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Obama surprises delegates after Biden speech

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DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrats' presidential nominee, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, marking his first appearance at the event.

Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Barack Obama make their first joint appearance at the Democratic convention.

Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Barack Obama make their first joint appearance at the Democratic convention.

"I think the convention's gone pretty well so far -- what do you think?" he asked of the cheering crowd that, hours earlier, had made him the first African-American candidate to lead a major party White House ticket.

He also praised his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, as well as Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

Obama is due to speak Thursday night at Invesco Field, a 76,000-seat stadium in Denver. Video Watch Obama surprise the convention »

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He said he had chosen the venue to make sure "everybody who wants to can come."

"I think we will have a great night. I look forward to seeing you there. God bless you, and God bless America," he said in his brief appearance.

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