If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don't run you've already lost. - Barack Obama background

THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. The choice of the announcement site was viewed as symbolic because it was also where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic "House Divided" speech in 1858. Obama emphasized issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care.

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