Democrat Barack Obama tried to shore up support Saturday in Pennsylvania, a swing state that seems to be swinging his way.
People arrived at dawn Saturday to wait for Obama in Progress Plaza in Philadelphia. The surrounding neighborhood was developed in the 1960s, to encourage more African-Americans to own businesses.
Dancing slightly to the music playing over the crowd, Ophelia Bowens said she was counting down the days to the election. "I'm happy. I can't wait to see Obama," Bowens said.
"I think he is what the country needs right now. A breath of fresh air; a steady hand; a man who has the vision," Bowens added.
Philadelphia helped deliver Pennsylvania to Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004. When Gov. Ed Rendell came out to introduce Obama, he said the city has to come through again.
"I want to tell you something that's very sobering, and I want you to listen," Rendell told the crowd. "In the primary, only 53 percent of the registered voters in Philadelphia turned out. Ladies and gentlemen, in 24 days from today, 53 percent will not cut it,"
"No excuses on voting day," Rendell continued. "And I don't care how long the lines are; nobody leaves, right?"
When Obama made his way on stage, he said he had a thank-you to make — to his opponent John McCain. Obama said he appreciated what McCain said on Friday, when, in between attacks, he called Obama a decent man and said nobody should be afraid of him.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again," Obama returned, "Senator McCain has served this country with honor, and he deserves our thanks for that."
"But when it comes to the economy and what families here in Pennsylvania are going through, Senator McCain still doesn't get it."
And oh, yes, Obama added, he still expects plenty of attacks from the Republican side in the next few weeks.
Obama returns to Ohio on Sunday, another big swing state.