February 10, 2007
Obama Enters Presidential Race
Senator Barack Obama of Illinois formally entered the presidential race this morning, as a candidate for the nomination of the Democratic party.
In his speech, at the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, Obama pledged to become the first black president and evoked Lincoln's 1858 speech where he said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." He reminded voters of his consitent opposition to the war in Iraq, a difference from Senator Clinton and John Edwards, both of whom intially supported invading Iraq. This position could draw support from many voters.
Obama deflected criticism about his lack of experience by suggesting that the current government has not represented the beliefs of the people and that he has been there long enough to know that it needs to change.
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