ABC News' Tahman Bradley reports: Before a packed stadium on a rainy afternoon in Sunrise, Fla., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., voiced pleasure with his first visit to the state in six months. "We've had a great three days campaigning here in Florida. But I regret that we couldn't campaign here earlier. But I promise you we're going to make up for some lost time," said the presidential hopeful, who initially referred several times to Sunrise as Sunshine. Obama spoke for about a half hour, serving up a compilation of his greatest hits. No mention of the assassination apology made by his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. In fact, Obama praised Clinton for running "a magnificant campaign."
With lawsuits hanging in the balance and uncertainty about how the Democratic National Committee will resolve the situation with Florida's delegates, Obama promised residents their voices will be heard. "Rest assured, when we meet in Denver for the Democratic convention in August, Florida Democrats will be seated, your voice will be heard, and, most importantly, we will work together to make sure Florida goes Democratic in November."
The cheering BankAtlantic Center crowd heard Obama's familiar themes about change and hope. He tied Republican presidential nominee-to-be John McCain of Arizona to President Bush on the economy, arguing that the senator is out of touch with the average working-class, American family.
"John McCain looked at George Bush's economic record, and he concluded that we have been making great process," Obama said. "Clearly, John McCain isn't talking to the 260,000 people who've lost their jobs at the beginning of the year. He must not be talking to folks who can't even go out on a job search because they can't fill up their gas tank ...
"I don't see great progress. You don't see great progress, and that's why we're not going to let John McCain make any more progress to the White House."On foreign policy, one last word, for now, in the debate over engagement with U.S. enemies.
"John McCain, he's been spending his entire week describing his foreign policy, which basically says 'here are the people I won't talk to, the diplomacy I won't engage in.' That's not change. That's George Bush. That's Dick Cheney."