Obama to announce in Springfield, Ill.

Jan. 18, 2007 at 1:16 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. Barack Obama plans to kick off his presidential campaign in Springfield, Ill., hoping that it will help to unite the politically divided United States.

In a move likened to Abraham Lincoln, Obama, D-Ill., wants to use the Old State Capitol to announce his plans Feb. 10 -- just two days before the anniversary of Lincoln's birth -- the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

The Capitol is also where Lincoln launched his failed U.S. Senate campaign and declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Two years after that the building was used as the headquarters for his presidential campaign.

The only problem with the building is its small size.

"Anything larger than a few hundred people would need to be held outside any of our historic buildings," said David Blanchette, spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the location for the announcement is not "finalized," but will most definitely be within Springfield.

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