by Kevin Flynn - Sunday October 26 2008 09:25:50 AM
Democrat Barack Obama, working to win over Latino voters in New Mexico, attacked Republican John McCain's record and argued that his rival can't be trusted to overhaul the country's immigration laws.
``Senator McCain used to buck his party by fighting for immigration reform and I admired him for it. But when he was running for his party's nomination, he changed his tune,'' Obama said last night at a rally in Albuquerque. ``How can you trust him to make sure we finally solve this problem instead of using it as a wedge issue?''
...Latino community, you hold this election in your hands,'' said Obama, whose rally featured New Mexico's Bill Richardson, the country's only Hispanic governor, and comedian George Lopez. ``You could be the swing vote all across this country.''
Obama, 47, also urged residents of New Mexico to vote early.
In case you need any motivation -- Al Gore won New Mexico by 366 votes in 2000. John Kerry lost by less than 6,000 votes,'' Obama said, referring to the previous two Democratic presidential candidates. ``You taking the time to go out and vote early could make all the difference.''
...Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, pledged yesterday to protect the borders and crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers, while also ensuring illegal immigrants already in the U.S. are provided a path to citizenship.
The Democratic nominee accused McCain of not standing up to Republicans on immigration.
When it was time to write his party's platform, comprehensive immigration reform never made it in,'' Obama said. ``So you have to ask yourself: If Senator McCain won't stand up to the opponents of reform at his own convention, how is he going to stand up for it when he's president?''
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
As the marathon presidential campaign enters its final 10 days, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama used his stump speech in Reno on Saturday to mock what he described as his opponent’s last ditch efforts to find a way to victory by flinging a raft of off-base attacks instead of focusing on ways to address critical issues facing the country.
The campaign rally before an estimated 11,000 supporters at Peccole Park in Reno was Obama’s seventh swing through the state...
...Obama accused McCain of lobbing attack after attack in the hopes something would stick.
“Then, he took it to a whole new level,” Obama said. “He said that I was like George W. Bush. You can’t make this stuff up. In what may be the strangest twist of this campaign that’s had a lot of strange twists, John McCain said I would somehow continue the Bush economic policies.”
...“A couple of weeks ago, my opponent’s campaign said that ‘if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,’” Obama said. “So they said they’d be focusing on attacking me instead.
“I have to say, that’s one campaign promise they’ve actually kept.”
...Obama rejected McCain’s attempt to label him a socialist, saying his only tax increases would be on those who make more than $250,000 a year.
“Let me be crystal clear: If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, which includes 98% of small business owners, including plumbers, you won’t see your taxes increase one single dime,” he said.
...“There are no real or fake parts of this country,” Obama said. “We are not separated by the pro-American and the anti-America part of this country.
The men and women from Nevada and all across America who serve on our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America. They have served the United States of America.”
From the Las Vegas Review Journal:
"In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics takes over," Obama said. "The ugly phone calls, the misleading mail and TV ads, the careless, outrageous comments, all aimed at stopping change."
Speaking at the outdoor stadium at Las Vegas' Bonanza High School, Obama said Americans aren't interested in politicians' sniping in the midst of an economic crisis.
"What we need right now is a real debate about how to fix our economy and help middle class families," the Illinois senator said. "But that's not what we're getting from the other side."
Obama said his Republican rival, John McCain, was attacking him to distract from economic problems brought on by Bush administration economic policies that McCain supported.
"Senator McCain has been throwing everything he's got at us, including the kitchen sink -- all seven of those kitchen sinks," Obama said.
...John McCain has been really angry about George Bush's economic policies -- except during the primaries, when he said we've made тgreat progress economically' under George Bush," Obama said. "Or just last month, when he said that the fundamentals of our economy are strong.' "
Obama noted that on Friday, President Bush filled out a Texas absentee ballot for McCain, according to the White House.
"That's no surprise," he said. "Because when it comes to the policies that matter most to middle-class families, there's not an inch of daylight between George Bush and John McCain."
Obama promised to "grow the economy from the bottom up" so that prosperity would help "not just the folks who own the casinos but the folks who are serving in the casinos,"
...Caroline King, a retired post office worker in her 60s who lives in Henderson, proudly wore her "I Voted" sticker on her chest. She was glad to hear Obama talk about education, her No. 1 issue.
"We need to educate our kids," she said. "They've got to compete in a world our education system isn't preparing them for."
From the Suffolk News-Herald:
Long before the sun inched across the horizon Saturday morning, Stacy Newsom was standing outside Nansemond River High School.
“I’ve been here since 5 a.m.,” said Newsom, a Norfolk resident who waited in line for nearly six hours on Saturday to hear Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden speak in Suffolk.
...Newsom was one of an estimated 1,000 people from across Hampton Roads who turned out for Biden’s whirlwind stop in Suffolk around 11 a.m. Saturday. By the time the doors opened shortly after 10 a.m., the line of supporters stretched across the front of the Nansemond Parkway school.
Biden and his running mate, presidential candidate Barack Obama, have made nine visits to Virginia since the primaries. Saturday marked the first time a candidate on the presidential ticket has come to town since 1964, when Democratic vice presidential candidate Lyndon B. Johnson stumped in Suffolk, according to party officials.
...Denise Calhoun of Chesapeake and her daughter, Blakely, a Western Branch High School sophomore, said they came to witness history being made.
“I never in my life thought I’d see so many people wanting to be a part of this,” said Denise Calhoun. “It’s time for change.”
It was refreshing to see so many teenagers at the rally, she said, adding that her daughter had learned first about Biden’s appearance.
...“I see this as a new beginning,” said Rinaldi, a new volunteer for the Obama campaign. While it will be a few years before her children can vote, she believes it is important for their generation to understand the role that people need to assume in politics.
Christina Gordon, a 24-year-old teacher at Nansemond River, and Jessica Gordon, of Suffolk, said they came to the rally to support Obama and Biden.
...“He is reaching out to people,” said Christina Gordon. “We keep hearing about Joe the plumber.
“Well, what about Jessica the college student and Christina the teacher?”
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Barack Obama’s campaign, sensing a tightening race, is sending 100 volunteers from other states to rally Georgians to the polls in the final 10 days.
Caroline Adelman, a spokeswoman for the Democratic presidential nominee’s Georgia campaign, said the campaign sees an opening in Georgia.
“Volunteers from all over the country are being organized and sent our way,” she said. “Obviously, other people are watching Georgia and are pleased with what’s happening here and are sending in support.”
...Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz, a national expert on polling and campaigns, finds a consistent message in the polls.
“The only conclusion you can draw from those polls is that the race here has gotten much closer than it was a few weeks ago and that right now it looks like it’s very competitive,” Abramowitz said.
The 100 new Obama volunteers coming here will supplement an existing cadre of nearly 5,000 volunteers already trained and working here, Adelman said. They will have a singular mission: getting voters to the polls, which, in campaign parlance, is known as GOTV, for “get out the vote.”
“That’s all we do, baby, is GOTV,” Adelman said.
Since early voting began in September, nearly 1 million Georgia voters have cast ballots. Beginning Monday, additional polling places will open in most counties, giving voters more opportunities to cast ballots before Election Day on Nov. 4.
From ABC KITV:
With just 10 days to go before Election Day, Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama was back on the campaign trail in Nevada on Saturday.
His Hawaii supporters gathered at sites across the state Saturday to phone potential Obama supporters in Nevada,...
...Both the McCain and Obama campaigns are trying to lock in votes now.
"Phone banking to urge early voting pays off more and more each election. Last year, about a fourth of all Americans voted early. This year, it is expected to be a third," Coffee said.
While Obama was on the ground Saturday in Reno and Las Vegas, his supporters in Hawaii are calling Nevada by phone.
"Because of the contacts between Hawaii and Nevada, we have been making literally thousands and thousands of calls to Nevada to try to persuade the Nevada voters to vote for Barack," Obama's Hawaii Campaign Director Andy Winer said.
Campaign strategists said getting early votes secured now allows them to focus their "Get Out the Vote" efforts later on fewer people.