Obama-McCain battle looms for general election

After claiming victory on the Democratic side of the presidential race, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is set to face off against the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in the general

News 12 Staff

Jun 6, 2008, 4:13 AM

Updated 5,882 days ago

Share:

After claiming victory on the Democratic side of the presidential race, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is set to face off against the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in the general election.
Obama immediately went on the offensive, casting McCain as a clone of President Bush and pointing out that his opponent has voted with the president?s policies 95 percent of the time.
McCain has countered with claims that Obama doesn?t have the experience to lead the country.
The two candidates now have about five months to make their cases to the American voters.
Regardless of the result in November, this will be a historic election. Sen. McCain would become the oldest first-term president, while Obama would be the first African-American to occupy the Oval Office. It has also been nearly 50 years since a sitting senator has been elected president of the United States.
Click here for student reactions to Obama's win
Obamaseals nomination, Clinton to decide next move


More from News 12
2:51
Governor says man killed at Trump rally was former fire chief who 'died a hero'

Governor says man killed at Trump rally was former fire chief who 'died a hero'

1:52
HEAT ALERT: Mostly sunny skies on Long Island with feels-like temperatures in the mid 90s

HEAT ALERT: Mostly sunny skies on Long Island with feels-like temperatures in the mid 90s

4:10
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Trump rally attendee gives his eyewitness account of the shooting

1:48
Nassau County heightens safety precautions for public events following Trump rally shooting

Nassau County heightens safety precautions for public events following Trump rally shooting

2:37
Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

Security increased at Trump Tower following rally shooting

0:56
‘Utterly unacceptable.’ Rep. Torres condemns violence following Trump rally shooting

‘Utterly unacceptable.’ Rep. Torres condemns violence following Trump rally shooting

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

3:32
Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

Rep. D'Esposito: Trump rally shooting 'a stark reminder of the divided country that we're in'

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

2:03
Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

Poll: More than 40% of women skip or delay medical screenings and appointments

1:46
‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

‘Lives are forever changed.’ One year since bombshell arrest of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

2:16
Water damage forces Hempstead woman out of her apartment

Water damage forces Hempstead woman out of her apartment

0:34
Advisory issued against bathing at 76 Long Island beaches

Advisory issued against bathing at 76 Long Island beaches

0:31
Police: 3 people injured following multi-vehicle crash in West Islip

Police: 3 people injured following multi-vehicle crash in West Islip

0:26
Officials: Car pulled from water in Islip Marina

Officials: Car pulled from water in Islip Marina

1:45
NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

2:40
Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

2:08
Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

0:41
Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City

Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City