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US election at-a-glance: 27 Aug

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

Barack Obama is formally named as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate on day three of the convention - he is the first African-American to be nominated by the party. Former President Bill Clinton quells any doubts about his support with a ringing endorsement of Senator Obama, following on from a show of party unity from his wife Hillary. Joe Biden accepts the vice-presidential nomination and Mr Obama makes a surprise late-night appearance on stage.

KEY QUOTES

"The choice in this election is clear. These times require more than a good soldier; they require a wise leader, a leader who can deliver change, the change everybody knows we need."
Joe Biden makes the case for Barack Obama, as he accepts the vice-presidential nomination

Let's declare together in one voice, right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president
Hillary Clinton

"Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she'll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually, that makes 18 million of us - because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November."
Bill Clinton unequivocally backs the Obama candidacy

"With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let's declare together in one voice, right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president."
Hillary Clinton calls for the nomination by acclamation of her erstwhile rival

"So who can we trust to keep America safe? The McCain-Bush Republicans have been wrong again and again and again."
John Kerry, the Democrats' candidate in 2004, goes on the attack against John McCain

"With America fighting two wars, the 9/11 terrorists still at large, Iran pursuing nuclear weapons, and Russia in Georgia, America needs a president who gets it right first time."
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson also lays into the Republicans' record

NUMBER NEWS

According to US television ratings firm Nielsen, Hillary Clinton has big appeal for viewers.

Almost 26m people watched the second night of the Democratic convention, when she gave her speech.

That was a 16% increase from 22.3m viewers - and 17m US households - on the opening night of the convention, when Michelle Obama was the headline speaker.

A large percentage of African-American households (24%) tuned in for Monday night, Nielsen adds, a trend that continued on Tuesday.

By comparison, some 18.4m viewers were drawn to the opening night of the 2004 convention, when Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton spoke.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of National Journal's Democratic political analysts predict that Barack Obama will get a bounce of 4-9% from his party's national convention this week.

However, none predict a bounce of 15% - a number suggested by the McCain campaign, perhaps in the hope of raising expectations too high, commentators say.

DAILY PICTURE

Barack Obama and Joe Biden embrace on stage at the convention, 27 Aug
Barack Obama was confirmed as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, the first time a major US party has nominated an African-American.




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