Rice cheers Obama win

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that Barack Obama's emergence as the first black American to win a major party's presidential nomination was a landmark for equal rights after more than two centuries of struggle.

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that Barack Obama's emergence as the first black American to win a major party's presidential nomination was a landmark for equal rights after more than two centuries of struggle.

Obama, a Democrat, is the first African American to be nominated by one of the major parties for the White House.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate John McCain proposed yesterday that Obama join him in at least 10 face-to-face encounters at town hall meetings this [northern] summer.

McCain suggested the first meeting be next Wednesday or Thursday in New York's Federal Hall.

"I also suggest we fly together to the first town hall meeting as a symbolically important act embracing the politics of civility," McCain said in a letter to Obama. - Reuters

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