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Obama forms exploratory committee, full decision to come February 10
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, filed papers Tuesday to form a presidential exploratory committee, the senator announced on his website --www.barackobama.com.

"For the next several weeks, I am going to talk with people from around the country, listening and learning more about the challenges we face as a nation, the opportunities that lie before us, and the role that a presidential campaign might play in bringing our country together," Obama said in a video message posted on the website.

Obama also said he would make a final decision about his presidential plans on February 10.

"I certainly didn't expect to find myself in this position a year ago. But as I've spoken to many of you in my travels across the states these past months; as I've read your emails and read your letters; I've been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics," Obama added.

The FEC told CNN it had not yet received the paperwork.

Sen. Obama's web announcement

-- CNN's Robert Yoon and Alexander Mooney

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