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Obama draws 80,000 in Oregon

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama addresses a massive crowd in Portland Sunday.

Associated Press

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama addresses a massive crowd in Portland Sunday.

Fire officials estimated 65,000 people packed into a riverside park in Portland, Ore., Sunday for an afternoon rally with Democrat Barack Obama, the biggest crowd of his campaign. They said an additional 15,000 were left outside and dozens of boaters could be seen floating on the Willamette River.

"Wow, wow, wow," Obama said. "We have had a lot of rallies. This is the most spectacular setting, the most spectacular crowd we have had this entire campaign."

Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a second straight day campaigning in Kentucky.

Hours before, Obama quietly told a small group of seniors that Republican John McCain would threaten the Social Security they depend on because he supports privatizing the program.

Obama said McCain would push to raise the retirement age for collecting Social Security benefits or trim annual cost-of-living increases. Obama has rejected both ideas as solutions to the funding crisis projected for Social Security in favor of making higher-income workers pay more into the system.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds accused Obama of making "misinformed partisan attacks."

Huckabee wants on ticket

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he'd like to be McCain's running mate. "There's no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain," said Huckabee. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister who had strong support from religious conservatives, won the leadoff Iowa caucuses and seven other states. He left the race for the Republican nomination in March.

Top McCain aide resigns

McCain's national finance co-chairman, former Texas Rep. Thomas Loeffler, has stepped down in the wake of a new McCain policy on conflicts of interest that required campaign volunteers to disclose their lobbying connections. The Loeffler Group's clients include the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., the parent company of plane manufacturer Airbus. Northrop Grumman Corp. and EADS won a lucrative contract to provide air refueling tankers for the Air Force. McCain helped scuttle an earlier contract in 2004 that would have gone to a competitor, Boeing Co.

Addressing age concerns

McCain, 71, plans to release his medical records this week and allow reporters to ask followup questions of his doctors about his health. McCain's age has been an underlying current of discussion in the campaign.

Up next

Kentucky and Oregon hold primaries Tuesday. Obama is favored in Obama, Clinton in Kentucky. Obama has scheduled appearances this week in Iowa and Florida.

Obama draws 80,000 in Oregon 05/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:00pm]
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