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Message of hope: Obama draws thousands

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE—The desire for change was deafening Friday night as thousands of people roared in response to presidential candidate Barack Obama. “This election is about the past versus the future,” said the Democratic senator from Illinois during his “Stand for Change” rally at Witter Fitness Center Gymnasium on the Santa Fe Community College campus. “There’s a moment in the life of every generation where they have the opportunity to make their mark on future generations ... Our moment is now.”Born in Hawaii, Obama, 46, graduated from Columbia University in 1983 and earned his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.When asked why he’s running for president now – he’s young and has time to run later – Obama said, “I’m running because of what Martin Luther King Jr.