Over 2500 for Obama in Cedar Rapids

Over 2500 people turned up yesterday afternoon to see Barack Obama in Cedar Rapids.

Obama continued his message of universal health care, providing better education opportunities and addressing the energy crisis and global warming. Iowa is a key state to engage the energy debate - as a major ethanol producer, Democrat voters will respond positively to sympathetic candidates.

And Obama again spoke of the need to end the war in Iraq, and repeated his plan to bring the troops home by March 2008.

Yesterday morning, in Springfield, Illinois, it has been reported that as many as 16,000 people braved the freezing temperature to watch and listen Obama announce that he is running for President.