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Sunday, August 24, 2008

 4:01 PM 

Obama stumps in Eau Claire on his way to Denver for nomination

Barack Obama ripped John McCain as out of touch with the economic realities facing many Americans during a stop in this western Wisconsin city Sunday as he began the trek toward Denver to formally accept the Democratic nomination.

Obama mocked McCain campaign ads that warned the Democrat's tax plan could lead to economic disaster.

"Economic disaster is here," he said. "I don't have to lead you to anything. It showed up over the last eight years."



He also riffed on McCain campaign adviser Phil Gramm's assertion that America was in a "mental recession," telling the crowd at a city park that "It's not people's imagination that they're feeling more pinched and their budget doesn't balance at the end of the month."

"You just get a sense that these folks are out of touch," Obama said.

Obama chose Eau Claire, a city of more than 65,000, for his first stop on his way to Denver following Saturday's rally with his running mate, U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, in Springfield, Ill.

Read more WisPolitics.com coverage of Obama's stop in Eau Claire

See more video from the Obama campaign here.

-- By Greg Bump

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