Obama sounds populist themes in Virginia bus tour

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Barack Obama is using tough new populist language to persuade voters that he, not John McCain, is best positioned to improve the struggling U.S. economy.

Obama is pledging to create millions of union jobs in alternative energy and to end tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.

At a community college in Martinsville, Virginia, Obama told about 350 supporters that McCain would follow the economic policies of the Bush administration if elected president.

Obama is on a two-day bus tour through Virginia, a likely general election battleground state, amid frenzied speculation about when he will announce his running mate.

Obama is to spend the night in Richmond and campaign tomorrow with Governor Tim Kaine, widely believed to be on the short list of possible running mates.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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