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The home stretch begins
By Chuck Kajer
This week's Democratic National Convention in Denver, followed by the Republican National Convention in St. Paul next week, will give the two parties a chance to set the stage for the final two months of the presidential election season.
Both parties have done their best to put their candidate in the best possible light. Democrats are preparing to nominate Barack Obama as the first African-American to head a major party ticket, while Republicans will nominate John McCain to head their party into the November elections.