Obama speaks by phone after plane problems knock out N.C. visit
A mechanical problem forced the presidential candidate's plane to divert to St. Louis. Also the Democratic party said he'll accept the nomination in the Denver Broncos' football stadium next month.Posted — Updated
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.
The decision to move Obama's acceptance speech to the giant football stadium was expected to boost fundraising, convention organizer Jenny Backus said.