Fresh Off Historic Speech, Obama Tours the Midwest

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

August 29, 2008

Fresh off his historic Democratic nomination, Barack Obama begins a bus tour through the Midwest Friday with his running mate Joe Biden.

Obama is trying hard to connect with working class families.

Barack Obama's trading the convention spotlight for a battleground bus tour.

With just 67 days left until voters go to the polls, he and running mate Joe Biden are launching their general election campaign with a swing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.

The working-class vote's expected to be a major factor in November, especially in the Mid-West, and it's not a demographic where Obama's done particularly well.

During Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night, Obama went to great lengths to align himself with America's middle-class and to paint John McCain as another Republican out of touch with the needs of everyday people.

Obama knocked the McCain economic plan as little but a carbon-copy of President Bush's, and pledged to replace it with one designed to help families who need it.

"I will cut taxes for 95% of all working families," said Obama. "Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."

He'll be facing a much tougher audience than he did in Denver - Obama struggled throughout the primary season to connect with blue-collar voters .

Meeting them on their own turf can only help, as just a few more votes could mean all the difference.

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