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Old October 19th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Road Blog: Barack on Middle Class Tax Cuts in St. Louis

“It comes down to values – in America, do we simply value wealth, or do we value the work that creates it? For eight years, we’ve seen what happens when we put the extremely wealthy and well-connected ahead of working people.” – Barack Obama

A record crowd of over 100,000 folks (confirmed by the St. Louis Police Department) gathered on a beautiful fall day alongside the Mississippi river, under the Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis -- the biggest rally Barack has held in the United States to date.

Missouri is an important battleground state, having voted for the winning president in every election since 1960. It has been a red state for some time. but by the looks of the incredible number of folks who showed up today, Missourians are ready for change.

That includes folks like Keenan Morris, a 6th grade math teacher at a charter school here in St. Louis, who was on hand to introduce Barack. After Keenan graduated college with a degree in engineering, he decided he wanted to teach. But his job teaching at the schools in St. Louis wasn't paying him enough to get by, so he started working the night shift at a pizza place in order to pay his bills -– all the while caring for an ailing parent.

Though this was a lot to balance, Keenan told the crowd here that he was proud to work hard to try to achieve his dreams, and that he supports Barack because he knows he has a plan to bring relief to hardworking Americans, and improve the prospects for a brighter future for his students.

Here’s a clip from today’s event, in which Barack talks about the details of his middle class tax cut in response to John McCain’s recent claims:

Peter Rubi
October 18, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

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