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Thousands Rally for Barack Obama in Springfield

An estimated 30,000 people filled and surrounded Parkview High School's JFK stadium in Springfield Saturday evening to see Barack Obama speak days before Tuesday's historical election. KSMU's Nathan McVay has the story.

There were people from Arkansas and Oklahoma, senior citizens and elementary school students, Democrats and Republicans.

The line of people stretched over a mile long, and included an estimated 30,000 attendees all hoping to see Senator Barack Obama.

Missouri State University student Elizabeth Finder was seeing Obama for the second time in two weeks. She saw him speak under the arch in St. Louis and she says she wouldn't have missed the opportunity to see him again.

"Hearing him speak in person is a very inspirational experience for me and to be part of this pivotal moment of history and I want to soak it up as much as I can."

The crowd was forgiving of Obama for arriving 45 minutes later than scheduled. Senator Claire McCaskill introduced Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, who in turn handed the podium over to her husband.

When Obama finally took the stage, the army of supporters erupted with jubilation.

Obama spoke on a range of issues including tax cuts, health care, college affordability, and the economy.

The Senator from Illinois concluded his speech by stressing the fact that the country needs to unite.

Saturday night's rally included a "Who's who" of Missouri's Democrats, including Attorney General Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, and Senator Claire McCaskill. For KSMU News, I'm Nathan McVay.