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Durbin launches petition drive to push Obama into White House race.


Sen. Dick Durbin is one of Sen. Barack Obama's biggest presidential boosters.
Now he's launching an on-line petition drive to persuade Obama to jump in the 2008 White House race.

Obama is weighing a bid--and Durbin hopes the petition drive tips the scales toward his fellow Illinois Democrat.

This from Durbin...........

As you may already know, I'm a huge Barack Obama fan. I've known
Barack since he was first elected to the Illinois State Senate
in 1996, and I'm impressed by what he has accomplished in his
relatively short political career. I'm also proud to call him my

Not only does Senator Obama do a wonderful job representing the
people of Illinois, in just a few short years he has proven
himself to be an incredibly inspirational national leader. From
his memorable and unifying speech at the Democratic National
Convention to his new book The Audacity of Hope, Barack has
shown that he has the best interests of all Americans at heart.

That is why I want to see Barack run for President in 2008. I
believe that he is the right man to lead our country at a time
of such turmoil around the globe, and will bring Americans
together at a time in our nation's history when we need unity
more than ever.

Barack has said publicly that he is considering a run, and part
of his consideration will doubtlessly include measuring the
level of his support from Democrats across the country. So let's
show him how strong that support is.

Click here to sign my online petition to Senator Barack Obama --
urge him to enter the 2008 Presidential race today!

In all my years in politics, I have only met one other person
who connects with people as well as Barack does: former
President Bill Clinton. That says a lot about Barack's superior
skills as a politician and a leader. I have complete confidence
that Barack will be able to unite Americans across our country
in support of a new agenda of hope.

As his memorable speech at the 2004 convention proved, Barack
understands that our country isn't as simply divided between red
and blue as political commentators seem to believe. There isn't
a monolithic "red state voter" who is different in every way
from her blue state counterpart, but rather there are Americans
in every corner of our country who have their own hopes, dreams,
and communities -- and many more of these overlap than conflict.

With a unifying leader like Barack Obama in the White House, I
know that we can overcome the deep divisions that cause such
unnecessary friction to arise between red and blue, both in
Washington and in our nation as a whole. That is why I hope you
will join me in urging Barack to run for President.

Click here to send a message to Senator Barack Obama -- urge him
to enter the 2008 Presidential race today!

I certainly hope Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee.
But regardless of who Democrats ultimately nominate to be our
candidate for President in 2008, we definitely need Barack
Obama's voice in the process.

Barack Obama has proven himself to be a strong leader for
Illinois, and I know that he would show that same leadership as
President. Over the coming weeks, I know that he will be
thinking seriously about throwing his hat into the ring, and I
know that your show of support will make a difference.

Speak out with the thousands of other Americans who are urging
Senator Obama to run for President -- please sign my online
petition today!


Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator

P.S. When signing my petition, you can tell me whether or not I
should share your contact information with Barack if he decides
to run for President. I respect your privacy and will only pass
your email address along if you'd like me to. Just let us know.
Thank you!

Contact Barack Obama:

Paid for by Friends of Dick Durbin
101 West Grand Ave. #200
Chicago, IL 60610


Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for
Friends of Dick Durbin at:


Sounds to me like Hillary has hinted to Durbin she isn't considering him for a high cabinet job and perhaps Obama will.

Durbin knows Obama cant win, dont think Dick Durbin doesnt want Obama brought back down to earth? There are allot of DC people waiting for him to be exposed. Obama is a weaker Jimmy Carter.

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