Obama Set to Give Historic Speech

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DENVER - Tonight, history will be made when Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in front of 80,000 people at the home of the Denver Broncos.

The plans for tonight's elaborate speech is also giving the McCain campaign another opportunity to criticize Obama.

Click play to view David Brody's report and to hear Pat Robertson's comments on the historic night.

It will be quite a scene at Invesco Field in Denver. The Obama campaign has ditched the 20,000 seat Pepsi Center for the larger football stadium. But what is going on inside in terms of preparation has the McCain campaign hitting on that celebrity theme.

McCain's team has mocked Obama in campaign ads, calling him "the biggest celebrity in the world". They're trying to use huge rallies like the one in Berlin that drew 200,000 people against him.

On the Web, they've even used biblical references to make him look like some sort of a messiah-like figure. Now, the stage where Obama will speak tonight is complete with Greek looking columns.

The McCain campaign is calling it, "The Temple of Obama." A few weeks ago, CBN News asked Obama about these "holier than thou" attacks against him.

Brody: Do you believe this is being done on purpose?

Obama: Well, of course it's being done on purpose. They're not spending a whole bunch of money to make me out as a good guy.

"I think ultimately the American people are going to understand by the time they go into the polling place in November that this is not an election about me. This an election about them," Obama said.

Obama gave Democrats a sneak peak Wednesday night when he took the stage inside the Pepsi Center.

"If I am not mistaken, Hillary Clinton rocked the house last night," Obama said.

Earlier, it was the other Clinton giving Obama some much-needed unity help. They haven't had the best relationship throughout his wife's bitter primary battle. But the former president made his support clear.

"Everything I've learned in eight years as president and the work I've done since, in America and across the globe, has convinced me that Barack Obama is the man for this job," former President Clinton said.

Hillary Clinton also made her presence felt when she called for an end to the official roll call vote so Obama could be nominated without any controversy.

"I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," she said.

The following action made history as Obama became the first African American ever nominated by a major political party. His running mate, Joe Biden, ended the night's speeches and addressed the subject that many say got him on the ticket.

"Again and again, on the most important national security issues of our time, John McCain was wrong and Barack Obama was proven right," Biden said.

As for what Barack Obama will say tonight at Invesco Field, the bar will be high. His speeches have been his best moments.

But aides say watch for Obama to focus less on rhetoric and more on how an Obama administration will benefit middle class Americans.

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