ASHEVILLE — 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, reports Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer.
He promised to "keep on talking about the economy" even as he chided the McCain campaign 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. A short time later, the Obama campaign launched a Web site called keatingeconomics.com. It's about McCain's role in the savings and loan scandal of nearly 20 years ago.
McCain had long ago apologized for his role.
More after the jump.