Sunday, Oct 19, 2008
Democrat Barack Obama said Saturday the winds of change were blowing across America as he roused monster crowds totalling more than 175,000 in the Republican “red” state of Missouri.
Republican John McCain, fighting a rearguard offensive before the November 4 presidential election, insisted that Obama’s economic plan would “kill” job creation as the United States weathers its worst financial crisis in decades.
“At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,” he said in his weekly radio address.
But the Democrat, who is riding high in national and state polls, said McCain was positing false arguments including via automated “robo-calls” to voters that portray Obama as a secret radical bent on subverting democracy.
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Missouri voted for Republican President George W. Bush in both the last two elections, but Obama said “the winds are blowing for change across America” as he campaigned in the state metropolises of St Louis and Kansas City.
“They’re blowing in Kansas, they’re blowing in Missouri, they’re blowing in North Carolina, they’re blowing in Virginia, they’re blowing in Ohio,” he said, reeling off a list of states that all backed Bush in 2004 and 2000.
Police said the crowd in St Louis numbered at least 100,000 — Obama’s biggest yet in the United States, second overall only to the 200,000 who saw him speak in Berlin in July. The Kansas City crowd was more than 75,000.
The gigantic attendance numbers were testimony to Obama’s oratorical pulling power and boded well for his flipping a state, Missouri, from red to Democratic “blue.”
This article was posted: Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 3:31 am