by Kevin Flynn - Monday October 27 2008 08:17:43 AM
From the Denver Post:
Barack Obama pushed a sanguine message to 150,000 hearty supporters in two Colorado cities Sunday, vowing that as president he'll rebuild the country's infrastructure, hoist people out of their economic hole and bridge a divided populace.
...Police said more than 100,000 lined up in Denver in the morning. About 45,000 packed the saffron-leafed Oval on the Fort Collins campus.
...With just days to go in the campaign season, Obama said McCain would carry the same economic policy to the White House as the current president.
"We know what the Bush-McCain economy looks like," he said. "... For eight years, we've seen this philosophy at work; it's put our economy on the wrong track, and we can't afford another four years to look like the last eight."
He asked spectators in both crowds to raise their hands if they make less than $250,000 a year, noting that his tax plan will benefit the middle class.
"That appears to be the majority of you," he said in Fort Collins, after almost all of the people in the screaming crowd raised their hands. Some people raised both hands.
"If you make less than a quarter million dollars a year, which includes 98 percent of small-business owners and, by the way, 99.9 percent of plumbers," he said, eliciting a roar of laughter as he poked fun at McCain campaign favorite "Joe the Plumber," "then you won't see your tax rate increase a single dime. . . . That is my commitment to you."
...Just this morning, Sen. McCain said that he and President Bush 'share a common philosophy.' That's right, Colorado. I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk and owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common."
...Julie Nosek, a 72-year-old from Longmont, said she has seen almost all of the presidents live since Herbert Hoover. She said she got a "special dispensation to miss church," so she could see Obama in Denver on Sunday morning.
...In both speeches, he emphasized that the nation will have to sacrifice in challenging times, calling for all Americans to adopt an "ethic of responsibility . . . because now more than ever, we are in this together."
"I can put more money into education, but I can't be the parent who turns off the TV set and puts away the video games to make sure the child is doing their homework," he said.
...He said he was going to employ 2 million people to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, "and if people ask how we're going to pay for this, you tell them that if we can spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, we can spend some money to rebuild the United States."
..."With the challenges and crises we face right now, we cannot be divided — not by class, not by race, not by region, not by who we are," he said. "There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this country; we all love this country, no matter where we live, no matter where we come from."
From the Rocky Mountain News:
Sen. Barack Obama gave Denver another chapter in what could be his history-making playbook and was greeted Sunday by a massive crowd spilling out of Civic Center and up the steps of the state Capitol.
...He implored the sea of supporters not to give up until the buzzer sounds Nov. 4 and warned that the days ahead will be filled with "say-anything, do-anything politics," from "ugly" phone calls to misleading ads.
"We're going to have to work, we're going to have to struggle, we are going to have to fight every single one of those nine days to move this country to a new direction," Obama said. "We cannot let up."
...Even before Obama took the stage Sunday, a series of Democratic leaders warned the crowd not to become overconfident.
"My friends, please do not rest," said former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, a national co-chair of the Obama campaign. "Don't listen to those polls."
...After the rally with 100,000 people in St. Louis and one that drew 75,000 in Kansas City, Mo., thousands of people turned out the next day to volunteer, an Obama campaign official said during a conference call last week.
..."If you will organize with me and march with me and knock on doors with me and make phone calls with me for nine more days," he said, "then I promise you, we will not just win Denver, we will win Colorado, we'll win this election, and you and I together, we're going to change the country and change the world."
From the Greensboro News Record:
More than 1 million people have now cast a ballot in North Carolina's early voting, surpassing the total number who voted early four years ago.
Data released Sunday by the State Board of Elections shows 1,078,710 have voted at early sites.
...Early voting started Oct. 16, and counties have been increasing the number of sites since then, easing some of the hours-long lines seen in the opening days. The early balloting runs through Saturday.
The numbers clearly favor Democrats. Of the early voters, 58 percent are registered Democrats...
...Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has encouraged his supporters to vote early to ensure that as many ballots as possible are in before the crush of Election Day. On Sunday, actor Kal Penn served as Obama's surrogate on the issue, speaking to students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, urging them all to vote early.
"It's a rare opportunity," Penn said. "I want to make sure everyone knows about it and takes advantage of it. Particularly with the schedules of college students, with classes, exams and jobs, we really need to make sure everyone knows about early voting."
The data also shows signs that Obama is drawing a historic number of black voters to the election. About 28 percent of all voters thus far are black, though they are just 21 percent of the state's population and made up only 19 percent of state's overall 2004 vote.
Another 113,000 voters have cast an absentee ballot, including 4,700 in the military and 2,179 people overseas.
From ABC WSBTV:
Eight days and counting until election day and [Georgia] voters who are trying to cast their ballots early may find some relief at local election offices. Advance voting begins Monday and that means local counties are opening up new polling locations.
Close to a million Georgia voters have already cast their ballots having taken advantage of the early voting option. But some voters, like Mark Miller and Debbie Cohen, tried early voting and the lines were just too long.
...Beginning Monday, ...Georgia voters have the option of advance voting. The main difference between advance voting and early voting is that elections officials open more polling places during advance voting and many of those will stay open until 7 p.m.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Democrats who voted early or requested an absentee ballot outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in Franklin County, a trend that is "eye-opening, if not shocking," a national election expert said.
...Of the 29,661 Franklin County residents who cast ballots through Saturday at the early voting center at Veterans Memorial, 14,992 are registered as Democrats, 1,260 are Republicans and 13,409 are unaffiliated. Unaffiliated voters are those who haven't voted a partisan ballot in a primary, including the newly registered.
...The flood of early Democratic voters in Franklin County reflects a national trend. Democrats are dominating early voting in key battleground states, according to The New York Times.
Significantly more Democrats than Republicans have cast ballots already in Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and other Ohio cities.
...Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner predicts an 80 percent turnout, meaning 677,074 Franklin County voters might show up.