Thousands Gather for Obama Announcement

Thousands of people braved the cold this morning as they gathered at the Old State Capitol Building to hear that Barack Obama will be running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

This is the same building that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech in 1858 that opposed slavery.

"We can build a more hopeful America, and that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States."

Obama spoke this morning about the key issues of education and health care, and about bringing the troops home from Iraq. Obama has been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.

Barack Obama heads to Iowa later today to start the tour of the first primary state. Then its back to Chicago tomorrow night before heading to New Hampshire on Monday.

And next weekend, Obama will tour South Carolina.