Senator Calling for Genocide Recognition To Run for President


17.01.2007 13:30 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois jumped
into the 2008 White House race on Tuesday, promising to "change our
politics" with a campaign that could make him the first black president
in U.S. history, reports Reuters. Obama, a freshman senator and rising
party star, formed an exploratory committee to begin raising money and
hiring staff to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination
to succeed Republican President George W. Bush. He plans a formal
campaign announcement in his home state of Illinois on February
10. "Our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together
in a practical, common-sense way. Politics has become so bitter and
partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle
the big problems that demand solutions," Obama said in a video message
announcing his bid. "We have to change our politics, and come together
around our common interests and concerns as Americans," he said.

September 14, 2006, over two-hundred Illinois constituents had an
opportunity to hear Sen.Barack Obama speak out on the importance
of recognizing the Armenian Genocide and encouraged the Turkish
Government to end their campaign of denial. Sen. Obama stated that
the Armenian Genocide was one of the most horrific tragedies that
occurred during the 20th Century by the Turkish Government. He also
stressed the importance of working to end the campaign of denial
and speaking the truth, which in some instances has unfortunately
jeopardized peoples’ careers.

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