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Old October 19th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Road Blog: Barack Obama in Missouri

"Don't let up, run right through the tape, Missouri." -- Barack Obama

Barack traveled to the "Show Me State" today, holding two of the largest rallies of the campaign. Over 100,000 people streamed into St. Louis' Jefferson Park, according to Lt. Dotson of the St Louis Police Department. The crowd stretched from the mighty Mississippi river to the old court house. A few hours later in Kansas City, at least 75,000 folks watched Barack in Liberty Memorial Park per Mark Bowland, Central Region Manager for the Parks and Recreation Dept.

With all the double speak on talk radio and negative ads running on TV, inevitable at this stage of a presidential campaign, it can be difficult to know who or what to believe. But today in Missouri, from the base of the great arch that serves as the gateway to the west, to the tall obelisk that stands as a reminder of the sacrifices our troops made during the Great War, folks came directly to the source. They came to learn, first hand, what Barack thinks about the challenges facing our nation and the solutions he's proposed.

But it's not enough to just reach out to crowds at an event. That's why the ground game of any campaign, the people who knock on the doors and make the phone calls, are one of the greatest assets of this movement.

With this in mind, Barack stopped by his Kansas City headquarters to make a few calls alongside volunteers. A few folks had trouble believing it was really Barack on the other end of the line. "Test me on my position on nuclear weapons," he teased one caller. But most were thrilled to get a first hand account of the change Barack hopes to bring to America, directly from the comfort of their homes.

Enjoy the day in pictures, and find out how you can phone bank in your area, or even directly from your own home.

Arun Chaudhary
October 18, 2008
En route to Fayetville, NC

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