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20,000 turn out to hear Obama at Charlotte rally

In Charlotte's biggest political rally in decades, about 20,000 people Sunday heard Barack Obama link John McCain and his party to an "era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington."

"They said they wanted to let the market run free but instead they let it run wild," Obama said. "And now we are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression."

Obama, in shirtsleeves and tie, spoke for 30 minutes to a crowd that in many cases skipped church and a televised Panthers' game to see a part of presidential history.

Tracy Wilson and her 13-year-old nephew, both African American, got in line at 9:30 a.m., 31/2 hours before Obama spoke.

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