To: Interested Parties
From: Sean Smith, Communications Director, Pennsylvania Obama campaign
Subject: One state, two closing strategies
Date: Monday October 27, 2008

With a little more than a week left to go, Pennsylvania is living up to its reputation as a battleground state.  It is the only blue state that is still fiercely competitive.

The McCain strategy continues to be very simple: distort Sen. Obama's position on the issues on the stump and flood the state with  robocalls and emails that push a variety of smears and lies.

Pennsylvania voters aren't being fooled by their scare tactics. They are sick and tired of the failed Bush-McCain economic policies, and voters are ready for change. Just look at the 13 newspapers who have endorsed Barack Obama so far, including the Erie Times-News, York Daily Record, and Scranton Times-Tribune who endorsed George W. Bush at least once.

This week, our campaign will highlight the stark policy differences between John McCain and Barack Obama. The critical area of taxes underscores the different philosophies and priorities of McCain and Obama. John McCain wants to give billions of dollars of in tax breaks to the wealthiest individuals and corporations - including those who ship American jobs overseas - and not one dime to over 100 million middle-class households in America, including 4.7 million households
here in Pennsylvania.

Barack Obama believes that during this time of economic uncertainty and hardship, middle-class families are the ones who deserve a break. He will give an immediate tax cut to 95 percent of American working families, including 6.5 million Pennsylvanians. No family who makes less than $250,000 will see their taxes go up. And seniors who make less than $50,000 a year - including 436,000 seniors in Pennsylvania - will pay no federal income tax.

Barack Obama will return to the state to make his own case tonight in Pittsburgh and tomorrow morning in Delaware County.  Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and Governor Ed Rendell will also be taking this message to voters in a series of events across the state.

Backing this all up is what Governor Rendell has called our "unprecedented" ground game. We have 81 offices open around the state including in towns and counties that never had a presidential campaign presence before. Since June 1st, we've knocked on more than 2 million doors and made close to 3.8 million personal phone calls.

To that effort, we are ramping up a substantial voter education effort throughout the state. We will coordinate and assist the counties where we can and where appropriate, and we will make sure that all those who are eligible to vote and want to vote have that chance - and that their vote is counted.

Pennsylvania is the birthplace of American democracy, and we are confident that in all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, the election will live up to that legacy and run smoothly. Once the votes are all counted, the people of this state - and the nation - once again will renew America's promise, bring change to our nation, and will make Barack Obama the next President of the United States.


Sean Smith
Pennsylvania Communications Director
Obama for America