Saturday, November 1, 2008

Morning News

by Kevin Flynn-Sunday September 14 2008 09:48:37 AM

From the Washington Post:

Barack Obama brought his newly aggressive campaign against Republican opponent John McCain to an open-air rally here, castigating the senator from Arizona as a latecomer to the cause of change and imploring about 8,000 Granite State citizens to ignore the GOP's barrage of negative attacks.

"The McCain-Palin ticket, they don't want to debate the Obama-Biden ticket on the issues, because they're running on eight more years," Obama said under a sunny sky at Veterans Memorial Park. "They will try to distort my record, and they will try to undermine your trust in what the Democrats want to do. . . . But the times are too serious for those strategies to work this time."

...Saturday's event was toned down as Hurricane Ike ravaged Texas. An appearance by running mate Joseph R. Biden Jr. was scrapped. A scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live was canceled.

Obama opened his rally here with an appeal for help for the Red Cross and hurricane victims in Texas. "During difficult times, during moments of tragedy, the American people come together," he said.

..."People are concerned not just for their immediate well-being, but they're concerned about what happened to that promise, what happened to that dream? Are we going to be the first generation that passes on a country that is a little less prosperous, a little less unified and a little meaner than the last generation?" he said, intoning the phrase that has become his theme since the Democratic convention. "We are here to say enough is enough."

From the Toledo Blade:

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius greeted about 60 people — more than half of them women — during an economic town-hall forum yesterday in the Rossford Community Recreation Center, sponsored by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

For about 50 minutes, the governors touted Mr. Obama’s plans on taxes, energy, health care, education, and veterans benefits and tied GOP presidential candidate John McCain to the policies of President Bush. The governors also took several questions from the audience.

They campaigned in Columbus and Marion, Ohio, earlier in the day.

... Governor Napolitano urged those who were persuaded by her arguments in support of Mr. Obama to go out and make those same points with neighbors and co-workers.

... Governor Napolitano said she was a supporter of Mr. Obama’s presidential bid from nearly the beginning.

“I was persuaded very early on that he had the type of intellect and judgment this country needs,” she said. “It’s not just about change, but who can effectuate change. He has demonstrated time and time again he has those capabilities.”

She said Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is doing the best he can, but “in terms of the economy, [he] has no effective partner in Washington, D.C., and certainly no partner that has a plan or a methodology to move us out of years where we have been losing jobs, moving jobs overseas, where people’s personal incomes if anything have been stagnant, where retirees having been losing their pensions and are being cut off of their health care.”

Both women said that Mr. Obama would be such a partner for their states and for Ohio.

Governor Napolitano said that 95 percent of taxpayers would see a tax reduction under Mr. Obama’s plan. She said that in contrast to Mr. McCain’s call for increased drilling, “a big part of the Obama economic plan is to get a handle on energy and to diversify the types of energy we use” — including solar and wind power, and to “make better use of the oil in the wells that have already been drilled.”

Governor Sebelius noted that Mr. Obama’s grandparents and mother were Kansans.

“So I know something about the values and vision he was raised with — roll up your sleeves, looking to the future, knowing the transformational value of education,” she said. “That’s what sets his moral compass every day.”

... Jeannine Lassiter, 52, of Millbury said she came away with information she can use when she speaks about why she supports Mr. Obama.

“Now I can go and talk to my girls at work and the people who are misinformed,” said Ms. Lassister, who works at Kroger on Woodville Road. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there.”

Alice Cox, 67, of Millbury and her sister, Catherine Crampton, 71, of Rossford, were impressed.

“I really liked those governors,” Ms. Cox said.

From the Herlad Net:

[Barack] Obama addressed Machinists at their national convention in Florida on Friday. The senator from Illinois had received the union's endorsement on Monday. Speaking via satellite, Obama assured striking Boeing Machinists in Washington, Oregon and Kansas that he supports their cause.

"I stand with you because what you're fighting for isn't unreasonable -- what you're fighting for is a fair shot at the American dream," Obama said. "It's the idea that your government shouldn't stand idly by while your job is shipped overseas."

About 24,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers here in the Puget Sound have been on strike since last Saturday. One of the union's major concerns in rejecting the Boeing Co.'s three-year contract offer is job security. The Machinists point to Boeing's supplier troubles on its delayed 787 Dreamliner jet as reason the company should bring back some of its outsourced work.

Obama suggested that Republican presidential nominee McCain would reward companies that move jobs offshore. Boeing's corporate headquarters are in Obama's home state of Illinois.

"The very companies that shipped their jobs overseas have been rewarded with billions of dollars in tax breaks that John McCain supports and plans to continue," Obama said. "So when American workers hear John McCain talk about putting country first, it's fair to ask: Which country?"

McCain often has been a source of Machinists' anger in regards to Boeing's bid to win a multibillion dollar deal supplying the Air Force with aerial refueling tankers. The Arizona senator blocked an early scandal-plagued contract awarded to Boeing. In doing so, McCain has said he saved American taxpayers billions of dollars.

Just this week, the Department of Defense halted the latest competition to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet. Boeing had protested successfully the Air Force's award of the contract to Northrop Grumman and its partner EADS, parent company of Airbus. The Pentagon had hoped to hold an expedited competition and name the winner before the next president takes office. Boeing had pitched a tanker based on the Everett-built 767 commercial jet for the contract.

Two McCain campaign staffers had done lobbying work for EADS before joining up with the Republican nominee.

"John McCain just doesn't get it," Obama told the Machinists. "Just ask your brothers and sisters at Boeing. Because while it was right for the Pentagon to cancel competition yesterday for the next generation of tankers, it was wrong for John McCain to reward two of the Washington lobbyists who worked against Boeing with jobs on his campaign."

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