, WASHINGTON, Apr 4 – US President Barack Obama Monday formally announced his 2012 re-election bid, saying the country needed "to protect the progress" it had made.
"Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign," Obama said in a statement.
He explained that as his administration and supporters across the country "fight to protect the progress we\’ve made — and make more — we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest."
Obama said that in coming days, his supporters will begin forging a new organization in cities and towns across the country.
"And I\’ll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that\’s farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we\’ve built before," he said.