“In 2008 we expect to win Ohio,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000 that filled the Tri-C gymnasium.
His campaign estimated nearly 7,000 people attended the free rally and were accommodated in several overflow rooms fitted with large screen TV for a complete, intimate experience.
“This turnout exceeds all expectations, and I’ve got to say this is how we roll these days,” Obama exhaled. The Democratic Senator confessed he was afraid bitter weather would discourage voters from attending his Feb. 10 subzero announcement speech in his home state of Illinois.
“We are here because the country is at a crossroads. For too many years we have known the problems and challenges we face but we haven’t faced them squarely,” he said. Obama told the audience to claim his campaign as their own and encourage everyone in their network to participate in the democratic process and register to vote.
Obama said the $80 million daily price tag for the Iraq war is “unacceptable” especially when healthcare, the education systems are in a dire state. He said it is not the absence of solutions but the incapacity of the leadership to direct the country and pull everyone together.
“I am willing to get to work.” His ideas include investing in suburbs and cites, training a competitive workforce for the future, improving education, and minimizing dependence on oil by investing in solar energy, wind power, and alternative fuels.