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Obama speaks by phone after plane problems knock out N.C. visit

Posted July 7, 2008

— Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday had to cancel a campaign stop in North Carolina after a mechanical problem forced his Charlotte-bound plane to put down in St. Louis, and he spoke to supporters by phone instead.

Campaign staff worked out a telephone link, and Obama spoke to his supporters at a Charlotte middle school about an hour after he had been scheduled to appear. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan spoke to the group while technicians scrambled to set up the audio link.

Obama had planned to speak  to discuss his plans to help families hurt by the economic slowdown, his campaign said.

He also plans to visit Georgia and Virginia this week as part of a weeklong effort to campaign in states President Bush won in 2000 and 2004.

Bush won 56 percent of the vote in North Carolina in both elections. Obama says it "would be pretty foolish" not to try to win such states.

Mechanics worked for several hours on the plane, but they were unable to get it back in the air in time to get the candidate to Charlotte.

In another development Monday, the Democratic National Committee announced that Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High, a 76,000-seat stadium home to the Denver Broncos.

The party's convention will be held Aug. 25-28 at Denver's Pepsi Center, which holds up to 21,000 people. Construction for the convention was beginning at the Pepsi Center Monday amid concerns about lagging fundraising and cost overruns.

Last month, the convention's host committee reported it was nearly $12 million short of the $40.6 million it had pledged to raise for the effort. Host committee members spoke openly of needing the Obama campaign's help to close the gap.

The decision to move Obama's acceptance speech to the giant football stadium was expected to boost fundraising, convention organizer Jenny Backus said.

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  • TheAdmiral Jul 7, 2008

    "Fascism - a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism."

    Besides - isn't this what Nazi Skelozi is waiting for? A democrat to lead them into the societal hells of socialism?

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 7, 2008

    "Everytime I see a Bush/Cheney ‘04 bumper sticker on somebody’s car now (which is increasingly rare by the way)"

    Yeah? More rare than the Kerry...and...who was it..stickers?

    How long has it been (outside of the Birkenstock enclave of Chapel Hill) since you've seen one of those, brother?

    The "fascist" argument is content-less, as is all such name calling.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 7, 2008

    "A.They’re either a complete moron, watch nothing but FOX, or are straight up fascists."

    I think this is funny. A complete moron versus half a moron is well, I will let everyone else pick on you but me. But here it goes: Moron - a person of borderline intelligence in a former classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.

    Those who are considered mentally retarded believe that you can raise taxes and everything is hokey dorrey, and a generally accepted definition of insanity is "Doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different result." The Democrats idea of taxing the pucky out of people is falling out of favor.

    Fascism - a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

    I often try to figure out why the democrats have such a big problem with race.

  • colliedave Jul 7, 2008

    'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

    ----Abraham Lincoln (attributed)
    motorfinga

    and the same could be said of your pro-barry posts

  • shine Jul 7, 2008

    He could have got a private charter out of St. Louis. There are plenty that are willing to fly.

  • rationality Jul 7, 2008

    Hockey, you have a point about the early 2000s. My only rational answer to that is Congress only works for their own interests, not those of it's constituency. The 'Federal' land is there to serve the people of these United States, yet our elected officials can only bluster about taking action when they don't do anything but maintain the status quo and call for more useless investigations. 'This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land" used to mean something. It's our land, why aren't we developing it for our use?

  • mmafighterwife Jul 7, 2008

    Oh boo hoo! Let me cry a river that he could not get here! NOT

  • motorfinga Jul 7, 2008

    Ha ha!

    Everytime I see a Bush/Cheney ‘04 bumper sticker on somebody’s car now (which is increasingly rare by the way), I think:

    A.They’re either a complete moron, watch nothing but FOX, or are straight up fascists.

    B. Was it put on with super-glue?

    C. I better stop laughing so hard and pay attention to driving.

  • Deacons Jul 7, 2008

    Worland you are correct. RKBA - GREAT posts.

  • ncwoman Jul 7, 2008

    ncwoman, do you honestly think anyone could do a worse job than Bush, regardless of how many days one has been in the Senate? Give me a break. I guess you also think Hillary had more experience because she was First Lady. What exactly does one do as a First Lady?
    APPMAN
    July 7, 2008 4:44 p.m.

    To answer your first question - a resounding YES! This country could be in much worse shape then it is today. I'm sure even you in your heightened state of Obamalove should know that.

    I'd take Hillary's experience as a First Lady over Obama's in a New York minute.

    But Hillary is out of it now. So when you put up Obama's pathetic lack of experience against his opponent, there is no question Obama is NOT ready.

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