United States President
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Barack
Obama

Democrat

Occupation: I serve as a U.S. Senator.

Occupational Background: I've been a community organizer, civil rights lawyer, and constitutional law teacher.

Educational Background: I graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Prior Governmental Experience: My prior governmental experience is 8 years as an Illinois state Senator.

I'm running for President because at this defining moment in our nation's history, we have a chance to forge a new majority so we can solve the problems we've been talking about for decades.

I'm running to turn the page on the failed politics of the past; a politics that divides us when we should be coming together to solve problems; a politics that accepts lobbyists as part of the system in Washington, instead of recognizing that they're part of the problem; and where politicians don't mean what they say or say what they mean.

As President, I'll bring Democrats and Republicans together to solve the problems facing us. I'll invest in clean energies so we can create green jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and save this planet for our children. I'll stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas, and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of working families, struggling homeowners, and seniors who deserve to retire with dignity and security. I'll work for affordable, accessible health care for all. I'll make college affordable for anyone who wants to go. And I'll responsibly end the war in Iraq - a war I opposed from the start.

Since I walked away from a career on Wall Street to work as a community organizer more than two decades ago, I've fought to bring people together, and to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans. I don't want to pit Blue States against Red States - I want to lead the United States of America in a new direction to turn this moment of challenge into our moment of opportunity.

(This information furnished by Obama for America.)