In his final pitch to voters ahead of next Tuesday’s presidential election, Democratic candidate Barack Obama aired a 30-minute spot nationwide on prime-time television on Wednesday.
His team’s unprecedented fundraising success has allowed Obama to swamp the airwaves with his messages, culminating with this recording.
In it, he tells the American people:
“We are going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. A few weeks ago, we passed a financial rescue plan. It’s a step in the right direction and as president I’ll ensure that you, the taxpayers, are paid back first. But we also need a rescue plan for the middle class, starting with what we can do right now that will have an immediate effect.”
Obama went on to add:
“I will always tell you what I think and where I stand, I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face, I will listen to you when we disagree. And most importantly, I will open the doors of government and ask you to be involved in your own democracy again.”
Later, at a rally in Florida, former president Bill Clinton, whose wife lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in an acrimonious battle, buried the hatchet and threw his weight behind Obama:
“Folks, we can’t fool with this. Our country is hanging in the balance and we have so much promise, so much peril. This man should be our president,” he said, appealing to people to vote for the Illinois Senator who represented “America’s future”.