Obama Turns it On for Austin

Close to 20,000 people came to hear Barack Obama this afternoon, as he turned it on in Austin, Texas. This was the biggest rally of its kind in living memory in Texas. And it's important for the Obama campaign - this is a State with strong ties to the Clinton family.

Obama spoke again of his commitment of turning the country's attention to health care, education and ending the war in Iraq. He also spoke of the need to focus on the rebuilding of New Orleans, saying that the city still looked like a war had been fought there.

This was his first trip to Texas since making the announcement on February 10 that he would seek the nomination.

Last night Obama was at a fundraiser in Houston, his second for the day.