Obama to announce candidacy in Springfield
Sen. Barack Obama will formally declare his presidential candidacy in Springfield on February 10th.
From the D/A:
Also, one of Sen. Obama's main themes is unity across party lines, and the fact that President Lincoln was a Republican and he's a Democrat subtly points at that, Mr. Saboto said.
Gene Callahan, a Milford native, who was an aide to former U.S. Sens. Paul Simon and Alan Dixon, said Sen. Obama has been very loyal to Springfield since his days in the Illinois Legislature.
"I'm very proud of Obama's candidacy, and I think this feeling is shared on both sides of the aisle here in Illinois," he said.
Springfield is a good move because the Democrats' challenge is to do well in smaller cities and rural areas, and he needs to show he's not just a city candidate, said John C. Fortier, a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute.
According to Terry Michael, a former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, a common strategy is for candidates to announce from their hometown, especially if it's a small community.
Bill Clinton chose Little Rock, Ark., to make his announcement, but as a man of the legislature, Sen. Obama reflects many different homes and settings, he said. Springfield represents his current roots and is a way of splitting the difference.