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The Story of the Campaign

Obama says the whole campaign was a novel with several interesting characters: "If you think about it, you've got the first African American with a chance at the seat, first woman with a chance at the seat...and you've got this war hero."

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The End of the Reagan Legacy

"Reagan ushered in a skepticism towards government solutions to every problem...I don't think that has changed, I think that's a lasting legacy...but, I do think it is an end to the knee-jerk reaction towards the new deal and big government."

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The Reverend Wright Controversy

Obama says "we were caught by surprise. It was just bad research on our part," when videos of sermons of his Reverend, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced.

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Running Against Clinton and McCain

After the long primary campaign ended, Obama and his campaign felt the "semi-finals would be tougher than the finals."

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The Lincoln Influence

Obama reflects on how President Lincoln, his favorite president and personal hero, informs his view of the presidency: "There's a deep rooted honesty and empathy to the man that allowed him to always see the other person's point of view."

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About the Interview

Barack Obama did two book-only interviews for Battle for America 2008, one on Sept. 21, 2008 and one on Dec. 16, 2008.

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