Tuttavia i sondaggi continuano a darlo avanti di 8-14 punti rispetto al senatore dell'Arizona e allora sembra lecito sperare.
Per quanto riguarda l'economia, Obama ha diramato il suo piano di attacco alle debolezze dell'economia americana. Eccolo di seguito:
1) Credito d'imposta di 3.000 $ per le nuove aziende per creare nuovi posti di lavoro e una moratoria di 90 giorni sugli sfratti
2) Parte di questo piano dovrebbe essere implementata subito e in caso negativo sarà una delle sue priorità appena eletto.
3) Propongo un certo numero di passi che dovremmo compiere subito per stabilizzare il nostro sistema finanziario, fornire supporto e sollievo a famiglie e comunità, e aiutare i proprietari di case. E' un piano che comincia con una parola che è sulla mente di ognuno ed è facile da dire: "Jobs-Jobs-Jobs"
4) Una nuova legge che permetta alle famiglie di ritirare il 15% dei propri risparmi pensionistici (fino a un massimo di 10.000 $) senza affrontare la penalità fiscale del 10% per i prossimi due anni
5) Imporre a FED e Ministero del Testoro di facilitare i prestiti a Stati e Municipalità.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama called for a business tax credit to create new jobs and a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures at a political rally in downtown Toledo yesterday — part of what he called a middle-class rescue plan from an economic downturn he said is the worst since the Great Depression.
He said some parts of the plan should be implemented immediately, and if not, they'll be a top priority if he is elected.
'I'm proposing a number of steps that we should take immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners,' Mr. Obama said. 'It's a plan that begins with one word that's on everyone's mind, and it's easy to spell: J-O-B-S, jobs.'
Highlights of his plan include:
• A temporary tax credit of $3,000 for each new job companies create in the United States over the next two years.
• New legislation that would allow families to withdraw 15 percent of their retirement savings — up to a maximum of $10,000 — without facing a 10 percent tax penalty this year (retroactively to Jan. 1) and next year.
• Calling on the Federal Reserve and the Treasury to work to establish a facility to lend to state and municipal governments.
Mr. Obama said his plan to allow people with 401(k)s to withdraw up to $10,000 without penalty extends an idea Republican presidential nominee John McCain
proposed last week to waive rules that require senior citizens at age 70 to withdraw from their 401(k)s even when the market is bad.
'I have to give credit where credit is due,' Mr. Obama said.
The Democratic candidate spoke at SeaGate Convention Centre before 3,100 supporters. At one point, the crowd booed when Mr. McCain was mentioned. Mr. Obama immediately stopped them from doing so.
'No. We don't need that. All we need to do is vote,' he said. But he served up plenty of criticism of Mr. McCain.
'Senator McCain may be worried about losing the election but I'm worried about you losing your jobs, you losing your homes, you losing your life savings,' he said.
'There's no reason we can't make this century another American century, but it's going to take a change in leadership, and that's why I'm running for president of the United States of America,' he said.
The Illinois senator said much of the plan could be accomplished with authority Congress has right now, and other parts could be done in a lame-duck session of Congress.
Loan ‘fast track'
Mr. Obama also is asking Congress to 'fast track' $25 billion in loan guarantees to the struggling Detroit Three automakers and to enact another $25 billion in guarantees.
He has also proposed changing bankruptcy laws to allow judges to reduce the cost of a residential mortgage.
And he ventured to suggest that citizens aren't completely without blame in the economic meltdown.
'If we're honest with ourselves, everyone was living beyond their means — from Wall Street to Washington to even some on Main Street,' he said.
Mr. Obama spoke several times about the city of Toledo, mentioning its significance in the automotive industry and lauding Toledo for its work in solar energy.
'You've got auto plants right here in Ohio that have been around for decades closing their doors and laying off workers who've never known another job in their entire life,' Mr. Obama said.
He and his GOP opponent both have made economic proposals over the last week.
Mr. McCain called for a $300 billion plan for buying up failed mortgages at face value, which Mr. Obama promptly attacked as a bailout for investors at taxpayer expense.
Yesterday, the McCain campaign attacked the Obama plan for failing to 'promise to stop pursuing his massive tax increases.'
'It is clear that the economy is hurting, that Americans need across-the-board tax relief, and yet Barack Obama has proven unwilling to break with the left-wing of his party and stand up for the American taxpayer,' said Tucker Bounds, spokesman for the McCain campaign.
Mr. Bounds said that when Mr. Obama's former rival, Hillary Clinton, proposed a home foreclosure moratorium in February, Mr. Obama called that proposal 'disastrous.'
Mr. Obama's introducer for this event, a standard feature of his rallies, was Jim Snodgrass, a Jeep Assembly Plant employee who has worked only 14 weeks this year.
Mr. Snodgrass wound up the crowd like a practiced introducer and shared a few private words with Mr. Obama as they changed places at the lectern.
One college sophomore said he went into the Obama rally 'somewhat undecided,' using an extra ticket his parents had, and came out '80 percent' committed to Mr. Obama.
Christopher Brown, 19, a University of Toledo business major, said the emphasis on jobs and small business in the speech turned him around.
'We need to keep people spending money because that keeps our economy healthy,' Mr. Brown said.
‘He sticks to the point'
He said Mr. Obama was all business yesterday.
'Despite his celebrity status he sticks to the point. He's right to business,' Mr. Brown said.
His friend, Paul Gordon, 19, said he's definitely going to vote for Mr. Obama because he needs the help Mr. Obama proposes for lowering the costs of college tuition and health care.
The Lucas County Republican Party and the University of Toledo College Republicans lined Buckeye Basin Greenbelt Parkway to wave giant 'McCain-Palin' signs as the Obama motorcade swept by on the way to the rally.
Local Party Chairman Jon Stainbrook said Toledo might be for Mr. Obama, but 'Lucas County is McCain-Palin country.'
He said Mr. Obama was on the phone when he drove by and acknowledged the McCain supporters with a smile.
After the speech, Mr. Obama returned to the lodge at Maumee Bay State Park in Jerusalem Township and took about 10 minutes to shake hands with a small crowd that had gathered
to wish him well.
He smiled broadly — looking like he wanted to say something but deciding not to — in reaction to a sign one supporter held up that depicted a Halloween ghost with the words 'Sarah Palin for Vice President — now that's scary.'
The sign's owner, Joan Sigurdson, 68, said she has it in the yard of her Oregon home.
'He gave me a hug,' Ms. Sigurdson said. 'Isn't that scary, for her to be vice president?'
Mr. Obama held up and cuddled the 15-month-old son, Zion, of Toledo minister Stephen Ward and told a boy named Dustin, 'that's a nice name, nice to see you.'
When a woman called out, 'you're going to win in Toledo,' he answered, 'with your help, I like that,' and then reminded people they could vote early.
A YMCA visit
Asked how the preparations were going, he said, 'you know, I've got a lot of work to do.'
In the morning, Mr. Obama got a workout at the YMCA in Oregon on Pickle Road.
He spent about 30 minutes exercising and then talked to other people who were at the gym before returning to the state park lodge.
Mr. Obama was in the second day of a political retreat at the leafy and secluded Maumee Bay State Park lodge in Oregon, about 10 miles from dowtown Toledo, to prepare for tomorrow's debate against Mr. McCain at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y.
The senator from Illinois is huddling with top advisers, including campaign strategist David Axelrod, senior communications strategist Robert Gibbs, and senior adviser Anita Dunn.
'It's safe to say he's reviewing the material and preparing with the specific format in mind,' spokesman Isaac Baker said.
Mr. Obama is campaigning hard to win Ohio's 20 electoral votes.
With opinion polls bouncing back and forth between the two politicians, the outcome of the election in Ohio is now seen as a tossup.
State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said the outcome will be a difference of fewer than 250,000 votes.
The 2004 election margin was about 118,000 votes, in favor of Republican President Bush over Democrat John Kerry.
Mr. Redfern said nearly 750,000 new voters had registered since March 4 by the Oct. 6 deadline.
'I think it bodes well for Democrats,' he said.
Senator Obama's call for a middle-class rescue plan comes a day after The Blade published a Page 1 open letter to the candidate welcoming him to Toledo and inviting him to endorse a 'Second Bill of Rights' that includes Americans' right to a job where they live.
Mr. Obama responded to The Blade's question by agreeing that every American willing to work should be able to find a job at a living wage. But he stopped short of accepting that as a right.
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D. Toledo) whipped the crowd up before Mr. Obama took the stage yesterday telling them that America needed a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing all Americans a job, health care, homes, an education, and a fair playing field for business and farmers.
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