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Obama in N. Carolina seeks to keep focus on economy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Democrat Barack Obama sought to keep the focus on the economy today as he took a break from preparing for Tuesday's debate with Republican John McCain.

"Obviously we woke up this morning and saw the markets are still in turmoil," he told reporters outside the Grove Park Inn. "The contagion is spreading to all parts of the globe.

"It is a reminder that the rescue package that was passed last week is not the end of our efforts to deal with the economy, it is only the beginning."

Obama repeated his call for a new stimulus package and for the extension of unemployment benefits.

He promised to "keep on talking about the economy" even as he chided the campaign of Republican John McCain for wanting to "turn the page."

Obama did not take questions and strode to a waiting Chevy suburban as a reporter asked him why his campaign had brought up the "Keating 5" issue. The Obama campaign launched a Web site today called It's about McCain's role in the savings and loan scandal of nearly 20 years ago.

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