The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected.
If we can rebuild Iraq, we can rebuild Illinois and Indiana and if we can do Baghdad, we can do Baltimore.
Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.
Well, if you pick a fight with somebody that's smaller than you and you beat them, where's the honor in that?
The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything.
I think if we are actually going to accept our generation's responsibility, that's going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents.
Illinois has less than a 12 percent black population and I won with 55 percent of the vote.
And frankly, being a woman I think gives me a slightly different take on a lot of the issues and on a lot of the solutions to the problems we face.
We're failing our children with education, we're failing our environment.
I believe that our message of rebuilding America is one that will resonate with the American people.
I think Americans want to believe in this country again.
I want people who believe in my message and where I am on issues to support me.
I'm a results-oriented person and my Senate record shows that.
I'm committed to universal health coverage and education.
It's not impossible for a woman - a Black woman - to become President.
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