Obama to Rise to National Stage in Boston

State senator Barack Obama

Senator Obama speaks to supporters at a Montgomery County Fundraiser in Hillsboro, Ill., April 16, 2004. David Katz/Obama for Illinois hide caption

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Illinois state senator Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Monday night. A rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama is heavily favored to win a U.S. Senate seat this fall. At 42, he would become the third black American to serve in the Senate in the last 100 years. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

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