Obama speaks to 100,000 in MO

10/18/2008 ST. LOUIS Missouri is a bellwether state that voted for President Bush in 2004. But Obama aides estimate 100,000 people turned out to hear him at the Gateway Arch on a sunny day in St. Louis. And another 75,000 turned out for a speech at dusk across the state in Kansas City.

Obama hit back hard at John McCain, who had earlier accused Obama of wanting to "convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency." Obama told the St. Louis rally that McCain "wants to cut taxes for the same people who have already been making out like bandits, in some cases literally," as he put it. Obama also said his Republican rival is "out of touch" with the struggles of working people.

Polls indicate Obama and McCain are in a virtual dead heat in Missouri.

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