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Monday, August 25, 2008

WI: Obama focuses on economy during Eau Claire stop

9:51 AM

Eau Claire - Barack Obama ripped John McCain as out of touch with the economic realities facing many Americans during a stop in this western Wisconsin city Sunday as he began the trek toward Denver to formally accept the Democratic nomination.

Obama mocked McCain campaign ads that warned the Democrat's tax plan could lead to economic disaster.

"Economic disaster is here," he said. "I don't have to lead you to anything. It showed up over the last eight years."

He also riffed on former McCain campaign adviser Phil Gramm's assertion that America was in a "mental recession," telling the crowd at a city park that "It's not people's imagination that they're feeling more pinched and their budget doesn't balance at the end of the month."

"You just get a sense that these folks are out of touch," Obama said.
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