"It's time to bring them home."
A desire to end the War in Iraq could be one of Senator Barack Obama's strongest selling points for a Presidential bid. While visiting a Dubuque crowd of one-thousand, Obama shared hopes to bring troops home starting in may with complete withdrawal in just a year. It's an agenda Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp says he's all for.
"He has high integrity, he has a great hope for America and I think he has all the energy and worth of moving forward," he says.
Gaulrapp says he's particularly impressed with how the Freshman Senator took time to speak with his elderly father and son and shook the hands of many others.
"It's not a political move, it's not how he works a crowd, it's what he truly believes in," Gaulrapp says.
Mary and Olivia Kelley also made the trip from Freeport, to catch their second glimpse of Obama this year. They first heard him speak in Springfield.
"He's got a common sense approach to problems and I think he would make a very honest decent president," says Mary Kelley.
"I get a bunch of people fired up at my school Freeport High School and I'll be rooting for him and finally will be able to vote during the general election so I'm looking forward to that," says Olivia Kelley.
Since Obama has been busy campaigning, he's already missed one vote in the Senate. But he claims that shouldn't be a concern for us here in Illinois.
"We're gonna make sure I'm carrying out my responsibilities in the duties and jobs that I have before going onto the next one," Obama says.
Besides fighting for troop withdrawal, Obama is working on a universal health care plan. Which he hopes to make public sometime next month.