by Kevin Flynn - Friday October 24 2008 08:24:05 AM
From the Indianapolis Star:
Obama's first message to the crowd members at the American Legion Mall on Thursday was to do more than cheer: They need to vote.
"I want everybody who is able and willing to vote today. If not today, do it tomorrow," the Illinois senator told the crowd, estimated by police at more than 35,000. "The point is that you can vote now. It's easy to do. All you've got to do is go to your clerk's office or a satellite location."
...Among those at the Obama rally were Denise McGee, a 55-year-old Indianapolis Public Schools teacher, and her 15-year-old daughter, Amanda, both trying to stay warm in the chilly morning by wearing ski caps embroidered with Obama's name.
"I'm hopeful," Denise McGee said of Obama's chances of winning Indiana. "It's very close right now. I think it would be a landmark event if he did carry it, but it's still possible. What we need for Obama is to transfer all this enthusiasm into votes."
...After the rally, Obama's senior political adviser, David Axelrod, said the campaign now is focusing on states won by President Bush four years ago, including Indiana and Nevada, where Obama will campaign Saturday after a trip to Hawaii to visit his gravely ill grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.
...After Obama spoke Thursday, large "Vote Now" signs held by volunteers pointed the way to the City-County Building. A marching band led a couple of hundred people to the building.
From the Boston Globe:
Senator Barack Obama, returning to his usual economic plank yesterday, seized on John McCain's advocacy for corporate tax breaks, asserting that McCain "wants to keep on putting corporations ahead of workers."
..."Let me be crystal clear," Obama said. "If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year - which includes 98 percent of small business owners - you won't see your taxes increase one single dime."
Obama then focused on his pledge to take away tax incentives for companies that move jobs abroad, and reward businesses that add employees in the United States.
"Just yesterday, Senator McCain strongly defended the Bush policy of lavishing tax cuts on corporations that ship American jobs overseas," Obama said, referring to an interview McCain gave to CNN. "He made the peculiar argument that the best way to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas is to give more tax cuts to companies that ship jobs overseas.
"My opponent may call that 'fundamental economics,' but we know that's just another name for the Wall Street first, Main Street last economic philosophy we've had for the past eight years. And that's fundamentally wrong," he continued.
Obama also offered assurances to union members and activists in the crowd - carpenters, steelworkers, Teamsters - telling them he would look out for them in the White House.
"That's the president I want to be," he said.
The event, at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis, drew a crowd of about 35,000, sizable considering that Obama's campaign added the rally to its schedule a few days before.
From the Raleigh News & Observer:
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden journeyed through North Carolina Thursday, warning of Republican efforts to divide the country and promising the Democrats would work to restore prosperity.
"Everyone talks about North Carolina being the capital of NASCAR," Biden told about 4,000 to 5,000 people at a brisk, nighttime lakeside rally at Meredith College. "Right now, our campaigns are trading paint. That means we are banging each other. What most worries me is that the McCain campaign is getting a little loose on the road out there."
..."I know how patriotic the people of North Carolina are. This is a state of 790,000 veterans. It has more than 5,300 North Carolina sons and daughters deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq," Biden said.
"There are heroes all over Amercia in every state and in every town. We all love this country.
"That is why we should be ending these scurrilous phone calls and e-mails that are going out. They lie about Barack Obama. These attacks don't hurt Barack. They are attempt to divide the country and distract us from the things that really matter."
...While Biden visited major metropolitan areas, two former governors, North Carolina's Jim Hunt and Mississippi's Ray Mabus, worked Eastern North Carolina on Thursday, hoping to persuade small-town voters to back Obama.
...In a 30-minute talk, Biden said that people were losing their homes, worrying about their retirement savings and seeing their jobs move overseas.
"For too many people, the American dream is literally receding before their eyes," Biden said.
He said a Democratic administration would place a three-month moratorium on foreclosures, cut taxes to the middle class and find ways -- such as through public service commitments -- to make sure young people could go to college.