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Friday, February 8, 2008

LIVE from KeyArena: Warming up for Barack

It's just a few minutes until one o'clock here at KeyArena, and Mayor Greg Nickels has taken the stage to officially kick off this rally.

"It's a good thing I gave the fire chief the day off today," Nickels quipped, "because KeyArena holds 18,000 people and we are over capacity!" (This drew a loud cheer!) He told the crowd that Barack was shaking hands with the three thousand plus people outside who wanted to attend the rally but couldn't get in. That's a nice gesture on Senator Obama's part.

Representative Adam Smith followed, explaining why he supports Barack Obama's presidential campaign. "There's no question we need someone new in the White House. But we need more than that," Smith said. "We need someone who will fundamentally change the way we do business in Washington, D.C."

"He is the only candidate in this race who has the ability to deliver," Smith continued, concluding: "Thank you for being here, thank you for being part of something extroadinary!"

Mayor Nickels just introduced Governor Chris Gregoire, who was welcomed with a standing ovation. Gregoire was drowned with cheers and applause when she declared, "after much soul searching and debate" to endorse Barack Obama.

Touching on the challenges before the nation, Gregoire declared that a new direction for the nation (change we can believe in!) is imperative:

"I have come here because I believe we have a unique leader in America who can do just that. And his name is Barack Obama."


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