential shoes were, God forbid,

something to happen to Senator

McCain. There is a view, Harry, but

she plays Dumber to speak to a

certain demographic and she's

actually a very smart politician

who is aiming to one in 2012. She

is obviously a clever politician.

She has been quite successful. In a

relatively formidable odds. The

certainly, being catapulted into

running for the vice-president, I

think she has done a very credible

job, and I think quite a lot of

people, she is undoubtedly in many

ways much smarter. She may not be

particularly knowledgeable. Peers

difference between knowing a lot of

staff and being smart, and I think

she has clearly established that

she is a pretty fast Study. In

terms of positioning herself for

anything else, she may think so.

Undoubtedly there are people in the

party who thinks so. But seriously,

I do not think so. A I think she

will be more of the Dan Quayle type.

I do believe she is playing a major

role in this election in their she

is at preventing a complete rout of

the Republicans. Park she may have

very little appeal to independence

and Democrats, and cannot hold the

party win, but she can help the

party hold on to House and Senate

seats, because she is a celebrity

and John McCain simply is not. But

go back to CNN. Very important is

the youth vote. The youth vote

seems to be up so give him me in

places like Virginia, there were 17

part dusters 17% of the electorate,

this time there were 20% of the

electorate. They voted heavily For

Obama. The youth vote has made up a

defence for Obama since the

caucuses. This is interesting,

because we go back to the 60s when

the youth were rebellious, and this

time it is a youth movement within

the system, trying to change the

system from within. It is very powerful and it is a powerful and it is a hugely important part of this collision.

Waller was rebelling against was my

say... bedtime in the 60s. Her can I do

bedtime in the 60s. Her can I do say... bedtime in the 60s. Her can I do

say... we often talk about bedtime in the 60s. Her can I do

say... we often talk about Cage and

raised in this campaign, but when

you talk about somebody who is the

first post civil-rights to become

President, it is vital.

Is at the passing of the torch,

because in many ways the nation

says it can now entrust this

generation with oak running the

country. Same with 1992 and Bill

Clinton. The appeal of Obama,

because he is 47, he does sit

between those critical generations

- baby-boomers and Generation X.

Vida appeals to both of them at the

same time. There are still remnants

of the old. Be Confederate States,

all the white male voters, or goat

were 2-1. This is what Peters said

in his bowl. Benny had the Union

states, the north, where white

voters will go to Obama. So you

still have that divide. But the

difference is that the mood of the

electorate out west, the changing demographics of states like

Colorado and the Hispanic vote in

Nevada and New Mexico. It is a

different country, and the danger

of for the Republican Party is

becoming the monochromatic party,

the party of all the voters, and a

party of small America. Four years

ago, I remember Don King was out

for the Republican Party saying

they should reach out to African-

Americans. Three people were talking about Hispanics...

sometimes the pack a little too

sometimes the pack a little too much into these analysis. sometimes the pack a little too much into these analysis.

much into these analysis. Constrain

the super little too thin for much into these analysis. Constrain the super little too thin for

Or of the Commons together trying

to make a conclusion that is so

clear about this radical change. I

do not know if it is his bass or

both the financial cataclysm or the

incredible ability of the Standlake.

We will wait and see. Let's be

resisted temptation of talk about

it Republican Party is that all

white men. It is more than that,

though the Republican Party has a

lot to do. But stop talking up

blacks and Hispanics as if they are

progressive liberals. There are

cultural divides in a society, but

the reason I was talking about

Obama and what he will do as

President is not as a Republican to

have some special complaint. He is

dead peasant of the whole country

and the question is does he talk to

all of us, or does it all took us

as groups of factions. That is the

task, to bring us together. Lord

knows what happens in two years.

People loading their Obama blows at

a prison and, he goes FARC left.

Can I hope he keeps a safe. It is

still a dangerous world. Keith if

he does win, he ran up against the he does win, he ran up against the

notion of factions in his country.

I hope the better angels or ever

Palmer's major walk up and, rather

than be breaking down of the nation.

Will House Republicans be willing

to work with him? It does not

matter, because there are not

enough of them to a matter. Its

book about some issues. If he ran

on some issues, ending the war in

Iraq, doing something serious about

global warming, expanding help

Clare, there is a pretty liberal

issues, but those are things he

committed to, and I do not think it

is a centre-right country. 4th the

SATs cheesy he ran on and looks

like he will win on. At a picture

he does not. Offer one to update

Abbey was on for a very important

Senate races there are going now.

Control of the Senate is as

important as the presidential race.

Democrats will maintain their

majority in both, but how big will

their majority be? Ran out the

route incumbent Republican senator

is winning. Kelly had not projected

a winner in Georgia yet. Remember,

if one of these candidates does not

get over 50%, there has to be a

run-off vote in the state of

Georgia. Both Minnesota, another

race we are watching. The incumbent

Republican has 40% to be democratic

and challenger. The former comedian

has a 43% of the vote. Park there

is a third party candidate. In

Mississippi, this is the seat that

was vacated when it was given up by lot.

We have not made a projection their

as yet. In Louisiana and there is a

Democratic incumbent. She's the and

the Democrat this time he was

honourable by all the estimates. We

have not been able to make a projection have not been able to make a

projection in Louisiana. I'll go to

Campbell and John because they are

looking closely at this Bart of power in Congress. looking closely at this Bart of power in Congress. We have more

toys to share. What better visual toys to share. What better visual

to we have to talk about balance of

power than this virtual capital.

The have to trust me. We will take

a closer look at the balance of

power. You look at little bit

lonely at that table we will help

you out there. Look at that. Very impressive.

you out there. Look at that. Very

impressive. The battle for the

Senate has already been touched on.

We can see the fight for the Senate,

we will take these races here and

see what is on the board. If it is

filled in the middle, those are

your key races. Off was just

talking about one of them. -- Wharf.

That is one of the races that the

Democrats hoped Campbell to win, if

they can get to 60. A critical race

that we have to wait a while to say,

is the Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

He is the longest serving

Republican, and convicted last week

of corruption. Here is what was

just being spoken about, the ball

all Democrat incumbent.

We spoke about the African-American

vote coming out for Obama, and the

Post Katrina population. This is

another race that many people are

watching. The former Saturday Night

Live writer and Liberal against Coleman. Live writer and Liberal against

Coleman. It is 54 for the Democrats

and 36 for the Republicans. In

Colorado we are waiting.

Hypothetically I will give this one

to the Democrats. That gets them,

up to 55, it is getting hard to get

to 60 and that is the issue. In to 60 and that is the issue. In

Minnesota, the Democrats hold out

yet again. Don't start giving is a

way, but even if you do... In a

Alaska it will go to the Democrats.

It is getting very hard now. That

is a plausible way to get you to 58. is a plausible way to get you to 58.

The question now is, can you get to

60? I had to have talking about the

Republican incumbent earlier. He

said he wanted to work with Barack

Obama. This is a difficult race for

the Democrats. It looks like Roger

Wicker is holding on at the moment.

I can get the Democrats there

without taking too many leaps of

faith. It is hard to get to 60

without looking at everything

involved. Some of the might be

looking at the yellow ring around

this Connecticut tile. He is not on

the ballot, it is Joe Liebermann.

All the Democrats hold on to him?

It is a little ridiculous see all

the things he has been saying about

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin over

the past few weeks. Especially how

he can paint for John McCain. Many

Democrats would like to keep Joe

Liebermann out. -- campaigned. --

kick just have Liebermann out. That

question will not be entered each

night, it will be answered between

now and January. This is what we

will watch from now on. The

Democrats will need a wave in the

Western states, in some races they

are not expecting to win, to get to

the 60 number. It still looks like

the Democrats will get a bigger

majority in the Senate. We also

expect a bigger majority in the

house. This is the current line-up

in the house. Those figures come in

a little more slowly because our

focus is on the presidential race.

You can expect a bigger majority in

the house and in the Senate. We

still have a lot of votes to count.

For the people worried about one

party controlling Congress and the party controlling Congress and the

White House, the last president to

do that was Bill Clinton - Jimmy

Carter, very briefly. It did not go

so well. There was a healthcare

plan in 1993, Republicans will be

thinking about 1994 tonight as they

look at this match and figure out,

how do we recover from what looks

like a fairly devastating defeat? A

lot of the figures we have called a

purely hypothetical, they have not

been called it. Will update as we

have more numbers through the night.

At the top of the owl, five more

states will be close and, including

California. 81 more little words

are at stake. We'll see if we can are at stake. We'll see if we can

make more projections at the top of

the hour. You can go to a website

and have a look at the Senate and

House races. If you want to see

what they stand please visit our House races. If you want to see what they stand please visit our

website. A big day in US history,

Obama is on the verge of being

declared President of the United

States. You can catch all the

latest figures on our website.

Let's talk very briefly about

something raised earlier. About the

way Obama's is building a new kind

of coalition. Looking back to

previous campaigns, in 1960 it was

a question of whether a Catholic

could run. Kennedy, then the first

due in 2000 in Joseph Liebermann.

The Governor was aiming for a run

and the aim was that anyone's name

his then ended in a vow should not

run for president. That seems to

have been thrown out the window now.

It is a seismic shift. It is the

likely election of an African- It is a seismic shift. It is the

likely election of an African-

American. It is possible for anyone

regardless of background to come

forward now. I think you would hear

in the future, if Mitt Romney were

to emerge as the Republican nominee

for president, the fact that he is

of the Mormon faith, I doubt that

would be an issue. I think this

shatters more than the ceiling, in

Hillary Clinton's Terms. -- Mitt

Romney. It completely resets the

political agenda. We have to take a

break but we will have

Will come back to World News

Australia's special on the US

election. -- welcome. Joining us

now from a US consular reception in

Sydney is a dual citizen holding an

Order of Australia. She is heavily

involved in promoting US and

Australian business ties. Welcome

to the show. It is a momentous day

in American politics, what are the

implications to help the Australian

and US business ties? I think it is

very important. What we have just

been through with the financial

crisis in US permeates throughout

the world. I think what happens is

now we need change. In the

political scene and also when the

change comes through, the new elected President will permeate

through the rest of the world. It

will be very positive. Do you

anticipate great changes with the

new administration? I think there

will be. I think if Barack Obama is

elected President of the US, I

think he will bring in a very

strong team. I think that is what

Americans are looking for 2 when he

spoke about change. I think the

strong 10 will have a lot of

political and financial strength.

And I think the world needs that.

It is a well-known fact that

Obama's spent a lot of his

formative years in South East Asia.

Is that significant in terms of

focusing more for his attention in

that area? I think he understands

the international arena far better

than George Bush. As we all year,

George was never made a trip

outside the US until he became

International experience, in President. With Obama's

particular his experience of the

South Pacific region, that will be

very positive for the strain

financial area. For our exports and

imports and our relationship with

Washington. Thank you for joining

us. We will now go back to the CNN

coverage. We have a few minutes

left, as we spoke about earlier of

the Sarah Palin effect. Do you

believe that she has what it takes

to build a support base in the next

four years? I think if she emerged

in four matches as the Republican

nominee she would repeat the Barry

Goldwater Express of 1964. It would

be absolutely catastrophic for the

Republican Party. Much worse than

tonight's results. So the short

answer is, no. She will be a force

and the party. I think the earlier

comment is correct. All she emerged

as a nominee? No I think the

Republicans will look to a more

established figures such as Mitt

Romney. Maybe an entirely fresh

face. The governor of Louisiana

perhaps. The party really needs to

think carefully. I think Paul

frightful what its constituency is

and what its philosophical make-up

ought to be. They need to revive

the more traditional wing of the

party that can compete with the

Democrats in the north-east and New

York. If you can see the north-east

of the United States and the West

Coast and you are hard-pressed to

win an election. Once foreign force

your opponent that's it. That is

just being silly. This has been a

real hell Mary campaign by John

McCain. Hope thXTT= %9 5 McCain. Hope that the Bush campaign

horse together and try and steal

Pennsylvania from your opponent.

That is a risky move. And it did

not work. Sarah Palin asserted

herself to was the end of the

campaign. There was talk of tension

between herself and campaign. Do

you think she's done it? Known. I

think everything about her is that

she has been pushed for this

running for vice-president by

elements within the Republican

Party, since the day she took

office in Alaska. This was not a

last-minute type of event. She will

reflect and attempt, by what I call

the religious right to hold on to

control of the party. If she

manages to, and does run in the

next election, it will be

catastrophic. If someone from their

more traditional Conservative or

Liberal wing of the party, because

they did used to accommodate each

other, because they did not into a

joke religion into it, which does

not lend itself to compromise

particularly. -- inject. I think

there is confrontation in the

Republican party and she will be a

player in it. Whether she emerges

as successful or not I do not know.

She did speak to a very specific

demographic. The creationist and

evangelists the element within the

Republican Party. Incidently they

hate John McCain. Was there two

John McCain's? Was so the real

maverick from the early years that

was hated by the party best, and

then the McCain that moved to the

right in order to get the

nomination? There was always a John

McCain who really did not have a

constituency as off. He did not

appeal to the north-eastern,

central liberal wing of the party.

He had some appeal within what I

would call the traditional Western

Conservatives. They tend more

towards the libertarian side of it.

He had a very narrow band of

support within the party. It was

always difficult for him. You are

correct, he was not part of the

religious right and not part of the Republicans who have done

reasonably well in the North East

either. Whether people in the

Republican Party who gave their

support to man came through gritted

teeth? No question about that at

all. The cane came back in New

Hampshire and emerged as the most

exception - met acceptable publican,

in a field where all the candidates

were perceived to have force. Mike Huckabee on the creationist side.

The religious issue with Mitt

Romney and so on. The fact that

Rudy Giuliani could not won a

coherent campaign and waited too

late... McCain emerged as most

acceptable. Then he picked Palin to

shore up the Conservative base.

There was an enormous metal --

middle-ground that was let go. I

thought Sarah Palin did reasonably

well in the debate. But if you look

at the polls in the US of

independent voters, overwhelmingly,

Joe Biden took the honours. That

was indicative of the fact that

Sarah Palin could not reach into

the middle ground of US politics.

Without that he simply do not win.

She is the perfect candidate for

the Karl Rove, 50% plus one

strategy. It worked for George Bush.

It was pursued by the Republican

Party and has taken them to a dead

end. We have more Party and has taken them to a dead end. We have more projections from

Atlanta. They are pouring in Sydney.

In Los Angeles they are or getting

ready to close the polls. We will

say if we can make a projection. In say if we can make a projection. In

New York, this is in Harlem, where

there is a lot of excitement. Potentially the first African-

American to be elected President of

the US. They are even watching in

Kenya. Obama's father, as all of

our viewers know, he was from Kenya.

Obama visited there. They are

rooting for Barack Obama in Kenya

as well. All of this is part of the

international audience that is

glued right now to see what happens

here in the US. Leads go to the

best political team on television.

They are glued to their TV is as They are glued to their TV is as

well. It is definitely getting

close. It could be a very

significant turn of events. If

there is a witching hour, this is

it. California was 55. He and his

eight more to go. He still has

washed them and Hawaii. Would it be

particularly fitting if Hall why particularly fitting if Hall why

was this date that put him up. He

has his grandmother just died. It

is a state of his origins. There is

something nice about that. I know

you have to take off at 11. What

are your thoughts? It has been a

very interesting campaign. If Obama

wins I'll pray for Obama. I'll pay

for this country. McCain could have

taken an easier life, after all the

has been through. He could have

lived with his wife and just

celebrated the good life of luxury.

Incredible obstacles to face this

year in this campaign. The

electoral vote looks like it will

be pretty one-sided. Excite the

popular vote will be pretty close.

He said he would rather lose an

election then there is a wall. It

looks like he is about to lose an

election. Just a salute to him. All

the commentators and people, did on

the night, no-one in the history of

running for President has given

what his country than John McCain.

This skinny guy with the is reached

out his hand and said hey I'm out his hand and said hey I'm

Barack Obama, I'm running for US

Senate. At the time no blacks were

running for the US Senate. I was

surprised. To think that five years

later, this guy is about to give a

speech as a president elect of the

US, the 44th President, this is

stunning. It is absolutely stunning.

The path that he has travelled, it

is amazing how he maintained that

self -- himself. It is truly

stunning. He could not ever read a

car in 2000. This happened in

George Bush's America. May I to say

that as the Last Command. -- could that as the Last Command. -- could

not even rent a car. If John McCain not even rent a car. If John McCain

does not win tonight, he will be

the 5th consecutive presidential the 5th consecutive presidential

election when the candidate with

the better war record lost. When

you think about military curios as

great politicians, 92 - in 1992,

George Bush senior and then Bob

Dole and then Al Gore and then -

all those war heroes, they get the

nomination but then they do not win. nomination but then they do not win.

I don't know what conclusion you

can draw, but it is peculiar. In it

sure is. And other thing that stood

in McCain's path was his age. When in McCain's path was his age. When

you look at the exit polls, you'll

see as has been said earlier, that

age may have been more of a factor

than race. When you have a younger

electorate and a 72-year-old

presidential candidate, who chooses

somebody that 60% of people don't

think is qualified to be vice-

president should anything happen to president should anything happen to

him, you have a problem there. Can him, you have a problem there. Can

I say something about McCain? He is

an honourable man. He could have an honourable man. He could have

found other things to do. He came

back from the dead, in his primary

campaign. He is somebody who fought

this out. It was a tough road. He

did not won a great campaign, let's did not won a great campaign, let's

projection now. be clear about that. We have a

This is a big one. Barack Obama

will carry the state of Virginia.

This is an important win for him.

92% have reported and Obama will

carry the state. Take a look at the

actual votes. He is up by six to

1820 votes. -- 61,820 votes. The

last time they went flowed

Democratic candidate was in 1964.

We project that Virginia will now

go for Obama. We are only a few

seconds away from the top of the

owl, when these states will be

closing. There are some big ones, closing. There are some big ones, especially California, the largest especially California, the largest

US state. It has 55 electoral votes.

Also Hawaii which is where Obama

was born. A higher, Oregon, and

Washington state. They have all

been going democratic in recent

years. -- Ohio. They will be

closing their polls soon.

Presumably will be able to see what

is going on and make a major

projection at that point. This is a

moment we have all been waiting for.

Potentially it could be rather historic.

CNN can now project that Barack

Obama, 47 years old will become the

president elect of the United

States. We project he now has

enough electoral votes, more than

270, more than enough to become the

44th President of the United States. 44th President of the United States.

This little-known US senator, and

the Fuser they seemed to come out the Fuser they seemed to come out

of nowhere. He delivered the

Democratic keynote address back at

the convention in 2004. All the

sudden he has taken off and become

a US senator from Illinois. And now

he will be the first African

American President of the US. This

is a moment that so many people

have been waiting for and they are

really excited, especially in

moment. Chicago. Let's listen in for a Chicago. Let's listen in for a

the crowds are exhilarated. Summer

232 years after the declaration of

independence, a black man has been independence, a black man has been elected President of the United

States. He will become the present

a letter and he will be sworn in on

joinery 20th of next year. The hard

work will really begin bus stop work will really begin bus stop

this is a moment right now that so

many millions of people in the

United States can celebrate because United States can celebrate because

Braque Obama will become the 44th

President of the United States. As President of the United States. As

you watch these pictures, as is the

best, what are your thoughts?

Barack Obama will be sworn in on an

Jenai 20th, two dozen nine. 2009 were

Of congratulations. It is a great

country, I pray for it. By hope he

is a great President Foster I went

back to look at the last speech

that Kennedy made in 1968 the day

before he was assassinated. He said,

but does want to do God's will, and

he allowed me to go to the mountain

and I have seen the promised land.

I may not get there with you, but I

wanted to know that we as a people

will get to the promised land.

Cathedrals are people in this

country, particularly African

Americans, we have not ended

prisoners, but there is something

about this election but I think has about this election but I think has

made for up an offer does - a lot

of people feel good. Could think of people feel good. Could think

they can reach something we could

not reach 40 or 50 years ago. The

first sentence of the constitution

is talking about a desire to form a

more perfect union. We have not

done yet, though we are still

striving. I think no matter who you

are, and even as I graciously would

say this is not a good thing for

America. Last year was lucky enough

to go to Madrid with my family and

whether putting it receives the whether putting it receives the

presence of the matters States, it

is one of those amazing European

palaces, and I thought, what if

Barack Obama is the one who walks

through, what if he is the

representative to the world of

transformational experience in United States. That all the aid

terms of the way the world sees us.

I do not know if I can figure out

what that means at the moment. When

their children say it they want to

be a doctor, a lawyer, a politician,

an astronaut, they can always point

to an African-American who achieved

it. But whenever affected says I

want to be President, and the

clique - - literally seabird like

fans say to their son or daughter, fans say to their son or daughter,

you might think of something else. you might think of something else.

When I talk to them, I can actually

say they can make it now. What

beyond the right hand of your

screen, of the celebrations from screen, of the celebrations from

Kenya. We were doing a documentary Kenya. We were doing a documentary

called Black America, where people

were but amazing that no African-

American could be done prisoner.

Dora fritters be giving Kizzy did

not happen. There were so many

issues in black America. He is

election will not solve those

issues, but what a symbolic sense.

Up inside his nation, the promise

of power grids America can be a to

all Americans, all of us. This is a

step forward, and African Americans

see this as no star wrote an

important moment. As a look at

these pictures, due Wish You were

There tonight? Niro, because I

think about her people who were the

most historic like jealous whose

job was to chronicle history as it

evolved. And to be able to sit here

and to watch this, this is what God

doesn't need to do, to be a jealous,

and this is the place when I would

want to be, because it is history,

and to be able to chronicle its, to

be able to talk about it, there's

nothing they can replace it. Corp

went - - when German stock about

great moments in black history,

they were there, they talked about

it from the historical point of it from the historical point of

view. Him 30 years I can have that

very same conversation. There's no

place I would rather be than on

beset on this night. As we get your

reaction, what are your thoughts?

Congratulations to Barack Obama.

For brat - - for African-Americans,

history has been paid. Would you

agree with him or not, it is

significant. While never - and many

blacks are having a power moment

right now, they have to remember as

well that he is not just a black

president, but pay a president for

all Americans, whether you're black

or white or rich or poor or

Democrat or Republican. At we have

to move forward as a country, and

support these President and see

what he does as a President, how he

will represent all Americans. 34 will represent all Americans. 34

years ago, a congresswoman said

when the constitution said we when the constitution said we the

people, but it left her out. That

document is enslaved her and

insulted her, County her as a insulted her, County her as a

three-fifths of the human being.

She said her faith in the

constitution is complete. He denies constitution is complete. He denies

a reminds me of what scripture said

- but they this is the substance of

the things hoped for. People have

kept faith with the American Dream

and the constitution, even when

they were left out of bed. This is

a powerful my for people who

believe in the constitution and the

American Dream. This is a cynical

age and the cynical professional

reaction. You cannot look at these

scenes and be a cynic. It is hard

to overestimate the significance of

this event. It is not just another

presidential election. Looking at

these people's faces, I do not

blame them. I certainly never

thought as a child or young man and

into middle-aged, I never thought I

would see this. I think it makes a

big statement about us as a people.

A remarkable night, and a great

night for the country. When you

think about the presidency and

whether their transformational men,

results or Kennedy or Regan, they

took America to a new frontier.

Where there was a depression or the Where there was a depression or the

Cold War or today we see new Global

challengers, security is new and

you global frontier for America.

Kizzy's again but America has

chosen a transformational leader.

Someone who'll take America was

little lost further into the future.

And you find t election, and New Frontier President.

I got an e-mail from a white mother

up from Michigan who drove down

south who tried to register to vote.

She was blown away on the highway...

we are showcasing African-Americans

up, but any number of white socks up, but any number of white socks

in this country who walked and

marched and protested as well,

people who gave money, people who

were said there were going to raise

their children properly. I think

it's about those Wight's southern

justices who put into place... they

would discuss - - designed by their

friends. This is not at the moment

for African-Americans to celebrate.

There were any number of people who

wanted to see, to say that being an

American what you're black or white

or Hispanic, we are all in this

together. I think they are also

celebrating. Because white people

get their life as well as black

people. I understand we're two

minutes away from hearing from

Senator John McCain who will Senator John McCain who will

address the crowds in his hotel in

Arizona. We will bring you that

life. People you talk to a broad

cannot believe that the country

which elected a George Bush eight which elected a George Bush eight

years ago has shifted and is now a

lectin Barack Obama. They ask, how

can this happen? How can you do

that? And it is because we have an

amazing ability in this country to

learn, to change, and to give

opportunity. I think that is what

opportunity. I think that is what

is going on here. We have already

changed a lot and I think this will

really make me change come a lot

faster now. He does go to speeded

up. There are an awful lot of young up. There are an awful lot of young

people in that clear-cut. Up this millennial generation does

represent fresh hope for this

country, and one reason it is a

more diverse fought. Courted the

centre of his generation of his

centre of his generation of his

part of a minority. They hope

that... it is that part which I that... it is that part which I

think renews the country. It is the

fact that people have fresh ideas

and fresh hoper. Much of this

and fresh hoper. Much of this

election is not just about Obama,

it is about as hundreds of

thousands who have been working

together on the internet and

talking to each other and

encouraging each other a long,

forming a movement that he is the

leader. If this is a bottom other

campaign, and that represents hope

for the future of the country.

This represents a big change.

Someone online today said that in

the last couple of days there has

been a heaviness in Barack Obama. A

realisation of what lies ahead. It

is no longer just about winning,

but governing. Whether he has been but governing. Whether he has been

realising it, that is now something

he has to face. This generation has

to face it too. I was old enough in

the 60s, and this is the best and

most idealistic, but they spoke a

lot of game but when it came to

perform once they did not deliver.

Life is a testing and a long run. I

was thinking of Abraham Lincoln, he

was another Illinois a politician

who bore a heavy burden. I thought

he met Jesse Jackson. But speaking

of the burden. Now comes the job.

Thinking of Jesse Jackson, it was

his run in 1998 that created...

John McCain, Cindy McCain and Sarah

Palin with her husband Todd are now

on stage. Let's listen to them now.

Thank you my friends. Thank you for

coming here on this beautiful

Arizona evening. My friends, we

have come to the end of a long

journey. The American people have

spoken, and they have spoken

clearly. I had the honour of

calling Senator Barack Obama to

congratulate him. I congratulated

him on being elected the next

president of a country we both love.

president of a country we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult

as this campaign has been, his

as this campaign has been, his

success alone commence my respect

for his ability and perseverance.

He managed to do so by inspiring

hopes of so many millions of

Americans. We want wrongly believe

that we have little at stake and

little influence in the input --

election of an American president,

it is something I deeply admire and

I commend his achievement. This is

a historic election. I recognise

the special significance it has for

African Americans. There is a

special pride that is theirs alone

tonight. I always believe that

America offers opportunities to all

who have the industry and will to

seize it. Senator Obama a book --

believes that as well. We both

recognise that while we have come a

long way from the old injustice -- injustices that once stayed our

nation's reputation, and tonight

some Americans the full blessings some Americans the full blessings

of American citizenship, -- denied,

the memory of them still had the

power to wound. Theodore

Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T

Washington to dine at the White

House was taken as an outrage in

many quarters. America today is a

world away from the cool and world away from the cool and

prideful bigotry of that time.

There is no better evidence of this

There is no better evidence of this

found in the election of an African

American to the presidency of the

United States. Let there be no

reason now for any American to fail

to cherish their citizenship in

this, the greatest nation on earth.

Senator Obama has achieved a great

thing for himself and for his

country. I applaud him for it, and

country. I applaud him for it, and

offer him my sincere sympathy that offer him my sincere sympathy that

his beloved grandmother did not

live to see this day. Our fate

assures us she is at rest in the

presence of her creator, and so

very proud of the good man she

helped to raise. Senator Obama and

helped to raise. Senator Obama and

I have argued our differences, and

he has prevailed. No doubt many of

those differences remain. These are

difficult times for our country. I

pledge to him tonight to do all in

my power to help him lead us

through the many challenges we face. through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans who supported

me to join me in not just

congratulating Obama, but offering

Amex president our goodwill and

earnest effort to find ways to come

together. To find the necessary

compromises and bridge our compromises and bridge our

differences. To help restore our

prosperity, defend a security in a

dangerous wild, and leave our

children and grandchildren a

stronger and better country than we

inherited. -- world. Whatever our

differences we are fellow Americans

and police believe me when I say,

no association has ever meant more

to May than that. -- please believe.

-- more to me than that.

It is natural tonight to feel some

disappointment. Tomorrow we must

move beyond it and work together to

get out country moving again. We

fought as hard as we could.

Although we fell short, the fairly

his mind, not yours. -- the failure

his mind, not yours. -- the failure

his mind. --mine.

I am so deeply grateful to all of

the for the great honour of your

support, and for all you have done

for me. I wish the outcome had been

different my friends. The road was

a difficult one from the outset,

but your support and friendship

never wavered. I cannot adequately

express how deeply indebted I am to

you. I am especially grateful to my

wife and children, my dear mother...

And all of my family and to the

many old and dear friends who have

many old and dear friends who have

stood by my side through the many

ups and downs of this long campaign.

I have always been a fortunate man.

Never more so for the love and

encouragement that you have given

me. Campaigns are often harder on a me. Campaigns are often harder on a

candidate's family than on the

candidate. That has been true in

this campaign. All are offering

compensation is my love and

gratitude and the promise of more

peaceful years ahead. I am also

very thankful to Governor Sarah

Palin, one of the best campaigners.

She is one of the best campaign as

I have ever seen, an impressive new I have ever seen, an impressive new

voice in our party for reform, and

the principles that have always

been our greatest strength. Her

husband Todd and there are five

beautiful children... Fought their

tireless dedication to our cause

and the courage and grace they

showed in the rough and tumble of a

showed in the rough and tumble of a

presidential campaign. We can all

look forward with great interest to

her future service to a Alaska, the

Republican -- Republican Party and

our country. To all of my campaign

commands from Rick Davies and

others, to every last volunteer who

fought so hard and valiantly, month

after month, in what at times

seemed to be the most challenged

campaign in modern times, thank you

so much. They lost election will so much. They lost election will

never mean more to May and the

privilege of your faith and

friendship. -- a last election. I

don't know what more we could have

done to try and win. I will leave done to try and win. I will leave

that to others to determine. Every that to others to determine. Every

candidate makes mistakes. I'm sure

I made my share. I won't spend a

moment of the future regretting

what might have been. This campaign what might have been. This campaign

was and will remain a great honour

of my life. My heart is filled with

nothing but gratitude for the

experience. And to the American

people for giving a fair curing

before deciding that Senator Obama

and my old friend Senator Joe Biden

should have the honour of leading

us for the next four years. Please,

please... I would not be an

American worthy of the name should

I regret a fate that has allowed me

the extraordinary privilege of

serving his country for half a

century. To date I was a candidate

for the highest office in the

country I love so much. Tonight I

remain her servant. That is Blysse remain her servant. That is Blysse

enough for anyone, and I thank the

people of Arizona for for it. -- blessing.

Tonight more than any night, I hold

in my heart nothing but love for

this country and for all of its

citizens. Whether they supported

may or Senator Obama, whether they

supported either of us, I wish

Godspeed to the man that was my

former opponent, and will be my former opponent, and will be my

President. I call on all Americans,

as I have often in this campaign,

to not despair of our present

difficulties. You must believe in difficulties. You must believe in

the promise and greatness of

America. Nothing is inevitable here,

Americans have never quit. We never

surrender. We never hide from

history. We make history. Thank you

and God bless you. God bless

America. Thank you very much.

A very gracious speech by a McCain

with his wife Cindy. Together with

the Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin

and her husband Todd. They are in

Phoenix Arizona. They hoped it

would not end like this, but it has

and Barack Obama will become the

44th President of the United States.

Joe Biden will be the vice-

president. Their previous positions

will now need replacement. In

Illinois and they will be a new

senator to replace Obama's former

position. Both Obama and Joe Biden

will prepare for the transition

period between now and 20th January,

2009, when they will be sworn into

the capital on the steps of United

States Congress. They will become

the next president and vice-

president of the US. Obama's

getting ready to speak to a crowd.

He is coming over to Grant Park.

You see the pictures from Chicago, You see the pictures from Chicago,

he was on the phone earlier and

took the concession call from John

McCain, it was a very gracious

conversation. Now this crowd is a

cadre is very different from the

crowd were sought in Phoenix

Arizona. There are tens of

thousands of people here. Maybe

hundreds of thousands who have

gathered in Grant Park in Chicago

to hear from Barack Obama, who will

become the next President of the

United States. It is fair to say

that millions of people, but only

in the US, but around the world in the US, but around the world

watching on CNN, come more than 240

countries and territories, they

will never forget where they were

precisely when it was recorded at

11pm on the East Coast of the

United States that Barack Obama

will become the president elect of

the United States. It is one of

those rare moments that people will

always remember where they were.

The crowd has been slowly building

throughout the evening. More than

anything they want to see Barack

Obama and his wife and their

children on their stage to confirm

what we already know - that Barack what we already know - that Barack

Obama will be the next President of

the United States will stop there

were supporters is thought when he

accepted the Democratic nomination,

that it was a historic moment. We

are getting reports that workers in

the plant across from her

department were yelling out into

the streets and throwing up their

hearts. There are reports that hearts. There are reports that

people I cheering in the streets of

New York City. I'm sure that is

occurring in many towns across the

country tonight. Cath I want to go

back to the point about how this

country are elected at George Bush

eight years ago and has now elected

Barack Obama. I think it is a

question the world is asking itself

tonight. What we have all found in

and out troubles, and at the BBC

asked people in 22 countries who

would you prefer as President, and

in all those countries, they

preferred Obama. What I've found is preferred Obama. What I've found is

that people have come up to me and

had seen a lot of things about

America that they do not like, but America that they do not like, but

there is a whole election cycle

reminds us about what we admire

about America, the dynamism and the

openness of. This will make the

world to reconsider who we are.

This will open up a window for the

Parma. He has a window for the

leadership internationally. There

has never been anything like this.

Two years ago a survey was done be

seen Obama head-to-head with McCain

and the only one of four states. In and the only one of four states. In

the course of two years he beats up

a very strong tablets the a very strong tablets the

nomination, he beats up a very

strong candidate and raced up

president of amounts of money. He

has the biggest volunteer army ever,

he has the most disciplines

campaign I have ever seen it, and

did not make a single major mistake did not make a single major mistake

from start to finish, and that is

extraordinary. It was not easy for

him and he did make mistakes. him and he did make mistakes.

Remember Reverend Wright and Bill

Ayers. He had some foreign policy

issues as well. And the bitterness

over guns. A rookie candidate, but

an amazingly well run campaign they

understood the process better than

the professionals. The to create a

campaign really from nothing.

Hillary Clinton was well-funded and

incredibly well-known and had a

huge number of very experienced

people around her. To create something from whole cloth is

unheard of. It was a modern

campaign in the way we did not

think was possible. He took his

organising capability and where did

it to the internet. It was so

different from every other campaign

that has ever been done. He also

has up 3 million contributors in

his database were not simply going

to go away. They will be a powerful

lobbying force for his agenda. That

is significant thing. President

Bush has called Obama to

congratulate him. We'll take a

short break. Will bring you a

Palmer's speech as soon as it

happens. Are we all be right back.

Wanborough we heard that very

generous and warm a concession

speech by John McCain. We are now

waiting for Barack Obama to speak

to his supporters as we go back to

CNN. While we have a moment, things

like that when Senator McCain was

speaking, it gives me a sense it

gets to the heart of who he was. It

was very dignified. It was, and

that it reflected John McCain, not

John McCain of their candidate accommodating the Republican Party.

That was John McCain, and the sense

of duty and honour peers so much a

part of him. It came through very

much in that speech. It was in a

sense his moment in all of this. He

lived up to that moment. He paid

tribute to Sarah Palin, speaking of

her as a new voice. What you make

of the jeers they came across? It

tends to happen in crabs on

election night when you have lost.

It was unfortunate. I thought it

was impressive that John McCain was

so generous to Barack Obama. It was

an outstanding speech by an

American leader. Clive think it

sets the tone for the Congress in

their first days of Obama's

administration. Hemingway defined

courage as grace under pressure.

That was courage tonight. It was a

difficult moment for McCain because

he would be absolutely exhausted

after the campaign. Bridge is

avoided in the result. Of many

people around him would be

disappointed, but he went out there

and which to do better angels of

his nature. As for Sarah Palin, a

conceit Heron the future as a

senator for Alaska. I cannot see

her as a candidate for president.

To McCain got out movement - -

outmanoeuvred by in Karl Rove in

2002 2004. What now for him? He

will be an elder statesman batsman

in the US Senate. He will be part

of the recovery for Republicans.

Just as gold water became an iconic

figure in the Republican Party. He

will be part of the process that it

is steered back into the Senate. On

the dissuasion, particularly on

foreign affairs, he will continue

to be influential and his opinion

will be padded in the American

electorate it. I think he will have

a significant role to playing in

the United States at senator as one

of the senior figures when the

Obama administration takes office.

What happens now the two senators

have been taken out of the Senate.

What happens to those vacancies? In

both cases the Governor of the

state will make an appointment and

in both states have their happens

to be a Democratic governor. Those

appointments borough unbearably

partisan appointments. When Robert

Kennedy was assassinated when he

was a senator from New York, it was

thought of perhaps appropriate to

appoint a democratic replacement,

the Republican to Governor of New

York did appoint a Republican, that

is the custom. The dynamics of the

Senate will not change other than

the presence of a church by then

will be done and to throw Obama

will be President. The partisan

constituency of the Senate will not

Alter.Old enough to remember the

60s and to have campaigned with the

Governor Rockefeller in the 1968

campaign, you would have a close

knowledge of Robert Kennedy. DC any

parallels between backs and the

charisma we have seen in this

campaign? To think it is very clear.

Many people do remember Senator

Kennedy, but there's something

about him that was special. It was

not any particular policy or

doctrine, but he was a man who was

as comfortable quoting from a

contemporary American poet as from

Roman antiquity in his speeches.

Key offered a special message that Key offered a special message that

it made Americans believe that

there was a future at a time when

people were very, very perplexed.

He created an optimism and an

excitement. Karaka Palmer, a very

different man, certainly a very different man, certainly a very

different background. Obama was not

a man of privilege. He has a man of privilege. He has a

certain connection to the Everyman,

to the average man, that Senator

Kennedy had its own, because he was
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