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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…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Peter Fitzgerald

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Peter Fitzgerald was a Republican senator from Illinois. He served from 1999 until 2005.

Statement by Senator Peter Fitzgerald (Republican – Illinois)

As a freshman Senator, I am saddened that the first issue I confront in my service to the people of Illinois is the impeachment of a President of the United States. It is difficult to imagine a task less welcome and more awesome to me. As a newly elected Senator, I have barely begun to know the Senate, my colleagues, our rules and procedures, our precedents, or, finally, even our duty. I have watched you all so carefully–looking for examples, and guidance–and wondering at the gravity of these days. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Richard Durbin

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Richard Durbin is a Democratic senator from Illinois. He assumed office in 1997.

Statement by Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat – Illinois)

From the opening statement to the closing argument, Chairman Henry Hyde and the House managers stated repeatedly that what is at stake in this trial is the rule of law.

In a compelling reference to the life of Sir Thomas More, Mr. Hyde quoted from `A Man for All Seasons’ by Robert Bolt to remind us that More was prepared to die rather than swear a false oath of loyalty to the King and his church.

But Mr. Hyde did not read my favorite passage from that work. Let me share it with you and tell you why I think it is important to us in this deliberation. [Read more…]