Obama: Congress Should Help More Families

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama campaigned Monday in North Carolina, where he told supporters that Congress should pass an economic stimulus package to help American families. He also said John McCain lacks the understanding necessary to fix the troubled economy.

AUDIE CORNISH: And I'm Audie Cornish with the Obama campaign in Asheville, North Carolina. Senator Barack Obama stuck to his message on the economy yesterday.

BARACK OBAMA: Before we go get barbecue, I just wanted to make a brief statement about the economy.

CORNISH: Just before heading to a campaign stop at a barbecue joint, Obama told reporters that Congress should pass another economic stimulus package to help American families. He also fired back at comments by the McCain campaign on Saturday. A senior McCain aide then said that they were looking to, quote, "turn a page on the financial crisis."

OBAMA: And the notion that we would want to brush that aside and engage in the usual political shenanigans and smear tactics that have come to characterize too many political campaigns, I think is not what the American people are looking for...

CORNISH: North Carolina went to George W. Bush in 2004, but this time Obama has worked to make the state competitive. At a rally on Sunday, Obama focused almost exclusively on issues such as health care reform, his job growth strategy and, of course, the economy.

OBAMA: In 30 days, you are going to elect the next president. And you deserve, and you need a president who's going to wake up every single day and fight for you, fight for the middle class, fight to create jobs and grow our economy again.

CORNISH: Asheville resident Evelyn Zebro(ph) was at the rally and said she liked what the candidate had to say, but she would like to see Obama step it up against his rivals tonight.

EVELYN ZEBRO: I'd like him to, maybe if anything, without being an attack dog like John McCain, maybe be a little bit more aggressive. But I think he's done a good job so far, and I know he'll continue to do a good job.

CORNISH: Some of that has already begun. In North Carolina and other battleground states, Obama is releasing Internet and TV ads at a dizzying rate. The ads go after McCain on everything from economic policy to health care and even raised the Republican's involvement in a savings and loan scandal two decades ago. Audie Cornish, NPR News, Asheville, North Carolina.

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