Obama urges voters to give country change

Oct. 27, 2008 at 2:25 PM
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CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama returned to his message of change Monday as he spoke at a rally in Canton, Ohio.

"In one week, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need," Obama said.

He reiterated his positions on energy, national security, retirement protections, the financial meltdown, the two-front war and veterans affairs and the housing crisis. Obama also took on Republican candidate John McCain, saying "the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old Bush-McCain policies that have failed us for the last eight years."

He also took on those who called his economic plans socialistic.

"That's how we've always grown the American economy -- from the bottom-up," Obama said. "John McCain calls this socialism. I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that."

His vision of change "isn't just about new programs and policies," the Illinois senator said. "It's also about a new politics -- a politics that calls on our better angels instead of encouraging our worst instincts ... ."

Americans have a right to be fed up with their leaders in Washington, he said.

"But despite all of this," Obama said. "I ask you to believe -- not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours."

He said his campaign would work "like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does."

Before exhorting the audience to door-knock, make calls and "give me your vote," Obama said, "In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history."

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