Barack Obama has done it all. He is Illinois Democratic Senator and now a presidential hopeful. With his charisma, strengths, and public relations, it is easy to see how great of a chance Obama has at snagging the 2008 presidency. Not only does Obama appeal to Christians, African Americans, Democrats, Pro-Choice activists, and some Moderates, but he also has the ability to appeal to Republicans. Aside from appealing to millions of Americans all over the country, there are also other reasons that Barack Obama could win the 2008 presidential election.
1. Straddling the fence. The number one reason why Obama could snag the presidency in 2008 is his broad appeal. He has proven himself to be a powerful orator and has even been compared to speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. Through his speechs, Obama is able to portray his liberal views in a moderate language. This means that he expresses his demand for change in the United States with reasonable solutions that appeal to a large majority in the US. Not many other presidential hopefuls have achieved this strength so early in the competition, but Obama has been able to execute it.
2. Chicago and Illinois. Even though Hilary Clinton is already ahead in the polls by about 15%, one thing she will not be able to carry is Chicago or the state of Illinois. Many people do not consider this a disadvantage, but to Hilary and her political advisers it is. Hilary grew up in suburban Chicago and by not being able to pick up her “home” state is usually considered a political punch to the gut. Hilary could even be considered a bit of a traitor. Obama will carry the city of Chicago and Illinois simply because he is a Democrat and an Illinois Senator.
3. Already victorious in the Senate. Obama became one of only a small handful of African-American senators to secure a place in the US Senate when he claimed one of the two Illinois seats. Being African-American basically automatically secures the black community’s vote hands down. Obama knows this and will surely spend a lot of time campaigning in cities like Detroit and Atlanta. Being a successful African-American only helps his chances for victory.
4. His work in the Senate. As a senator from Illinois he has once again straddled the fence of many issues. He supported the White House view on tightening control on the growing immigraton problems. In the same case he also supported somehow giving illegal immigrants citizenship. Overall, in this case, he believes that stopping the problem of illegal immigration starts with the source. He also supported to expand the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program enforced by Bush. Due to this he could possibly gain some Republican votes.
5. Forget experience and remember the charisma. Surely it was a bold move for Obama to enter the presidential race with so little experience. Evidently, many people tend to forget his inexperience, and with good reason. Obama lets his strengths shine through and does not act like a rookie.
Even with these 5 reasons, it is sure that there are many more to come for Barack Obama and his campaign for presidency.