Barack Obama, the brightest rising star of US politics, on Saturday officially announced he was running for the White House in 2008, vowing to emulate Abraham Lincoln by unifying a divided nation and building "a more hopeful America".
He highlighted his consistent opposition to the war dating back to before the invasion – something his main rivals for the Democratic nomination cannot do – and vowed to "rebuild alliances" with international partners.
"It is time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreements that lie at the heart of someone else's civil war," he said. "Letting the Iraqis know that we will not be there forever is our last best hope to pressure the Sunnis and Shia to come to the table and find peace."
Other pledges included action to reduce dependence on foreign oil and cap greenhouse gas emissions, increased investment in scientific research and measures to end poverty, protect employee benefits and make college more affordable.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
"Obama pledges to 'transform' politics"