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Excerpts from Barack Obama's acceptance speech

August 28, 2008 |  3:56 pm

Barack Obama's campaign has just released some excerpts of the speech he will give tonight when he accepts the Democratic nomination. Here is the beginning of the speech, which spokesman Bill Burton sent to reporters a few minutes ago:

“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

“It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well."

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And here for a good analysis by our Peter Wallsten about the importance of tonight's speech.

-- Kate Linthicum