RALEIGH — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama sharpened his message Tuesday night in Raleigh, seeking to tie the nation's troubled economy around the neck of his Republican opponent, John McCain.
Obama said the middle class is struggling, that housing foreclosures are the highest since the Great Depression and that gas prices are too high.
"Raise your hands," Obama said. "How many people think you are better off than you were eight years ago?"
There was a chorus of boos from the 2,500 people at the Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. No hands were raised.
Obama's North Carolina appearance came at a critical juncture. Obama is set to name his vice presidential choice during the next several days and is preparing for his nominating convention next week, when Democrats gather in Denver.
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