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Obama to return to N.C. Saturday

Posted September 24, 2008

— Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will make his second visit to North Carolina in six days when he and running mate Joe Biden hold a Saturday rally in Greensboro.

The rally is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. in front of the J. Douglas Galyon Depot on Washington Street. Tickets aren't required for the free event, but campaign officials urge people who want to go to signal their intention on the campaign Web site.

Obama held a rally in Charlotte last Sunday, when he criticized the proposed $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial industry. He said the initial plan didn't protect taxpayers enough and wouldn't prevent another crisis.

A week before that, Biden and Michelle Obama, the candidate's wife, both visited Charlotte. Michelle Obama also held a roundtable with female voters in Greensboro and attended a private fundraiser in Durham.

Polls show a tight race between Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain. North Carolina hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 32 years, but Democratic Party officials said they believe they can win the state.

McCain hasn't scheduled any appearances in North Carolina, but Republican Party officials said they don't plan to take the state for granted and are confident it will remain in the GOP column in the November election.


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  • m9998 Sep 25, 2008

    Mr Obama, I'm a 37 yr old educated blk man and I wouldn't vote for you if you paid me. You are cocky,arrogant, don't have a record, experience, you only been in the Senate for 4 yrs and two of those you were running for President. Your a "CON MAN IN A NICE SUIT"! You have been giving the same speech since you started running for office. I'm Not going to vote for you just because you and I are black. You keep saying you have judgement, but you sat in Rev Wright's church for 20 yrs and we both know you heard some of the comments he preached on sunday. You cut ties with him when he called you out as a politician then your judgement allowed you to be buddies with Bill Ayers a terrorist! You keep saying you were against the war and spoke out day one, but you were a nobody when you spoke out a "STATE SENATOR". Since you been in DC you've done nothing to stop the war or call a hearing about either war.

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  • caeyla Sep 25, 2008

    If you really want to know the truth regarding the candidates' tax plans, there is a very informative (and long) analysis here: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/411693_CandidateTaxPlans.pdf

    As usual, the Republicans are relying on fearmongering to pull in the votes.

    Rasmussen polls have Obama leading by 3% in NC, as of the latest poll. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    I am an Obama supporter, but honestly didn't think he had a chance in NC. Nice to see that it's not out of the question. :)

  • MisunderstoodMind Sep 24, 2008

    arfamr1031 "If he wants to ignore his current job as senator...what makes people think he wont ignore his job as president if hes elected? He should be in Washington working on the economic crisis"

    So, what you're saying is neither he or McCain are tending to their jobs? Lets see... maybe we should elect Palin? Wait... Shes neglecting Alaska.

    Following your logic we should elect an unemployed limited experience bureaucrat without any responsibilities. We already tried that twice before in '00 & '04. We can all see how well that worked out.

  • ifcdirector Sep 24, 2008

    Charles Meeker never raised taxes on people in Raleigh either he just raised the "fees" on every single person in town then gave it away to a luxury hotel chain and other useless enterprises. Be careful when you are dealing with or considering voting for any democrat leprechaun. There is no pot of gold at the end of their rainbows....at least not for you the taxpayers.

  • ifcdirector Sep 24, 2008

    How anyone can vote for a man who attended, supported, and endorsed a racist venomous hate filled "pastor" and his "church" for over twenty years just because it was politically expedient to do so? What does that say about the people who support a man like that? Do any of them have anything approaching a "moral compass" or ethics or even basic adult level decision making skills. Surreal.

  • arfamr1031 Sep 24, 2008

    If he wants to ignore his current job as senator...what makes people think he wont ignore his job as president if hes elected? He should be in Washington working on the economic crisis

  • amber star Sep 24, 2008

    epic fail

  • canes017 Sep 24, 2008

    "North Carolina hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 32 years"

    I feel that this statement, really explains what its like politcally in NC, 32 years??? Wow, does anyone know who was the last dem that we voted for?"

    dejanupe says it like its a terrible thing to vote for one party for so long, but ill bet if you ask him/her how he/she feels about the democrat controlled state house and senate that we have had for 80 odd years i bet its not a bad thing at all!

  • canes017 Sep 24, 2008

    "Check your facts Canes... and turn down the paranoia."

    Check YOUR facts brother, go look at the tax plan Obama proposed in the senate and then mysteriously redacted right before his push for president. Why do you think he hasn't fielded questions about anything BUT income taxes, hmm?