October 22, 2008
Not straying away from what has dominated the headlines for weeks, Barack Obama focused on the economy at a speech in Richmond Wednesday, criticizing McCain for not supporting a second stimulus package. A notion that has begun to gain some momentum and could be passed by congress after the election.
"After nine straight months of job losses, with our federal reserve chairman supporting another stimulus to get our economy moving, senator McCain failed to get behind a bipartisan plan for a stimulus," said Obama.
McCain has said that he wants to wait to see how the economic bailout plan is working before making a decision on a second stimulus package, but Wednesday Obama said Americans can't wait.
"The hardworking families who have been hit hard by this economic crisis, these folks who can't pay their mortgages or their medical bills or send their kids to college. They can't afford to go to the back of the line behind CEO's and Wall Street banks. They need help right here," said Obama.
Obama also told the crowd his plans to bring jobs back to the U.S.
"I've proposed a new American jobs tax credit, for each employee that companies hire here in the United States," said Obama.
And Obama continued to try and link John McCain to President Bush, a message that did permeate some in the crowd.
"The last eight years, if you want the same thing, then vote for McCain, if you don't then vote for Obama," said Carolyn, a rally attendee.