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Obama Makes 2008 White House Run Official

After months of speculation, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) makes it official: he's running for president. Obama opened his run for the White House before a large crowd in Springfield, Illinois.

Obama promised to lead a new generation determined to unite and transform the nation.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.
NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott can be heard telling stories from her native South. She covers the latest news and politics, and is attuned to the region's rich culture and history.