Obama kicks off 2012 presidential campaign on website

"2012 begins now, and this is where you say you're in," site reads, encouraging supporters to get involved and volunteer.

April 4, 2011 13:03
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US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Young)

US President Barack Obama kicked off his 2012 presidential campaign on his website Monday morning.

"We're opening up offices, unpacking boxes, and starting a conversation with supporters like you to help shape our path to victory," the website reads. "2012 begins now, and this is where you say you're in."

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The announcement website features a video encouraging Obama supporters to get involved and volunteer in order to maintain Obama's campaign while he continues to act as president.

Obama supporters from across the country explain the importance, in their eyes, of volunteering for the campaign.

"President Obama is one person," one supporter said."He has a job. We can't just be like 'Hey can you take some time off and get us all energized?'"

Political observers expect the Obama campaign to raise an unprecedented $1 billion for the race.

Several Republicans are considering running against Obama but have not made their candidacies official. Early polls show Obama leading potential Republican rivals.

Obama was expected to file campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission as early as Monday, which would allow him to start raising campaign funds.

While running for president as a senator from Illinois, Obama raised a record $750 million to win the 2008 election.

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