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Obama preps for debate in Asheville

Posted October 6, 2008

— North Carolina continued Monday to attract attention from both presidential campaigns.

After a weekend of appearances in Asheville, Democrat Barack Obama stayed in the western North Carolina mountains to prepare for his Tuesday night debate with Republican John McCain.

Meanwhile, eastern North Carolina prepared for Tuesday visits from McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Obama's wife. Palin was scheduled to attend a rally in Greenville, while Michelle Obama was to speak to military families in Jacksonville.

Barack Obama stopped by an Asheville barbecue restaurant Monday to grab a takeout lunch. The Democratic presidential candidate greeted diners at 12 Bones Smokehouse and returned to his motorcade after collecting an order of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, corn pudding and sweet tea.

Obama said the mountain of food was not all for him.

He told reporters outside the Grove Park Inn that Monday's falling stock values shows that last week's $700 billion rescue package isn't the end of what must be done to fix the U.S. economy.

Obama said Washington should help with high gas and food prices, support state and local governments facing layoffs, and extend unemployment insurance.


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  • jdman Oct 7, 2008

    be careful of the change that will be coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Oct 7, 2008

    I am so proud of my stepmom!! She has been a lifelong democrat and she has told me that she REFUSES to vote for Obama! She has never voted Republican in her life!

    Don't give up! There is hope!

    McCain/Palin '08

  • duster 340 Oct 7, 2008

    It takes a lot of prepping to say change ,change, change,

  • Reader Oct 7, 2008

    Wish I had the dough to hole up at the Grove Park Inn to prepare for a speech!

  • whatever02 Oct 7, 2008

    I LOVE the way he is going to solve all the problems, give everybody this, that and the other, make everyone's lives perfect. Seriously?? Wake up!! Is nobody wondering where he is getting the money to pay for all of this? We can't pay for what we have now, social security is busted, we have an energy crisis,a financial crisis and he is going to give more and more and not take away - oh except from the military when Iran and Chavez/Russia are getting more dangerous. I just don't get it.

  • tibbs29 Oct 7, 2008

    Not only is Obama an excellent speaker, he does have substance and details of how and what he can possibly do as President of the USA. I don't have time to speak negatively about McCain/Palin - they are burying themselves. Obama/Biden '08 all the way!!!!

  • atozca Oct 7, 2008

    Where is the story about McCain prepping for the debate. Is this just more free exposure from the bias media?

  • mom2threecld Oct 7, 2008

    well, he is a good speaker, but that doesn't qualify him to be commander in chief. i think we need someone with experience in a lot of areas, not just public speaking, that will get us no where. i think in the end, people will vote for experience, not flashy talk

  • shepherd Oct 6, 2008

    Obama proposed five steps to cutting health care costs:

    1 getting drug companies to cut the cost of medicines
    2 providing insurance coverage for prevention programs, such as weight-loss and smoking-cessation
    3 cutting inefficiency, including paperwork
    4 reducing the cost of care by improving the quality of care
    5 having government paying for some of the cost of care for catastrophic, expensive illnesses.

    In reality, all 5 steps sounds like more federal govt involvement, and more taxes to pay for this... alot more!!

  • davidgnews Oct 6, 2008

    I don't think he can buy it though. YeaOh

    Well, he sure doesn't have Ed "walking around money" Rollins on his side, does he?