by Kevin Flynn - Monday October 6 2008 08:05:27 AM
From the Los Angeles Times:
Speaking to thousands of voters Sunday afternoon at Asheville High School, the Democratic nominee argued that McCain shares President Bush's economic philosophy.
"Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that they can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance," Obama said. "They'd rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up. That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas and running out of time."
... In North Carolina, Obama warned that his opponents wanted to change the subject.
"His campaign has announced that they plan to, and I quote, turn the page on the discussion about our economy and spend the final weeks of this campaign launching Swift Boat-style attacks on me," he said, referring to a group known as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
..."The American people are too smart for that," Obama said Sunday. "On Nov. 4 you and I are going to turn the page, not on talking about the economy; we're going to the turn the page on the disastrous economic policies of George W. Bush and John McCain."
...Obama arrived in this town Saturday night to prepare for his debate with McCain in Nashville on Tuesday night.
From the Blude Ridge Times-News:
A roar went up from the overflow crowd as Obama came down the steps leading into the stadium, greeting people as he made his way up to the stage.
“I can tell this is God’s country as I look at this day that the Lord has made,” he said. “What a spectacular place to be in Asheville, North Carolina.”
North Carolina is a battleground state for Obama as he took the opportunity at the rally to give support to another Democratic candidate, State Sen. Kay Hagan, who is running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
The economy was a focus of Obama’s remarks to the crowd as he noted the issue and its effect on everyday people.
“We are facing the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression,” he said. “You’ve seen your incomes go down as the price of just about everything has gone up.”
He added that everyday Americans don’t have to be told through ads or newspaper articles about the current economic problems because “you’re living them.”
...“We don’t need another president who doesn’t get it,” Obama said.
...Obama outlined his plan for making health care more accessible to Americans by reducing prescription drug prices; focusing on preventative programs such as smoking cessation and weight loss programs; reducing waste and inefficiency by using technology to reduce paperwork; and having the government pick up the tab for some of the more catastrophic illnesses. Under his plan, Obama said people can still use the health care plan they have, still visit the doctor they wish to see, or if they want to change their health care plan, they can do that as well. He said “the only difference is, costs will go down.”
He added that he would cover the costs of the $65 billion per year program by “ending George Bush’s tax breaks on those making a quarter of a million dollars a year.”
Obama said that under his plan, people would not be turned away if they had a pre-existing condition and promised that health care would be accessible for all by the end of his first term in office. “This is one of the great moral crises of our time,” Obama said. “It’s not who we are.”
...Canton resident Josh Batenhorst, a teacher at ArtSpace, a charter school in Swannanoa, said he was glad to see the “groundswell of support” for Obama in North Carolina.
“His stance on education and his plan to cut taxes for the middle class are what I like about him,” Batenhorst said, adding that Obama is the “first person I’ve ever donated money to before. I used to think there was no difference between a Democrat and a Republican, but this year, I do.”
From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told a Henrico County audience yesterday that Sen. Barack Obama is best equipped to correct the abuses that led to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.
"Who do you think is going to do a better job of protecting the taxpayer, putting into place the reforms, the regulation, the oversight to make sure this never happens again?" Bayh asked a crowd of 150 in an outdoor plaza at J.R. Tucker High School.
Bayh said Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, "wants to deregulate health care so the same thing can happen to health care that happened to the financial markets."
Bayh filled in for Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice presidential nominee. Early in his 15-minute stump speech, Bayh said he had just learned that Bonny Jean Jacobs, the mother of Biden's wife, Jill, had died.
"I know them well enough . . . to know that what they would want to say is that they appreciate your thoughts and prayers, but they want us to stay focused on doing right by our state and [by] this country," he said...
From the Washington Post:
As the deadline for voter registration arrives today in many states, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is poised to benefit from a wave of newcomers to the rolls in key states in numbers that far outweigh any gains made by Republicans.
In the past year, the rolls have expanded by about 4 million voters in a dozen key states -- 11 Obama targets that were carried by George W. Bush in 2004 (Ohio, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico) plus Pennsylvania, the largest state carried by Sen. John F. Kerry that Sen. John McCain is targeting.
In Florida, Democratic registration gains this year are more than double those made by Republicans; in Colorado and Nevada the ratio is 4 to 1, and in North Carolina it is 6 to 1. Even in states with nonpartisan registration, the trend is clear -- of the 310,000 new voters in Virginia, a disproportionate share live in Democratic strongholds.
...The Obama campaign says it expects the numbers of new voters in swing states to swell even more later this month as elections offices process the tens of thousands of registrations still pouring in. And it exudes confidence about its ability to turn the new voters out with a vigorous follow-up operation. "This a lesson we learned. The old-fashioned way of registering voters was to stand on the corner of the street, stand on the campus quad and register one by one, which we still do," said Jon Carson, the campaign's national field director. "But another important component is getting people the information they need to participate."
Obama, who led a major voter drive in Chicago in 1992, has stressed voter registration from the outset of his campaign, seeing younger or disaffected Americans as a crucial pool of support. The campaign intensified its outreach over the summer, dispatching hundreds of staff members and volunteers to states with large percentages of unregistered voters.