Age: 46


Married Michelle Robinson, vice president for Community and External
Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals; two daughters, Malia
and Natasha


BA, Columbia University, 1983; JD,
Harvard Law, 1991


Attorney, law firm of Miner Barnhill & Galland (Chicago), 1993-2004

member, Illinois State Senate 1997-2004

U.S. Senator from Illinois, elected 2004


“There is not a liberal America and a
conservative America — there is the United States of America. There
is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and
Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”

Key Issues

Iraq War: Obama has been opposed to the war in Iraq
from the beginning. He put forward a plan in January that proposes to
withdraw all combat brigades by the end of next year while leaving
behind an unspecified smaller force to attack terrorists, train Iraqi
soldiers and protect American interests.

Health Care: Obama believes that most families want
health care but they can’t afford it. He says he can drive down the
costs by taking on the insurance companies and making sure that they
are limited in their ability to extract profits and deny coverage. He
says he wants to lower costs for those who do have health insurance
about $1,000 a year and provide coverage for everybody else. He
supports mandatory health care for children.

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