Senator Barack Obama Announces Bid For President

Barack Obama, the Democratic Party junior Senator from Illinois, has formally declared his candidacy for the United States Presidential race in 2008.

Speaking in Abraham Lincoln’s home town of Springfield, Obama said he wanted to “build a more hopeful America”.

Obama is aiming to become the first black American to win a major party nomination and become President. He faces formidable opposition from Senators Hillary Clinton and John Edwards for the nomination. If successful, his Republican Party opponent could be Senator John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani or Mitt Romney. The presidential primary season is still a year away.

In his announcement speech, Obama said that what has stopped the US from meetings its contemporary challenges “is not the absence of sound policies and sensible plans. What’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.” [Read more…]