Live Blog Barack Obama

November 3, 2007 by  
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Live from Spartanburg…We’ll give a update @ 8:45

It is 9am, they finally let the media set up. We had to get searched and I was informed that folding chairs are a weapon. What is this world coming to?

  • 09:20
    • The auditorium is beginning to fill up.
  • 09:35
    • People are still filing in. Very diverse crowd.
  • 09:36
    • Working on a new method to provide video. Hope to have the videos up quicker after today’s event
  • 09:50
    • The auditorium is 3/4 full. Empty seats are in the balcony and press box. Several empty seats scattered through the bottom floor
  • 10:05
    • Awaiting Barack Obama
  • 10:20
    • Sen. Glenn Reese takes the stage to introduce Barack Obama
    • It’s important to register to vote, my first race I won by 4 votes.
    • I was amazed at how Obama won in Chicago, he is not a phone, he is for real and he is genuine.
    • We’re going to say RACK
  • 10:25
    • I’ve even practiced this in the bathroom at home
    • Here is “‘Rack Obama”
    • What a wonderful gathering
    • I am very grateful for all of you being here
    • By the way, free Krispy Kreme for everybody, just come on over to the store
    • I want to thank President Flemming (President Converse College)
    • Acknowledge Carrol Fowler (SC Democratic Chair)
    • A year from today, you will get to vote
    • Good news, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot
    • And my cousin Dick Cheney won’t be on it either.
    • We’ve been trying to hide that for a while, we all have a black sheep
    • Crazy uncle in the attic
    • Era of Scooter Libby Justice and Rove politics of fear and cynicism will be over
  • 10:30
    • I’m running because we find ourselves in a moment of great challenge
    • America is less safe and respect
    • And closer to the day climate change becomes climate disaster
    • Most Americans are working hard for less money
    • George Bush said whatever the politics of the moment allowed to get elected
    • And resulted in less faith in the government
    • Promised conservatism and got Katrina and wiretaps
    • Promised unity and got a divider
    • Promised kinder Washington, and got a bitter town
    • Only mission accomplished was fear
    • War should have never been waged
    • Not just democrats are listening, but independents and republicans are listening
    • I know this b/c Republicans tell me they are supporting me
    • And I whisper…thank you, but why are we whispering
  • 10:35
    • We need to offer the people a different choice in 2008
    • A chance to solve the challenges that were made worse by Bush
    • But they existed a lot longer before he took office
    • Healthcare, Education….
    • But it’s not all Bush’s fault, they existed before he took office
    • The System in Washington has failed the American People
    • This is what the debate is in the Democratic Party
    • All Democratics candidates would be vastly superior in comparison to the incumbent
    • Much has been said between Sen. Clinton and myself
    • She is a collegue and a friend and has run a text book campaign
    • The problem is with the textbook itself (generous applause)
    • Says very little about uniting the country
    • Sen Clinton is not the only one who has played this game
    • I understand the concept, and the game ususally gets politicians where they need to go
    • But it doesn’t get America there
    • When it comes to issues like war, diplomacy, energy, and healthcare; the people deserve more than the textbook
    • When we led by principal, we have helped this country more
  • 10:40
    • When I’m running for President, it is because the leadership that I provide is what America needs (LOUD APPLAUSE)
    • I’m reminded daily not by events, but my wife, that I am not a perfect man
    • We cannot keep telling different people what they want to hear, we need to be honest and tell them what they need to know
    • When I told them we need to change fuel standards, I told it to the Detroit automakers, not the environmentalist
    • I listened to my gut, and said Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time and Congress should stand up and say something
    • You deserve a President who is willing to fight for you everyday for the next 8 years
    • That is the change we can offer in 2008, not as a slogan, but what we can believe in
    • In a year, we can tell the corporate lobbyist that there reign is no more
    • I don’t take a dime of my money, and they won’t find a job in my White House (Loud applause)
  • 10:45
    • I will quit the tax breaks for corps that send jobs overseas
    • I will raise the minimum wage that reflects the economy
    • Workers deserve to know that someone is standing with them, I’ll picket with you
    • I helped reform healthcare in Illinois
    • We provided 150K people get healthcare
    • I will ensure that every individual get the same healthcare as Congress
    • And I will sign it by the end of my first term as POTUS of America
    • We will stop passing bills called No Child Left Behind with no funding
    • Recruit an army of new teachers and paying them better
    • So they are teaching to teach, not to a test
    • So college is in reach for every American child
    • One year from now, we can stop sending millions of dollars to foreign dictators for oil
    • Tell polluters they’ll have to pay for it
    • And use the money to invest in renewable energies
    • And that is the Change we can offer in 2008
    • Republican nominee will not be able to say i have flip flopped on war
    • I will close down Guantonomo and restore Habeas Corpus
    • We are not a nation who tortures, or wiretaps without warrants, and that is a change we can offer in 2008
    • Are you fired up? (Cheers)
    • When I’m President, I will end this war in Iraq
    • I will bring our troops home within 16 months
    • I will finish the fight against Al Qaueda in Afghanistan
    • I will lead the world against the common threats
    • That is what democrats stand for, and America should
    • I will send the message around the world
    • Your future is our future and the moment is now
  • 10:50
    • I want to lead the United States of America, not the red and the blue
    • This election is too important to settle for what we already know
    • I’m not running to fulfill plans,
    • It is unlikely that I was going to stand here today
    • I’m running for what Dr. King called the “fierce urgency of now”
    • I believe there is a thing that is “too late”
    • I don’t want to see the oceans rise
    • I don’t want to risk more American lives b/c we didn’t investigate
    • I don’t want to see veterans living on the streets
    • I run for the Presidency for the same reason I drove across America 2 years ago
    • I am standing here because someone stood up when it was unpopular….then everyone stood up

The end

Live Blog – Spartanburg County Annual Democratic Rally

August 30, 2007 by  
Filed under News

We are here from the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium to cover the annual event. Several speakers are to be heard tonight, including John Edwards. Stay tuned for Live Blog.

  • 18:21pm
    • Dinner is being served. Good ole southern BBQ. The house is getting full, the food line is out the doors of the auditorium. Expected turnout of at least 500. More to come shortly
  • 18:25
    • Liz Patterson (County Chairman) has taken the stage, said we’ve been praying for rain, and democratic wins, and we got one tonight.
    • Introduction of James Brothers (Music) from Welford.
  • 18:30pm
    • Spoke to a lady who remembers when FDR was elected. Mentioned Ron Paul and she said that he was an interesting candidate. Curious to see what happens.
  • 18:31pm
    • Broome Air Force JROTC will be presenting the colors. A few Iraq War Vets are here to speak tonight as well.
    • Ask for a moment of silence for our military servicemen and women in Iraq
  • 18:35pm
    • Several Senators have signed books in the back for a silent auction. The auditorium is packed. It is quickly approaching standing room only. Very diverse population of people.
  • 18:40pm
    • Several elected democratic officials and chairmen in attendance (Greenville, Union, and Cherokee County Representatives).
    • Obama group is having a hard time keeping their banner up.
  • 18:43pm
    • Introduction of David Mack (from Charleston) speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton
    • Pictures posted on flickr
    • It is so great to be a democrat!
  • 18:44pm
    • I like all the candidates, we have a team that cannot be beat
    • I’m supporting Clinton b/c of experience and electability
    • We need someone is #1 and on day 1 clean up the mess in Iraq
    • People wonder about all our problems, nothing will get better as long as we are spending $195m in Iraq
    • To much pride, corruption in current administration
  • 18:46pm
    • 1993 as First Lady, led effort for universal healthcare (small applause)
    • We have 45 Million American w/out healthcare
    • It’s on thing to want to get it done, another thing to have experience to get it done
    • Look at her Senate Record
    • Ask yourself, we have to elect someone who will bring people to the polls, nothing happens until people get excited. We know the other side of the fence will steal, so we need to make sure there is no question about the amount of turnout. We are going to win SC and the White House.
  • 18:49pm
    • Ashley Cooper is speaking or Senator Chris Dodd
    • I’m just a lawyer for Charleston, thanks for clapping anyways.
    • We are going to win the White House and take the State House back
  • 18:52pm
    • So many figures in the media are treating this like American Idol, but the voters are not, they want to get it right.
    • Senator Dodd one the only straw poll in SC, and gained the endorsement of the International Firefighters Organization
    • Kerry said they were the most influential group to help their campaign in 2004
  • 18:53pm
    • Senator Fritz Hollings stated that Dodd was very helpful in getting bills passed. He introduced FMLA.
    • These democratic principles will help in Iraq.
    • We have to get our troops out, what he told Dan Hoover on MLK weekend
    • He wants to invest the money back in the country
    • When in Spartanburg, he was told I don’t care about Democratic or Republican, I need to make sure I still have a job. What are you going to do about it. He introduced a bill to force China to value the currency at it’s actual worth. Working to encourage rebuilding the manufacturing base. (Larger applause for Dodd).
  • 18:57pm
    • Kathleen Turner (speaker for Barack Obama).
    • She is glad to be here. She has no affinity to the other party, nothing a bunch of white old men. We have a better selection
  • 18:59pm
    • She is trying to get the youth involvement, visitng USC – Upstate.
    • I’m asking them to do their research, not take my choice, but to get involved and make a difference. I believe Obama has a variety of good traits, and a lot to clean up when this administration finally gets the hell out.
  • 19:02pm
    • Trav Robertson representing Gov. Bill Richardson.
    • Richardson has been in Congress and was an Ambassador
    • This country needs a leader that has experience
    • Richardson is that candidate
    • He was ambassador to the UN
    • Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 4 times
    • We need a candidate that has experience, but needs a record of accomplishing things.
    • New Mexico well on their way to reducing emissions by 20%
    • We have a candidate that can talk the talk and put his money where his mouth is
    • He’s the moderate candidate that can attract indiviuduals from SC
  • 19:05
    • State Senator Glenn Reese (Krispy Kreme Founder) for Joe Biden
    • Senator Reese purchased the rights for everyone to park tonight, avoiding $5 parking fee.
    • Largest gathering I have seen in 17 years
    • Senator Hollings and Biden were close friends while in the Senate
    • He is a statesman. He was the keynote speaker at Dorman High School
    • An unusual person, he has the ability to meet you and shake your hand and make you feel like you’ve known him for 30 years
    • He is a servant of the people
    • Cleaning up the mismanagement in Iraq and do it properly
    • All of our young people going to college
    • only 17% of Spartanburg Country HS Seniors go to college
    • Biden is trying to provide a better way to go to college
  • 19:10pm
    • Promoting $3k income tax credit
    • Wants to promote new green jobs
    • Something has to give on the environment
    • Increase minimum wage, defended overtime wages (keep time and a half for more than 40 hours of work)
    • Need to take care of our Senior Citizens
    • Reduce the cost of healthcare (outside of Iraq, biggest problem)
  • 19:13pm
    • Several Senators are working on this problem
    • Lower healthcare costs for employers who provide “catastrophic coverage”
    • Reform insurance industry
    • Major problem from New Orleans to New York on coast
    • Most homes on coast has had the insurance rates have tripled ($300/mth to $1500/mth)
    • If they cannot get it from the coast, they’ll get it from the Upstate
    • Says he has tremendous Republican appeal (b/c they have no one worth voting for)
    • RON PAUL!!!!
    • Rudy’s kids are supporting democrats, what does that tell you
  • 19:16pm
    • When you criticize people, you’ll be tested…and we had one fail the test last week (Senator Craig). Never say NEVER
    • It’s fun to get a cheap shot every now and again, they done it so much in the past.
    • They spent 250K in 2000 and beat them like a drum
    • 2004, they spent 400K and I still beat them by 12 points
    • They take many cheap shots
  • 19:20pm
    • We are now awaiting for Senator Edwards to arrive
    • Do you know who is missing? I’m glad he’s not here…Rick Beltram (Spartanburg County Chair)
  • 19:35pm
    • Introduction of John Edwards by Liz Patterson
    • Sen. Edwards has not forgotten his roots
    • Out comes Edwards
  • 19:37pm
    • My wife is doing great and sends her love to all of you
    • Glad to be back in SC
    • Huge issues at stake
    • Is DC working for America, I don’t think it is
    • We have to be willing to take on the intrenched intrests in Washington
    • I have no doubt why Universal Healthcare is not here, b/c of drug companies and lobbyist
  • 19:39pm
    • Democrats must say we no longer take money from lobbyist
    • Seniors are struggling daily b/c lobbyist wrote the bill and they got what they wanted
    • Need to make it clear that we are the party the can make change
    • Need to publically finance our campaigns
  • 19:40pm
    • have 47million people without healthcare
    • story is not about statistics but the people
    • When is there going to be a President that stands up for the people
    • Everyone who comes thru, need to ask them does you proposal cover every man and woman? I believe that they should be equal
    • Needs to cover everybody. Ban pre-existing conditions, mental health, long term, dental, vision.
    • My healthcare plan states that you can do Universal Health Care for free, you can’t, repeal Bush’s tax cuts to pay for it
  • 19:45pm
    • Richest American’s are getting wealthier, every body else is falling behind. Bush has made the rich the biggest winners with globalization
    • What are we willing to do to help the everyday American
    • Congress finally raised the mininmum wage, should be $9.50 and on an index.
    • Need to strengthen Unions
    • Have worst savings rate in Industrialized world
    • Why would anyone go to a payday lender, what are we going to do to help those who need to feed their children….need to create a Payday Predator Law
    • Need “college for everyone”
    • Commit to work 10hrs/wk the first year, we’ll pay your tuition the first year.
  • 19:48pm
    • Must create more opportunities for our young people, they shouldn’t come out in debt from college,
    • We don’t need a surge in Iraq, we need it in New Orleans
    • This is a complete failure of Presidential Leadership
    • Went to Jackson Square and gave a speech, what has he done to help them
    • If President demanded action, there would be action
    • Instead of Haliburton being hired to build it, why don’t you hire the people of New Orleans to rebuild it
    • Brownies Law – Suppose you head an agency, you need to be competent to run the job
    • Gonzales is better late than never…last thing we need is Chertoff, who brought the problems with Katrina
    • America must address Global Warming
    • We are the worst polluter on the planet…use 22 million barrells of oil a day
    • Need to have CO2 cap and reduce those emmissions by 2050
    • Need to invest in renewable energy
    • DOn’t need another coal fire power plant unless we can capture the carbon
    • Need President to ask citizens to be patriotic about something besides the war
    • We cannot spend our way out of the global warming problem
  • 19:52pm
    • Bush has destroyed America’s leadership in the World
    • Must reverse damage
    • Must do some good
    • Must end the mess of a war in Iraq
    • ON the first day, I will close guantonamo, which is a national embarrasement
    • No more torture or spying on the American citizens
    • America needs to be the light
    • Instead of spending $500 billion in Iraq, what about primary school education across the world
    • What if America lead in stopping the spread of disease
    • Helping with economic development
  • 19:55pm
    • America cannot solve today’s problems with small baby steps
    • Must lead in a serious way
    • JFK “ask not what America can do for you today”
    • I will never forget where I came from
    • When I am the nominee, I will be in SC campaigning in SC to win the general election.
  • 19:56pm
    • We need you to help with these changes
    • I cannot do this alone, and don’t believe the fantasy other candidates will tell you
    • All of our achievements and movements started with you
    • The movement fixed civil rights, Vietnam and is happening today
    • I listen to Bush as little as I can get away with
    • We stand up for what we believe in and that is what we need again
  • 19:59pm
    • I’m running so every child gets the chances I had

This is the end.

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