Saturday, November 1, 2008

Morning News

by Kevin Flynn - Friday October 17 2008 08:08:02 AM

From the Nashua Telegraph:

Speaking before more than 4,000 supporters, Sen. Obama urged them not to presume victory and reminded them that he blew a lead in the closing days of the Democratic primary here to Sen. Hillary Clinton, of New York.

"New Hampshire, we are 19 days away from changing this country," Obama said.

"For those who are getting a little cocky, I have got two words for you, New Hampshire. I learned right here from my great friend and supporter, Senator Hillary Clinton, that you cannot let up. You can't pay too much attention to the polls."

...Obama closed his speech with a forceful call for his volunteers to keep working, which was drowned out with applause.

"We have to keep fighting for every single vote. We have to keep running right through the finish line. This election is too important to take anything for granted,'' Obama said at Mack's Apples.

"It's too important to let up now.''

..."I can take three more weeks of these attacks from John McCain, but the American people can't take four more years of the failed policies and divisive attacks that he's been peddling. That is why I am running for president of the United States," Obama said.

Obama said Americans are too hungry for change in tax policy, foreign policy, health care and energy independent to be persuaded by McCain's attacks against on him.

"Now in the closing weeks, John McCain thinks he can make this campaign all about me. The truth is this campaign is all about you," Obama concluded.

From the Toledo Blade:

Earlier yesterday, Mr. Obama opened the final leg of the campaign at a New Hampshire apple farm.

"With the economy in turmoil and the American dream at risk, the American people don't want to hear politicians attack each other," Mr. Obama told cheering supporters. "You want to hear about how we're going to attack the challenges facing the middle class each and every day."

After appearances in New Hampshire and New York yesterday, the Illinois senator was headed to Virginia, Missouri, and North Carolina, states that once were assumed to be safely in the Republican column. Now they appear to be up for grabs.

He also is launching TV ads in West Virginia, which President Bush Bush won four years ago and hadn't been on the list of target states until recently, according to two Democrats with knowledge of the strategy.

From the Boston Globe:

In his first campaign rally since the final presidential debate, Senator Barack Obama yesterday accused his Republican rival of pursuing a relentless drumbeat of personal attacks instead of offering a detailed prescription for the country's economic ills.

"I think you saw a bit of the McCain attack strategy in action," Obama said of the Wednesday night debate with Senator John McCain. "But here's what Senator McCain doesn't seem to understand. With the economy in turmoil and the American dream at risk, the American people don't want to hear politicians attack each other. You want to hear about how we're going to attack the challenges facing the middle class each and every day."

..."Senator McCain said that George Bush won't be on the ballot this November," Obama told the crowd of 4,000 people. "But let's be clear: His policies will. Because in three debates and over 20 months, John McCain hasn't explained a single thing that he would do differently from George Bush when it comes to the most important economic issues we face today. Not one."

...McCain "is trying to suggest that a plumber is the guy he's fighting for," Obama said. "How many plumbers do you know making a quarter-of-a-million dollars a year?"

...Tracey O'Brien, a mother of three from Londonderry, said she did not make up her mind to support Obama until Wednesday's debate, when she heard him speak about the need to fund more services for autistic children. O'Brien said her 11-year-old son has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

"I liked his articulation of the issue. The fact is these children require services that are very expensive," said O'Brien, a registered independent. "When McCain brought it up, he sounded like just another politician."

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Last weekend, on one of this fall’s coldest and windiest days, about half of the Democratic presidential candidate’s more than 60 campaign volunteers who gathered at Nature Discovery Park in North Las Vegas were Californians.

...California is widely viewed as an automatic win for Obama, while Nevada remains up for grabs. So left-coasters eager to try to help Obama are doing their bit here.

“As a woman it’s the choice issue,” said Stacy Courtney, a stuntwoman who admittedly never thought she’d be ringing doorbells in Nevada.

She got fired up about Obama at a rally in Los Angeles and, lacking a way to make a real difference in her neighborhood, hit the road for him. During the Saturday morning briefing, she learned that President Bush won Nevada by only 23,000 votes in 2004.

...Marjorie Gelb, a retired municipal attorney from Oakland, filled out a volunteer form and was asked to come east to use her legal expertise in monitoring early voting places. She’s flying to Las Vegas this week on her own dime and bunking at a friend’s time share. Other Bay Area lawyers in her social circle are headed to Reno.

Brian Finifter, a 25-year-old production assistant living in North Hollywood, Calif., posted an ad on a Web site looking for people to join him in his Grand Cherokee for the road trip to Las Vegas this weekend. Within days he had three new friends to help him with gas costs and to offset carbon emissions.

He has been volunteering for Obama since the primary and jumped at the chance to cross the state line for the cause.

“Immediately it struck me as something I wanted to do,” he said. “I just moved out here from the East Coast. I drove out. I love road trips so much I’ll take any excuse I can to get on the road.”

From the Detroit News:

Barack Obama's campaign held the first of several meetings intended to educate campaign volunteers and voters -- especially first-timers or those who haven't voted in years -- about their Election Day rights.

...The meeting -- featuring Democratic Ingham County Commissioner Rebecca Bahar Cook, campaign Voter Protection Director Renée Paradis and many Obama volunteers -- was designed to make sure voting goes smoothly in the face of concerns about the anticipated massive turnout.

Obama's campaign, which has signed up hundreds of thousands of new voters, plans similar meetings in Grand Rapids, Flint, Saginaw and Detroit.

"We want to make people comfortable, make them feel empowered, make sure they know their rights," said Bahar Cook.

Paradis ran through the features of Michigan's election rules: absentee voting, challenges, the right to recast a ballot when a mistake is made.

A key message: "Even if you get challenged, here in Michigan you have an absolute right to vote and to have your vote counted on the spot. The only way you lose is if you get intimidated. Stand up for your rights and your vote will be counted."

...Lansing south-side business owner Sharon Broughton attended for information she'll need as a get-out-the vote volunteer.

"There are a lot of people who have never voted until this election," Broughton said. "It can be intimidating, and they need somebody at the polls to help them."

For example, she assisted an elderly man who hadn't voted in 50 years but wants to vote in this election. After he searched among belongings stored in his cellar and found his ancient registration card, she called the clerk's office to verify that it's still valid.

East Lansing resident Tommy Isaac, 25, attended to gather information so he could sign up as a get-out-the-vote volunteer.

"I just want to help -- something, anything," he said.

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