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Obama to kick off economic tour in Raleigh

Posted June 6, 2008

— Likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will kick off a two-week national tour Monday in Raleigh, his campaign announced Friday.

The invitation-only event is part of his "Changes That Work for You" tour, which will include events with middle-class voters where they work and where they live, according to a news release, and focus on how the economy affects the everyday lives of Americans.

Monday's speech is at 11 a.m. at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

At a Democratic Party function last month, Obama said he wanted to stop giving tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs overseas, and he suggested a middle-class tax cut for families to help with rising costs of health care and groceries.

The appearance will be the Illinois senator's first in North Carolina since defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state's May 6 primary with a little more than 56 percent of the vote.

The state has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1976.


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  • cbluedevil Jun 6, 2008

    This will be an interesting few months. Is it possible that a Black man will get elected to be the next president? I’d like to think that the US has come that far…but the realist in me wouldn’t bet on it…

  • FloydTurbo Jun 6, 2008

    300,000,000 people in this country (not counting "illegals") and these two are the best we can do. ..... sigh, sob, sniff.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jun 6, 2008

    Anything is better than what we have now. I want to know what the Republicans have done for any of us lately? Let the change come!!!!!!!!

  • nerdlywehunt Jun 6, 2008

    Go Obama! All you republicans had to do was to do a merely competent job over the last 8 years....you failed completely!!! So now it is time to change the guard.

  • ncsudan Jun 6, 2008

    Tarheels, speak for yourself. And what is funny about your posts, they show your growing desperation. Its actually quite amusing. And as for a flat tax, get over it. Even 'republicans' won't implement one. Take your libertarian pipe dreams to the polls and actually vote leertarian, otherwise, don't be two faced.

  • enderby Jun 6, 2008

    alpha93 - My taxes never went down because someone else paid more. I do not want an equal % tax. I cannot afford the high % the top earners pay, even when averaged by total dollar amount. Government, especially federal, takes what it can and then finds ways to spend it.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 6, 2008

    "The "fat cats" may kick in more total dollars, but on a percentage basis, less of their income goes to taxes. Warren Buffet himself said that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent.

    That's not really fair, is it?"

    Let's be fair and go to a flat tax. That way Buffet and his Secretary would both pay taxes at the same tax rate. Each would be punished by the tax code at the same percentage rate of their income.

    Unfortunately Liberals, Socialists, Leftists, and Democrats along with Marxists like Obama don't like the flat tax rate.

    They believe that those who succeed in America and make the most money should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes compared to their protected constituents.

    In Obama's world, the wealthy will pay at a 50% or higher rate and the secretary will pay at a rate of 25%. Talk about not being fair.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 6, 2008

    Don't forgot Obama's wife.

    She's now proud of America since Obama has the nomination sealed up. She's proud of America for the first time in her life.

    Don't know about you, but I don't want someone who hates America sharing the bed with the President. You can bet that her anti-American opinions have rubbed off on Obama.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 6, 2008

    As we get closer to the election, the facade created by Obama's advisers will crumble over time. We will get to see the real Obama who is a Marxist and a Muslim who believes the same about America that Reverend Wright does.

    The Democrats made a mistake giving the nomination to Obama instead of Clinton.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 6, 2008

    Barack Hussein Obama supporters are comical. I've asked my friends who support Obama why they support him. They tell me it's because Obama is promising change. When I ask them what kind of change that Obama is promising. They can't answer my question. Obama is playing a game of smoke and mirrors without presenting and promising actual substance that his opponents can debate with him on. When you only promise change without substance it's hard to analyze and debate what you are promising. Hillary's problem was that she actually said what she was going to do allowing Obama to attack her plan.