Politics & Government

Obama lays out economic plans in N. Carolina

RALEIGH — Signaling that North Carolina will be a contested state in the fall election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came here Monday to call for new steps to turn around the nation's troubled economy.

Obama proposed another economic stimulus package, a new effort to help people threatened with home foreclosure and tax relief for the middle class.

The Illinois senator also sought to draw sharp distinctions between his economic programs and those of his Republican opponent, John McCain, seeking to tightly bind McCain to President Bush.

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