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Obama promises an end to divisive politics
Democratic hopeful discusses concerns about education, health care and war.

By Jennifer Mock Published: March 20, 2007
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told more than 1,000 Oklahomans on Monday that the days of divisive politics are numbered.

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Limited to 672 days in fact, he said — the number of days left in President Bush's final term.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he quoted Abraham Lincoln in opening remarks, and said Bush has dangerously divided the country.

"If we focus on what binds us together....there is no problem we can't solve,” Obama said.

Obama, whom many see as a legitimate contender as the first black president, spoke about education and health care problems. He said if elected, he would have an energy policy to make the country less dependent on foreign oil with an increased use of biofuels and wind and solar power.

Troop withdrawal urged
However, the issue that drew the loudest cheers was Obama's opposition to the war in Iraq. Obama, who has opposed the war from its inception, called for a troop withdrawal beginning in May, with most Americans out of the region by this time next year.

Tyson Echelle, a lecturer at Oklahoma State University, said he attended the afternoon rally at Oklahoma City's Farmer's Public Market Building because "he (Obama) has been against the war from the start.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters after giving a speech Monday at the Farmer's Public Market Building in Oklahoma City. By John Clanton, THE OKLAHOMAN


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