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Obama throws his hat in the bull ring...

According to the BBC News website, Illinois junior senator Barack Obama has formed an exploratory committee - the first step towards a presidential run. On February 10th, apparently, he plans to make an official statement regarding the committee.

So...I suppose it's time to start researching this fella more deeply. I'd prefer to have a well-informed opinion of why I would or would not vote for the much-lauded Obama. Since he's a senator, we're in luck! We can go to Project Vote Smart, and review his complete Senate voting record. That should help cut through any hype, emotion, and potential campaign garbage that left-leaning individuals get caught up in around this guy..

Of course, the next presidential election is nearly two years away, but it never hurts to start early :-)