by Steven Ertelt
January 16, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — It’s officially unofficial. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois filed papers on Tuesday allowing him to create an exploratory committee under which he can consider a possible presidential bid in 2008. Obama, who backs abortion, has widely been considered a leading Democratic presidential candidate.
Obama, who is 45 and the only black member of the Senate, said he would make an official decision on a presidential campaign on February 10.
"Running for the presidency is a profound decision — a decision no one should make on the basis of media hype or personal ambition alone," he said in a statement on his web site.
"So before I committed myself and my family to this race, I wanted to be sure that this was right for us and, more importantly, right for the country," he added.
Obama and pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton are considered by most observers to have the best chance at capturing the Democratic party’s nomination.
Senator Obama has a 0 percent pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life Committee. He has voted to spend taxpayer dollars to fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries and voted twice against parental notification and consent.
He also has voted to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of human life.
Obama told the CBS "Face the Nation" program Sunday that he would decide "soon" whether he would seek the Democratic nomination for president.
"Obviously, there’s been a lot of talk," he said on the show. "I’ve said I’ve been considering it. And we’ll be making an announcement fairly soon."
Obama has become the media darling of the Democratic Party, with glowing news articles about grassroots activists gushing over the first-term African-American lawmaker.
But whether the inexperienced legislator with a light record of accomplishments can attract enough support to capture the party’s nomination for president in 2008 is another question.
Five Democrats have already declared their candidacies, including Sens. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Joe Biden of Delaware, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
They are all pro-abortion and pro-embryonic stem cell research.