Obama Debuts 'Closing' Speech; Vows to Help Middle Class

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), October 28, 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Obama Debuts 'Closing' Speech; Vows to Help Middle Class


Byline: S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

CANTON, Ohio -- Sen. Barack Obama chose this critical swing state to introduce Monday his closing argument for the final week of the campaign - a 30-minute populist stump speech promising economic deliverance for middle-class America - before heading to Pennsylvania to block a push by Republican Sen. John McCain to turn the tide of the election.

The Obama campaign insisted the stops Monday in Pittsburgh and Tuesday in the Philadelphia suburbs were not a deviation from its end-game strategy, but Pennsylvania is the first Democrat-leaning battleground state Mr. Obama has visited in more than three weeks. His personal appearances lately have been concentrated in several states that backed President Bush in 2004 but are tipping to the Democrat this year.

Mr. Obama consistently scores a double-digit lead in polls in Pennsylvania, which hasn't voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but the McCain campaign identified the state as its best chance for an upset and has poured in resources.

We are not taking any vote for granted in any state and that includes Pennsylvania, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "We always thought it would be a close race and ... we are fighting

like we are five points down until November 4"

In the speech, he summed up his promise to bring change to Washington politics and to the country, a stance he said that contrasted with the favor-the-wealthy policies of Mr. McCain.

In one week, you can turn the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street, Mr. Obama told a rally of about 4,900 people at the Canton Civic Center Arena.

In one week, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom up so that everyone has a chance to succeed - from the CEO to the secretary and the janitor; from the factory owner, to the men and women who work on its floor, the Illinois senator said.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Obama Debuts 'Closing' Speech; Vows to Help Middle Class
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?