About 3,700 people filled the Davenport North High School gymnasium to get a chance to hear and see the only black candidate running for president in next year’s election.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) stopped in Davenport on March 10
part of a series of visits he made throughout Iowa, to rally a crowd of supporters. His entrance, preceded by loud, upbeat music and a drum line, was received with cheers, applause and more drumming. While Obama touched on issues like health care and the economy, he has largely been banking his popularity on his initial vote opposing the Iraq war in 2002. In Jan., the senator introduced legislation that would remove all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008. Obama’s opponents on the Democratic primaries, U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, have already made trips to Iowa.
Picture By Shuva Rahim