From the Des Moines Register:
Davenport, Ia. - Barack Obama stressed here today that he is a man of middle-class roots who as president would care about the problems of everyday people.Read the full Des Moines Register article
"I know what you're going through," he said. "That's why I'm in politics. Politics didn't bring me to working people. Working people brought me to politics. That's why you can count on the fact that when I get in the White House, I'm going to be hearing your voices."
The Illinois senator, who will be nominated this week as the Democrats' presidential candidate, is pushing back against Republicans who have tried to tag him as an elitist.
He spoke today to about 250 people gathered at picnic tables at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Audience members, who all were invited, were supporters or undecided voters.
The Q-C Times kept a live blog, and described it as an intimate visit:
The crowd of mostly undecided voters really listened, and when they responded, it was to thoughtfully ask more questions. It wasn't the typical political rally of dedicated boosters.Another Q-C Times items highlights a phone call Obama made to an audience member's husband, an undecided voter, during the rally.
Outside the meeting, McCain supporters held their own rally. Among them, the Q-C Times reports, was former Davenport Mayor Ed Winborn.