Obama Considering Run for the White House

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said he is considering a run for President in 2008. Obama's admission of interest came Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press.

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Senator Barack Obama is such a political celebrity that he can set off speculation just by saying he is thinking about a presidential campaign in 2008.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois): I would say that I am still at the point where I have not made a decision to pursue higher office, but it is true that I have thought about it over the last several months.

INSKEEP: The Illinois Democrat spoke to NBC's Meet the Press. Even before he was elected to the Senate in 2004, people speculated that Obama could try to become the first black president.

He dismissed that talk until recent months. In an interview last week on NPR, he said he is constantly asking himself if he could help his country in higher office.

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