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Gov. Rendell driving home Obama message

Gov. Ed Rendell will begin a statewide bus tour today in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Stops include Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

The tour makes a stop from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Wilkes University student union, 84 W. South St., for an event hosted by the Pennsylvania Campaign for Change. After that the bus will head to the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton for a noon event.

Rendell’s goal is to rally support for Obama, who’s locked in a tough battle with Republican nominee John McCain.

In an e-mail from the Obama campaign, Rendell explains why he is “barnstorming” the state on a Road to Change Bus Tour.

He write: “As we enter the final phase of this race, the McCain campaign has made it clear that their path to the White House runs straight through Pennsylvania. Both their public statements and campaign strategy tell us that they’re counting on winning Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes.”

The bus tour will stop in more than 50 Pennsylvania towns and cities. It begins in Erie and ends Monday night in Philadelphia.

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