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The economic buyout was a major focus of Barack Obama's speech Wednesday before a crowd of about 15,000 people on Second Street in Downtown La Crosse.

As News 19's Scott Hackworth reports, it was a speech that mixed a message of shared sacrifice; with a promise of shared opportunity.

Barack Obama wasted no time making a personal connection with the crowd, with a reference to the festival that's going on just down the street.

Barack Obama says: How many people went to Oktoberfest? I'm sorry I missed it.

But this was a speech with serious undertones. It was one filled not with attacks on his opponent,  but on appeals to put the country first, and support the economic buyout plan now before Congress.

Barack Obama says: If your neighbors house is burning down, you don't worry about how it started. You just try to put it out.

Obama then turned his attention to his agenda. At the top of that list; refuting the Republican claims that his policies would mean higher taxes for the middle class.

Barack Obama says; Republicans will claim I will raise taxes. They are wrong. I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95% of all workers and their families. And if you make less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increase one single dime - because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

Finally, Obama appealed to the American Dream; the desire for the next generation to exceed the accomplishments of our own generation. It's a subject that is very personal for the Illinois Senator.

Barack Obama says; Some of us have parents who said I'm never going to be a United States Senator but my son may be. I will never be President but my son or daughter may be. That's what America is about, each generation working, fighting so that the future is better than the past.  Thats the moment we're in, thats why we're fighting right now. Thats what elections are about. Thats why I'm running for president and if you will fight with me and work with me and roll up your sleeves, go out and vote today, tomorrow, and the next day. I promise you we will not just win Wisconsin, we will win this general election and we're going to change the country and change the world"

It was a speech that energized about 15 thousand Obama supporters; most of whom clearly believe that they made a personal connection with a future President. Reporting in La Crosse, Scott Hackworth News 19.

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