Obama Campaigns In Battleground States

Barack Obama will celebrate Labor Day in three key battleground states today. He has a rally and a barbecue in Michigan. Then he and running mate Joe Biden visit Biden's childhood home in Scranton, Pa. Obama ends his day with a rally in Milwaukee.

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ALEX CHADWICK, host:

Back now with Day to Day. Barack Obama kept the first part of his schedule of Labor Day campaign stops, despite Hurricane Gustav. The Democratic presidential nominee was in downtown Detroit for a midday rally with labor leaders. He kept his speech short, and most of what he did say was about the situation on the Gulf Coast.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Presidential Nominee, Democrat, Illinois): Although we are prayerful that this will not be the same kind of situation that we saw three years ago, today's not a day for political speeches. I hope you'll forgive me, I hope you don't mind.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Senator OBAMA: Today is the day for all of us to come together as Americans.

CHADWICK: Senator Obama also asked for donations to be made to the Red Cross and other charities.

Senator OBAMA: We don't know yet what the impact of Hurricane Gustav will be. We hope and pray that the damage will not be as great as it was three years ago. But we know that there will be damage, and we know that help will be needed.

CHADWICK: That's Democrat Barack Obama, speaking at a Labor Day event in Detroit. Afterwards he canceled his campaign plans for the day and went back to Chicago to follow the hurricane news.

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