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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Century of the Common Iowan: Obama in Newton

Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan

I just got home from seeing Barack Obama in Newton. The event wasn't
packed like others I had been to, but there was a large crowd of
probably 300. Obama spoke for about 25 minutes and began by discussing
this movement that is about more than just him. Obama mentioned over
and over the need for people to get involved in helping solve these
problems. He said he has had large crowds of 20,000 people in Austin
and South Carolina and 10,000 in Iowa City. He said we can make our
health care system more efficient by using electronic medial records,
fixing No Child Left Behind by putting more resources into the
classroom. Obama said teachers want to teach. They didn't get into
teaching to get rich. Obama then transitioned into higher education
saying students want to go to college, but need to get them the
resources so they can afford it. He discussed the need for trade
agreements that work for the American worker and not just corporations
and he mentioned he voted against CAFTA. He talked about providing tax
breaks for companies that keep jobs here and mentioned the Maytag
plant closing.

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