Gore used his loss in 2000 to stress the importance of electing a Democratic candidate: "Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn't really matter who became president. . . . But here we all are in 2008, and I doubt anyone would argue now that election didn't matter."
As Senator Obama accepted his party’s nomination yesterday, his speech covered many of the practical issues that he would address as president, drawing sharp contrasts between himself and Ariz. Senator John McCain. Obama's ability to take on McCain, as well as his ability to address specific issues, have been concerns for Democratic voters and party leaders.