Democratic National Convention delegates were overcome when Barack Obama officially became the first black nominee for US president.
But for most, economic issues are more important than candidates' gender.
A growing chorus of business and education-reform advocates are hoping the next president will create a ‘Sputnik moment’ for education.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won the Kadima Party primary to replace Ehud Olmert who has been beset by corruption charges.
Both McCain and Obama have said the schools should be more open to the military recruitment program.