Obama ‘Takes It Down a Notch’

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 13, 2008 3:37pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: After touring a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy that he said is on the "brink of a recession."

The senator told GM workers to bear with him as he gave a more policy oriented speech. Opponents have accused Obama of delivering speeches short on details and long on rhetoric.

“Today I want to take it down a notch,” he said, saying his speech would be, “is a little more detailed, a little longer, with not as many applause lines.”

Obama connected Sen. Hillary Clinton and the presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain to failed leadership in Washington that he said perpetuated the economic situation.

“It’s a Washington where politicians like John McCain and Hillary Clinton voted for a war in Iraq that should’ve never been authorized and should have never been waged – a war that is costing us thousands of precious lives and billions of dollars a week that could’ve been used to rebuild crumbling schools and bridges; roads and buildings; that could’ve been invested in job training and child care; in making health care affordable or putting college within reach.”

Obama laid out elements of his $210 billion plan to stimulate the economy. He said his plan would target the current housing crisis, the "cost crisis" facing the middle class, and the need for jobs in America.

When speaking about the cost crisis facing the middle-class and working poor Obama gave a special shout out to his former competitor, former Sen. John Edwards, who’s endorsement he is actively seeking.

“One of the principles that John Edwards has passionately advanced is that this country should be rewarding work, not wealth. And that’s an area where John and I absolutely agree.” Obama said.

He told GM workers that improvement starts with fixing the tax code “rigged by lobbyists with page after page of loopholes that benefit big corporations and the wealthiest few.”

Obama is aggressively campaigning throughout Wisconsin leading up to the February 19 primary. The campaign says Obama will be focusing much of his time on rural towns in an effort to court blue collar voters.

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