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Obama warns against fear and panic as stocks tumble

Stephen Collinson
AFP [1]
Friday, October 10, 2008

Democratic White House front-runner Barack Obama warned against “fear or panic” and called for quick action on the Wall Street bailout after world stocks went into free-fall.

The Illinois senator sought to show leadership in the eye of a widening financial storm and shrugged off a searing character attack by Republican rival John McCain that showed no sign of halting his momentum.

Just three-and-a-half weeks before election day on November 4, latest polls show Obama has built a solid lead in key battleground states and nationally, and time is running short for McCain to turn around his campaign.

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The Democratic nominee made a fresh appeal for calm following another brutal day on Wall Street, which triggered global stock market contagion , inflicting massive losses on Asian and European investments soon after those markets opened.

“Now is not the time for fear or panic, now is the time for resolve, for leadership,” Obama Thursday told thousands of people packed into an outdoor rally during a two-day bus tour of critical midwestern swing state Ohio.

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“Now is the time to come together with the determination that we can steer ourselves out of this crisis and restore confidence in the American economy,” Obama said.

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