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Obama Addresses KC Transport Workers Facing Cutbacks

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to transport workers facing steep job cuts at Kansas City International airport yesterday. The town-hall meeting was part of his tour of tightly-contested states before he speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

A couple hundred people were at the American Airlines overhaul base to see Senator Obama speak. It was a mix of local supporters, and maintenance workers. Mechanic Alan Jones said he wanted to hear how a new administration could help bring some job security.

JONES: I've been laid off probably three or four times since I've been with this company. We need a change to take place so that those coming behind me will have a place to work where it's uninterrupted.

Senator Obama said the Bush administration's economic and energy policies contributed to the challenges facing American Airlines.

OBAMA: The fact is that the airlines are getting clobbered. They're having a tough time because of rising fuel prices. Because of the same things that are creating a tough time for individual families who are trying to fill up their gas tanks, or buy groceries.

Obama also answered questions about health care, worker safety and social security.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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